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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!


  • 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
  • Digital freight trainNoisy 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
  • Adaptable train carriage ready for UK trialsA reconfigurable train carriage system designed to allow trains to automatically switch between passenger and cargo modes is poised to undergo trials on the UK rail network. Developed by Cambridgeshire product development firm 42 Technology the so-called 'Adaptable Carriage' system allows the seats... 06 June 2017
  • Bombardier to provide rail cars for Chinese railroadBombardier Transportation says that its Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), has been awarded a contract from China Railway Corp. (CRC) to supply 40 CRH1A-A high-speed train cars to the Nanning Railway Bureau. 12 May 2017
  • Predicting lateral buckling in railsDetails a project in the US which aimed to provide railroads and transit systems with a set of practical gauges that track inspectors could use to evaluate the condition of switch points. 12 May 2017
  • New hand-held switch point gauges can identify potential wheel climb riskDetails a project in the US which aimed to provide railroads and transit systems with a set of practical gauges that track inspectors could use to evaluate the condition of switch points. 12 May 2017
  • 3D printing deployed for low-volume replacement parts in trains and trams3D printing deployed for low-volume replacement parts in trains and trams 05 May 2017
  • RailTrain companies set out hi-tech vision for future of Britain's railways Biometric ticketing, configurable seating and self-regulating trains are just a few of the innovations that could shape the UK's rail network in the years ahead, according to the UK's Rail Delivery Group. 08 March 2017
  • Crossrail train order for MTLRotherham based metal manufacturing specialist, MTL Advanced, has won a significant order from a rail industry OEM to supply complex safety critical fabrications that will ultimately be used on the London Crossrail project. 08 March 2017
  • Testing of: a prototype flange-bearing derail designTesting of: a prototype flange-bearing derail design Reports how Transportation Technology Center designed and evaluated a prototype flange-bearing design for a low cost, highly reliable derail at the Facility for Accelerated Service Testing in Pueblo, Colorado. 08 March 2017
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