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    Isle of Wight line’s future secured with £26m investment


    UK: Investment of £26m to secure the future of the 13·7 km line between Ryde and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight was announced on September 16. This includes infrastructure modernisation and replacement of the life-expired fleet of small profile ex-London Underground trains which date back to ...

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    Rail Cargo Hungaria orders CRRC locomotives


    HUNGARY: ÖBB-owned freight operator Rail Cargo Hungaria has awarded CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive a contract to supply four prototype ‘high power’ electric–battery main line and shunting locomotives. The two types of locomotive have been designed to RCH’s specifications at CRRC’s expense. The shunters are intended to replace ...

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    Vy orders virtual reality fire fighting simulator


    NORWAY: National operator Vy has appointed Vobling to develop a virtual reality fire fighting simulator for staff training. It will use HTC Vive Pro Eye technology, with a more platform-agnostic approach planned which would include stand-alone VR headsets, 2D screens, augmented reality and other media. ...

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    Czech electric network expands


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC has launched works on several long-awaited electrification schemes. Last month a consortium of Subterra, OHL ŽS, Firesta-Fišer and EŽ Praha was awarded a KC1·399bn contract for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 6·8 km regional line from Šakvice to Hustopeče. ...

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    Bergen tunnel to be slab track show case


    Rheda 2000 slab track in the Hanau-Nantenbach tunnel in Germany NORWAY: Track supplier Rail.One and construction company Azvi are to install 6·9 km of Rheda 2000 slab track in the 7·8 km second tunnel bore which is being built as a part of a double-tracking project ...

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    Brakes and HVAC ordered for next-generation TGV


    FRANCE: Alstom has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply the braking systems and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for SNCF’s next generation of high speed trainsets In 2015 SNCF and Alstom formed a taskforce with preferred suppliers including Knorr-Bremse to develop the double-deck Avelia Horizon trainsets under ...

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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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    Rovana Plumb nominated as European Commissioner for Transport


    EUROPE: Rovana Plumb was nominated as European Commissioner for Transport by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on September 10. Plumb is a Social Democratic Party (PSD) member of the Romanian and European parliaments. She has almost two decades of experience in politics, serving as Romania’s ...

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    ‘Digital twin’ to support more robust timetable planning


    Greater Anglia UK: Greater Anglia has worked with Toshiba to create a ‘digital twin’ of its network to assist with the development of new timetables, which can then be tested for robustness using artificial intelligence. Toshiba Digital Consulting Corp consolidated data previously stored ...

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    Ukrainian railway reform legislation introduced


    UKRAINE: Bills for the reform of the railway and inland waterway sectors were introduced to parliament on September 6. The proposed changes follow on from Ukraine’s 2017 Association Agreement with the European Union. ‘These bills present a European model for the rail and inland waterway market’, ...