Archive for category: Technology

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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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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SNCF creates drone asset management subsidiary

SNCF Réseau has established a subsidiary, Altamétris, as it looks to market its drone services to the rest of the industry. SNCF already uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for monitoring the network and collecting data. Altamétris will expand what is now an internal activity out to the industry. Altamétris has a team of […]
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Northern and Porterbrook to convert electric trains to bi-mode

Leasing company Porterbrook is developing a bi-mode variant of Northern’s Class 319 EMU. Porterbrook said with the concept design now complete, Wabtec/Brush will begin a more detailed design phase, with a view to completing the first units by spring 2018. The Class 319 Flex will have a diesel-powered alternator under each of the two driving trailer […]
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Hitachi orders MTU power units for GWR bi-mode trains

Hitachi Rail Europe has ordered 136 power units from MTU for the Class 802 bi-mode intercity trains it is building for Great Western Railway. The Series 1600 MTU PowerPacks, which are designed to meet EU Stage IIIB emission legislation, will be fitted to 36 Class 802 trains. The Class 802 units will primarily operate services […]
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Fixed track forms for high-speed lines

A successful and topical conference about fixed track forms for high-speed lines was held recently in Manchester. Organised jointly by the Permanent Way Institution and Union of European Railway Engineering Associations (UEEIV), it brought together over 100 experts from across Europe. Selection of a trackform Niall Fagan, head of track engineering for HS2, gave the […]
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