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  • Haifa - Nazareth light rail line approved


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:12:41 +0000

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    ISRAEL’s National Infrastructure Commission has approved plans for a 43km interurban light rail line linking Haifa with Nazareth and referred the project to the Israeli government.

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  • Brussels appoints consultants for CBTC rollout


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:08:48 +0000

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    BRUSSELS Transport (Stib) has awarded a consultancy contract to a consortium of Systra, Geste and Tractebel to assist with the introduction of communications-based train control (CBTC) on metro lines 1 and 5.

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  • Construction begins on Geneva - Annemasse cross-border tram line


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:31:15 +0000

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    A ceremony was held at Moëllesulaz on the French-Swiss border on February 20 to officially launch construction of an extension of Geneva light rail line 12 to the French town of Annemasse, which will restore an international link severed in the 1950s.

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  • Kenyan standard-gauge railway to start trial operation in March


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:10:10 +0000

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    CONSTRUCTION of the $US 3.8bn 472km Mombasa - Nairobi standard-gauge railway (SGR) is due to be completed in March by China Railway and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which has a 10-year concession to operate the line, to allow test running to begin in preparation for the start of train operation in June.

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  • Ordsall Chord bridge move brings 'flowing ribbon' link closer


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:58:05 +0000

    UK: What is claimed to be the first network arch bridge on a UK rail project was swung into place...read more



  • Elbe-Altmark operating contract awarded


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:33:00 +0000

    GERMANY: The transport authorities of Sachsen-Anhalt and Brandenburg have jointly awarded...read more



  • Mashhad Urban Railway Line 2 inaugurated


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:56:39 +0000

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    THE Iranian city of Mashhad added a second line to its metro network on February 20 with the inauguration of an 8km section of the north-south Line 2 from Shohada to Kashfrood.

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  • Bo-Bo-Bo locomotives shipped to Myanmar


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:56:16 +0000

    MYANMAR: CRRC Dalian has shipped a further pair of locomotives to Myanma Railways, and has now...read more



  • Victoria orders 100th X’trapolis EMU for Melbourne


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:52:25 +0000

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    METRO Trains Melbourne’s fleet of X’Trapolis EMUs is set to reach 101 trains after Public Transport Victoria (PTV) signed a €100m contract with Alstom for nine additional sets.

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  • More X’Trapolis EMUs for Melbourne


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:20:35 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Victoria has signed a €100m contract for Alstom to supply a further...read more



  • CRRC locomotives shipped to Myanmar


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:48:51 +0000

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    CRRC Dalian, China, has shipped the first two units from a new batch of metre-gauge diesel locomotives for Myanmar Railways.

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  • Freight railway orders DMUs for passenger service revival


    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Local freight railway Bentheimer Eisenbahn has awarded Alstom a contract to supply five...read more



  • Copenhagen Cityringen tunnels completed


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:21:19 +0000

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    THE Prime Minister of Denmark Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen and the mayor of Copenhagen Mr Frank Jensen witnessed the completion of tunnelling on the Cityringen orbital metro line on the morning of February 20, when TBM Tria broke through at the east end of the Copenhagen Central station box.

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  • Nagpur Metro awards CBTC contract to Siemens


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:17:45 +0000

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    SIEMENS has won a €40m contract to install communications-based train control (CBTC) on the initial two lines of the Nagpur metro in India.

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  • Brewery takes delivery of battery shunter


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:37:35 +0000

    GERMANY: The Warsteiner brewery in Nordrhein-Westfalen has taken delivery of a TeleTrac...read more



  • Financing agreed for Tunisian locomotive order


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:48 +0000

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    TUNISIAN National Railways (SNCFT) signed a Dinars 167m ($US 73m) loan agreement with Tunisia’s Attijari Bank on February 20 to finance 20 series GT42AC locomotives ordered from Progress Rail last December.

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  • New locos planned as Mercitalia targets European corridors


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:36:43 +0000

    ITALY: ‘Radical changes’ to the rail freight and logistics market were unveiled on February 20,...read more



  • Siemens forms UK Mobility Digitalisation unit


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:31:27 +0000

    UK: Siemens Rail Automation announced a restructuring of its signalling and train control...read more



  • FS subsidiaries to order up to 125 freight locomotives


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:05:18 +0000

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    ITALIAN State Railways (FS) rail freight subsidiaries TX Logistik and Mercitalia Rail have issued a non-binding call for expressions of interest (EOIs) for a contract to supply and maintain up to 125 electric locomotives.

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  • Station work starts at Global Gateway Shinagawa


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:41 +0000

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway and the Urban Renaissance Agency marked the start of construction of a...read more



  • Hanseatic Railway wins Elbe-Altmark regional contract


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:43:31 +0000

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    BERLIN-Brandenburg Transport Authority (VBB) and Saxony-Anhalt local transport authority Nasa have awarded Hanseatic Railway (Hans) a contract to operate the Elbe-Altmark regional network.

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  • Caltrain electrification “in jeopardy” as federal grants deferred


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:08:56 +0000

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    CALTRAIN has warned that the viability of its project to electrify the 83.7km San Jose - San Francisco line may be in jeopardy after newly-appointed United States Transportation Secretary Mrs Elaine Chao ordered the Federal Transit Administration to defer federal funding for the project.

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  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    TX Logistik has created a department to offer short-notice spot transport, initially focusing on...read more



  • World rail infrastructure market February 2017


    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    Bulgaria: NKZI has awarded contracts for construction of bridges over the Septemvri - Plovdiv line...read more



  • Plans to increase capacity at Warszawa Zachodnia unveiled


    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has unveiled the design concept for an extensive...read more



  • LDZ Logistika to trial India - Latvia intermodal service


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:26:05 +0000

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    LATVIAN Railways (LDZ) freight subsidiary LDZ Logistika has announced plans for the trial operation of a new largely rail-based container service connecting Riga with Mumbai in India.

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  • EBA approves Munich - Lindau upgrading works


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:10:38 +0000

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    GERMANY’s Federal Railway Authority has given the go-ahead for the first phase of a €440m project to upgrade and electrify the Munich - Memmingen - Lindau line.

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  • DB Regio places first order for Siemens Mireo


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:44:44 +0000

    GERMANY: DB Regio has become the first customer for Siemens’ Mireo electric multiple-unit design,...read more



  • German rail freight decline continues


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:49:30 +0000

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    GERMAN rail freight volumes showed small declines in 2016 despite an increase in the overall freight market, according to annual figures released this week by the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis).

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  • Stadler to supply 52 EMUs for Liverpool


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:27:12 +0000

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    STADLER announced on February 16 that it has signed a deal with Merseytravel worth up to £700m to build and maintain 52 EMUs for Liverpool’s Merseyrail network, which will enter service 2020 onwards.

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  • SNCF agrees to order TGVs under Belfort rescue package


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:59:44 +0000

    FRANCE: Having worked with the government to find ‘a balanced solution’ to maintaining employment...read more



  • Long-distance concession talks break down


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:36:25 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: Negotiations for a national jointly operated long-distance passenger traffic...read more



  • DB Regio orders 39 Siemens EMUs


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:19:22 +0000

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    SIEMENS announced on February 16 that DB Regio has ordered 39 EMUs to operate on its Rhine Valley rail network in southwest Germany from 2020.

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  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    Alstom, Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development and the Lombardia and Piemonte regions have signed...read more



  • Panama Metro prepares for further expansion


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:13:46 +0000

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    PANAMA Metro has invited expressions of interest for a contract to carry out a pre-feasibility study for lines 4 and 5.

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  • Bombardier says turnaround is ‘in full motion’


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:14:45 +0000

    BOMBARDIER: Announcing Bombardier Inc’s annual results for the year to December 31 2016, President...read more



  • Stadler orders ABB traction equipment


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:30:43 +0000

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    ABB announced on February 16 that it has received orders with a total value of $US 70m to supply traction and onboard power equipment to Stadler Rail for use on new trains for customers in Switzerland, Sweden, and Hungary.

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  • Kuala Lumpur - Singapore HSR joint development partner chosen


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:57:24 +0000

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    SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on February 16 that it, along with MyHSR Corporation has appointed a consortium comprising WSP Engineering Malysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia and Ernst & Young Advisory Services as joint development partner for the Singapore - Kuala Lumpur high-speed project.

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  • SNCF acquires 45% stake in BLS Cargo


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:40:28 +0000

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    BLS, Switzerland, announced on February 16 that it has agreed to sell a 45% stake in its rail freight subsidiary BLS Cargo to SNCF Logistics.

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  • Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail joint development partner appointed


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:20:42 +0000

    ASIA: Project promoters MyHSR Corp of Malaysia and Land Transport Authority of Singapore have...read more



  • Bombardier rolls out first LRV for Waterloo


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:11:25 +0000

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    THE first Flexity Freedom LRV for the initial phase of the Ion light rail network in the Canadian city of Waterloo was loaded onto a lorry at Bombardier’s plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on February 15 in readiness for delivery, which is expected to take 10-12 days.

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  • SNCF buys 45% stake in BLS Cargo


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:51:47 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: BLS has agreed to sell a 45% stake in its freight subsidiary BLS Cargo to SNCF...read more



  • Improving Talgo accessibility


    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    SPAIN: Renfe has begun a €5·7m project adapt 15 Series VI Talgo coaches to improve access for...read more



  • Siemens Charger on test in Pacific Northwest


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:14:34 +0000

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    A Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotive has arrived in the US state of Washington for certification testing on Amtrak’s Cascades Corridor, which links Eugene with Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.

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  • Bluetooth-enabled ticket gates demonstrated


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:41:54 +0000

    UK: Railway Gazette attended a demonstration of Bluetooth Low Energy fare validation technology at...read more



  • ÖBB seeks more class 2016 diesel locomotives


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:57:13 +0000

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    AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has issued a tender for the purchase of up to 19 second-hand Siemens ER20 Eurorunner diesel locomotives (ÖBB class 2016).

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  • Milan metro and regional rail operators mull merger


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:46:18 +0000

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    NORTH Milan Railways (FNM) confirmed on February 14 that it is talks with Milan urban transport operator Milan Transport (ATM) regarding a possible merger.

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  • Knorr-Bremse to supply brakes for Alstom’s Indian locomotives


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:28:52 +0000

    INDIA: Alstom has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply the complete braking systems for the...read more



  • Knorr-Bremse to supply brakes for new Indian locomotives


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:24:37 +0000

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    KNORR-Bremse announced on February 15 that it will supply braking systems to Alstom’s 800 new Prima-E double locomotives for Indian Railways (IR).

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  • SJ plans investment in new trains as profits soar


    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:50:46 +0000

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    SWEDISH national train operator SJ is planning to accelerate investment in the modernisation of its train fleet as rising demand continues to strengthen the company’s revenues and profits.

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