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    New tunnel in Nürnberg – Schirnding electrification plan

    2020-06-05T13:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Plans to electrify the 140 km line from Nürnberg via Marktredwitz to Schirnding near the Czech border in northeast Bayern have been unveiled by DB Netz at events in Lauf and Schwandorf.

  • A three-month study of the extent to which battery-powered trains could replace diesel traction in Germany is being undertaken through a collaboration between rolling stock financing company Rock Rail, Technische Universität Dresden and the UK’s Universit
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    ​Universities study options for battery traction to replace diesel

    2020-06-05T09:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A three-month study of the extent to which battery-powered trains could replace diesel traction in Germany is being undertaken through a collaboration between rolling stock financing company Rock Rail, Technische Universität Dresden and the UK’s University of Birmingham. According to lobby group Allianz pro Schiene, ...

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    Associations emphasise importance of public transport in tackling climate change

    2020-06-04T14:06:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways, International Association of Public Transport and European railway suppliers’ association UNIFE have called for ‘a new sense of urgency’ in developing a more sustainable transport mix, arguing that decision makers need to look beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath and not forget that ‘the rising danger’ of climate change ‘has not stopped during the crisis’.

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    Carbo Rail becomes Retrack Slovakia

    2020-06-04T12:57:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: VTG Rail Logistics has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in freight operator Carbo Rail following regulatory approval of the transaction which had been announced in February. Bratislava-based Carbo Rail was formed in November 2016 through the merger of Carbosped and Rail Sped, and ...

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    Historic Praha viaduct modernised

    2020-06-04T06:00:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Full operation across the Negrelli viaduct in Praha resumed on June 1, following the completion of a three-year project to refurbish the capital’s oldest railway bridge across the Vltava River.

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    Lazio high speed station agreement signed

    2020-06-03T11:36:00Z

    ITALY: FS Group has reached agreement for the construction of a new station on the Roma – Napoli high speed line to serve the southern part of Lazio region.

  • Mitsubishi Electric Corp has acquired a 34% stake in EKE Group’s train automation and management systems business EKE-Electronics.
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    Mitsubishi Electric Corp acquires stake in EKE-Electronics

    2020-06-03T07:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Mitsubishi Electric Corp has acquired a 34% stake in EKE Group’s train automation and management systems business EKE-Electronics. The companies have also entered into a wide-ranging co-operation agreement. This gives EKE-Electronics access to fast-growing markets as well as resources for further development, and the ability ...

  • Trials are underway with a larger version of the AZLok shunting and engineering train locomotives which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from China’s CRRC Zhuzhou.
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    DB tests larger version of CRRC hybrid shunting locomotive

    2020-06-03T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Trials are underway with a larger version of the AZLok shunting and engineering train locomotives which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from China’s CRRC Zhuzhou. DB ordered four 750 kW four-axle diesel-battery hybrid locomotives from CRRC Zhuzhou in June 2018 at a cost of €10m, with ...

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    Jeantet ousted from Keolis over ‘strategic differences’

    2020-06-02T15:34:00Z

    FRANCE: Former SNCF Réseau chief executive Patrick Jeantet has been dismissed as Chairman of Groupe Keolis with immediate effect, the company’s Supervisory Board announced on June 2. A new Executive Committee has been formed to oversee the business pending the appointment of a successor.

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    High speed co-operation extended

    2020-06-02T10:27:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽ has finalised a further agreement with SNCF International to assist with the development of the county’s proposed network of high speed lines.

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    Latest Shift2Rail call for proposals attracts strong market interest

    2020-06-01T10:54:00Z

    EUROPE: The 2020 Shift2Rail call for proposals has prompted requests for railway research funding worth €113∙3m, the joint technology initiative announced on May 29. A total of 43 proposals have been submitted with a total value of €185∙8m, of which S2R would support €113m. Eight were ...

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    Free RIA webinar to showcase export opportunities in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland

    2020-06-01T09:18:00Z

    EUROPE: The UK’s Department for International Trade and the Railway Industry Association have added a further event in June to their series of free webinars designed to assist British rail industry suppliers who are looking to win export business in Europe. The fourth event in the ...

  • The decision to move InnoTrans from September 2020 to April 27-30 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic has received widespread support, organiser Messe Berlin says.
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    InnoTrans organiser reports ‘positive reactions’ to new date

    2020-06-01T08:47:00Z

    INNOTRANS: The decision to move InnoTrans from September 2020 to April 27-30 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic has received widespread support, organiser Messe Berlin says. ‘We are delighted that with this very complex and complicated measure we are able to offer an adequate alternative to ...

  • BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains.
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    BDZ to repower narrow gauge locomotives

    2020-05-30T06:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: National operator BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains. The three classes of four-axle diesel locomotives on BDZ’s only remaining narrow gauge line ...

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    San Sebastián’s ‘Mole’ breaks through

    2020-05-29T13:47:00Z

    SPAIN: On May 20, a 2·1 km tunnel was holed through in San Sebastián which will form part of a 4·2 km cross-city corridor for the metre gauge railway through the city operated by Euskotren, known colloquially as El Topo (the mole).

  • 'A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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    Boost for rail travel and clean mobility in EU recovery plan

    2020-05-29T08:46:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan for the European Union set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on May 27. This includes changes to ...

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    Freight innovation funding applications invited

    2020-05-28T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Transport Digital Infrastructure has invited applications for funding of projects designed to improve the economics and efficiency of rail freight. Proposals should relate to digitalisation, automation and vehicle technology, and applications should be made via the Federal Railway Office ...

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    Automatic operation of regional passenger trains to be tested

    2020-05-27T11:03:00Z

    GERMANY: The automatic operation of regional trains in passenger service is to be tested in a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in Niedersachsen, the project partners announced on May 27. Due to launch in 2021, the project brings together Alstom, aerospace research centre DLR, the Technical University of Berlin, ...

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    AI tools help Infrabel to maintain social distancing

    2020-05-26T13:25:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel is to deploy a raft of artificial intelligence tools to support its efforts in maintaining social distancing across its business as the country’s coronavirus lockdown is gradually eased. The company says that its ongoing research into the use of AI means ...

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    Stockholm metro electrification contract awarded

    2020-05-26T13:24:00Z

    SWEDEN: Siemens Mobility has been selected to deliver electrification and power supplies for the Stockholm Metro expansion programme. The €21m contract awarded by Region Stockholm’s Extended Metro Administration covers electrification works for four separate extensions. The programme includes construction of a 4·1 km Yellow ...