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5th October 2023. Volume 10, Issue 1

8 months ago by Rail Personnel

​Dear Readers

The Rail India Conference and Expo will take place on 27th October 2023 at the Shangri-La Eros, New Delhi, India.

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.

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

Our Job of the Week this week is in Japan where we are looking for a Piping Construction Management Engineer. Candidates must be fluent in Japanese and hold a license in Japan.

We are looking for Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) candidates to work in Melbourne, Australia (candidates must have rights to work in Australia). If interested, please send your CV to

Best Regards

Rail Personnel

Rail News

4 October 2023. Australia. Inland Rail completes first construction on Stockinbingal to Parkes

Inland Rail’s first major construction works on its Stockinbingal to Parkes section has been completed, with the work carried out during a 60-hour track possession. The Melbourne to Sydney line was closed from 23-25 September to accommodate the work blitz. Workers across three sites from Stockinbingal to Parkes worked around the clock to kickstart major construction and return the line to operation. New precast culverts were installed under the main line at Daroobalgie in preparation for the future crossing loop to be constructed in 2024.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine


4 October 2023. United Kingdom. UK Government scraps HS2’s high-speed Birmingham to Manchester line

After weeks of speculation, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has finally announced that his government will be scrapping plans to continue phase two of its high-speed rail line from Birmingham to Manchester (HS2) during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference. Speaking at the conference centre in the former Manchester Central railway station, Sunak said: “HS2 is the ultimate example of the old consensus, the result is a project whose cost has almost doubled.”

Source: Railway Technology


4 October 2023. Italy. Alstom unveils Italy’s first hydrogen train

The hydrogen-powered Coradia is set to enter service by Q4 2024 and is set to meet European goals of completely reducing CO2 emissions by 2050. French locomotive manufacturer, Alstom has partnered with Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) to reveal the hydrogen-powered Coradia Stream train at the EXPO Ferroviaria 2023. The Coradia Stream, which is set to enter service by Q4 2024, is Italy’s first zero-emission train fitted with hydrogen fuel cells and is set to feature a total capacity of 260 passengers and a range of more than 600km.

Source: Railway Technology


4 October 2023. Europe. CMA approve Hitachi Rail and Thales GTS merger

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has rubber stamped its approval to the €1.7 billion proposed merger between Hitachi Rail and Thales Ground Transportation (GTS) business following an in-depth investigation. Hitachi Rail recently refiled its merger notification with the European Commission, formally restarting the merger clearance process for the acquisition of Thales's Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) in the European Union, in preparation for the widely expected decision.

Source: Rail Technology Magazine


3 October 2023. United Kingdom. £80 million station served by Liverpool’s new battery-powered trains to open this week

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced the opening date for Kirkby’s new £80m Headbolt Lane station. The fully accessible station, the first to be served by the Liverpool City Region’s new publicly owned battery powered trains, is set to open its doors on Thursday 5 October Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “As a Kirkby native, I know how long local people have been talking about a station at Headbolt Lane. Thanks to devolution and the power it gives us to shape our own destiny, we’ve turned that talk into reality”.

Source: Rail UK


3 October 2023. Singapore. Singapore LTA Awards Civil Contracts for CRL Phase 2

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded two civil contracts for the design and construction of King Albert Park and Clementi interchange stations as part of its Cross Island Line (CRL) Phase 2 project. The contract for the design and construction of King Albert Park station was awarded to China Communications Construction Company Limited (Singapore Branch) at a value of around 447 million SGD (269 million GBP).

Source: Railway-News


2 October 2023. Indonesia. Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway Commences Passenger Service

The Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway has commenced commercial operations from 2 October 2023. The new high-speed rail line was jointly built by China and Indonesia to shorten travel times between Jakarta and Bandung from 3.5 hours to just 40 minutes. This is the first high-speed railway to operate in Indonesia. The high-speed CR EMU train operating on this network was manufactured by CRRC to run at speeds of up to 350 kilometres per hour.

Source: Railway-News

Job of the Week

Piping Construction Management Engineer, Kikuyo, Japan

Job ID#: 13797

Discipline: Mechanical

Language: Japanese, English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Piping Construction Management Engineer to work in Japan. Candidates must be fluent in Japanese and hold a license in Japan.

Work contents will include onsite process management, safety management, quality control, and general construction management of equipment construction.

Job Requirements

Candidates should have the following qualifications (level 1 engineering construction management technician) or have more than five years of experience in construction projects and a contracting project amount of more than 45 million.

* 1st class pipe work construction management engineer

* Professional Engineer (Mechanical Fluid Engineering' or 'Thermal Engineering') General Technical Supervision (Mechanical Fluid Engineering' or 'Thermal Engineering)

* Professional Engineer (Water and Sewage Comprehensive Technical Supervision (Water and Sewage))

* Professional Engineer (Water supply and sewage "Water supply and industrial water supply" General technical supervision (Water supply and sewage "Water supply and industrial water supply")

* Professional Engineer (Sanitary Engineering General Technical Supervision (Sanitary Engineering)

* Professional Engineer (Sanitary Engineering 'Water Quality Management) General Technical Supervision (Sanitary Engineering 'Water Quality Management)

* Professional Engineer (Sanitary Engineering "Waste Management (Course name before 2003 was "Waste Treatment")" or "Sewage Treatment" General Technical Supervision (Sanitary Engineering "Waste Management (Course name before 2003 was "Waste Treatment")" "Waste treatment")

Contact: Patricia Hsiao (