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    Australian Railway Research & Innovation Network launched


    AUSTRALIA: The Australian Railway Research & Innovation Network has been launched to identify and deliver critical research and innovation in support of the National Rail Manufacturing Plan. AusRRIN includes Monash University’s Institute of Railway Technology, Central Queensland University, University of Queensland, University of Wollongong and ...

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    Technology: Innovation must come faster


    Wheel-rail interaction and the need to accelerate the pace of innovation were hot topics at the 48th Conference on Modern Rolling Stock held in Graz on September 17-19. Reinhard Christeller reports.

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    Alstom signs Ontario education MoU


    CANADA: The Earth District consortium of Ontario colleges and universities and Alstom have signed a memorandum of understanding covering learning, research and work opportunities in the transport sector. This aims to help develop the talent needed to for sustainable transport projects such as ...

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    Research: Integrating AI in the rail sector


    A European research project led by Italy’s National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics suggests that adoption of AI technologies will have a transformative impact on railway business and operations.

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    Rail research co-operation


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence and Swansea University have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in research at the future test track which is under construction in South Wales. ‘Swansea has some sector-leading strengths in key areas including rail technology, engineering and ...

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    CAF UK renews Ford & Stanley recruitment services contract


    UK: Rolling stock manufacturer CAF UK has awarded recruitment company Ford & Stanley a further three-year contract. This covers all temporary and permanent recruitment in the UK and Ireland for engineering, operations, procurement, finance, business support and administration positions at CAF Rail UK Ltd and CAF ...

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    REMSA offers student trip to InnoTrans 2024


    INNOTRANS: The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association is offering an opportunity to attend InnoTrans 2024 to a student who intends to pursue a career in the sector. The next InnoTrans event will take place in Berlin on September 24-27 2024. The InnoTrans Career Award will include return ...

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    Air + High-Speed Rail project launched


    INTERNATIONAL: An Air + HSR research project has been launched to analyse and improve the co-ordination of air and rail transport in Europe, the USA and China. The project aims to develop practical approaches improve services, enhance infrastructure and implement regulatory changes in order to maximise ...

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    First phase of Singapore Rail Test Centre completed


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has completed the first phase of the Singapore Rail Test Centre, which it said is the first train testing facility in Southeast Asia and enables the ‘rigorous’ round-the-clock testing and commissioning of equipment for new and existing metro lines. The SRTC, previously ...

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    AI technology aims to help prevent railway suicides


    UK: Innovate UK has awarded funding to the Suicide Avoidance via Intelligent Video Examination project, which is being undertaken by Purple Transform, Govia Thameslink Railway and Lancaster University. The project uses three AI technologies. The first uses smart cameras at stations and along the track that ...

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    Academy graduates join Manila Line 7 project


    PHILIPPINES: An initial cohort of 74 young trainees from contractor San Miguel Corp have graduated from their mandatory training course at the Philippine Railways Institute. They will now go to work on the MRT-7 metro line now under construction in the northeastern suburbs of Manila. In ...

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    Class 37 solid oxide fuel cell demonstration


    UK: Colas Rail has collaborated with G-Volution to demonstrate the use of solid oxide fuel cells running on biofuel to generate power for the auxiliary systems on a Class 37 locomotive, reducing the load on the main engine. SOFCs use bio-fuels such as Bio-LPG, Bio-LNG and ...

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    Research: Developing a data interface standard


    The IDX4rail research initiative aims to create an open-source data converter to mitigate the challenge of differing interface standards for data transfer in the German urban and main line rail sectors.

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail to study composite sleeper profiles


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Dutch company Lankhorst Rail a contract to assist with the development of the next generation of railway sleeper. The infrastructure manager plans to use Lankhorst’s KLP composite sleepers manufactured from recycled plastic reinforced with steel to investigate the bending stiffness, flexibility ...

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    Interview: Making trains even greener


    Wabtec Transit CEO Pascal Schweitzer explains to Nick Kingsley how the tier one supplier is innovating in areas such as brake design and air-conditioning agents to further enhance the sustainability of rolling stock.

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    US National University Rail Center of Excellence funded


    USA: Funding has been approved to enable a consortium of nine universities to establish a National University Rail Center of Excellence, which will develop the future workforce and undertake research into passenger and freight rail efficiency, reliability and safety. Research topics could include rolling stock technology, ...

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    Contractor showcases rail career opportunities to school pupils


    UK: Multi-disciplinary rail contractor QTS Group has held its second Future of Rail event to engage with young people and promote careers in the industry. More than 300 pupils from local schools attended the event held at the Midland Railway heritage line on September 27, which ...

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    India: IR’s digital journey


    Indian Railways has embarked on a further wave of digitalisation as it continues to transform its operations and services, explains Raghu Dayal.

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    Freightliner opens Doncaster training centre to support ETCS roll-out


    UK: Freightliner has officially opened an Operational Training Academy in Doncaster to prepare its northern-based drivers for the introduction of ETCS Level 2 between London King’s Cross and Stoke Tunnel near Grantham as part of the East Coast Digital Programme. A similar facility for southern-based drivers ...

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    Bank backs digital railway R&D


    ITALY: The European Investment Bank is providing MerMec with a €30m loan to finance research and development of digital railway technology, including signalling for driverless trains, and diagnostic and management technology for rolling stock and infrastructure assets. An agreement covering the first €20m was signed by ...