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18 February 2010. Vol 2, Issue 3

Dear Readers,

Would you like to take the trip of a lifetime on the Trans-Siberian Railway but just don’t have the time? Now Google and Russian Railways let you experience the excitement of this legendary rail journey by simply logging onto the internet.

Following the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok the site includes an interactive map that will show you where you are in your trip, along with photos, and topographic data. You can start and finish the virtual journey from anywhere along the route, just choose a point or a section on the railway which interests you. The video is assembled using geo-tagging, so the landscape surrounding you corresponds with the location of the virtual locomotive.

The entire trip takes days to complete and Google has provided audio entertainment for the virtual journey including the sounds of the rumbling wheels, music from a balalaika, Russian radio, audiobooks of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, Gogol's Dead Souls, and Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov's The Golden Calf.

I have to warn you that this is very addictive – check it out at http://www.google.ru/intl/ru/landing/transsib/en.html.

We head further south to Saudi Arabia for our Jobs of the Week where we are seeking an experienced Civil Engineer to work out of a base camp on the North South Railway project. We also have vacancies for Mandarin and English-speaking Building Services Engineers to work on a contract basis.

For further details of these positions and other opportunities worldwide, visit our website at www.railpersonnel.com.

Ceri Taylor

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   This Week's Headlines  
1. 18 Feb 2010. Belgium. International rail services hit
International rail services to and from Belgium were disrupted for a third straight day following Monday's commuter train crash.
Source: AFP

2. 17 Feb 2010. Turkey. First train arrives from Iraq
The first passenger train from Iraq has arrived in Turkey after the two neighbours revived a historic rail link as part of a drive to boost bilateral ties.
Source: Gulf Times

3. 16 Feb 2010. UK. Northern England to benefit from rail investment
Network Rail has announce a £530m investment package to transform rail travel in the north of England through better stations and quicker, more frequent services.
Source: Network Rail

4. 16 Feb 2010. Belgium. Brussels train collision kills 18
Belgium suffered its worst train crash since 1954 when two commuter trains collided head-on south-west of Brussels
Source: AFP

5. 14 Feb 2010. Network Rail trials ERTMS
Network Rail has tested the new European Rail Traffic Management System on a live railway using Arriva Trains Wales’ ERTMS-fitted class 158 passenger train fleet.
Source: Network Rail

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  Job Of The Week
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Job Title: Construction Manager ( #8207 )
Discipline: Civil, Administration
Position Type:
Country: Saudi Arabia

Job Description:
Our client is seeking a Civil Engineer to be based in a Saudi Arabian base camp and work on the North South Railway project.

The Construction Manager (CM) has the responsibility to manage his site and contract consistent with the instructions of the JV Partners as well as complying with all client requirements. This not only means compliance with the contract drawings and specifications but also the various requirements related to information flow from the Riyadh offices of JV and Client.

Items included but are not limited to contractual issues, schedules, payment approvals, cost projections, staffing requirements, staffing allocations, numerous records, etc. The CM shall always sufficiently inform the Project Manager of Construction (PM) of site progress, activities, and obstacles to enable PM to make monthly presentations to the Client on behalf of the CM. He will be in charge of supervision of a 450km stretch of NSR Project and he will manage a multi-cultural supervision team of around 60 staff.

  • B.Sc. Civil Engineering or equivalent
  • must have good management and communication skills, leadership qualities
  • must be able to give the correct decision at the right time, cooperative, good knowledge of contracts, FIDIC, specifications, drawings etc.; and
  • minimum 15 years of experience in supervision of railway projects or similar projects; and
  • experience in desert or remote locations a distinct advantage.
Contact: jeanb@railpersonnel.com

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Job Title: Building Services Engineers ( #8450 )
Discipline: Mechanical, Electrical
Role: Building Services, Interface Engineer
Position Type: Contract
Country: Saudi Arabia
Languages: Mandarin, English

Job Description:
Our client is looking for Building Services Engineers to work on a contract basis in Saudi Arabia.

Candidates must have more than five years experience in the Building Services sector of a rail project and understand M&E functions.

  • preferably have a degree qualification to assist with the work permit application
  • fluency is spoken Mandarin and English is essential
  • these are junior positions on a contract basis; and
  • successful candidates must be able to coordinate with the local team and interface the necessary works,
Contact: karinak@railpersonnel.com

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