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Metrolink - Articles and news items

Metrolink Director hands over leadership

Rail industry news / 9 March 2017 /

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, has welcomed his successor, Danny Vaughan, into the driving seat.

Metrolinx awards Bombardier contract to supply 125 BiLevel cars

Rail industry news / 2 August 2016 /

Bombardier Transportation has announced that Metrolinx has exercised options for the purchase of an additional 125 next-generation BOMBARDIER BiLevel cars for service with GO Transit in Toronto…

Major investment in Manchester’s railway this Christmas

Rail industry news / 14 November 2013 /

“This project represents a significant investment in the railway in Manchester and in conjunction with the Northern Hub…”

New U.S. standards create safer trains

Issue 4 2012 / 1 August 2012 /

With experience from Voith Turbo, latest specifications help define Crash Energy Management systems for U.S. rail systems.

The U.S. rail system has always trailed behind those in the global rail market in utilising the latest technology, but new regulations institut – ing Crash Energy Management (CEM) is accelerating them into the modern world.

Two major rail accidents occurred in the U.S. making national headlines and forcing the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration to take notice. In 2005, a fatal train crash in Glendale, California, killed 11 passengers after a rail car hit a sports utility vehicle left abandoned on the rail, causing the train to jackknife and collide with other cars. After this incident, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration started to acknowledge that an update to the current safety regulations may be necessary.

During this time, a new procurement for additional Metrolink cars was put on hold, upon further U.S. government investigation. During the FRA investigations in 2006, Voith Turbo was invited to a test of the CEM system, along with representatives from the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Voith Turbo has already been a supplier of this CEM technology worldwide, so it was a quite familiar application.