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DOO – Analysed & Explained

The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press, rail magazines, radio and TV programmes and indeed questions have been bandied about in parliament. As […]

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New lightweight, modular bridge design launched

Arup and Mabey have launched a new modular, glass-fibre-reinforced polymer bridge that they believe will revolutionise the installation of pedestrian footbridges on challenging railway work sites. The development of the Pedesta post-tensioned bridge design has been partially funded by the RSSB. The lightweight, modular design means the bridges don’t require large cranes or heavy lifting […]
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Hydrogen fuel cell train completes first test run

Alstom’s iLint hydrogen fuel cell train has completed its first 80 km/h test run. The Coradia iLint unit carried out its trial run on the test track at Alstom’s factory in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, having already completed static commissioning. A more rigorous testing campaign will begin at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic […]
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Retrofitted hydrogen fuel cell EMU concept presented

The possibility of retro-fitting diesel multiple units (DMUs) to run on hydrogen fuel cell technology has been put to the test as part of an RSSB and Network Rail-funded innovation research programme. Fuel Cell Systems, which has worked alongside the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe, says the six-month study has demonstrated the feasibility of […]
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Digital future for SNCF

SNCF is employing IBM’s Watson Internet of Things (IoT) across France’s 30,000 km rail network in a bid to improve efficiency and safety. IoT will improve operational performance, customer experience and safety, IBM and SNCF have said. How does it work? Sensors will be installed across the network, providing real-time data which will help SNCF to manage […]
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A lesson in virtual reality

While augmented reality is finding its place in the construction of new railways, virtual reality is becoming an important tool in the training of new staff. In fact, teachers and trainers have been looking for ways to introduce virtual reality – in its various different guises – into the classroom for some time. Better equipment […]

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University develops app to measure train ride quality

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have created a smartphone app that allows rail passengers to measure the ride comfort of their train. The data gathered by the app could be used by train operators to detect faults in the track, allowing maintenance work to be better targeted. The app uses accelerometers in the phone to […]
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Crossrail innovation – The future?

‘It’s a bit like RoboCop or Minority Report’ said Rav Kugananthan, a project engineer working at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station, as he squeezed his head into one of the project’s most radical innovations. Although still at the development stage, the smart helmet Rav was modelling provided a glimpse into what will very likely be a […]

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Biometric ticketing part of future plan for Britain’s rail network

Biometric ticketing is one of several innovations identified by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) in its digital blueprint for Britain’s railway. The blueprint, which has been published on the same day as the RDG annual conference, suggests that Bluetooth and biometric ticketing could eventually replace the magnetic strip tickets that have been around since the […]
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Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender […]
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UITP: Driverless cars need to be integrated with existing transport modes

Driverless vehicles need to be considered as part of an integrated transport plan which supports existing transport networks, the UITP has recommended. The adoption of more autonomous vehicles (AV) on roads around the world “will lead to a dystopian future of even more private car traffic” unless they are integrated with traditional public transport modes. That […]
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