Archive for category: Technology

Rio Tinto receives regulatory approval for autonomous trains operation in Australia

The mining corporation said that the AutoHaul project, which is focused on automating trains transporting iron ore to its port facilities in Pilbara, continues to progress and is on schedule to be completed at the end of 2018.
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Hyperloop: Prospects and Challenges

The much-vaunted Hyperloop, sometimes described by its proponents as the ‘fifth mode of transport’, uses the premise of pods travelling through evacuated tubes to offer high-speed inter-city transport. The concept was first attributed to US-based technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, and independent backers are popping up across the globe, amid huge amounts of publicity. On paper, […]
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Alstom unveils plans to develop hydrogen-powered Class 321s in the UK

Photo: Alstom.Rail minister Jo Johnson announced ambitious plans to phase out diesel trains by 2040 in February and Alstom believes that its hydrogen technology can help to meet this challenge.
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Teleste opens repair centre in Warsaw to better serve train operators and rolling stock manufacturers

Technicians at work at Teleste's repair centre in Poland. Photo: Teleste.As well as Alstom, Bombardier and CAF, Teleste has also worked with Danish infrastructure manager Banedanmark, Deutsche Bahn and on projects on the London Underground.
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ProRail tests ‘crossing aid’ to boost safety at level crossings in the Netherlands

Photo: ProRail.Older and less mobile pedestrians are set to benefit from a new level crossing aid that has been trialled in the city of Haarlem, the Netherlands.
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GWR plans rollout of tri-mode trains

Great Western Railway (GWR) has done a deal with leasing company Porterbrook to run tri-mode trains on its London and Thames Valley services.
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CRRC concern over additional US trade tariffs

CRRC is manufacturing new vehicles for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Orange Line. Photo: CRRC.The Office of the United States Trade Representative, which is responsible for developing US trade policy, said that the proposed tariffs are part of a response to "China's unfair trade practices".
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WhatsApp to help keep Germany’s railway stations clean

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is to give customers around the country the opportunity to report dirty stations to cleaning crews through WhatsApp.
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Plans submitted to make Dudley a worldwide leader in very light rail

The town of Dudley in the UK's West Midlands could set to become the worldwide centre for the development of "very light rail".
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Hydrail comes of age

Hydrail, the term coined for hydrogen-powered trains, started to become well known when the first annual international hydrail conference was held in North Carolina in 2005. While the first conference was largely an academic affair, by the time the 2017 hydrail conference was held in Graz, Austria, most of the speakers were from hydrail related […]
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Investigators release initial report into Washington train derailment

Notably, it has indicated that had positive train control – an advanced train control system – been implemented, the train’s brakes would have been applied in line with the speed restrictions.
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