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  • Penguin specialist supports rail infrastructure project

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:04:49 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: TasRail has appointed a penguin specialist from BirdLife Tasmania to provide advice more

  • HIMA signs Indonesia signalling technology contract

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:59:54 +0000

    INDONESIA: HIMA has signed a €1·74m contract to provide signalling equipment supplier PT Len more

  • Bombardier completes 200th VLocity DMU for Victoria

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:32:03 +0000

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    BOMBARDIER has rolled out the 200th VLocity DMU from its Dandenong factory for Public Transport Victoria for operation on regional services in the Australian state of Victoria.

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  • AŽD Praha wins Montenegrin resignalling contract

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:20:15 +0000

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    MONTENEGRO’s rail infrastructure manager ZICG has awarded AŽD Praha a €6.1m contract to resignal the main station in the capital Podgorica.

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  • Italy funds Calabrian rail projects

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:32:43 +0000

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    ITALY’s minister of transport and infrastructure Mr Graziano Delrio has approved funding of €214m for the purchase of 22 mainline trains, five regional trains and seven CAF Urbos LRVs for Calabria.

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  • UK railway news round-up

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    Govia Thameslink Railway has offered jobs to 10 young people from Luton, Cambridge, Stevenage, more

  • LEO Express to relaunch Locomore service

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:22:57 +0000

    GERMANY: Czech operator LEO Express is to relaunch the Berlin – Stuttgart open access service more

  • Atkins wins Anglia resignalling contract

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:05:06 +0000

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    BRITAIN’s infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has awarded a £29m contract to Atkins to resignal 42km of lines linking Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft in eastern England.

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  • Electro-diesel units ordered for Benidorm – Dénia line

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:43:52 +0000

    SPAIN: Regional operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana has awarded Stadler more

  • Ferrocarril Central PPP project launched

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:28:00 +0000

    URUGUAY: President Tabaré Vázquez joined Minister of Transport & Public Works Victor Rossi more

  • South American Bi-oceanic Railway talks falter

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:52:32 +0000

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    THE proposal to build a transcontinental railway linking Brazil and Peru - the Bi-oceanic Railway - has hit a stumbling block on the choice of the best route through Peru.

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  • Leo Express and FlixBus to revive Locomore

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:45:33 +0000

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    GERMAN open-access operator Locomore is set to resume services on the Stuttgart - Berlin route on August 24 after Czech open-access operator Leo Express agreed to take over the operations of the insolvent company.

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  • New calculation models aid rail fastening development

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:07:58 +0000

    Vossloh is optimising its rail fastening systems by developing new tension clamps and other fastening components. This is being achieved thanks to a new co-simulation of FEM and MBS models, as Dr-Ing Duo Liu and Dr-Ing Sven Kretzschmar, engineers with Vossloh Fastening Systems’ research and development department, explain.

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  • Elron rolls out Ridango ticket sales system

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +0000

    ESTONIA: This month passenger operator Elron will begin its transition to a ticketing more

  • Rastatt landslip closes Karlsruhe - Basle line

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:37:19 +0000

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    THE Karlsruhe - Basle main line in southwest Germany, one of Europe’s key rail freight arteries, has been closed since August 12 following a major earth movement caused by groundwater entering the construction site of the new 4.27km tunnel being built under Rastatt.

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  • Egypt and China sign Cairo interurban light rail contract

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:10:24 +0000

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    EGYPTIAN prime minister Mr Sherif Ismail attended a ceremony in Cairo on August 15 to witness the signing of a $US 1.24bn contract between Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) and a consortium of China’s Avic International and China Railway Group for the construction of an interurban light rail line to the east of Cairo.

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  • Optical fibre networks facilitate shift to predictive maintenance

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:04:37 +0000

    Railways are using optical fibre sensing networks to switch from scheduled to condition-based and predictive maintenance, explains Shun-Yee Liu, Hwa-Yaw Tam, and Kang-Kuen Lee from Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s electrical engineering department, and Kei-Chun Cheng from Volant Railway Technologies, Hong Kong.

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  • Colas Rail sets up French maintenance subsidiary

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:54:59 +0000

    Colas Rail has long had a desire to expand its rolling stock maintenance business, and took a major step forward in October 2016 by establishing a new French subsidiary, Ramfer. Dan Templeton visits the company’s hub in Grenay, France, to get a closer look at how it is managing its maintenance activities.

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  • Seoul set for urban rail expansion

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:49:26 +0000

    Despite pushing back the opening date of the Ui Line, the latest addition to its metro from July until September, Seoul is on course to expand its 327km network by 89km by 2025. Andy Tebay reflects on recent developments in the Korean capital, including a shift to light metro and light rail projects from traditional heavy metro lines.

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  • Bridging the Sichuan-Tibet gap

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:44:28 +0000

    China is embarking on a hugely ambitious project to build a new railway between Chengdu and Lhasa in Tibet. Xinhua’s Yu Fei outlines the project and the environmental challenges facing its contractors and engineers.

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  • Chinese high-speed rail expansion on the fast track

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:36:05 +0000

    China is continuing to expand its high-speed rail network as fast as it can to meet people’s growing transport needs and support the country’s industrial development and economic restructuring, as Han Qiao and Fan Xi with China Features explain.

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  • NSK receives first bearing order from SNCF

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    FRANCE: NSK has received its first order for wheelset bearings as a qualified supplier to SNCF, more

  • Trenitalia agrees to acquire V250 trainsets

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:35:23 +0000

    ITALY: Trenitalia has agreed to acquire 17 of the former Fyra V250 trainsets to expand its more

  • NSW regional train fleet to be replaced

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:15:02 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: The entire New South Wales regional train fleet is to be replaced and a new more

  • Lucknow metro approved for commercial operation

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:12:38 +0000

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    INDIA’s Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) Mr Satish Kumar Pandey gave the go-ahead for commercial operation of the first metro line in Lucknow on August 14 following a successful safety inspection on the initial 8.4km section of the north-south line between Transport Nagar and Charbagh.

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  • Bombardier wins Bangkok monorail contracts

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:20:46 +0000

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    BOMBARDIER has secured two contracts to supply a total of 72 Innovia Monorail 300 trains for two new monorail lines in Bangkok.

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  • Atkins awarded £29m Norwich – Lowestoft resignalling contract

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:56:02 +0000

    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has awarded Atkins a £29m contract to resignal the more

  • New South Wales seeks private finance for regional fleet replacement

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:06:39 +0000

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    THE government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has reaffirmed its intention to replace its entire regional rolling stock fleet and has also announced a new depot will be constructed in the regional centre of Dubbo to maintain the new trains.

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  • Sweco to plan Stockholm Central upgrade

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:27:24 +0000

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    SWEDISH infrastructure manager Trafikverket has awarded Sweco a contract to provide planning and design services for the modernisation of the country’s busiest station Stockholm Central.

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  • Sweco to plan Stockholm Central station modernisation

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    SWEDEN: Trafikverket has appointed Sweco to provide planning, design and support services for more

  • Doppelbauer takes the Fourth Railway Package on tour

    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0000

    In a bid to win support in European Union (EU) member states for the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package, the European Agency for Railways conducted a road-show throughout the European Union culminating in a conference in Brussels in June. The agency’s executive director Josef Doppelbauer spoke to David Briginshaw about the rationale for the road-show.

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  • Trenitalia acquires AnsaldoBreda V250 trains

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:59:43 +0000

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    TRENITALIA confirmed on August 11 that it has acquired 17 of the 19 AnsaldoBreda V250 trains ordered by Netherlands Railways (NS) and Belgian National Railways (SNCB), which were rendered surplus by the collapse of the Amsterdam - Brussels Fyra high-speed service in 2013.

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  • High speed rail promoter Texas Central selects planning and construction contractors

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:49:02 +0000

    USA: Privately-financed high speed line project promoter Texas Central has appointed more

  • Aurizon to quit intermodal freight

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:55:41 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon Holdings Ltd has announced its intention to withdraw from the intermodal market, more

  • Penn Station co-ordination review

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:24:02 +0000

    USA: Amtrak announced on August 9 that it had commissioned an independent review of the way more

  • World rail freight news round-up

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    The Russian government has allocated 5·1bn roubles to buy three new train ferries for the more

  • Specialist doors supplied for Doncaster maintenance depot

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    UK: Jewers Doors has installed five of its latest Swift SEW automated sliding bifolding doors more

  • Finland sets out plans for passenger rail tendering

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:17:18 +0000

    FINLAND: The government’s plans to open the domestic passenger market to competition and bring more

  • Trenitalia drops South Eastern bid to focus on West Coast Partnership

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:21:33 +0000

    UK: The Trenitalia UK subsidiary of Italian’s national railway group has dropped its bid for more

  • Railway supply industry news round-up

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    Rostec and Russian Railways have agreed to form a working group to implement a long-term more

  • DSB to sell Uppland business to Transdev

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:09:46 +0000

    SWEDEN: Denmark’s state passenger operator announced on August 10 that its DSB more

  • Alameda Corridor East grade separation trench opens

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:23:00 +0000

    USA: A 2·3 km long, 9 m deep and 20 m wide cutting built at cost of $313m as part of a more

  • East Japan Railway enters UK market with West Midlands franchise win

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:34:43 +0000

    UK: The West Midlands Trains Ltd consortium led by the Abellio subsidiary of Dutch more

  • UK railway news round-up

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    Arriva Trains UK has invited expressions of interest in financing ‘self-propelled units’ and more

  • Federal funding to revive border crossing

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:06:31 +0000

    USA: Texas Department of Transportation has a received a US$7m grant from the US Department more

  • LEO Express recruiting for German launch

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:48:36 +0000

    GERMANY: Czech open access operator LEO Express has started recruiting train crew to operate more

  • Thüringen to award 11-year Rennsteigshuttle contract

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:05:13 +0000

    GERMANY: Thuringen’s Ministry of Infrastructure & Agriculture is to award more

  • South Tirol direct award rail contract approved

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 +0000

    ITALY: The direct award of a contract for SAD Nahverkehr to continue to operate local more

  • Hector Rail awarded LKAB haulage contract

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:14:26 +0000

    SWEDEN: Mining company LKAB has awarded Hector Rail a new haulage contract running for five more

  • Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:23:09 +0000

    KENYA: The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of more