Job Vacancies at NewRail

NewRail is looking to recruit 2 new, full-time Research Associates, to work on key research projects.

Vehicle-Track dynamics and Railway Technology design:

Control and monitoring of railway assets using sensor and communication technologies, specific measuring equipment, processing of data, etc.

Informal enquiries to

UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN)

Thanks to recognised research strength in rail vehicle rolling stock, Newcastle University has been accepted into the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN). The combined expertise of NewRail, and the Design Unit, together with support and backing from our Executive Board, scored very highly with the review panel. Newcastle University will partner with Huddersfield University to lead the Rolling Stock Innovations Centre, as part of the RSG Centres of Excellence scheme.

NewRail's Roberto Palacin on the Gotthard Base Tunnel, in 'Le Figaro'

June saw the opening of the 57km long Gotthard Base railway tunnel, in Switzerland – the world’s longest and deepest traffic tunnel and the first flat, low-level route through the Alps. The main purpose of the tunnel is to increase local transport capacity through the Alpine barrier, notably on the Rotterdam-Basel-Genoa corridor and, more particularly, to shift freight volumes from road to rail. NewRail’s Roberto Palacin was interviewed by Le Figaro about the benefits of the new construction: see his interview here

NewRail's Zi Qian takes 1st Prize at TRA Visions 2016!

With her research on Subway Climatology, ZI Qian took the top prize in the RAIL category at TRA Visions 2016, in Warsaw. The competition was for Academic students researching Innovative Transport Concepts. Zi's work looks at how air moves between different regions in subway systems, between tunnels and overground, and considers how smoke or a chemical agent might spread throughout the system, in the event of accident or terrorist attack, simulating optimum emergency evacuation routes. Read more here:

SMARTSET Final Conference

Gothenburg 08 March 2016

Starting from SMARTSET achievements and with input from other experts, experiences on efficient Urban Freight Transport were presented and discussed at the conference that brought together policy makers, knowledge carriers and cities, from across Europe, implementing sustainable city logistics measures or planning to do so. Apart from presentations regarding EU-perspective on the future, and other insights regarding access regulations, incentives, and favourable framework conditions for sustainable Urban Freight Transport and business models, the conference provided a lot of space for networking and the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

All presentations are now available on the SMARTSET website for download.

Q1 2016 Newsletter now available here:

Read here all the latest news from the SETRIS Project

SETRIS’s overall aim is to deliver a cohesive and coordinated approach to research and innovation strategies for all transport modes in Europe, by enabling the 5 transport related European Technology Platforms (ETPs) to work together. Each ETP has its own strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA) and each is at a different stage of delivery and maturity. Whilst some successful cross-ETP working is already established, SETRIS will provide the key building blocks for tighter cooperation between the ETPs, their members and stakeholders.

New Paper from Prof Mark Robinson, Director of NewRail

"Rail vehicle impact analysis: The instable propensity of structural responses and the critical scenarios of structural failure"

Proc IMechE Part F:
J Rail and Rapid Transit
2016, Vol. 230(3) 681–696
! IMechE 2014
Reprints and permissions:
DOI: 10.1177/0954409714555382

Getting Smarter

NewRail's Dr George Kotsikos discusses Smart Materials and their uses, in Pan European Networks: Science & Technology 18

SmartRail Asia 2015

NewRail exhibits in Bangkok, Thailand

The 12th International Forum of Automotive Traffic Safety (INFATS 2015)

Xiamen, China, December 4-5 2015, includes 3 presentations from NewRail.

1st International Seminar of Rolling Stock Composite Materials

“Lighter, Greener and Safer” is fast becoming a global trend in the development of rail transportation equipment and light-weight advanced composite materials can offer advantages in all three areas.

Newcastle University joins UKRRIN

published on: 8th September 2016

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Zi Qian has taken 1st prize in the RAIL category of this year's TRA Visions Academic Student Competition, on Innovative Transport Concepts

published on: 25th April 2016

SMARTSET Final Conference

SMARTSET's Final Conference & Second Transnational Network Meeting Urban Freight Transport: Looking back - Looking forward attracted over 60 participants from nine different countries

published on: 22nd March 2016

NewRail Q1 2016 Newsletter now available

published on: 15th March 2016

Rail Week

published on: 29th February 2016

Webinar: Sustainable City Logistics

Webinar Sustainable City Logistics 26 October 2015 13h00 - 14h00 (CET) 12h00 - 13h00 (GMT)

published on: 22nd October 2015

Post-conference publications available in Urban Rail Transit journal

RailNewcastle Conference 2015 Proceeding

published on: 14th September 2015

Sustainable Freight for City and Global Logistics

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

published on: 4th September 2015

Newrail helps plan RGS workshops

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015

published on: 2nd September 2015

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