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14th July 2022. Volume 7, Issue 1

5 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

Keeping the ongoing and future developments in transportation sector in mind, Bricsa Consulting is organising its 4th Edition of Transport & Infrastructure conference in Vietnam which is a two-day event scheduled on 1st and 2nd of August, 2022 at Hilton Hanoi Opera, Hanoi, Vietnam.

The conference would focus on the current and proposed developments happening in the region and will shed a light on the regulatory policy frameworks, funding and investment strategies and technological advancements happening in the transport sector.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: http://vttransport.bricsaconsulting.com/

Also, the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) will take place from 2nd - 4th August at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

The theme for this upcoming conference is “Safe, Resilient and Efficient Heavy Haul”. Local and international experts will discuss operational and technical advancements in the areas of Infrastructure, Rolling Stock, Maintenance, Operations, Systems and Processes, Safety, Security and Human factors. The conference will also afford discussions around strategic insights on industry policy and its impact on the logistics system, logistics best practices & global trends and the latest technological developments.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: https://sahhaconf.co.za/

We have 4x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In Tasmania, Australia, we are looking for a Rail Infrastructure Manager, and in Los Angeles, California we are looking for a Quality Control Manager.

In Taiwan, we are looking for a QC Engineer and a QS Manager.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

13 July 2022. United Kingdom. Network Rail controller retires with a locomotive named in his honour

After 50 years of service across the railway, Network Rail Kent controller Stephen Eaves retired on 8 July and over 50 friends, colleagues and family gathered at Blackfriars station to pay tribute and see a GB Railfreight class 73 locomotive named in his honour. Stephen said: “It feels unreal, when I found out about it I thought ‘have I heard right’ – it’s a dream turned into reality. “This 50 years has passed in a flash, I can remember my first day at Liverpool Street in room 128, and my colleagues, and it doesn’t seem like 50 years. I will certainly miss it. But I think my family ought to have a little bit more of my time now, less of me getting up at four in the morning . My wife has been a rock to me and I couldn’t have done this without her.”

Source: Rail UK

12 July 2022. Australia. $40 million South Coast Line upgrade complete

The $40 million South Coast Line upgrade has been completed, with works on 13km of track to provide bigger rail freight movement in New South Wales. New South Wales Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said the upgrade will play a significant role in ensuring more freight can be transported by rail in New South Wales. “Rail freight is the most sustainable and cost-effective way to transport large quantities over long distances – one 600m-long train can carry the equivalent load of more than 54 trucks and enough wheat to make more than 250,000 loaves of bread,” Mr Farraway said.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

11 July 2022. United States. CalSTA Allocates $378.9MM for Rail Transit Projects

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) are among the eight California agencies that will share $378.9 million in TIRCP (Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program) grants from CalSTA (California State Transportation Agency) for rail-related projects. CalSTA on July 7 reported that TIRCP would distribute $796.1 million to 23 projects statewide in an effort to expand transit and intercity rail service and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, “all projects are located within disadvantaged communities or low-income communities, and contribute direct, meaningful, and assured benefits to disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, or low-income households,” CalSTA said.

Source: Railway Age

11 July 2022. United Kingdom. Laing O’Rourke wins HS2 Interchange Station contract

HS2 Ltd has today announced that Laing O’Rourke Delivery Limited will build HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull, at the heart of Britain’s new high speed rail network, set to bring economic growth to the West Midlands economy. The contract, which is worth up to £370m, will see them work with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and then build the landmark station over the next few years. Contracts will be signed after the completion of the standstill period.

Source: Rail UK

8 July 2022. Australia. South half of Central Station set to open by end of 2022

Construction of the south half of Central Station’s new underground concourse is nearing completion, with eleven escalators installed for access to several platforms, and is expected to be open to the public by the end of the year. The 80m-long Central Walk will help passengers easily navigate between different platforms and services. Part of Central Walk is expected to open by the end of the year, which will connect customers to suburban, intercity and regional rail services, and light rail. Fit out and finishing work has been completed on the south half of Central Walk, and eleven of the 15 new escalators have been installed

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

7 July 2022. India. India’s RRTS project takes shape with delivery of second Alstom train

WITH the expected arrival this month of a second EMU from the Alstom facility at Savli in Gujarat, the first line of India's ambitious Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project is starting to take shape. The RRTS network aims to connect Delhi with smaller cities of the National Capital Region through high-frequency trains designed to run at 180km/h and with an operational speed of 160km/h. Construction is underway on the first 82km line connecting Delhi with Ghaziabad and Meerut.

Source: International Railway Journal

6 July 2022. Saudi Arabia. Hedjaz Railway-inspired trams planned in AlUla

Plans for a 50 km light rail network with trams designed to look like trains from the historic Hedjaz Railway have been announced by the Royal Commission for AlUla. The tramway would connect urban areas, archaeological sites and tourist destinations around the ancient city of AlUla. The initiative is part of the 360 Mobility programme to reduce car dependency by developing a network of trams, electric buses, autonomous pods, cycle paths and ‘alternative transport’. The first phase of the tramway would be the 21 km Red Line from the former Hedjaz railway station in AlUla to the Hegra UNESCO World Heritage Site in the north.

Source: Metro Report International

6 July 2022. United States. California to release $US 4.2bn for high-speed project

The funds will be used to complete the Central Valley line section from Bakersfield to Merced. California’s new $US 307.9bn state budget includes the release of $US 4.2bn in Proposition 1A funds to the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The Los Angeles Times reported on June 30 that $US 2bn of this would be dedicated to the construction of the 275km Merced to Bakersfield northern segment of the Central Valley high-speed line. The California State Senate and Assembly passed the budget for the 2022-23 financial year on June 29 and state governor Mr Gavin Newsom signed it on June 30. The agreement brings an end to a period of deadlock lasting more than a year on how to spend the last portion of $US 4.2bn in bond funds for high-speed rail which was approved by voters in 2008.

Source: International Railway Journal

5 July 2022. India. DB to operate Delhi – Meerut RRTS commuter railway

National Capital Region Transport Corp has awarded Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 12-year contract to operate and maintain the future 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. The Delhi area commuter rail project promoter said it had taken a ‘path-breaking step’ by entering into the ‘first-of-its-kind agreement’ with the subsidiary of the German national railway group. ‘RRTS is a capital-intensive project, where long-term sustainability is paramount without compromising the safety and comfort of commuters’, said NCRTC Managing Director Vinay Kumar Singh on July 1.

Source: Metro Report International

5 July 2022. United Kingdom. London Underground signalling design contract awarded

Transport for London has appointed Costain to design enhancements to the signalling infrastructure on London Underground’s Piccadilly Line. Costain will work with TfL’s design team to ensure that the signalling between Heathrow Airport and Barons Court is compatible with both the existing trains and the Siemens Mobility fleet which is due to enter service from 2025. The contract announced on July 1 has been awarded under TfL’s Professional Services Framework. It includes surveys of around 200 existing signals, with ecological, environmental, ground condition, contamination and structural integrity assessments, identification of buried services, and line level and track clearance assessments.

Source: Metro Report International

4 July 2022. Australia. Australia’s new rail safety reporting scheme

The new National Rail Safety Data Strategy has been officially launched by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to support collaborative safety decisions. From 1 July, all accredited operators will report under the terms of the National Rail Safety Data Strategy (NDS) a purpose-built system designed to deliver a relevant, consistent and quality national data set readily available to all stakeholders. ONRSR Chief Executive and Australia’s National Rail Safety Regulator, Sue McCarrey, said the new arrangements would deliver a multitude of benefits.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

4 July 2022. New Zealand. Light rail plan to get Wellington moving

The government has backed the further development of plans for a light rail line from Wellington railway station to the Regional Hospital and Island Bay under the Let’s Get Wellington Moving programme. A study of four potential public transport options had concluded that light rail offers the best social, environmental and urban development outcomes, provides the greatest benefits to commuters, and would support the development of up to 21 000 homes. Public engagement had showed strong support for light rail, because of its capacity, reliability and frequency, as well as environmental benefits.

Source: Metro Report International

Jobs of the Week

Rail Infrastructure Manager, Tasmania, Australia

Job ID#: 13536

Discipline: Civil

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Rail Infrastructure Manager to lead the development, procurement, acceptance of rail assets and delivery of associated maintenance, upgrades and renewal plans as defined in the Rail Infrastructure Manual as well as Direct and support the Infrastructure Maintenance team and external contractors and also contribute to safe and reliable train operations.

They operate and maintain a 35km, narrow-gauge heritage tourist railway based in Queenstown on the remote west coast of Tasmania. The railway tells the story of the west coast by following in the footsteps of the original railway, constructed in the 1890s to transport copper from the local mine to Strahan. The railway was closed in 1963 and reopened as a tourist railway in 2000.

The Rail Division that includes a mechanical workshop, rail operations and infrastructure maintenance team, and a Commercial Division that includes product marketing, customer services and corporate support services.

KEY DUTIES & FOCUS:

1. Provide leadership and support to the Infrastructure Maintenance team and specialist contractors to achieve the objectives outlined in the infrastructure maintenance plan and manage and escalate any emerging challenges. Provide expert operational direction to the Infrastructure Maintenance team and specialist contractors to ensure the efficient and safe maintenance of all track infrastructure.

2. Assist in the development of rail operational safety and accreditation requirements, processes, manuals and procedures

3. Develop and manage track infrastructure maintenance, upgrade and renewals plans, including the identification / remediation of operational risks, resource allocation and ensuring effective supply.

4. Ensure the ongoing safety, performance and viability of civil infrastructure by identifying key risks, recurrent and scheduled periodic work programs and integrating them into the Management systems.

5. Ensure all civil infrastructure maintenance work plans and programs comply with the Safety Management System, Australian Standards, WH&S legislation, national rail safety laws and all company policies and procedures and develop reports to management demonstrating compliance to the above.

6. Provide high level technical expertise, guidance and advice to the Rail Division on all aspect of rail infrastructure maintenance and renewals

7. Work collaboratively with other staff across the company to deliver a safe and engaging experience for our customers.

Job Requirements

Essential:

* Minimum of 10 years' experience in rail maintenance, renewals or relevant civil engineering discipline

* Demonstrated supervisory experience in relevant field

* Demonstrated experience in managing budgets and major projects

* Certificate IV in Rail Infrastructure or demonstrated equivalent experience

* Rail industry category 2 medical (or ability to gain)

* HR / MR Driver"s License

Desirable:

* First Aid

* Incident investigation

* Hi-rail (TLIC3045 operate road-rail vehicle)

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Quality Control Manager West Los Angelos, CA

Job ID#: 13518

Discipline: Quality

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a leading manufacturer of light rail vehicles in the U.S. The company's mission is to supply high quality rolling stock to transit agencies on time and under budget. Their vehicles can be seen successfully transporting commuters in major cities across the U.S. including LA, Seattle, Phoenix, Santa Clara, Dallas, Jersey City and Boston.

They currently have a contract to perform midlife overhauls on the P2250 fleet of light rail vehicles running along the Gold Line. The 50 LRVs were manufactured by Ansaldo Breda from 2008 through 2012. The scope of work for the overhaul program includes the following systems and safety components: vehicle door systems, propulsion system controllers, friction brake system controllers, trucks, automatic train control (ATC)/automatic train operation (ATO) system controllers, heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and communication system controllers.The work will be performed at client's facility in Palmdale, California and is estimated to take four and a half years. The Palmdale facility is also completing work on Metro"s order for 235 P3010 LRVs, the first 21 of which entered Gold Line revenue service on March 5, 2016.

They are looking for a Quality Control Manager to be responsible for overseeing the inspection, test, commissioning, and warranty support of the Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) produced for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (LACMTA).

Primary Responsibilities:

- Plan, coordinate, and direct the Quality Control program activities designed to ensure continuous production of LRVs consistent with Company standards and contract specifications.

- Oversee the QC department and staff responsible for the LRV testing, commissioning, and warranty activities.

- Coordinate and/or support investigations regarding quality, reliability, site coordination, etc.

- Organize and coordinate training activities related to LRV, testing, quality standards and reliability.

- Schedule and forecast budget for the project.

- Facilitate daily commissioning meeting to provide updates on warranty, NCR, parts, ENs, CA, and vendor support.

- Facilitate daily Conditional Acceptance (CA) meeting to provide status and plan for closing open items.

- Facilitate weekly Capital Spares meeting with Metro.

- Facilitate weekly NCR Team meeting to provide status and plan for return of parts borrowed from Metro spares.

- Facilitate Bi‐weekly EN Tiger Team meeting with Metro and report on ENs, TOA 2, EN 431 J connector, and Metro support statistics.

- Provide weekly Stat 5 average quantity per site report at Metro meeting.

- Facilitate weekly Conditional Acceptance Inspector plan meeting.

- Provide back charge record and form to the Accounting.

- Provide weekly TOA2 report to the Program Management.

- Review and approve expense reports, NetSuite purchases, and procedures of the QC department.

- Assist with special projects as assigned by QA & QC General Manager.

Job Requirements

* Visa sponsorship is not available

* Bachelor's degree preferred.

* 8+ years of manufacturing experience in rail transportation industry and knowledge of LRV functions

preferable.

* 5+ years of supervisory experience.

* Must fully understand quality control requirements and be able to manage/direct a staff to implement the

appropriate policies and procedures, etc.

* Requires electrical/electronic and mechanical knowledge to support LRV manufacturing, test and warranty.

* Must be able to perform assignment in a challenging environment while maintaining composure and make

good decisions under stressful situations.

* Organizational, communication and negotiation skills to effectively manage Customer expectations and Staff

deliverables.

* Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Quality System or related software.

* May require traveling between multiple test locations in Southern California as needed.

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

QC Engineer, Taichung, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13534

Discipline: Depot Equipment Requirements

Position Type: Contract

Language: English, Mandarin

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a QC Engineer in Taiwan for Taichung MRT project.

Job Requirements

- 5 years experience

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (patricia@railpersonnel.com)

QS Manager, Taipei, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13473

Discipline: Civil

Position Type: Contract

Language: Mandarin, English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a QS Manager to be responsible for a project to ensure our project cost remain within budget. They provide cost and material estimates, draw up projected budgets, and work alongside a team, noting any design changes and their effect on cost.

In particular,

1) Conducting feasibility studies to estimate materials, time, and labour costs.

2) Preparing, negotiating, and analyzing costs for main contract.

3) Preparing, negotiating, and analyzing costs for subcontract and/ or suppliers costs and contracts.

4) Coordination of work effort liaising with Engineer dept. and Construction dept.

5) Dealing with a range of legal and contractual issues.

6) Valuing completed work and arranging for payments.

7) Main contract is English and subcontract is mandarin so that both language skill are required for duties.

Job Requirements

-Candidate must possess at least Diploma in Quantity Surveyor or Civil Engineering or equivalent

-Experience in Civil or related field

-Minimum 6 years working experience in the related field

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (patricia@railpersonnel.com)