Research, training & skills news – Page 3

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    Rail Business UK

    FH Aachen and Reuschling celebrate second Railway Challenge win


    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 ...

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    UTA to offer rail apprenticeships


    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


    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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    Rail Business UK

    ORR launches RM3 health and safety learning platform


    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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    Rail Business UK

    Train drivers wanted for driver advisory system research


    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. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Siemens Mobility recruits through Military2Rail initiative


    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


    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


    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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    Metro Report International

    Operator and university to collaborate on railway technology


    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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    Rail Business UK

    Training software developer rebrands


    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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    Rail Business UK

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


    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


    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


    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 ...

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    DB Netz targets faster project approval and digital capacity boost


    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
    Rail Business UK

    Goole business centre to support railway research and innovation


    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


    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 ...

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    Chemical train emergency simulated


    GERMANY: A large-scale chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives emergency response training exercise has used disco fog and public volunteers to simulate a chemical leak from a freight train near a station. The exercise hosted by the Dortmund fire brigade enabled 130 ...

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    Amtrak launches apprenticeship pilot programme


    USA: Amtrak has announced an apprenticeship pilot programme providing new recruits and existing employees with opportunities for professional development. All apprentices will take core courses including safety, environmental awareness and personal protective equipment, before moving into classroom and hands-on instruction and then branching off into craft-specific ...

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    Denver to host 2022 International Level Crossing Awareness Day


    SAFETY: After two years of virtual conferences, the International Level Crossing Awareness Day organised by the International Union of Railways returns to a live format with a three-day launch event in Denver. Taking place annually since 2009, ILCAD is supported by railways around the world, with ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Skills academy aims to set young people up for a career in rail


    UK: A Rail Skills Academy for people aged 18 to 24 years has been launched at contractor QTS Group’s Drumclog headquarters with funding from East Ayrshire Council’s Young Person Guarantee programme. The nine-week courses are designed to equip participants with the skills and experience required to ...