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    Voith and CRRC to expand strategic alliance


    INTERNATIONAL: Voith and CRRC have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in the rail and industrial sectors, as part of a framework agreement signed in Beijing on September 6, during a visit to China by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Earlier this year Voith Turbo China and CRRC Beijing ...

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    Afghanistan – China rail freight service sets off


    Afghanistan AFGHANISTAN: An inaugural service carrying freight for export to China by rail left Hairatan in northern Afghanistan on September 5, carrying 1 100 tonnes of talc in 41 containers. The train crossed the Soviet-built road-rail Friendship Bridge over the Amu Darya into Uzbekistan. ...

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    RTRI tests fuel cell multiple unit


    JAPAN: Railway Technical Research Institute has started test running with a prototype multiple-unit which can work as a conventional or battery EMU or using a fuel cell powerpack. Converted from an older 1·5 kV DC EMU, the test train comprises a 34 tonne motor car and ...

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    ETCS over Tetra certified


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has certified the use of Bombardier Transportation ETCS over a Teltronic Tetra voice and data communications network on the 300 km route from Zhetigen to Altynkol on the Chinese border. Teltronic said this provided ‘irrefutable proof’ of the viability of ETCS over ...

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    UNIFE demands ‘fair’ market access for European and Chinese suppliers


    INTERNATIONAL: European suppliers’ association UNIFE reiterated its call for ‘a real level playing field’ and ‘fair conditions’ for both European and Chinese manufacturers on September 2. It said this should include specific rules excluding non-European state-owned enterprises from EU procurement in the absence of reciprocal market access. ...

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    Texol orders articulated LPG tank wagons


    KAZAKHSTAN: Texol Group has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 400 Type 15-9541-01 articulated liquefied petroleum gas tank wagons by the end of March 2021. The Russian manufacturer said the wagons designed by its All-Union Research Development Centre for Transportation Technology and ...

  • In July and August this year, YRT supported a visit by 41 staff from CRRC as they toured railway facilities across the UK.

    Young Rail Tours to explore the world of rail


    INTERNATIONAL: UK-based networking and educational association Young Rail Professionals has launched Young Rail Tours in partnership with the Young Members sections of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology Railway Technical Professional Network. ...

  • Körfez Ulaştırma has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives.

    Turkish operator orders Stadler electro-diesel locos


    TURKEY: The Körfez Ulaştırma rail transport subsidiary of oil refiner Tüpraş has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives from 2021, along with an eight-year full service maintenance agreement. Stadler said the order announced on August 27 was its first contract in Turkey, and they would ...

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    Coal cut-off line approved


    INDIA: The government has approved the construction of a 108 km rail link between Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi, for completion in 2023-24 at an estimated cost of Rs34·4bn. Connecting Central Railway’s current Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj terminus at Kolhapur with Vaibhavwadi Road station on the Roha – Madgaon section of the ...

  • The Asian Development Bank has approved its first loan to Sri Lanka’s railway sector.

    ADB finances Sri Lanka railway modernisation programme


    SRI LANKA: The Asian Development Bank has approved its first loan to Sri Lanka’s railway sector, providing US$160m towards the US$192m Railway Efficiency Improvement Project. The government is to provide the remaining $32m for the project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024. Noting that Sri ...