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2TRAIN — Result In Brief

Project ID: 31324
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Country: Germany

Training sets train drivers on the right track

Guidelines for training European train drivers have been developed. Establishing a safe railway network in Europe demands suitably qualified train drivers.
Training sets train drivers on the right track
Train accidents continue to occur across Europe despite major improvements in active safety systems, such as signalling. There are numerous problems which can affect rail safety, including operator error, railway track and railway carriage integrity.

European train drivers need to have common training both in terms of technology and content. This was the aim of the EU-funded 'Training of train drivers in safety relevant issues with validated and integrated computer-based technology' (2TRAIN) project.

It had two main objectives. The first one was to utilise the latest computer-based training technology in existing training environments throughout Europe. The second one was to increase the train drivers' competency in crisis management.

The project surveyed a sample of 18 railway companies representing 80,000 train drivers. Based on the answers they received, the requirements for future computer-based train driver training could be specified.

Due to the current individual company standards in training technology, a universal simulator for all European countries was not realistic. Instead, a common data-simulation interface was developed within 2TRAIN to enable standardised data recording and to provide the opportunity to implement add-on systems. These were used to assess train drivers and the resulting assessment data.

The evaluation was focused on the usability, practicability and acceptance of the developed training technology and course content. The developed technology was accepted by train drivers and instructors/trainers and has the potential to enhance the quality of training and assessment for European train drivers.

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