Under-ballast materials are proven to reduce the impact of vibrations caused by passing trains and are in widespread use around the world. The Recytrack research project, which concluded in 2014 and was conducted by Spanish engineers*, aimed to develop a new system using end-of-life tyres.
IRJ at WCRR 2016, Milan: Leading Italian railway officials have called on the railway industry to better promote its sustainable credentials in order for rail to secure its place as the backbone of transport in the future.
Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) is developing groups of railway simulators that create a realistic representation of the underlying operating environment in order to offer a comprehensive analysis of phenomena that are difficult to analyse using a single simulator, as Ikeda Mitsuru, director of RTRI's Railway Dynamics Division, explains.
CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles plans to start a six-month testing programme with China's first hybrid-power train at the China Academy of Railway Sciences in June. The train is currently undergoing technical debugging in Jilin province.
POLAND's National Centre for Research and Develoment (NCBiR) has agreed to provide funding for a project by Newag to develop what it describes as "the first worldwide family of autonomous, configurable bi-mode passenger rail vehicles compliant with Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI)."
THE Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (JU) has received 43 proposals with total requested funding of €80m for its first call for 15 topics for which only €26.1m is available, while the 27 Shift2Rail members have requested €63m for their 13 reserved topics to which they will contribute €80m.
GERMANY's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has invited bids for the construction and testing of innovative freight wagons as part of the federal government's Quiet Track strategy to invest around €1bn by 2020 in measures to curb noise from rail operations.
INNOVATION is the key to success as it will improve our competitiveness by providing leading-edge technologies. We have to make sure we are always one step ahead of others when it comes to technology and know-how - especially in the areas of energy efficiency, productivity/throughput, asset utilisation, improvements in infrastructure and rolling stock availability, travel experience for passengers, and, last but not least, climate and environmental friendliness.
BOMBARDIER ended 2015 announcing an important development: Canadian pension fund La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will acquire a 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation to become a second shareholder alongside our parent company Bombardier, which will retain a 70% majority stake. La Caisse is a globally-invested pension fund and one of the largest institutional investors in North America.
THE European rail supply industry is a diverse and geographically-widespread industry comprising thousands of SMEs and major industrial champions. Employing around 400,000 people throughout the European Union (EU) and with absolute sales of €47bn per annum, it accounts for 46% of the global accessible market for rail products.