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    Turnout monitoring pilot project

    2020-03-29T06:00:00Z

    FINLAND: A pilot project to use real-time data to provide warnings of potential turnout failure is being undertaken by the national railway’s VR FleetCare subsidiary and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Väylävirasto. Equipment from internet of things specialist Vire Labs is being used to monitor 80 ...

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    Öresundståg ETCS contract awarded

    2020-03-27T13:40:00Z

    EUROPE: Alstom has been awarded a €35m contract to supply and install Atlas ETCS onboard equipment for the X31 Contessa electric multiple-units used on Öresundståg services in eastern Denmark and southern Sweden. Alstom is to supply an integrated system enabling the EMUs to use legacy ATC-2 ...

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    Polish operator tests titanium dioxide disinfectant

    2020-03-27T08:28:00Z

    POLAND: Koleje Śląskie is testing the use of TitanSolid, a titanium dioxide based product used in hospitals and food production plants to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms. The substance integrates with the surface it is applied to, creating an active coating that uses photocatalysis to destroy bacteria, fungi ...

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    ABB awarded Trafikverket framework agreement

    2020-03-25T08:46:00Z

    Source: SJ/Stefan Nilsson SWEDEN: Trafikverket has awarded ABB a two-year extendable framework contract covering the supply of more than 400 Relion RER670 intelligent electronic devices. These will protect the infrastructure manager’s 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification equipment including transmission lines, transformers and catenary at around ...

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    MBTA to roll out Violet Edge across commuter rail fleet

    2020-03-22T06:00:00Z

    tn_us-MBTA_commuter_train.jpg USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to deploy Wi-Tronix’s Violet Edge technology across the fleet of diesel locomotives used on Boston commuter rail services. The agreement builds on projects undertaken with the supplier on some of the fleet since 2015. The internet of things ...

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    Welsh language announcements go live

    2020-03-20T06:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has used technology from Amazon and Ivona to develop an information system called Geraint, enabling it to make Welsh-language information available at 171 of the 222 stations in Wales. Previously only a quarter of the stations had a system which worked for ...

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    Elizabeth Line CCTV maintenance contract awarded

    2020-03-18T07:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for London has awarded Telent a contract to support and maintain the Elizabeth Line driver-only operation CCTV system, which enables train drivers to view images from platform cameras on in-cab monitors to ensure safe departure. The mission-critical communications specialist has been maintaining the CCTV ...

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    Knorr-Bremse awarded Desiro brake upgrading framework contract

    2020-03-18T06:03:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and Knorr-Bremse have finalised a framework agreement for the modernisation of braking systems on Class 642 Siemens Desiro regional diesel multiple-units. By the end of 2024, Knorr-Bremse is to supply at least 155 ESRA Evolution brake control conversion kits which will be fitted ...

  • Alstom has awarded Teleste a contract to supply onboard technology for the fleet of Avelia Horizon double-deck high speed trainsets ordered by SNCF Mobilités.
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    Teleste to supply onboard technology for Avelia Horizon fleet

    2020-03-16T14:53:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has awarded Teleste a contract to supply onboard technology for the fleet of Avelia Horizon double-deck high speed trainsets ordered by SNCF Mobilités. Under the contract announced by the Finnish company on March 16, Teleste is to supply passenger information and public address systems, ...

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    Station footbridge features etched architectural mesh

    2020-03-15T06:00:00Z

    USA: Cambridge Architectural supplied an customer-made open metal mash etched with the town’s name for a footbridge which has been installed at Martinez station in California. ‘We chose Cambridge metal mesh so lettering and design could be etched into the material’, explained Cynthia Easton of Sacramento-based ...

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    Rolling stock secondary suspension component range expanded

    2020-03-14T06:00:00Z

    SUSPENSION: IMI Precision Engineering has added a mechanical levelling valve, average load valve and double check valve to its IMI Norgren range of secondary suspension components. Following in-depth industry research, IMI Precision Engineering developed the ‘robust and high performing’ mechanical levelling valve, which controls the inflation ...

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    Øresund EMU wi-fi contract awarded

    2020-03-13T11:07:00Z

    EUROPE: Nomad Digital has been awarded a contract to supply and maintain passenger wi-fi on the fleet of electric multiple-units used on Öresundståg services in eastern Denmark and southern Sweden. The aim is to roll-out wi-fi across the entire fleet of 111 three-car Adtranz X31 EMUs ...

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    Metro operator deploys cleaning robot to fight the coronavirus

    2020-03-11T12:18:00Z

    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has deployed an automated Vapourised Hydrogen Peroxide Robot to undertake deep cleaning and decontamination of its trains and stations. The VHP Robot is the result of a joint project between MTR Corp and biotechnology company Avalon Biomedical. It automatically sprays ...

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    RailcarRx develops customised decision support tool for MBTA

    2020-03-11T06:00:00Z

    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s operations and maintenance department has deployed a customised data analytics and decision support platform developed by RailcarRx to help improve its asset lifecycle management processes. This has reduced the processing time required for critical data, enhancing the operator’s ability to make ...

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    Zipabout targets European growth with passenger information platform

    2020-03-10T06:00:00Z

    UK: Real-time personalised customer communication technology developer Zipabout is now targeting European and non-rail markets with its Passenger Connect platform, having completed a £1·35m funding round and appointed Crispin Humm as Chief Business Development Officer. Currently used by National Rail Enquiries, LNER and ScotRail, Passenger ...

  • Norfolk Southern’s track inspection group has developed a geometry measurement system which can be mounted on a locomotive where it will operate autonomously.
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    Norfolk Southern develops locomotive-mounted track-inspection technology

    2020-03-06T16:43:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern’s track inspection group has developed a geometry measurement system which can be mounted on a locomotive where it will operate autonomously. This avoids the need to use a converted freight or passenger vehicle, which would require an external power supply and take up ...

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    Rail Baltica implements planning, scheduling and risk management software

    2020-03-06T11:40:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has begun rolling out planning, scheduling and risk reporting software to improve the management of its activities and resources and to speed up the implementation of the project. The need for such a system was highlighted in a review ...

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    RailCarCaddy provides cost-effective wagon mover

    2020-03-06T10:00:00Z

    USA: DJ Products has launched RailCarCaddy, a compact battery-powered device for moving wagons of up to 100 tonnes around maintenance workshops and freight terminals. The coupler is quickly attached to a wagon, which staff can then move forwards or backwards to the ...

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    ATO tested on JR West’s Osaka Loop Line

    2020-02-25T10:08:00Z

    JAPAN: West Japan Railway has successfully tested automated train operation on a section of the Osaka Loop Line, as a precursor to introducing ATO on its busiest routes in the Osaka region.

  • Odakyu Electric Railway is testing the use of Nokia’s SpaceTime scene analytics to provide real-time warnings of obstructions at level crossings.
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    Odakyu Electric Railway tests AI-based level crossing monitoring

    2020-02-25T06:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Odakyu Electric Railway is testing the use of Nokia’s SpaceTime scene analytics to provide real-time warnings of obstructions at level crossings. The railway currently uses 137 radar units for object detection on its 120·5 km three-line network with 229 crossing points. The trial will assess ...