All Technology articles – Page 9

  • SoundPLAN has developed a noise mapping tool intended to help railways better understand and mitigate lineside noise emissions.
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    Understanding noise propagation

    2019-08-09T11:00:00Z

    NOISE: Baden Württemberg-based software specialist SoundPLAN has developed a noise mapping tool intended to help railways better understand and mitigate lineside noise emissions. This takes information on the types of rail and rolling stock on a given route, as well as operating parameters including train frequency, size and speed. ...

  • The next-generation data communication system is required to support ETCS and automatic train operation as well as secure voice communication.
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    Siemens Mobility selects Softil software for LTE-R development

    2019-08-07T05:00:00Z

    COMMUNICATIONS: Siemens Mobility is to use Softil’s BEEHD framework in the development of LTE-R communications technology to succeed GSM-R, and also mission-critical push-to-talk applications for transport use. The next-generation data communication system is required to support ETCS and automatic train operation as well as secure voice communication between drivers ...

  • Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round.
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    Cybersecurity firm raises seed funding

    2019-08-05T13:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round. Investors include North First Ventures of Israel and Awz Ventures of Canada, along with Nissim Bar-El, the founder of technology security consultancy Comsec Group. ‘As operators further digitise their infrastructure, the railway industry is adopting ...

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    Robel takes stake in Vogel & Plötscher

    2019-08-01T07:48:00Z

    GERMANY: Track maintenance plant supplier Robel has taken a majority stake in Vogel & Plötscher GmbH, which specialises in track measurement systems and electric drives. Based at Breisach in Baden-Württemberg, Vogel & Plötscher will continue to trade as an independent business following the acquisition of a 70% stake in ...

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    UK railway news round-up - August 1

    2019-08-01T05:00:00Z

    On July 25 TransPennine Express accepted the first of the Nova 2 branded Civity EMUs which are being supplied by CAF and Eversholt Rail. The five-car Class 397 units will enter service later this year on TPE’s services from Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West ...

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    DSB starts driverless S-bane train procurement

    2019-07-24T15:17:27Z

    DENMARK: State operator DSB has launched a market sounding exercise in preparation for the procurement of a fleet of driverless trains to operate the København S-bane. Building on work now underway to equip the S-bane with CBTC, the government decided in December 2017 to convert the stand-alone 1·5 kV ...

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    National control centre approved

    2019-07-19T09:01:45Z

    IRELAND: The construction of a €135m National Train Control Centre to manage the entire Iarnród Éireann network was approved by the Irish government on July 17. The new centre is to be delivered by IÉ, with government funding provided through the National Transport Authority as part of Project Ireland ...

  • TE Connectivity has introduced the RSTI 68 surge arrester.
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    Surge arrester to save roof-top space

    2019-07-17T05:00:00Z

    COMPONENTS: TE Connectivity has introduced the RSTI 68 surge arrester which is designed to be mounted directly on the transformer, saving space on a train roof. The company said roof space is at a particular premium on double-deck trains, and having cleaner rooftop profiles also improves aerodynamics, especially at ...

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    Malmbanan resignalling to support ETCS

    2019-07-16T11:34:00Z

    SWEDEN: Trafikverket has started work on a three-year project to resignal the Malmbanan heavy haul line between Boden and Riksgränsen with digital interlockings and ETCS at an estimated cost of SKr3bn. According to the infrastructure manager, most of the existing interlockings on the iron ore corridor are more than ...

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    Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

    2019-07-16T11:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a significant ...

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    Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

    2019-07-16T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a ...

  • TE Connectivity has introduced the RSTI 68 surge arrester.
    News

    Surge arrester to save roof-top space

    2019-07-16T05:00:00Z

    COMPONENTS: TE Connectivity has introduced the RSTI 68 surge arrester which is designed to be mounted directly on the transformer, saving space on a train roof. The company said roof space is at a particular premium on double-deck trains, and having cleaner rooftop profiles also improves aerodynamics, especially at higher ...

  • The first four of 10 Trac Rail Transposer rail handling machines have been delivered to McCulloch Rail by Unipart Rail.
    Rail Business UK

    Trac Rail Transposer machines delivered

    2019-07-14T05:00:00Z

    PLANT: The first four of 10 Trac Rail Transposer rail handling machines have been delivered to McCulloch Rail by Unipart Rail, seven months after the order. The TRT was developed by McCulloch Rail and manufactured by Unipart Rail in Crewe. It is designed to significantly reduce the time taken ...

  • KazElektroPrivod has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station.
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    Point machine built for winter on the steppe

    2019-07-13T05:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: In co-operation with national railway KTZ, the KazElektroPrivod equally-owned joint venture of Alstom and SOP Trade has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station. The locally-manufactured P80 has a design life of 20 years and is ...

  • Cameras fitted on the locomotive provided real-time images for the driver in the control centre, who accelerated and braked the train.
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    ‘Drone train’ completes first trial

    2019-07-10T11:09:26Z

    FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. ...

  • Back on Track was custom developed for Virgin Trains by UP3 and ServiceNow.
    Rail Business UK

    Virgin Trains rolls-out app to keep everyone informed

    2019-07-10T08:00:00Z

    UK: Inter-city operator Virgin Trains has provided its staff with a mobile app which is designed to enable them to supply passengers with more timely and accurate information during service disruption. Back on Track was custom developed for Virgin Trains by UP3 and ServiceNow, but the operator told a launch ...

  • Protective boots designed to protect wheel treads and flanges while bogies and wheelsets are in transport or storage have been officially endorsed by UIC and included in its latest shipping guidelines.
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    Wheel boots approved

    2019-07-10T05:00:00Z

    WHEEL PROTECTION: Protective boots designed to protect wheel treads and flanges while bogies and wheelsets are in transport or storage have been officially endorsed by UIC and included in its latest shipping guidelines. Developed by Swiss manufacturer Rex Articoli Tecnici, the moulded boots are intended as a reusable alternative ...

  • Depot equipment specialist Mechan has revised the design of its bogie turntables, following 18 months of research into ways of overcoming common problems with pit construction.
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    Bogie turntable redesigned for easier installation

    2019-07-07T05:00:00Z

    TURNTABLE: Depot equipment specialist Mechan has revised the design of its bogie turntables, following 18 months of research into ways of overcoming common problems with pit construction. ‘As turntable pits need to be round, they are difficult to cast and don’t always end up level’, explains service engineer David Blagg. ...

  • The winning FH Aachen team celebrates with IMechE head judge Bill Reeve of Transport Scotland.
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    Aachen students scoop IMechE Railway Challenge

    2019-07-01T09:33:00Z

    UK: A team of students from Aachen University of Applied Science was named champion of the eighth Railway Challenge organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, after successfully completing a series of on-track challenges at the Stapleford Miniature Railway on June 29-30. Open to students, apprentices ...

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    Shift2Rail proposals increase

    2019-06-24T13:07:00Z

    EUROPE: The Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking’s 2019 call for proposals to receive European Union co-funding for research and innovation received 50 bids covering projects worth a total of €193·9m. This is a 28% increase in the number of proposals from last year, with the €117·9m of co-funding ...