Consortium selected to renovate Santiago suburban lines
CHILE: National railway EFE has selected a 50:50 consortium of Systra and domestic engineering company Zañartu to modernise the Santiago – Melipilla and Santiago – Batucco lines to enable the launch of dedicated suburban services.
Goiás seeks private investors in rail schemes
BRAZIL: Goinfra, the agency responsible for infrastructure and transport within the state of Goiás, has put forward legislation designed to facilitate the construction of rail projects by private sector companies.
Blockade plan confirmed to equip Wien cross-city core with ETCS
AUSTRIA: ÖBB Infra announced plans on March 17 to rebuild the infrastructure on Wien’s 11·3 km cross-city S-Bahn core that links Floridsdorf with Meidling through the heart of the city. The route is to be fitted with ETCS Level 2 and several stations are to be refurbished and expanded.
World Speed Survey 2023: China retains the lead in post-pandemic recovery
After the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the world’s high speed railway services have returned to a more normal operating pattern, although many of the best timings have been eased slightly, finds Jeremy Hartill.
DB Cargo doubles coal transport to supply power stations
GERMANY: DB Cargo doubled its coal transport volumes over the winter months to support the reactivation of coal-fired power stations which were brought out of reserve to ensure stable electricity supplies after gas deliveries from Russia were halted because of the war in Ukraine.
Very Light Rail ultra-thin tram track installed for load testing
UK: A sensor-equipped section of track developed for the Coventry Very Light Rail project has been installed at a city council depot, where the movement of heavy goods vehicles will enable its performance to be tested under stress conditions.
Trenitalia awards 50-locomotive framework contract
ITALY: Trenitalia has signed a framework agreement with Stadler for the supply and maintenance of electro-diesel locomotives able to operate pull-pull passenger services and rescue trains across the entire network managed by RFI.
Digital Maintenance Gateway aims to make rolling stock updates more secure
Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca services resume after bridge works completed
Avanti West Coast contract extended and Managing Director appointed
Gauge-changing GoldenPass Express restricted to metre gauge route
Diesel and HVO locomotive fuel compared directly