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  • DB Regio has formally awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply seven Miro electric multiple-units for use on services from Karlsruhe to Bruchsal, Heidelberg and Mannheim
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    DB Regio places Mireo order

    2019-11-20T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Regio has formally awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply seven Miro electric multiple-units for use on services from Karlsruhe to Bruchsal, Heidelberg and Mannheim which it is to operate as part of the Netz 7b operating contract. The three-car units with more than ...

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    Alpha Trains raises green financing

    2019-11-20T05:00:00Z

    LUXEMBOURG: Rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains has refinanced some of its existing bank debt and secured further bank funds with a total volume of over €500m, as well as raising an additional €200m through a US private placement. This includes €140m of green bank financing, which ...

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    Doll to leave DB as Arriva sale falters

    2019-11-19T12:35:00Z

    Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG/Pablo Castagnola GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced that Alexander Doll, Board Member for Finance, Freight Traffic Logistics, will leave the business on December 31. Doll’s departure was agreed on November 18 at an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board. A new ...

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    SBB awards ETCS maintenance contract

    2019-11-19T08:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Alstom a €25m contract to maintain its ETCS onboard equipment for 10 years with an option for three more. This extends a contract which had been awarded when the equipment was fitted in 2003-08. It includes logistics management for repair ...

  • An agreement for the joint development of rail services to deliver Russian food products to China has been signed by RZD Logistics and YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics.
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    Agreement to increase exports of Russian food to China by rail

    2019-11-19T07:00:00Z

    ASIA: An agreement for the joint development of rail services to deliver Russian food products to China has been signed by RZD Logistics and YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics. The companies plan to expand the geographic range of the existing Agroexpress service, with a series of shipments ...

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    Opinsta develops custom apps for Virgin Trains

    2019-11-19T05:00:00Z

    UK: Opinsta has worked with Virgin Trains to develop a defect reporting app which front line staff can use to log any technical problems with the Alstom Pendolino and Bombardier Transportation Voyager trainsets for review by maintenance teams and asset management systems. The app also provides ...

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    First order for Vectron Dual Mode brings 'the best of two worlds'

    2019-11-18T16:09:00Z

    GERMANY: Railsystems RP has become the first customer for Siemens Mobility’s Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotive, with an order announced on November 18 for two to be delivered at the end of 2020. Announced at InnoTrans 2018 and unveiled at the manufacturer’s München-Allach plant in March ...

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    Italo signs ‘largest ever’ green loan for transport

    2019-11-18T14:22:00Z

    ITALY: Open access high speed train operator Italo has signed a €1·1bn syndicated loan, which CEO Gianbattista La Rocca said was the world’s largest green loan in the transport sector. The proceeds will be used to refinance €900m of existing green investments on better terms, and ...

  • South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra EMU
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    South Western Railway Class 701 Aventra suburban EMU unveiled

    2019-11-18T13:33:00Z

    ‘The new Class 701 trains will transform journeys for our customers with benefits including onboard wi-fi, at-seat charging points, real-time information screens, air-conditioning, wide gangways and wide doors to improve the ease of boarding and alighting’, said SWR Engineering Director Neil Drury.

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    Gazpromtrans orders molten sulphur wagons

    2019-11-17T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Gazprom subsidiary Gazpromtrans has awarded United Wagon a contract to supply a further 120 tank wagons for the transport of molten sulphur. The latest firm order announced on October 29 follows from a contract for 60 which was agreed in August, taking the total value ...

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    Masats supplies doors for Schönbuchbahn light rail vehicles

    2019-11-16T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Masats is supplying sliding plug doors for the nine three-car lightweight electric trainsets which fellow Spanish company CAF is building as part of the project to modernise the 17 km Schönbuchbahn near Stuttgart as a light rail route. Masats will also support the maintenance of ...

  • China to Germany freight service at Mukran (3)
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    Rail and sea from China to Germany with a single waybill

    2019-11-15T16:03:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Containers of consumer and industrial goods which had left Xi’an on November 1 bound for Hamburg arrived at the Mukran ferry terminal on Germany’s Baltic Sea island of Rügen on November 12, having travelled by rail to Baltysk in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave and then by sea. ...

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    DB Regio orders EMUs for Karlsruhe services

    2019-11-15T07:00:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €120m contract to supply 19 Coradia Continental regional electric multiple-units. They are to be used on services from Karlsruhe to Heilbronn, Achern, Freudenstadt and Herrenberg which DB Regio is to operate from December 2022 under the 13-year Netz 7b contract ...

  • VRR and Stadler have officially opened a €35m depot on a former colliery site in Herne
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    Stadler opens depot for Rhein-Ruhr fleet

    2019-11-14T15:07:00Z

    GERMANY: Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR and Stadler have officially opened a €35m depot on a former colliery site in Herne where the manufacturer will maintain 41 Flirt 3XL EMUs which Abellio Rail NRW will operate on S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr services from December 15. The 100 000 m² ...

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    Finnish open access operator expands fleet

    2019-11-14T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Open access freight operator Fenniarail has placed a firm order for CZ Loko to supply an EffiShunter 1600 Co-Co diesel-electric loco in 2020, with an option for six more. The Czech manufacturer supplied five similar machines to Fenniarail in 2015 and 2017. The 1 524 ...

  • DHL freight service between China and Germany
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    Faster China to Europe freight service launched

    2019-11-13T11:17:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: In response to growing demand for rail freight services between Europe and Asia, DHL Global Forwarding has launched what it says is be the fastest rail connection between China and Germany. It has also opened three additional Rail Competence Centres at Le Havre, Felixstowe and Genova ...

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    Rail’s priorities for a European Green Deal

    2019-11-13T09:39:00Z

    EUROPE: Measures to achieve full transport decarbonisation by 2050, encourage modal shift and implement ‘polluter pays’ principles are amongst the measures which the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies believes should be included in the European Green Deal that incoming European Commission President Ursula von ...

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    Polish branch line to be reopened

    2019-11-13T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has called tenders for the works required to reopen the 3·5 km out-of-use route between Wieliszew and Zegrze, north of Warszawa. The design and build contract would include track replacement and the installation of electrification and signalling to permit passenger services ...

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    Brussels Midi blockade completed

    2019-11-12T15:41:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has successfully completed a major upgrade to the signalling at Brussels Midi station, as part of a €24m project to prepare for the introduction of ETCS on the cross-city Brussels Junction line. In two blockades over the long weekends of November 1-3 ...

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    Millet AFR resumes wagon manufacturing

    2019-11-12T11:55:00Z

    FRANCE: Manufacturing of new wagons has resumed at the former Arbel-Fauvet-Rail plant in Douai, following the acquisition of the business by wagon leasing group Millet SA, the company confirmed on November 12. Assembly of grain wagons began in October, and the construction of tank wagons is expected to restart in ...