Middle East

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    Etihad Rail freight facilities contract awarded

    2020-02-11T13:27:00Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded a joint venture of L T Construction and Power China International a 1·876bn dirham contract to design, build and commission seven freight handling facilities on Stage 2 of the national rail network. The freight facilities will be built in Industrial City ...

  • DEPOLOG freight terminal at the Port of Haifa
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    Haifa rail freight terminal opened

    2020-01-23T06:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: The Depolog freight terminal at the Port of Haifa has opened, with Israel Railways’ first train carrying 21 containers. The terminal was built by ISR and marine engineering company Maagan. It three tracks with a total length of 1 500 m, including two tracks for ...

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    Haramain signalling maintenance contract awarded

    2020-01-14T13:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Xrail Group has been awarded a seven-year contract to undertake corrective and preventive maintenance of the ETCS Level 2 signalling and technical buildings on the Haramain High Speed Rail line, acting as subcontractor to Siemens Mobility. Xrail will provide 24/7 support from six maintenance ...

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    Convertible trams enter service as Msheireb Downtown Doha tramway opens

    2020-01-14T06:00:00Z

    QATAR: A 2·12 km circular tramway in the Msheireb Downtown Doha district of the capital opened at the end of December. Travel is free. Trams run every 6 min, serving nine stops and a 400 m hop-on/hop-off zone in the Wadi Msheireb area. Interchange to ...

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    Ministers inaugurate Tel Aviv – Jerusalem through service

    2019-12-19T12:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: To mark the start of regular electric through services between Tel Aviv Hahagana and Jerusalem Navon via the A1 fast line on December 21, Israel Railways operated its first passenger-carrying train on December 18.

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    Etihad Rail heads northeast as Package D awarded

    2019-12-19T09:49:00Z

    UAE: National railway developer Etihad Rail has awarded the fourth major contract for its Stage Two expansion programme to a joint venture of China Railway Construction Corp and local partner National Projects Construction. Valued at 4·6bn dinars, the Package D contract ...

  • Haramain High Speed Railway
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    Haramain launches Jeddah airport service at 300 km/h

    2019-12-11T14:12:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: High speed services to and from Jeddah airport were launched on December 11. The six-track station serving Terminal 1 at King Abdulaziz International Airport is linked to the 450 km Haramain High Speed Railway between Makkah and Madinah by a 6·6 km branch. This ...

  • TMH is to supply ENR with a total of 1 300 coaches
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    South African company joins the global supply chain with TMH contract

    2019-12-11T11:04:00Z

    EGYPT: The TMH International subsidiary of Russian rolling stock manufacturing group Transmashholding has awarded South African company SME Exports a contract to supply 800 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for coaches ordered by Egyptian National Railways. SME Exports supplies HVAC to customers in South Africa and ...

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    Wabtec delivers locomotives to Egypt

    2019-12-06T13:46:00Z

    EGYPT: Wabtec has delivered 10 Evolution Series diesel locomotives to Egyptian National Railways and the Ministry of Transportation. In June 2017 the Ministry of Transportation and Egyptian National Railways signed a US$575m letter of intent for the supply of 100 mixed-traffic locomotives from GE, which subsequently ...

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    Mianeh – Bostanabad line inaugurated

    2019-12-02T14:41:00Z

    IRAN: Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country. The 132 km southern section of the new line, between Mianeh and Bostanabad, ...

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    Saudi Railway Co and Russian Railways to co-operate

    2019-10-14T13:43:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev and Saudi Railway Co CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik signed a co-operation agreement in Riyadh on October 14. The parties expressed interest in Russian participation in the construction and ...

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    Etihad Rail awards Stage 2 systems & integration contract

    2019-10-10T14:32:00Z

    UAE: Project promoter Etihad Rail has awarded Hitachi Rail STS the 1·6bn dirham railway systems integration contract for Stage 2 of the national network Hitachi Rail STS is to design, supply, install, test and maintain the railway systems in co-ordination with other Stage 2 ...

  • Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works.
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    Prototype Egyptian coaches unveiled by TMH

    2019-10-08T14:22:00Z

    EGYPT: Two prototype third class coaches for Egyptian National Railways were unveiled when Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works in Russia on October 4. In September 2018 TMH Hungary signed a five-year contract worth more than €1bn for ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms.
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    Egyptian locomotive renewal programme underway

    2019-09-16T10:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has invited expressions of interest in the supply of up to 100 diesel-electric locomotives for use on long-distance passenger services, with tendering expected to get underway by the end of the year. The project is to be funded with a €290m loan ...

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    Consortium selected to build Tel Aviv loop line

    2019-09-12T07:52:00Z

    ISRAEL: The Electra Infrastructures consortium has been selected as preferred bidder to undertake civil engineering works on the planned 30 km line between Rishon Le-Ziyyon and Modi’in, Israel Railways announced on September 10. The electrified east-west line will largely follow the median of Highway 431, forming ...

  • CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi Railway Co.
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    Condition-based maintenance in the desert

    2019-08-28T15:00:00Z

    CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi Railway Co. SAUDI ARABIA: CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi ...

  • The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension.
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    Tehran – Ankara passenger service relaunched

    2019-08-20T14:18:00Z

    ASIA: The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension. The first departure left the Iranian capital on August 7, watched by Managing Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Rasouli and the Turkish ambassador. The train is scheduled to ...

  • Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round.
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    Cybersecurity firm raises seed funding

    2019-08-05T13:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round. Investors include North First Ventures of Israel and Awz Ventures of Canada, along with Nissim Bar-El, the founder of technology security consultancy Comsec Group. ‘As operators further digitise their infrastructure, the railway industry is adopting ...

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    Talgo signs Egyptian co-operation agreement

    2019-08-01T12:01:26Z

    EGYPT: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has signed a framework co-operation agreement with the Arab Organization for Industrialization for the joint development of capacity and performance improvement projects on the Egyptian rail network. Signed in Madrid by Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol Fabra and the Chairman of AOI’s SEMAF ...

  • Israel Railways has reconfigured three of its Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches.   The revised interior layout is designed to provide a 20% increase in capacity per vehicle.
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    Higher capacity double-deck coach on test

    2019-07-22T10:03:53Z

    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has reconfigured three of its Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches with a revised interior layout designed to provide a 20% increase in capacity per vehicle In order to accommodate more standing passengers, the seats and tables have been removed from the lower deck and replaced with ...