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    AI improves broken rail detection


    BRAZIL: Operator and logistics company Rumo has introduced an enhanced broken rail detection system, integrating artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of detection and reduce the number of false alarms. Rumo began its broken rail detection project in 2018, installing devices at various locations across its ...

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    Autonomous shunting loco copes with the unexpected


    NETHERLANDS: Alstom, infrastructure manager ProRail and Belgian freight operator Lineas have completed testing of an automated shunting locomotive near Breda. The Lineas diesel-hydraulic locomotive was fitted with Alstom’s automatic train operation system supporting Grade of Automation 4 unattended starting, movement and stopping. ...

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    Rail Data Marketplace to simplify access to information


    UK: The Rail Delivery Group has awarded Tata Consultancy Services a contract to develop and operate a Rail Data Marketplace bringing fragmented information into one place to make it easier to create apps and digital services. The RDM will provide technology companies with a framework to ...

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    Dutch ticketing equipment maintenance contract renewed


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has awarded Thales a €120m eight-year contract for maintenance and support of the 1 700 ticket gates, 1 600 validators and 750 ticket vending machines at the country’s 400 stations. The framework agreement announced on November 22 marks the renewal of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Formula 1 connectivity applied to infrastructure monitoring trains


    UK: Motorsport technology company McLaren Applied is to provide 5G data connectivity for Network Rail’s infrastructure monitoring trains. This will make use of McLaren’s Fleet Connect software, which was originally developed for Formula 1 motorsport, with the first UK use of Active Antenna hardware with Huber+Suhner ...

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    Wabtec launches hydrogen traction research partnership


    USA: Citing greater awareness of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Wabtec has entered into collaborative research and development agreements with the Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories to identify potential options for applying hydrogen in the rail industry. Although it expects ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Video analytics supports lineside vegetation management


    UK: Greater Anglia is using AI to analyse video footage from on-train cameras to pre-emptively identify vegetation which might block the line, obscure signals or lead to leaf fall problems. Maps are generated showing where issues have been identified, enabling Network Rail to prioritise issues by ...

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    Advanced HVAC probes and sensors


    INNOTRANS: Fulda-based Jumo used September’s InnoTrans exhibition to highlight its range of air-conditioning sensors, probes and thermostats. These are designed to mitigate the effects of increasingly extreme weather in passenger vehicles. The company says its air-conditioning components are intended not only to reduce interior temperatures in ...

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    Weight saving and connectivity are key


    INNOTRANS: ‘We are seeing a greater focus on energy efficiency and digitalisation’, reported Ralf Klein, Managing Director of Harting Technology Group, talking to Railway Gazette International in Berlin. Outlining the company’s latest connector developments for the rail sector, he emphasised that ‘weight ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Digital printing used for train seat promotion


    UK: TransPennine Express has used Camira’s digital printing process for a campaign to promote a good cause through graphics on some of its train seats. The textile manufacturer’s digital printing offering can quickly and flexibly produce small volumes of material with complex colour schemes, making it ...

  • Hiab crane on road-rail vehicle

    Hiab gets a lift with Spanish crane order


    SPAIN: Hiab has won a €7·5m order to supply eight iX.2758 RAIL super-heavy loader cranes for installation on Tecnove vehicles for railway rapid response, recovery and emergency use. The deal includes five years of support. The iX.2758 RAIL is the largest crane in the manufacturer’s recently ...


    Container wagon handling robot under development


    GERMANY: An autonomous mobile robot with a gripper arm for the automated handling of folding pins on container wagons is being developed by Hamburger Hafen & Logistik and the Fraunhofer Centre for Maritime Logistics & Services. The pins are installed at various positions on container wagons ...

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    In depth

    Europe: Overcoming the language barrier


    Developed by UIC and RailNetEurope with funding from the Shift2Rail joint undertaking, the Translate4Rail tool offers hope that the thorny problem of drivers and dispatchers speaking different languages on cross-border routes in Europe can finally be resolved. Toma Bačić  explains.

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    In depth

    Technology: Keeping track of tram-trains


    Enhanced control and supervision tools have been deployed to improve the operation of tram-trains around Karlsruhe, where portion working is a common but complicated process.

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    Rail Business UK

    Istanbul – London freight service planned by January


    EUROPE: Planning is well advanced for the launch of a rail service carrying road semi-trailers between the Asian side of Istanbul and London via the Channel Tunnel, Albert Bastius, COO of TX Logistik, told Rail Business UK at the InnoTrans exhibition. The initiative is almost ready ...

  • Liebherr Transportation Systems LiCAS actuator
    Rail Business UK

    Controlled Axle Steering on show following Grand Central tests


    INNOTRANS: On show in Berlin is the Liebherr Controlled Axle Steering active wheelset control system, which aims to significantly reduce wear on rails and wheels. LiCAS has been developed by Liebherr-Transportation Systems and was successfully field tested in co-operation with Arriva’s UK open access operator Grand ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Textile manufacturer showcases digital print


    INNOTRANS: Transport and commercial building textile manufacturer Camira has introduced digital printing to provide what it terms ‘an unparalleled level of flexibility and freedom’ when choosing textiles for train interiors. The company said this complements its established woven products, and highlights its commitment to remaining at ...

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    Hiab launches rail crane range


    FINLAND: Cargotec company Hiab has launched a series of rail-specific loader cranes with its SPACEevo control system, building on its products for the road market. The Hiab iX 122 RAIL is to be launched at the IAA show in Hannover on September 20-25. The range is ...

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    In depth

    Viewpoint: Legacy railways need cybersecurity too


    Rail professionals are increasingly aware of the risks posed by cyberattacks and how to mitigate them, but much of this attention focuses on new assets and infrastructure, rather than legacy equipment. The industry cannot let this become a major oversight, believes Nicolas Goupil of Cylus.

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    NS awards ETCS onboard equipment contract


    NETHERLANDS: NS has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to equip 176 VIRM double-deck EMUs for use with ETCS Level 2, in the first major contract for the roll-out of ETCS onboard equipment under the national retrofitting programme. Siemens Mobility will provide the equipment and installation support ...