In this week’s roundup of international rail news we take you to Russia to hear of their plans to move into the planning of High-Speed rail in India, learn of Dubai Metro’s passenger Wi-Fi expansion, gain the latest details of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, understand FTA concern of Metro safety in Washington DC, highlight big new contracts for Alstom and Siemens plus our Rail Video of the Week which this week is from California…
Metro Projects: Russian Railways Seeks Tie-up on Indian High-speed Plans (The New Indian Express)
Russian officials are in talks with their Indian counterparts to help the country set up high-speed railways projects, a top railway official has said here. Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways, said they were keen to tie up with Indian Railways for the planned high-speed rail links, as the country has expertise in this area.
Metro Wi-Fi: 'Smart' UAE on track with free Wi-Fi on Dubai Metro (Emirates 24/7)
Free Wi-Fi on all Dubai Metro trains and stations is now a reality. Access to the internet from Dubai Metro has long been on the wish list of many commuters. A Wi-Fi connection has been available, but against a charge so far. During Ramadan and on other occasions commuters would be treated to free temporary Wi-Fi connections, a service always received with much enthusiasm. This year, however, internet on the Metro is here to stay.
Rolling Stock: Alstom to deliver 12 Coradia Lint trains to Regentalbahn in Germany (Railway-Technology.com)
Alstom has secured a contract from Netinera Deutschland's subsidiary Länderbahn (Regentalbahn) to supply 12 Coradia Lint 41 regional diesel multiple units (DMUs). The new environmentally friendly, low-consumption DMUs will enter into service by mid-2016 on Germany's oberpfalzbahn network, and in the Czech Republic. The two-unit Coradia Lint 41 trains, which will have a total of 125 seats and up to 135 places for standing passengers, can reach a maximum operating speed of up to 140km/h. (Main picture courtesy of Alstom)
Transport Safety: FTA report: There are significant flaws in Metro’s safety management system (The Washington Post)
Metro’s central train control center in Washington DC — tasked with ensuring the safety of thousands of passengers moving through the nation’s second-busiest rail system — is chronically understaffed, chaotic and filled with distractions, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Staff members lack adequate training and have no formal checklists to help guide them in doing their jobs. Employees frequently ignore rules — several were seen using cellphones while working. And in other instances, because of miscommunication trains were directed into areas that should have been off-limits.
Future Railway: SpaceX launches Hyperloop pod design competition (Wired)
Elon Musk is inviting students and independent engineers to design the pod that will carry passengers 760mph along the Hyperloop. Although neither Musk nor SpaceX is directly involved in the day-to-day workings of the Hyperloop -- being much too busy planning the space travel of the future -- his company has launched the prize to help accelerate progress and get universities involved.
Preventative maintenance: RZD awards Siemens Desiro maintenance deal (Global Rail News)
Russian Railways (RZD) has finalised a 40-year maintenance agreement with Siemens for its fleet of 1520 mm-gauge Desiro trains. The deal is an extension of a maintenance contract signed in 2011 for the first 54 vehicles ordered by RZD in the run up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The new agreement will cover a total of 294 trains, bringing in the 240 new EMUs Siemens is currently building for RZD.
Rail Video of the Week: California High-Speed Trains: Visual Tour (California High-Speed Rail)
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