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  • More Newag EMUs for Lower Silesia


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:36:18 +0000

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    LOWER Silesian Railways (KD) signed a Zlotys 266.5m ($US 65.5m) contract with Newag at Wroclaw Glowny station on January 13 for 11 additional Impuls regional EMUs.

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  • Work begins on Emmerich - Oberhausen upgrade


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:28:50 +0000

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    CONSTRUCTION began on a €1.5bn project to upgrade a key rail freight link between the Netherlands and Germany on January 20, when North Rhine Westphalia state transport minister Mr Michael Goschek, Mr Enak Ferlemann, parliamentary state secretary of the German Ministry of Transport, and German Rail (DB) board member for infrastructure Mr Ronald Pofalla officially launched the expansion and modernisation of the 73km Emmerich - Oberhausen line.

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  • BNSF announces 2017 capital investment plan


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:00:19 +0000

    USA: BNSF Railway announced a 2017 capital expenditure plan worth $3·4bn on January 19. As with...read more



  • SBB launches multi-modal trip planning apps


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:04:15 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has launched SBB Reiseplaner apps for iOS and Android,...read more



  • Hitachi shows how Trenitalia’s Rock will roll


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:52:27 +0000

    ITALY: A mock-up of one of the driving cars from the double-deck regional electric multiple-units...read more



  • Alstom to supply trams for Kaohsiung LRT Stage 2


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:39:48 +0000

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    ALSTOM confirmed on January 23 that it has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply 15 Citadis X05 low-floor LRVs for Stage 2 of the Kaohsiung light rail Circular Line.

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  • Mastura Mansor


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:28:54 +0000

    Scomi Group has appointed Mastura Mansor as Country President, Indonesia.read more



  • Márton Feldmann


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:27:29 +0000

    Márton Feldmann has become CEO of BHÉV, a subsidiary of Hungarian national operator MÁV Group which...read more



  • Škoda double-deck train for DB on test at Velim


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:12:10 +0000

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    THE introduction of Škoda trains on DB Regio Oberbayern’s Munich - Nuremberg Express high-speed regional services moved a step closer on January 21, when a class 102 locomotive began testing with a set of double-deck coaches at the VUZ Velim test track in the Czech Republic.

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  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    PKP Cargo has expanded its drone fleet with Dron House‘s Bielik 3·5 kg carbon fibre design....read more



  • CZ Loko supplies Italian operators


    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    ITALY: CZ Loko has delivered three more Class 741.7 shunting locomotives to Italy. Locomotives...read more



  • SNCF Réseau forms drones business


    Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has established a subsidiary to offer its expertise in the use of drones to...read more



  • Captrain Deutschland orders cross-border locomotives


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:14:05 +0000

    EUROPE: Captrain Deutschland Group has awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to supply six...read more



  • Hitachi and Trenitalia unveil double-deck EMU mock-up


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:09:04 +0000

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    PRODUCTION of the next-generation double-deck EMU for Trenitalia was officially launched at Hitachi Rail Italy’s (HRI) Pistoia plant on January 20 with the unveiling of a full-size mock-up of the driving vehicle cab end.

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  • Spanish high-speed ridership reaches 35 million


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:02:04 +0000

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    PASSENGER numbers on high-speed services in Spain rose by 5.4% to reach a record 35.21 million in 2016, according to annual ridership figures published by national train operator Renfe on January 18.

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  • Captrain Germany orders multi-system locomotives


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:37 +0000

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    BOMBARDIER announced on June 20 that it will provide six Traxx MS multi-system electric locomotives to Captrain Germany for cross-border freight transport in Europe, mainly in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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  • First Mexico City - Toluca EMU delivered


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:56:58 +0000

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    MEXICO’s secretary of state for transport and communications Mr Gerardo Ruiz Espara attended a ceremony at the port of Veracruz on January 19 to mark the delivery of the first CAF Civity EMU for the Mexico City - Toluca interurban passenger line.

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  • Yerevan metro rolls out modernised train and 4G


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:06:56 +0000

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    A refurbished train entered service on the metro network in the Armenian capital Yerevan at the end of December, coinciding with the launch of 4G internet services on the 15km system.

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  • First Taichung MRT Green Line train unveiled


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:50:41 +0000

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    THE first completed train for the Taichung MRT Green Line was officially presented to the deputy commissioner of Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (Dorts) in a ceremony at Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ (KHI) plant in Hyogo, Japan, on January 10.

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  • Britain launches HS2 rolling stock procurement


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:00:00 +0000

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    PROCUREMENT of a fleet of up to 60 trains for High Speed 2 (HS2) will be officially launched today by Britain’s secretary of state for transport Mr Chris Grayling.

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  • Procurement of High Speed 2 trains begins


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:02:00 +0000

    UK: The process to procure rolling stock for High Speed 2 was initiated on January 20, when the...read more



  • Trenitalia awarded 10-year inter-city contract


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:45:00 +0000

    ITALY: A 10-year ‘universal service contract’ for Trenitalia to operate socially-desirable day and...read more



  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:30:00 +0000

    Alstom booked €1·0bn of orders in its third quarter from October 1 to December 31 2016, with sales...read more



  • Trenitalia signs 10-year intercity contract


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:07:18 +0000

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    A 10-year contract for the operation of conventional inter-city services and overnight trains in Italy was signed in Rome on January 19 by Trenitalia CEO Mrs Barbara Morgante and Italy’s minister of transport and infrastructure Mr Graziano Delrio.

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  • Ostrava orders 40 trams from Stadler


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:52:26 +0000

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    THE executive director of Ostrava Public Transport (DPO), Czech Republic, Mr Daniel Morys and executive vice president marketing & sales of Stadler, Mr Peter Jenelten, signed a contract for the delivery of 40 standard-gauge Tango trams on January 18.

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  • £300m to improve Brighton Main Line resilience


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:13:58 +0000

    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed funding of £300m to improve the resilience of the...read more



  • First China – Britain freight train arrives in London


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:41:41 +0000

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    THE first container train from China to Britain arrived at DB Cargo’s London Eurohub terminal in Barking on schedule on January 18, having left Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, southeast of Shanghai on 1 January.

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  • Thales wins Kaohsiung LRT signalling contract


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:50:37 +0000

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    CHINA Steel Corporation (CSC) has awarded Thales a contract to supply signalling systems for the light rail Circular Line in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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  • Utrecht orders more CAF trams


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:13:23 +0000

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    UTRECHT provincial councillor for mobility Mrs Jacqueine Verbeek-Nijhof and CAF commercial director Mr Josu Esnaola signed a contract in the Dutch city on January 18 for an additional batch of 22 Urbos 100 low-floor LRVs.

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  • Artesyn and Hyukshin announce SIL4 signalling collaboration


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:04:13 +0000

    SOUTH KOREA: Artesyn Embedded Technologies and Hyukshin Engineering Co have signed a memorandum of...read more



  • Melbourne trams to run on solar power


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:02:35 +0000

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    MELBOURNE’s extensive tram network could soon be running on electricity supplied by large-scale solar power plants under plans unveiled by the government of the Australian state of Victoria.

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  • EP Cargo buys majority stake in Spedica


    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The EP Cargo rail freight business of power and industrial group EPH has agreed a...read more



  • Extolling Japan’s seven-minute miracle


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:01:00 +0000

    A video clip on YouTube titled Seven-Minute Miracle has been viewed more than six million times. It is about a marvellous Shinkansen train cleaning crew finishing their job within seven minutes.

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  • First NS New Generation Sprinter EMU on test


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:05:43 +0000

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    NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has released footage of the first completed New Generation Sprinter (SNG) EMU, which is undergoing tests at CAF’s plant in Beasain in northern Spain.

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  • Debt and slowing growth fail to dampen Chinese rail investment bonanza


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:26:07 +0000

    China has redoubled its commitment to rail infrastructure investment as it seeks to stave off a slowdown in economic growth and boost development in areas that are poorly served by the network. Keith Barrow looks at the prospects for rail spending under the 13th Five Year Plan and considers some of the potential obstacles ahead.

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  • KeolisAmey to operate Manchester Metrolink


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:22:03 +0000

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    TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has awarded a joint venture of Keolis and Amey a 10-year contract to operate and maintain the city’s 92km Metrolink light rail network.

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  • FS signs Trainose purchase agreement


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:48:15 +0000

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    THE long-running privatisation of Greek national train operator Trainose took an important step forward on January 18, when Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mr Renato Mazzoncini and Mr Antonis Leousis, CEO of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) signed a share purchase agreement in Athens.

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  • JR East sets out ambitious strategy for growth


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:07:59 +0000

    JR East is a private company, so generating earnings is important. To grow earnings, we have to be hungrier and step up the pace of measures. In fiscal 2016, our business results were comparatively favourable. But at times like these, complacency is a danger. Treading water lowers employee morale and saps a company’s vitality.

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  • French regions seek greater control of rail services


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:02:24 +0000

    THIRTY years after France introduced the Regional Express Transport (TER) brand to reflect the decentralisation of regional passenger operations, French regions are looking to expand their role in the specification and procurement of local rail services.

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  • First China to UK rail freight service arrives in London


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:54:12 +0000

    UK: The first demonstration rail freight service carrying textiles and other consumer goods from...read more



  • Investment and liberalisation reverse Polish decline


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:34:12 +0000

    SITUATED in Central Europe and with relatively flat terrain, on the face of it Poland has the ideal conditions for railways to flourish.

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  • The future of freight: challenges and opportunities facing the industry


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:13:46 +0000

    THE European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) brings together newcomers on the European rail market. ERFA covers the whole value chain of rail transport across Europe and all members are united in a commitment to work towards a competitive and innovative single European railway market underpinned by attractive, fair and transparent market conditions for all railway companies.

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  • DB: calm after the storm


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:05:52 +0000

    AFTER a hugely challenging year in 2015, German Rail (DB) witnessed a return to growth in its long-distance passenger business during 2016 and has also enjoyed success in the German regional rail market, retaining several major contracts whilst winning back some routes previously lost to competitors.

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  • Transdev eyes new regional tenders in 2017


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:53:44 +0000

    2016 was a challenging year for Transdev Germany employees. The accident at Bad Aibling, resulting in 12 fatalities, four of whom were Transdev train drivers, demanded a lot of strength. Colleagues across the Transdev group in Germany have shown incredible solidarity and support to overcome this crisis.

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  • FS signs deal to buy Greek national train operator


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:37:57 +0000

    GREECE: The share purchase agreement for Italian state railway group Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane...read more



  • More Pesa LRVs for Bydgoszcz


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:24:24 +0000

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    THE Polish city of Bydgoszcz has selected local supplier Pesa as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 18 low-floor LRVs for the city’s metre-gauge tram network.

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  • One offer submitted for privatisation of Montecargo


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:21:06 +0000

    MONTENEGRO: Polish port operator and freight forwarding company OT Logistics was the only company...read more



  • Hungary begins tendering for Szeged tram-train


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:01:39 +0000

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    HUNGARY’s National Infrastructure Development Agency (NIF) has published a call for tenders for contracts to plan and build the Szeged - Hódmezővásárhely tram-train line.

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  • Carlos Aguilar


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:25:00 +0000

    Dallas – Houston high speed line promoter Texas Central Partners has appointed former CH2M Hill...read more



  • Baden-Württemberg awards passenger operating contracts


    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000

    GERMANY: The Länd of Baden-Württemberg has awarded a series of contracts for the operation of...read more