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  • Siemens Mobility is currently undertaking a pilot project for highly automated driving on the Hamburg S-Bahn
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    Automated main line train operation requirements to be studied

    2020-11-24T14:23:00Z

    GERMANY: Federal railway research body DZSF is providing €1·7m to fund two projects to define requirements for authorising the automated operation of regional and main line passenger services. The studies will consider Grade of Automation 3 (automated operation with an onboard attendant able to intervene in ...

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    Iarnród Éireann ticketing systems move to SaaS model

    2020-11-21T05:00:00Z

    IRELAND: As part of ongoing ticketing systems support contract, Cubic Transport Systems and partner Sqills have started the migration of Iarnród Éireann’s Sqills S3 Passenger booking, reservation and revenue management software from on-site hosting to a Software-as-a-Service model. ‘By adopting an ongoing upgrade path, Iarnród Éireann ...

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    Pandrol’s AutoSeal eliminates the need for manual sealing when welding rails

    2020-11-18T05:00:00Z

    WELDING: Pandrol says up to 5 min per rail weld can be saved through the use of its newly-launched AutoSeal mould, which has a built-in insulation joint that expands during pre-heating to create a tight seal and eliminate the need for manual completion. ...

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    Sydney travel app adds social distancing information

    2020-11-17T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has worked with Amazon Web Services, digital services company Tigerspike and transport software developer AppJourney to add physical distancing and passenger occupancy notifications for Sydney Trains and metro services to the Opal Travel app. Passengers can receive real time alerts ...

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    Hit Rail to provide interoperable European rail ticketing platform

    2020-11-16T12:51:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways has awarded railway IT specialist Hit Rail a contract to supply an Open Sales Distribution Model platform to replace its existing PRIFIS international tariff distribution tool. Developed jointly by UIC, train operators and ticket vendors, OSDM provides a ...

  • British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail.
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    Rail steel R&D partnership

    2020-11-16T06:00:00Z

    UK: British Steel and the University of Sheffield have announced a multi-million-pound research and development programme which will see steel tested at the university’s Faculty of Engineering and the steelmaker’s R D facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. British Steel is contributing £1·6m including ...

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    TETRA radio designed for frontline transport workers

    2020-11-15T05:00:00Z

    RADIO: Motorola Solutions has launched its MXP600 TETRA radio device, which is designed to meet the transport sector’s requirement for a lightweight but highly rugged radio for mission-critical voice communications which can also work with other devices. ‘Transport workers will continue to use their radio ...

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    Huber+Suhner updates rail antenna portfolio to meet GNSS demand

    2020-11-14T05:00:00Z

    ANTENNAS: Huber+Suhner has announced the latest updates to its range of Sencity Rail antennas, to meet the growing demand for GNSS receiving modules which simultaneously support all four of the BeiDou, Galileo, GPS and Glonass satellite positioning systems. ‘This latest update to our Sencity Rail products ...

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    Research project starts work on FRMCS demonstrator

    2020-11-11T10:22:00Z

    EUROPE: Work has officially started on an EU-backed project to develop a demonstrator version of the Future Railways Mobile Communication System, as a successor to current GSM-R technology.

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    JR East to trial driverless Shinkansen operation next year

    2020-11-11T05:47:00Z

    JAPAN: JR East announced on November 10 that it plans to use a 12-car Series E7 high speed trainset to undertake a series of driverless test runs in October and November 2021 as part of its Change 2027 programme.

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    Suction coupling simplifies train toilet tank emptying

    2020-11-10T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Vogelsang has launched EasyConnect Eco WD, a low-drip suction coupling for emptying train toilet retention tanks. The coupling connects the onboard toilet tank to the suction hose of a disposal system, such as the TUnit from Vogelsang, to simplify and speed up the disposal process. ...

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    Hydrogen fuel cell train to be developed with EU funding

    2020-11-04T17:10:00Z

    EUROPE: The FCH2RAIL consortium’s €14m project to design, develop and test a prototype hydrogen fuelled train has been awarded a €10m grant from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells Hydrogen Joint Undertaking as part of the Horizon 2020 Programme FCH2RAIL aims to produce a ...

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    ETCS and GSM-R security monitoring tool launched

    2020-11-03T05:00:00Z

    SIGNALLING: Comtest Wireless has announced NetProbe Owl, a ‘cyber sniffing’ tool which it says is the first on the market to enable real-time security monitoring of GSM-R and ETCS networks. NetProbe Owl tracks suspicious messages and sessions, sending alerts so that engineers can conduct further analysis. ...

  • SNCF Réseau has launched the Argos ‘innovation partnership’ project to design its next generation of computer-controlled interlockings.
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    Argos ready to deliver digital interlockings

    2020-10-28T11:10:00Z

    FRANCE: Following an 18-month research programme, SNCF Réseau has selected three consortia to develop, commission and maintain pre-production digital interlockings.

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    Traco Power launches railway-approved DC/DC converters

    2020-10-28T05:00:00Z

    CONVERTERS: Traco Power has launched a comprehensive portfolio of ruggedised DC/DC converters with EN 50155 and EN 62368-1 approvals for rolling stock applications. This includes options from 3 to 300 W, input voltage ranges of 9–36, 18–75, 43–160 and 14–160 V DC, and various PCB ...

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    Telematics joint venture to boost US rail freight

    2020-10-26T13:58:00Z

    USA: Operators Norfolk Southern, Genesee & Wyoming and Watco have joined wagon manufacturer TrinityRail and leasing company GATX Corp in a joint venture intended to accelerate the adoption of GPS location tracking and other telematics across the North American freight wagon fleet.

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    Italian hydrogen train co-operation agreement

    2020-10-26T07:00:00Z

    ITALY: National railway FS Group and energy company Snam are to work together to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of using hydrogen power in the rail sector, and the development of suitable business models. The companies will experiment with the production, transport, compression, storage, supply ...

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    VIA Rail to increase self-service ticketing functions

    2020-10-24T05:00:00Z

    CANADA: Sqills has begun work to implement an inventory management, reservation and ticketing platform for national passenger operator VIA Rail. This marks the Dutch software-as-a-service company’s entry into the North American market, as part of its ambition to become a leading global provider of reservation and ...

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    Freight ATO demonstration on track

    2020-10-22T13:00:00Z

    EUROPE: An automatically operated freight train ran successfully between Sierre and Sion in Switzerland on October 19 using ATO over ETCS.

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    CRRC unveils gauge-changing high speed train

    2020-10-22T10:22:00Z

    CHINA: State-owned rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles has unveiled a prototype gauge-changing high speed train intended for international operation.