Bombardier Reveals New Test Centre in Germany

Bombardier has unveiled a new test centre at its site in Bautzen, Germany. It houses cutting-edge production and testing technologies and will become Bombardier’s “serial production centre of competence”. Bombardier Transportation unveiled a new test centre in the presence of Saxony’s Minister President, Michael Kretschmer, Stéphane Dion, the Canadian Ambassador to

Polarteknik Oy Ja Salo Cyber Test Lab to Collaborate

Polarteknik Oy and Cyber Test Lab, a part of Turku University of applied sciences, Salo IoT campus have made an agreement to collaborate in the areas of cybersecurity testing, research and development. Polarteknik Oy is a company working internationally in Railway rolling stock parts and systems and related after-sales services, having

Retrofit for Rhaetian Railway Maintenance Vehicle

The two WINDHOFF catenary and assembly vehicles delivered to Rhaetian Railway in 1993 are now getting old and will be upgraded with state-of-the-art retrofit measures. The first vehicle is once again resplendent after an extensive overhaul. It was sent back home on 21 November. The works performed included overhauling the hydraulic,

12 December: news in brief

Channel Tunnel traffic depressed by election and Brexit EUROTUNNEL operator Getlink has reported that its cross-Channel traffic was down in November, and the operator has attributed the fall to pre-Brexit stockpiling, election uncertainties and ‘an unfavourable calendar’. Passenger Shuttles carried 142,106 vehicles, which was 13 per cent fewer than in November

Handheld Introduces New MaxGo Manager

The MaxGo Manager solution is a multi-user system that allows different managers to be assigned varying permission levels. The MaxGo Manager solution features a parent-child hierarchy: Device managers can apply general settings at a high level, then specify unique configurations within subordinate groups. Users can also set up new devices

Bender UK Awarded Best Customer Service Excellence

Bender UK collected the award for Best Customer Service Excellence at the in-Cumbria 2019 Business Awards, which recognises the county’s best companies. Judges looked for a company that exceeded customer expectations across the business by providing the very highest level of customer service by having: A clear, well-implemented customer care policy Evidence of

ADIF to Reduce Carbon Footprint by up to 86% by 2030

ADIF says it has the following main objectives for reducing its carbon footprint: to reduce the energy the railways consume by 2,900GWh between 2018 and 2030. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approx. 9,000kt CO2eq between 2018 and 2030, achieved through implementing the plan projects and by taking into account emissions savings

Three classes planned for Avanti West Coast

NEW Intercity West Coast operator Avanti has revealed that it is planning another class of travel, which would be inserted between Standard and First. Passengers buying tickets for the intermediate 'premium economy' class would sit in first class areas but have fewer at-seat extras than first class ticket holders, with snacks,

Mirage Induction Rail Welding at AusRAIL 2019

Mirage Induction Rail Welding in the spotlight at the AusRail Plus 2019 Expo at the ICC Sydney. An overwhelming reception from delegates as Mirage showcased new technology to safely weld rail with low emissions, low risk of ignition with higher integrity and stronger welds for continuously welded rail. The three-day event

Bombardier Vado Ligure Site Marks 2000th Locomotive Milestone

The E.494 locomotive for Mercitalia Rail is a Bombardier TRAXX DC3 locomotives. In addition to showcasing the finished item, Bombardier displayed other E.494 locomotives during various stages of completion. Bombardier Transportation also displayed locomotives for private operators, which it is currently manufacturing and delivering. These were shown in their finished liveries. Mercitalia

New Era for Frauscher

Frauscher has transferred its Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) activities to a separate company – and relaunched the entire corporate brand. The transformation from a signalling technology company into two tech-companies becomes clearly visible: Frauscher and Sensonic have a clear focus on their core competencies and are ready for the future. Company

Rail Baltica Reveals First Visualisations

3TI Progetti Contracted for Rail Baltica Visualisations RB Rail AS has been working with the Italian architectural firm 3TI Progetti to achieve the visualisations. 3TI Progetti has created the visual identity guidelines for the whole Rail Baltica project. Having such a set of guidelines gives the project a harmonised look for

New Avanti franchise launches on West Coast

THE new Avanti West Coast franchise is being officially launched today. A consortium of FirstGroup and Trenitalia won the West Coast Partnership contract, displacing Virgin and Stagecoach after more than 20 years on the route, and assumed responsibility at 02.00 yesterday morning. The new operator will provide intercity services on

Impressive Great Central trio gather at Eastleigh Lakeside

THE Simkins family visited the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (ELSR) on August 10-11 with their unique collection of 10¼in-gauge Great Central Railway locos.  Design and construction started in the early 1990s. The first completed was Andrew Simkins’ award-winning Class 8 (LNER ‘B5’) 4-6-0 ‘Fish’ engine No. 181, in 2002. Father Neil’s Class

Whitepass and Yukon restores Baldwin loco

STEAM returned to the Whitepass and Yukon Railroad in Alaska this summer, with Baldwin-built 2-8-2 No. 73 re-entering service on July 15.  The loco was bought new from Baldwin in 1947 (Works No. 73352) and withdrawn in 1964. It was restored back to working order in 1982, and has been in use over

Sun sets on Virgin Trains

THE Virgin West Coast franchise came to an end at 01.59 this morning, after more than 20 years of operation on the route by Richard Branson’s company and Stagecoach Group. Operation has been transferred to the new West Coast Partnership, which is a consortium of FirstGroup and Italian operator Trenitalia. Virgin Trains

Class 66s cleared to Oban

CLASS 66 locos have been cleared to work to Oban after a two-year project involving Network Rail and GB Railfreight.  Use of loco-hauled trains was restricted to lighter Class 37s locos prior to completion of the work, because of restricted axle loading.  Upgrading the line for the Class 66

Fire danger puts English Electric diesel in limelight

A RARE English Electric diesel loco worked passenger trains on the ‘Mary Valley Rattler’ heritage line in Queensland in September because of extreme weather and fire danger posed by the normal steam workings.  Ex-Queensland Rail loco No. 1632, one of 34 ‘1620 Class’ locos manufactured by the English Electric Company in

100 Million KM Milestone for Alstom Avelia AGV Fleet

Since April 2012, when Alstom’s fleet of Avelia AGV very-high-speed-trains started operating in Italy, they have collectively travelled 100 million kilometres. The fleet has 25 trains, meaning that on average, each train has travelled 4 million kilometres. The Avelia AGVs operate for NTV under the Italo brand. NTV is Europe’s first

Rare outing for Middleton’s tiny Hunslet

FORMER brewery 4wD Courage (Hunslet 1786 of 1935) made a rare outing during the Middleton Railway’s Work’s Outing gala on September 14-15. The locomotive was operated on the rarely used Balm Road branch. Here, it leads a demonstration goods train over Moor Road level crossing on the first day

New trains for West Coast will be built by Hitachi

HITACHI is to build 23 new trains for the West Coast Partnership, with the aim of having them in service by 2022. The fleet will consist of 10 seven-car electric units and 13 five-car bi-mode units, and will be based on Hitachi’s existing Intercity Express models. The electric trains will operate between

Strikes suspended on West Midlands Trains

Updated 18.50 SATURDAY’S strike on West Midlands Trains has been suspended by the RMT, after the union received a new offer. However, West Midlands Trains has warned that it is too late to restore a normal service, and that a limited timetable will still apply this Saturday. The dispute, which was to have

December issue on sale!

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features an insightful look into the final whistle for Virgin Trains! Plus, see Royal Scot return to Skegness! Also in

COP25: Rail “the only realistic and immediate solution to reduce the CO2 footprint”

Overall, the event participants were in agreement that there was a need for industrial processes to play a part in sustainable development. This development should satisfy fundamental needs and raise quality of life by rationally managing natural resources, and promoting their conservation, recovery, improvement and appropriate use. Talgo says its trains

‘Forgotten Engines’ at Vale of Rheidol

THE Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) has tended not to hold major gala events, its last being a steam festival in September 2015, centred on two locos that had not steamed for many years.But when they happen, they are special!  With all three of its classic 2-6-2Ts now in main line

Back to the past at Moseley anniversary event

MOSELEY Railway Trust (MRT) harked back to its roots during its September 21-22 50th anniversary celebration at Apedale Valley Light Railway by operating passenger rides on its ‘Field Railway’.  These basic rides, recalling the spirit of operations half a century ago, were undertaken using skip wagon underframes fitted with back-to-back seats

Katie says hello to Katie!

RAVENGLASS & Eskdale Railway’s resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie (right) stands alongside Eaton Hall Railway’s 1996-built replica 0-4-0T Katie (centre) at Clayton West Shed on September 14, revealing several interesting differences between the two locos. Rhyl Miniature Railway’s Cagney 4-4-0 No. 44 (left) gives a fascinating contrast in size between miniature and minimum-gauge locos sharing a

Downpatrick diesel gala marks 30 years of the ITG

STEAM gave way to internal combustion power at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) on October 12 as the Irish Traction Group (ITG) celebrated three decades of diesel locomotive preservation. Visitors travelled from both sides of the border, and from across the Irish Sea, to join in the celebrations, which

RIA at AusRAIL PLUS 2019: The UK and Australasian Rail Industries

By Neil Walker, Exports Director, Railway Industry Association: Neil Walker The UK and Australian rail industries have often worked together in partnership. In March 2019, the UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) announced a new partnership at a reception hosted by the British Consul-General in Australia,

Transport for NSW: The Transport Digital Accelerator

In the past when Transport for NSW procured products and services, there was a tendency to publish Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Quotes (RFQ) with a specific list of requirements. This restricted the ability for industry to come up with innovative solutions. For this reason, we now use the

McKinsey: Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative

McKinsey discusses its 2019 report. In September 2019 McKinsey published a report entitled Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative. It describes Australia as “among the most advanced economies globally in effective collaboration between the public and private sectors to deliver transport, energy and social infrastructure. It has also become a leader in private

Alstom to Supply 31 Regional Trains to Lombardy Region

Coradia Stream Train Design The cars are designed for both short and medium-length journeys. For example, there are plenty of seats for passengers on regional and inter-regional journeys. Then there are single seats and vestibules, which are ideal for shorter journeys, such as suburban trips. The seats will all come with

Nomad Digital Launch Private Trackside Radio Technology

Nomad Digital is delighted to launch its new Trackside Radio Networks solutions, available now for mainland rail and metro. Nomad has developed unique Trackside communications technology, that will provide passengers with a seamless, high-speed WiFi connection throughout their journey. In today’s rail environment providing good quality, consistent passenger WiFi is increasingly

Zonegreen Celebrates Second Australian Install

The reputation of rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is on the up down under, after its technology was chosen to protect workers at a second high-tech train maintenance facility. Australia’s Downer Group specified the Sheffield-based firm’s safety system for a new build depot in Melbourne, being constructed as part of the State

LNER previews new Harrogate Azuma services

A SPECIAL preview Azuma is running from Harrogate to Leeds today, as a curtain-raiser for the launch of Intercity Express services between the North Yorkshire spa town and London. Following the timetable change on 15 December, Harrogate will gain five new London trains each weekday, in addition to the existing daily

Didcot secures visit from Fawley Hill’s No. 31

HUDSWELL, Clarke 0-6-0ST Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons No. 31 made its first preservation-era visit to another heritage railway in late October when it joined ‘Swindonised’ Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 813 at Didcot Railway Centre.  No. 31 can usually be found on the late Sir William McAlpine’s private railway at Fawley Hill (now in

Industry Insider Week 48 · 11 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence | Infrastructure METRONET in Perth, Australia, has commenced the early works for the Joondalup Railway Line extension, which will connect the city to the northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The total length of the extension will be 14.5km. The main construction works will begin in

South Western Railway 27-day strike begins

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Commuters are being warned to expect delays as workers on South Western Railway begin a 27-day strike. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 27 days between today and New Year’s Day, threatening travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers. Passengers have been

Steam locomotives on the East Lancashire Railway

Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No. 46441 spent several years operating on the ELR following its appearance at the August 1993 Steam Railway Festival. Photo: Mike Taylor The East Lancashire Railway has become well known for its wide variety of steam locomotives that have operated along the line and while it would

The official last day of steam

Sunday, August 4, 1968 – the day named by British Rail for the end of ‘normal’ steam – saw just two engines with a full head of steam at Rose Grove.  Immaculately turned-out No. 48773 was all set for the Blackburn-Hellifield- Carnforth leg of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s

Xtra Power for PoE Switches and Injectors

For the power supply of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches and injectors, intreXis offers specialised DC-DC converters for different rail applications. The two power classes which are 150 or 500 watts are available with 48 VDC or 52 VDC output voltage. The Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) is efficiently supplied within the

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £14!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £15!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

nVent ERICO Rail 
Heating System

The nVent ERICO Rail Heating System is the smart solution that is up to 30% more energy efficient than constant wattage heating elements. Environmental sustainability is a core strategic value across many industries, especially in rail. Networks throughout the world have set forth ambitious climate protection goals that call for the

Alstom Wins Marseille Metro Contract

The existing MPM 76 rolling stock on the Marseille metro entered service in the 1970s and 1980s. New Metro Trains for Marseille Each new rubber-tyre metro train will consist of four cars and be 65m in length. Passengers will be able to move from car to car. Based on a calculation of

The Infrastructure Progress Report · Melbourne

Project status: Construction began in 2018. Now, tunnel boring machines Joan and Meg have started operations on the North Melbourne to Kensington section after they were assembled at the new North Melbourne Station site in mid-2019. TBM Joan, which broke ground shortly before TBM Meg, has travelled more than 250 metres

The Infrastructure Progress Report · Sydney

Estimates suggest that 28,000 people will use the light rail line every day by 2026 with 130,000 people living within walking distance of a stop. Stage 1 will feature 16 accessible stops with services running 7 days a week at a headway of 7.5 minutes during peak times. Transdev will operate

New hope in South Western Railway dispute

ALMOST a month of RMT strikes on South Western Railway could yet be averted, after new talks were agreed,last night. Both sides are meeting at the conciliation service ACAS today, in an eleventh-hour bid to hammer out an agreement about on-train staffing and the future role of guards. At the moment, SWR

Special Foam Helps Save Lives

Here the lightweight and closed cell special foam can save lives. In addition, the material helps to keep flames within a single fire compartment by hindering the transfer of flames and high temperatures to other compartments. Housings and enclosures for components requiring special protection can also be produced with the

DAMM Australia and Zetron Partner to Integrate Mission Critical Communication Systems

For more information, visit the Zetron (#73) and DAMM Australia (#71) booths at Comms Connect 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 27th and 28th. About Zetron, Inc. Zetron has been designing and manufacturing integrated mission critical communications systems since 1980. Its offerings include NG9-1-1 call taking, CAD, mapping,

Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence

Perth: METRONET has begun the early works for the extension of the Joondalup Railway Line to northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, the Attorney General and Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, and the Western Australia Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, came to turn the first

The Ones That Got Away – Preorder now!

Railway heritage enthusiasts are well served by the legendary locos that have survived into preservation – but not every engine was so fortunate. Some of Britain’s finest locomotives were unceremoniously scrapped long before anyone thought to preserve them. The Ones That Got Away tells their story. Despite the millions of pounds and

Bombardier: “Rail Will Play an Important Role in Solving Australia’s Mobility Needs”

RN: “What will you be focusing on at AusRAIL?” Wendy McMillan, President, Southeast Asia and Australia Region: “We are proud to present Bombardier’s latest innovations for sustainable mobility at the AusRail Rail Conference and Exhibition 2019. Wendy McMillan “We will discuss with customers, operators and government officials; our complete value chain of

Industry Insider Week 47 · 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Alstom Signs 10-Year ETCS Maintenance Contract with SBB | Rolling Stock Alstom has signed a ten-year maintenance contract for on-board ETCS equipment with Swiss operator SBB. This is Alstom’s second contract with SBB. This current contract, which includes an option to extend by five years, is worth 25 million euros. Read more

22 November: news in brief

Labour would extend HS2 to Scotland LABOUR has revealed radical plans for the railways in its election manifesto. Franchises could be allowed to expire over time, which would avoid claims for breach of contract from the operators, but at the heart of the plans is a new ‘publicly owned rail company’,

Zonegreen is on the Up Down Under

Depots are inherently dangerous places to work, with hazards including moving trains and high-voltage equipment part and parcel of everyday life. However, advances in technology mean the risks to staff can be almost eradicated by removing the human element in safety procedures. Leading this revolution are the specialist engineers at Sheffield-based

How Has Rail WiFi Technology Developed?

Recent research found that the average commuting time in the UK has risen from 48 minutes to an hour and that one in seven commuters are now spending two or more hours of their day travelling to and from work. As commuting time continues to increase, passengers are likely to become

Stadler Board Nominates Doris Leuthard

Stadler’s board of directors has nominated two-time Swiss President Doris Leuthard, recommending her appointment to the board from 30 April 2020. This would make her the second woman on the board, which currently has eight members. Former Federal Councillor, Doris Leuthard © Stadler At Stadler’s 29th general assembly, and its first as a publicly

Early Experiments in Steam

A working replica of Stockton & Darlington Railway Locomotion No. 1, which hauled the world’s first public train on September 27,1825. Andrew Jeffrey. In less than 30 years at the beginning of the 19th century, steam engine technology went from stationary mining machines to powering the world’s first inter-city railway. In the

SWR strikes set to go ahead after latest talks fail

TWO days of negotiations at the arbitration service ACAS have failed to avert multiple RMT strikes on South Western Railway in December. The walkouts, in the continuing dispute over on-train staffing and the role of guards, are set to begin on 2 December and continue without a break until 11 December

Virgin Trains signs off in style!

Photo: PA With the end of the Virgin Trains franchise taking place at 01:59am on December 8 after 22 years of running trains between London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, they’re going out with a bang! To celebrate all that Virgin has achieved since it launched in 1997, the company has

OEBB Tests Cityjet Eco with Positive Results

Austrian Federal Railways (OEBB) and Siemens Mobility have developed an environmentally friendly train that is a hybrid electric-battery multiple unit: the Cityjet eco. The first runs of the Cityjet eco in real passenger operations have brought valuable insights and give a positive prognosis for the future. OEBB Cityjet Eco Testing Between 17