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European train acceptance- It's getting easier, right?

10 October 2011

Doubtless, many railway companies throughout Europe reflect fondly on the days before interoperability and safety legislation, when vertically integrated railway's ruled, and ponder how gaining acceptance of new trains in Europe can have become so difficult. Of course, it is true that the last decade has witnessed unprecedented levels of new railway legislation and standards. Even today, changes are manifold as we strive to accommodate Common Safety Methods (CSM), guidance on authorising trains into service (formally known as DV29), updated and new TSIs, evolving Euronorms and updated national approval processes that seemingly contradict each other and European legislation.



Yet, for forward thinking organisations, might there be light at the end of the tunnel? Whilst European legislators make sense of this complex jigsaw puzzle, there are many opportunities for manufacturers to pursue process convergence in the areas of product safety, interoperability and requirements management.



This lecture will outline the processes, standards and legislation now facing Bombardier Transportation across its European businesses and explore the parts that we and other stakeholders in this area have to play if we're to achieve consistency, simplification and commercial success in European train acceptance.



Presented by Paul Seller, Bombardier Transportation


Paul Seller has worked in the railway sector for 24 years. He joined British Rail as a Sponsored Student in the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1987 and spent his formative years in various depot and specialist engineering functions.


In 1994 Paul became a project engineer for the Class 365 Networker Express Project, where his role focused on developing route acceptance safety cases. In 1997 he joined MHA Systems, rising to become Director, Rolling Stock Systems. MHA was acquired by Lloyd’s Register in 2001 and thereafter Paul developed the notified body business arising from the EC directives on interoperability.


Paul became Operations Director, and subsequently Managing Director, of Lloyd’s Register's UK rail business in 2004. He left Lloyd's Register at the beginning of 2011 to join Bombardier Transportation's (BT's) Passenger Division as their Product Safety and Homologation Director. Paul is now based in Hennigsdorf, Germany. His main focus is to ensure that BT's Passenger Division has effective and consistent processes for demonstrating the acceptability of new trains.


Paul has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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European Train Acceptance- It’s Getting Easier, Right?

: Presented by Paul Seller, Bombardier Transportation

Paul Seller has worked in the railway sector for 24 years. He joined British Rail as a Sponsored Student in the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in 1987 and spent his formative years in various depot and specialist engineering functions.

In 1994 Paul became a project engineer for the Class 365 Networker Express Project, where his role focused on developing route acceptance safety cases. In 1997 he joined MHA Systems, rising to become Director, Rolling Stock Systems. MHA was acquired by Lloyd’s Register in 2001 and thereafter Paul developed the notified body business arising from the EC directives on interoperability.

Paul became Operations Director, and subsequently Managing Director, of Lloyd’s Register's UK rail business in 2004. He left Lloyd's Register at the beginning of 2011 to join Bombardier Transportation's (BT's) Passenger Division as their Product Safety and Homologation Director. Paul is now based in Hennigsdorf, Germany. His main focus is to ensure that BT's Passenger Division has effective and consistent processes for demonstrating the acceptability of new trains.

Paul has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Duration: 1:20