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16th February 2024. Volume 2, Issue 3

5 months ago by Rail Personnel

Dear Readers,

We are pleased to be supporting Urban Rail 2024 which will take place at the Sofitel Brisbane, Australia from 18th to 19th June 2024.

Urban Rail 2024 will bring together stakeholders across every level of the light rail, suburban rail, metro and high-speed rail passenger rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies and lessons learned from projects locally and globally.

Brisbane’s recent gold level achievement under the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative was largely due to transport wins such as Brisbane Metro, a fully-electric high-capacity mass transit system saving 50,000t of emissions over 20 years.

Across Australia, projects such as Sydney Metro, Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop, Light Rail Extensions and Cross River Rail are focussed on meeting the transport needs of the +22,000million people who live in Australia’s largest cities. Get involved to review all the recent project, policy and technology developments in the sector.

For more information and to register to attend, visit:

We have 4x exciting Jobs of the Week this week. In the Philippines, we are looking for a Railway System Expert, an Overhead Catenary Expert and a Signalling Expert. In Sydney, Australia, we are looking for a Product Support Engineer.

Best Regards,

Rail Personnel

Rail News

16 February 2024. Indonesia. Progress Rail to supply locomotives to Sumatra

National railway PT KAI has awarded Progress Rail a contract to supply 54 EMD GT38AC locomotives from 2025 for use hauling freight in south Sumatra. The order announced on February 15 will add to the 91 GT38AC locomotives delivered since 2011. The 1 067 mm gauge locomotives are known as Class CC205 in Indonesia, and according to Jack Zhang, Executive Vice-President of Progress Rail’s Locomotive division, they have ‘demonstrated strong performance, reliability and efficiency’.

Source: Railway Gazette


15 February 2024. United Kingdom. London’s Overground lines to be given new names and colours

In a historic re-imagining of London’s public transport network, each of London’s six overground lines will for the first time ever be given a unique name and line colour. This significant change, which will include a major update to London’s world-famous Tube map, will make it easier for customers to navigate London’s transport network while also celebrating the city’s diverse culture and history.

Source: Rail UK


15 February 2024. Germany. Siemens Mobility Shakes Up Train Rental Market with Innovative Leasing Model

In a move that could change regional rail transport, Siemens Mobility has launched Smart Train Lease GmbH, a subsidiary offering flexible rentals of state-of-the-art battery, hydrogen, and electric multiple-unit trains. The move is aimed to cater for the growing demand for sustainable options of rail stock currently in the market. It will also enable operators to move quickly by allowing flexibility for fleets to be expanded without long-term commitments.

Source: Rail Technology Magazine

 14 February 2024. United States. CSX signs 200-strong locomotive modernisation order with Wabtec

S rail manufacturer Wabtec will renovate more than 200 locomotives for North American railroad company CSX after signing a further modernisation order for the remainder of its fleet of AC440s vehicles. The order will see Wabtec install a suite of digital solutions, innovations and services on the locomotives as part of CSX’s effort to modernise its fleet to enhance operations and reduce emissions through fuel-saving technology.

Source: Railway Technology

14 February 2024. Switzerland. BLS Selects Thales for Modernisation Project

Thales has secured a 10-year frame contract with BLS AG, one of Switzerland's largest railway companies, to equip its lines with electronic interlockings extra with optical signalling. The new project reaffirms BLS’s infrastructure modernisation programme as it aims to improve its overall efficiency. “We are very pleased to again collaborate with BLS and to modernise this Swiss railway with Thales electronic interlockings, providing a mature and reliable system and ensuring high usability and efficiency to save energy.

Source: Rail Technology Magazine


14 February 2024. Iraqi. Iraqi government opens two rail project tenders

The National Investment Commission (NIC) in Iraq has opened “International Investment Opportunities” for two metro rail projects in the country. Both projects are in central Iraq, between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. The first is for a four stop line from central Karbala to Najaf via Karbala airport to cater for the many Shia Muslim pilgrims who come to pay tribute at the Mosque of Ali in Najaf. Only Mecca and Medina draw more Islamic pilgrims each year.

Source: Railway Technology


13 February 2024. Spain. SYSTRA Gains Consultancy Contract for New High-Speed Line

SYSTRA Subterra has been awarded a new consultancy and assistance contract for the construction of a key section of the future Cantabria – Mediterranean high-speed corridor. Under this contract, SYSTRA will work with engineering companies, TPF Getinsa Euroestudios SL and Cemosa Ingeniería y Control on a 15-kilometre section of railway track connecting Tafalla and Campanas in Navarre, northern Spain.

Source: Railway-News

Job of the Week

Overhead Catenary Expert, Manila, Philippines

Job ID#: 14859

Discipline: Overhead Line Construction

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is looking for an Overhead Catenary Expert for a Commuter Railway Project in Manila, Philippines, with essential technical knowledge in 1500V dc OCS.

Responsibilities are

* Lead the installation supervision task teams. Ensure all deliverables are prepared in accordance with quality and time constraints.

* Ensure full and detailed permanent site records, which will include site correspondence, survey data, quality acceptance data, site diaries, measurement and certification, minutes of meetings, and records of all other contractually relevant matters.

* Ensure that all supervision team members undertake comprehensive day-to-day field construction supervision, quality assurance, measurements and administration services at the site.

* Instruct and advise all supervision team members to maintain full and detailed permanent site records, which will include site correspondence, survey data, quality acceptance data, site diaries, measurement and certification, minutes of meetings, and records of all other contractually relevant matters.

* Provide the contractors with all necessary survey data and reference for setting out the works.

* Receive, assess and approve the contractor's work plans and programs.

* Ensure that the rehabilitation works are executed in accordance with all the provisions of the contract, including those concerning standards of workmanship, and other safety provisions and protection of the environment

Job Requirements

* Graduate in Electrical Engineering or in any relevant Engineering course

* Minimum 10 years experience

* Technical knowledge in 1500V dc OCS

Contact: David Hyland (

Signalling Expert, Manila, Philippines

Job ID#: 14858

Discipline: Signalling

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is part of the consortium engaged on the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) Phase 1 (Valenzuela to Paranaque) and they are looking for a Signalling Expert to join their team.

Project Scope: Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) (estimated cost $8.6 Billion) is a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded project which involves the construction of a 36km-long subway in Metro Manila, Philippines. The project design capacity is to accommodate 1.5 million passengers per day. This is the first subway project in the Philippines and the project will be implemented in two phases with the first phase comprising of 17 stations and a Depot. The MMSP train will run on CBTC system (GoA level 2) on the metro line from East Valenzuela Station to Bicutan station in the south including a branch line from Lawton station up to NAIA Terminal 3. ETCS level 2 will be deployed beyond Bicutan station to Calamba on the NS 01 line. Interoperability with changeover of the signalling system within the Rolling stock will be carried out at Bicutan station.

The Signalling Expert is to

* Act as a person in charge of signaling works in terms of technical aspect and support Project Manager (E&M, Rolling Stock).

* Review detailed engineering design and employer's requirement for signaling facilities to apply to the Project.

* Assist DOTr on supervision of contractors/ suppliers/ manufactures in construction and system integration works.

Responsibilities in detail :

* Review the development of system specifications (Functional, architecture, interface) proposed by the Contractor.

* Approve Customer/Engineer acceptance of system specifications.

* Organize, in liaison with the project technical manager, the engineering activities (priorities, schedule, delivery).

* Report to the project technical manager the progress of System Engineering activities

* Follow up the demonstration of compliance to the contractual requirements and their allocation to the subsystems and give approval.

* Validate the verification and demonstration of system performances.

* Support the project technical manager in the management of Engineering Work Packages

* Review the sub-systems in the technical discussion with the Contractor.

* Review the Methods and Engineering tools applicable to the project.

* Participate in the technical risk management. Ensure that technical risks are adequately addressed in the system engineering studies.

* Control over the function of system engineering and integration.

* Responsibilities include identifying project integration problems.

* Collaborate with the Assurance manager to show compliance with assurance requirements.

* Collaborating with the Interface Managers to ensure that the Civils' design and subsequent contractors work together to define, design, and manage the systems, rolling stock, and infrastructure interfaces to meet the Projects requirements and deliver the necessary level of "whole system" performance.

* Manage, with the support of the E&M interface manager, the interface definition.

* Leading the interface for Signalling system with other stakeholders.

* Represented the employer, in preparing Employer's Requirement, Technical Evaluation of Concept design for safety and compliance.

* Assist in preparing the design specifications and Tender documentation for bidding; Evaluation of contractor submission; supporting contract and commercial team for final contract award.

* Person in charge of Signalling and Platform Screen Doors (PSD) systems for design, construction, testing & implementation by the contractor, V&V and integration testing etc.

* Working closely with MMSP land acquisition team and project teams to provide engineering and oversight to DOTr and the project involving Rolling Stock, Signalling, PSD, Telecom, Power, OCS and other peripheral systems through interface management.

* Review and accept the contractor's deliverables for the Signalling and PSD systems and interface with Rolling Stock, PSCADA, Telecoms and other disciplines for the compliance with the Contract and safety aspect.

* Responsible for OCC integration and technical requirements for Signalling, Power Scada and Telecommunication systems.

* Acceptance of the Signalling and system facilities of the project for the Employer and on behalf of the Operator and Maintainer.

* Auditing, witnessing of the Contractors activities on behalf of the Employer for accepting the contractors/suppliers/manufacturers construction and system integration works leading to handover to the operator.

* Provide input to the Bid Evaluation Report for the Signalling and Systems as a whole and carry out evaluation.

* Checking Civil drawings of Station and Depot from Signalling and PSD perspective.

* Reviewing the project programme and all high-level documentation such as Project Management plan, Interface management Plan, System Integration Management Plan, System Engineering Management Plan, System Safety Plan, System Software Quality Assurance Plan etc.

* Responsible Engineer on behalf of the client to approve design, installation, V&V, Interoperability testing (considering EMC & EMI requirements) and O&M requirements.

* Ensuring design and system information is correct, fit for purpose and aligned with the requirements to enable effective interdisciplinary information flow (O&M, integration testing, training, QHSE etc.)

Job Requirements

* Graduate in Electrical Engineering or in any relevant Engineering course

* Experience in design of signal in railway projects - 10 years or more

* Experience as signal specialist in at least 2 railway projects of size > USO 50mil (amount of the related packages).

* Extensive experience with CBTC is essential

Contact: David Hyland (

Railway System Expert, Manila, Philippines

Job ID#: 14860

Discipline: Systems Engineer

Position Type: Contract

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is the General Consultant on the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) Phase 1 (Valenzuela to Paranaque) and are looking for a Railway System Expert to join their team to

- Represent the Client Department of Transport (DOTr) in delivering the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP).

- Lead the team of experts in implementing the Employer's Requirements for the Rail System works.

- Assist DoTr with Technical advice,

- Project Manage the Rail System package.

The project is a 33km long fully underground Metro Project in Manila, Philippines; the 1st in the Capital City; with all of the 17 x 250m long Underground Stations, Tunnels & 30 Hectare Metro Depot located within 6 of the most densely populated Cities of Metro Manila including 1 Station at Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Heavy Tunnelling works incl. large diameter SCL (NATM) tunnels & up to 19 x 7m dia. EBM TBM"s to be utilised simultaneously in this active Seismic Zone. FIDIC Yellow / Pink Book Project. Project Scope includes 7 x Civil / MEP / Fit-out Packages, 1 x D&B Electric Train Contract (30 x 8 Car ET"s) and 1 x D&B Railway Systems Package.

Job Requirements

- Degree in Engineering

- Experience in railway related fields :10 years

- Experience of at least one projects in South or South East Asia

Contact: David Hyland (

Product Support Engineer, Sydney, Australia

Job ID#: 14815

Discipline: Permanent Way

Language: English

Job Description:

Our client is seeking a Product Support Engineer to support customers, along with internal stakeholders in the Engineering, Quality and Commercial teams, by providing accurate and timely engineering assistance to ensure the company's products are specified, installed, and maintained correctly.

This role is based in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales and not open to overseas candidates.


* Undertake CAD design and analysis work as an integral part of the engineering team, creating and reviewing engineering drawings as required.

* Undertake assembly, testing and validation of products/systems as required.

* Provide technical and product related assistance as required to the Sales & Marketing department, assisting with customer related enquires and giving accurate advice on technical aspects of quotations and contracts.

* Provide engineering assistance to customers for installation, operation, and maintenance of various company products, including training (where required).

* Provide assistance with the maintenance of the company's Quality and Environmental management systems, including the conducting of internal audits as required, along with documentation and management of customer complaints.

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

* When required, apply your engineering skills to assist our manufacturing team with production related issues that will support and enhance the operation of our plant

Job Requirements

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

* Strong ability in project management and product design work.

* Strong experience in sales and marketing product support.

* Strong experience in relationship management for customers.

* Willingness to travel nationally and internationally as required.

* Proven people management skills

* Able to communicate effectively at senior management level.

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

* Proficiency in CAD software (preferably SolidWorks)

* Exceptionally well organized with the ability to manage one's own work-flow.

* Impeccable communication skills; both verbal and written.

Contact: Renee Wade (