This ensures that maintenance tools such as automated inspection and diagnostic suites are included in the wider design objectives. Nazih Haddad, executive vice president of the company, said recently that the Maryland Department of Transportation expected to hear soon from the Federal Railroad Administration regarding a M application for a grant that would help fund further design and permitting. Municipal officials also pledged M to the line, but it was not clear how much Queensland would commit towards the hundreds of millions of dollars in project funding still needed or what other public-private approaches would be used. SUSTRAIL aims to increase rail freight performance through a whole system approach which involves a number of work packages.
UK participants were Network Rail (technical coordinator), Tata Steel and the Universities of Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield. According to LU, the reclaimed waste energy from Tube train brakes over a one-week period was enough to power Holborn station for two days.
For the freight train of the future it was concluded that innovations were required for running gear, wheelsets, braking systems, body and bogie structure and condition monitoring. The technology has the potential to capture 1 Megawatt hour (MWh) per day.
An investigation into the suitability and efficiency of an eddy current measurement system for the detection of rail rolling contact fatigue is reported. worked with Norfolk Southern, a US railway company, to evaluate the trolley mounted device. "This...regenerative braking system has the potential to transform how we power stations across the Tf L network, unlocking massive power savings and significantly reducing our energy bills," said Chris Tong, LU's head of Power and Cooling.
Work to plan 25 k V 50 Hz electrification of the trans-Pennine and Midland Main Line routes is to resume with completion now envisaged by 2023, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick Mc Loughlin announced on September 30. Having delivered more than 2,000 cars from its Electrostar EMU family over two decades, Bombardier Transportaion has developed a successor for the UK market - the Aventra.
Following delays and cost overruns on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line, Mc Loughlin had announced on June 25 that Network Rail's works programme for 2014-19 would be reviewed and 'reset'. Reports on a reception organised by UNIFE at the Hessen Representation in Brussels on October 13 to discuss a draft resolution by the European Parliament's Industry, Research & Energy committee on the competitiveness of the European railway supply sector. Details the company's 'designed for use' philosophy behind London's latest commuter train.
Planning for trans-Pennine and MML electrification was 'paused' pending this review, which is being undertaken by recently-appointed NT Chairman Sir Peter Hendy. Bombardier has awarded Panattoni Europe a contract to build a new manufacturing hall at its Wroclaw plant by June 2016. The underlying concern for many suppliers is the looming commercial challenge from Asia, and China in particular, in a global context, where, according to UNIFE, many significant markets are becoming more difficult for European companies to access. Top priority for the design team is to work out what the requirements of any new vehicle deign are.
On September 29 Hendy advised how the electrification work could continue. This will be used to manufacture bodyshells for projects including Deutsche Bahn's ICx inter-city trains. In response, UNIFE is developing a three-pronged approach to protect what it sees as Europe's 'world leadership of our industry'. Over the past decade, Bombardier has sought to achieve this by running workshops entitled a 'A Day in the Life of the Train'.
NR is to develop a 'firm detailed design' by the end of 2017 for electrification of the trans-Pennine route from Manchester to Leeds, York and Selby in 2018-22. BAM was appointed principal contractor for the £170M first-phase of Transport Scotland's Aberdeen-Inverness Improvement Project on October 16, working with Arcom, CH2M, Stobart Rail and Siemens. (Item contains no further information.) Railway Gazette, vol. The three strands are: 'strengthen the offer' to ensure continued production of the best products on the world market; improve the business environment in both the EU and internationally; and stimulate demand for rail projects in the EU and internationally. These look in detail at the intended operation of the fleet.
The project will now aim to provide faster journey tome and more capacity, rather than just electrification. (Item contains no further information.) Railway Gazette, vol. A particular area of focus for these workshops is the driver's interface with the train.