A London bridge is falling down
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by Simon Walton
2d ago
A summer of possession is just a month away. What may appear to rail users as the mouth to the tunnel under Hackney Downs is actually a road overbridge. It’s that road element that has East Londoners declaring “in a bit of a state”. So, Network Rail, Britain’s national infrastructure agency, is about to embark on a replacement project that has wider implications for services in the complex inner suburban metro and destinations as far afield as Stansted Airport and Cambridge. It is only a short tunnel mouth that needs replacing. However, “only” is never a word associated with tunnel or bridge r ..read more
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Trenitalia announces new timetable promising a full ‘summer experience’
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by Simon Walton
2d ago
Italy’s national carrier, Trenitalia, has expanded its timetable for an expected summer of content among domestic passengers. The state-owned operator, the backbone of the government’s Passenger Business Unit of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, has announced its 2024 “Summer Experience” timetable. The nationwide schedule emphasises a collaboration with Busitalia, the state-regulated road passenger carrier. Summer Experience had a typically Italian (i.e., very glamorous) launch at Rome’s Gallery of Twenty-First Century Art. Government and industry leaders were eager to promote the integration of ..read more
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“New Dawn” steam to power British freight
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by Simon Walton
3d ago
Steamology, a green technology start-up company in the South of England, is rolling back the wheels of time. The company is on the verge of making history by turning to the historic power source of steam. However, in an entirely futuristic way, it’s steam, Britain, but not as we know it. We always thought that steam was odourless, colourless and invisible. However, engineering pioneers Steamology has secured its first commercial contract to support the elimination of all freight train emissions with the evaluation of … green steam. Zero-emissions goods transportation It’s brewing up at their W ..read more
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ERTMS director on Dutch rollout: ‘There is a time of thinking and a time of doing’
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by Jeroen Baldwin
1w ago
The head of ERTMS at the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) Jo de Bosschere feels that the Netherlands should start taking action on the ERTMS roll-out. “I think that in the Netherlands, they think too long and do too little,” he said. De Bosschere knows very well what it is all about, what trees you can find on the road when it comes to the roll-out of ERTMS. Before joining ERA, the Fleming was, among other things, Head of Signal Projects and Manager ETCS at Belgian rail operator Infrabel. RailTech’s sister publication in the Netherlands, SpoorPro, recently met De Bosschere at the annua ..read more
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Fully electric drive integrated system by ZEMT
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by Jeroen Baldwin
1w ago
PARTNER – Beijing Zongheng Electro-Mechanical Technology Co., Ltd. (abbreviated as ZEMT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Academy of Railway Sciences. ZEMT is a China leading technology company supplying advanced mobility products and systems for rail vehicles, including high-speed railway and urban transit, and providing comprehensive solutions for customers. Building on its robust technical foundation, accumulated over the years through its mature and advanced traction, braking, and TCMS product platforms, ZEMT boasts significant advantages. To meet the growing demands of operators and ..read more
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Luxembourg, the only EU country to run an all-ERTMS network
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by Alexander Molendijk
1w ago
Since its mandatory introduction in 2009 for all new EU-funded rail projects, the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) has been gradually installed across the trans-European rail networks, including Train Control (ETCS) and GSM-R digital communications. What is the state of the roll-out in the French-speaking countries in Europe? Since the 2009 announcement by the European Commission that all EU-funded rail infrastructure projects must adopt ERTMS through Train Control (ETCS) and GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications), several rail infrastructure managers have had to conve ..read more
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Vote for rail says UK industry association
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by Simon Walton
1w ago
The Railway Industry Association, which champions a dynamic rail supply sector in the UK, has entered the political fray. The RIA has called upon the next Government to boost rail capacity to meet future demand. The representative Association wants the forthcoming general election to signal a long-term and strategic approach to rail investment, leveraging the best of both the private and public sectors. With a UK general election in less than one month, the railway supply sector is eager for the next Government to take the lead on railway development. The Railway Industry Association says that ..read more
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Delft Hyperloop achieves world’s first lane switch
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by Alexander Molendijk
1w ago
Students at TU Delft have taken the development of the hyperloop another step further: they have managed to make their prototype switch lanes. This is unprecedented worldwide, according to the student team.  Students have built a 42-metre test track on the Delft campus. Inside the steel structure floats their small, unmanned version of the hyperloop. According to the students, this is a promising means of transport to cover long distances quickly in the future. They have recently been testing their trajectory switching system. Hyperloops float by using electromagnetism through vacuum tube ..read more
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UK’s iconic ‘magstripe’ ticket nears buffers
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by Simon Walton
1w ago
For train travellers in the UK, it has been an integral part of the railway experience for decades. No, not rail replacement bus services and strikes. It’s the familiar orange and cream-coloured credit-card-sized ticket with a magnetic stripe on the back. However, according to one operator, the handy little cardboard ticket will be a museum exhibit within five years. The days of the paper ticket are numbered. If Northern Trains is correct, that number of days is about 1500. Northern says the iconic orange ‘magstripe’ train ticket could be something of a museum exhibit within as little as five ..read more
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No goodnight for Midnight Trains
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by Simon Walton
1w ago
Smart logo. Even smarter graphics. In the end though, no trains, no access and no more finance. Whether Midnight Trains ever stood a chance of getting rolling is open to question. However, the team behind the would-be start-up open-access operator have called it a night. they’ve pulled the plug on the Midnight Trains concept. In a poignant farewell, Midnight Trains has announced its closure, marking the end of a bold venture aimed at revolutionising night travel across Europe. The would-be open-access sleeper train operator folded without ever dispatching a single train, despite four years of ..read more
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