RUN2Rail: New ideas and concepts of running gear

Prof. Stefano Bruni from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano provides an overview of the RUN2Rail project (part of the Shift2Rail initiative) and its goal to identify and develop the key methods and tools that are required to allow the design and manufacture of the next generation of running gear.

The full article is available HERE

''Run2Rail: bringing 3D printing to rail design'' - Railway Technology interview with Prof. Simon Iwnicki

Professor Simon Iwnicki, director of the Institute of Railway Research at the University of Huddersfield, issued an exclusive interview about RUN2Rail and its challenges of creating change in a risk-adverse industry.

The full article is available HERE

RUN2Rail (WP2) – PIVOT (WP4) joint workshop held on 15th February 2018 in Milan

At their second workshop (and the first joint workshop with members of the linked Shift2rail Members project ‘PIVOT’) members of RUN2Rail WP2 presented initial findings relating to the novel materials and manufacturing methods and also reviewed two concept designs for novel two axle vehicles and conventional bogie vehicles which will form the target system for the work in WP2. PIVOT colleagues also presented their initial work and it was agreed that the two projects should run in parallel with colleagues reviewing emerging findings from the partner project.

First RUN2Rail WP2 workshop held on 3rd November 2017 in Milan

At their first workshop members of RUN2Rail WP2 reviewed the aims of the work package which are to investigate the  potential for novel materials and manufacturing methods to allow running gear to be produced with lower mass and higher performance. In particular they agreed to review the benefits of using robots to build carbon fibre bogies and using additive manufacturing to produce smaller components such as axle boxes.

RUN2Rail WP4 field test at Metro Madrid

RUN2Rail WP4 field test took place in November 2017 in Madrid. The tests involved the measurement of noise transmission into the vehicle to assist the development and validation of a prediction methodology. The tests represented a good collaboration between Vibratec, UPV and Metro de Madrid.


RUN2Rail at TRA2018 - 16-19 April, Vienna

RUN2Rail will be present at TRA2018 with the new brochure which will be distributed at UNIFE stand. You are welcome to visit UNIFE stand and ask for more information about the project!


RUN2Rail (Innovative RUNning gear soluTiOns for new dependable,sustainable, intelligent and comfortable RAIL vehicles) KO meeting was successfully held on the 20thof September in Brussels. RUN2Rail, coordinated by UNIFE, is a 24-month Shift2Rail project which includes 15 partners from 8 EU Member-states: UNIFE. Politecnico di Milano, University ofHuddersfield, University of Southampton, KTH, Università di Roma La Sapienza, D’Appolonia Belgium, Lucchini RS, Blue Engineering, Vibratec, Metro de Madrid, Universitat Politècnica de València, CDH, Evoleo Technologies and Bosch Rexroth.

RUN2Rail will contribute to EU rail transport vision by exploring technical developments for future running gear, looking into ways to design trains that are more reliable, lighter, less damaging to the track, more comfortable and less noisy, providing some important steps for the development of TD1.4 Running gear within Shift2Rail IP1.

During the event, partners presented the planned work and a fruitful discussion with members of the corresponding CFM project PIVOT took place, ensuring the full alignment of the two projects in terms of activities and transfer of results.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 777564

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