Thanks for all the positive feedback from last week’s first international rail news roundup! We know how challenging it can be to keep up with all the industry news so proud to offer you some highlights. This week we bring stories from Toronto, China, the corridors of power in Washington DC, underneath the English Channel, Ontario and Video of the Week featuring a drone deep underground…
Metro Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi in TTC (Toronto) tunnels may arrive sooner than you think (Metro News)
In Seoul, South Korea, the 9.8 million passengers who ride the metropolitan subway every day can make phone calls or stream high-definition Netflix shows during their commute — regardless of whether they’re on board a car or inside a station. A fully wired subway system may seem like a dream to many Torontonians, but it’s closer than we think, said Ken Ranger, CEO of BAI Canada, the company tasked with adding Wi-Fi to TTC stations.
Transport Safety: FRA will enforce Dec. 31st PTC deadline - acting administrator says. (Progressive Railroading)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) officials believe the Dec. 31 deadline for railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) technology is an important federal mandate that the agency intends to enforce, FRA Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg told a congressional committee on Tuesday.
Metro Projects: $1bn marked for LRT in Ontario; part of huge $31.5bn investment plan. (SmartRail World).
Ontario will provide up to $1 billion to build a new light rail transit (LRT) line in Hamilton as part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. Announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne the province will cover 100 per cent of the capital costs of building the LRT in Ontario, which aims to grow the economy, reduce travel times and connect people to jobs and to other transit systems.
Rolling Stock: Chinese rolling stock manufacturers merge to form CRRC Corp (Railway Gazette)
CRRC Corp Ltd was officially launched on June 1 with the completion of the merger of rolling stock manufacturers China CNR Corp and CSR Corp. CRRC has inherited all the businesses and assets of CNR and CSR, which between than had a greater than 90% market share in China. CRRC says it is the ‘largest rolling stock supplier in the world’ with ‘the largest scale, most complete portfolio and advanced technology.’ It has 175 700 employees, with its headquarters in Beijing.
Preventative maintenance: Quintiq Improves Channel Tunnel’s maintenance scheduling (Railway Technology)
Eurotunnel announced that Quintiq will enhance the scheduling of their maintenance operations for the Channel Tunnel. The 50km-long Channel Tunnel, which is managed by Eurotunnel, consists of two running tunnels, each divided into 3 intervals, and a service tunnel for maintenance and safety access. With 38km of the tunnel undersea, it is the longest undersea tunnel ever built. It is also the most circulated railway in the world, with 400 trains per day during peak periods: Eurotunnel passenger and truck shuttles, high-speed passenger trains and freight trains.
Future Railway: Greener, quieter and more efficient - has Rolls-Royce created the train of the future? (Daily Telegraph - UK)
A new generation of more efficient, quieter and greener trains could be coming to Britain’s railway lines, driven by a new hybrid power system built by Rolls-Royce. The company – best known for its aircraft engines but which also has created engines used on land and at sea - is developing a combined diesel-electric safety system that also incoporates batteries.
Rail Video of the Week: Crossrail tunnelling: Drone's eye view of Crossrail's completed rail tunnels.
The next International Rail News Roundup will be Friday 12th June 2015.
(See also: International Rail News Roundup (29th May 2015) )