Institution of Mechanical Engineers welcomes a rail engineer as its new president

Carolyn Griffiths has become the 132nd president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Ms Griffiths – who founded the UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch – succeeds Jon Hilton as the president. She is also a non-executive director of Irish Rail and volunteers with the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering. She said: “I am hoping to […]
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RSSB-funded rolling stock innovations ready for development

Four innovations that will improve the maintenance of rolling stock are ready for development. Funded by the RSSB, the innovations will help to deliver greater capacity, improve safety and reduce the time and cost of maintenance during inspections, according to the trade body. The projects have been put together from teams at universities throughout the country, including […]
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Trenitalia launches €1.5bn tender for 135 trains

Italian rail operator Trenitalia has issued a tender for 135 diesel commuter trains. The new trains will be divided into two types, 200 seaters and 300 seaters, with the first 30 new diesel trains going to the regions of Sardinia, Sicily and Tuscany. The contract also includes the train maintenance for 15 years, with an option […]
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RB Rail launches tender to hire experts in 32 fields for Rail Baltica

RB Rail has launched a tender to source on-demand expertise covering subjects such as railway signalling, geology and civil construction. The firm – the central coordinator for the high-speed Rail Baltica project through Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – wants to fill approximately 90 expert positions covering 32 fields to help with the planning and design […]
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Specialist firearms officers to patrol UK train services

The British Transport Police has announced that trained firearm officers are to start patrolling onboard trains following the UK’s increased terror threat level to critical. Armed officers have been patrolling the London Underground since December but this will mark the first time they have patrolled services elsewhere in the country. The mobilisation of armed officers is […]
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New Zealand government announce almost $1bn in rail investment

New Zealand’s 2017 Budget has revealed that its railways are set for a boost of almost $1 billion. KiwiRail will benefit from $450 million to be invested into rail infrastructure and rolling stock, Auckland’s City Rail link – which is under construction – will receive a $436 million boost and Wellington’s commuter rail network has been set aside […]
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French rail industry meets at SIFER

The UK has Railtex, Germany InnoTrans, and France SIFER. Staged every two years since 1999, the French event is billed as the country’s only international rail industry trade show. A three-day meeting held in Lille, in northern France, SIFER brings together stakeholders from across all sectors – from industry contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and sub-contractors […]
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Governor announces action plan to deal with ‘intolerable state of disrepair’ at Pennsylvania Station

The governor of New York has announced a plan to deal with the ‘intolerable state of disrepair’ at Pennsylvania Station. Derailments and cancellations are causing delays for millions of travellers at the station and Andrew Cuomo wants to initiate short and long-term action to address the city’s transportation challenges. More than 600,000 people travel through Penn Station […]
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Union Pacific to spend $49m on Missouri rail infrastructure

Boosting safety and efficiency is at the heart of a new $49 million investment from Union Pacific into its Missouri infrastructure. Of the total investment, $43 million will be spent maintaining track and $3 million on maintaining bridges in the state. This covers $12 million investment in the line between Labadie and Chamois as well as $7 million […]
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Alstom to deliver 10 Coradia Lint trains for HzL

The HzL Hohenzollerische Landesbahn has made an order for 10 Alstom Coradia Lint regional trains. The $50 million contract will see the DMUs built at Alstom’s Salzgitter plant and delivered by May 2019 to run on routes from Ulm to Aalen, Langnau and Munderkingen. It marks the first time Alstom’s Coradia Lint’s will serve the Baden-Württemberg region. […]
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‘Impeding new blood can only lead to sector failure’ – ALLRAIL calls for change to help new rail services

Locomore’s recent insolvency is a reminder of the difficulties facing new train operating companies. That is the message from ALLRAIL, an association which represents non-incumbent freight operators and open access passenger operators. Locomore was a crowdfunded German TOC that began operating in 2016 as a low-cost alternative to DB. It aimed to attract new passengers […]
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British Transport Police ramps up presence following Manchester bombing

Members of the public should expect to see more police patrolling Britain’s railway stations following the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night. British Transport Police (BTP) will be deploying ‘more officers than usual’ – including armed personnel – on stations and trains across the network. The news follows Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement that […]
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