The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is set to begin construction on four new Red Line stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr.
Alstom has presented the first of 106 six-car high-capacity trains for the East-West and North-South lines of Singapore’s MRT system.
The city of Uppsala has selected Systra to provide project management services for the construction of its first tramway.
Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract extension for the maintenance of 51 Class 185 trains operating in the north of England.
Aurizon has contracted Progress Rail to build a zero-emissions capable battery-powered freight locomotive in Australia.
Taking place in Derby, UK on 6 July 2023, the Rolling Stock Networking event is back bigger and better than ever.
Rolling stock manufacturer, CRRC has officially launched its new intercity smart train, CINOVA2.0 at an event in Qingdao, China.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the preferred route alignment from Bedford to Cambridge for the new East West Rail line.
Tunnel-boring machine (TBM), Phyllis has broken through to the Broadway-City Hall Station on the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver.
Minnesota legislature has approved 195 million USD in funding for the Northern Light Express (NLX) passenger rail project.
International fleet maintenance and depot managers will come together at Rolling Stock Maintenance & Depot Innovation Europe, 27–29 June.
The Pärnu City government has issued a construction permit for Rail Baltica to build the Pärnu international passenger terminal in Estonia.
The first of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) Class 387 Great Northern Electrostar trains has completed static testing retrofitted with ETCS.
Alstom NUG Propulsion System Co. has successfully applied its silicon carbide and permanent magnet motor propulsion system on a demo train.
The first Talgo Avril very high-speed trains will be ready to enter commercial service on Renfe's network from November 2023.
Alstom, Gulermak and Arcada have been contracted by Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, Romania to construct the city's metro line 1.
The UK government has announced a 72 million GBP package to help deliver more reliable trains in Manchester.
Washington Metro has presented the latest design concepts for its future fleet of trains that will be produced by Hitachi Rail.
Dawlish Sea Wall is set to open to the public at 2pm on 25 May following an 80 million GBP investment to help protect the key railway line.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed DB ESG to deliver the tram safety improvement programme for its Metrolink service.
LA Metro has announced that the Regional Connector light rail transit project will officially open to the public on 16 June.
The Cross River Rail project has reached new milestones in testing ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Shorncliffe Line in South East Queensland.
HS2 workers have completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end of Old Oak Common station, advancing progress on the key infrastructure project....
Network Rail has announced the next step in its plans to deliver digital signalling across the first section of the East Coast Main Line.
Network Rail has published its 44 billion GBP five-year plan to improve the railway in England and Wales throughout Control Period 7 (CP7).
Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has contracted Wabtec to modernise 25 Mk3 battery-electric locomotives.
The penultimate train has arrived in Hawaii prior to the Honolulu Rail System commencing passenger service on 30 June this year.
The London boroughs have collaborated on a list of infrastructure projects that should be prioritised, including the Bakerloo line extension.
Hitachi Toshiba Supreme Consortium has been awarded a contract to supply 12 high-speed trains for the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation.
LNER, Agility Trains and Hitachi Rail have signed an agreement to define how they will effectively collaborate over the next three decades.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a 2 billion EUR investment in 73 new ICE trains from Talgo and Siemens Mobility.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected three prequalified teams to submit proposals for its Red Line Extension (RLE) project.
Stadler has laid the foundation stone for its new maintenance plant for battery trains in Rendsburg, Germany.
A consortium of Webuild, Ghella and Impresa Pizzarotti has been awarded two RFI contracts to construct high-speed rail lines in Italy.
ORR has written to Network Rail to express concerns about its backlog in examining the condition of railway structures.
Alstom and Danish State Railways (DSB) have unveiled a full-size model of the new IC5 Coradia Stream train to the Danish public.
Brightline has become the first passenger rail service to offer Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband service on its trains.
Siemens Mobility has completed a re-signalling project in Gauteng, South Africa to improve the reliability and safety of PRASA services.
LNER is introducing simpler and more flexible fares across its network as part of its mission to transform the UK's ticketing system.
FS Italiane Group has ordered 40 Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotives for TX Logistik AG to operate on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.
Transport Secretary: Transpennine Express won't have its contract renewed. Instead, it will be brought into Operator of Last Resort.
The FRA has announced the availability of 5.8 million USD in funding for the Interstate Rail Compacts (IRC) Program.
Amtrak has announced plans to renovate its maintenance facilities in Seattle, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply Singapore’s LTA with an additional 8 two-car trains for the Sengkang-Punggol LRT network.
Northern has upgraded its depot in Barrow-in-Furness to enable longer trains to operate between Cumbria and Manchester.
The city of Belgrade has contracted DB Engineering & Consulting to project manage the construction of its first metro.
The FTA has awarded 703 million USD in funding to six projects in six states to replace aging passenger railcars.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato will take to the stage for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit as 2023 keynote speaker.
Metro trains have commenced testing under Sydney Harbour as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
The New Zealand government has approved funding for 18 new tri-mode trains for the Lower North Island Rail line.
Shahar Hania, CEO and Founder of Rail Vision, says it is time for trains to be fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
As construction continues on the Riga Central Railway Station, Rail Baltica has presented its vision for the future station building.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has unveiled a Rail Inspection Vehicle (RIV) manufactured by MERMEC to identify issues along the track.
Adif has contracted Alstom to develop a new European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for low-density lines.
Early construction activities are now underway on Amtrak's B&P Tunnel Replacement Program, which commenced in March 2023.
Siemens Mobility has presented the final designs of the Mireo Plus H and Plus B trains for Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a RFQ for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Škoda Group has been awarded a contract to modernise six Nightjet couchette coaches for ÖBB in Austria by 2024.
Under a new group order, Alstom will supply the metropolitan areas of Toulouse, Brest and Besançon in France with a total of 22 Citadis trams
The 2023 edition of Rolling Stock Networking will be the place to network, make new industry contacts and strengthen existing relationships.
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) has taken delivery of its first rail carriage, marking the start of a new partnership with Talgo.
Île-de-France Mobilités has received the final tram for the T10 tramway, which will connect Clamart and Antony in just 25 minutes.
Alstom has been awarded contracts worth 54 million EUR to provide train-control and signalling systems for Delhi MRTS Phase-IV.
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the full peak Elizabeth line timetable will be introduced on Sunday 21 May 2023.
With Railtex taking place in Birmingham, we take a look at the history of Birmingham’s Curzon Street within the context of HS2.
Alstom has been contracted to supply SNCF Voyageurs with 60 additional RER NG trains for lines RER D and RER E on the Île-de-France network.
Jonn Elledge on the absolute madness that is terminating HS2 at Old Oak Common rather than Euston for the foreseeable future.
Railtex will once again explore the latest products and services aimed at improving the efficiency, safety and sustainability of rail.
Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) first Class 387/1 Electrostar train has been retrofitted with ETCS in-cab signalling.
Canadian National (CN), Union Pacific (UP) and GMXT have established Falcon Premium, an intermodal service between Mexico, the US and Canada.
LA SkyRail Express (LASRE) has partnered with Keolis to deliver a high-capacity SkyRail system between the San Fernando Valley and Westside.
Québec City has awarded a 900 million EUR contract to Alstom for the supply of 34 Citadis trams for the Québec City Tramway.
The FRA has concluded a series of meetings with stakeholders on its Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service study.
We've published our second issue of the year of our digital magazine, in anticipation of Railtex, which takes place in Birmingham in May.
Danske Statsbaner (DSB) has ordered an additional 8 Talgo 230 trains under a 2020 framework agreement with Talgo.
Great Western Railway (GWR) and Eversholt Rail have extended their maintenance partnership with Hitachi Rail.
Schneider National has signed an agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) to provide an intermodal service on CPKC’s corridor.
Brightline has unveiled its new station at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and has announced that tickets for the service will go on sale in May.
The Greater Cleveland RTA has selected Siemens Mobility as the preferred vendor to replace its ageing rolling stock.
CZ Loko has delivered a EffiShunter 1000 four-axle shunting locomotive to chemical company, BorsodChem in Hungary.
A consortium consisting of Siemens Mobility and Rail Vikas Nigam will provide rail electrification technologies for Gujarat Metro.
HS2 has received design approval for Small Dean Viaduct, which will take HS2 trains across the A413 and local rail lines.
The Eurometropole of Strasbourg and CTS have selected Alstom to supply new trams for the city of Strasbourg, France.
Alstom will supply Level 2 European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling for 37 HLD77 locomotives in SNCB’s fleet in Belgium.
Hitachi Rail will test the latest rail technologies, including battery systems and digital solutions at the Global Centre of Rail Excellence.
Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have officially combined to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC).
Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded contracts to Siemens Mobility and ST Engineering for the Cross Island Line (CRL).
Amtrak has commenced the procurement phase for the construction of the New York East River Tunnel Rehabilitation project.
Siemens Mobility's Vectron locomotive has received official approval to operate on the Scandinavian Corridor.
Siemens Mobility has announced that Brightline will implement Sqills' S3 inventory and reservation system to support its Orlando expansion.
PANYNJ has announced that the first of 72 new rail cars will enter service next week as part of its PATH Improvement Plan.
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has contracted Stadler to provide full service for up to 30 Class 99 bi-mode Co’Co locomotives.
The China-Laos Railway commenced cross-border passenger services between Kunming and Vientiane on Thursday 13 April.
The first Class 93 tri-mode locomotives for Rail Operations Group has completed testing at Stadler’s facility in Valencia, Spain.
The government has published its UK Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, which includes a focus on improving mobile coverage for rail.
Skanska Costain STRABAG JV has launched HS2's third London tunnel boring machine (TBM), 'Lydia' to construct the Atlas Road Logistics Tunnel.
Knorr-Bremse has begun testing its digital automatic coupler (DAC) in real-world conditions on a freight train in Sweden.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide operations and maintenance services for the Maryland Area Rail Commuter network.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued RFPs for two major works packages for Toronto's Ontario Line.
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12 Nov 2018
Anti-Graffiti Film: A New Layer of Defence from Vandalism
Steve Sorrentino, Director, Speciality Films, Madico, Inc. © Madico
Of all the challenges facing the operation of railways, deliberate vandalism is perhaps the most frustrating. Graffiti might sound mundane, but operators can spend millions of dollars cleaning defaced rolling stock. Nevertheless, the industry is developing effective responses to this problem. Earlier this year Railway-news reported on how the police are tackling line-side copper cable theft in the UK. In this article Steve Sorrentino, Director of Speciality Films for Madico, Inc. tells Railway-News how anti-graffiti film can reduce the impact and cost of this type of vandalism, and outlines other benefits from it:
Millions of commuters rely on rail every day whether they’re going to work, visiting family and friends, or taking a vacation. Railways are also one of the most common ways to ship products and goods around the world. This reliance on transit puts a great deal of pressure on railway operators and engineers to keep passengers safe and keep trains operating efficiently. To help maintain an efficient railway system the industry relies on a variety of supporting products such as VIP-Polymer rail pads, sleeper pads, and in extreme weather, de-icing tools along with film and coatings. Many of these products have more than one use or benefit, including anti-graffiti film.
• Protection from vandalism – Unfortunately, rolling stock and passenger rail vehicles often become a target for vandalism, with no single industry or geography being immune. Vandalism of rolling stock is a worldwide problem that costs billions of dollars annually. A few years ago, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency reported over 1,100 graffiti incidents on its buses and light-rail vehicles each week and the price of cleanup exceeded $12.5 million a year – the equivalent of putting three new light-rail vehicles in service (source). When anti-graffiti film is installed, it ensures that if graffiti artists deface the vehicle, their impact won’t be permanent. With this film, the window or surface itself is not impacted. The film serves as a sacrificial barrier, allowing railway staff to simply pull off the layer of film and re-apply a new one. The vehicles will essentially look brand-new. Film leaves no residue which greatly reduces turnaround time if the vehicle needs maintenance. This type of film is optically clear, leaving it unnoticeable to passengers, but giving staff members peace of mind knowing the train is protected.
• UV protection – Anti-graffiti films also protect passengers from harmful UV rays, making for a more comfortable and safer ride. Film has up to 99% UV protection, and can block those harmful rays from shining in through the windows. When film is applied, passengers no longer need to deal with glare, and feeling overheated. By blocking harmful rays, film also helps to preserve flooring, paint, furnishings and other interiors.
• Energy management – Since anti-graffiti films block harmful UV rays, they also block heat from entering or leaving the vehicle taking the strain off heating and cooling systems. This can prevent overuse of HVAC systems, and help control temperatures for the comfort of passengers.
• Impact resistance – Passenger and staff safety is a top priority. Anti-graffiti films will help to hold glass together in the event of an impact. This is an important safety feature, as the glass will break, but it will not shatter – preventing thousands of flying shards from harming passengers.
• Scratch resistant – Anti-graffiti films also prevent scratches along with wear and tear. Depletion of surfaces is a challenge this industry faces due to the high number of passengers and cargo being moved each day. General wear from bags, buckles, and clips are bound to occur, leaving the aesthetic of the vehicle to look worn out when these marks are visible. Film can be applied to ensure these scratches do not stay long-term and the original components of the vehicles remain intact. Film protects the original equipment on the train, and if the scratches become significant, the film can be peeled off and a new layer can be applied.
Anti-graffiti isn’t the only type of film that can be applied to rolling stock vehicles. Other types include anti-spall films, which improve weight and protect against glass spall and cracking. Specialty films can also be used on railway vehicles that have electronic displays, as the film protects the screens from harm, adding to the longevity of the technology. Additionally, paint protection films can be used to protect exterior surface areas as well as escalators and highly trafficked sitting areas. Paint protection film can even be applied to vending machines at railway stations, protecting against harm or damage in the waiting area.
Advancements in the railway industry are progressing every day, with railway engineers finding better ways to make the ride faster, safer and more comfortable. Every innovation will alter the process in some way, with the protection of assets continuing to grow through railway modernisation. The railway industry must find ways to continue to protect their most valuable and precious assets: the vehicles and their passengers. Anti-graffiti film goes a long way in protecting both.