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    Russian Railways simplifies freight procedures to support social distancing


    RUSSIA: A simplified procedure for remote interaction with freight customers has been established by Russian Railways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus infections. In order to increase social distancing while supporting businesses, a procedure has been established for automatically prolonging contracts between cargo owners and ...

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    Budapest cross-city upgrading gathers pace


    HUNGARY: National development agency Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő has called tenders for the development of an interchange between main line and metro services at Népliget, as part of a major programme of capacity enhancements in the southern suburbs of Budapest. Providing a connection to metro Line ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Knorr-Bremse suspended its guidance for the 2020 financial year on March 27, saying the effects of the Covid-19 crisis had rendered numerous assumptions obsolete. It said a rapid recovery in China, where Knorr-Bremse’s plants have resumed 97% of their operations, showed that with appropriate measures delivery ...

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    International Design Forum at InnoTrans 2020 calls for speakers


    INNOTRANS: International Design Center Berlin has invited research, design and business experts to participate in the International Design Forum, which is scheduled to be held on September 23 as part of the official convention programme of InnoTrans 2020. This year’s conference will focus on cross-industry co-operation ...

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    Russian Railways pulls out of Iranian infrastructure work


    IRAN: Russian Railways confirmed on April 2 that it had ceased work on infrastructure projects in Iran, and was to close its Tehran office. As part of this, its overseas engineering business RZD International has ceased work to electrify and increase capacity on the 495 km ...

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    Croatian corridor upgrading contract awarded


    Source: Toma Bačić CROATIA: HŽ Infrastruktura has awarded Cengiz Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret a 2·42bn kuna contract to double-track and modernise the 43·2 km line from Križevci to Koprivnica and the Hungarian border at Gyékényes. This route forms part of the Croatian section of the ...

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    Swiss Combi’s purchase of SBB Cargo stake approved


    Swiss Combi’s purchase of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG has been approved by the country’s Competition Commission SWITZERLAND: Swiss Combi’s purchase of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG was approved by the country’s Competition Commission on April 2. The transaction for an undisclosed ...

  • Phase 1 aims is to improve the capacity of the route by rehabilitating and modernising the 260 km section of the north-south main line between Yangon and Toungoo.

    Yangon – Mandalay upgrading loan agreement signed


    MYANMAR: An agreement covering the ¥40·6bn third tranche of an official development assistance loan to finance Phase 1 of the Yangon – Mandalay Railway Improvement Project was signed by the government and Japan International Co-operation Agency on March 31. Phase 1 aims is to improve ...

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    TMH delivers electric traction units to mine


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant has delivered the first of two Type NP1 electric traction units ordered by EVRAZ’s Kachkanarskiy Mining Plant last October. Each traction unit comprises a 7·6 MW four-axle AC electric locomotive permanently coupled to two four-axle tipping wagons, giving a total ...

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    Israel Railways electrification plan revised


    ISRAEL: An updated and accelerated 25 kV 50 Hz electrification plan was approved by the government, Israel Railways and contractor Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales on March 29, following months of negotiation and an external review. ISR has completed the first test ...

  • The second batch of three four-car 100 km/h DMUs which CRRC is building for INCFA has been shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin.

    CRRC delivers DMUs to Angola


    ANGOLA: The second batch of three four-car 100 km/h DMUs which CRRC is building for INCFA has been shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin. They will join four trainsets delivered to Angola on February 10, with three more to follow. Each ...

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    French freight alliance plans fightback


    FRANCE: Proposals to relaunch rail freight in France are to be published in June, under plans now being developed by an alliance of cargo operators.

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    Flexitanks carry vegetable oil to China


    ASIA: FESCO and Rail Cargo Logistics–RUS have completed their first shipment of canola vegetable oil in containerised flexitanks from the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia to Nantong in China. The initial shipment of 10 containers carrying 216 tonnes of oil arrived after a transit time of 35 ...

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    Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region orders EMUs


    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Auvergne-Rhône Alpes region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply 19 Regio 2N double-deck EMUs totalling 114 cars. They are scheduled to enter service on the Lyon – Mâcon and Lyon – Valence lines in mid-2023. ...

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    Locomotive for Guinea rolled out


    GUINEA: The first of 14 series-build diesel locomotives ordered by the SMB-Winning consortium in December has been unveiled at CRRC Qishuyan’s plant in Changzhou. The Type DF8B 3·3MW Co-Co locomotives follow on from two prototypes, with all 16 scheduled to be ...

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    Record long-distance passenger traffic at DB in 2019, but freight falls back


    A record number of passengers travelled on DB’s inter-city trains in 2019. GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn announced on March 26 that it had carried 150∙7 million passengers on its ICE and IC services during 2019, an increase of 1∙9% over the previous year; it was the ...

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    Hessische Landesbahn orders Stage V compliant Alstom DMUs


    Source: Alstom Design Styling GERMANY: Hessische Landesbahn has placed a €120m firm order for Alstom to supply 30 two-car Coradia Lint 41 regional diesel multiple-units for use on Wetterau West-Ost services from 2022. These will be the first Coradia Lint 41 DMUs to ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Dutch rail freight industry body RailGood has called on the government and infrastructure managers to ensure round-the-clock operation of at least one rail corridor to and from all seaports, multimodal hubs and industrial complexes during the coronavirus crisis. It also called for a temporary suspension of ...

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    Turnout monitoring pilot project


    FINLAND: A pilot project to use real-time data to provide warnings of potential turnout failure is being undertaken by the national railway’s VR FleetCare subsidiary and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Väylävirasto. Equipment from internet of things specialist Vire Labs is being used to monitor 80 ...

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    International Transport Workers’ Federation calls for action to protect staff from Covid-19


    Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases INTERNATIONAL: The International Transport Workers’ Federation of almost 700 trade unions representing nearly 20 million people in 150 countries has issued a list of five areas where it believes governments and employers must take action to protect employees ...