All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 30 for 22–26 July 2019:
Deutsche Bahn Will Resume Acceptance of ICE 4 Trains
In April of this year Deutsche Bahn stopped accepting ICE 4 trains from Siemens Mobility and Bombardier after it was found they didn’t meet the high quality standards agreed in their contracts. Following an agreement to rework and test the welds on the body shells DB has now resumed acceptance of the ICE 4 trains.
China’s Virtual Rail Transit System Put Through Its Paces in Doha
CRRC began testing its Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) system on 17 July 2019 in Doha, Qatar. CRRC has given an update showing the system has been performing well even in the hot conditions. The ART system uses on-board sensors to run along a virtual track, which in turn cancels the need to lay real tracks, dramatically reducing construction time and costs compared with other rail transit systems.
Rail Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Zero-Emission Technology
Rail Minister Andrew Jones reaffirmed the UK government’s commitment to eco-friendly rail journeys whilst visiting Steamology, a Hampshire-based company. The company received £350,000 from the government to invest in its ‘Water to Water’ (W2W) system. The W2W system is a zero-emission compact steam generator that works using oxygen and hydrogen to drive a turbine, which then charges on-board battery packs.
More Trains: DB Is Expanding Its Intercity Fleet by 17 New Double-Decker Trains
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is expanding its intercity fleet and has purchased 17 new high-quality double-decker trains. DB made the quick decision to purchase the trains in order to develop their long-distance services. The high-quality KISS trains were manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler but DB is buying them second-hand from Westbahn in Austria. DB will receive the first trains in December which will run as ‘Intercity 2’ on the new line between Dresden-Berlin-Oranienburg-Rostock.
Low-Emission Locomotives Enter Service on California Northern Railroad
California Northern Railroad Company (CFNR), a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), has two new US EPA Tier 4-compliant low-emission locomotives in service. The diesel locomotives were built in Tennessee by Knoxville Locomotive Works. The locomotive engines are expected to provide fuel savings of 25 percent and reduce emissions. California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) helped purchase the locomotives with a $3.7 million grant.
Greater Anglia: New Intercity Train Completes Test Run
Greater Anglia and Stadler signed a contract in October 2016 for 10 new 12-car intercity trains to replace the old Greater Anglia fleet. One of the new trains has now successfully completed a daylight test run between Norwich and Liverpool Street. The train underwent extensive testing operating at different speeds and braking levels. Liverpool Street station staff also received on-board training. Three of the new trains are now in East Anglia. The first train will enter commercial service this autumn.
Government Sets Out Strategy for Biodiverse Railway Lineside
Network Rail has been given guidelines from the Department for Transport on how to deal with lineside vegetation whilst ensuring the safety of passengers and services. Six strategic suggestions were made and accepted. The suggestions included improved communications with affected communities, leading a cultural change for valuing nature and the environment, and more. The policy was written in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of their 25-year Environment Plan.
HS2 Unveils Designs for Automated People Mover
HS2 revealed the designs for its new 20-metre long automated people mover (APM). The driverless people mover will link Birmingham interchange station with Birmingham International Railway Station, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), and Birmingham Airport. The APM will depart from each stop approximately every 3 minutes. The service route is across an elevated viaduct, and each stop will be equipped with passenger information display systems and receive audio announcements.
Read more | HS2 Unveils Designs for Automated People Mover
Network Rail: Route Directors Appointed for Eastern Region
Several Network Rail employees have been appointed as Eastern Route Directors who will form a new senior management team. The management team will be responsible for ‘putting passengers and freight customers first’. The new Route Directors are Ellie Burrows (Route Director for Anglia), Gary Walsh (Route Director for East Midlands), Matthew Rice (Route Director for North and East), and Paul Rutter (Route Director for East Coast). The rest of the appointments will be announced in the following weeks.
Register Now for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit
You can now register to attend the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has one of the fastest-growing regions in the economic world. The summit will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 18–19 September 2019. Over 300 experts and decision-makers from ASEAN and global rail industry government agencies, design units, operators and industry suppliers will come together to discuss the development of the ASEAN rail transit industry.
Read more | Register Now for the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit
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