Research, training & skills news

  • The Inclusive Passenger Experience centre would focus on topics such as inclusive design, digital connectivity, future passenger preferences, and demand and performance metrics
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    Passenger Experience and Economics, Policy & Operations rail research centres planned


    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 Academy interactive training portal rolled out


    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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    Supertram training programme developed as Semcon targets the rail market


    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


    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.

    DB Cargo to test operation of long trains using distributed power with LTE


    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


    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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    Real-Time Asset Management research grants awarded


    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).

    Pan-European alliance to develop rail skills base


    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


    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.

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    Stadler partners with Newcastle University to support metro fleet renewal


    UK: Newcastle University and Stadler have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on research, education and innovation initiatives relating the the Swiss firm’s contract to supply and maintain a new fleet of trainsets for the Tyne Wear Metro. Running for an initial ...

  • Siemens Mobility is currently undertaking a pilot project for highly automated driving on the Hamburg S-Bahn

    Automated main line train operation requirements to be studied


    GERMANY: Federal railway research body DZSF is providing €1·7m to fund two projects to define requirements for authorising the automated operation of regional and main line passenger services. The studies will consider Grade of Automation 3 (automated operation with an onboard attendant able to intervene in ...

  • Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle at Long Marston
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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing


    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

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    Shipping company joins RSSB to benefit from rail’s safety culture


    UK: DFDS Seaways Immingham has joined the Rail Safety Standards Board as its first shipping company member. This provides the freight shipping, warehousing and logistics operator with access to RSSB’s resource library and ‘world class’ training on human behaviour, safety culture developments and safety ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
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    Seven steps needed to address looming rail skills shortage


    UK: Action needs to be taken now prevent a serious escalation of skills shortages in the rail industry over the next five years, according to the ‘Back on Track’ report published by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail.

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    Research aims to reduce electrification costs


    UK: Research to improve the reliability of current and future electrification schemes has been undertaken by engineers from Sheffield University, supported by supplier Furrer+Frey and Network Rail. A PhD undertaken by Sam Hayes examined the effects of wind, train speed and wire gradient, with the aim ...

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    Alstom’s training courses awarded quality certification


    FRANCE: Alstom has obtained Qualiopi quality certification from standardisation body AFNOR for the training activities that its Valenciennes and Saint-Ouen sites organise for customers, service providers and subcontractors. The certification covers 40 courses given by 12 permanent trainers and approximately 50 people working on an occasional ...

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    Rail steel R&D partnership


    UK: British Steel and the University of Sheffield have announced a multi-million-pound research and development programme which will see steel tested at the university’s Faculty of Engineering and the steelmaker’s R D facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. British Steel is contributing £1·6m including ...

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    East Coast Main Line electrification research agreement


    UK: An outline £10m co-investment agreement has been signed by the University of Leeds and the Rail Electrification Alliance which is undertaking the East Coast Main Line power supply upgrade programme. The agreement provides for two years of research into the best ...

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    Research project starts work on FRMCS demonstrator


    EUROPE: Work has officially started on an EU-backed project to develop a demonstrator version of the Future Railways Mobile Communication System, as a successor to current GSM-R technology.

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    RIA and Women In Rail launch pan-industry equality charter


    UK: A pan-industry agreement to champion diversity, equality and inclusion across the rail sector has been launched by the Railway Industry Association and Women In Rail.