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25th August 2022. Volume 8, Issue 2

about 1 month ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

Lloyd Silver who many of our readers would have known died in the Philippines on the 16th July after a long fight with Parkinsons and a Memorial Service was held in Melbourne on the 25th August to celebrate Lloyd’s life.

Lloyd was a Track Engineer with a diverse background that included senior roles in railway and engineering projects in Australia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. After working for the PTA in Victoria for 23 years, he worked for TMG in London, the Philippines then Hong Kong and finally in Australia from 1992 until 2006 working on projects in the UK, Asia and Australia. He was instrumental in setting up the track standards for London Underground, Network Rail and Hong Kong MTR in the 90s.

Our Jobs of the Week this week are in the United Arab Emirates, where we are looking for a System Assurance Engineer, Passenger and Integration Lead Engineer, Passenger to work in Abu Dhabi.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

​Jobs of the Week

System Assurance Engineer, Passenger, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13562

Discipline: System Assurance

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a System Assurance Engineer, Passenger to be accountable for System Assurance activities, reviews and technical safety assessments based on EN 50126/8/9 and ALARP principle and to progress safety technical issues to resolution in coordination with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

In line with that, internal periodic SA reporting to line manager on issues or blockers hindering the progress of the SA and action plan to support the delivery of the Safety Cases by the Contractors and the Operator to enable the safety certification of the railway or portion of the railway. In addition the definition of a clear SA roadmap that shall be reviewed / revised for continuous improvement of SA processes and targeting "Excellence".

Accountability Areas:

- Review hazards Assessments and ensure that the processes and procedures proposed to mitigate hazards to an ALARP level are acceptable

- Review and monitor the delivery of qualitative and quantitative assessments, including HAZOP, HAZID, FMECA, RBDs, FRACAS, fault tree and event tree analysis

- Review and monitor the development of the apportionment of the Network safety targets from System down to Sub-systems / LRU

- Participate to Hazard Review Working Groups where hazards are transferred from the client and / or relevant Contractors to the Operation and Maintainer.

Job Requirements

- Degree in dependability, electrical, system assurance or a related field

- A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in railway industry

Contact: Jackie Hendry (jackie@railpersonnel.com)

Integration Lead Engineer, Passenger, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13563

Discipline: Systems Integration

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking an Integration Lead Engineer, Passenger to be responsible for Rail Systems and Integration works in addition to facilitating the resolution of critical issues hindering the progress of the design and the full integration on its interfaces, in coordination with the relevant internal and external stakeholders.

You will also ensure the technical requirements for the passenger projects incorporate all technical interfaces among all Contract packages to avoid any scope conflict or clarity during Contract execution. You will be responsible for implementing integrated rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, operation, passenger services, maintenance, operation technology (OT), information technology (IT), cybersecurity as well as evaluating existing components or systems to determine integration requirements and ensure that the final solutions meet company needs.

Accountability Areas:

- Responsible for the integration activities of the systems engineering process within the different work packages (e.g. Stations, Tunnels, Viaducts etc) and between Civil, Rolling Stock and Transit Systems

- Monitor the coverage of the interface definition and coordination at passenger PE stage

- Ensure that the Subsystems involved in the Integration are well captured and coordinated at design stage, monitored and progressing as per the PE design timeline and following award the overall project schedule to achieve the successful T&C and operation.

Job Requirements

- Degree in Mechanical / Electrical or a related field

- A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience

Contact: Wayne Edgtton (wayne@railpersonnel.com)

This Week’s Highlights

23 August 2022. United Kingdom. Additional Elizabeth line services set to begin in November

The next stage of the transformational Elizabeth line has now been confirmed and from Sunday 6 November, the lines from Reading, Heathrow, and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels of the Elizabeth line − opening up new direct journeys across the capital. This means that customers travelling from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington.

Source: Rail UK

18 August 2022. Thailand. Thailand works with Malaysia in railway projects connecting four ASEAN countries

The Transport Ministry of Thailand is cooperating with its Malaysian partner to develop a high-speed railway system connecting four members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). According to local media, Chayatan Phromsorn, permanent secretary for transport, has had a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Isham Ishak and companies from the neighbouring country to discuss ways of cooperating to build a railway system linking the two countries.

Source: Vietnam Plus

18 August 2022. United Arab Emirates. Locomotives and wagons delivered to Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail has begun taking delivery of 38 locomotives and 842 wagons as part of plans to provide a freight capacity of more than 60 million tonnes per year on the future national railway network. The 38 EMD SD70 diesel-electric locomotives are being supplied by Progress Rail under a contract announced in February 2020.

Source: Railway Gazette International

16 August 2022. United Kingdom. FirstClass Safety & Control and partner Freightquip announce 1ST Order in New Zealand ahead of InnoTrans debut

UK Rail Depot safety control specialist FirstClass Safety and Control Ltd (FirstClass) and Freightquip announce success with the award of their 1st order working as a partnership in the New Zealand, following on from the success of projects awarded in Australia. Freightquip have secured a contract with KiwiRail, to supply and install a FirstClass built Depot Protection System (DPS) for the Waltham Mechanical Hub, located in Christchurch.

Source: Rail UK

Rail News

23 August 2022. United Kingdom. Additional Elizabeth line services set to begin in November

The next stage of the transformational Elizabeth line has now been confirmed and from Sunday 6 November, the lines from Reading, Heathrow, and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels of the Elizabeth line − opening up new direct journeys across the capital. This means that customers travelling from Reading and Heathrow will be able to travel east all the way to Abbey Wood without changing at Paddington. Customers travelling from Shenfield will be able to travel west all the way to Paddington without changing at Liverpool Street. Journeys to onward destinations, including to Heathrow Airport or towards Reading, can be made by changing trains on the same platform at any of the central London stations.

Source: Rail UK

20 August 2022. India. Bangalore Metro’s TBM Vindhya Records Breakthrough at Pottery Town

Larsen & Toubro’s Tunnel Boring Machine Vindhya (DZ671) on Thursday afternoon recorded its second breakthrough at Pottery Town Station for Bangalore Metro’s 21.386 km Pink Line (Reach 6). This Ø6.67m CRCHI slurry machine is part of the Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project’s 2.884 km package RT-03 (Shivajinagar – Tannery Road) which was awarded by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) in February 2019. After completing the 862m Cantonment – Shivajinagar south-bound tunnel in October 2021, Vindhya was recommissioned in February 2021 to build the 906.702m Cantonment – Pottery Town Station section’s south-bound tunnel.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy

19 August 2022. United States. California High-Speed Rail Achieves Environmental Clearance in Northern California

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors has approved environmental clearance for the line’s 43-mile section from San Francisco to San Jose. The Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for this section of the line is now complete. This milestone concludes the project’s environmental clearance in Northern California. The high-speed rail project has now received environmental clearance for 420 miles of the 500-mile line from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

Source: Railway-News

19 August 2022. China. Phoenix-inspired maglev line opens to serve ancient town

A maglev line has opened to provide a scenic connection to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative Listed Fenghuang Ancient Town, which attracts 30 000 visitors a day. The maglev runs for 9·1 km between the old town and Fenghuang station on the Zhangjiajie – Jishou – Huaihua high speed line which opened in December 2021. The line was built by China Railway Engineering Corp for Hunan Maglev Group Corp in two years at a cost of 2·37bn yuan.

Source: Railway Gazette International

18 August 2022. Thailand. Thailand works with Malaysia in railway projects connecting four ASEAN countries

The Transport Ministry of Thailand is cooperating with its Malaysian partner to develop a high-speed railway system connecting four members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). According to local media, Chayatan Phromsorn, permanent secretary for transport, has had a meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Isham Ishak and companies from the neighbouring country to discuss ways of cooperating to build a railway system linking the two countries. Malaysia earlier requested a high-speed rail connection with Thailand as a transit point to link up with Laos and China. Both sides have exchanged information on the project and Malaysia agreed with the idea of Thailand forming a joint working panel to discuss such a railway system connecting China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Source: Vietnam Plus

18 August 2022. India. Indian railway construction project approved

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a proposed 116·7 km railway to serve the pilgrimage centre of Ambaji on the border between Gujarat and Rajasthan. The broad gauge line would run south from a junction at Abu Road on North Western Railway’s electrified Jaipur – Ahmedabad main line in southern Rajasthan. It would continue beyond Ambaji as far as Taranga Hill, which is currently served by a metre gauge branch from Mahesana in Gujarat.

Source: Railway Gazette International

18 August 2022. United Arab Emirates. Locomotives and wagons delivered to Etihad Rail

Etihad Rail has begun taking delivery of 38 locomotives and 842 wagons as part of plans to provide a freight capacity of more than 60 million tonnes per year on the future national railway network. The 38 EMD SD70 diesel-electric locomotives are being supplied by Progress Rail under a contract announced in February 2020. They follow on from the seven 4 500 hp EMD SD70ACS locomotives delivered in 2013 for the opening of the 264 km first phase of the rail network.

Source: Railway Gazette International

18 August 2022. France. Alstom receives new order from SNCF for 15 additional Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains

Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has received an additional order for 15 new-generation Avelia Horizon very high-speed trains from SNCF Voyageurs, worth almost 590 million euro. The trains ordered are the new generation 4-voltage high-speed trains, which meet the requirements of European traffic. The Avelia Horizon portfolio reaches ambitious objectives in terms of competitiveness in the rail sector and profitability for SNCF Voyageurs, with a total acquisition cost that is 20% lower than the previous generation.

Source: Rail UK

17 August 2022. Australia. Opening date for METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link announced

Western Australia’s $1.86 billion METRONET Forrestfield Airport Link will soon be completed, with services to begin operating from 9 October. Testing and commissioning of the project has now entered into its final stages, with driver training currently underway. The METRONET Forrestfield-Airport Link, to be known as the Airport Line once opened, is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, and will be the first passenger rail line to Perth Airport. The project will deliver three new train stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe, increasing public transport options for Perth’s eastern suburbs and foothills area. Services are expected to accommodate an average 20,000 daily commuters in its first year of service, increasing to 29,000 by 2032.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

16 August 2022. United Kingdom. FirstClass Safety & Control and partner Freightquip announce 1ST Order in New Zealand ahead of InnoTrans debut

UK Rail Depot safety control specialist FirstClass Safety and Control Ltd (FirstClass) and Freightquip announce success with the award of their 1st order working as a partnership in the New Zealand, following on from the success of projects awarded in Australia. Freightquip have secured a contract with KiwiRail, to supply and install a FirstClass built Depot Protection System (DPS) for the Waltham Mechanical Hub, located in Christchurch. Freightquip and FirstClass shall be responsible for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the DPS at the depot. The DPS being supplied will be a SIL 2 RFID based DPS that will be installed in the 9-road depot and includes derailers, log on/off facilities, SCADA supervisory terminal with historical logs and movement control, which will provide protection for both personnel and assets inside the depot building.

Source: Rail UK

11 August 2022. Australia. Green light for VIC’s biggest infrastructure project

The Victorian Government’s Suburban Rail Loop East (SRL East) project has been given the green light, following a Ministerial assessment of its environmental effects. Victoria’s biggest infrastructure project had previously been subjected to an independent inquiry, which received more than 360 submissions over 39 days of public hearings, and determined that it would deliver strong outcomes to the community during both construction and operation. Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Action, Lily D’Ambrosio, endorsed the inquiry’s recommendations and found the environmental effects of the project acceptable. Ms D’Ambrosio noted SRL East will bring major benefits to the community, with careful management of the environmental impacts. SRL East will deliver 26km of twin tunnels and six new underground stations between Cheltenham and Box Hill, with trains running by 2035 and end-to-end trips taking just 22 minutes.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine