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    French regulators formalise co-operation ahead of market opening

    2020-07-07T15:43:00Z

    FRANCE: National transport regulator ART and rail safety authority EPSF have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in preparation for opening up of the domestic rail market to competition, the two organisations announced on July 7.

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    Launch customer orders Euro 6000 six-axle electric locomotives

    2020-07-07T10:29:00Z

    SPAIN: Captrain España has become the launch customer for Stadler’s Euro 6000 six-axle multi-system electric locomotive design, signing a framework contract with leasing company Alpha Trains for up to 21 locos. The contract announced on July 7 includes a firm order for an initial 11 locos ...

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    Kars Logistics Centre prepares to receive international rail freight

    2020-07-07T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: The first train has run to the Kars Logistics Centre, which is being built to serve the Kars – Tbilisi – Baku railway connecting Turkey with Georgia and Azerbaijan. Full commercial operations are planned to begin by the end of the year. ...

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    IR invites bids to run private passenger trains

    2020-07-06T17:33:00Z

    INDIA: Confirming its intention to work with private operators to address a shortfall in passenger capacity, the Indian Railway Board issued requests for qualification on July 1 for 35-year concessions to operate private trains on the national network from 2023. IR currently operates around 13 ...

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    ČD calls tenders for multi-system locomotives

    2020-07-06T15:59:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD called tenders on July 2 for a framework contract covering the supply of up to 90 multi-voltage 200 km/h electric locomotives. There would be a firm order for 40 locos, with options for up to 50 more to be exercised within ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2020-07-06T05:00:00Z

    Railroad Development Corp subsidiary Iowa Interstate Railroad opened a bridge over the Raccoon River in Booneville, Iowa, on June 30. Named after RDC executive William J Duggan, the structure west of Des Moines replaces a 119-year-old truss bridge. The Federal Railroad Administration funded half of ...

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    Trans-Servis orders food product tank wagons

    2020-07-05T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Trans-Servis has awarded United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash plant a contract to supply a batch of 15-6900-04 tank wagons designed for transporting food products such as molasses and vegetable oils. The wagons have 25 tonne axleload bogies and a capacty of 56 m 3 or ...

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    Arriva awards Guardia ETCS retrofitting contract

    2020-07-04T05:00:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: Arriva Nederland has awarded Stadler a contract to retrofit 36 Flirt multiple-units used on regional services in Limburg with Guardia ETCS onboard equipment. The contract includes obtaining approval for the use of Guardia in Germany and Belgium, because eight of the EMUs are used on ...

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    Modern locomotives on the way to Moldova

    2020-07-03T14:07:00Z

    MOLDOVA: The first six of 12 TE33AC diesel locomotives which national railway CFM ordered from GE Transportation, now Wabtec, in 2018 are currently being delivered from the LKZ factory at Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan. The TE33AC locomotives for CFM have a 12-cylinder ...

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    Trafikverket awards independent assessment services contract

    2020-07-03T07:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: National transport agency Trafikverket has awarded engineering consultancy Lloyd’s Register a contract to provide third party assessment services for rail projects. This includes the provision of independent assessment body and notified body assurance services to ensure technical interoperability and compliance with the Common Safety Method ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-07-03T05:00:00Z

    On June 30 Alstom acquired Ibre , which supplies cast iron or steel brake discs for rail vehicles. Now a whole owned subsidiary named Alstom Ibre, it employs around 30 people at its Sens site in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Ibre had a turnover of approximately €10m in 2019, ...

  • RegioJet’s first overnight train from Praha to Rijeka arrived in the Croatian port city on July 1.
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    RegioJet launches train to Croatia so ‘everyone can afford a holiday’

    2020-07-02T16:34:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator RegioJet’s first overnight train from Praha to Rijeka arrived in the Croatian port city on July 1. The seasonal service is to run three times a week until July 11, daily until the end of August, and then thrice weekly ...

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    Chinese network expands again ahead of national timetable change

    2020-07-02T14:54:00Z

    CHINA: A series of new line openings has driven an increase in services across the country with the introduction of a new national timetable on July 1. The 143 km Shanghai – Nantong line has been designed for 200 km/h operation and includes a 1 092 ...

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    Trains replace planes on Wien – Salzburg route

    2020-07-02T14:16:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Inter-city rail travel will replace domestic flights between Wien and Salzburg, Austrian Airlines announced on July 2.

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    Series N700S enters service on Tokaido Shinkansen

    2020-07-02T09:59:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway officially launched its first Series N700S high speed trains into revenue service on the Tokaido Shinkansen with a ceremony at Tokyo station on July 1.

  • President Aleksandr Lukashenko officially marked the start of electric operation on the first 36 km of the 141 km Zlobin – Barbarou – Mazyr line with a ceremony at Svietlahorsk-na-Biarezinie station on June 21.
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    First phase of Belarusian electrification project completed

    2020-07-02T05:00:00Z

    BELARUS: President Aleksandr Lukashenko officially marked the start of electric operation on the first 36 km of the 141 km Zlobin – Barbarou – Mazyr line with a ceremony at Svietlahorsk-na-Biarezinie station on June 21. The 25 kV 50 Hz electrification project ...

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    New England’s Pan Am Railways up for sale

    2020-07-01T15:55:00Z

    USA: New England regional railroad Pan Am Railways has been put up for sale, with the private owners including majority shareholder Tim Mellon appointing BMO Financial Group to assist with the process.

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    Ballina – Waterford freight trains to resume

    2020-07-01T13:30:00Z

    IRELAND: Global logistics company XPO is preparing to launch a regular freight service between Ballina in the northwest and the port of Waterford in the southeast.

  • The Victoria state government has agreed to provide A$3·8m/year to ensure the continued operation of The Overland passenger train between Melbourne and Adelaide for the next three years.
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    Melbourne – Adelaide Overland to return

    2020-07-01T11:50:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has agreed to provide A$3·8m/year to ensure the continued operation of The Overland passenger train between Melbourne and Adelaide for the next three years. Around 200 000 passengers/year use the twice-weekly daytime service, which takes 10½ h to cover the ...

  • The German government has underlined its commitment to investment in the rail sector to enable a significant increase in market share
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    German government commits to rail at national summit

    2020-07-01T08:27:00Z

    GERMANY: The federal government underlined its commitment to investment in the rail sector to enable a significant increase in market share during a Rail Summit hosted by the Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure in Berlin on June 30.