Northern and Porterbrook to convert electric trains to bi-mode

Leasing company Porterbrook is developing a bi-mode variant of Northern's Class 319 EMU. Porterbrook said with the concept design now complete, Wabtec/Brush will begin a more detailed design phase, with a view to completing the first...

Flying train concept unveiled

Trains that clip to planes. It may sound unbelievable, but it is a genuine concept that has gone on display this week at an aerospace show in Paris. 'Clip-Air' has been touted by its developers,...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...

SNCF to trial robot bin at Paris station

Ever struggled to find a bin at a station? A futuristic pilot project led by France's national rail operator, SNCF, could make it a problem of the past. An autonomous robotic bin on wheels is...

What is the future of iconic train design?

High-speed trains are symbolic of the countries they serve, according to designer Paul Priestman - one of the minds behind the Virgin Pendolino. Japan has its Shinkansen, France the TGV and Italy the AGV. Design is...

New traffic control centre for Argentina

Argentina is hoping a new traffic control centre will reduce the risk of accidents and derailments on a major part of its freight railway network. State-owned Trenes Argentinos Cargas has built the centre to monitor...
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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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