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    Custom lights for St Pancras International


    UK: Zeta Specialist Lighting and station maintenance contractor NG Bailey have installed 118 high bay and 208 wall washer LED lights at the Grade 1 listed St Pancras International station. The lighting units were custom-designed for retrofitting to the station’s historic luminaires, with the colour temperature ...

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    Trafikverket awards anti-trespass panel contract


    SWEDEN: National transport agency Trafikverket has awarded Rosehill Rail and its local partner Lesanco a two-year contract for the supply of rubber anti-trespass panels for installation at platform ends and level crossings. This follows trials during which CCTV monitoring showed that the number of unauthorised people ...

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    Ctrip expands across the rail market


    INTERNATIONAL: On October 9 Chinese travel specialist Ctrip launched bookings for journeys on the RENFE network in Spain using the Amadeus platform. This marks another stage in the company’s expansion into the European rail travel market, where it works not only with Amadeus but with Rail Europe ...

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    South Western Railway rolls out Infor asset management system


    UK: Passenger operator South Western Railway has opted to deploy Infor’s Enterprise Asset Management software as part of a project to consolidate and modernise its rolling stock maintenance processes. It will be hosted and supported by Infor partner Sapphire Systems, and is expected to go live with ...

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    Tokyo’s Joban Line to get ATO


    JAPAN: Automatic Train Operation is to be introduced on Tokyo’s Joban Line (Local) services next year, East Japan Railway announced on October 8.

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    NS to test automatic train operation


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS is to test attended automatic operation on the 50 km Hanze Line between Lelystad and Zwolle by the end of this year. The tests are to be undertaken by NS in partnership with infrastructure manager ProRail and the Ministry of Infrastructure ...

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    Data-driven bogie maintenance project launched


    FINLAND: A project to optimise bogie maintenance through the use of data-driven condition monitoring has been launched by the national railway’s rolling stock maintenance subsidiary VR FleetCare and automation and information systems supplier EKE-Electronics. Sensors and data transmission systems will be installed on VR Group’s locomotives ...

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    Geopier launches subgrade strengthening GeoSpike


    TRACK: Geopier Foundation Co has introduced its GeoSpike, which is designed to provide a low‐cost way to strengthen the subgrade without needing to remove the rails, sleepers or ballast. Pairs of polymer shells are installed between the sleepers, and filled with aggregate which is then compacted. ...

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    WeChat booking for Swiss railways


    SWITZERLAND: Scheidt Bachmann has developed a Swiss Tourism Attractions in-app ‘Mini Program’ for public transport operators who are targeting tourists from Asia where the WeChat platform is widely used. Traveller can use their mobile devices to purchase and receive tickets for services ...

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    VDB calls for faster digital roll-out strategy


    GERMANY: Rail industry association VDB has put forward a seven-point plan to accelerate the introduction of digital train control across the national rail network, suggesting that an industrial scale roll-out of digital interlockings and ETCS could begin as soon as 2022. The proposals follow the signing ...

  • A consortium of German companies has successfully operated a train remotely using control equipment based on 5G technology (Photo: Vodafone).

    5G remote control train tested


    GERMANY: A test train with no driver on board has been remotely controlled using equipment based on 5G technology. The test train ran for the first time on September 17 on a section of the 25 km Erzgebirgische Aussichtsbahn between Annaberg-Buchholz and Schwarzenberg in Sachsen. It ...

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    UIC to promote open source projects


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has launched OpenRail as a brand to gather and promote open source projects in the rail sector, and to foster proofs of concept and software development. Announcing OpenRail on September 20, UIC said the programme would facilitate the identification of ...

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    eTrack rail-lifting clamp designed to improve safety


    SPAIN: Elebia has developed eTrack, a 2 000 kg capacity remote-controlled clamp to enhance safety when handling rails. ‘We were approached by a European company that was searching for a solution to the safety and security issues associated with alternative rail handling methods’, explained Elebia founder ...

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    Alstom to equip international ICE3 fleet with ETCS


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded Alstom a €30m contract to retrofit its Atlas ETCS onboard equipment to 17 Class 407 Velaro D ICE3 high speed trainsets used on international services. Approval will be progressively obtained for the ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 equipment to be used ...

  • KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years.

    KiwiRail selects polymer sleeper supplier


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has selected Lankhorst Engineered Products as the winner of a contract to supply polymer sleepers over at least three years. The Dutch company said this was a significant breakthrough for its KLP hybrid polymer sleeper design, which it launched internationally in 2014 after ...

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    Section insulator approved


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has provisionally approved a new design of overhead line section insulator from catenary specialist Kummler + Matter. This follows extensive field testing at locations in Switzerland and Finland. First presented at InnoTrans 2018, the KUSEC range includes a rail version ...

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    Vy orders virtual reality fire fighting simulator


    NORWAY: National operator Vy has appointed Vobling to develop a virtual reality fire fighting simulator for staff training. It will use HTC Vive Pro Eye technology, with a more platform-agnostic approach planned which would include stand-alone VR headsets, 2D screens, augmented reality and other media. ...

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    Brakes and HVAC ordered for next-generation TGV


    FRANCE: Alstom has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply the braking systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for SNCF’s next generation of high speed trainsets In 2015 SNCF and Alstom formed a taskforce with preferred suppliers including Knorr-Bremse to develop the double-deck Avelia Horizon trainsets under ...

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    Voith and CRRC to expand strategic alliance


    INTERNATIONAL: Voith and CRRC have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in the rail and industrial sectors, as part of a framework agreement signed in Beijing on September 6, during a visit to China by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Earlier this year Voith Turbo China and CRRC Beijing ...

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    ‘Digital twin’ to support more robust timetable planning


    Greater Anglia UK: Greater Anglia has worked with Toshiba to create a ‘digital twin’ of its network to assist with the development of new timetables, which can then be tested for robustness using artificial intelligence. Toshiba Digital Consulting Corp consolidated data previously stored ...