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  • DB Cargo UK and Maritime Class 66 locos
    Rail Business UK

    Coupler research paves way for longer freight trains


    UK: The length and capacity of freight trains is to be increased as a result of research which has found that existing wagon couplers can safely accommodate higher trailing loads without upgrading or a detailed engineering assessment. The research by the Rail Safety & Standards Board ...

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    In depth

    Future Skills: Gaining expertise from step-by-step training


    DB Rail Academy chose a systematic approach to train managers at Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority in railway expertise, culminating in a professional qualification.

  • Grants totalling more than £5m have been awarded to 24 projects under the First of a Kind 2022 funding competition organised by the Department for Transport and Innovate UK.
    Rail Business UK

    Emissions reduction, rail freight and reliability R&D awarded First of a Kind funding


    UK: Grants totalling more than £5m have been awarded to 24 projects under the First of a Kind 2022 funding competition organised by the Department for Transport and Innovate UK. ‘We are breathing life into ideas that will revolutionise our railways and make them greener than ...

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    Metro Report International

    KRRI’s V2X tram completes 600 km of autonomous test running


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has completed 600 km of test running with its V2X ‘Vehicle to Everything’ catenary-free tram.

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    Rail Business UK

    GCRE and Singapore Land Transport Authority to work together


    INTERNATIONAL: Singapore Land Transport Authority and the Global Centre of Rail Excellence in Wales have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together in rail testing and asset management activities.

  • SAR MOU signing with BCRRE
    Rail Business UK

    Saudi Arabia Railways signs research co-operation agreement with BCRRE


    INTERNATIONAL: Saudi Arabia Railways and the University of Birmingham have signed an agreement to collaborate on research, development and railway education.

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    Rail Business UK

    RSSB reviews the deployment of hydrogen traction


    UK: The Rail Safety & Standards Board has published an interim report as part of its investigation into the deployment of hydrogen fuel cells in rail applications.

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    Metro Report International

    Apprentices needed to keep largest tram network moving


    AUSTRALIA: Applications have opened for a four-year apprenticeship programme which Melbourne operator Yarra Trams uses to train people to manage and maintain the 500 km of overhead electrification on the world’s largest tram network. During the first two years, apprentices will work on de-energised infrastructure alongside ...

  • Bristol Temple Meads station
    Rail Business UK

    Bristol Temple Meads to host Station Innovation Zone


    UK: Bristol Temple Meads station has been selected as a Station Innovation Zone which will host trials of technology to improve the passenger experience. The five-year partnership between Network Rail and the Connected Places Catapult innovation accelerator will select start-ups to test ideas such as smarter ...

  • Railway Gazette’s Felicity Parsons leads discussions about how to best attract talent to the rail sector.

    Long-term strategy to address rail sector skills shortages


    EUROPE: Rail, education and policy stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss a long-term action plan to address the sector’s growing skills shortage, including the need for reskilling and upskilling to support the green and digital transition. The event on October 13 marked the half way point ...

  • Govia Thameslink Railway has signed the Armed Forces Covenant
    Rail Business UK

    Supporting military leavers in the rail industry


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, aiming to help ex-military personnel move into the rail industry and ensure fair treatment in the workplace. GTR said veterans and reservists bring a variety of transferable skills to the civilian workplace. The company has ex-Forces ...

  • An agreement to tackle staff shortages and address employee concerns when operating contracts change hands has been signed by Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR, the Eisenbahn- und Verkehrswerkschaft trade union and Mobifair

    Agreement to address staffing issues in operating tenders


    GERMANY: An agreement to tackle staff shortages and address employee concerns when operating contracts change hands has been signed by Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR, the Eisenbahn- und Verkehrswerkschaft trade union and Mobifair, an industry group which aims to promote fair competition in the transport sector. VRR ...

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    Grant backs Railroading 101 pre-employment training programme


    USA: The US Department of Labor has awarded Delaware Department of Transportation a $11m grant to fund a ‘Railroading 101’ pre-employment training programme to be delivered with Amtrak. This aims to improve job opportunities in the state, build a more diverse rail workforce and provide participants ...

  • TransNamib dual-fuel hydrogen loco impression

    Hydrogen-diesel dual-fuel locomotive initiative targets African market


    NAMIBIA: The HyRail Namibia project has been launched to produce what the promoters say will be Africa’s first dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel locomotive. This is intended as a pilot for possible conversion of national railway TransNamib’s entire fleet of around 40 locos, and other fleets across Sub-Saharan Africa. ...

  • Scottish hydrogen train testing completed
    Rail Business UK

    Scottish hydrogen train testing completed


    UK: Testing of an electric multiple-unit retrofitted with hydrogen fuel cells has been completed under a project bringing together the University of St Andrews, Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Ballard Motive Solutions, Abbott Risk Consulting, ARUP, Aegis and Angel Trains. The former Class 314 EMU has been ...


    Container wagon handling robot under development


    GERMANY: An autonomous mobile robot with a gripper arm for the automated handling of folding pins on container wagons is being developed by Hamburger Hafen & Logistik and the Fraunhofer Centre for Maritime Logistics & Services. The pins are installed at various positions on container wagons ...

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    In depth

    Europe: Overcoming the language barrier


    Developed by UIC and RailNetEurope with funding from the Shift2Rail joint undertaking, the Translate4Rail tool offers hope that the thorny problem of drivers and dispatchers speaking different languages on cross-border routes in Europe can finally be resolved. Toma Bačić  explains.


    South Korean and UK bodies sign rail research MoU


    INTERNATIONAL: The Korea Railroad Research Institute and the UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board signed a memorandum of understanding covering collaboration in railway safety research and development during InnoTrans. KRRI and RSSB intend to co-operate on: research and development of technology such as data-based safety ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail innovation cluster launched by the University of Birmingham


    UK: A BCRRE Rail Innovation Cluster to support businesses looking to deliver to deliver greater value and innovation into the rail supply sector has been announced by the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research & Education during InnoTrans. Building on BCRRE’s many years of experience ...

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    Europe’s Rail awards first research grants


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has awarded €232·8m of co-funding for six research and innovation projects with a total value of €568·4m following its first call for proposals. The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has succeeded the previous Shift2Rail programme. A second call for proposals covering ...