MxV Rail and the Global Center of Rail Excellence enter knowledge sharing agreement

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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MxV Rail President & CEO, Kari Gonzales and Chief Executive of GCRE, Simon Jones, tour GCRE’s South Wales facility.
MxV Rail

MxV Rail (formerly TTCI) and the UK’s Global Center of Rail Excellence (GCRE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to advance rail technology and innovation worldwide.

The agreement will enable the two organizations to collaborate and share technical expertise relating to design and engineering, commercial planning, procurement processes, safety requirements and operational best practice.

MxV Rail is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads established to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies in the rail industry. The Pueblo, Colorado-based company has a team of more than 300 rail specialists dedicated to improving the safety, reliability, and efficiency of the railroad industry.

GCRE’s Simon Jones

Late last year, MxV Rail announced its transition to a new, independent, multi-campus operation in Pueblo, on schedule to be fully functional in October 2022. The new on-track test facility will serve as the epicenter for MxV Rail’s globally renowned research, testing, and training services and will feature the only high-tonnage infrastructure test bed in the world. The high tonnage loop will support a vast array of freight and passenger rail programs including Association of American Railroads (AAR) M-976 truck testing, performance testing for new rail technologies, and qualification testing for rolling stock. The new location will also house a re-imagined Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), the organization’s fully immersive hazmat response training facility.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both organizations to grow railway research globally,” said MxV Rail President & CEO, Kari Gonzales. “After visiting the expansive facility in South Wales, we look forward to supporting GCRE in their efforts to advance rail research in the UK.”

 Simon Jones, Chief Executive of GCRE said: “We share a common ambition to support clients in the global rail industry through the development and operation of purpose-built railway testing centers. Our collaboration will enable these clients to accelerate innovation and improve their own customer’s experience, reduce costs and accelerate decarbonization.

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