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5th April 2022. Volume 4, Issue 1

about 2 years ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

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Our Jobs of the Week this week are as follows:

* Network Timetabling Specialist, United Arab Emirates

* Senior Manager NIC Connector, Saudi Arabia

* Principle / Senior Civil Engineer, Sydney, Australia

* Cost Control and Estimation Expert, Philippines​

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Jobs of the Week:

Network Timetabling Specialist, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13398

Discipline: Modelling & Simulation

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our Client is looking for a Network Timetabling Specialist who will be responsible for.

* Development of Service Design Concepts and Schedules

* Integrated Freight and Passenger Timetable Development

* Timetable Optimization

* Rail terminal Planning and Operational Optimization

* End-to-end Rail Network Capacity Modelling

* Resource Planning & Deployment (Locomotives / Wagons / Train crew)

* Maintenance Planning (Infrastructure / Locomotives / Wagons)

* Engineering Access Planning

* Rail Development Project Concepts e.g. new Sidings, Terminals, Stations

* Development of Service Prioritization ("Rules of the Route")

* Production of Efficiency Metrics - Asset Utilization / Productivity

* Identify Areas for Systems and Network Improvement to Support the Validity Timetables

Job Requirements

* University degree in Engineering (or equivalent) is desirable

* Rail Network and Terminal Modelling & Simulation expertise

* Experience with a variety of the latest rail simulation tools and systems eg, Railsys

* Heavy Haul Rail Operations Experience

* Logistics & Terminals Operations Experience

* Ability to work with people from a broad cross section

* Good proven analytical skills for a high level of problem solving

* Proven Leadership skills

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

Principle/Senior Civil Engineer, Sydney, Australia

Job ID#: 13425

Discipline: Civil

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client provides specialist engineering services, systems integration and turnkey project delivery of signalling, communications and control systems for metro, light rail, passenger and heavy freight railways throughout the world.

They are looking for an experienced civil engineer with a design background for the position of Installation Engineer to be based in either Sydney, Brisbane or Perth. This is a permanent full time opportunity.

Resonsibilites include

* Preparing and Generating the Combined Service Drawings (CSD) and Structural Electrical Mechanical Drawings (SEM) for the Core Electrical & Mechanical (E&M) Systems, including Signalling, communication, Power Supply, trackwork of Railway or Metro Rapid Transit Systems; and, interface with all the systems including civil, architectural, utilities, rolling stock, track works, and Core E&M.

* Cooperating with the system engineer, interface manager, engineers or manager of Building Information Management (BIM), and engineers of each system of the Core E&M.

* Finding and solving clashes from CSD and SEM,

* Finding and solving design, construction, and installation problems from construction site.

* Providing BIM required information and drawings.

* Preparing As-built drawings.

* Preparing, attending or chairing the CSD & SEM related meetings.

* Preparing meeting material and meeting minutes.

* Preparing works related document.

* Replying to work related formal letters, e-mails, or request of information (RFI).

* Visiting construction sites, preparing related reports, and solving clashes by using CSD & SEM.

* Exchanging the work related information on requested time.

* Reporting work status and issues to Project Office and Company.

* Recording and compiling work related letters, meeting minutes, document and issues.

Job Requirements

Essential Requirements

* Skilled of AutoCAD and BIM 3D Works

* Knowledge of Railway or Metro Rapid Transit System

* Good Communication and Meeting Skill

* Good Technical Coordination and Management Skills

* Good Ability on Writing Technical Documents and Reports.


* Knowledge of Core E&M Installation Works on Wayside (or trackside), Depot and Equipment Rooms

* Knowledge of Cable Routings


* Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Civil or Mechanical

* 8 years" Experience in Civil / Mechanical design for Rail projects


* Thrives by working in a fluid environment.

* Motivated by work that provides opportunities for development, and the acquisition of new skills.

* Ability to solve interface problems.

* Ability to work in a project team and in a collaborative environment.

* Ability to interface to diversity and international mind-set.

Contact: David Hyland (

Cost Control and Estimation Expert, Manila, Philippines

Job ID#: 13423

Discipline: Cost Control

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a Cost Control and Estimation Expert for the North - South Commuter Railway Project to be based in Manila. This is an ongoing project and will replace the currently assigned Cost Estimator. The period is about 3 years.

Work involves cost estimation

Job Requirements:

- Graduate in Civil Engineering

- 10 years Experience in design, tender assistance and construction stage for railway projects:

- Experience as cost estimation specialist in at least one (1) railway project in design stage and in one (1) railway project in construction stage. The project size is to be (procurement/construction cost) > USD 100M (amount of the related packages)

Contact: David Hyland (

Senior Manager NIC Connector, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Job ID#: 13379

Discipline: Project Managers

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

This exciting project is seeking a Senior Infrastructure Manager to oversee and direct all infrastructure programmes involving the full life cycle of the implementation phase.

Liase with the design teams to review the development based on the project schedule, and cost estimates.

Oversee the infrastructure construction management teams to ensure delivery is achieved.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor degree in Civil or Structural Engineering;

Applicants must have minimum 12 years of infrastructure construction experience.

Ideally worked in the Gulf Countries

Minimum of 3 years in a major construction company or have lead a major consultants site supervision

Track record of either delivery or supervision of infrastructure construction involving earthworks, structures, cut and cover and utilities

Excellent report writing skills

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

Rail News:

29 March 2022. Philippines. Manila commuter trains ordered

The Department of Transportation has awarded Sumitomo Corp and Japan Transport Engineering Co a ¥72·5bn contract to supply 38 eight-car Sustina trainsets by 2028 for the next phase of Manila’s North-South Commuter Railway. In July 2019 the two Japanese companies were awarded a contract to supply 13 eight-car Sustina EMUs for the 53 km NSCR Phase 1 Project connecting Malolos and Clark. Planned north and south extensions will take the 1 435 mm gauge route to 110 km, and an order for further trains was announced on March 18. The network is eventually planned to reach 163 route-km, connecting the regional business districts of Clark and New Clark City in the north with central Manila and Calamba City in Laguna province to the south of the capital. The extension project forms part of Japan’s Official Development Assistance programme and is being financed under on a loan agreement between Japan International Co-operation Agency and the Philippines government.

Source: Metro Report International

29 March 2022. Australia. Rail funding, skills development and level crossing safety headline rail announcements in 2022-23 Federal Budget

New rail funding and investment in safety, skills and training initiatives were among a host of funding commitments for key projects across the country in tonight's Federal Budget. The ARA welcomed the Budget’s recognition of the importance of rail freight to the nation’s supply chain, with a range of new funding initiatives including the $3.6 billion Melbourne Intermodal Terminal Package, additional funding for Inland Rail works and a commitment to tranche four of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program. Funding for a business case to evaluate the upgrade of the Maroona to Portland Port Rail Line in Victoria was also included.

Source: ARA

26 March 2022. India. Mumbai to get its second metro line after a wait of 8 years

Mumbai will now get a second metro line after eight years which can make the commute for people travelling in the western suburbs of the city more effortless. The first-ever 11.40 km elevated Metro line which was constructed eight years back that connects Ghatkopar-Andheri-Versova, now two additional lines will be partially operational soon. The inspection on the lines was conducted after which The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) gave the clearance.

Source: Metro Rail News

25 March 2022. India. DMRC plans to use drones to observe elevated sections of Metro

DMRC will use drones for inspection as an advance means for a greater view and entry, taking out the guide mode of inspection that takes extra time and labour. Delhi metro which is spread in 400km with a big part constructed in 15 to twenty years in the past Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is now planning to switch the guide inspection by a drone survey.

Source: Metro Rail News

24 March 2022. Brazil. Sao Paulo Intercity Train investment increased to Reais 10.2bn

Concessionaire will acquire new trains, modernise signalling and make the system accessible. THE secretary of metropolitan transport of the state of São Paulo, Mr Paulo Galli, has announced that the invitation to tender for the Intercity Train (TIC) project will be published in April. Galli was speaking at the Congress of the 22nd NT Expo - Business on Rails. Galli also said that the planned investment has been increased by 19% to Reais 10.2bn ($US 2.15bn) from the previous Reais 8.6bn. He says that 80% of the amount should be provided by the state, with the rest from the private concessionaire. This model has greater potential to attract more investors to be a part of the project and reduces their risk, he says.

Source: International Railway Journal

23 March 2022. Australia. Inland Rail set for Queensland ‘regioneration’

Queensland is one step closer to realising the transformational benefits of the Inland Rail with multinational consortium Regionerate Rail being announced as the constructor for the Public-Private Partnership between Gowrie to Kagaru. The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has appointed Regionerate Rail, a consortium comprising Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo), Service Stream and Plenary Group, which represents a significant milestone for the Inland Rail. The section spanning Gowrie (near Toowoomba) to Kagaru (near Beaudesert) is approximately 128 kilometres of new and upgraded rail track through the most geographically challenging section of the 1700 kilometre rail line from Brisbane to Melbourne, and includes a 6.2 kilometre tunnel through the Great Dividing Range – the largest diameter freight tunnel in the southern hemisphere.

Source: Rail Express

23 March 2022. United States. Hitachi Rail announces location for US$70m factory to build all-electric railcars for Washington Metro

Hitachi Rail has announced that Washington County, Maryland, will be the location of its state-of-the-art US$70m factory that will build the new fleet of all-electric 8000-series railcars for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). In a major expansion of Hitachi Rail’s presence in the US, the new site, which is scheduled to be operational in winter 2023/24, will manufacture modern railcars for the Washington DC region and will have the capacity to serve the wider North American railway market. The site in Washington County, Maryland, is well located to serve the Washington metro area – and is 90 minutes from Metro’s Greenbelt Rail Yard, where the completed trains will be delivered. An important advantage of the location is that the Greater Hagerstown region is a major center for logistics and has excellent connections to the Northeastern United States and beyond. The factory building will cover 307,000ft2 and includes a large production area, warehouse, and main office. The manufacturing facilities will be built on a 41-acre plot, which will also be equipped with an 800-yard test track allowing dynamic testing of trains on site.

Source: Electric & Hybrid Rail Technology

22 March 2022. Australia. Inland Rail project closer to reality as contract awarded

Multinational consortium Regionerate Rail has been announced as the constructor for the public-private partnership between Gowrie to Kagaru. The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has appointed Regionerate Rail, a consortium comprising Clough, GS Engineering and Construction, Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo), Service Stream and Plenary Group, which represents a significant milestone for the Inland Rail. The section spanning Gowrie (near Toowoomba) to Kagaru (near Beaudesert) is approximately 128km of new and upgraded rail track through the most geographically challenging section of the 1,700km rail line from Brisbane to Melbourne and includes a 6.2km tunnel through the Great Dividing Range, the largest diameter freight tunnel in the southern hemisphere.

Source: Global Railway Review

22 March 2022. Germany. DB details rail infrastructure improvements for northern Germany

Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced details of the work to be carried out under the banner of the Future Northern Rail Alliance on Monday, which includes an overhaul of Hanover main train station and improvements to the network in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Midway between Amsterdam and Berlin on the east-west axis and between Hamburg and Frankfurt on the north-south axis, Hanover is a vital hub for Germany’s long-distance trains. All six of the station’s platforms will be renewed over the coming decade, a project that will be carried out in two phases. The work includes the construction of two track bridges and one platform bridge, as well as the installation of six new elevators and 12 escalators. Hanover’s central train station handles 750 trains per day on average, meaning some 260,000 passengers use the platforms on a daily basis. Work will have to be carried out during ongoing train services.


21 March 2022. Saudi Arabia. CAF awarded €200 million service contract by Saudi Arabia Railways

The contract between CAF and SAR covers the maintenance of a train fleet, technical support and establishing a joint engineering department. The CAF Group has concluded a contract with the state-owned railway operator SAR (Saudi Arabia Railways) that covers the maintenance of the Saudi operator’s train fleet, including technical support and other related services. The contract amounts to close to €200 million. The agreement includes performing maintenance work in partnership with the Saudi operator, on the trains CAF has supplied in the country over recent years, for a period of five years. These are the units currently running on the North-South line, which connects the capital city of Riyadh to Qurayyat on the Jordanian border, as well as those units running on the East-West line, which connects Riyadh to Dammam, a railway network extending for more than 1,700km that connects other important areas of the country such as Hail, Al-Qassim and Al-Hofuf.

Source: Global Railway Review

17 March 2022. Australia. $246.7 million contract awarded to construct METRONET station

A $246.7 million contract has been awarded to a Western Australia alliance to design and construct the new Midland Station, as part of METRONET. The contract was awarded to the Midland Junction Alliance, which consists of McConnell Dowell Constructors, Georgiou Group, Arcadis Australia, and BG&E. This alliance will design and build the new three-platform face station between Helena and Cale streets. The contract also includes decommissioning and demolishing the existing 53-year-old station. Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said, “The Morrison Government has committed $3.3 billion to METRONET projects – including $157.5 million for the new Midland Station – which will play an important role in supporting the growth of Perth.

Source: Infrastructure News

17 March 2022. United Kingdom. The Maynard Design Group acquires Transport Design Consultancy

As it looks to expand its offering into new markets, The Maynard Design Group has purchased London headquartered Transport Design Consultancy. The firm has long-standing client relationships with transport entities across the UK, as well as in various countries throughout Asia. Founded by Tony Howard, Transport Design Consultancy (TDC) is a multimodal transport advisory firm. Since its launch, it has completed more than 250 projects, providing solutions for complex design challenges across Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. With the purchase of TDC, The Maynard Design Group will become the most experienced multi-disciplinary design consultancy in the transport sector. The merged entity will have delivered more than 400 projects in 17 countries, in the last 20 years, impacting over 3.5 billion journeys taken by people every year.


17 March 2022. Philippines. Metro Manila Subway rail systems contract awarded

MRT9 Metro Manila Subway lead contractor Mitsubishi Corp has awarded subcontracts to supply railway and telecoms systems worth approximately €1bn to a consortium of Colas Rail, Thales and Egis. Consortium lead Colas Rail’s share is worth €760m and covers the design and construction of a turnkey rail system. This includes systems integration, trackwork, CBTC installation, power supply equipment, overhead catenary and depot equipment. The company says it intends to mobilise more than 500 people, mainly recruited locally, over the five-year duration of the contract from design to construction. Thales has been awarded a €156m contract to design and deploy the integrated and secure communications networks, including radio and wireless LAN systems, trackside equipment for security systems, and a fully integrated supervision control platform. Thales says that this will comply with the most stringent cybersecurity standards, providing video management and analytics, passenger information and public address, and a power SCADA tool. Thales will also supply a fare collection system.

Source: Metro Report International