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International Rail News Roundup (16th October 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Oct 16, 2015

media_xll_3332963In this week’s International Rail News Roundup we hear about how Siemens have won supply contracts across Europe and the US, look at Isfahan’s newly opened metro line, explore America’s love of highspeed rail, await the results of the Dutch rail network NS’s trial of new staff body cams that hope to end aggressive behaviour on trains, and take a look at Melbourne’s newly installed passenger 3G. This week’s video of the week explores DB Schenker’s solutions for the future…

Transport Safety: NS trials staff body cams (Global Rail News)

This week the Dutch Rail Network, NS began a trial that aims to bring an end to anti-social and aggressive behaviour on trains. A number of staff have been issued with ‘body cams’ that can be switched on when they feel threatened. NS said: “The trial will show whether body cams have a de-escalating effect in difficult situations and that the cameras provide an extra sense of security to our colleagues.” The trial comes as a response to a number of incidents previously involving rail staff.

Rolling Stock: Siemens wins two supply contracts in Europe and US (Railway Technology)

Earlier this week it was announced that Siemens had won a contract over $130 to supply 21 new Vectron Locomotives across Europe and 34 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) in the US. The deployment of the locomotives across Europe means that they are to be fully equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). The LRVs are set to join RTD’s fleet in the US by 2018, leaving them in control of more than 200 vehicles.

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High Speed Rail: Americans feel the need... the need for High-Speed! (SmartRail World)

If you build high-speed rail in America, they will come at least according to a 2015 survey recently released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). If high-speed rail were available today, two-thirds (63 percent) of Americans are likely to use high-speed trains and this jumps to nearly seventy (67) percent when respondents were informed of the costs and time saving benefits of high-speed rail service. 

Passenger Wifi: Melbourne switches on underground 3G coverage (Railway Gazette)

On October 15th Victoria’s (Australia) Minister for Public Transport announces that 3G mobile coverage had gone live in the City Loop tunnels in Melbourne. The second phase of the project, which should take place in 2016 hopes to upgrade this further by giving passengers 4G. The work funded by the government was under taken by VicTrack, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. Passengers will now have coverage on 12km of line. 

Metro Projects: Isfahan opens first metro line (Rail Journal)

11 kilometres of line have been opened in Isfahan on October 15th, making it the fourth Iranian city to open a metro. Isfahan metro, currently consisting of one line runs from Shohada in the city centre to Qods. The first phase of the metro plans to service 10 stations and in the second stage there are plans to construct planning to construct two east-west lines, as well as extend the line south to Azadi and Soffeh.

Rail Video Of The Week: DB Schenker Rail Automotive: Logistical Solutions for the Future



What is the International Rail News Roundup? There’s never a shortage of global rail news stories, but keeping track of those launches, announcements, innovations, take-overs and developments that are crucial to your business can be a challenge. So the team here at SmartRail World bring you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources.For the latest news, as it happens subscriber for free to SmartRail World.


Recent Editions of the International Rail News Roundup:

9th October 2015

2nd October 2015

25th September 2015

18th September 2015

11th September 2015


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