Facial recognition technology to be trialled at Berlin railway station

Germany's Ministry of the Interior has announced a pilot project to employ facial recognition technology at Berlin Südkreuz station. The six-month trial will overlay facial recognition software over the station's existing video surveillance system and will...
A DB Class 152 locomotive pictured in 2006. Railion is now a part of DB Cargo. Credit: Sebastian Terfloth.

Siemens to install predictive maintenance technology on DB Cargo locomotives

DB Cargo has taken a step closer to achieving its 2020 goal of fitting 2,000 trains with diagnostic technology following a new deal with Siemens.
An Hitachi Class 800 train. Credit: Paul Bigland/Hitachi.

Hitachi’s Class 800 passes Department for Transport’s ETCS tests

The trains were tested - as required by the Department for Transport - at Network Rail's ERTMS national integration facility in Hitchin.
A headrest for a regional DB train service being made by a 3D printer. Credit: DB.

How 3D printing is revolutionising railways around the world

3D printing has been around for decades but has slowly moved towards the mainstream as it becomes increasingly commercialised. A number of sectors have found ways it can benefit them but what use is 3D printing currently having on railways around the world?
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Bombardier and CPB Contractors win $1bn contract for Melbourne Metro Tunnel signalling

The Government of Victoria, Australia, has awarded Bombardier and CPB Contractors a $1 billion contract to install 55km of high-capacity signalling (HCS) in the Metro Tunnel. The Metro Tunnel, which will run from North Melbourne...
A carbon fibre pod designed for the Hyperloop One. Was not used in the May tests. Credit: Hyperloop One.

‘Exciting but there are many problems to solve’ – one British engineer’s view of...

A senior British engineer has spoken of her cautious optimism at the successful testing of the futuristic evacuated tube transport system being developed by Hyperloop One. On May 12, around 200 engineers helped to successfully...
A Union Pacific locomotive crosses the Pecos River Bridge in Langtry, Texas. Credit: Union Pacific.

Union Pacific’s new bridge monitoring tool has the ‘potential to revolutionise’ bridge inspections

The majority of Union Pacific's (UP) 18,000 bridges are inspected by trained professionals at least twice a year. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 40 per cent of bridges in the USA are...
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SNCF acquires online booking platform Loco2

SNCF subsidiary Voyages-SNCF.com has bought online train ticket retailer Loco2. Co-founder Kate Andrews said that the investment will accelerate the company's development as it has struggled to keep pace with competitors' spending. She added that the company...
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Expedia invests in ‘online rail revolution’ with completion of SilverRail deal

Travel company Expedia has announced it has acquired a majority stake in SilverRail, which builds digital infrastructure such as the rail ticketing platform SilverCore for the global rail industry. Expedia has previously said it is ready to be...
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Siemens strengthens its predictive maintenance offering with new acquisition

Siemens has announced the acquisition of Australian firm MRX Technologies Group (MRX), which specialises in the field of predictive maintenance. The German manufacturer said that the predictive maintenance of rolling stock is becoming increasingly important and...