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    Norfolk Southern uses Waze for targeted level crossing safety messages


    USA: Norfolk Southern is using the Waze mobile app to target safety messages at motorists approaching level crossings. ‘Leveraging the Waze app allows us to select areas of our system where we have significant train volume and a history of highway vehicle train incidents’, said Public ...

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    Contactless payment introduced on Málaga suburban network


    SPAIN: Indra has deployed contactless EMV bank card payment on RENFE’s Málaga suburban services. Passengers pass through the entry and exit gates by holding their bank card or suitable mobile device over the sensor. Indra’s Mova Collect fare collection system then charges the appropriate single fare ...

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    European digital automatic coupler deployment planned by 2030


    EUROPE: A memorandum of understanding committing to the EU-wide deployment of a digital automatic coupler by 2030 was signed by representatives of the European rail freight sector on September 18. The signatories said Europe was ‘trailing the world’ as ‘the last continent to use standard manual ...

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    Composite footbridge under development


    UK: Network Rail has become a Tier 1 member of the National Composites Centre as part of the Futura project to develop a composite footbridge based on a concept designed by Marks Barfield Architects and COWI. A prototype is being developed to demonstrate the benefits that ...

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    Facial recognition tested by Brent Cross West station contractor


    UK: A construction site access control system which uses non-contact facial recognition is being tested by Brent Cross West station contractor VolkerFitzpatrick. Testing of the technology developed by InnDex and Touchbyte is backed by Innovate UK’s Covid-19 support fund. ‘We believe ...

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    Processing track survey data


    USA: Image processing specialist Ardenna has launched its cloud-based Rail-Inspector system for monitoring the condition of track and infrastructure assets using aerial survey images. Rail-Inspector is designed to process survey images and generate quantifiable track condition that can support data-driven maintenance decisions. It identifies and measures ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Mobile train roof access platform


    UK: Harmill Systems has developed a battery-powered mobile train roof access platform with a built-in crane. This is designed to provide safe access to the roof of rolling stock for the removal and replacement of equipment such as HVAC units. Acording to Harmill, the design offers ...

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    Solar-powered scarecrow deployed to keep birds away from electrical equipment


    UK: A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to humanely scare away birds which were damaging overhead line equipment and the pantographs of Avanti West Coast Pendolino trainsets at Alstom’s Longsight depot. ‘Birds at Alstom’s depot have become a ...

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    Automating level crossing inspections


    USA: VisioStack has been awarded funding for two projects to develop automated level crossing inspection technology, as part of the Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research programme. The Aerial Crossing Inspection System project aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning to perform level ...

  • Lineas has decided to equip its diesel locomotives with a new generation of software-based ETCS onboard equipment being developed by The Signalling Company.

    Bringing ‘Silicon Valley best practice’ to ETCS development


    BELGIUM: The Signalling Company has started continuous round-the-clock testing of its ETCS Onboard software, using ‘a well-known Silicon Valley best practice’ from the software industry known as continuous integration. TSC is a joint venture of ERTMS Solutions and freight operator Lineas, and it is developing ETCS ...

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    ÖBB and Voestalpine joint venture to commercialise innovative wagon design


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Technische Services and Voestalpine Stahl have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture to manufacture and market a range of lightweight modular freight wagons under the TransANT brand.

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    X-ray train inspection systems ordered for US border crossings


    USA: The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs Border Protection agency has awarded Smiths Detection a framework contract for the supply of X-ray scanners for use at railway checkpoints on the borders with Canada and Mexico. The side-view high-energy X-ray inspection scanners will be used ...

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    Wabtec opens additive manufacturing centre in Bengaluru


    INDIA: Wabtec Corp has collaborated with 3D printing equipment supplier HP and supply chain specialist Redington to open an additive manufacturing centre at its Bengaluru site The Wabtec India Additive Manufacturing Centre is focused on accelerating the design and production of components for prototyping and short ...

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    Amtrak works with Reckitt Benckiser to increase cleaning


    USA: Amtrak is to work with cleaning, health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to strengthen its disinfection protocols for trains, stations and lounges. RB is to supply disinfection equipment for use across high-touch and high-traffic areas, including products which Amtrak said were proven to be ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has launched a programme to test digital automatic couplings in live freight traffic.

    Digital coupler ‘opens door to automation’


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has launched a programme to test digital automatic couplings in live freight traffic. Speaking during a demonstration of prototype couplers at the DB Systemtechnik Minden research facility on August 31, Sabina Jeschke, DB’s Board Member for Digitalisation Technology, said that the ...

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    Trinity Railway Express information systems to be replaced


    USA: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board has approved a contract for MacKenzie Laboratories to replace the automated information system on the Trinity Railway Express commuter rail fleet which operates between Dallas and Fort Worth. MacKenzie Laboratories will replace the public address and intercom systems, as ...

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    Batteries to feed overhead electrification in ‘first of a kind’ trial


    UK: Hitachi ABB Power Grids has announced a partnership with battery technology specialist Zenobē Energy to supply equipment to convert power from batteries to energise 25 kV 50 Hz overhead power supplies. According to the two companies, this will be the first time that batteries will ...

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    Locomotive lamp offers visibility, safety and durability


    LAMP: Speciality lamp manufacturer Amglo has launched its PAR Series locomotive halogen lamp, designed to provide train operators with a focused, bright beam of light down the track for greater visibility and safety. Intended for use acreoss the USA and Canada, the lamp’s light output ...


    Dual-band GNSS antenna for applications including autonomous trains


    ANTENNA: Huber+Suhner has extended the capabilities of its range of rooftop antennas with the launch of what it says is the first embedded dual-band GNSS receiving antenna that meets all of the rail industry’s stringent requirements, including the EN 50155 standard which covers electronic equipment for rolling ...

  • The government of New South Wales has awarded Siemens Mobility a A$80m contract to supply a traffic management system covering Sydney Trains operations.

    Siemens awarded Sydney traffic management system contract


    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has awarded Siemens Mobility a A$80m contract to supply a traffic management system covering Sydney Trains operations. Scheduled to be ready for operation in 2023, the TMS will continually monitor the position of all trains, helping to keep services ...