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    Brussels Midi blockade completed

    2019-11-12T15:41:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has successfully completed a major upgrade to the signalling at Brussels Midi station, as part of a €24m project to prepare for the introduction of ETCS on the cross-city Brussels Junction line. In two blockades over the long weekends of November 1-3 ...

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    Millet AFR resumes wagon manufacturing

    2019-11-12T11:55:00Z

    FRANCE: Manufacturing of new wagons has resumed at the former Arbel-Fauvet-Rail plant in Douai, following the acquisition of the business by wagon leasing group Millet SA, the company confirmed on November 12. Assembly of grain wagons began in October, and the construction of tank wagons is expected to restart in ...

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    Metrans receives first of 10 Vectron locomotives

    2019-11-12T11:17:00Z

    EUROPE: The first of 10 Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locomotives which Hamburger Hafen Logistik subsidiary Metrans ordered in April was handed over at the operator’s Praha container terminal on November 11. It entered service the following day, hauling a container train from Česká Třebová to ...

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    Turkey publishes 2020 rail plan

    2019-11-12T06:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Tenders for the design of new lines as well as the rehabilitation, electrification and resignalling of existing routes, proposals for rail-served logistics centres and the further development of the domestic supply chain are included in a 2020 strategic programme published by the president’s office on November ...

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    City & Guilds Group buys railway training company Intertrain

    2019-11-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: City Guilds Group has acquired Intertrain, which provides more than 300 railway infrastructure training courses and trains more than 22 000 learners and 40 apprentices every year. The courses include Level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, and re-skilling, upskilling and recertifying existing rail ...

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    Jingye agrees to buy British Steel business

    2019-11-11T16:48:00Z

    UK: China’s Jingye Group has entered into contracts to acquire the business and assets of British Steel Ltd (in liquidation), the Official Receiver and special managers from EY announced on November 11. British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail. ...

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    Network Rail regions take over project delivery

    2019-11-11T12:18:00Z

    UK: The next phase of Network Rail’s devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible ...

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    St Petersburg tests hydrogen tram

    2019-11-11T11:33:00Z

    Photo: Nikita Fastov RUSSIA: Dynamic testing of a hydrogen fuel cell tram started on the St Petersburg network on November 1. The retrofitted single-section LM-68M2 tram has been created jointly by operator Gorelektrotrans and the Central Research Institute of Electrical Marine Technology. Its ...

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    National Railways of Zimbabwe orders Russian wagons

    2019-11-11T11:29:00Z

    ZIMBABWE: National Railways of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement for United Wagon Co to supply 100 open wagons. They are scheduled to be delivered within 12 months of NRZ finalising an export loan with the assistance of the Russian supplier. The 1 067 mm gauge wagons ...

  • Nigerian rolling stock plant groundbreaking ceremony (1)
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    Construction of Nigerian rolling stock factory begins

    2019-11-11T11:11:00Z

    NIGERIA: The construction of a rolling stock assembly plant at Kajola in Ogun state was launched when Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 9. Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said the plant on the Lagos – Ibadan railway ...

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    Bolzano tram plans presented

    2019-11-11T11:02:00Z

    ITALY: The Bolzano city authorities presented plans for a tramway to be built in the South Tirolean city under the TRAM.BZ brand on November 6. The 7·2 km tramway would serve 17 stops on a Y-shaped east-west alignment. Services would be operated as two ...

  • North Carolina & Virginia Railroad has completed a $11·6m project to upgrade its 90 km network to handle 130 tonne wagons
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    World rail freight news round-up

    2019-11-11T05:00:00Z

    Estonia’s Operail has begun operating some freight services without an assistant accompanying the driver. This follows modifications to an initial loco, with four more to follow this year. ‘This is a very big step towards making rail freight more efficient’, said Chairman Raul Toomsalu. ‘During the ...

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    Five election priorities for rail freight

    2019-11-11T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group has set out its priorities for the next government, calling on all party leaders to include rail freight as part of their transport commitments ahead of the general election. RFG has called for policymakers to commit to ...

  • A train carrying Chinese-made equipment for use in the upgrade of the Beograd – Novi Sad line has arrived in Beograd.
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    China – Serbia service delivers railway equipment

    2019-11-10T05:00:00Z

    Serbia SERBIA: A train with 28 wagons carrying 500 tonnes of Chinese-made equipment for use in the upgrade of the Beograd – Novi Sad line has arrived in Beograd. The equipment had left the Chinese city of Jinan at end of September, travelling 10 ...

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    Short line specific PTC training

    2019-11-09T05:00:00Z

    USA: The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association has appointed Tech Mahindra to provide Positive Train Control training courses customised to meet the specific needs of short line operators. The courses will be provided through a subscription-based online platform, with interactive modules covering aspects ...

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    CRRC presents ETCS and CBTC technology to the global market

    2019-11-08T15:47:00Z

    GERMANY: CRRC Times Electric presented its SigThemis ETCS and tSafer-UC1000 communications-based train control platforms at Messe Berlin’s inaugural Mobility Electronics Suppliers trade fair in the German capital on November 6. CRRC said the two train control platforms would ‘add a new colour to the beautiful business ...

  • RENFE is to integrate Karhoo’s taxi booking platform into its ‘RENFE as a Service’ mobile app
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    Front door to destination with RENFE app

    2019-11-08T13:52:00Z

    SPAIN: National operator RENFE is to integrate Karhoo’s taxi booking platform into its ‘RENFE as a Service’ mobile app, which is being developed with the aim of enabling passengers to book an end-to-end journey across modes including rail, metro, taxi, private hire vehicle and scooter in a ...

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    Freight sector needs more ‘good devolution’, RIA conference hears

    2019-11-08T13:44:00Z

    UK: ‘We need to find a way to maximise the “good devolution” and minimise the bad going forward’, Rail Freight Group Executive Director Maggie Simpson told the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference in London on November 7. The RIA conference included a panel discussion on devolution of ...

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    Warszawa reveals Hyundai Rotem tram design

    2019-11-08T11:26:00Z

    The winning option received more than two-thirds of the votes. POLAND: Tramwaje Warszawskie has announced the result of a public vote on the styling of the fleet of trams that Hyundai Rotem is supplying to Warszawa. Option A received 6 947 votes. ...

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    Further delay to Elizabeth Line opening

    2019-11-08T10:18:00Z

    UK: Elizabeth Line project promoter Crossrail Ltd has announced further delays and cost increases to the project. Earlier this year Crossrail Ltd announced that it had identified a six-month delivery window between October 2020 and March 2021. Its updated forecast is that the tunnels under central ...