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  • Zillertalbahn plans switch to hydrogen power


    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    AUSTRIA: Plans to convert the 760 mm gauge Zillertalbahn which links Jenbach with Mayrhofen...read more



  • GE and Ukrainian Railways sign US$1bn locomotive agreement


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:15:00 +0000

    UKRAINE: A US$bn framnework agreement to support the modernisation of the rail network in 2018-34...read more



  • Abellio pulls out of Wales & Borders bidding


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:07:04 +0000

    UK: Abellio Rail Cymru withdrew from bidding for the next Wales & Borders franchise on February...read more



  • SagaRail launches first services


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:31:33 +0000

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    SWEDISH open-access passenger operator SagaRail launched its inaugural commercial services on February 23, with the first train departing from Stockholm Central at 13.08 bound for Linköping.

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  • SagaRail targets low-cost weekend market


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:28:45 +0000

    SWEDEN: Private open access company SagaRail ran its first service on February 23. The company is...read more



  • Hydrogen is a technically feasible alternative to electrification, Toronto study finds


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:59:54 +0000

    CANADA: It be would technically and economically feasible to operate the Toronto area’s future...read more



  • Leo Express applies for international train paths


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:54:27 +0000

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    OPEN-access passenger operator Leo Express has submitted track access applications to the Czech Office for Access to Transport Infrastructure (ÚDPI) for international services to destinations in Austria, Germany, and Poland.

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  • PKP PLK orders 36 infrastructure maintenance vehicles


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:48:11 +0000

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    POLISH infrastructure manager PKP PLK signed a contract with ZPS, Poland, in Warsaw on February 23 for 36 infrastructure maintenance vehicles.

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  • Buffalo - Amherst light rail extension moves forward


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:44:37 +0000

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    THE board of New York state’s Niagra Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) voted on February 22 to authorise the awarding of a $US 4.8m contract to WSP USA for environmental review and engineering design services on the first phase of the 11km extension of the Buffalo light rail network to Amherst.

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  • Belgrano renewals reach 400 km


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:31:14 +0000

    ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Transport announced on February 21 that its track renewals programme on...read more



  • GWR leads the pack at 20th Rail Business Awards


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:06:53 +0000

    UK: Great Western Railway was announced as Rail Business of the Year and ScotRail Alliance Managing...read more



  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Railways revenue hits 25-year high


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:42:09 +0000

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    BOSNIA and Herzegovina Federal Railways (ŽFBiH), one of two companies operating train services in the Balkan country, has posted its strongest financial results for 25 years.

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  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    On February 12 CEN, CENELEC and the European Union Agency for Railways signed a renewed agreement...read more



  • Go Transit hydrogen fuel cell train plan “technically feasible,” says study


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:51:13 +0000

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    TORONTO and Hamilton transit authority Metrolinx has published the findings of its Hydrail Feasibility Study into the potential use of hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) trains on the Go Transit commuter rail network.

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  • Tokyo Metro prepares for first CBTC deployment


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:54:21 +0000

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    MITSUBISHI Electric has delivered wayside and onboard radio equipment for the first deployment of Communciations-Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Tokyo metro network.

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  • Rome plans new city centre tram line


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:39:45 +0000

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    PLANS for a new tram line in the centre of Rome were unveiled on February 6 by the city’s mayor Mrs Virginia Raggi.

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  • Euston Master Development Partner selected


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:32:02 +0000

    UK: High speed line project promoter HS2 Ltd announced on February 22 that Network Rail and the...read more



  • GE Transportation hands over first Evolution Series locomotive for Indian Railways


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:53:05 +0000

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    GE Transportation officially presented the first of 1000 Evolution Series diesel locomotives for Indian Railways (IR) to Mr Ashwin Lohani, chairman of the IR board, at a ceremony at Alambagh depot in Lucknow on February 22.

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  • Sofia – Plovdiv route modernisation funding


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:15:00 +0000

    BULGARIA: The European Commission has allocated €471m from the Operational Programme Transport...read more



  • Amey takes over ‘key’ Carillion rail contracts


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:10:37 +0000

    UK: Amey Rail Ltd acquired ‘a significant number’ of Network Rail infrastructure contracts...read more



  • Austria backs broad-gauge extension to Vienna


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:31:07 +0000

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    PLANS to extend the 1520mm-gauge network from Kosice, Slovakia, to Vienna by building a €6.5bn 400km electrified freight-only line, have been revived. The line would improve access to Europe for traffic from Russia and the Far East.

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  • Five consortia shortlisted for Cross River Rail


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:30:15 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has shortlisted ‘a strong field of national and...read more



  • UK railway news round-up


    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    In a trading update issued on February 21, FirstGroup said like-for-like passenger revenue...read more



  • Modified Yermak locomotive on test


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:15:00 +0000

    RUSSIA: Trials are underway with a three-section 3ES5K Yermak 25 kV 50 Hz locomotive...read more



  • HSL to launch competitive tender for Helsinki suburban rail services


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:58:21 +0000

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    THE board of Helsinki Regional Transport (HSL) voted on February 13 to start the procurement procedure for an international competitive tender for the operation of the suburban rail network in the Finnish capital.

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  • SBB Twindexx EMUs to carry first passengers this month


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:31:51 +0000

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    SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) could finally begin using its new fleet of RABE 502 and RABDe 502 Twindexx double-deck inter-city EMUs before the end of this month, following a ruling by Switzerland’s Federal Administrative Court in a case on access for passengers with reduced mobility.

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  • KiwiRail in profit despite earthquake impacts


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:07:06 +0000

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    NEW Zealand’s national railway, KiwiRail has posted a half-year profit of $NZ 15m ($US 11m) for the six months to December 31 2017.

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  • UK railway research network established


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:23:53 +0000

    UK: A parliamentary reception on February 20 marked the formal launch of the UK Rail Research &...read more



  • Bombardier starts assembling Aventra EMUs for Greater Anglia


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:06:48 +0000

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    BOMBARDIER is preparing to start assembly at its Derby, Britain, plant of the 111 Aventra EMUs which it is supplying to Abellio Greater Anglia under a £900m contract.

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  • Indian inter-city EMU procurement in trouble


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:17:43 +0000

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    INDIA’s Rs 27bn ($US 417m) project to manufacture the first lot of 15 inter-city EMUs under a transfer-of-technology agreement with a foreign partner appears to have hit a roadblock once again, with just the Stadler-Medha consortium emerging as the sole qualified bidder after technical bids were opened on February 6.

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  • Eiffage group wins Grand Paris civil works contract


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:05:33 +0000

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    SOCIÉTÉ du Grand Paris (SGP) has awarded the first of three civil engineering contracts for four work packages on lines 14 North, 16 and 17 South of the Grand Paris automated metro network to a group led by Eiffage Civil Engineering under a €1.84bn deal.

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  • Baku suburban railway planned


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:33:17 +0000

    AZERBAIJAN: Funding is to be provided for the development of a circular suburban rail service on...read more



  • Sagami Railway Series 20000 enters service


    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    JAPAN: Sagami Railway put into service on February 11 the first of its Series 20000 EMUs, which...read more



  • French government launches SNCF reform project


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:17:17 +0000

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    THE French prime minister, Mr Edouard Philippe, conducted the first meetings on February 19 to discuss the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) following the submission to him on February 15 of a report on the future of rail transport by a commission led by former Air France-KLM chairman Mr Jean-Cyril Spinetta.

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  • Eurostar inaugurates London - Amsterdam service


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:25:45 +0000

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    EUROSTAR operated its inaugural service between London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam on February 20, an event which outgoing CEO Mr Nicolas Petrovic described as historic for the international high-speed operator as it finally expanded east beyond its core London - Paris/Brussels network.

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  • Eurostar runs Amsterdam preview service to mark start of ticket sales


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:03:48 +0000

    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar ran a preview service between London St...read more



  • Greater Anglia Aventra EMUs under construction in Derby


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:12:45 +0000

    UK: Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant has begun production of the first of 111 Class 720...read more



  • G&W invests in last mile technology business


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:57:00 +0000

    USA: International rail freight group Genesee & Wyoming Inc has invested in Cargomatic, a...read more



  • Queensland shortlists bidders for Cross River Rail


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:22:15 +0000

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    THE government of the Australian state of Queensland has shortlisted companies for the two contracts to build and equip Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project, the $A 5.4bn ($US 4.26bn) Cross River Rail project in Brisbane.

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  • United Wagon Co production increases


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:11:00 +0000

    RUSSIA: United Wagon Co produced a total of 19 100 wagons in 2017, up 20% from the previous...read more



  • Alstom to supply 20 more trains for Paris metro


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:42:53 +0000

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    PARIS Transport Authority (RATP) and Ile-de-France Mobility have awarded a €157m contract to Alstom for an additional 20 MP14 rubber-tyred metro trains for operation on Line 11.

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  • Ctrip Group to sell South Korean rail tickets


    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    SOUTH KOREA: Accommodation, ticketing, package tour and corporate travel booking company Ctrip...read more



  • Ferroviaria Andina orders Stadler SALi locomotives


    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:31:00 +0000

    BOLIVIA: Ferroviaria Andina has placed the first order for three locomotives to Stadler’s South...read more



  • Transilien double-deck EMUs ordered


    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:38 +0000

    FRANCE: SNCF has placed a firm order for a further nine Bombardier Transportation Regio 2N...read more



  • Five-year rail supply contract signed


    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:49:46 +0000

    RUSSIA: Steelmaker Evraz has signed a five-year agreement to supply Russian Railways with a total...read more



  • State aid for freight sidings approved


    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:49:22 +0000

    FRANCE: The European Commission has approved the granting of €60m of state aid for the...read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    The first freight train used the newly built link from Astara in Azerbaijan to the similarly named...read more



  • Network Rail commissions cloud-based digital archive


    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    UK: Network Rail has appointed Preservica to create a cloud-based digital archive to preserve and...read more



  • Software aims to improve KCS fleet utilisation


    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000

    USA: Kansas City Southern has awarded planning and scheduling tool specialist Biarri Rail a...read more



  • United Wagon delivers wagons to Guinea


    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:53:27 +0000

    GUINEA: United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash plant has shipped the first of 114 hopper wagons ordered...read more