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  • Robel establishes subsidiary to serve the Chinese rail maintenance market


    Mon, 25 May 2020 13:00:00 +0000

    CHINA: Robel Group has established Robel Railway Engineering Technology (Shanghai) Co Ltd to serve the Chinese market.read more



  • South Coast Rail commuter project infrastructure contract awarded


    Mon, 25 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000

    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal & Management Control Board has approved the first major construction contract for Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail project to provide commuter services into Boston from the southeast.read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 25 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    Estonia’s Operail has taken delivery of 75 open-topped bulk containers as part of a plan to double multimodal freight volumes to more than 200 000 tonnes this year. ‘Multimodal transport increased from 20 000 tonnes to 32 000 tonnes in the first four months’, said Urmas Peterson, Head of Multimodal ...read more



  • RZD Logistics tests northern route for transit of sanctioned goods


    Sun, 24 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000

    INTERNATIONAL: RZD Logistics has operated a trial service carrying EU goods subject to Russian sanctions in transit from Germany and Estonia to China via the northern route through the Zabaikalsk border crossing.read more



  • Teleste to equip Luxembourg Coradias with passenger information systems


    Sat, 23 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    LUXEMBOURG: Teleste is to supply onboard public address, passenger information and CCTV equipment for 34 high-capacity double-deck electric multiple-units which national railway CFL has ordered from Alstom.read more



  • Medical PPE supplies from China to Italy by train


    Fri, 22 May 2020 14:01:00 +0000

    INTERNATIONAL: DB Schenker is organising the delivery of a total of 186 containers with more than 1 300 tonnes of medical protective equipment from China to hospitals in the Lombardia region of Italy.read more



  • Wellington regional train study funded


    Fri, 22 May 2020 13:53:00 +0000

    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington and Horizons regional councils have been awarded funding from the NZ Transport Agency to develop the final business case for a fleet of hybrid multiple-units to replace ageing loco-hauled stock used on two regional commuter routes.read more



  • Stadler CEO steps down over strategic differences


    Fri, 22 May 2020 13:17:00 +0000

    STADLER: Stadler Group CEO Dr Thomas Ahlburg has left by mutual agreement with the board, owing to ‘different views’ regarding strategic and organisational development, the company announced on May 21.read more



  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 22 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    VTG AG has completed a €2·9bn refinancing of VTG Group’s capital structure, including committed credit lines to fund the continuing investment plans. ‘The BBB issuer credit rating from S&P, the extension of funding tenor and the reduction of funding costs in the depths of the Covid-19 crisis are achievements that ...read more



  • Tracklaying starts on southern Xinjiang rail link


    Thu, 21 May 2020 10:57:00 +0000

    CHINA: Tracklaying has started on the Ruoqiang – Hotan railway across the southern part of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. This will complete a planned railway loop circling the Takliman Desert.read more



  • KiwiRail orders lifting jacks


    Thu, 21 May 2020 09:52:00 +0000

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has ordered eight 30-tonne lifting jacks from Mechan for installation at its Wellington and Dunedin depots.read more



  • Launch customer for Zagro’s powerful E-MAXI XXL battery shunting vehicle


    Thu, 21 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    SHUNTER: Zagro has extended its range of battery-powered road-rail shunting vehicles with the E-MAXI XXL, the largest in the series.read more



  • Old Oak Common HS2 station approved


    Wed, 20 May 2020 12:21:00 +0000

    UK: The planning application for what HS2 Ltd says will be ‘the largest new railway station ever built in the UK’ was approved on May 19 by Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corp, which is leading regeneration of the former railway and industrial site at Old Oak Common in ...read more



  • Baden-Württemberg seeks ‘interim arrangement’ with Go-Ahead


    Wed, 20 May 2020 11:04:00 +0000

    GERMANY: The Transport Ministry in the Land of Baden-Württemberg has agreed with UK-based private operator Go-Ahead that assistance with running services on the 180 km Frankenbahn linking Stuttgart with Würzburg via Heilbronn should be sought temporarily from another company. Two diagrams on this route were allocated to DB Regio in ...read more



  • Indian Railways’ freight ‘revolution’ as first Alstom electric locomotive enters service


    Wed, 20 May 2020 09:12:00 +0000

    INDIA: The first of 800 Alstom Prima T8 electric locomotives ordered by Indian Railways has entered commercial service following certification.read more



  • Road trailers carried from Germany to Lithuania by rail


    Wed, 20 May 2020 08:13:00 +0000

    EUROPE: What the partners say was the first train to carry semi-trailers by rail in the Baltic States has been operated, transporting 22 from the Kaldenkirchen Intermodal Terminal near Germany’s border with the Netherlands to Sestokai on the 1 435 mm gauge line in southwest Lithuania in two days.read more



  • More Tren Maya construction contracts awarded


    Wed, 20 May 2020 07:18:00 +0000

    MEXICO: On May 15, the national tourism fund Fonatur awarded a consortium of Construcciones Urales, GAMI Ingeniería e Instalaciones and AZVI the third construction contract for the planned Tren Maya network, covering the 172 km from Calkiní to Izamal in Tabasco, with a bid of 10·2bn pesos. Work is expected ...read more



  • Joint call to facilitate cross-border rail freight


    Wed, 20 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    INTERNATIONAL: The World Customs Organization, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail and the Organisation for Co-operation Between Railways have jointly called for better co-ordination between customs administrations, transport authorities and the rail sector to facilitate the operation of cross-border supply chains and help mitigate the overall impact of ...read more



  • Over 500 trainsets to replace Swiss regional fleets


    Tue, 19 May 2020 13:23:00 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps have jointly called tenders for the supply of 194 single-deck regional trainsets of a ‘tried and tested platform already in use in a European country’.read more



  • Hydrogen fuel cell train trials completed


    Tue, 19 May 2020 13:09:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Alstom has announced the formal completion of trial operation of two pre-series Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units.read more



  • Electronic Ticket Control Database enters service


    Tue, 19 May 2020 11:52:00 +0000

    INTERNATIONAL: A centralised system for the real-time exchange of ticket control information has been launched to enable rail ticket issuers and carriers around the world to increase their electronic ticketing capabilities and prevent fraud.read more



  • Israel Railways accelerates station enhancement works during lockdown


    Tue, 19 May 2020 08:24:00 +0000

    ISRAEL: In addition to accelerating major infrastructure projects and undertaking track and rolling stock maintenance, Israel Railways has used the opportunity presented by the suspension of passenger services during national Covid-19 lockdown measures to undertake planned enhancement works at 40 stations.read more



  • Greenbrier GIMSA Joint Venture agreement amended


    Tue, 19 May 2020 07:33:00 +0000

    MEXICO: As part of its response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, The Greenbrier Companies has amended its 50:50 joint venture agreement with Grupo Industrial Monclova, the manufacturing partner at the Greenbrier GIMSA wagon plant in Monclova, Mexico.read more



  • Turkish government designates PSO services


    Tue, 19 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000

    TURKEY: The government has designated 61 routes or service groups as eligible for Public Service Obligation support, under an amendment to Clause 8 of the railway liberalisation legislation which came into force in May 2013.read more



  • More modernisation work to start on Douro Valley line


    Mon, 18 May 2020 14:42:00 +0000

    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal is to modernise a further section of the Douro Valley line after receiving notice to proceed from both the finance and infrastructure ministries. The scenic route links Porto with Pocinho, a distance of 175 km.read more



  • Climate change question in REMSA’s 2020 scholarship application


    Mon, 18 May 2020 12:40:00 +0000

    USA: The Railway Engineers Maintenance Suppliers Association has made climate change the focus of its 2020 scholarship programme, for which applications close on May 29.read more



  • ETCS tested in Galicia as high speed corridor nears completion


    Mon, 18 May 2020 07:52:00 +0000

    SPAIN: A series of high speed test runs using ETCS Level 2 were made over the 111 km section of high speed line between Zamora and Pedralba de la Pradería in Galicia on May 15-19.read more



  • First domestic freight train transits the Marmaray tunnel


    Mon, 18 May 2020 06:00:00 +0000

    TURKEY: The first domestic freight train has passed through the Marmaray rail tunnel linking Europe to Asia under the Bosporus in Istanbul, Turkey’s Ministry for Transport & Infrastructure reports.read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 18 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    The Rwandan High Commissioner, DR Congo chargé d’affaires and a representative from South Sudan visited Kenya Railways’ Naivasha Inland Container Depot on May 12 to see its capabilities for handling freight in transit from the port of Mombasa to their countries. The 45 000 m2 facility has a capacity of ...read more



  • Investigation into human performance in signalling operations published


    Mon, 18 May 2020 05:00:00 +0000

    UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them.read more