Friday is finally here and to help bring in the weekend here is SmartRail World’s latest International News Roundup. This week we have seen some great technology advances like Bombardier’s virtual reality manufacturing system, and contracts between Mertrolink (LA) and Masabi to improve services and introduce the JustRide mobile ticketing system. In other big stories in the week when extreme weather conditions bought Maryland public transportation to a halt, Etihad Rail has suspended bidding on Stage Two of its project and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has ordered additional LRZs from Windhoff and Dräger. This week’s rail video takes a look at a world record breaking freight train carrying its load across Australia…
Metro Ticketing: Los Angeles’ Metrolink selects UK's Masabi for mobile ticketing system. (Railway Technology)
This week it has been announced that Metrolink has teamed up with Masabi, a UK based company, to deliver its JustRide mobile ticketing system. The system will allow passengers to use their smartphones to buy and display tickets. The JustRide system has previously been a success in London, Athens and Boston. Masabi CEO Brian Zanghi said: "Mobile ticketing is increasingly becoming a key requirement for transit authorities both across the US and around the world.”
Rolling Stock: SBB orders firefighting and rescue trains. (Rail Journal)
Earlier in the week Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has placed an order with the German company, Windhoff and Dräger for three additional self-propelled firefighting and rescue trains (LRZs), which will be delivered by the end of 2018.The trains will be centrally stationed to serve three areas: Geneva, Melide and Brig. Each will have its own crew, ready to move off within a few minutes at any time. Each fire-fighting unit consists of a rescue vehicle, a tank wagon and an equipment vehicle. It can travel up to 100 km/h and is powerful enough to rescue a 1600-tonne train.
Rail Technology: How virtual manufacturing is quickening production and lowering costs. (SmartRail World)
Regular readers of SmartRail World will know how much we like to keep up with the latest digital technologies and the opportunities they offer the rail industry. One of the most exciting opportunities is in virtual reality – where a computer-generated environment gives the illusion of being immersed in a real system. Today we focus on how Bombardier have spotted an application for this technology to use it to launch its vehicles onto the market more quickly and to accelerate product development. The rail giant has now developed its ‘virtual manufacturing’ technology which uses simulated manufacturing processes and computer models. Before it existed, design technology was focused more on the concept. Now, virtual manufacturing allows designers to create a 3-D model of a product and to also virtually test the efficiency of its performance.
Rail Safety: Maryland Transit Slowly Resuming After Historic Snowstorm, but with Hiccups. (Mass Transit)
On Monday 25th January public transport services in Maryland were ground to a halt after a historic snowstorm. Since, all efforts have been made to ensure service can be resumed as normal. MTA Administrator Paul Comfort said “We've had hundreds of employees working around the clock to get service back after this historic storm." Difficulties have come though as some of the responsibility lies in the hands of the city. Though running services was of top priority so too was the safety of the passengers and workers on the routes.
Rail Projects: Etihad Rail suspends Stage Two bidding. (Global Rail News)
On Tuesday it was announced that Etihad Rail has put bidding for Stage Two contracts on hold. This stage of the project was intended to extend the network to Mussafah and the ports of Khalifa and Jebel Ali, as well as to the Saudi and Omani borders. Etihad Rail stated that the suspension would not affect Stage One but is the outcome of reviews about the “timing and delivery of this phase of the project”.
Rail Video of the week: Heaviest Frieght Train - Guinness World Record Holder