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Innovation and Inspiration: 15th Anniversary Conference, York 6th July

 It's been 15 years since IoRW was established and the Institute continues to expand and develop. This conference, focused on Innovation and Inspiration, will include practical demonstrations of the latest equipment, tools, technology and materials at Network Rail’s Training facility in York. The afternoon is hosted by the National Railway Museum, a unique setting for delegates to listen to talks from leading industry experts on a range of current issues and topics. A networking lunch including displays and exhibitions should provide plenty of food for thought for what promises to be an inspiring day! For more information - Click here!

  • Traction options proliferateThe imminent debut of fuel cell-powered trains in Germany has raised interest in hydrogen as a form of 'zero-emission' traction 15 March 2018
  • Strategic Transport Plan for Northern EnglandDue to gain statutory powers later this year, Transport for the North has published its draft 30-year Strategic Transport Plan for Northern England 15 March 2018
  • Lithuanian RailwaysLithuanian Railways has announced its intention to procure all of its electric traction power from renewable sources 15 March 2018
  • Rio TintoRio Tinto expects to have all 200 locomotives on its Pilbara iron ore network operating without drivers by the end of 2018 15 March 2018
  • Exploring the effects of cold climates on heavy axle load operationsCanadian National Railway and the Transportation Technology Center have established a northern megasite near Winnipeg on the main lines of the CN system to study the effects of cold climate on heavy-axle load operations. 12 February 2018
  • Leeds to host new £10m Institute for High Speed RailLeeds to host new £10m Institute for High Speed Rail 03 November 2017
  • Progress Rail CorporationProgress Rail Corporation has developed a new flash-butt welder it says complements its trackwork range. 22 September 2017
  • Customer partnerships push advances in fastening systemsReports on developments among railway fastening system suppliers who are working with customers to provide track components with consistent performance, extended service life and reduced maintenance. J Lanfranco has been manufacturing all-metal locknuts for safety critical bolted joints for more... 22 September 2017
  • Advances in rail weld life extension proceduresThe Transportation Technology Center is currently evaluating methods to improve the performance of rail welds. 22 September 2017
  • 3-D printing railroad parts for safer, more efficient transportationUnion Pacific began experimenting with 3-D printing in 2013 in order to prototype a handheld automatic equipment identification device that contains a small radio transponder used to track railroad equipment and to ensure trains are assembled in the proper order. Four years later, UP is utilising... 06 July 2017
  • Mixed prospects in the coal sectorCoal has been the mainstay of freight traffic on Indian Railways, accounting for 50% of its total freight tonnage and 45% of freight revenues. However, rapid technological change, demand-side dynamics and environmental concerns are impacting the business. The rapid commissioning of cross-country... 06 June 2017
  • Digital railway focuses on capacityWhile work continues on three pilot applications of rail traffic management technology, David Waboso, Network Rail's Managing Director, Digital Railway, says that Network Rail has identified eight priority projects where the introduction of the European Train Control System could offer significant... 06 June 2017
  • Quiet wagons mandatoryNoisy freight wagons will effectively be banned from the German rail network from the December 13 2020 timetable change, after Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt announced on March 30 that the Bundesstag had passed legislation requiring the use of low-noise freight wagons as part of his... 06 June 2017
  • Automated alcohol testingSwedish national operator SJ has begun the national rollout of Hök Instrument's Sesame Vonnecy system for the automated daily alcohol testing of safety-critical employees. Staff identify themselves using their ID card, then breathe gently towards the sensor inlet of the machine, with which they do... 06 June 2017
  • Back-up powerToronto Hydro is to provide a battery energy storage system capable of providing the city's future 19km Eglinton Crosstown light rail line with back-up and emergency power or up to four hours in the event of a widespread outage. It will also store grid energy generated overnight, which is cheaper... 06 June 2017
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