Rolling Stock Developments In-Depth Focus 2018
The rail sector is changing at rapid pace with numerous innovative digital technologies now playing a crucial role in how tracks are run and maintained. Among these modern infrastructure changes, the development of rolling stock should not be overlooked – the comfort and performance of trains is just as important as developing the tracks they operate on.
- Designing rolling stock of the future with new materials and smart designs
If the rail sector is to remain globally competitive, Europe’s rail industry requires a step change when it comes to the technology and design of the next generation of rail vehicles. The use of innovative materials and modular designs are key for success. Safety Department colleagues at the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Per Blomqvist and Johan Sandström, look at the Mat4Rail project, which aims to reduce train weight by replacing metal parts with fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs) and increase train capacity and comfort with a built-in modular interior design.
- On track: Refurbished trains for Grand Central
As the first of Grand Central’s refurbished trains rolls into service in England, Fleet Director, David Hatfield, gives us an insight on upgrading the open access train operator’s entire fleet of rolling stock in 2018 – part of a multi-million-pound investment programme.
- VIA Rail’s modernisation: Reimagining the Canadian journey
Four years ago, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada with a clear objective: To ensure that intercity passenger rail continued to play a key role in the economic prosperity of Canada. Since then, Yves tells Global Railway Review, that with the support of an exceptional and dedicated team, they have laid the groundwork for attaining their renewed vision of a more relevant and modern VIA Rail.
- A world first: Removing the variability of human nature in rail
Global Railway Review’s Junior Editor, Tara Nolan, spoke with Jim Doughty, Systems Integration Manager at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), regarding how train automation has leapt into the future and how the success of the industry ‘world first’ will influence the rail sector.
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