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Future Rail: Issue 49

In this issue: Learning from European HSR design, a corridor to the Baltic states, inner city rail construction, the Texas bullet, driver only trains, shaking up rail fares, and more

Arcturus Networks-Voice and Video Systems for Rail Communications and Security

Arcturus develops specialised voice and video communications systems for transportation networks.

Pickersgill-Kaye Primed to Secure Bigger Share of Rail Market

Pickersgill-Kaye, which became a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited from February 2017, has reported export sales for 2016 of £665,977 - with growing orders from the global rail sector for its emergency override mechanisms, safety critical soluti…

Series PCMDS80 as Base Plate or Head Sink Version

The DC/DC converters PCMDS80 from MTM Power® are specially designed as decentralised power supplies in vehicles and for supplying closed sub-systems in rolling stock applications. They are available with three wide input ranges thus enables the use o…

Greenbrier opens railcar axle machining facility in California

Greenbrier has opened its new railcar axle machining facility GBSummit in California, US.

SBS Transit and ST Kinetics pledge to improve Singapore railway operations

SBS Transit and ST Kinetics have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) outlining plans for a collaborative effort to strengthen maintenance and engineering capabilities of rail operations in Singapore.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to develop Halifax station

US-based WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's Leeds office has been appointed by Calderdale Council to advance plans for the delivery of the ‘Halifax Station gateway’.

Kontron Takes LoRa™ Network for a Journey with its Standalone Network Server and IoT Gateway for On-Board Rail

Kontron, a leading global provider of embedded computing technology (ECT), today announced the TRACe LoRa-MQTT, a new integrated EN50155 fanless solution-ready platform offering a LoRa™ local network and transforming messages to Message Queue Telemet…

Deals this week: Stadler, Alstom, Sound Transit

Stockholm Transport (SL) has placed a CHF232M ($233m) order to Stadler for 22 customised electrical multiple units (EMU), which also includes an option for an additional 45 vehicles.

Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (STIB/MIVB) Chooses NetModule

Communications specialist NetModule reports a successful major project with AEG Belgium for the STIB/MIVB transport company in the nation's capital city. From the start of the project in March 2013 to its completion at the end of 2015, more than 1,08…

ADB to provide $80m loan for Uzbekistan railway electrification

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to provide an $80m loan towards the electrification of 145km of railway in Uzbekistan that connects Pap, Namangan and Andijan cities.

Bombardier's Chinese JV to build 40 train cars for Nanning Railway Bureau

Bombardier Transportation's Chinese joint venture (JV) known as Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation (BST) has secured a contract from China Railway (CRC) to build 40 high speed train cars.

Stagecoach and Virgin to partner with SNCF for West Coast Partnership bid

UK rail operators Stagecoach and Virgin are set to partner with French company SNCF to jointly bid for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise.

Two Full-Mission Driving Cab Simulators for Abellio East Anglia's Flirt Trains

Transurb has been appointed as supplier for the two full-mission driving cab simulators dedicated to the training of Abellio East Anglia drivers by STADLER Bussnang last week.

HUBER+SUHNER to Bring Comprehensive Connected Mobility Solutions to Railtex 2017

Global connectivity supplier HUBER+SUHNER will be exhibiting its extensive portfolio of technology and solutions for the rail industry at Railtex 2017, taking place in Birmingham, UK, from 9-11 May.

Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass High-Speed Line

France’s Nîmes-Montpellier bypass, also known as Contournement ferroviaire de Nîmes et Montpellier (CNM), will be the first mixed high-speed Ligne à Grande Vitesse (LGV) line dedicated to both passenger and freight transport.

Construction starts on Mernda rail line in Melbourne, Victoria

Construction on a new rail line to Mernda near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, has commenced, in order to address the increasing demand for train services in the wider Victoria area.

Porr to modernise Poznan to Pila railway line in Poland

Porr Polska Construction has won a €114m contract from PKP PLK to modernise the existing railway line Nr. 354, which runs from Pozna? to Pi?a in Poland.

NW&MD Rail Taskforce renews calls for service improvements in Wales

North Wales and Mersey Dee (NW&MD) Rail Taskforce has renewed calls for major improvements to be delivered by the new Wales and Borders Franchise.

Bel Power Solutions Introduced Compact, Ruggedised Melcher™ HP Series

Bel Power Solutions announces the release of its MELCHER™ HP Series DC-DC converter (4TE) with an input voltage range greater than 10:1. The converters deliver up to 192W with typical efficiency up to 93% over input and load range with no derating ov…

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