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24th February 2023. Volume 2, Issue 2

about 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

​This week’s Jobs of the Week are in Hong Kong, India and the United States.

In Hong Kong, we are looking for a Testing & Commissioning Manager (Signalling System, CBTC). In India, we are looking for a Chief Contract Administration Expert and a Chief Quality Assurance / Quality Control Expert. And in Los Angeles, California, we are looking for a Senior Systems Engineer.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

23 February 2023. Australia. Sydney Metro St Marys Station contract awarded

A $82.5 million contract for the St Marys Station transformation project, part of the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport mega-project, has been awarded. Laing O’Rourke was awarded the contract to build a new footbridge at the station. The Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments at an estimated cost of $10.5 billion, with the Australian Government contributing $5.25 billion. Work on the footbridge is expected to commence in April 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

22 February 2023. United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi investment fund to back new UAE-Oman railway

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned holding firm Mubadala Investment Company will back the planned 3-billion-dollar railway between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, it announced this week. Mubadala Investment Company has signed a cooperation agreement to that end with the Oman and Etihad Rail Company, a joint venture between Oman Rail and Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network. This tie-up will be the developer of the proposed 303-kilometre line between the Omani port of Sohar and the UAE rail network.


22 February 2023. Philippines. Acciona secures €480m rail contract in Philippines

Spain-based Acciona has received a €480m contract from the Philippine government’s Department of Transportation (DOTr) for package Nº2 of the South Commuter Railway Project. Under the contract, Acciona will be responsible for building 7.9km of rail tracks on a viaduct in Manila. Scope of the work also includes the construction of three stations – España, Santa Mesa and Paco. This project is part of a 54.6km railway with 18 stations designed to link Manila with Calambá in the province of Laguna. The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are jointly funding this project.

Source: Railway-Technology

22 February 2023. Europe. RAILPOOL Orders 27 New Traxx AC3 and Traxx DC3 Locomotives

Rail vehicle leasing company, RAILPOOL has signed a framework contract with Alstom for 27 new Traxx AC3 and Traxx DC3 locomotives, alongside the option for a further 15 locomotives. These locomotives will be used in Poland, Italy, Norway and Sweden and will be manufactured at Alstom’s sites in Kassel, Germany and Vado Ligure, Italy. Delivery of the new vehicles will commence in 2024.

Source: Railway-News

21 February 2023. New Zealand. Planning reduces cyclone damage to Auckland rail project

Extensive flood response planning at construction sites has enabled Auckland’s City Rail Link project to withstand Cyclone Gabrielle and the earlier Auckland Anniversary with minimal lasting impacts, project promoter CRL Ltd reports. CEO Dr Sean Sweeney said the advance cyclone warning allowed CRL and construction consortium the Link Alliance to install additional measures for Cyclone Gabrielle in mid-February, including dams in the Maungawhau/Mount Eden Station tunnels. Other measures included installation of extra bunds, pumps across all sites and the removal of plant and machinery to higher ground.

Source: Railway Gazette International

21 February 2023. Bahrain. Delhi Metro signs MoU with BEML for Bahrain Metro project

India-based Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has secured a tender for the construction of Bahrain Metro’s Phase-1 project. It has qualified for the pre-qualification tender process of the project, which will include the development of an around 30km network with 20 stations. In support of this project, Delhi Metro reached a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BEML. Under the agreement, BEML will be involved in the manufacturing and supplying of rolling stock for the project. Delhi Metro will offer expertise in the fields of project development and budgeting besides enabling the development of contractual obligations for the project.

Source: Railway Technology

21 February 2023. Ireland. Atkins awarded contract on Ireland’s MetroLink

Atkins, a member of the SNC Lavalin Group, has been appointed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland to deliver the detailed design for the Advance Works programme for the MetroLink Project, a high capacity, high-frequency metro railway and integrated public transport network connecting the Greater Dublin Area, including Dublin Airport and city centre.

Source: Rail UK

17 February 2023. Australia. Plans unveiled for Sydney new metro lines

The Government of New South Wales (NSW) has announced plans for Sydney metro expansion by constructing four new lines in western Sydney which will connect the greater area of the city with the new Western Sydney International Airport. The government is undertaking the final business cases for the new routes, totalling 100 km which include Tallawong – St Marys, Westmead – the Aerotropolis Bankstown – Glenfield via Liverpool and Macarthur – the Aerotropolis metro lines.

Source: Railway Pro

16 February 2023. Australia. Inland Rail works begin in Victoria

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) started the major construction works for Tottenham – Albury rail section of Inland Rail in Victoria under a ceremony held in Glenrowan on February 1, 2023. Inland Rail in Victoria will follow the upgraded North – Est Line running from Melbourne to Albury/Wodonga, which includes the enhancement of rail infrastructure to allow for double-stacked freight trains. All track works for the project were completed in April 2021, bringing the North East Line up to a Victorian Class 2 track performance standard, in line with other long-distance regional rail lines in Victoria. The Australian Government has committed AUD 235 million (USD 163 million) to this project.

Source: Railway Pro

14 February 2023. Taiwan. Ankeng light rail line opens in New Taipei

Mayor of New Taipei Hou Yu-ih attended the official opening of the Ankeng light rail line on February 10. Celebrations included music, a plant market and the sale of sets of three bottles of commemorative beer representing the Ankeng, Danhai and Circular lines. A free service is being operated by New Taipei Metro Corp between 10.00 and 18.00 until March 12, with revenue services running between 06.00 and midnight set to begin on March 13. The line runs 7·5 km southwest from Shisizhang to Shuangcheng, with five elevated and four ground-level stations.

Source: Metro Report International

14 February 2023. United States. New York’s first walk-through Subway trains unveiled

New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled the first walk-through R211 Subway trainset at Coney Island Yard in Brooklyn on February 3. The open gangway cars are being supplied by Kawasaki Rail Car as part of a January 2018 order to pilot the use of such trains. Currently, no New York Subway trains offer passengers the ability to walk freely between vehicles. The manufacturer has a framework contract to build 535 cars with options for up to 1 077 more, of which a call for 640 was exercised in October.

Source: Railway Gazette International

Jobs of the Week

Testing & Commissioning Manager (Signalling system, CBTC), Hong Kong

Job ID#: 13665

Discipline: Test and Commissioning

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a leading multi-domestic electronics and systems group, addressing Defence and Security, Aerospace and Ground Transport markets worldwide. Their Rail Signalling and Communication systems are used on metro lines across major cities in 16 countries.

They are looking for a Testing and Commissioning Manager for the DUAT project in Hong Kong.


* Responsible for the management of all test & commissioning activities for the project (DUAT).

* Establish and maintain the Test & Commissioning program and day-to-day resource allocation in co-ordination with the Project Management.

* Coordinating with the customer's representatives for the planning and execution of field commissioning tests.

* Responsible for identification and resolution of technical problems / issues identified during site testing with other team: installation, software developers, designers, etc.

* Providing technical support in all operational matters in the conduct of integration and commissioning test activities.

* To review and accountable of test reports and test certificates for completeness, accuracy and integrity prior submission for final approval to customer.

* Reviewing all Change Control site entries for completeness and accuracy.

* Participate in the site testing activities directly when necessary.

* Promote problem-solving culture within the team.

* Support the creation of an integrated team atmosphere between the internal and external actors on the project while ensuring compliance to company processes and procedures.

* Assist in increasing engineering maturity and the competency development of junior team members

Job Requirements:

* 10+ years" experience in Signalling Systems with at least 8 years of experiences in Test and Commissioning (Signalling) in

which at least with 4 years of experience in T&C Management role

* Possesses in-depth knowledge on signaling test and commissioning and methodology: CBTC technology. IEEE 1474, EN

50128 (SIL4); advantage with knowledge in Thales Signgalling CBTC system

* Solid experience to work in brown field project for system migration / cutover.

* Experience in installation and testing of train control systems.

* Excellent leadership and negotiating skills

* Excellent communication, interpersonal and international relations skill.

* Work in flexbly hours / overtime as required

* Proficient in English, both in speaking and writing (Cantonese capability is added value but not mandatory)

Contact: David Hyland (

Chief Contract Administration. Expert New Delhi, India

Job ID#: 13403


Language: English

Job Description:

Our client has the contract to provide project management support for the construction of Double Line Electrified Railway Track with Signaling &Telecommunication System and related infrastructure for Rewari-Dadri and JNPTVadodara section (approx. 555 km route) of Phase-2 of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and for Procurement of Electric Locomotives.

They are looking for an Indian National for the Chief Contract Administration Expert position to be based in their New Delhi office for 42 man months to

- Prepare and implement coordination procedure, Advise and assist the Client in the preparation of procedural system, Interact with the Client's designated officers and staff on a regular basis, Attend review meetings, Be available to attend meetings with JICA missions,

- Make use of MIS in carrying out its assignment,

- Assist the Client in coordination with different agencies

- Prepare and implement project control procedures and document control procedures

- Support preparation of correspondence to contractors,

- Manage claim control, Manage change control, Issue the relevant certificates as may be required in the DB works contracts documents.,

- Be Available and coorperate to the full extent of its familiarity with the DB contract during DAB meetings, arbitration proceedings and other hearings held by the statutory and legal bodies.

- Review a master project programme, Review contractors' programmes and associated progress, Monitor overall construction schedule and evaluate progress of overall construction work, recommend the

countermeasures, Direct the Contractor to take necessary steps to maintain the rate of progress of work, In case the Contractor fails to achieve any of the Project Milestones, the PMC shall identify the causes of delays, and review the Program submitted by the Contractor., Identify the reason of the delay, review the project

completion schedule and assess compensation to Contractor, if the works are suspended for reasons not attributable to the Contractor., Determination the disposition of any time extensions requested by the Contractor with their reasonableness.

- Review project budget and cost plan, Estimate overall project cost, Assess the financial position and project long-term financial statement,

- Certify all contract payment and satisfy the Client and MOR in monitoring the same, Make fair and reasonable assessments of the payment requests by the Contract, and certification full or partial payment, depending on its assessment of the Contract payment request.,

- Determination the disposition of any cost proposals submitted by the Contractor with their reasonableness.

of all services.

- Give consent to Key position CV to be provided by the contractors as per provision of the contracts.

- Prepare Inception Report, Daily Report, Weekly Progress Report, Monthly Progress Report, Quarterly Report, Completion Report, Any Other Reports as sought by the Client

- Recommend acceptance or rejection of completed work

- Verify measurement of quantity of work executed and check payment certificate

- Prepare integrated periodical reports

Job Requirements:

- Academic qualification: minimum Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field

- General work experience: more than twelve (12) years

- Experience in same/similar position: more than six (6) years

- Overseas project experience: more than three (3) years

- Must have good understanding of FIDIC Yellow Book

Contact: Rajni Tewani (

Chief QA/QC Expert, Bangalore, India

Job ID#: 13643

Discipline: QA/QC

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a QAQC expert for Bangalore Metro Project in India.

This is an expatriate position, and the duration should be more than 2 years

Job Requirements

- Bachelor degree

- 10 years of railway project experience (preferably more than 15 years )

- 20 years of general working experience (preferably more than 30 years)

- 3 years of experience in India

- 1 key expert experience (preferably more than 10 years)

Contact: Rajni Tewani (

Sr. Systems Engineer, Los Angeles, California

Job ID#: 13634

Discipline: Electrical

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. Our 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 AnsaldoBreda 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 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 Senior Systems Engineer to lead the Engineering process of producing railway vehicles and parts.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Perform a wide range of engineering tasks by operating computer‐assisted design (CAD) or other software and equipment.

2. Perform basic testing, determine causes of test failures, and record testing documentation.

3. Assist in designing testing/troubleshooting procedures.

4. Confer with customers, engineers, and others to discuss existing or potential engineering products or projects.

5. Guide vendors in line with requirements described in technical specifications and discuss changes with customers.

6. Ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements by directing or coordinating installation, manufacturing, construction, maintenance, documentation, supporting or testing activities.

7. Prepare specifications for purchases of electrical equipment and materials.

8. Analyze change orders and design changes during the course of customer reviews and determine project feasibility.

9. Responsible for creating and updating schedules for documents and technical problem solving.

Job Requirements

* Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field required.

* Practical knowledge in both electrical, mechanical & SW engineering.

* Extensive knowledge of or the ability to quickly learn KI rail vehicle and its operation, test, and maintenance.

* Experience in design engineering/development of power converters for railway systems such as propulsion and braking systems and auxiliary power supply preferred.

* Practical experiences in using the federal regulations and other official standards (e.g., AAR, APTA, IEEE, ASME, EN, MIL, etc.) for the U.S. rail market a plus.

* Proactive problem solver on both technical and non‐technical issues.

Contact: Renee Wade (