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5th May 2023. Volume 5, Issue 1

about 1 year ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers

We are excited to be supporting Connect Rail which will take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5-6th September 2023.

Connect Rail is an exciting new industry platform for addressing rail’s future. Showcasing the latest innovations and business opportunities, it connects technology, knowledge and people all under the one roof for an interactive exchange of ideas and solutions.

This event will bring together senior decision makers from across the rail industry looking to learn, share best practice, and network with their peers. It has been designed to attract a diverse mix of asset owners, operators, project managers, solutions providers and engineers to let you connect with people who share your interests in delivering the technology, innovation and engagement for the future.

Connect Rail will welcome attendees from across the world who come together to learn, share best practice and network.

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

We have 4x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In Taiwan, we are looking for a Senior Electrical Engineer (must be fluent in Mandarin) and in Abu Dhabi, UAE we are looking for a Catenary Third Rail Expert.

In India, we are looking for a Chief QA/QC Expert and a Chief Contract Administration Expert.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

3 May 2023. United Kingdom. TransPennine Express unveils Eurovision train

TransPennine Express (TPE) has unveiled a Eurovision wrapped train that will be used by passengers heading to and from the world’s biggest singing competition in the host city, Liverpool. The TPE Nova 2 train, that features a ‘Welcome to Liverpool’ message along with iconic Eurovision livery, was serenaded by a soprano as it set off on its inaugural journey across the North.

Source: Rail UK


3 May 2023. Canada. Requests for Qualifications Issued for Ontario’s Yonge North Subway Extension

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a request for qualifications (RfQ) for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension (YNSE). This project will extend the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) Line 1 subway by approximately eight kilometres from the existing terminus at Finch Station into Richmond Hill.

Source: Railway-News


3 May 2023. International. Strait of Gibraltar tunnel plans revived

Spain and Morocco have agreed to restart the development of proposals for a rail tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar. Studies for an inter-continental fixed-link have been undertaken at intervals over more than 40 years, under the co-ordination of state owned entities Secegsa in Spain and SNED in Morocco. However, the Moroccan-Spanish joint committee had not met since 2009.

Source: Railway Gazette


2 May 2023. United Kingdom. Global Centre of Rail Excellence Commences Partnership with Talgo

The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) in south Wales has taken delivery of its first rail carriage, marking the start of a new partnership with train manufacturer, Talgo. Talgo donated the carriage to be developed into a visitor’s centre at the 400 million GBP GCRE facility.

Source: Railway-News


2 May 2023. Uzbekistan. Second phase of Toshkent metro’s Circle Line opens

The second phase of the Toshkent metro’s Circle Line has been opened for revenue service. The 7·7 km extension from Qo’ylik (7-Bekat) to 12-Bekat in the Quruvchilar district south of the international airport adds a further five stations. Of these, only Paralimpiya Harakati has a name, with the other stations simply being numbered. Signalling on the elevated extension was supplied by 1520 Group and Trans Engineering Group.

Source: Metro Report International


2 May 2023. India. Simplex Launches Bangalore Metro Reach 3C’s Final Segment

Simplex Infrastructure on Sunday night launched their final precast segment for Bangalore Metro Green Line’s 3.031 km Reach 3C project on Tumkur Road. This elevated extension of the 73.92 km Phase 2 project connects Nagasandra (formerly Hesaraghatta Cross) and Madavar (formerly BIEC) via 88 spans and 3 new stations at Manjunathnagar, Chikkabidarakallu (formerly Jindal) and Madavar.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy


2 May 2023. France. Alstom to Supply Citadis Trams to Toulouse, Brest and Besançon

Under a new group order, Alstom will supply the metropolitan areas of Toulouse, Brest and Besançon in France with a total of 22 Citadis trams. This order will include 9 trams for Toulouse, 8 for Brest and 5 for Besançon. During an 8-year period, additional units may also be ordered to meet eat transport agency’s future needs.

Source: Railway-News

1 May 2023. India. Ahmedabad and Surat metro electrification contracts awarded

Gujarat Metro Rail Corp has awarded two contracts to a consortium of Siemens Mobility and state-owned project company Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd for the supply of electrification equipment and project management on Ahmedabad Metro Phase 2 and Surat Metro Phase 1. Siemens Mobility’s share of the contracts announced on April 20 is valued €75m. The company had previously been selected to supply 750 V DC third rail electrification for the first phase of the Ahmedabad metro.

Source: Metro Report International


29 April 2023. India. Bangalore Metro’s TBM Rudra Records Breakthrough at Lakkasandra

Tunnel Boring Machine S-1259 operated by Afcons Infrastructure on Friday evening recorded a breakthrough at Lakkasandra Station for Bangalore Metro’s 21.386 km Pink Line (Nagawara – Kalena Agrahara). Nicknamed Rudra, this was TBM S-1259’s second breakthrough for the northbound tunnel. Overall, this was the 6th of 8 breakthroughs planned in 73.92 km Bangalore Metro Phase 2 project‘s 3.655 km Package RT-01 connecting Rashtriya Military School Station – Dairy Circle South Ramp.

Source: The Metro Rail Guy


Jobs of the Week

​Catenary Third Rail Expert, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13702

Discipline: Electrical

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Catenary Third Rail Expert to provide technical expertise in the design, installation, and maintenance of electric power systems used in railways. The purpose of the role is to ensure that the railway's electrical power system, including the catenary (overhead power supply) and third rail (ground-level power supply) systems, are designed, installed, and maintained to meet safety, reliability, and efficiency requirements.

Accountability Areas:

* Designing power systems: responsible for designing power systems, including the layout and configuration of the catenary and third rail systems, to ensure that they meet safety and reliability standards.

* Ensuring compliance with regulations: ensure that all power systems are designed, installed, and maintained in compliance with relevant regulations and safety standards.

* Providing technical expertise: provide technical expertise to stakeholders and other team members to ensure that power systems are installed and maintained to the required standards.

* Conducting inspections: responsible for conducting inspections of power systems, including testing and troubleshooting, to identify and resolve issues before they cause disruptions or safety hazards.

* Developing maintenance plans: develop maintenance plans for power systems, including regular inspections, maintenance, and repair activities, to ensure that they remain in good working order and meet safety and reliability standards.

* Collaborating with stakeholders: collaborate with stakeholders, such as project managers, engineers, and contractors, to ensure that power systems are installed and maintained to the required standards.

Job Requirements

* Degree in electrical, Systems, Systems assurance or a related field.

* A minimum of 8 years of Relevant Experience.

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

Senior Electrical Engineer, Taipei, Taiwan

Job ID#: 13699

Discipline: Electrical

Position Type: Contract

Language: Mandarin, English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer to work in Taipei, Taiwan.

The successful candidate will need to have the following:

- Electrical engineering major or experience in electrical work

- Ability to read electrical diagrams

- Fluency in Mandarin with ability to speak English at intermediate level or higher

This is a 2 years contract with possibility of extension.

Job Requirements:

- 3+ years of experience, preferably with project experience including on-site construction

- Experience related to public works such as Taiwan Electric Power would be advantageous

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (

Chief Contract Administration Expert, New Delhi, India

Job ID#: 13403

Discipline: Contracts

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client has the contract to provide project management support for the construction of Double Line Electrified Railway Track with a Signalling and 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 the procedural system, Interact with the Client's designated officers

and staff on a regular basis, Attend review meetings, and 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, and Issue the relevant certificates as may be required in the DB works contracts documents

- Be Available and cooperate 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 the contractor's programmes and associated progress, Monitor the overall construction schedule and evaluate the progress of overall

construction work, recommend the countermeasures, and 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 for the delay, review

the project completion schedule, and assess compensation to the Contractor, if the works are suspended for reasons not attributable to the Contractor. Determination of 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 payments and satisfy the Client and MOR in monitoring the same. Make fair and reasonable assessments of the payment requests by the Contract, and certification

of full or partial payment, depending on its assessment of the Contract payment request.

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

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

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

- Recommend acceptance or rejection of completed work

- Verify the measurement of the quantity of work executed and check the 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 the same/similar position: more than six (6) years

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

- Must have a 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 who should have knowledge of S&T and Rolling Stock for the Bangalore Metro Project in India.

It's an expatriate position, and the duration should be more than 2 years.

Job Requirements:

- Bachelor's degree preferably a Masters

- 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

- more than 10 years of experience as a key expert in QA/QC

- International Metro Experience: 8 years

Contact: Rajni Tewani (