Reliable Technology for Chinese High-Speed Trains

China is home to the largest and most extensively used network of high-speed trains in the world. Based in Beijing, the Chinese Academy of Railway Sciences (CARS) is the leading research and development institute, supporting this important industry with its specialised subsidiary, the Beijing Zongheng Electro-Mechanical Technology Development Co. Stäubli

£26m to rescue Island Line

THE uncertain future of Island Line has been secured by a new rolling stock deal as well as a Network Rail commitment to renew the pier at Ryde, which carries the line into the town. The investment will total £26 million. The five two-car Class 484 sets will be D-Trains from

Operation ‘Javelin’

Class 395 ‘Javelin’ charter trains have raised more than £125,000 for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. With this year’s Remembrance Day only two months away, Doug Lindsay takes up the story. The history of these special charter trains, utilising Southeastern High Speed Class 395 ‘Javelin’ trains’, dates back to 2011,

13 September: news in brief

RMT announces industrial action on Underground and CrossCountry THE RMT has said limited industrial action will begin on the District Line of London Underground later this month. The action has been called in protest at what the RMT said are ’growing levels of violence and anti-social behaviour at work’. From 27

Amtrak: An Improved Booking Experience on the Move

29 May 2018 | Infrastructure Amtrak Installs Mamava Lactation Suites in Five Major Statio... Amtrak has announced that it will install five Mamava Lactation Suites in Five of its Major Train Stations: Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and... source= https://railway-news.com/amtrak-improved-booking-experience/

How Darlington became the centre of the railway universe

Explore the story of how Darlington cemented its place in the history books as the world’s most important railway town. Jonathan Webb, author of new Mortons bookazine Darlington, looks ahead to the bicentenary of this historic rail town in 2025 and outlines four of the key turning points which helped put Darlington on

Virgin Trains staff donate uniforms to help the homeless

Scarves and blankets made from Virgin Trains staff’s worn-out uniforms are being donated to people living on the streets. Garments such as coats, shirts and trousers originally worn by Virgin Trains staff have been given a new lease of life by prisoners at HMP Northumberland at its onsite textile factory. Photo: Virgin

Lord Adonis hits out at HS2 review

The Government’s decision to review the HS2 rail project has been branded “bizarre” by a former transport secretary. Labour’s Lord Adonis warned that the fundamental review of the multibillion-pound high-speed rail project could lead to its cancellation. Siemens/PA He told the Lords there was a clear “left-hand, right-hand problem” in the Government’s handling

Avon Valley buys a ‘Gronk’ for £1

THE Avon Valley Railway took delivery of fully operational Class 08 No. 08663 on July 8 – being in effect a donation from Great Western Railway (GWR). The loco has been used in recent years at GWR’s St Philip’s Marsh depot, Bristol for moving diesel multiple units and high-speed train carriages

LNER to pilot UK rail ticketing reform

UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER is to pilot proposed reforms to Great Britain’s fares system from January 2 2020, with tickets going on sale from November 29. Announcing the trial on August 29, the Department for Transport said its aim was to ‘significantly boost customer confidence and flexibility in

Western Cinderella awaits attention at Williton

THE Diesel & Electric Preservation Group’s Class 52 No. D1010 Western Campaigner is seen alone in Williton diesel depot, West Somerset Railway, on June 22.  For nearly a quarter of a century this loco, when in the shed (completed late 1997), has had Class 35 No. D7018 for company. However, on this day

Alstom Delivers First Five Léman Express Trains

SNCF has received the first five Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains from Alstom. Delivered to the SNCF Technicentre in Annemasse, these trains will operate on the CEVA railway line between France and Switzerland around the south of Lake Geneva. Alstom says it will start delivering five trains a month between

DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter

GERMANY: A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors, the operator announced on August 27. All 68 000 wagons are scheduled to be equipped by 2020. The retrofitting programme is being carried out at Seelze near Hannover in

A West Highland celebration

In the first of two features focusing on the West Highland line, which marks its 125th anniversary this year, Keith Farr analyses steam-hauled journeys over this scenic and demanding route. Glasgow (Queen Street) high-level terminus is being transformed. Platforms are being extended to cope with more frequent and longer trains

Estonia plans rail electrification to meet 2030 climate goals

ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals.  The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from

Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the route by adding capacity,

ProRail Increases Capacity for 2020 Timetable

The Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail has determined its 2020 timetable. This is a major logistical feat, taking into account 7,000km of track, 400 stations and the wishes of 34 freight and passenger train operators. Creating the new timetable, which always comes into force in December in European countries, is a

Japanese take over Rio suburban network

BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. It has

First/Trenitalia to Operate West Coast Partnership

First/Trenitalia will run the West Coast Partnership franchise from December 2019 to 2031. The two partners – FirstGroup and Trenitalia – have different areas of expertise. For example, the former is highly familiar with the British rail industry, while Trenitalia is incredibly knowledgeable about high-speed trains. The West Coast Partnership replaces

DB invests in mobile data analytics company

SWITZERLAND: A company which uses mobile phone data to obtain information on travel demand has raised US$17·5m in a funding round with participants including Deutsche Bahn’s technology investment fund DB Digital Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Innogy Ventures, LBBW Venture Capital, Liil Ventures and existing investors Atomico and Lakestar. Teralytics was

DB to Analyse Passenger Behaviour Using Big Data

The branch of Deutsche Bahn dealing with new digital business models, DB Digital Ventures, is teaming up with Teralytics. This Swiss start-up performs mobility analyses using big data, something DB believes holds far-reaching potential for a customer-oriented development of its services. Using data obtained from mobile phones Teralytics supplies reliable information

Understanding noise propagation

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. It then

New Infrared Technology to Reduce Dwell Times in Sydney

Downer has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney, in collaboration with the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, to develop Dwell Track. This technology is an infrared digital imaging system that aims to optimise customer flow and safety on platforms. Wynyard Station was the first to get the new technology. The

Schaltbau Contactors Help Keep Nexus Trains Moving

Schaltbau are helping to keep Nexus trains moving on the Tyne and Wear Metro that serves passengers in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear by supplying CT contactors as part of an overhaul project. Tyne and Wear Metro Train © Paul Robertson under license Schaltbau

Industry Insider Week 31 – 12 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 31 for 29 July–02 August 2019: Rail yard behind the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia © Donnie Nunley under licence Business Stadler manufactures the Berlin S-Bahn at its Pankow site © Railway-News Stadler

In pictures: Railways during World War II

In pictures: Here are a selection of railways during World War II in advertisements that appeared in The Railway Magazine in 1940. Throughout World War II, The Railway Magazine carried several British Railways adverts per issue, reminding the public (and possibly the enemy) of the amazing service they were providing.  Here

Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Safety crisis prompts reform in Taiwan, ERA’s cross-authorisation of rolling

Vossloh sales up as rationalisation progresses

VOSSLOH: Reporting its half-year results on July 25, Vossloh Group announced that sales had increased by 4·6% to €437·1m from €418·1m for the first six months of 2018. An 18·6% increase in orders received to €568·9m had helped to lift the group’s order backlog by 33·7% to €726·9m at the

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Legal row over track safety rule change

BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by an unexpected change

ADLINK Announces New Rugged, Fanless, Real-Time Video/Graphics Analytics AIoT Platform for Railway

ADLINK, a global provider of advanced Edge Computing products, has released its latest rugged, fanless NVIDIA Quadro embedded AIoT (AI and IoT) platform, the PIS-5500, designed for real-time video/graphics analytics applications in the rail industry. ADLINK PIS-5500 AIoT platform © ADLINK Technology Inc. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by

Phasor Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Phasor, the leading developer of enterprise-grade electronically-steered antenna (ESA) systems for satellite-based mobile broadband applications has announced that it has achieved ISO 9001 Certification ahead of the commercial release of its products for the land mobile, maritime and aviation markets. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for a quality management

Port of Barcelona rail motorway terminal agreed

SPAIN: An agreement to build and operate a rail motorway terminal in the Port of Barcelona has been signed by the government of Catalunya and SNCF subsidiary VIIA. The terminal will be open to any operator, offering capacity to accommodate eight trains per day carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers to and from

Industry Insider Week 30 – 10 Must-Read Rail News Stories

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: Current Westbahn KISS interior © Westbahn Rolling Stock Siemens, Bombardier and DB reach an agreement about the ICE 4 trains © www.siemens.com/press Deutsche Bahn Will Resume Acceptance of ICE 4

Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer said the

Government Sets out Strategy for Biodiverse Railway Lineside

UK: The Department for Transport has produced guidelines of how it expects Network Rail to manage lineside vegetation while continuing to ensure the safety of passengers and services. Engineers help clear overgrown vegetation © Network Rail Lineside Vegetation Management Following the recommendations from an independent review chaired by John Varley, a non-executive director

Rail Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Zero-Emission Technology

UK: Rail Minister Andrew Jones has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to greener rail journeys. The pledge was made while visiting Steamology, a Hampshire-based company, which received £350,000 in government funding this year to invest in its ‘Water to Water’ (W2W) system. As a zero-emission compact steam generator that works using oxygen and

Network Rail: Route Directors Appointed for Eastern Region

Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region, recently announced the Route Directors who will form his new senior management team. Several Network Rail employees have been appointed and will be responsible for ‘putting passengers and freight customers first’. Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region © Network

California Northern Railroad commissions low-emission locos

USA: Two Knoxville Locomotive Works low-emission diesel locos have entered service on Genesee & Wyoming’s California Northern Railroad following the completion of trials. The 1·79 MW locomotives have 12-cylinder MTU engines and use selective catalytic reduction technology to meet Tier 4 emissions requirements. They are expected to provide fuel savings of

Gautrain success foreshadows expansion

SOUTH AFRICA: Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact. About R110bn could be allocated for construction of extensions and 19 new stations, plus R24∙4bn on improvements to the existing

Auckland City Rail Link contract signed

NEW ZEALAND: The main contract for construction of the tunnels and stations on the Auckland City Rail Link was formally signed on July 19, at an event attended by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Project promoter City Rail Link had selected the Link Alliance consortium in April,

Network Rail Investments: New Trains and New Services

UK: Network Rail has published its annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019. During that twelve-month period train operating companies added almost 3,000 new services a week. This generated vital additional capacity and seats and was the result of record investment in the country’s rail infrastructure. London Bridge

Unipart Rail Engineering Director Awarded Professorship

Steve Ingleton, Unipart Rail Engineering Director, has been appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield, within the Institute of Railway Research. Steve Ingleton, Engineering Director © Unipart Rail This achievement is in recognition of the hard work and commitment that Steve has demonstrated within the University, supporting projects and

ADLINK Launches New Embedded Graphics Products for Edge Computing Applications

ADLINK Embedded Graphics Increases Performance, Life Cycle, and ROI for Embedded Applications ADLINK Technology, a global provider of leading edge computing solutions and NVIDIA® Quadro® Embedded Partner, has introduced the latest additions to its new series of embedded graphics products for edge computing applications, the EGX-MXM-P1000 and EGX-MXM-P2000 Mobile PCI Express

Williams reiterates call for UK franchising changes

UK: Greater accountability and a clear customer focus are the principal requirements for reform of the UK rail sector, according to Keith Williams, the independent chairman of the rail review established by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the wake of the May 2018 timetable change debacle. Ahead of

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley at Hertford on April 5, deprives the railway mechanical engineering profession of one of its most distinguished personalities, and one whose career has no parallel in the locomotive history of this country. For nearly 30 years he held the chief executive position on the

EU to fund Latvian electrification programme

LATVIA: The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support the electrification of the main east–west corridor and the replacement of diesel locomotives. Only around 14% of Latvia’s 1 860 km network is currently electrified, well below the EU average of 55%, with electric traction currently only used for passenger

Industry Insider Week 28 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 28 for 08–12 July 2019: Jazz train for Trenitalia © Railway-News Rolling Stock British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing The first of the

Report Shows Progress on Diversity in Transport

DfT: Published on 11 July a report has shown strong progress is being made in boosting the number of apprenticeships in under-represented groups within the transport industry. Rail Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2019 © Network Rail Transport & Rail Sector Diversity The Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce’s (STAT) 3-year progress report shows BAME representation in

Heritage profile: The Wensleydale Railway

Running through some of the best scenery North Yorkshire offers, the Wensleydale Railway is a relative newcomer to the heritage and tourist railway sector. Graeme Pickering finds out more about its growth and expansion plans. A train ride is undoubtedly the main highlight of a trip to a heritage line, but

Return of the Brighton Belle

Restoring a 1930s all-electric Pullman train for use on the mainline is a project where the 5BEL Trust has faced and overcome numerous challenges. With the luxury train now being prepared for testing, Andy Coward brings us up-to-date with this ambitious restoration. Work on the restoration of four ‘Brighton Belle’ coaches

Alstom Training at Ajman University a Success

UAE: In February this year Ajman University (AU) and Alstom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster mutual exchange. As part of the agreement Alstom said it would provide technical training to students. Alstom has now provided an update, saying it has delivered training to 15 students to date. Applied skills:

UK: Cutting-Edge Experimental Rail Facility Gets Funding

The British government has confirmed funding for a research facility covering conventional and high-speed rail in Leeds.  The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration has set itself the goal of revolutionising how railway systems are invented, developed and put into service in the UK and globally.

9 July: news in brief

Government urged to electrify more railways as well as cars THE government has announced investment of £37 million in electric vehicle charging points, but the Campaign for Better Transport has responded by calling for more investment in rail electrification as well. The group’s chief executive Darren Shirley said: ‘We welcome the

From the archive: SAFEGUARDING ON TRANSPORT

The RM backs public transport initiative to protect children at risk Readers are likely to be familiar with the work of the Railway Children charity in India and East Africa, helping and supporting vulnerable youngsters. Lesser known is the fact the charity now provides vital support for children

£20 million fund to help disabled rail passengers

Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a £20 million fund to boost accessibility, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. Railway station operators will be able to bid for a share of the investment for small-scale improvements such as textured paving, handrails and raising platform heights. Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a

Track workers were wearing ear defenders

TWO Network Rail track workers who were killed by a train in south Wales were wearing ear defenders, it has emerged, and may not have heard warnings of an approaching train. The two men were working on the line near Margam when they were struck yesterday by the 09.29 GWR intercity

From the archive: BRIDGNORTH STATION: Building for the future

Ben Jones visits Bridgnorth to discover how the Severn Valley Railway is investing in new facilities to cope with ever-increasing visitor numbers.  BRITAIN’S railways are busier than they’ve ever been, and our world-class heritage lines are no exception. From miniature railways to extensive standard gauge operations such as the Severn Valley

ROMITAMP – New Robel Tamping Machines for the UK

Over the past 20 years the Robel ROMITAMP (formerly called the GWS 75) has proved to be an extremely effective and reliable machine in tackling localised track quality issues. The machine’s light weight and compact design allows for easy transport and delivery from a low loader, making it ideal for

Midlands Hub plan to boost east-west connectivity

UK: The Midlands Connect consortium of local authorities and regional transport bodies has unveiled proposals for a £2bn package of targeted improvements to boost rail services in the East and West Midlands. The group is seeking £25m in government funding to develop the business case for its Midlands Rail Hub programme,

Bringing a Freight Line Back to Life in Colombia

Colombia is a country that has seen more than its fair share of political struggles. At the same time it is filled with opportunities, including for the rail sector. Railway lines in the country have fallen into disuse. One company, Holdtrade Atlantico, wants to reinstate a freight railway line in

Network Rail regions go live

UK: The first phase of a restructuring of infrastructure manager Network Rail into 14 routes reporting to five regions was implemented on June 24. This is intended to devolve responsibility and decision-making to smaller organisations which are closer to customers, and to give local managers the ability to tackle performance issues. In

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24 June: news in brief

New Network Rail regions launched NEW regions at Network Rail went live today. The five regions are Eastern, North West & Central, Scotland’s Railway, Southern, and Wales and Western, and they will be devolved in turn into a total of 14 routes. Performance has been declining over the past five years.

Beyond the Digital Buzzwords

The New European Rail Supply Industry’s Vision on Digitalisation By Tommaso Spanevello, Public Affairs Manager, UNIFE In recent years, digitalisation has been advancing at increasing speed across all industrial sectors, public entities and society at large; and the rail sector is no exception. While sometimes perceived as being conservative, the truth is that rail

Assisted travel lounge opened at Birmingham New Street

UK: Network Rail has opened a £175 000  assisted travel lounge at Birmingham New Street station for use by passengers who need help getting between trains and the station concourse. Designed with the guidance of Birmingham New Street’s accessibility forum, the lounge has bright multicoloured signs to aid the visually impaired,

Zonegreen Delivers Depot Safety in Doha

Sheffield-based rail depot specialist, Zonegreen, is ensuring staff working on one of the most prominent transports projects in the Middle East are among the safest in the world. The firm has successfully installed its flagship Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPS™) at three depots on Qatar’s new Doha Metro network. Zonegreen’s innovative technology

Commons report questions need for HS2

A NEW House of Commons report has cast doubt on the need for HS2, and says that many of its benefits, such as increasing capacity, could be achieved in other ways at lower cost. The report is a Commons Library Briefing, written to inform MPs. These Briefings are not intended to

Equality. Diversity. Inclusion. This Is Not Altruism.

On 23 June it is International Women in Engineering Day. HS2 Ltd is one of the companies in rail proactively working towards changing the employment landscape in construction and engineering. Curzon Street Station visual © HS2 Ltd At Railtex this year Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2, gave a

From the archive: The big bird that flew too far

Words: Nick Pigott As the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotive in the world at the time, Kestrel promised a motive power revolution… but it turned out to be ‘too good for its own good’! Shunned by BR despite its 125mph speed potential, it vanished behind the Iron Curtain where it became the

Overwhelming Response to Bender’s RS4 at Railtex

New signal power protection systems from Bender UK were officially unveiled at Railtex 2019. The launch of new multi-tier fault detection and location systems was a huge hit with customers and visitors alike. They were all extremely impressed with the display of new Rail Signalling 4 (RS4) NR/L2/SIGELP/27725 Tier 1, 2

Rail, metro and tram spending in New South Wales budget

AUSTRALIA: Several rail projects have been allocated funding in the 2019-20 New South Wales budget, which was presented on June 18. The state government is providing A$812m as part of a A$1·8bn package over four years towards the New Intercity Fleet. The RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and

War of words grows on second SWR strike day

THE war of words between South Western Railway and the RMT has become more heated on the second day of five 24-hour walkouts. The dispute over on-train staffing and the future role of guards has been running for months, but the latest action is the most intensive yet. Although the RMT claimed

Brussels: STIB Buys Additional 30 FLEXITY Trams

FLEXITY tram for Brussels © Bombardier Transportation This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in April 2018. The framework contract covered a maximum of 175 trams. The initial order STIB placed (also in April 2018) was for 60 trams. This current order is worth around 67 million

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