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  • Norfolk Southern opens replacement Portageville Bridge


    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:53:35 +0000

    USA: Norfolk Southern has opened the new Portageville Bridge, a 294 m long steel arch span...read more



  • GE to install Trip Optimizer on KTZ Evolution locomotive fleet


    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ’s freight business has signed an agreement to deploy GE’s Trip...read more



  • Keolis starts second Dutch rail concession


    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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    KEOLIS Nederland commenced operation of its second rail concession in the Netherlands on December 11 when it took over an 81km network in the province of Overijssel.

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  • NTV Evo Pendolino trains enter service


    Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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    THE first four out of 17 Evo Pendolino trains being supplied by Alstom to Italy’s open-access high-speed operator NTV entered service on December 7 between Rome and Venice.

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  • Vivarail to open production facility in County Durham


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:30:35 +0000

    UK: Next month Vivarail is to open a plant on the Spectrum Business Park at Seaham in County Durham...read more



  • ICE4 enters regular service


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:25:03 +0000

    GERMANY: After nearly 12 months of trials in commercial service on the Hamburg – München route,...read more



  • Istanbul orders more Hyundai-Rotem metro trains


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:53:31 +0000

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    HYUNDAI-Rotem, Korea, has received a Won 156.5bn ($US 143m) contract to supply 120 cars for operation on the new Line M7 of the Istanbul metro.

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  • ICE4 enters regular service in Germany


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:59:34 +0000

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    THE first five 250km/h ICE4 series-production trains which Siemens is supplying to German Rail (DB) entered regular passenger service on December 10 on the Hamburg - Munich and Hamburg - Frankfurt - Stuttgart main lines.

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  • Queensland's NGR fleet enters passenger service


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:56:24 +0000

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    THE first three trains built in India by Bombardier Transportation for the TransLink commuter network in the Australian state of Queensland entered service on the Brisbane - Gold Coast and Airport lines on December 11.

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  • Dublin inaugurates Luas Cross-City Line


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:45:43 +0000

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    SERVICES on Dublin’s Luas light rail network were extended to the north of the city on December 9, when Ireland’s prime minister Mr Leo Varadkar, minister for transport, tourism & sport Mr Shane Ross, and finance minister Mr Paschal Donohoe attended the official opening of the Cross City Line.

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  • First section of Luxembourg tramway opens


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:43:16 +0000

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    PASSENGER operations began on the first completed stretch of Luxembourg’s light rail line on December 10 with the opening of the eight-station northern section along John F. Kennedy Avenue between LuxExpo and Rout Bréck-Pafendall (Pont Rouge).

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  • Edinburgh - Falkirk - Glasgow electric services begin


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:39:06 +0000

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    SCOTLAND’s Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High.

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  • Qingdao opens second metro line


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:36:38 +0000

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    THE Chinese city of Qingdao opened its second metro line on December 10, with the start of trial passenger operation on the 20.4km Licun Gongyuan - Zhiquanlu section of the north-south Line 2.

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  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    China Railway Express Co has launched a parcels delivery service using space on Fuxing high speed...read more



  • Hupac orders Chinese wagons


    Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to...read more



  • Beograd depot upgrade loan signed


    Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    SERBIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is providing national passenger...read more



  • Merkel inaugurates München - Berlin Unity Project 8


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:24:13 +0000

    GERMANY: Special trains from München and Nürnberg, celebrations in multiple cities and a...read more



  • US-built Estonian GE locomotive rebuilt


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:25:00 +0000

    ESTONIA: Freight operator EVR Cargo has begun testing the first of its GE-built C30-7Ai Co-Co...read more



  • Merkel inaugurates final section of Berlin - Munich HSL


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:05:56 +0000

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    TWO special trains were operated on December 8 and a ceremony was staged in Berlin attended by Germany’s chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, and federal transport minister Mr Christian Schmidt to mark the completion of the final section of the 623km Berlin - Erfurt - Nuremberg - Munich high-speed line.

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  • NJ Transit to order more electro-diesels


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:47:15 +0000

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    NEW JERSEY Transit (NJ Transit) has decided to exercise an option with Bombardier for 17 additional ALP45DP electro-diesel locomotives to replace life-expired motive power in its fleet.

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  • Italy plans new Alpine rail link


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:22:58 +0000

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    A pre-feasibility study for a proposed railway between Malles and Bormio in northern Italy was presented on December 4 in Malles, in the Italian province of Bolzano.

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  • Bombardier hands over Traxx Africa locomotive to Transnet


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:48:48 +0000

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    A handover ceremony was held at Transnet Engineering’s assembly plant in Durban on December 7 to mark the acceptance of the first class 23E Traxx Africa electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).

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  • Traxx Africa handed over in Durban


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:39:56 +0000

    SOUTH AFRICA: Bombardier Transportation and Transnet Freight Rail celebrated the handover of the...read more



  • Swiss trial train driver assistance system


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:32:24 +0000

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    SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) and Stadler have been testing a new digital train driver assistance system on the Bern - Olten high-speed line and, for the first time in Switzerland, a double-deck train has been automatically braked and accelerated with the train driver in attendance.

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  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    The Ukrainian government announced on December 4 that it expects to formalise by the end of the...read more



  • DB Network apologises for Rastatt disruption


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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    GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Network has apologised to rail freight operators using the Karlsruhe - Basle Rhine Valley Line for the extensive disruption which occurred in the wake of the collapse of a new tunnel at Rastatt in August.

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  • SNCF trials Japanese traction transformers


    Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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    FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) has awarded a contract to Mitsubishi Electric to supply prototype traction transformers for Z2N EMUs and T4 tram trains operating in Paris.

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  • Siemens ships new locomotives for Septa and Marc


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:11:00 +0000

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    THE first ACS-64 electric locomotive for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (Septa) has left Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, California, bound for Philadelphia.

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  • AllRail study criticises Austrian rail regulator


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:34:26 +0000

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    A STUDY by the Alliance of New Rail Entrants (AllRail) puts Austria’s rail regulator Schienen-Control at the bottom of a list of 15 European rail regulators when it comes to approving new regulations. As a result, AllRail is calling for changes at Schienen-Control to make it more efficient.

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  • LIRR launches tender for East Side Access EMUs


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:34:54 +0000

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    LONG Island Rail Road (LIRR), a subsidiary of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA), has invited companies to prequalify for a tender to design, build, test, and deliver type M-9A passenger coaches for New York’s East Side Access (ESA) project.

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  • French-Qatari JV to operate Doha metro and Lusail LRT


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:29:29 +0000

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    QATAR Rail has awarded a €3bn contract to RKH Qitarat to operate and maintain both the Doha metro and the Lusail light rail network north of the Qatari capital for 20 years.

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  • Xi’an – Chengdu high speed railway opened throughout


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:30:21 +0000

    CHINA: Revenue services on the 511 km Xi’an – Jiangyou section of the 663 km Xi’an –...read more



  • UK railway news round-up


    Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    A regulated fares increase of 3·6% based on July RPI will take effect on January 2. In Scotland,...read more



  • NGR EMUs ready to enter service in Brisbane


    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:23:56 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: The first of 75 New Generation Rollingstock trainsets being built by Bombardier for the...read more



  • Latvia's cabinet backs electrification financing proposal


    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:47:39 +0000

    LATVIA: The cabinet has accepted a Ministry of Transport report setting out how the first phase of...read more



  • Metrans orders more Traxx locomotives


    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 10:16:14 +0000

    GERMANY: Metrans has ordered 10 more Bombardier Transportation Traxx F140MS locomotives for...read more



  • Angel Trains raises £1·1bn to support ‘appetite to compete’


    Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:24:29 +0000

    UK: Rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains Group announced on December 6 that it had secured...read more



  • SNCF orders prototype EMU and tram-train traction transformers


    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:01:49 +0000

    FRANCE: National railway SNCF has awarded Mitsubishi Electric Corp a contract to supply prototype...read more



  • New South Wales fleet replacement advances


    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:18:50 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: Three consortia have been shortlisted for the contract to replace the NSW TrainLink...read more



  • Koleje Śląskie operating contract extended


    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    POLAND: Śląskie voivodship has awarded in-house train operator Koleje Śląskie a five-year extension...read more



  • Sankt Pölten freight bypass inaugurated


    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:14:02 +0000

    AUSTRIA: A 24·7 km freight bypass around the city of Sankt Pölten was inaugurated with a ceremony...read more



  • Ferrovia Circumetnea orders more Vulcano DMUs


    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:55:06 +0000

    ITALY: Ferrovia Circumetnea has ordered an additional two-car Vulcano diesel multiple-unit from...read more



  • Iran orders Hyundai Rotem diesel multiple-units


    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:23:38 +0000

    IRAN: A €720m contract for Hyundai Rotem and Iran Rail Industries Development Co to supply 150...read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:58:57 +0000

    Wagon leasing company VTG Rail UK is working with software company 3Squared to develop ProActive...read more



  • CN implements visual identification system at headquarters


    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    CANADA: Infynia Security has deployed FST Biometrics' In Motion Identification facial recognition...read more



  • SFS develops silicone sponge for rail industry seals


    Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    SILICONE SPONGE: SFS Manufacturing Group has developed a silicone sponge meeting the latest...read more



  • NTV confirms Italo Evo debut


    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:08:52 +0000

    ITALY: High speed open access operator Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori announced on November 29 that...read more



  • Border link to open in January


    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:53:29 +0000

    EUROPE: The much-delayed cross-border link between Stabio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy...read more



  • Grinders offer higher output at lower cost


    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:34:30 +0000

    UK: Network Rail has taken delivery of three rail grinding trains supplied by Loram at a cost of...read more



  • Bombardier hands over HSL Traxx locos


    Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:08:07 +0000

    GERMANY: In a double ceremony taking place at the manufacturer’s Kassel plant on November 29,...read more