Archive for category: S & T

Live CBTC trial launched on Singapore’s North-South Line

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT have begun operational trials of a new CBTC signalling system on the North-South Line (NSL). Testing is taking place with the new signalling system, which will replace the existing fixed block signalling system, in the final hour of service. Using CBTC signalling, headways between trains will be shortened […]
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Intelligent power converters

To operate lighting, electronics and communication devices, both on trains and in control rooms, power converters such as inverters, battery chargers and power supplies are often installed to convert available DC or AC to the appropriate power outputs required. Complicating matters, both the power source (DC in varying voltages from battery banks) and the outputs […]
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East London Line Tunnel Emergency Control

The East London line, re-opened in recent times as part of the London Overground network, has an interesting history. To go under the Thames, it utilises the original Marc Brunel pedestrian tunnel. Construction of the Thames Tunnel started in 1825, with son Isambard in charge of the ground works. After various technological problems that caused […]
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Thales awarded Dubai Red Line signalling contract

Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded Thales the contract to supply the signalling equipment for an extension of the Red Line. The contract was awarded by the Alstom-led Expolink consortium that is delivering the 15 km extension. The line will branch off the existing Red Line at the Nakheel Harbour & Tower station and […]
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The Digital Railway – A supplier’s view

The Digital Railway project continues to generate interest from many quarters. The latest position from Network Rail was explained in issue 147 (January 2017) following an interview with David Waboso, the project’s managing director. Just how does this fit in with the suppliers’ perception of what needs to happen and, more importantly, what can the […]
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The Digital Railway – A supplier’s view

The Digital Railway project continues to generate interest from many quarters. The latest position from Network Rail was explained in issue 147 (January 2017) following an interview with David Waboso, the project’s managing director. Just how does this fit in with the suppliers’ perception of what needs to happen and, more importantly, what can the […]
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UK signalling – A 2017 update

It is nearly four years since Rail Engineer reviewed the state of signalling within Network Rail and much has changed in the intervening period. The organisation is now different and a more pragmatic view is being taken on the deployment of new technology. A recent discussion with Kevin Robertshaw (programme director for signalling projects) explored […]
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Framework contract for TGV Wi-Fi signed

Huber+Suhner and ENGIE Ineo have signed a framework contract for the hardware which will deliver a passenger Wi-Fi network on SNCF’s high-speed TGV fleet. Huber+Suhner will supply the passive components for the onboard Wi-Fi network for 140 trains – around half of the TGV fleet. In December 2016, the first TGV train with Wi-Fi went into […]
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Signalling contract awarded for Forrestfield Airport Link

Ansaldo STS has won a AUD $44 million contract to supply the signalling and telecomms equipment for Perth’s Forrestfield Airport Link. The 8.5-kilometre Forrestfield Airport Link will connect the airport with Perth’s commuter rail network from a spur off the Midland Line at Bayswater Junction. The project includes 8km of twin-bore rail tunnels and three new […]
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CBTC installation contract awarded for Queens Boulevard Line

L.K. Comstock & Company, a subsidiary of RailWorks Corporation, is to install the new CBTC signalling system for New York’s Queens Boulevard Line. L.K. Comstock will both install the new system and upgrade the existing system on the line, which connects Queens and Manhattan, as part of the $223.3 million contract. The hardware itself is being supplied by […]
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European Commission sets new ERTMS deployment targets

The European Commission has revised its deployment timeline for ERTMS after describing targets set in 2009 as “unrealistic”. Around half of Europe’s core rail network will be equipped with the standardised in-cab signalling system by 2023, according to the latest European Rail Traffic Management System European Deployment Plan (ERTMS EDP). The remaining sections of the […]
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