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  • Vincent Ducrot named next SBB Chief Executive


    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:11:00 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: The Swiss Federal Railways board has appointed Vincent Ducrot as CEO with effect from April 1 2020. He will succeed Andreas Meyer, who is stepping down at the end of March.read more



  • PRASA put into administration


    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:43:00 +0000

    SOUTH AFRICA: The interim board of Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa has been dismissed, and the troubled organisation has been put into administration Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on December 9.read more



  • Local content emphasised as Alstom awarded Perth train contract


    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:36:00 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has formally signed the A$1·3bn contract for Alstom to supply and maintain diesel and electric multiple-units for use around Perth.read more



  • TransANT lightweight wagons for multiple bodies on test


    Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:00:00 +0000

    AUSTRIA: Testing is underway with TransANT modular wagons with exchangeable bodies which Rail Cargo Group has developed in conjunction with its customers.read more



  • Vy Tog wins Bergen – Oslo operating contract


    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:10:00 +0000

    NORWAY: National railway agency Jernbanedirektoratet has named Vy Tog as preferred bidder for the Lot 3 Vest operating contract, which covers long-distance passenger services from Bergen to Voss, Myrdal and Oslo, and local services between Bergen and Arna.read more



  • World rail freight news round-up


    Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

    United Wagon Co is to supply a second batch of 20 dump cars to BrIK by the end of 2020. The Type 32-6982-01 cars will be used to transportation and bulk and lump mineral cargoes for the mining and construction industries.read more



  • RM Rail expands hopper wagon range


    Sun, 08 Dec 2019 05:00:00 +0000

    RUSSIA: RM Rail’s Ruzkhimmash plant has developed a further four types of hopper wagon, taking its wagon range to 78 designs.read more



  • Helping short lines to prepare for emergencies


    Sat, 07 Dec 2019 06:00:00 +0000

    USA: ‘Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis’, explained American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association President Chuck Baker when the organisation announced a package of resources designed to help its ...read more



  • RZD sells its stake in Transcontainer


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:55:00 +0000

    RUSSIA: State railway group RZD has sold its majority stake in intermodal operator Transcontainer to private freight and logistics company Delo Group, which runs intermodal terminals and port facilities across the Russian Federation.read more



  • Wabtec delivers locomotives to Egypt


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:46:00 +0000

    EGYPT: Wabtec has delivered 10 Evolution Series diesel locomotives to Egyptian National Railways and the Ministry of Transportation.read more



  • NS CEO calls for comprehensive high speed network


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:53:00 +0000

    EUROPE: ‘Something is really wrong’ when airlines can offer flights ‘at ridiculous prices’ in Europe, said Roger Van Boxtel, CEO of Dutch national passenger operator NS in the keynote opening session at the World Rail Festival in Amsterdam on December 4.read more



  • Leo Express to operate trains to Wrocław


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 11:17:00 +0000

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator Leo Express signed an agreement with Polish regional operator Koleje Dolnośląskie on December 5 to run services between Praha and Wrocław, starting on December 20.read more



  • Hitachi to supply inter-city trains for Avanti West Coast services


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:28:00 +0000

    UK: First Trenitalia has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply and maintain 23 inter-city trainsets for use on Avanti West Coast services. The contract announced on December 6 is worth £350m.read more



  • Components turn to foam to provide fire protection


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Hübner Group has developed HFP 34, a semi-rigid polyurethane-based material which can be used to make weather-resistant moulded parts for rolling stock which will turn to foam in the event of a fire, protecting passengers from smoke and flames until they can be evacuated.read more



  • Railway supply industry news round-up


    Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000

    To make itself ‘structurally fit for future challenges’, infrastructure construction company Swietelsky Baugesellschaft mbH has been restructured as Swietelsky AG. Supervisory Board Chairman Günther Grassner explained that no stock exchange listing was envisaged, as the change in legal structure would have no impact on the ownership. Former managing directors Peter ...read more



  • Leo Express goes multimodal


    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:24:00 +0000

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Leo Express has launched a pilot first and last mile service by partnering with peer-to-peer car sharing company HoppyGo. The open access operator has become a minority shareholder in HoppyGo and expects to expand the service to destinations in Poland next year.read more



  • Wien agrees €2bn S-Bahn expansion package


    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000

    AUSTRIA: Proposals for a €2bn package of infrastructure enhancements to expand the capital’s S-Bahn network were unveiled by the Mayor of Wien Michael Ludwig and ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä on December 3.read more



  • ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis


    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:34:00 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.read more



  • Moment launches on-train entertainment platform


    Thu, 05 Dec 2019 06:00:00 +0000

    FRANCE: Air and cruise infotainment technology supplier Moment is now offering its multimedia platform for train operators.read more



  • DB plans Arriva flotation in May


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:24:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is looking to float its international public transport operating subsidiary Arriva on the stock market next year, CEO Richard Lutz told local media on December 4.read more



  • CP signs public service contract


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:42:00 +0000

    PORTUGAL: State-owned train operator Comboios de Portugal has finally signed its first contract to run passenger services on the national rail network.read more



  • Luton Airport peoplemover bridge installed


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:49:00 +0000

    UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier.read more



  • Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 13:29:00 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services.read more



  • Tavan Tolgoi coal line accord signed


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 10:49:00 +0000

    MONGOLIA: Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International is to provide technical assistance for the development of a 414 km rail link into the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, following the signing of a co-operation agreement in Ulaanbaatar on December 3.read more



  • Work begins on Szczecin suburban upgrade


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:00:00 +0000

    POLAND: Work has started on the Szczecińska Kolej Metropolitalna suburban upgrading project, beginning at Gryfino station, infrastructure manager PKP PLK announced on December 2.read more



  • Platskartny coach mock-up on show


    Wed, 04 Dec 2019 06:00:00 +0000

    RUSSIA: RZD’s Federal Passenger Co and Transmashholding have unveiled a mock-up of the design concept for the next generation of platskartny dormitory-style third class coaches for long-distance services.read more



  • Airport rail link ready to roll


    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:30:00 +0000

    GERMANY: Rail services to the new Berlin-Brandenburg International airport will begin when the airport finally opens on October 31 2020, DB’s representative for Berlin Alexander Kaczmarek, confirmed on December 2.read more



  • RhB double-tracking caps successful year


    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:00:00 +0000

    SWITZERLAND: Two sections of double track on Rhätische Bahn’s Albula main line are ready to open, RhB Director Renato Fasciati announced on November 29, presenting the highlights of what Chairman Stefan Engler said had been ‘a very successful and at the same time challenging year’.read more



  • Évora – Elvas cut-off contract awarded


    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 10:56:00 +0000

    PORTUGAL: Road and rail infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has awarded a contract for construction of a further section of the 80 km Évora – Elvas cut off, which is intended to form the centrepiece of the so-called International South Corridor linking Lisboa to the Spanish border near Badajoz.read more



  • ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail


    Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:04:00 +0000

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.read more