Research, training & skills news – Page 6

  • VR training simulator for ADIF
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    VR infrastructure training simulators

    2021-10-27T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Virtualware a US$1m contract to supply virtual reality simulators for construction and maintenance training. A 250 m2 room in Valencia will be used to train staff in lifelike immersive multi-user environments using Virtualware’s Viroo platform ADIF will be able to ...

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    In depth

    India: Railway university bears fruit

    2021-10-21T07:46:00Z

    Although developed by Indian Railways, the National Rail & Transportation Institute is intended to provide a university-level education and research facility for the country’s wider transport sector. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Autonomous train trials and green power planned at Velim test track

    2021-10-19T09:32:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The VUZ railway research institute has announced plans for investment to facilitate the testing of autonomous urban and suburban trains at the Velim test centre, and measures to lower the site’s emissions and produce green hydrogen for fuelling trains. ‘We ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Small plant training programme aims to save the rail industry time and money

    2021-10-08T04:00:00Z

    UK: City & Guilds’ railway infrastructure training subsidiary Intertrain has launched a small plant training programme which combines hands-on and online learning. The online elements would have previously been delivered in a classroom, and the new approach reduces learning hours by around 30% and lowers travel ...

  • Wolverhampton rail training centre
    Rail Business UK

    Training centre opens to provide skills for rail and tram projects

    2021-10-05T04:59:00Z

    UK: A rail training centre has been opened at City of Wolverhampton College’s Wellington Road campus in Bilston, with 40 m of track where students can get hands-on training in the skills needed to build and maintain rail and tram lines, including the slab track used ...

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    Donations sought to establish Reinschmidt railway engineering scholarship

    2021-10-02T05:00:00Z

    USA: Donations from across the rail sector are being sought to support a scholarship fund in memory of former permanent way specialist Al Reinschmidt, who died in 2018. The Albert J Reinschmidt Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established by friends and rail industry colleagues, is ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Signal engineering apprenticeships offer route to ‘well-paid, secure’ careers

    2021-09-28T05:00:00Z

    UK: Randstad Infrastructure is to expand its workforce by 50% and take on apprentices after being awarded a national contract to supply signalling engineers to Network Rail.

  • Lucknow metro accessibility workshop
    Metro Report International

    Accessibility training at Lucknow metro

    2021-09-27T05:00:00Z

    INDIA: Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corp has worked with the Handicare Indian Association of Persons with Disabilities to organise an inclusive public transport workshop to help senior staff as well as new recruits understand the needs of disabled passengers Handicare was established in 1986 as a ...

  • Mongolian narrow gauge children's railway fleet
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    Children’s railway under construction in Mongolia

    2021-09-17T12:00:00Z

    MONGOLIA: National operator Ulaanbaatar Railway has begun developing its first children’s railway, where school pupils will be able to gain experience of railway operations. The 2·1 km circular line is being built in the northern city in Darkhan under a project being ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail and YRP launch ‘Welcome to Rail’ initiative

    2021-09-17T10:39:00Z

    UK: Not-for-profit networking body Young Rail Professionals and Network Rail have joined forces to launch what is intended to become an annual induction programme for people new to working in the rail industry.

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    DB and CFL co-operate on ‘extended reality’ rail training technology

    2021-09-11T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: An agreement to co-operate to develop the use of virtual and augmented reality tools in specialist rail industry training has been signed by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn and Luxembourg’s CFL. DB says the relevance of immersive technologies in vocational training is increasing, enabling a merger of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Reforms must address rail skills shortfall, says NSAR Chair

    2021-09-06T05:00:00Z

    UK: The rail sector will need to recruit 34 000 additional staff by 2025 ‘to match the changing skills agenda’, according to HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Dyan Crowther, who is also the current Chair of the National Skills Academy for Rail. Attracting a broader ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Machine learning deployed to support train operations decision-making

    2021-08-11T06:00:00Z

    UK: South Western Railway and the University of Portsmouth have co-operated to develop machine learning software which analyses real-time train running data to automatically identify services at risk of delay and assist controllers with selecting and implementing the most appropriate contingency plan. The creation of a ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail Freight Energy & Emissions Calculation tool to help optimise performance

    2021-07-28T05:00:00Z

    UK: Funding has been awarded for the development of a low-cost tool allowing train operators and their customers estimate accurately the emissions produced by different traction, route and loading options in order to assess the benefits of modal shift to rail. Network Rail will also be ...

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    Metro Report International

    Training academy to support tram network expansion

    2021-07-23T04:59:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Metro has opened a training academy at its Wednesbury depot, as the tram operator plans to create more than 160 driving, maintenance, ticket inspection and support jobs as part of a £1∙3bn network expansion programme. As well as providing a central location for ...

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    Thai and Japanese railway research organisations to co-operate

    2021-07-20T05:00:00Z

    THAILAND: The National Scientific & Technology Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute covering co-operation on technical matters, human development and joint research to help improve the Thai railway network. Initially running until the end of June 2023, the ...

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    Anápolis to host railway research centre

    2021-07-16T14:51:00Z

    BRAZIL: Work is expected to start later this year to establish a Centre of Excellence for Railway Technology in Anápolis, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Goiás on July 15. Expected to ...

  • Whoosh Media will work with Grand Central to place QR codes on stations and train seats to distribute information.
    Rail Business UK

    First of a Kind funding announced for 30 rail innovation projects

    2021-07-05T10:29:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have awarded £9m of First of a Kind funding to support 30 rail innovation projects. This year’s funding round is focused on making railways ‘cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly’. ‘The competition always throws up surprises and the ideas ...

  • Trainees at Liverpool Street
    Rail Business UK

    Greater Anglia trainee programme develops skills

    2021-07-05T04:00:00Z

    UK: Greater Anglia is providing work experience placements on its Customer Service Traineeship course for 10 young people currently out of mainstream education or employment. The eight-week programme organised in partnership with Central Training Group combines classroom learning and work shadowing to support young people who ...

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    Provisional EU agreement on women in rail reached

    2021-07-03T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Provisional agreement on a binding EU-level deal to promote the employment of women in the rail sector has been reached by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies, representing employers, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation, representing staff. CER and ETF said the positive ...