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9th November 2023. Volume 11, Issue 2

9 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers


A reminder to all that AusRAIL PLUS 2023 starts next week from 13-16 November 2023 at the ICC (International Convention Centre) Sydney, Australia.


This is the largest rail event in the Asia-Pacific region, held by the industry for the industry. AusRAIL PLUS attracts key industry leaders and decision makers from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Connect with people from across the rail industry. Attendees will include representatives from the following sectors:

-        Passenger rail operators

-        Freight rail operators

-        Heavy haul operators

-        Rollingstock manufacturers

-        Contractors

-        Rail industry suppliers

-        Consultants

-        Government and industry representatives


To register to attend and for more information, visit:


It’s a bumper week for Jobs of the Week this week. We are looking for:


* Maintenance Manager (Rolling Stock), Malaysia

* Network Specialist, Brisbane, Australia

* Mechanical Engineer Technical, Sydney, Australia

* Construction Manager Stations, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

* Senior Transport Planner, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Best regards,

Rail Personnel

Rail News

8 November 2023. Asia. Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail proposal deadline extended

The deadline for potential bidders to submit proposals for undertaking the revived Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project has been extended to January 15 2024. On November 7 Malaysian project promoter MyHSR Corp said more than 60% of the companies which had indicated their intention to submit concept proposals by the original deadline of November 15 had requested as an extension, because they required more time to form consortia with potential partners and explore financial options.

Source: Railway Gazette


7 November 2023. Taiwan. Kaohsiung Yellow Line civils contract awarded

Kaohsiung’s Mass Rapid Transit Bureau has awarded an 88:12 joint venture of Gamuda and Asia World Engineering & Construction Co the Yellow Line contract YC01 covering civil works in the NiaoSong district. The 107-month design and build contract awarded on October 25 is worth NT$23·4bn. It covers 0·9 km of elevated metro track with one elevated station provisionally designated Y1, and 3·5 km of twin-bore tunnel with three underground stations designated Y2, Y3 and Y4, the latter at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

Source: Metro Report International


7 November 2023. Australia. Sydney Metro Completes Test Run from Tallawong to Sydenham

This is the latest milestone in the testing and commissioning programme that began earlier this year ahead of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest route opening in 2024. With this run, the metro train completed its first continuous trip along the full length of the new alignment between Tallawong and Sydenham. This 51.5-kilometre test took four hours, with the train reaching the maximum speed of 100 kilometres per hour in sections of tunnel between Epping and Sydenham.

Source: Railway-News


6 November 2023. Singapore. Singapore announces high-speed rail test track completion

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has announced the completion of the $640m Singapore Rail Test Centre’s (SRTC’s) first phase, which involves introducing its high-speed test track to service. Completion followed two years of construction on a site of approximately 50 hectares. The SRTC will serve as a “comprehensive testing platform” for several railway systems, including signalling, communications, power and integrated supervisory control systems before they are implemented on main lines.

Source: Railway Technology


6 November 2023. United States. Amtrak Awarded Nearly $10 Billion for NEC Projects

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded nearly 10 billion USD to Amtrak for the modernisation of critical infrastructure and stations and to support a future increase in ridership on the Northeast Corridor (NEC). This funding will be used to replace ageing tunnels, bridges and tracks; improve safety, reliability and travel speeds; and increase capacity on the NEC, America’s busiest rail corridor.

Source: Railway-News


6 November 2023. India. Mumbai Metro Line 7A’s TBM Dhruv Starts Tunneling at CSIA

J Kumar Infraprojects (JKIL) on Saturday commissioned their second tunnel boring machine, T60, for Mumbai Metro Red Line’s 3.17 km Line-7A (Gundavali – CSIA) at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s Terminal 2 Station. Nicknamed TBM Dhruv, this Ø6.68m dual-mode Terratec machine was previously deployed in 2018-2021 by J Kumar – CRTG JV on Mumbai Metro Line-3’s 4.94 km package UGC-05 (Dharavi Station – CSIA T1) and 4.45 km package UGC-06 (CSIA T1 – Marol Naka).

Source: Metro Rail Guy


6 November 2023. United Kingdom. Alstom extends partnership with CrossCountry

Alstom has successfully clinched an extensive eight-year contract extension with CrossCountry in the United Kingdom, a substantial agreement valued at approximately 950 million euros. This contract extension serves as a concrete testament to the enduring partnership and the trust CrossCountry has vested in Alstom. As part of this extended agreement, Alstom is committed to maintaining, overhauling, servicing, and cleaning CrossCountry’s Voyager and Super Voyager fleet until 2031.



6 November 2023. Australia. ARTC rolling out 4G network upgrade

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is rolling out a 4G capability upgrade to its National Train Communications System (NTCS), which is expected to be completed by June 2024. The NTCS utilises the Telstra mobile network and In Cab Equipment (ICE) units to provide train to network control communications on the ARTC network nationally. The NTCS upgrade will provide additional communications service options and increased capability for ARTC and train operators and will ensure that network equipment is prepared for a 5G upgrade in the future.

Source: Infrastructure Magazine

Job of the Week

 Maintenance Manager, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Job ID#: 14814

Discipline: Rolling Stock

Language: English

Positions Available: 2

Job Description:

Our client in Malaysia has been awarded a contract by KTMB to maintain its diesel-electric locomotives and rolling stock and is looking for an experienced Rolling Stock Engineer to manage the contract. You would have some 40 staff. KTM is the main rail operator in Peninsular Malaysia with the 1000mm gauge network consisting of two main lines and several branch lines.

Job Requirements

* Candidates should have experience managing rolling stock maintenance contracts

Contact: David Hyland (

Network Specialist, Brisbane, Australia

Job ID#: 14813

Discipline: Telecommunications

Position Type: Permanent

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking an enthusiastic self-motivated Senior Network Engineer who thrives in a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate is comfortable performing a wide range of tasks from administrative to strategic. The position is based in Brisbane, Australia.

You will work on the design and implementation of communications projects that incorporate radio sites, microwave links, IP nodes, solutions for voice and data communications, Fiber Optic and copper-based transmission systems, power supply systems, and related ancillary systems.

As part of the engineering design and delivery team, you will work directly within the communications engineering team and will be primarily responsible for design, testing and integration activities related to IP networks.


* Develop high level & detailed design documentation for various projects.

* Hands on configuration and integration on multiple routing and switching equipment.

* Participate in factory and site testing and commissioning activities.

* Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.

* Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve network issues.

Primarily responsible for design, testing and integration activities related to IP networks as Senior Network Engineer.

Job Requirements

* CCNP qualified Network Engineer with minimum 10+ years" experience

* Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent.

* Extensive experience in Cisco routing and switching technologies.

* Strong understanding of the following technologies: IP/MPLS, BGP4 and OSPF

* Strong project experience with an ability to manage priorities and multitask.

* Demonstrated experience in engineering report writing.

* Experience working in the Rail sector.

Contact: Renee Wade (

Mechanical Engineer Technical, Sydney, Australia

Job ID#: 14815

Discipline: Permanent Way

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Mechanical Engineer Technical.

Key Areas of Activity & Responsibility:

* Maintain effective operation of the Technical Department, inclusive of Design, Development and Plant Engineering requirements.

* Provide assistance as an additional resource for Sales & Marketing.

* Provide assistance as an additional resource for the Quality management systems.

* Assist the internal auditors in conducting internal audits to the annual audit plan and close out the issues identified in these audits in a timely manner. Assist the quality team in improving the effectiveness of the internal audit process.

* Conduct internal audits to the annual audit plan in a timely manner and assist the system owners in closing out issues identified during these audits. Assist the quality team in improving the effectiveness of the internal audit process.

* Provide accurate advice on technical aspects of quotations and contracts in conjunction with Sales and Marketing.

* Provide and maintain the company's industry representation through being an active member of relevant industry associations.

Job Requirements

* Must have an engineering degree from a recognized tertiary institution.

* Strong ability in project management and product design work.

* Strong understanding of Wayside Monitoring Systems.

* Strong experience in sales and marketing product support.

* Strong experience in relationship management for customers.

* Willingness to travel nationally and internationally regularly as required.

* Proven people management skills.

* Able to communicate effectively at senior management level.

* Work with and support the other members of the senior management team, particularly the Managing Director.

* Proficiency in MS Office particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

* Exceptionally well organized with the ability to manage one's workflow.

* Impeccable communication skills; both verbal and written.

Contact: Renee Wade (

​Construction Manager Stations, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Discipline: Civil

Job ID#: 14816

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Construction Manager station to oversee the planning, execution, and successful delivery of rail station construction projects. This role involves managing construction activities, coordinating with various stakeholders, and ensuring compliance with safety standards, quality requirements, and project schedules.

This role is based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Accountability Areas:

* Collaborate with project stakeholders to develop detailed construction plans, including schedules, budgets, and resource allocation for rail station projects. Ensure alignment with project objectives, design specifications, and regulatory requirements.

* Oversee and manage all aspects of rail station construction activities, including site preparation, foundation work, structural construction, finishes, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installations. Ensure adherence to construction codes, safety regulations, and quality standards.

* Coordinate with architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers to ensure smooth execution of construction activities. Facilitate effective communication, address concerns, and resolve conflicts among project stakeholders.

* Establish and enforce safety protocols and guidelines to maintain a safe working environment. Conduct regular safety inspections, identify potential risks, and implement appropriate mitigation measures to minimize accidents and injuries.

* Implement quality control processes to ensure that construction works meet specified standards and design requirements. Conduct inspections, perform quality checks, and address non-conformities promptly to maintain construction quality.

* Monitor construction costs, track expenses, and ensure adherence to the approved budget. Collaborate with project management teams to manage cost variances, forecast financial requirements, and make necessary adjustments to maintain budgetary control.

Job Requirements

* Degree in Civil Engineering or a related field.

* A minimum of 10+ years of Relevant Experience.


* Project management certificate

* Rail management certification

* Trained in rail simulation and modelling

Contact: Jackie Hendry (

Senior Transport Planner, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Job ID#: 14819

Discipline: Transportation

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Senior Transport Planner who has a wide range of Transport Planning skills, with a wide understanding of transport modelling and planning. The position will cover a wide range of studies, including demand modelling, transport impact assessments of passenger stations and rail facilities, and Transport policy advice and input into the client's operating companies on rail operations. In addition to internal work, the position will also be working with the wider teams supporting project delivery by providing reviews/comments on consultant's work.

This position is based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Accountability Areas:

* Undertaking traffic analysis and transport modelling studies (Cube/Visum)

* Undertake data analysis in SQL and Python

* Undertaking transit planning and operations analysis and intermodal planning and design

* Undertake Traffic Impact and Transport Master Plans

* Producing project-related correspondence, reports, and presentations

* Working directly with stakeholders and other professionals with minimal supervision

Job Requirements

* Degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation, Maths, Geography, or a related field.

* A minimum of 7 years of experience in a similar position.

Contact: Jackie Hendry (