Archive for category: Technology

Japan’s Musashi-Mizonokuchi railway station to use off-grid hydrogen energy system

Toshiba’s hydrogen energy system will now provide power to the Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station in Japan. The system, H2One, is now operational and generating electricity to light part of the station, which is based on the JR Nambua Line in the city of Kawasaki. Should a disaster cut the energy supply to the station, Toshiba’s off-grid system will […]
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Researchers develop driverless freight train concept

Transport researchers from the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft; DLR) have developed concepts for automated ‘freight trains of the future’. Named ‘Next Generation Train (NGT) Cargo’, the trains will feature a high-level of automation, high speeds and will be assembled from single wagons and end cars, allowing for a flexible approach to the transportation of goods, […]
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London Midland to bring about a ‘new era’ for rail travel with launch of innovation centre

Ten of the UK’s most innovative tech start-ups have been brought together with the launch of London Midland’s new innovation centre. Based at the iCentrum on Birmingham’s Aston Science Park, the £250,000 London Midlands Labs project will bring about a “new era” for improving rail journeys, according to the TOC, by developing new solutions. From a […]
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Research project to explore greater automation of train driver role

IRT SystemX is to work alongside SNCF and Alstom to research ways to further automate the role of train drivers. Announcing the partnership, the companies described a form of artificial intelligence that would use a combination of sensors to carry out the kind of observations that are normally made by a driver. As well being able to […]
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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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