The mechanism can also move the switch in fractions of a second compared to the current four seconds for conventional designs. Track gauges 1435 mm and wider Part 2: 2006 Switches and crossings and comparable alignment design situations with abrupt changes of curvature. First Group said that a �200 M savings programme and increases in ticket revenue would help it meet its financial targets in 2009-10. The department insisted that the change would pose no threat to the delivery schedule for the trains which are vital to transport plans for the London Olympics in 2012. The level of investment in growing and expanding the rail network over the next five year is almost three time previous levels. The Primove contact-free inductive power supply technology, developed by Bombardier Transportation, was launched on 22nd January at its Bautzen test track. The company had been negotiating its sale to a Korean company and to the national railway SZ, but talks failed as a result of the global financial crisis. Diego Diaz has left Bombardier Transportation to become President and CEO of Systra USA. Contract highlights for Thales UK include the �425m Aircraft Carrier programme and the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme, worth �285m. Government plans to reduce congestion and increase rail capacity are to be brought forward to help stimulate the economy. It said that the end of the work would mean that it had the capacity to run six truck shuttles an hour in each direction. These include the electrification of the rail network and an Aberdeen Crossrail scheme. Railway Gazette International, vol.164, no.12, Dec.2008. DB had been concerned about possible cracks in the axles of ICE3 and ICE-T trainsets after an axle broke on an ICE3 in July causing it to derail. Reports on the increasing use of composites in the rail industry. Work has started on amendments to the following standards BS EN 13803 Railway applications. All current track renewal contractors have been selected to carry out work. Companies shortlisted and invited to tender for Crossrail Project Representative are listed. Railway Strategies for Senior Rail Management, no.53. Power to the vehicle is transferred by an inductive link between power cables buried between the rails and a pick-up coil on the vehicle. Amey-Colas, Babcock Rail, Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Grant Rail, Jarvis and Trackwork have been selected by Network Rail to carry out £800M of track enhancement work over the next 5 years. Additional order intake associated with Piccadilly Line upgrade and contract changes on the Jubilee and Northern lines, the Air Defence Availability Project and work on the Manchester Metrolink, contributed �532m to Thales UK's orders. A brief overview of the upgrade of the West Coast main line is presented, listing work undertaken. Plans include 200 new carriages for the Thames Valley, Bristol area and longer-distance inter-urban services in Northern England, and the enhancement of the cross- London rail route to cope with a higher freight capacity. After further incidents DB asked manufacturers Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens for a guarantee of safe operation: when the response was unsatisfactory the operator decided to instigate detailed checks of the axles before releasing the trains back into service. Reports that the government, which had seemed resolutely opposed to electrification, now appears to be having a change of heart. The Dutch government has allocated Euros 11 M for the development of a terminal for loading high-speed freight trains. A team of researchers at the University of Warwick have invented and are developing a non-contact rail scanning device that can detect minute cracks at speeds of 125mph.Using safety concepts derived from aerospace and the nuclear industry, Repoint corrects a failed switch through a patented arrangement of interlocking rail ends which incorporate a sliding arrangement similar to a breather switch. Projects around the US to be allocated funds are discussed. It adds that the prospect of higher house prices is more likely to encourage developers to invest in those areas and provide additional housing and employment capacity. About a third of the 1,750 jobs to be axed in Britain will be in rail, with two thirds in the bus division. Says that the decline, which reflects a falling demand for building materials, cars and other manufactured goods, is forcing freight operators to park up wagons and cut or redeploy staff. The contract, worth about £100 M, will be the biggest construction project in Europe and employ about 14,000 people. LRM's TPF Thermo Plastic Flowforming process will be used to mould long fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite components to be used to replace ageing or damaged railway structures made of wood, steel or traditional fibreglass. This order is one of two Bombardier orders to have been delayed due to financial problems among its component suppliers. Alstom Transport reviews its range of TRAINTRACER remote monitoring technology, suitable for both new and older rolling stock. The current chief of London and Continental Railways, Rob Holden, is to become Crossrail's chief executive from 1st April. Almost £4 billion in rail work is to be spent over the next five years by Network Rail, £800M on track renewals. The company's representative at the European Union is to be Alfred Ruckstuhl, Chairman of Bombardier Transportation (Switzerland). Thales today issued strong results for 2008, showing revenues of Eur12.7bn (£11.3bn), an order intake of Eur14.3bn and projected growth of between 3 and 5% in 2009. SNCF has contracted Bombardier to supply 80 inter-operable diesel-electric Traxx F140 DE units, the first for delivery mid-2010. Railway Gazette International, vol.164, no.12, Dec.2008. Trac Glide automatically dispenses a thin friction modifier liquid onto the head of the rail, controlling the quantity to match track conditions and environmental factors. US firm Gateway Rail Services has rebuilt a self-propelled track geometry vehicle formed by installing state of the art electronic inspection equipment in a Budd RDC for delivery to Canadian National.
After securing 4.5 million from the Regional Growth Fund, its facilities now include a 150 ton test rig that enables a wide range of experiments to be conducted on a full-size railway bogie, enabling in-depth investigation of many issues surrounding the contact area between wheel and rail.
The rig was officially opened by Richard East, who chairs the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMech E), with over 100 engineers and executives from engineering firms and official rail bodies attending.
If the environmental impact statement is completed in three years, the initial segment would take seven years to build, he added. Thirty-one organisations in twelve countries shared the work for which the project coordinator was Consorzio Train, an Italian consortium of rail research institutions. The first light-rail system in sub-Saharan Africa has opened in Addis Ababa (some South African cities have commuter rail services). In what LU claims is a world-first, an inverter system was installed at the Cloudesley Road substation for a five-week trial.
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.
Leading figures in the UK railway industry came to the University of Huddersfield to celebrate the completion of a multi-million pound test rig and the inauguration of a new group that will help to fast track innovations in railway technology.
The university is home to the Institute of Railway Research (IRR)."We are committed to doing more to reduce our energy use, and this technology - a world first for metro railways - is one of a number of innovations we're embracing to lower our environmental impact." As well as recycling energy, the system also reduces the amount of heat generated by trains when braking.This means less cooling is required in London Underground's tunnel network, enabling increased energy efficiency.Alongside the test rig the Institute launched a unit named the Centre for Innovation in Rail.It has been set up to help the railway supply chain develop innovative products and is a conduit for research activity within the IRR, aiming to work with industry, especially small to medium sized firms.At the launch the director of the IRR, Professor Simon Iwnicki, described the wide range of research being conducted by the institute, which investigates issues such as rolling stock, track materials, railway infrastructure and braking systems.