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    TAZARA and Copperbelt University form skills development partnership

    2020-01-15T06:02:00Z

    ZAMBIA: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Copperbelt University have signed an agreement establishing a joint educational campus in Mpika which the international railway operator said would ‘create unheralded value and opportunities for both the university and the railway industry’. The campus at TAZARA’s existing training centre will ...

  • Former winners include the Riding Sunbeams project to use solar energy
    Rail Business UK

    First of a Kind competition offers £9·4m to support rail innovation

    2020-01-13T15:29:00Z

    UK: Innovate UK and the Department for Transport have launched the 2020 First of a Kind competition, which will provide £9·4m to support the development of innovative technologies in the rail sector. ‘For two centuries the UK has been at the cutting-edge of rail technology’, said ...

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    Promoting railway career opportunities in Turkey

    2020-01-13T09:00:00Z

    TURKEY: A memorandum of understanding to establish a framework for the promotion of railway training and career development has been signed by Alstom Turkey and Haydarpaşa Vocational Technical Anatolian High School. To help raise students’ understanding of the rail industry and equip them with ...

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    Shift2Rail invites 2020 research proposals

    2020-01-08T14:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Within the framework of its Annual Work Plan, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking issued its 2020 call for proposals on January 7, covering research and innovation projects with a total value of €146·6m. Applications are due by April 21. The call covers 19 topics, of which ...

  • Network Rail and Strukton have signed a MoU for R&D co-operation
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail and Strukton Rail to co-operate on R&D

    2019-12-23T09:00:00Z

    UK: Dutch engineering company Strukton Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding to support the delivery of Network Rail’s £245m research and development portfolio during Control Period 6 (2019-24). The collaboration will build on work undertaken through the European Shift2Rail partnership’s Innovation Programme 3 covering the ...

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    Lightweight bogie made from recycled carbon fibre

    2019-12-16T12:00:00Z

    UK: A prototype passenger vehicle bogie made from recycled carbon fibre was unveiled at the Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield on December 10. The bogie is being developed through a two-year programme being undertaken by a consortium of fibre recycling ...

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    Rail associations welcome EU Green Deal proposals

    2019-12-13T15:50:00Z

    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have welcomed the transport sector proposals in the EU Green Deal package outlined by new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session of the European Parliament on December 11.

  • Stadler Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit for San Bernadino County Transportation Authority
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    Understanding fuel cell applications

    2019-12-13T09:52:00Z

    USA: Having undertaken research into alternative propulsion technologies to support the order for North America’s first commercial hydrogen-powered train, the Center for Railway Research & Education at Michigan State University is to host a seminar on the topic in Long Beach on January 29-31.

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    Course builds opportunities for ex-military personnel

    2019-12-13T04:00:00Z

    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is sending staff from Southern’s newly-formed in-house maintenance team on an intensive five-week Level 1 foundation course in property maintenance run by Chichester College. The Building Heroes charity puts ex-servicemen and women through the same course, with Southern helping towards the cost ...

  • Perth C-series Alstom EMU impression
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    Local content emphasised as Alstom awarded Perth train contract

    2019-12-10T09:36:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has formally signed the A$1·3bn contract for Alstom to supply and maintain diesel and electric multiple-units for use around Perth. Announcing completion of the deal on December 10, PTA said the biggest rolling stock contract that it had placed ...

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    Helping short lines to prepare for emergencies

    2019-12-07T06:00:00Z

    USA: ‘Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis’, explained American Short Line Regional Railroad Association President Chuck Baker when the organisation announced a package of resources ...

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Industry Ambassadors wanted

    2019-11-20T14:32:00Z

    UK: The Young Rail Professionals networking and educational association is recruiting volunteer Rail Industry Ambassadors to visit schools, colleges, universities and career fairs to raise awareness of the ‘fantastic’ career opportunities available within the rail industry. Ambassadors are sought from all levels of the industry, from ...

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    City & Guilds Group buys railway training company Intertrain

    2019-11-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: City Guilds Group has acquired Intertrain, which provides more than 300 railway infrastructure training courses and trains more than 22 000 learners and 40 apprentices every year. The courses include Level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, and re-skilling, upskilling and recertifying existing rail ...

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    Short line specific PTC training

    2019-11-09T05:00:00Z

    USA: The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association has appointed Tech Mahindra to provide Positive Train Control training courses customised to meet the specific needs of short line operators. The courses will be provided through a subscription-based online platform, with interactive modules covering aspects ...

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    Metro training centre to be fitted with depot protection system

    2019-11-05T04:00:00Z

    UK: Main contractor Galliford Try has awarded Zonegreen a contract to install its Depot Personnel Protection System at an £8·4m training and light maintenance facility which it is building for Tyne Wear Metro operator Nexus. Intended to provide a wide ...

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    Digital signalling test centre to be built in Sydney

    2019-11-01T10:13:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has invited expressions of interest in a contract to build a testing facility for digital signalling technology. To be built at the Rail Technology Campus at Chullora in western Sydney, the Digital Systems Facility would enable technologies to be tested ...

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    Freight to be focus of Shift2Rail successor

    2019-10-31T09:19:00Z

    EUROPE: Freight is likely to be a core focus of the successor to the Shift2Rail joint technology initiative, S2R Executive Director Carlo Borghini told Railway Gazette on October 30 on the sidelines of the World Congress on Railway Research in Tokyo. While the so-called Shift2Rail ...

  • The Norwegian and Spanish infrastructure managers have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the exchange of experiences, mutual training, joint workshops, study visits and technical assistance.
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    Infrastructure managers share knowledge

    2019-10-17T10:13:00Z

    EUROPE: The Norwegian and Spanish infrastructure managers have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the exchange of experiences, mutual training, joint workshops, study visits and technical assistance. ‘We have a lot to learn from ADIF in certain areas, for example ERTMS where they have the largest ...

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    Employers and unions aim to increase the number of women in the rail sector

    2019-10-17T10:10:00Z

    EUROPE: Negotiations for an EU-level agreement aimed at promoting the employment of women in the rail sector have been launched by the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies, representing more than 70 employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation which represents 5 million transport workers ...