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August 24, 2016

Future Rail: Issue 41

In this issue: Tackling violence against transport workers, dealing with climate change, timber asset management and carbon neutral cargo, and the tech transforming network protection, landslide prediction, inspections, onboard entertainment and more.

By Ceri Jones

Future Rail Issue 41 | September

Groundbreaking action took place in June, when 75 women from ITF road, rail, civil aviation and urban transport unions met for a forum on violence against women working in public transport. We examine the daily dangers facing railway employees and what’s being done to prevent assaults and protect people.

With safety a key topic, we look at the technology Indian Railways is using to protect its network, hear about UK efforts to improve landslide prediction, find out how Transport for London is preparing against major flood threats, and get a first look at a new aerial inspection drone.

Also, Exova BM TRADA talks timber structure maintenance, Germany’s DB Cargo discusses carbon neutral cargo and we run down the latest in onboard passenger entertainment.

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In this issue

India's Vision of Safety Indian Railways’ concerted effort to reduce accidents on its network is attracting a number of international rail technology players, including Thales. We talk with Thales about its new European Train Control System that’s been redeveloped for Indian networks. Read the article.

Landslides On The Lines Devastating rail landslides have been hitting the headlines and present the question of what can be done to detect incidents and limit damage. We hear from 3D Laser Mapping about how extreme weathers are forcing a change in attitude. Read the article.

Flying Wing Global asset management consultancy Amey and drone expert VTOL Technologies have jointly launched a new precision, long-range drone, designed to transform asset management inspections. We take a first look. Read the article.

Sounding the Alarm on Violence The first forum on combating violence against women, and rail workers in general, was held in June, highlighting the extent of the problem globally. We speak to workers at the forefront about the risks they face every day and what can be done to safeguard workers. Read the article.

Threatening Weather for the UK A Transport for London report revealed that 85 sites, including 57 tube stations and several huge hubs, across the network could be at high risk of flooding due to climate change. We investigate how TfL is keeping stations safe from the elements. Read the article.

Health Check: Timber Inspection Timber is used extensively throughout rail networks and is found in many critical applications. Exova BM TRADA railway inspectors tell us more about the managing and maintaining timber structures. Read the article.

Onboard Streaming for the Entertainment Age Improved online functionality on trains is opening up new options for entertainment, such as Virgin Trains’ new WiFi streaming app BEAM. We check out the latest trends in onboard entertainment. Read the article.

Carbon-Neutral Cargo Germany’s DB Cargo has run the first train in the country with a zero carbon footprint by using an innovative eco-project in Rwanda to offset emissions. In partnership with climate protection organisation Atmosfair, the company calculated its consumption to support an equivalent clean fuel project in Rwanda. DB tells us more. Read the article.

Last Call for the Analogue Train Cyient client partner Duncan Rhodes tells us how technology is transforming train design and why the rail industry needs to catch up with other transport sectors. Read the article.

Next issue preview

In a railway first for the UK, Alstom has unveiled proposals for double-decker trains to run on the 225mph HS2 line. The company, which is still in the process of bidding for the £7.5bn rolling stock contract, believes double-decker trains would solve capacity issues and bring down costs. We take a look at this proposal and any others currently on the table.

Keeping innovation at the fore, we hear about the Millennial Trains project which acts as transcontinental testbed for entrepreneurs linking social and rail needs, look into Clip-Air’s detachable capsule multi-modal concept, hear about the UK’s potential to develop a digital railway.

Plus, following a UK funding report, we ask can major public transport initiatives ever be successfully crowdfunded, and are driverless freight trains really safe?

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