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  • Korea Railroad Research Institute test train
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    Train-to-train data transmission over 4 km

    2022-08-04T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has successfully tested train-to-train data communications over distances of 2 km in the open air and 4 km in tunnels. The communications use a directional antenna developed by KRRI, which said it was the first successful test over such distances. ...

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    Collaboration looks at modal shift to decarbonise freight

    2022-08-03T04:15:00Z

    UK: The University of Birmingham and multi-modal freight company Pass Logistics have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore ways of switching containerised goods from road to rail to support decarbonisation. Researchers at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education’s Centre of Excellence in Rail ...

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    Rail staff trained to intervene with vulnerable passengers

    2022-08-01T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Children charity is training Northern’s conductors, customer service and station staff to spot vulnerable people on the railway and to have the confidence to intervene with help. The work focuses on identifying individuals at risk of to abuse, addiction and intimidation, and helping ...

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    Alstom and Azerbaijan Technical University launch rail training centre

    2022-07-31T05:00:00Z

    AZERBAIJAN: Alstom and Azerbaijan Technical University are developing a training centre in Baku, with the first intake of 20 engineering students expected in October. The centre will provide access to over 140 h of unique courses developed and owned by Alstom University, the company’s in-house training ...

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    FH Aachen and Reuschling celebrate second Railway Challenge win

    2022-07-25T05:00:00Z

    UK: A German grouping of FH Aachen and Reuschling has recorded a second win in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ 11th Railway Challenge, having first won the competition in 2019. Intended to reinforce practical skills and the ability to follow a system engineering process, the Railway ...

  • UTA apprenticeships under development
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    UTA to offer rail apprenticeships

    2022-07-22T06:00:00Z

    USA: Utah Transit Authority has appointed specialist training company Xpan to develop apprenticeships in light rail vehicle maintenance, maintenance of way and commuter rail vehicle maintenance. The three-year apprenticeships will offer a mix of e-learning, interactive simulations, instructor-led training, labs and on-the-job training. UTA is developing ...

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    Hudson Bay Railway permafrost study funded

    2022-07-19T12:00:00Z

    CANADA: Current and future permafrost conditions along the Hudson Bay Railway corridor to Churchill in Manitoba are to be studied by the University of Calgary with C$4·4m of funding from the National Trade Corridors Fund. The results will be used to develop strategies to ensure the ...

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    ORR launches RM3 health and safety learning platform

    2022-07-04T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has launched an online learning platform to assist health and safety professionals in gaining a further understanding of how to use the rail industry’s Risk Management Maturity Model. The e-learning platform designed by Premier IT went live on June ...

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    Train drivers wanted for driver advisory system research

    2022-06-30T11:00:00Z

    UK: Glasgow Caledonian University researcher Martin Ward is seeking British train drivers to participate in survey of their use of driver advisory systems. The survey asks drivers what influences them to follow the advice provided by DAS, and what they perceive as the benefits or risks. ...

  • Siemens Mobility has recruited 12 ex-armed forces personnel as part of its Military2Rail initiative.
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    Siemens Mobility recruits through Military2Rail initiative

    2022-06-27T04:00:00Z

    UK: As part of its Military2Rail initiative, Siemens Mobility has recruited 12 ex-armed forces personnel for roles including network engineers, planners, environment, health & safety advisors and project managers. ‘For a number of years, we have benefitted from the experience and expertise that ex-forces personnel have ...

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    Driverless regional train research gets underway

    2022-06-20T11:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Work has started on a project to develop and test technology for the driverless operation of regional passenger trains, and to identify the regulatory changes which would be needed to permit future use. The project is being undertaken by Alstom, the DLR aerospace research centre ...

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    Amtrak expands apprenticeship programme

    2022-06-19T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded Amtrak an $8m grant to support a national roll-out of its apprenticeship programme, which will offer a three-year career track for personal and professional advancement. This follows the launch of a pilot programme earlier this year, and will enable ...

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    Operator and university to collaborate on railway technology

    2022-06-15T10:00:00Z

    CHINA: MTR Corp, MTR Academy and Hong Kong Polytechnic University have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore innovative railway technologies including smart asset and operations management and intelligent maintenance. The three-year partnership aims to bring together the railway expertise of MTR Corp and MTRA with ...

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    Training software developer rebrands

    2022-06-10T04:00:00Z

    UK: Edinburgh-based simulation, training and familiarisation app developer 3DVSL has rebranded as Denova. The company’s customers in the rail sector include Siemens Mobility, Avanti West Coast, ScotRail, Great Western Railway and Metro Trains Melbourne. ‘We have built our reputation in the rail industry over the last ...

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    Digital twin of Bristol Temple Meads helps to assess air quality improvement measures

    2022-06-08T05:53:00Z

    UK: Real-time air quality sensors and a digital twin of Bristol Temple Meads have been used to investigate potential measures to improve station air quality.

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    Rail training facility expanded

    2022-06-04T05:00:00Z

    USA: Short line and regional railway group Watco has completed a $3m expansion of its Safe Performance Center in Fairfield, Alabama to meet its training needs for the next decade. A new building features classrooms, a conference room and a large space for a locomotive simulator, ...

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    Hydrogen multiple-unit testing gets underway

    2022-05-31T15:26:00Z

    SPAIN: The Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for Rail Applications consortium has begun static testing of an electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with a hydrogen and battery power package to enable catenary-free operation. The FCH2Rail consortium comprises rolling stock manufacturer CAF, the DLR aerospace research ...

  • DB Netz Chairman Frank Sennhenn
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    DB Netz targets faster project approval and digital capacity boost

    2022-05-31T10:14:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Netz Chairman Frank Sennhenn says the infrastructure manager is targeting a 30% gain in capacity on existing lines ‘depending on the exact traffic mix’ from digitalisation including traffic management, automation and the roll-out of ERTMS. Speaking at the opening of the IAF track technology ...

  • The Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions hub for Enterprise in Goole has been formally inaugurated
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    Goole business centre to support railway research and innovation

    2022-05-30T08:13:00Z

    UK: The Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions hub for Enterprise in Goole has been formally inaugurated, adjacent to the new Siemens Mobility rolling stock assembly plant which is now nearing completion.

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    CZ Loko opens accommodation building to meet demographic challenges

    2022-05-28T05:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko has opened a building containing a training centre for 30 people and accommodation for 25 employees in a former bank in the historic centre of Česká Třebová. The company’s existing training facilities at the factory were at full capacity, and the additional ...