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Innovation in the Spotlight: Next Generation of Running Gear Brings Lower Costs, Higher Comfort and Less Downtime

Main benefits Radial steering and active suspension systems make train running gear more efficient and reduce the negative impact of vehicles on the track Innovative health monitoring systems enable maintenance based on real-time data for running gear and track Light weight and optimised materials improve running gear performance as well as wear and damages of wheels and rails Reduction of noise and vibration emission for a better rail environment Advance virtual certification of vehicle dynamics…

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Innovation in the Spotlight: Using Batteries for Maximum Operational Flexibility in Rail

  Main benefits Reduction of CO2 emissions by 20% per train, providing eco-friendly propulsion. Reduction of overall energy consumption by 20%. Noise reduction when operating in battery mode. In addition to the successful study and workshop on the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen technology for rail, Shift2Rail is also working to introduce innovative hybrid and battery-supported propulsion concepts for future energy efficient freight locomotives. The new technology will increase last mile operation flexibility, reduce CO2 emissions…

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More efficient traction systems for ever-greener trains   

Main benefits of the next generation of traction systems Energy savings of up to 10% for trains in all platforms: metro, light rail, sub-urban, regional and high-speed Quieter traction systems for all kinds of trains – up to 20 dB less noise for some parts Smart maintenance systems embedded in traction systems to lengthen train’s life, improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs up to 20%   Shift2Rail-funded engineers are developing the next generation of train…

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Space for Rail: Bringing the Benefits of Global Satellite Navigation to Railway Customers in Europe and Beyond

Vienna, 18 March 2019 – The Austrian Infrastructure Minister Nobert Hofer welcomed an illustrious group of European and international experts to discuss the important role of satellite-based positioning technology for the future of the European railway sector today in Vienna. While traditional and ageing technologies are being gradually phased out, satellite technology opens up new possibilities for providing a scalable solution for railway positioning and increasing the safety of rail transport. It also supports cost efficiency for…

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Submit your paper for TRA2020!

The call for scientific paper submissions for the Transport Research Arena 2020 (TRA2020) is open. Authors can submit their papers for two review tracks: journal track and conference track. Papers that are submitted for the journal track will be considered for publication in special issues of the European Transport Research Review (ETRR) and they must be full papers. Papers offered solely for the conference can be short papers. The deadline for submitting works is 30th…

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Spanish and European rail stakeholders debate about the future of rail R&I in Madrid

The Spanish Railway Technological Platform and Shift2Rail JU (S2R JU) organised a debate on the future of rail Research & Innovation, with representatives from rail operators, network managers, manufacturers, and research centres. The event took place on 12 February at the headquarters of the Spanish Foundation of Railways in Madrid. Spanish Director General for Research & Innovation Teresa Riesgo opened the day highlighting the excellent results achieved by Spanish entities within S2R and showed public…

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