Eurostar driver simulator renewed for High Speed 1

15 Feb 2007

--Sydac, Adelaide, South Australia upgrade simulator--High Speed 1 – the UK's first high-speed line
Eurostar, the international high-speed passenger operator which links the UK with the continent, has awarded a contract to renew its driver simulator worth more than half a million pounds to Sydac of Adelaide, South Australia.
Sydac will substantially develop and upgrade the capabilities of Eurostar's existing driver simulator, which is essential for the training and retraining of international drivers on its core fleet of Class 373s. The simulator will have its current range of capabilities extended using the most up-to-date technologies, to provide leading edge simulation and modelling techniques to optimise driver performance.
The UK's first high-speed line, High-Speed 1 will open later this year following the completion of the second section from just south of Gravesend in north Kent to St Pancras International in central London. Eurostar will launch services from St Pancras International on 14 November after switching its entire operation overnight from Waterloo International. It is important that the new simulator includes the new routes and signalling to St Pancras and Eurostar's new train maintenance depot at Temple Mills in east London.
Eurostar has around 240 drivers, including 80 from the UK who are direct employees and exclusively drive Eurostar trains and another 160 from French Railways and Belgian Railways who also drive TGV and Thalys high-speed trains.
Each Eurostar train comprises two power cars and 18 passenger coaches and carries up to 750 passengers. The trains are capable of working on four different voltage/power systems, four different signalling systems and reach speeds of 186 mph (300kph).
Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar's Chief Operations Officer, said: "The simulator will provide the best possible environment for hands-on training in an accurate representation of a driver's cab. Drivers can be tested on a range of operational scenarios which could not be carried out on a 'live' high-speed railway.
"Simulator work, in conjunction with on-track driver training and route learning, provides our drivers with the knowledge to operate safely and efficiently on the high-speed rail network in the three countries and the Channel Tunnel. It will also help to ensure Eurostar is at the optimum state of preparedness when services are launched on High Speed 1 later this year."
Adrian Smith, Sydac's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are delighted to have been selected for this key project for Eurostar, which comes at such an important time in its history. Being chosen by one of the world's leading train operators further enhances Sydac's growing reputation as a leader in the simulator industry."
Editor's Notes:
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.
2. Eurostar will launch services from St Pancras International on 14 November 2007. Journey times on the UK's first high-speed line will be: London – Paris 2h 15min; London – Brussels 1h 51min; London - Lille 1h 20min. Journey times to and from Ebbsfleet International will be 10 minutes shorter.
3. Independent research has shown that a Eurostar journey between London and Paris / Brussels generates ten times less carbon dioxide than flying.
4. Eurostar has won the title of "World's Leading Rail Service" for the last nine years at the World Travel Awards.
5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are separate companies, under different management and ownership. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates a vehicle shuttle service and the Channel tunnel itself.
6. To book tickets for Eurostar, or to find out more information, go to , call 08705 186 186 or contact your travel agent.
Sydac Pty Ltd
Australian technology company Sydac combines leading edge simulation and scientific modelling techniques with advances in digital imagery to optimise the performance of organisations; staff, assets and processes.
To an extensive market including defence, rail, mining, energy and industrial segments, Sydac applies its technical expertise to the development of; training and operational simulators, decision support systems and design and analysis tools
Multi-million dollar simulator contracts have been delivered to Railcorp and Queensland Rail by Sydac in Australia. In the UK, contracts have been with London Underground via Metronet, Chiltern Rail and First Scot Rail.
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