Research, training & skills news – Page 7

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    Universidade de Vassouras launches MBA in Railway Engineering


    BRAZIL: Universidade de Vassouras is offering a 20-month railway engineering course leading to a Master of Business Administration qualification.

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    Shift2Rail, CEN and CENELEC sign standardisation co-operation agreement


    EUROPE: Shift2Rail, the European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their existing collaboration and agreeing to work together to identify areas where standardisation can contribute to innovation in the rail sector. Examples of such areas ...

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    Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals offers entry-level industry qualification


    UK: The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is inviting candidates to book places to sit the online examination for its industry-recognised Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals this October. The certificate is designed to give candidates who may be new to the rail industry, and those ...

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    Research partnership targets low-carbon freight


    USA: Wabtec has set up partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University and short line specialist Genesee & Wyoming with a view to developing a range of low-carbon technologies for freight railroads. At the heart of the proposals is the Freight Rail Innovation Institute, a research body that ...

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    Partnership will promote industry research


    BRAZIL: Industry association Abifer has signed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research & Innovation (Embrapii) to promote research and innovation. The agreement aims to cement the relationship between Abifer’s member companies and Embrapii’s network of research centres and institutions to ‘make it ...

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    Harrier HydroShunter fuel cell locomotive to be converted from Class 08


    UK: A Class 08 diesel-electric shunting locomotive is being converted to fuel cell power by the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, the University of Birmingham and hydrogen technology specialist Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions. ‘Vanguard has developed the HydroShunter to enable cost-effective retrofitting of diesel locomotives with ...

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    4D training tool to replace generic videos


    UK: A customisable online training tool is being developed by 3D Repo, Freeform and HS2 contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci JV to replace generic videos and presentations with live walkthroughs of site-specific 4D visualisations based on existing BIM models. Funding is being provided ...

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    Nomad Tech receives funding to develop Portuguese STM


    PORTUGAL: Grants from the national government and the European Regional Development Fund have been agreed to allow further development of a Specific Transmission Module to support the adoption of ETCS in Portugal.

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    Loram Technologies to build rail R&D centre in Georgetown


    USA: Loram Technologies is to build a $17m research and development centre in Georgetown, Texas. The railway maintenance and services company expects to employ 310 people at the site, including 150 new positions. Loram Technologies President Greg Grissom said the company’s vision was to build on ...

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    NSAR to support Malaysian skills development


    MALAYSIA: National railway operator Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with the UK’s National Skills Academy for Rail in order to support workforce training activities through the National Rail Centre of Excellence.

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    Global Centre of Rail Excellence funding confirmed


    UK: The Welsh Government has confirmed a £50m capital funding loan to Powys Council to support development of the planned Global Centre of Rail Excellence testing facility on a former mining site. This follows the UK government’s announcement of up to £30m of funding in its ...

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    Etihad Rail and Saudi Railway Co sign co-operation agreement


    ASIA: UAE’s Etihad Rail and Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement establishing a framework for the exchange of services, training and knowledge. The two railways will initially focus on locomotive and wagon leasing arrangements, the purchase of spare parts, special volunteer groups and ...

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    Tests suggest 30% cost saving using distributed power with LTE


    EUROPE: Initial results have confirmed the feasibility of operating long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology, and the potential for significant cost savings.

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    Four start-ups chosen in Rumo’s Fuse safety innovation programme


    BRAZIL: Ideas and concepts to improve safety at level crossings are to be developed and tested under plans announced by freight concessionaire Rumo. Four proposals have been selected for development under the Fuse programme to identify and implement safety improvements, which was launched by the operator in ...

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    UITP scholarship programme to honour Laurent Dauby


    TRAINING: The International Association of Public Transport is to launch a scholarship programme for young leaders from developing countries, in memory of its former Director of Rail, Laurent Dauby, who died suddenly at the end of 2019.

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    Rail Business UK

    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 metrics. The ...

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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 microcontrollers ...

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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. First responders ...

  • 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, the ...