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    Hydrogen train refuelling standard to be developed


    HYDROGEN: A agreement to optimise hydrogen refuelling equipment for passenger trains and define an international standard has been signed by Alstom and the Hynamics hydrogen subsidiary of French energy group EDF. The aim is to help minimise refuelling times, which Alstom said ...

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    Industry and academic collaboration to apply machine learning to railway condition monitoring


    AUSTRIA: Frauscher Sensonic and the Institute for Machine Learning at Johannes Kepler University in Linz are to collaborate to apply the latest machine learning techniques to the use of optic fibres for railway infrastructure condition monitoring. Sensonic will fund two PhD positions, ...

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    Pantograph condition monitoring system deployed in Scotland


    UK: Ricardo has completed the roll out of its PanMon pantograph condition monitoring system on selected electrified routes in Scotland, including the East and West Coast main lines, the North Clyde line and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Gantry-mounted high-definition cameras capture 3 000 frames per second, ...

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    Sri Lanka Railways rolls out Hytera radio network


    SRI LANKA: Hytera Communications Corp is deploying an island-wide radio communications system covering 1 561 km of the Sri Lanka Railways network under a US$7∙39m contract The Chinese company has supplied 20 dispatching controllers, three system management devices, three voice recording devices, 1 239 SD1000 IP ...

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    Clearing snow in Siberia


    RUSSIA: Sinara Transport Machines’ Remputmash plant is delivering 13 self-propelled PSS-1K snow clearing trains to Russian Railways’ Zapadno-Sibirskaya Railway. The PSS-1K can clear snow up to 0·8 m deep from a strip between 2·4 m and 5·3 m wide, and transport 460 m3 or 180 tonnes ...

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    JR East uses AI to monitor overhead electrification


    JAPAN: JR East has launched an AI-based monitoring system to enhance the quality of its overhead wire and catenary mast inspection process.

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    Lidar sensors improve traffic flow at busy level crossing


    LEVEL CROSSING: Silicon Valley-based lidar technology company Cepton and Lithuanian system integrator Belam are working together on obstacle detection systems for level crossings. After testing various types of sensor, Belam concluded that Cepton’s Helius Smart lidar was the most reliable, eliminating false ...

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    Prototype autonomous battery-powered wagon aims to help rail compete with trucks


    USA: Technology company Intramotev is developing a prototype self-powered autonomous wagon, which it hopes can make rail freight more competitive over distances of up to 1 500 km.

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    Provincial grant expands Canadian Pacific hydrogen locomotive project


    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has been awarded a C$15m grant from Emissions Reduction Alberta to expand the scope of its hydrogen locomotive programme, the railway announced on November 1.

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    VR infrastructure training simulators


    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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    DB Cargo awards automated shunting loco contract


    GERMANY: Driverless shunting locomotives are expected to be operating in commercial service at DB Cargo’s München-Nord marshalling yard by the end of 2024, following the award of contracts for the development of onboard systems for both train positioning and ATO. DB Cargo has appointed Augsburg-based Railergy ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Tunnel drill offers speed and safety


    UK: Network Rail and Amey have developed a tunnel drill designed to reduce the risk of vibration injuries, noise, inaccuracies and dust contamination when installing overhead electrification equipment. The infrastructure manager noticed the potential for improvement when working with the contractor on tunnel refurbishments that require ...

  • Network Rail is to undertake in-service trials with DB Systemtechnik’s CTM2·0 continuous track monitoring system (Photo: DB Systemtechnik)
    Rail Business UK

    Track monitoring system to be tested on Chiltern line


    UK: Network Rail is to undertake in-service trials with DB Systemtechnik’s CTM2·0 continuous track monitoring system on a Chiltern Railways MkIII driving van trailer operating in passenger service between London Marylebone and Birmingham. The equipment measures longitudinal level, twist, dynamic alignment, ride comfort, cyclic top, speed ...

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    Enhanced interlocking certified for global market


    SOUTH KOREA: Ricardo’s Seoul-based rail team has completed the assessment of LS Electric’s LTran IX2 computer-based interlocking against international safety standards, enabling it to be launched in the global market. LTran IX2 CBI 520V is an evolution of a product previously approved by Ricardo Certification in ...

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    Autonomous train trials and green power planned at Velim test track


    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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    Battery train fast charging station tested


    GERMANY: A prototype Voltap rapid charging station for battery trains has been tested under real-world conditions for the first time Voltap has been developed by railway electrification technology specialist Furrer+Frey and Tübingen municipal utilities company SWT. The aim is to produce a ...

  • Deployment Of FBG Sensor technology To Monitor Wheel Health

    Structure monitoring system developed


    INDIA: Kerala Rail Development Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding to use technology developed by Lab2Market for the real-time monitoring of civil engineering structures in areas prone to land settlement and flooding on the planned Silver Line. The 530 km double-track 200 km/h railway is ...

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    RM Rail develops the people’s bogie


    RUSSIA: Rolling stock manufacturer RM Rail has developed a 25 tonne axleload bogie in conjunction with St Petersburg State Transport University. The Type 18-9891 Type 3 GOST 9246-2013 bogie is designed to have less impact on the track than a 23·5 tonne design, while minimising flange ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Virtual reality simulation aims to ‘empower people to use public transport’


    UK: A virtual reality simulation is being developed to enable disabled passengers to take simulated journeys where they can experience trains and stations, and interact with on-board staff to find out about the support available. Northern’s Commercial & Customer Director Mark Powles said the aim is ...

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    Automated brake test system development completed


    EUROPE: Austrian company PJM has completed the technical development of an automated brake testing system which it envisaged could save up to 45 min when preparing a 500 m long freight train. The system has been extensively tested on 200 SBB Cargo wagons, and approvals are ...