Researchers develop driverless freight train concept

Transport researchers from the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft; DLR) have developed concepts for automated 'freight trains of the future'. Named 'Next Generation Train (NGT) Cargo', the trains will feature a high-level of automation, high...

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...

Retrofitted hydrogen fuel cell EMU concept presented

The possibility of retro-fitting diesel multiple units (DMUs) to run on hydrogen fuel cell technology has been put to the test as part of an RSSB and Network Rail-funded innovation research programme. Fuel Cell Systems, which...
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.

Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne's tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the...
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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...

Innovation funding for Bombardier’s battery-powered Talent 3 EMU

Bombardier has been awarded €4 million by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport through its innovation initiative to advance plans for a battery-powered EMU. The announcement was made by Germany's Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, at InnoTrans...

London Midland to bring about a ‘new era’ for rail travel with launch of...

Ten of the UK's most innovative tech start-ups have been brought together with the launch of London Midland's new innovation centre. Based at the iCentrum on Birmingham’s Aston Science Park, the £250,000 London Midlands Labs project...
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Engie acquires onboard trains communications specialist Icomera

French energy firm Engie has bought onboard trains communications specialists Icomera through its subsidary Engie Ineo. Engie has outfitted 12,000 kilometres of rail, 1,800 light rail tramways with electrification, signal and telecom systems and the acquisition...

New lightweight, modular bridge design launched

Arup and Mabey have launched a new modular, glass-fibre-reinforced polymer bridge that they believe will revolutionise the installation of pedestrian footbridges on challenging railway work sites. The development of the Pedesta post-tensioned bridge design has...

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