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11th August 2022. Volume 8, Issue 1

about 2 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

The ARA’s New Zealand Rail conference will take place at the Hilton Auckland on the 10th – 11th October 2022.

The economic value of rail to New Zealand was recently calculated to be approximately $1.47b to $1.54b per annum. Building on the Government’s commitment to rail, the ARA’s New Zealand Rail 2022 will drive growth by focusing on the ‘how to’ by bringing together key industry and government stakeholders, customers, researchers and suppliers to network and exchange best practice on the innovation, collaboration, technical expertise and investment needed to advance these planning priorities and future opportunities for rail in New Zealand.

For more information and to register to attend, visit: https://www.informa.com.au/event/conference/transport-logistics/new-zealand-rail/

​This week's Jobs of the Week are in Vietnam, Japan and the United States. In Vietnam, we're looking for a Training Coordinator and a Maintenance Manager. In the United States, we're looking for a Senior Program Manager and a Senior Project Planner. And in Tokyo, Japan we're looking for a Trainer with a strong background in metro rail operations.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

This Week's Headlines:

5 August 2022. United Kingdom. Network Rail Anglia rescues giant Tortoise from the tracks

A Giant African Spurred Tortoise was rescued from the tracks by a Network Rail Anglia team earlier this week. The tortoise, which tipped the scale at 50 kilos, is named Clyde. Clyde was spotted near Harling Road station on Monday.

Source: RailTech.com

9 August 2022. Australia. World-first fully digitally automated AutoHaul™ network connects new Australian iron ore mine to port

Hitachi Rail and Rio Tinto have marked another significant AutoHaul™ milestone with the commissioning of the autonomous rail transport system for the new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara.

Source: Rail UK

10 August 2022. India. Siemens consortium wins S&T order for Kolkata Metro

A consortium of Siemens Ltd and Siemens Mobility GmbH has secured an order from Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for signaling and telecommunication (S&T) of the Kavi Subhash-Biman Bandar Corridor (32 km) and Joka-Esplanade Metro Corridor (16 km) of Kolkata Metro Line 3 & 6. Siemens’ CBTC (communication-based train control) solution will facilitate 100 per cent punctuality, maximum network capacity, energy savings and decreased headways while ensuring highest possible safety, a release from Siemens said.

Source: TND India

Jobs of the Week

O&M Trainer, Tokyo, Japan

Job ID#: 13556

Discipline: Trainer

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client provides online courses where you can learn from the expertise and experience in railway operations of a metro rail group in Japan.

They are looking for someone to assist with online training courses and participate in O&M opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Job Requirements

Relevant experience in providing online training courses for rail is required.

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Training Coordinator / Manager, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13555

Discipline: Trainer

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Training Coordinator / Manager to assist with activities on the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway project.

Main Responsibilities:

* Identify the training needs for Project staff and O&M staff (Instructor/trainers) during the C&I, T&C, Trail Running and 5 year maintenance period.

* Work with the Client, Employers representative, O&M Company to ensure (CP3) meets is contractual obligations for training.

* Assist the relevant project staff/subsystem mangers in the creation and review of O&M manuals and the Training Documents, Schedule, Materials, facilities and suitable locations and venues required to complete the necessary contracted training.

* Assist the Subsystem Manager create and submit their training plans.

* Assist the Wayside Manager and PTW/CRO identify the training needs, assist in the creation of documentation and deliver training to meet the project requirements before hand over of the railway to the client.

* Develop an overall training plan together with schedule and durations of training to be given to all parties required within the CP3 project scope.

* Work with the Subsystem Mangers to ensure the necessary training is completed and competence certification issued to meet the project schedule.

* Support the creation of training documents and training programmes to support the requirements of O&M Manuals.

* Responsible for liaising with the T&C manager and CRO to ensuring the training courses and modules do not impact the C&I and Test & Commissioning plans. Especially where shared staff or resources are required.

* Responsible for writing the necessary operational process and procedures relating to training to gain HSQE approval in support of the safety objectives of the project.

Job Requirements

Essential experience;

* Min 5 year Experience of Developing and implementing Training within a modern Railway , preferably Urban railway/metro system.

* Min 10 year Experience of Developing and implementing Training within a safety critical Engineering Environment.

* Understanding and Experience in implements training of modern Railway operating procedures such as (UK/EEC ROGS)

* Creating and Submission of project documentation to Client for approval.

* Ability to create and manage a comprehensive training plan to meet project delivery dates.

* Ability to engage with Operational and Maintenance staff.

* Experience Warehousing and modern maintenance management systems (MMS) would be an advantage

* Ability to work flexibly and support other areas of the project as necessary.

Qualifications

* Mechanical / Electrical Degree or HND/HNC with served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent proven railway / engineering services experience.

* Certified Trainer

* Competence assessor certified

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Maintenance Manager, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Job ID#: 13554

Discipline: E&M

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Maintenance Manager to assist with activities on the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Railway project.

You will be responsible for:

* Updating the current Maintenance plan to take account of changes in design and maintenance requirements of the current installed or designed equipment since the tender.

* Working with and assisting Sub Systems teams develop, publish and gaining the clients approval for the O&M manuals.

* Assisting the Subsystem teams and Training Manager create training manuals and Documents based on the O&M manuals to support the client and contract requirements.

* Assisting subsystem managers identify and gain the clients approval of Spare parts and consumables lists and plans identifying the requirements for T&C, DLP and 5 years maintenance contract.

* Assisting the subsystems identify any maintenance requirements and support needs during T&C and project phases up to handover.

* Supporting the re negotiation of the 5 year maintenance contract as required.

* Assisting the MMS manager as necessary to ensure the Asset management/MMS System contains all the asset data and is ready for handover to the client.

* Identify the Maintenance resources necessary to transition from building the urban railway to operating the urban railway in line with the Maintenance plan and Training plans

* Ensure the correct and accurate records of maintenance are kept from the time of installation until hand over and into the 5 year maintenance contract.

* Assist in the recruitment of O&M Company Staff. ie Maintenance Team Leaders, Support Engineers Lead Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, Wheel Lathe Team Leader and Servicing Team Leaders

Job Requirements

Essential experience;

* Min 10 year Experience of leading Railway maintenance team on a shift bases comprising of modern rolling stock, track and railway asset including a maintenance depot repair work shop.

* Previous experience of written or update a maintenance plan for a Modern railways to take account of local staffing experience and training.

* Highly experienced in undertaking preventative and corrective rolling stock and railway asset maintenance on a modern urban railway.

* Outstanding Safety Awareness gained in an operational railway engineering environment NEBOSH or IOSH trained.

* Management of large diverse technical teams who will be working on a shift bases 24/7.

* Experience in developing and mentoring staff to gain experience and knowledge of modern maintenance processes and practices.

* Rolling stock test, approvals and commissioning experience preferably gain from a previous modern rolling stock fleet introduction.

* Extensive preventative and corrective railway asset maintenance experience. To include modern fault finding and repair techniques using pc based laptops and remote train diagnostics.

* Knowledge of Maintenance and Specified area protection processes.

* Manual Handling, COSHH certificates

* Experience of direct and indirect assessment of staff on the shop floor.

* Experience of running a maintenance workshop stores and spare parts area.

Competent with calibrated tools and Black store to be returned to manufactures for external repair.

* Experience in the use of modern maintenance management systems (MMS), Preferably IBM Maximo

* Hands on , mature and experience workforce management skills with experience of managing a large team of engineers on shift work.

Qualifications

* Mechanical / Electrical Degree, or equivalent with time served hands on in Railway or other work shop environments such as am maintenance technician or engineering apprenticeship or equivalent proven railway experience.

* Certified Trainer/ Competence assessor

Contact: David Hyland (davidh@railpersonnel.com)

Senior Program Manager, Boston, MA, United States

Job ID#: 13541

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. They are seeking a Senior Program Manager to be based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Accountabilities:

* With reference to the assigned multiple projects:

* Propose the budget of the program

* For each project assigned (activities to be performed directly or through the assigned PMs):

* Ensure the accomplishment of the outcomes in accordance with the contractual scope of work, the schedule, the quality requirements and Company processes

* Monitor, report and achieve the targets of the assigned project in terms of Costs, Revenues, Margin and Cash in

* Monitor, report and achieve the project KPIs

* Manage the Client relationship

* Promote business opportunities and manage of the Change Orders

* Manage the Claims

* Execute the staffing process of the project team

* Evaluate the performances on project team members

Job Requirements:

Required Skills/Knowledge:

* 15+ years successfully managing large project's (>$100M)

* 15+ years successfully managing system integration projects with construction and technical subsystems.

* 15+ years experience in Mass Transit rail industry

* Engineering degree or equivalent experience required

* CBTC or Mass Transit PTC project experience preferred but not required

*

Desired Skills/Knowledge:

* Superior Communications Skills

* Superior Leadership skills

* Financial Awareness

* Management skills

* Negotiation

* Personal Organization

* Risk Management

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Languages: English-Proficient

Contact: Renee Wade (renee@railpersonnel.com)

Senior Project Planner, Boston, MA, United States

Job ID#: 13540

Discipline: Civil

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey solutions. They are seeking a Senior Project Planner to be based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Accountabilities:

* Plan the construction and commissioning work on day-by-day basis

* Work with company leaders and third parties to produce detailed plans for the Project activities and all planned deliverables

* Assist Project Manager in producing project control reports including variation reports regarding time and budget as required by the Project Manager

* Assist Project Manager with the attendance of meetings with the customer and subcontractors regarding scheduling and project issues, ensuring that company interests are fully represented

* Monitor work in progress to ensure that work is executed in compliance with the requirements of the contract and schedule

* Participate in the Change Order Management process

* Execution of other duties as directed by the Project Manager

Job Requirements

Required Skills/Knowledge:

* 10+ years of relevant project management and project planning experience

* Ability to use Primavera P6

* Ability to use Microsoft Project

* Strong ability to understand and analyze dependency logic and project critical path

* Highly motivated and adaptable to a time-sensitive environment in order to respond quickly and effectively to unanticipated high workloads, events and emergencies

* Must be able to meet deadlines and effectively handle pressures associated with this role

* Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees, Project constituents, third parties and general public

* Bachelors Degree

Desired Skills/ Knowledge:

* 3-years of experience with rail construction projects

* 2-years of experience with large infrastructure construction projects

* Excellent understanding of project management techniques, in addition to effective planning and scheduling skills.

* Excellent communication and influencing skills in liaising with project stakeholders in the development of project schedules, while identifying milestones and critical paths

* 4 year degree in Business or Engineering

Education: Bachelor's Degree

Languages: English Proficiency

Contact: Renee Wade (renee@railpersonnel.com)

Rail News

10 August 2022. India. Agra metro train design revealed

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has unveiled the design of the trainsets which Alstom is to supply for Agra metro Line 1. In July 2020 state operator Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corp awarded Bombardier Transportation — now Alstom — a €245m combined contract to supply 28 three-car trainsets for Agra and 39 to Kanpur along with Cityflo 650 communications-based train control. The package includes options for a further 51 cars.

Source: Metro Report International

10 August 2022. India. Siemens consortium wins S&T order for Kolkata Metro

A consortium of Siemens Ltd and Siemens Mobility GmbH has secured an order from Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for signaling and telecommunication (S&T) of the Kavi Subhash-Biman Bandar Corridor (32 km) and Joka-Esplanade Metro Corridor (16 km) of Kolkata Metro Line 3 & 6. Siemens’ CBTC (communication-based train control) solution will facilitate 100 per cent punctuality, maximum network capacity, energy savings and decreased headways while ensuring highest possible safety, a release from Siemens said.

Source: TND India

9 August 2022. Thailand. Bangkok Pink Line monorail branch agreed

Agreements have been signed for the construction of a branch off the Bangkok MRT Pink Line monorail to serve exhibition, hotel and retail destinations to the north of the city. Expected to cost 4bn baht to complete, the 3 km branch will run from Si Rat to stations at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani and Muang Thong Thani Lake. Construction of the rest of the Pink Line straddle monorail including 30 stations is now 89% now complete, with partial opening envisaged by early 2023.

Source: Metro Report International

9 August 2022. Australia. ARTC unveils new solar-powered signalling system

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has unveiled a new solar-powered signalling system at Coolleearlee, NSW. The first solar solution ever implemented on ARTC’s Inland Rail network, the system will eliminate the need for a 2.2km trench through local properties to install and deliver mains power services to the new signalling site that will operate on the Narromine to North Star (N2NS) section of the network. Using solar power, rather than mains power, will deliver an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution to powering the 24-hour signalling system.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

9 August 2022. United Kingdom. A train down memory lane for London

A trip into the time tunnel is on the cards for commuters. The London Transport Museum, one of the capital’s most popular attractions, has just announced it is putting some exhibits back on the rails for the first weekend in September. The highly anticipated event has been cancelled in the past two years due to the pandemic. The oldest underground railway in the world is dusting off a 1938 vintage train for some nostalgic running. The Art Deco era train trips are set to return to the Metropolitan Line in north west London. The Museum promises the opportunity to travel back in time – for the first time in three years. Tickets are already selling faster than a Doc Brown modified DeLorean going flat out for the future.

Source: RailTech.com

9 August 2022. Australia. World-first fully digitally automated AutoHaul™ network connects new Australian iron ore mine to port

Hitachi Rail and Rio Tinto have marked another significant AutoHaul™ milestone with the commissioning of the autonomous rail transport system for the new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara. The greenfield mine development has involved the construction of a 166-kilometre rail spur to connect the new mine to Rio Tinto’s existing AutoHaul™ rail network in the region.

Source: Rail UK

5 August 2022. United Kingdom. Network Rail Anglia rescues giant Tortoise from the tracks

A Giant African Spurred Tortoise was rescued from the tracks by a Network Rail Anglia team earlier this week. The tortoise, which tipped the scale at 50 kilos, is named Clyde. Clyde was spotted near Harling Road station on Monday. The station is on the Breckland line in the east of England. The tortoise was clipped by a train, as evidenced by damage to his shell. The sighting of Clyde on the tracks brought several trains to a halt.

Source: RailTech.com

5 August 2022. Saudi Arabia. Pioneering Saudi female train drivers embark on their first journeys

The group of Saudi women that began their training earlier in the year to become Saudi Arabia’s first female train drivers, has started its cab apprenticeship on the Haramain high-speed train’s (HHR). According to Spanish company Renfe, the largest shareholder in the consortium managing the high-speed line between Mecca and Medina, the 31 women will be joining experienced train drivers in the cab for the coming five to six months as part of the second phase of their training.

Source: RailTech.com

5 August 2022. Indonesia. China unveils bullet trains built for Indonesia

Bullet trains tailored for the high-speed railway network linking the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and the city of Bandung were unveiled on Friday in eastern China, marking an important milestone of the project and preparing for the line's scheduled opening, China Railway International said. A total of 11 sets of bullet trains and an inspection train, all adopting Chinese standards, were showcased in Qingdao, Shandong province. They will be shipped to Indonesia soon.

Source: China Daily

5 August 2022. Australia. Queensland unveils Brisbane rail expansion strategy

A pipeline of investment valued at more than A$20bn will support the long-term expansion of the southeast Queensland rail network under proposals published by the state government on August 2. In addition to the A$5·4bn Cross River Rail link now being built through central Brisbane, the government has committed A$7·15bn towards the enhancement programme. This is intended to support rapid population growth, with more than 80 000 people migrating to Queensland over the past two years and an extra 1·5 million inhabitants projected to be living in the 12-area metropolitan region by 2036.

Source: Railway Gazette International

1 August 2022. Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia Railways invites bids to supply next generation inter-city trains

Prequalified companies have been invited to submit tenders to supply and maintain Saudi Arabia Railways’ next generation of inter-city passenger trains. The tender covers an base order of 10 trainsets to increase capacity on the Riyadh – Dammam route, with an option for a further 10 trainsets to accommodate growth on the Riyadh to Hail section of the North–South Railway. The contract would include spare parts, maintenance, documentation and training SAR staff to operate and maintain the new fleet.

Source: Railway Gazette International

29 July 2022. Macau. Macau – Hengqin metro tunnelling begins

Tunnelling has begun for a light metro line connecting the Macau Special Administrative Region with Zhuhai’s Hengqin Port across the Shizimen canal. Being built at an overall cost of US$437m, Macao Light Rail Transit’s Hengqin Line will run for 2·2 km from an interchange with the rubber-tyred Taipa Line at Lotus Bridge station to an underground station at Hengqin Checkpoint, passing under the waterway in a 900 m tunnel.

Source: Metro Report International

29 July 2022. India. SYSTRA – DB Wins Mumbai Metro Line 10 & 12’s General Consultancy

SYSTRA MVA Consulting – DB Engineering & Consulting JV on Monday emerged as the preferred bidder for the General Consultant (GC) contract of Mumbai Metro‘s 9.20 km Line-10 (Gaimukh – Shivaji Chowk) and 20.7 km Line-12 (Kalyan – Taloja). The appointment of a dedicated General Consultant to assist Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is expected to pave the way for both lines’ speedy implementation through assistance in design, supervision, safety, quality control and contract management.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy

28 July 2022. United States. Union Pacific awards $1bn+ loco modernisation contract

Union Pacific has awarded Wabtec a contract worth more than $1bn for the modernisation of 525 AC4400 and AC6000 and 75 Dash-9 locomotives. This will include the FDL Advantage engine enhancement and Modular Control Architecture. The modernisation aims to extend the life of the locos and provide benefits including a fuel efficiency improvement of up to 18%, more than 80% increase in reliability, a haulage ability increase of more than 55% and a saving of 318 tonnes of CO2 per loco per year. Wabtec will undertake the work at its plants in the USA for delivery from 2023.

Source: Railway Gazette International