The inContext project managers are ensuring that all requirements are met, and on top of that they handle budgets, delivery schedules, internal project steering groups and much more. They specify the technical requirements for each upgrade, which are then included in the tenders that go out to potential providers.
Subsequently, they are involved in securing that the providers live up to the standards and quality required. For instance, on-board equipment is required to withstand the force of up to 5G, which is the G-force generated when a passenger pulls the train’s emergency brake. In general, railway coaches and their interior have to live up to strict regulations, not least when it comes to safety and fire hazards.
Another important part of the job is to work closely together with maintenance personnel, to ensure that the upgrades can be serviced and maintained as easily and efficiently as possible. Also, the inContext project managers work together with train personnel to ensure that new equipment fits well with working routines and ergonomics, for instance when designing a new kitchen for a dining coach.
Primarily, inContext is working with passenger coaches for regional and long distance trains.
As some of you may know, I’m currently on a 6 week long hiking trip across the Pyrenees, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The route is called the HRP, and it’s around 770 km with about 40 km total elevation gain (and loss…). I’ve been sleeping in a tent every night and carrying around 3 days of food.