Next month, robot experts from around US and the world will come together in California to compete for a $2m prize in the final of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Japanese private rail company Central Japan Railways (JR Central) announced yesterday that it had broken the world record for the fastest train speed. A fast-growing Wirral conveyer belt manufacturer is expanding to the US market. Following a spate of recent rail disasters involving trains carrying crude oil, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) yesterday issued four urgent recommendations calling for the introduction of more robust and fire-resistant rail cars. Rail operator and locomotive servicing business, Norfolk Southern, has launched a $53m energy conversion project at its Juniata Locomotive Shop that will substantially reduce carbon emissions and water usage at the 70-acre facility. Volvo Trucks has implemented 3D printing technology at its plant in Lyon, France to increase the efficiency of its operations. Manufacturers of emission-free buses are gaining traction with public transport departments around the world. But, while most schemes are running smoothly, Vancouver's has hit a bump in the road. Alstom representatives and Helmut Riegger, the District Administrator of Calw in Germany, have signed a letter of intent for the planned use of new fuel cell drive emission-free trains on the Hermann-Hesse railway line. Waste Management of Southern California today unveiled a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Chino that will increase access to clean-burning fuel in the region. Textron Specialized Vehicles, through Textron Ground Support Equipment UK, has acquired Cheltenham-based manufacturer of aviation towing tractors and ground support vehicles, Douglas Equipment.