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21st September 2023. Volume 9, Issue 4

10 months ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

​We are pleased to be supporting the upcoming New Zealand Rail Conference.

Building on the positive energy and record attendance of last year’s event, the 12th annual New Zealand Rail Conference will return to the Hilton Auckland on 29-30 November 2023. Following the results of New Zealand’s General Election in October, this two-day conference and exhibition is not to be missed.

New Zealand Rail 2023 will bring together key industry and Government stakeholders, suppliers and customers to network and collaborate on the innovation, technical expertise and investment needed to ensure a reliable, resilient and sustainable future for rail in New Zealand.

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

Our Job of the Week this week is in New Delhi, India where we are looking for a Field Application Engineer.

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

20 September 2023. Australia. NSW Budget: railways and roads “assets to revitalise”

New South Wales Treasurer, Daniel Mookhey, has delivered the new New South Wales Government’s 2023-24 Budget, stating that the Budget is treating railways and roads “as assets to revitalise; not liabilities to neglect” and that it signalled “the beginning of a new age of public investment” for the state. He listed a number of projects that the Budget will support, including: The Sydney Metro City and Southwest is set to receive an extra $1 billion to get back on track, after years of delays and cost blowouts, and the Parramatta Light Rail Stage Two will be expedited by reserving $200 million to get construction started.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine


20 September 2023. Germany. Stadler and Siemens Complete Delivery of 104 Berlin S-Bahn Trains

A consortium comprised of Stadler and Siemens Mobility has completed the delivery of 106 new trains manufactured for the Berlin S-Bahn. The new 483/484 series vehicles were delivered on schedule and are now fully operational across the city. These trains aim to offer a higher level of passenger comfort and are thus equipped with air conditioning, modern passenger information systems and security cameras.

Source: Railway News


19 September 2023. Taiwan. Toshiba locomotives for Taiwan on test

Japanese manufacturer Toshiba has begun testing the first of 68 Class E500 electric locomotives ordered by Taiwan Railways Administration to haul inter-city passenger and freight trains. In October 2019 TRA awarded Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions a NT$11bn contract to supply the 1 067 mm gauge six-axle 25 kV 60 Hz electric locos, and production is underway at the manufacturer’s Fuchu plant in Japan. The 140 km/h locos are designed to withstand typhoon-force winds, the humid rainy season and temperatures above 40°C.

Source: Railway Gazette


19 September 2023. Ireland. Irish Rail to trial Europe’s first locomotive to combust hydrogen instead of diesel

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), and the Latvian company DIGAS have entered into a contractual agreement aimed at transforming a diesel freight locomotive into one that runs on hydrogen in the same combustion engine a proof-of-concept initiative. The primary objective of this 1.5 million euro project is to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions of Iarnród Éireann’s operations. Under the terms of the agreement, Iarnród Éireann will supply the 071 Class Diesel Locomotive for the conversion process and provide access to their workshop facilities for the installation, testing, and commissioning phases.



17 September 2023. India. Installation of Japanese slab track on Indian high speed line begins

Construction of ballastless reinforced concrete trackbed is underway at Surat on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line, in what National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd says is the first time the Japanese J-slab system is being used in India. The ballastless trackform is installed throughout the Shinkansen high speed network in Japan.

Source: Railway Gazette


15 September 2023. United Kingdom. Avanti West Coast’s Pendolino fleet upgrade reaches major milestone

The UK’s largest ever fleet upgrade has passed a major milestone with the refurbishment of its final 11-carriage Pendolino. Work has now begun on the remaining 21 nine-carriage trains which make up the 56 strong Avanti West Coast fleet. Widely regarded as the UK’s hardest working trains, the Pendolinos have served towns and cities along the West Coast Main Line for over 20 years, clocking up more than 270 million miles – enough to go to the moon and back more than 500 times.

Source: Rail UK



Job of the Week

​Field Application Engineer, New Delhi, India

Job ID#: 13794

Discipline: Electrical

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a Field Application Engineer having 3-5 years of relevant experience. This role is based in New Delhi, India.

Our client is the sister concern of a niche business of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) solution for Mainline and Metro trains. This group offers products complying with international general (EN) and technical (UIC) standards; it includes information systems for passengers, IP surveillance and audio systems, TCN communication, communication infrastructure and on-board control systems.

Role and Responsibilities:

* Sound knowledge in working with PLC programming/controllers preferably using IEC 61131 and HMI for railway applications

* Hands on experience in commissioning/troubleshooting of Train Communication Network (TCN) equipment like WTB Gateway, MVB modules, ETB Switch, etc.

* Programming using Embedded C, C++, Qt using Linux, Functional Block Diagram (FBD)

* Strong digital electronics concepts

* Familiar with communication protocols for field bus systems such as RS485, CAN, Ethernet or similar

* Provide on-site and remote technical support to customers and assist during integration of products to the customers / customer system(s)

* Provide support to customers for troubleshooting, warranty and post warranty claims

* Collect and consolidate customer technical requirements, discuss with engineering team for new projects

* Provide quick response to key customer requests on technical and application support, propose the best technical solution, based on our portfolio in order to fully meet customer goals

* Co-ordinate with overseas technology providers for hardware and software faults

* Organize customer trainings

* Travel to visit customers

Job Requirements

* University degree with major in Electrical / Electronic Engineering or similar

* Experience in HW design (schematics and PCB layout) will be a plus

* Experience in industrial automation will be a strong plus

* Good interpersonal and communication skills, team player

* Fluent in English

* Independent, proactive way of working

Contact: Rajni Tewani (