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8th September 2023. Volume 9, Issue 2

11 months ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

Now in its 7th year, Messe Frankfurt’s Rail India Conference and Expo has established itself as the premier event for the railway sector in India. Rail India has been attended by stalwarts of the industry, including the then Chairmen/CEOs of the Railway Board, GMs of Railway Production Units, Directors of major Rail PSUs, top experts and leaders from international Rail technology pioneers such as Hitachi, Talgo, Liebherr, Vossloh, Alstom etc.

Rail India Conference and Expo 2023 will deliberate and discuss several important topics, such as National Rail Plan 2030 and vision of the Indian Railways, sustained private sector role in railways, Business opportunities in upcoming projects, indigenous manufacturing etc.

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

We have 2x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In New Delhi, India we are looking for a TCMS (Train Control Management System) Engineer and in Abu Dhabi, UAE we are looking for a Schedule Control Specialist.

Best Regards

Rail News

6 September 2023. Indonesia. Chinese Premier Li Qian takes a test ride on Indonesia's new high-speed railway

Chinese Premier Li Qiang took a test ride Wednesday on Southeast Asia’s first high-speed railway, which connects two Indonesian cities as part of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. Li is visiting Jakarta for two days of talks with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations and other countries. The $7.3 billion rail project, funded largely by China, connects Jakarta and Bandung, the heavily populated capital of West Java province. It is to begin commercial operations on Oct. 1 and will cut travel time between the two cities from the current three hours to about 40 minutes.

Source: ABC News


6 September 2023. Iran-Iraq. Work starts on Iran – Iraq rail link

Construction of a cross-border rail link between Iraq and Iran was formally inaugurated on September 2 with a foundation stone laying ceremony at the Shalamcheh border crossing point near Basra, attended by Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Mokhber. Expected to take around two years to complete, the 32 km line will link the Iraqi network at Basra with RAI’s branch from Khorramshah.

Source: Railway Gazette International


6 September 2023. Nigeria. Diesel loco-hauled metro train carries first passengers on Lagos Blue Line

State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated passenger services on the Lagos Blue Line on September 4, with a limited diesel locomotive-hauled service operating pending the commissioning of the third rail electrification system. The initial 13 km section of the Blue Line has five stations at Marina, National Theatre, Orile Iganmu, Suru-Alaba and Mile 2. Intermediate stations at Ebute Ero and Iddo are to open later.

Source: Metro Report International


5 September 2023. Australia. TBM Peggy Breaks Through at Western Sydney Airport Metro Station

Tunnel boring machine (TBM) Peggy has broken through at the site of Western Sydney International Airport’s metro station. This milestone follows the breakthrough of TBM Eileen in July, marking a major advancement in the Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport project. The 1,066-tonne machine has now completed the first leg of its 5.5-kilometre journey to the Aerotropolis. It has operated 24/7 at an average speed of 120 metres per week, building the fully lined 1.26-kilometre tunnel from the Airport Business Park.

Source: Railway-News


5 September 2023. United Kingdom. New HS2 trains recognised for reduced carbon impacts

The innovative design of the upcoming high-speed trains, set to commence operations on the HS2 rail network in the next decade, has achieved a historic milestone by becoming the world’s inaugural train to attain global accreditation under the British Standards Institute’s PAS 2080 standards. In December 2021, HS2 Ltd awarded a 2 billion pound (about 2.3 billion euro) contract for the design, construction, and maintenance of 54 high-speed trains to a collaborative effort between Hitachi Rail and Alstom.



4 September 2023. India. Alstom Delivers First Trainset for Bhopal-Indore Metro Project

Alstom has delivered the first trainset to Madhya Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MPMRCL) for the Bhopal-Indore metro rail project in India. This unit is part of a 2022 order for Alstom to deliver 156 Movia metro cars. Under the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiatives, these metro trains are being manufactured in Savli, Gujarat.

Source: Railway-News


4 September 2023. United Kingdom. Network Rail signalling scheme reaches major milestone

As part of its four-year resignalling programme to improve reliability, Network Rail has successfully switched on 116 new state-of-the-art digital signals on the railway across parts of south west London and Berkshire. The railway reopened as planned on Saturday 2 September following a 14-day, three-part closure between Barnes and Virginia Water, Windsor & Eton Riverside and Hounslow, to allow Network Rail to switch on the newly installed signals.

Source: Rail UK


4 September 2023. Thailand. Thales improves rail safety across Thailand’s train stations

French transportation solutions provider Thales will expand its delivery of European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1 projects across 48 train stations in Thailand, with a new contract with State Railways of Thailand. The project, which aims to establish ETCS Level 1 across 321km of track, includes equipment that is set to enhance reliability and increase capacity. The project aligns with the State Railway of Thailand’s efforts to improve rail transportation safety and efficiency.

Source: Railway Technology

Jobs of the Week

​Schedule Control Specialist, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 13708

Discipline: Civil

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for a Schedule Control Specialist to be responsible for the management of the civil and railway cost and change control function pertinent to CAPEX under the Projects business unit, by following up and maintaining the projects schedule, timely issuing payments, and effectively administering change requests and change orders as per the Company Policies and Procedures.

Accountability Areas:

*Manage the database development and maintenance in order to more effectively track the client's program payment activities, contractual milestones, and key performance indicators KPIs as applicable, among other related contractual requirements.

*Formulate progress reports tailored to monitor the costs borne to date and pinpoint the outstanding costs remaining for completion relevant to each contract and procurement activity.

*Review of monthly reports/cost reports prepared by third parties (Contractors, Consultants, and PMC) and validate the contract administration status for each consultancy and procurement contract, in line with the agreed-upon scope of work and the client's needs and requirements.

*Process, review, and validate all payment applications submitted or recommended by PMC and review the process of payment disbursement for compliance in accordance with the client's established standards and protocols.

*Develop contract administration plans and procedures and implement outputs in order to ensure all contract requirements and obligations are met in a timely and effective manner, in line with the agreed-upon scope of work.

Job Requirements

* Degree in Business/Construction Management/ Engineering or a related field.

* A minimum of 7 years of Relevant Experience.


* Project management certification

* Railway management certification

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

TCMS Engineer, New Delhi, India

Job ID#: 13787

Discipline: Telecommunications

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is a leading solutions provider in the field of Railways, Power and Telecom. They design, develop and supply high-quality equipment and customised solutions for the rail, power, and telecommunications industries and their solutions are built to the highest quality, functionality, and performance standards.

They are looking for an Engineer who has good knowledge of TCMS (Train Control Management System) to join their team in New Delhi, India.

Job Requirements:


* University degree with major in Electronics Engineering or similar

Experience: min 5 years

Skill Set Required:

* C / C++ programming for embedded systems in the field of communication and control

* Experience of programming according to IEC61131

* Experience in Railway domain preferred

* Knowledge of real time communication protocols for field bus, MODbus systems such as RS485, CAN, Ethernet or similar

* Experience in railway market for TCMS (Train Control and Management Systems) system integration (for example, knowledge of MVB) or industrial automation (good to have)

* Experience in HW solution architecture will be a plus

* Good interpersonal and communication skills, team player

* Fluent in English

* Independent, proactive way of working

* Hands on experience on Communication HW such as PLC, HMI, etc. is a must

Contact: Rajni Tewani (