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  • Alstom ELS-96 wheel detection system Poland
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    Polish approval for wheel detector

    2022-08-06T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has approved the use of Alstom’s ELS-96 rail-mounted wheel detector for axle counters. The ELS-96 provides full digital transmission without lineside electronics with fully automatic adjustment as well as a remote diagnostics and software upgrade capability. It can withstand high and ...

  • Korea Railroad Research Institute test train
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    Train-to-train data transmission over 4 km

    2022-08-04T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has successfully tested train-to-train data communications over distances of 2 km in the open air and 4 km in tunnels. The communications use a directional antenna developed by KRRI, which said it was the first successful test over such distances. ...

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    Siemens Mobility targets Destination Digital

    2022-08-02T09:04:00Z

    Emphasising the importance of optimising railways as an integrated system, Siemens Mobility is developing its data capabilities, and opening up software interfaces to facilitate cross-industry co-operation. Chris Jackson reports from Braunschweig.

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    Rail Business UK

    Get a Gripple on electrification at InnoTrans

    2022-08-02T04:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Wire joining and tensioning specialist Gripple and Unipart Rail will be launching the Gripple Rail Dropper, which they say enables catenary droppers to be installed up to eight times faster than conventional methods. The Gripple catenary hanger design enables the quick and easy installation of ...

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    Electrification that is safer and cooler

    2022-07-30T05:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: ‘Safe by design’ is the theme of this year’s offering from Swiss-headquartered electrification specialist Furrer+Frey.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rubber block modular platform developed

    2022-07-29T04:00:00Z

    UK: A modular platform concept using recycled materials has been launched with a view to reducing installation times, lowering maintenance requirements and cutting the carbon footprint of platform works. The Footprint Modular Platform is supported on walls made from recycled rubber blocks, rather than steel or ...

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    High speed operator deploys white label ticketing platform

    2022-07-28T06:00:00Z

    ITALY: Trainline’s B2B arm Trainline Partner Solutions has supplied open access high speed train operator Italo with an online multi-modal ticket platform enabling passengers to book travel to destinations beyond the 60 stations that it currently serves. It launched July 21, adding tickets for Italbus buses ...

  • A Series 813 EMU on JR Kyushu's Kagoshima Main Line (Photo: Wikipedia/Amayagan)
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    JR Kyushu trials contactless payment

    2022-07-27T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Working with Sumitomo Mitsui Card, Nippon Signal and Quadrac, JR Kyushu is experimenting with contactless fare payment using touch-compatible Visa cards and smartphones. In a trial running from July 22 to March 31 2023, contactless payment will be accepted at five stations on the Kagoshima ...

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    Rail Business UK

    CrossCountry deploys ITAL Revenue Protection platform

    2022-07-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: CrossCountry has rolled out ITAL’s Revenue Protection platform, following trials with a prototype and testing by selected ticket inspectors. A digital daily duty monitor captures activities throughout a inspector’s shift and automatically produces a detailed report, removing the need for manual data entry and analysis. ...

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    Signalling: OCORA aims at onboard simplification

    2022-07-26T08:00:00Z

    This month is due to see the second release of the OCORA specifications being developed by an international working group to facilitate a standard ‘reference architecture’ for onboard Command Control & Signalling systems.

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    GGZ foundation construction machine to be shown at InnoTrans

    2022-07-26T04:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: The Gleisgründungszug is a newly developed machine for drilling piles for bridge foundations, overhead electrification masts, noise barriers and earthworks stabilisation which Techne (formerly Kirow) and Bauer have produced for contractor Hering Bahnbau. Able to be equipped for cutter soil mixing and triple soil mixing, ...

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    Attensys aims change the way you think of train seats

    2022-07-21T04:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Attensys is to show Seat Informer, its next generation of seat occupancy detector which not only knows whether a seat is being used but can also identify objects, liquid spills or vandalism in real time. This can be used to help passengers to find empty ...

  • OptiFuel Argentina locomotive diagram cropped
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    Gas locomotive collaboration agreement

    2022-07-14T13:50:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Ferrocarriles Argentinos Sociedad del Estado and OptiFuel Systems are to plan the repowering of 400 diesel locomotives to run on 100% compressed natural gas and/or renewable natural gas, with the aim of meeting decarbonisation goals. US low-emissions technology company OptiFuel is developing modular kits for ...

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    Passenger Rolling Stock: Lightweight railcar deploys composite components

    2022-07-13T10:35:00Z

    The UK’s Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle has made extensive use of composite components in the bodyshell, production of which can now be automated to reduce costs.

  • Cambridge station GTR Electrostar
    Rail Business UK

    Digitising signalling data saves time

    2022-07-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: Alstom says it has achieved a 30% reduction in the time taken up by administrative tasks for the Cambridge resignalling scheme by using EviFile’s data collection and management software, and it expects to increase this to between 50% and 60% in the future. The deployment ...

  • Finland EMU train and track (Photo: Mojpe/Pixabay)
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    Digital track monitoring on test in Finland

    2022-07-06T10:00:00Z

    FINLAND: VR Group’s rolling stock maintenance company VR FleetCare is testing technology it has developed for the digital monitoring of the condition of track equipment including track circuits. A pilot project with national infrastructure manager Väylävirasto was launched last year and has recorded more than a ...

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    Comment: No time to delay

    2022-07-04T09:18:00Z

    The rail industry is emerging from the pandemic facing an urgent need to prioritise investment and ensure tangible operational, productivity and technological benefits are delivered within the next five years, argues our Executive Editor Nick Kingsley.

  • Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety.
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    Plasser and Dual Inventive sign track worker safety technology partnership

    2022-06-30T08:25:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Dutch technology specialist Dual Inventive and Plasser & Theurer have signed a co-operation agreement with a view to developing tools and processes aimed at improving track worker safety. The partners are aiming to increase the output of on-track plant, with a specific focus on minimising ...

  • Railway under construction to link the Tavan Tolgoi coking coal mines with Gashuun Sukhait on the border with China.
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    Tetra communications deployed on Gobi desert railway

    2022-06-30T05:00:00Z

    MONGOLIA: Teltronic has deployed a Tetra communications network for the 240 route-km heavy haul railway which is under construction to link the Tavan Tolgoi coking coal mines with Gashuun Sukhait on the border with China. The Spanish company has installed a complete communications system based on ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Virtual exclusion zones aim to protect worker safety

    2022-06-29T05:00:00Z

    UK: Virtual exclusion zone technology has been developed by asset tracking and industrial internet-of-things company Pathfindr and railway contractor QTS Group to help protect track workers and people in other hazardous environments. Zonr uses GPS tracking and ultra-wideband technology to locate workers ...