Research, training & skills news – Page 8

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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 & Innovation ...

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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 University of ...

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    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 five years, ...

  • 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 an ...

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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 VLR ...

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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 processes and ...

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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 of ...

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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 basis. ...

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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 staff time ...

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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 and ...

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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.

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    Hydrogen fuel cell train to be developed with EU funding


    EUROPE: The FCH2RAIL consortium’s €14m project to design, develop and test a prototype hydrogen fuelled train has been awarded a €10m grant from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme FCH2RAIL aims to produce a zero-emission train ...

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    Digital railway research centre handed over


    UK: A purpose-built railway engineering research centre at the University of Birmingham has been handed over by the contractors. The Centre of Excellence for Digital Systems forms part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research & Education. It has been developed through a collaboration between the ...

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    Rail sector targets Generation Z


    EUROPE: Rail industry suppliers’ association UNIFE has launched a campaign to raise the awareness of young people about rail, in a bid to encourage them to travel more by train and to consider a career in the rail sector.

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    Competence management technology company looks to Asia-Pacific market


    AUSTRALIA: Competence management technology and training company AssessTech has opened an office in Brisbane to serve the Asia-Pacific region. Graham Force has been appointed as Business Development Manager, initially focusing on Australia and New Zealand. ‘We see huge potential for us to help improve competence management across ...

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    Freight ATO demonstration on track


    EUROPE: An automatically operated freight train ran successfully between Sierre and Sion in Switzerland on October 19 using ATO over ETCS.