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International Rail News Roundup (12th June 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Jun 12, 2015
RussiaTrainHSRThis week we hear from senators on the future of safety technology in the USA, read of ambitious plans for the metro in Pune in India, learn about passenger Wi-Fi in Toronto a high-speed collaboration in Russia, a new tramway system that can be built in 30 months, plans for new low maintenance
track and our rail video of the week all the way from New Jersey...

Transport Safety: Senators decry slow implementation of train safety technology (Washington Post)

Senate Democrats expressed deep concern Wednesday that railroad operators nationwide were not moving quickly enough to install train safety technology that experts say would have prevented the Amtrak crash that killed eight passengers last month. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing comes as two groups of senators have proposed giving railroad operators more time to implement the technology, and one day after the House voted to slash Amtrak’s budget.

Metro Projects: Pune Metro in India to have both underground, elevated corridors (India.Com)

The proposed project for the Pune Metro will be a “mixed one” with both underground and elevated corridors, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said. Putting to rest the debate in the light of calls by some city NGOs for exclusively underground corridors for the Metro, Fadnavis said a rigid stand was not advisable as the project should be “feasible and economically sustainable.”

Metro Wi-Fi: Passenger Wi-Fi praised by public for UP Express launch (Nomad Digital)

The Union Pearson Express (UP Express), an express rail service which connects Canada’s two busiest transportation hubs: Union Station in downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport, opened to the public last Saturday, with its high-speed Passenger WiFi service amongst the big highlights for first time customers.

Rolling Stock: Russian Railways and Vossloh collaborate on high-speed rail production (Railway Technology)

Russian Railways and Vossloh have agreed to co-operate in the development of track components for high-speed rail lines and localised production. The companies have been testing a turnout designed for 27t axleloads and an expected life of 500 million tonnes (Mt), which is claimed to be 1.5 times more than its Russian equivalents. (Pictured Top Right)

Future Railway: New tramway system offers design stage to operation in just 30 months. (SmartRail World)

In response to the transport demands of growing cities, Alstom launched this week, Attractis, an innovative integrated new tramway system that is designed to be simpler to operate, more cost-effective and thanks to optimised project management and construction methods, promises to be available in the record time of 30 months from the design phase.

Preventative maintenance: University of Nottingham developing low-maintenance track in UK (University of Nottingham)

Track to the Future will address some of the completely new questions being asked as we push expectations of railway infrastructure performance to the limit. Railway track is being used more intensively as the frequency and speed of trains continue to increase.  The time available for maintenance is decreasing and pressure is growing to reduce cost and environmental impacts, including noise and vibration.

Rail Video of the Week: Take a Minute to Be Safe! Rail Safety Tips! (NJ Transit)

 (See also: International Rail News Roundup (29th May 2015) and International Rail News Roundup (5th June 2015)

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