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    Interlocking roll-out completed

    2021-02-23T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has completed a programme to install new interlockings on the 328 km Eskişehir – Kutahya – Balıkesir main line and bring the route under centralised control. The largely single-track line is one of TCDD’s principal access routes to the Izmir region from ...

  • Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons
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    Transwaggon to install Savvy telematics equipment on entire fleet

    2021-02-21T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss wagon leasing company Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons over the next three years, completing the roll-out across its entire fleet of 13 500 vehicles. The rugged devices which are designed to operate even ...

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    Concern over digital agenda as Jeschke quits DB board

    2021-02-19T11:45:00Z

    GERMANY: Currently Board Member for Digitalisation Technology at Deutsche Bahn, Professor Sabina Jeschke is to step down in the next few months, the national railway confirmed on February 18. Jeschke was recruited to the DB management board in November 2017 at the behest ...

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    Infrabel completes GSM-R migration

    2021-02-19T11:36:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrabel has successfully completed a two-year project to migrate its radio communications core network infrastructure to a VOIP backbone, as part of its ongoing telecoms modernisation and resignalling programme. Working with industrial partner Kontron Transportation, the national infrastructure manager has been working to switch its ...

  • Andreas Vogler Studio is to undertake study into the use of autonomous trains in Bayern
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    Automation of rural branch line trains to be studied

    2021-02-17T11:40:00Z

    GERMANY: A study into the potential automation of rural passenger train services has been awarded funding, with a branch line in Oberfranken selected for testing.

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    Rail Business UK

    High speed line contractor to deploy social distancing helmets

    2021-02-16T05:00:00Z

    UK: High Speed 2 central area civil works contractor EKFB has awarded PLINX a contract to supply 1 500 helmet-mounted devices designed to help maintain social distancing at work sites during the coronavirus pandemic. The devices use wireless technology to monitor how close workers are ...

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    VR FleetCare selects software for growth in a competitive market

    2021-02-14T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: The national railway group’s rolling stock maintenance company VR FleetCare is to standardise on the Infor CloudSuite Industrial Enterprise software platform, which will be implemented by Infor’s local partner Midport Scandinavia. It will be rolled out to 1 000 users, replacing a legacy system ...

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    Turning passenger counts into actionable data

    2021-02-12T09:00:00Z

    SPAIN: CAF has developed a vehicle occupancy data management platform which enables rail operators to track the number of passengers per train, coach, location, time and service, and to analyse historical data to forecast passenger demand more accurately. The number of passengers can be estimated ...

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    Vectron validates ETCS on Øresund Bridge

    2021-02-11T11:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Test running on the Øresund fixed link with an ETCS-equipped Vectron locomotive from Siemens Mobility has successfully validated the use of ERTMS onboard equipment for cross-border operation between Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The link is fitted with a mixture of Swedish and Danish signalling and ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Custom jacks for a confined space

    2021-02-08T05:00:00Z

    UK: Depot equipment specialist Mechan developed a bespoke set of slimline lifting jacks for use in the confined space between shed wall and track at Davis Wagon Services’ workshop on the Isle of Grain in Kent. Mechan modified its jack design to make the footprint ...

  • Operail has begun work to convert one of its US-built built General Electric C36 diesel locomotives to be dual fuelled with natural gas (Photo: Raul Mee)
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    Operail converts GE diesel loco to LNG dual-fuel operation

    2021-02-04T11:33:00Z

    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail has begun work to convert one of its US-built General Electric C36 diesel locomotives to be dual fuelled with liquefied natural gas. The use of LNG is expected to reduce fuel costs by 30%, CO 2 emissions by 20% ...

  • Konux has secured financing to support the further development of software-as-a-service products which use internet-of-things and machine learning to automate railway operating, monitoring and maintenance processes.
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    Railway automation technology company attracts investors

    2021-02-04T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: München-based transport AI company Konux has secured financing to support the further development of software-as-a-service products which use internet-of-things and machine learning to automate railway operating, monitoring and maintenance processes. It has also announced the appointment of former Vossloh and Siemens rail automation division CEO Andreas ...

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    Rail Business UK

    US firm to bring its battery track maintenance tools to the UK market

    2021-02-03T15:40:00Z

    UK: New Jersey-based battery-powered track maintenance tool manufacturer Focused Technology Solutions is in talks with potential strategic partners for the launch of its products in the British market during Q1 2021. Intended as a more cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly and productive replacement for hydraulic tools, the range ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Smart kiosk brings the online ticketing experience to the station

    2021-02-02T08:00:00Z

    UK: A ticket vending machine which offers a full range of ticketing products though an interface similar to a website or app has been developed by operator East Midlands Railway, software supplier SilverRail and vending machine maker Cammax. Smart Kiosk uses ...

  • Indra has integrated body temperature measurement, face mask control and QR code ticket reservation validation into an initial 350 station ticket gates in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area.
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    Ticket gates check body temperature, face masks and reservation status before allowing access to stations

    2021-02-01T14:30:00Z

    ARGENTINA: As part of Trenes Argentinos’ coronavirus measures, Indra has integrated body temperature measurement, face mask control and QR code ticket reservation validation into an initial 350 station ticket gates in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Access is prevented when a ...

  • Synectics Security is to provide IP-based video surveillance on the coaches used on Iarnród Éireann’s Dublin – Cork inter-city services (Photo: Tony Miles).
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    Iarnród Éireann CCTV update

    2021-01-30T05:00:00Z

    IRELAND: Synectics Security is to provide IP-based video surveillance on the coaches used on Iarnród Éireann’s Dublin – Cork inter-city services. The Synectics T2000 platform with fish-eye cameras in the vestibules and saloons will provide full connectivity from trains to the control room, replacing the existing ...

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    Corrosion protection offered on longer rails

    2021-01-29T09:00:00Z

    UK: British Steel now offers its Zinoco corrosion protection system on longer lengths of rail. Zinoco provides high levels of impact and abrasion resistance, and has a zinc-rich sacrificial coating which corrodes in preference to the steel. Developed at the Scunthorpe plant and first introduced ...

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    Battery train cooling equipment contract

    2021-01-27T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Technotrans is to provide customised cooling systems for the lithium-ion traction power batteries which will be fitted to 55 Flirt Akku trainsets which Stadler is building for use in Schleswig-Holstein, as well as 24 of the 35 Flirt multiple-units to be supplied for use in south ...

  • Infotec and Kadfire have launched the TP series of ultra-slim touch-enabled wall-mounted poster displays
    Rail Business UK

    Touch-enabled displays launched as station poster replacements

    2021-01-20T09:23:00Z

    UK: Infotec and Kadfire have launched the TP series of ultra-slim touch-enabled wall-mounted poster displays, which are designed to provide an intuitive, resilient and cost-effective way of providing passenger information and interactive multimedia content in all areas of a station. The 50 mm deep TFT displays ...

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    Hyundai Rotem wins KTCS-2 onboard contract

    2021-01-19T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: National railway operator Korail has selected Hyundai Rotem to assist with commercialisation of the Korea Train Control System 2, which uses a 4G (LTE-R) communications backbone. Under the contract announced on last month, Hyundai Rotem is to supply onboard equipment for a pilot ...