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    Partnership will promote industry research

    2021-05-01T05:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Harrier HydroShunter fuel cell locomotive to be converted from Class 08

    2021-04-23T00:01:00Z

    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

    2021-04-16T06:00:00Z

    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

    2021-04-07T14:17:00Z

    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

    2021-04-01T12:00:00Z

    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

    2021-03-29T10:55:00Z

    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

    2021-03-29T08:32:00Z

    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

    2021-03-17T16:17:00Z

    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

    2021-03-17T12:40:00Z

    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.

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    Four start-ups chosen in Rumo’s Fuse safety innovation programme

    2021-03-15T14:25:00Z

    BRAZIL: Ideas and concepts to improve safety at level crossings are to be developed and tested under plans announced by freight concessionaire Rumo. Four proposals have been selected for development under the Fuse programme to identify and implement safety improvements, which was launched by the operator ...

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    Metro Report International

    UITP scholarship programme to honour Laurent Dauby

    2021-03-12T08:00:00Z

    TRAINING: The International Association of Public Transport is to launch a scholarship programme for young leaders from developing countries, in memory of its former Director of Rail, Laurent Dauby, who died suddenly at the end of 2019.

  • The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance metrics
    Rail Business UK

    Passenger Experience and Economics, Policy & Operations rail research centres planned

    2021-02-15T09:00:00Z

    UK: The UK Rail Research Innovation Network has called on academic institutions to express interest in establishing two centres of excellence. The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Academy interactive training portal rolled out

    2021-02-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Institution of Railway Operators has completed the phased launch of Rail Academy, a ‘one-stop’ online training platform providing remote learning courses for operating staff of varying experience and skill levels.

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    Metro Report International

    Supertram training programme developed as Semcon targets the rail market

    2021-02-09T05:00:00Z

    UK: Technical documentation and digital training specialist Semcon is to develop a training system which will enable technicians at Sheffield’s Supertram to learn about the Controller Area Network bus system used on the network’s fleet of Vossloh Citylink tram-trains. The CAN bus allows the onboard ...

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    First responders offered railway safety training

    2020-12-28T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Operation Lifesaver level crossing safety campaign organisation has started offering free Railroad Investigation Safety Course training for first responders. RISC replaces the Grade Crossing Collision Investigation Course, and can be provided in-person or virtually with sessions of 1 h to 4 h. ...

  • Final preparations are in hand for a programme of tests to determine the feasibility of regular operation of long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology.
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    DB Cargo to test operation of long trains using distributed power with LTE

    2020-12-21T13:29:00Z

    GERMANY: Final preparations are in hand for a programme of tests to determine the feasibility of regular operation of long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology. To be carried out in February 2021 on the steeply graded line between Probstzella and Hochstadt-Marktzeuln near Lichtenfels, ...

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    ERRAC outlines nine strategic railway research priorities

    2020-12-10T09:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Research Advisory Council has published a list of nine ‘transforming projects’ which it believes are needed to maximise rail’s contribution towards meeting European transport and environmental goals. Intended to offer a framework for further decision-making on joint actions, the Strategic Research ...

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    Metro Report International

    Real-Time Asset Management research grants awarded

    2020-12-04T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Transit Administration’s Real-Time Asset Management research programme has awarded grants totalling $1·37m to six projects which aim to enhance asset management and safety by deploying innovative technologies. Real-Time Asset Management project funding Sponsor Description Funding ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has launched a railway training scheme for refugees (Photo: DB).
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    Pan-European alliance to develop rail skills base

    2020-12-03T14:04:00Z

    EUROPE: The Skill Training Alliance For the Future European Rail system partnership of 32 organisations from across the transport, policy and education sectors has been launched to address the rail industry’s current and emerging skills and training needs.

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    ERA seminar examines human factors in rail automation

    2020-12-02T05:29:00Z

    EUROPE: Recognising that humans cannot be wholly removed from what it terms ‘the socio-technical system’ of railway operation, the European Union Agency for Railways is hosting a virtual seminar on December 2-3 to examine human and organisational factors in railway automation.