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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Freight Energy & Emissions Calculation tool to help optimise performance


    UK: Funding has been awarded for the development of a low-cost tool allowing train operators and their customers estimate accurately the emissions produced by different traction, route and loading options in order to assess the benefits of modal shift to rail. Network Rail will also ...

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    Metro Report International

    Training academy to support tram network expansion


    UK: West Midlands Metro has opened a training academy at its Wednesbury depot, as the tram operator plans to create more than 160 driving, maintenance, ticket inspection and support jobs as part of a £1∙3bn network expansion programme. As well as providing a central location ...

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    Thai and Japanese railway research organisations to co-operate


    THAILAND: The National Scientific Technology Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute covering co-operation on technical matters, human development and joint research to help improve the Thai railway network. Initially running until the end of June ...

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    Anápolis to host railway research centre


    BRAZIL: Work is expected to start later this year to establish a Centre of Excellence for Railway Technology in Anápolis, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Goiás on July 15. Expected ...

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    Rail Business UK

    First of a Kind funding announced for 30 rail innovation projects


    UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have awarded £9m of First of a Kind funding to support 30 rail innovation projects. This year’s funding round is focused on making railways ‘cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly’. ‘The competition always throws up surprises and the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Greater Anglia trainee programme develops skills


    UK: Greater Anglia is providing work experience placements on its Customer Service Traineeship course for 10 young people currently out of mainstream education or employment. The eight-week programme organised in partnership with Central Training Group combines classroom learning and work shadowing to support young people ...

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    Provisional EU agreement on women in rail reached


    EUROPE: Provisional agreement on a binding EU-level deal to promote the employment of women in the rail sector has been reached by the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, representing employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation, representing staff. CER and ETF said ...

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    Severino Sombra University launches MBA in Railway Engineering


    BRAZIL: Severino Sombra University is offering a 20-month railway engineering course leading to a Master of Business Administration qualification.

  • Shift2rail standardisation MoU

    Shift2Rail, CEN and CENELEC sign standardisation co-operation agreement


    EUROPE: Shift2Rail, the European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their existing collaboration and agreeing to work together to identify areas where standardisation can contribute to innovation in the rail sector. Examples of such ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals offers entry-level industry qualification


    UK: The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is inviting candidates to book places to sit the online examination for its industry-recognised Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals this October. The certificate is designed to give candidates who may be new to the rail industry, and ...

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    Research partnership targets low-carbon freight


    USA: Wabtec has set up partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and short line specialist Genesee Wyoming with a view to developing a range of low-carbon technologies for freight railroads. At the heart of the proposals is the Freight Rail Innovation Institute, a research body ...

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    Partnership will promote industry research


    BRAZIL: Industry association Abifer has signed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research Innovation (Embrapii) to promote research and innovation. The agreement aims to cement the relationship between Abifer’s member companies and Embrapii’s network of research centres and institutions to ...

  • A 3D view of plans for the Harrier Hydroshunter from the University of Birmingham
    Rail Business UK

    Harrier HydroShunter fuel cell locomotive to be converted from Class 08


    UK: A Class 08 diesel-electric shunting locomotive is being converted to fuel cell power by the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, the University of Birmingham and hydrogen technology specialist Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions. ‘Vanguard has developed the HydroShunter to enable cost-effective retrofitting of diesel locomotives ...

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    Rail Business UK

    4D training tool to replace generic videos


    UK: A customisable online training tool is being developed by 3D Repo, Freeform and HS2 contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci JV to replace generic videos and presentations with live walkthroughs of site-specific 4D visualisations based on existing BIM models. Funding is being ...

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    Nomad Tech receives funding to develop Portuguese STM


    PORTUGAL: Grants from the national government and the European Regional Development Fund have been agreed to allow further development of a Specific Transmission Module to support the adoption of ETCS in Portugal.

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    Loram Technologies to build rail R&D centre in Georgetown


    USA: Loram Technologies is to build a $17m research and development centre in Georgetown, Texas. The railway maintenance and services company expects to employ 310 people at the site, including 150 new positions. Loram Technologies President Greg Grissom said the company’s vision was to build ...

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    NSAR to support Malaysian skills development


    MALAYSIA: National railway operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the UK’s National Skills Academy for Rail in order to support workforce training activities through the National Rail Centre of Excellence.

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    Rail Business UK

    Global Centre of Rail Excellence funding confirmed


    UK: The Welsh Government has confirmed a £50m capital funding loan to Powys Council to support development of the planned Global Centre of Rail Excellence testing facility on a former mining site. This follows the UK government’s announcement of up to £30m of funding in its ...

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    Etihad Rail and Saudi Railway Co sign co-operation agreement


    ASIA: UAE’s Etihad Rail and Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement establishing a framework for the exchange of services, training and knowledge. The two railways will initially focus on locomotive and wagon leasing arrangements, the purchase of spare parts, special volunteer groups ...

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    Tests suggest 30% cost saving using distributed power with LTE


    EUROPE: Initial results have confirmed the feasibility of operating long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology, and the potential for significant cost savings.