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  • Export EffiShunter 1000M handed over


    Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:04:00 +0000

    EUROPE: Czech manufacturer CZ Loko handed over the first of two EffiShunter 1000M four-axle diesel-electric locomotives ordered by Hungarian operator CER Cargo Holding at its Jihlava plant on July 28.read more



  • Kildare Line expansion project contract awarded


    Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:24:00 +0000

    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has appointed a joint venture of Atkins, TYPSA and TUC Rail, supported by RPS, to provide multi-disciplinary consultancy services for the project to increase capacity on the Kildare Line into Dublin Heuston station.read more



  • Spanish partners to research better ERTMS location data


    Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:01:00 +0000

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF and domestic partners Ineco and Cedex will start work in the second half of the year on the pan-European Railgap research project to support the roll-out of ERTMS.read more



  • Lighting improved at high speed train depot


    Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    UK: Two maintenance tracks at Eurostar’s high speed train depot in east London have been equipped with LED lighting supplied by J Brand Ltd.read more



  • ILSA-Trenitalia aims to launch Spanish high speed service from March 2022


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:21:00 +0000

    SPAIN: The ILSA-Trenitalia joint venture has pinpointed March 1 2022 as the start date for its Spanish open access services using a fleet of 23 Frecciarossa 1000 high speed trainsets.read more



  • Pantograph & Catenary dynamic simulation package launched


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:15:00 +0000

    ELECTRIFICATION: Ricardo Rail has launched the Ricardo Pantograph & Catenary modelling and simulation package, which is intended to help to optimise the design of electrification systems and reduce development costs by allowing engineers to simulate the full motion behaviour of designs at an early stage in the development process.read more



  • Manila commuter rail civil works contracts signed


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:06:00 +0000

    PHILIPPINES: The first two civil works contracts for the 53·1 km second phase of the 163 km North-South Commuter Railway Project which will cross the Manila region were signed on August 1.read more



  • 28·8 MW freight locomotive unveiled


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:16:00 +0000

    CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou has unveiled first of eight 28·8 MW six-section electric locomotives which mining company China Shenhua Energy Co has ordered for hauling 10 000 tonne coal trains on 1·2% gradients on the 266 km Shenmu – Shuozhou line.read more



  • Erdinger Ring financing agreement signed


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:00:00 +0000

    GERMANY: A financing agreement for construction of the München airport – Schwaigerloh line was signed by the Land of Bayern and Deutsche Bahn on July 29. This will enable the national railway to call tenders for construction of the 4·5 km line.read more



  • Class 90s support Freightliner decarbonisation objectives


    Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    UK: As part of its strategy to decarbonise rail freight and operate longer trains, Freightliner has acquired another 13 Class 90 electric locomotives formerly used on Greater Anglia inter-city services, bringing its fleet to 23.read more



  • Grand Est seeks Alsace branch concessionaire


    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:39:00 +0000

    FRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.read more



  • MÁV-Start coach modernisation contract awarded


    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:18:00 +0000

    HUNGARY: Passenger operator MÁV-Start has awarded TMH Hungary’s Dunakeszi plant a €90m contract to undertake heavy maintenance and modernisation of 403 coaches over four years.read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    Rail Cargo Logistics Germany has leased Faccns wagons from GATX Rail Europe for transporting aggregates.read more



  • Landmark river bridge to cross German-Polish border


    Sun, 02 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    EUROPE: DB Netz is to call tenders in August for the construction of a ‘landmark’ bridge across the River Oder near Kostrzyn, which forms the border between Germany and Poland.read more



  • Locomotive stop-start system developed


    Sat, 01 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Voith has introduced OnEfficiency.StopStart, a tool which enables the automatic shutdown and restart of idling freight locomotive engines.read more



  • Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation cleared by European Commission


    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 14:41:00 +0000

    INDUSTRY: Alstom’s proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation was approved by the European Commission on July 31, subject to full compliance with a number of commitments offered by Alstom.read more



  • ONS reclassifies Train Operating Companies as public non-financial corporations


    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:58:00 +0000

    UK: Train Operating Companies which are operating under Emergency Measures Agreements with the UK and Scottish governments have been reclassified as public non-financial corporations, the Office for National Statistics announced on July 31.read more



  • Vossloh wins Guiyang – Nanning high speed line rail fastening contract


    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:37:00 +0000

    CHINA: Vossloh’s Kunshan-based Vossloh Fastening Systems China business has been awarded a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the Guiyang - Nanning high speed line.read more



  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    Luxembourg-based Beacon Rail Leasing has rebranded as Beacon, adopting a new brand identity developed with UK design and marketing agency Fellowship.read more



  • Advanced Automatic Sander distributor appointed


    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    SANDER: Unipart Rail has been appointed exclusive worldwide distributor of AB Hoses & Fittings Ltd’s Advanced Automatic Sander, a variable-rate sanding system which won the Technical Innovation Excellence category at Railway Gazette Group’s 21st Rail Business Awards.read more



  • French freight access charges waived


    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 10:53:00 +0000

    FRANCE: Track access charges for freight trains will be waived until the end of this year and halved in 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on July 27read more



  • Bangladesh Railway orders 150 coaches


    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:28:00 +0000

    BANGLADESH: A joint venture of South Korean firms Sung Shin Rolling Stock Technology Ltd and POSCO International signed a contract to supply 150 coaches to Bangadesh Railway on July 29.read more



  • Indian Railways unveils ‘post-Covid coach’


    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    INDIA: The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala has rolled out its first ‘post-Covid coach’, incorporating what Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said were ‘significant design improvements for post-Covid travel’read more



  • American Industrial Transport brand launched


    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    USA: American Railcar Industries has been renamed American Industrial Transport, as part of its strategy of focusing on leasing and repair activities following the sale of its wagon and components manufacturing business to The Greenbrier Companies last year.read more



  • Alpha Trains acquires DMUs in sale and leaseback deal


    Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:07:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has acquired 22 Alstom Coradia Lint 54 two-car diesel multiple-units from Transdev in a sale and lease-back transaction, and is to acquire a further nine identical units directly from the manufacturer.read more



  • Plan to decarbonise Scottish passenger trains by 2035


    Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:56:00 +0000

    UK: Full decarbonisation of passenger rail services in Scotland by 2035 including the electrification of an average of 130 track-km/year is envisaged in an action plan published by Transport Scotland on July 28.read more



  • Level crossing inspection trial


    Wed, 29 Jul 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    USA: Railway Internet-of-Things developer Wi-Tronix has been awarded a grant to test the use of AI-aided machine vision for the automated inspection of level crossing equipment.read more



  • EMD Joule battery shunting locomotive under development


    Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:21:00 +0000

    BRAZIL: Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a lithium-ion battery shunting locomotive which it hopes to make available to the global market in early 2021.read more



  • Stansted Express Class 745/1 trainsets enter passenger service


    Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:55:00 +0000

    UK: The first two of the 10 Stadler Flirt Class 745/1 electric multiple-units ordered for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service entered passenger service on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on July 28.read more



  • Bangladesh locomotive handover


    Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    BANGLADESH: India formally handed over 10 WDM3D diesel locomotives which are being donated to Bangladesh Railway with a virtual ceremony on July 27.read more