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Bombardier wins $248 million order for Germany

  I was glad to see this headline and what an achievement, made in the UK and delivered to Germany. But alas my joy was short lived. "Bombardier has won a $248m order from Frankfurt Transport Authority, VGF Germany deliver additional 78 Flexity Swift high-floor light rail vehicles (LRVs) and ten Flexity Classic trams." "Both vehicle...
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Accelerating Innovation in Rail Competition update Dec 15 2011

Proposals currently being assessed Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for this competition. The EOI stage for this competition closed yesterday, and Richard Kemp-Harper , Lead Technologist at the Technology Strategy Board has been very encouraged by the response. Richard says, “Early indications show a good breadth and range of projects, in line with the aims of the...
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Remember English Electric Deltic

The UK made some great locomotives as late as the 1970s, my friend was an apprentice at Vulcan works, Newton-le-Willows making these monsters with engines from the Napier works in Liverpool. In various configurations they went all over the world. The UK has to face up to the fact that they let it all go, and stop blaming low cost Asian economies. UK had english speaking markets all over...
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Spain & Czech beat UK?

Spanish company OHL's Czech unit OHL ŽS has won a €2bn contract from Russian Railways' subsidiary, the Yamal Rail company, for construction of the Polar Ural rail project. How far back have we gone in manufacturing, if we can't compete with Spain and Czech Republic what next?
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Can a driver miss a signal?

Some time ago there was an accident where it was stated that the driver missed a signal. At the time I thought that cannot be possible in this age of easy communications. I thought of several interactive communications devices which would solve such a simple problem. Basically if a driver didn’t acknowledge a signal he would get an alarm, and a second chance, if that failed then...
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What is fibre-reinforced concrete and how can rail engineers benefit from its unique properties?

Interesting article in railway-technology.com, follow http://www.railway-technology.com/contractors/engineering/maccaferri/pressfibre-reinforced-concrete-a-magical-mixture.html It's about using little paper clip sized metal reinforcing pins in concrete instead of rebar, claiming time and material savings when used in Spain. The last line asks " ...
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DfT delays decision on HSR until 2012

The Department for Transport's Business plan says that, following the consultation on high speed rail which was held earlier this year, they would complete the analysis of consultation responses and announce their subsequent decisions to Parliament in December. The Secretary of State for Transport (Justine Greening) has just announced that this decision will be...
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TravelAI seeks rail companies, industry organisations and travel-data providers for consortium

We are inviting consortium partners to join our TravelAI project, which aims to provide transport networks, operators and planners with detailed continuous data on how people use transport.     By joining our consortium, you can: Benefit from our experience as the leader of a 28-month £830k TSB project. Earn grant funding with your industry knowledge. ...
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EU report shows that trains are better and railways innovative

A recent report from Germany , using figures over the last 15 years, shows railways leading over HGVs in the freight sector, and over cars for passenger transport.  "In a comparison of transport modes and climate impact, the railways are better than HGVs by a factor of five." The lead over the car also increased. "For passenger transport, trains lead cars by a...
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Looking for consortia partners ?

Please do not forget that the Transport KTN can help you find suitable consortia partners for your Accelerating innovation in Rail project.     We will treat all requests in the strictest confidance.  We have a large network, and can plug into the vast KTN network as well to help you. If we don't know the right people, then we will know the people who will...
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Accelerating Innovation in Rail : Deadlines

  I would like to remind you of  two key dates  if you are interested in submitting a proposal for the Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition.    7th December 2011 : noon The deadline for registering your interest to submit an Expression of Interest application is noon on the 7th December 2011....
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interesting article by Robin Young on lightweighting in rail on our Lightweighting group

Robin highlights the importance of accurate cost-based accounting for evaluating the ROI in lightweighting, using a case study from the RSSB where it is shown that use of lightweighting brakes gives an NPV over 30 years of £25-£40k per tonne reduction in mass. Read more
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SnowProtec brush system seeks consortia partners

Paul DuBay of SnowProtec Brush Systems is looking for collaboration patners in the uk for the upcoming Rail Collaborative R&D competition. Read his blog posts  to find out more about snow-free switches,  download the flier  and view the website for further details.
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Air and Rail - setting the record straight

A new report by ERA (the European Regions Airline association) says that "the case for rail as the "preferred" mode of transport by policy-makers and transport planners cannot be justified".  If you want a copy, and you aren't a member of ERA, the report will cost you £195.  Ruth Mallors, Director of the AAD KTN tells us some choice soundbites, such as: the average...
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£4m funding competition briefing event to be held on 16th November

The £4million funding competition into innovation in rail opens today.   Don't forget to go to the briefing day on the 16th of November in Birmingham ! Note: space is limited, so places are limited to one per consortium.
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Dynamic train weight measurement system

A Polish SME has developed a computer system for automatic weighting and identification of trains and rail vehicles in motion. The main advantage of the technology is precision and use of video detection. The company is interested in licensing the system and seeks partners to adapt it to specific local environments.  To find out more, please view the info on the Enterprise Europe...
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Company profiles available

Company profiles provided to the Transport KTN ahead of the consortia-building event last week are now available in the consortia-building group 's document library . These are in addition to the information that you can find on each individual member's profile. 
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Consortia building event presentations, company profiles and elevator pitches now available

Competition now open to EOI Applications - click here to apply . Thank you to everyone! We really enjoyed the Transport KTN information and consortia-building day for the £4m funding competition in rail in Coventry on 20th October.  We hope you did too.   Click here to see a list of the delegates. The morning - information gathering In the morning, the main room...
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Consortia Building Day 20th Oct 2011 - Thank you for a great event

It was great to see so many people, almost 200, at the consortia building day held at Coventry University yesterday.  Thank you to everyone who attended and to the team that pulled it all together and made it such a successful event.   I was really pleased and impressed with the broad cross section of attendees and the the level of interactions and networking that went on...
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Further funding available in the rail sector ~£100K for Feasibility Studies

  Call for Participants to Rail research UK Association (RRUK-A)   Applications are sought from university researchers and industrial representatives to take part in RRUK-A’s inaugural one-day workshop which will aim to establish creative solutions to the problems of running a “24/7” railway. ~£100k funding for a limited number of initial feasibility studies will be...
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Rail seminar at Innovate 11 on 11th Oct also available as live webinar

If you can't make it along to innovate 11 on 11th October, you can still attend the rail seminar by webinar !   10:25-11:25, Auditorium Travel and Transport: " The 2011 train to Rail Innovation will soon be leaving the station " Businesses from all sectors wishing to board this train should join this seminar to find out about the new opportunities...
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Transport KTN Seminar and Rail Alliance Networking Event

  Wed 12 Oct 2011 - Brunel's Boardroom, Bristol   Transport KTN and Rail Alliance Networking Event - access £4m funding! If you are interested in bringing your innovative product to a new market, needing to network across the industry and academe, are looking for collaboration...
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New transport-related competition from TSB - Accelerating Innovation in Rail

New competition  The Technology Strategy Board today announced a £4m competition, funded jointly with the RSSB, to encourage technology exchange and innovation into the rail industry.  This competition, which will open on 7th November, is seeking a broad range of innovative but comparatively small projects completing on a short timescale. It is anticipated that there will be...
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