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Weekly Round Up
27 September 2016
Latest Companies

Austroroll - Switchpoint Rollers from Buntmetall Amstetten, Plant Enzesfeld-Caro

Degnan - Rail Project Managers

Austrak - Concrete Railway Sleepers / Ties

Radio Frequency Systems - Wireless Communications Technology for the Transportation Industry

Fairfild - Power Resistor Production for the Traction Market

Press Releases

Sulzer Expands its Range of High-Efficiency SMD Water Pumps
The SMD pump range is ideal for a wide range of high-volume flow applications where raw, clean, brackish or sea water is pumped. Such applications are water abstraction, treatment, transport, desalination, supply, and distribution. The pumps can also be used for firefighting, drainage, or distribution of heating and cooling media in residential and industrial systems.

ContiTech Products Enhance Safety in Railway Transport
Whether in the bogie of the locomotives or carriages, in heating or air-conditioning systems, or in the interior trim, ContiTech develops solutions that not only are durable and robust but also ensure maximum safety through compliance with specifications, such as European fire protection standard EN 45545.

Artesyn Expands ControlSafe™ SIL4 COTS Rail Computing Platform to Address More Train Control and Rail Signalling Applications
At InnoTrans 2016, Artesyn Embedded Technologies unveiled the ControlSafe™ Expansion Box Platform a COTS computing system designed to be certified to SIL4, which can substantially accelerate time-to-market for the deployment of new and upgrades to train control and rail signaling systems.

Frauscher Offers New Tracking Solutions FTS for Global Railway Markets
At this year's InnoTrans in Berlin, Frauscher Sensor Technology launched a world premiere: its new product line Frauscher Tracking Solutions FTS, which has the potential to revolutionise the way of train operations. From the first minute of the exhibition it gained immense attention from all visitors who came to the Frauscher stand in large numbers.

New Definition of High-Performance DC-DC Converters by intreXis
The intreXis Boardnet Converter Platform is a new definition of high-performance DC-DC converters and is now also available in the 150W class. With its ultra-wide input voltage range of 14.4VDC to 154VDC, 150W power, highest efficiency and 10ms hold-up, the new intreXis converter generation sets a new benchmark for DC-DC converters.

White Papers

Railway Power Resistors
A list of products available from Fairfild, including their application areas and main characteristics....

Overcoming the Challenges of 4G LTE and MIMO for In-Tunnel Wireless Connectivity
As mobile wireless continues to make the transition to data and video-dominated broadband, unprecedented demands are being placed on operator...

CBTC Connectivity Solutions
The overall performance of a rail rapid transit system depends largely on the performance of the automatic train control (ATC) system employed. A communication-based train control (CBTC) system...

Service Solutions for the Rail Industry
Sulzer is recognised worldwide for its experience servicing AC and DC traction motors, braking systems, bogies, gearboxes, generators, and other transportation equipment and...

TetraFlex for Rail and Metro Communications
Simplifying advanced communications for Public Transport. Meet the increased demands on safety and operational efficiency within large public transport systems with the TetraFlex TETRA...

Features

Future Rail: Issue 42
In this issue: Alstom’s double-decker trains for HS2, a futuristic plane-to-train pod concept, outcomes of the US Millennial Trains Project, Fujitsu’s digital railway technologies, the feasibility of crowdfunding rail projects, safety-checking driverless freight trains, and more.

Clip-Air: the future of multi-modal transport?
One minute you’re on a plane, the next your train has departed – all without leaving your seat. You have just experienced the Clip-Air mode of travelling. Is the world ready for such a concept, or is this idea a few decades ahead of its time?

Are driverless freight trains safe?
In an age where talk of driverless transport is ubiquitous, the US Federal Railroad Administration is proposing regulations that two-person crews be required for US railroads, namely for safety reasons. So why the mistrust over autonomy in the US and is the situation any different elsewhere?

Building Crossrail: lessons and challenges from Europe’s largest project
One of the UK’s most ambitious infrastructure projects, Crossrail, has been designed in a virtual environment, powered by Bentley modelling software to provide a complete overview of the entire project and all its assets. Steve Cockerell, marketing director for road and rail at Bentley Systems, talks about the scale of the endeavour, the software involved in building a ’digital railway’ and how such a complex project has influenced the development of Bentley’s modelling software.

August's top stories: Alstom wins $2bn Amtrak order, £6.5bn Thameslink Programme
Alstom secured a $2bn contract from US-based rail operator Amtrak to design and build 28 new high-speed trains, Network Rail tested a new signalling system with the help of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) new Siemens Class 700 train at the ETCS National Integration Facility. Railway-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from August.

Projects

Otahuhu Station Upgrade
Located at the Salesyard road site near the Eastern and Southern Lines of the Auckland rail network, the Ōtāhuhu railway station was first established in 1870.

CityLYNX Gold Line Street Car Project, Charlotte
The CityLYNX Gold Line, formerly known as Center City Corridor, is a 10mi (16km) streetcar project in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, US. The project, which is a key part of the Charlotte's 2030 Transit Plan, is being developed in phases.

Gotthard Base Tunnel
A cultural and trading barrier across Europe for centuries, the Alps remains so for transport. Implications have been marked in Switzerland as traffic has largely been in transit, rather than for Swiss producers or consumers.

METRO Green Line, Minnesota
Previously known as Central Corridor, the METRO Green Line is a light rail transit system developed in Minnesota, US.

East Link Extension
East Link Extension is a 14.5 mile (23.33km) long light rail transit (LRT) planned in Seattle to connect the biggest and heavily populated Eastside areas with downtown Seattle, Sea-Tac Airport and the University of Washington.


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