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    GIRO software to plan TER operations

    2020-02-22T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs has awarded GIRO a contract to supply its HASTUS software for managing the resources needed to operate its 8 200 TER regional passenger services per day, including 2 250 trainsets and 27 000 crew. ‘This project is fundamental to the business’, said SNCF’s ...

  • Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft Niebüll launched a six-day trial passenger service on the Tornesch – Uetersen freight line
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    Trial passenger service to assess reopening prospects

    2020-02-21T16:32:00Z

    Source: NEG GERMANY: Regional operator Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft Niebüll launched a six-day trial passenger service on the Tornesch – Uetersen freight line north of Hamburg on February 20. Source: NEG This is intended to help assess potential demand for a long-discussed ...

  • The first Stadler Wink for Arriva
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    Stadler Wink regional DMU revealed

    2020-02-21T14:49:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: The first Stadler Wink multiple-unit has been revealed. Following testing it is expected to arrive in the Netherlands this spring, with entry into service on Arriva’s regional routes in Groningen and Friesland planned by the end of the year. Arriva is the launch customer for ...

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    Finland negotiates next contract for loss-making passenger services

    2020-02-21T13:01:00Z

    FINLAND: The Ministry of Transport Communications and national operator VR have begun negotiations for the next contract to provide socially-desirable passenger services under a public service obligation contract. While most VR services are operated on a market basis, the ministry spends €30m/year purchasing the ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-02-21T06:00:00Z

    Cargotec Corp subsidiary Navis has entered into an agreement to acquire Melbourne-based freight railway planning and scheduling optimisation software company Biarri Rail by the end of February. ‘Rail freight companies are investing in new digital initiatives in planning in order to increase efficiency and the ...

  • Brittany Ferries' proposed rail motorway between Cherbourg and Mouguerre would be similar to the service connecting Calais with Le Boulou.
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    Brittany Ferries to launch Cherbourg – Spain rail motorway service

    2020-02-20T13:24:00Z

    FRANCE: Brittany Ferries has announced plans to launch its first rail motorway service in 2021, a 980 km landbridge carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the Channel port of Cherbourg and Mouguerre close to the Spanish border near Bayonne. The rail service is intended to complement ...

  • ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network.
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    Effects of operating freight trains on high speed lines to be studied

    2020-02-20T10:00:00Z

    SPAIN: ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network. The 16-month project will include field tests to observe and analyse the aerodynamic forces exerted when ...

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    Amtrak’s first Avelia Liberty heads to Pueblo for testing

    2020-02-20T09:57:00Z

    USA: The first of Amtrak’s next generation of trainsets for Acela Express services on the Northeast Corridor has left Alstom’s Hornell plant in New York state for nine months of dynamic testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado. Following testing, ...

  • HŽ Infrastruktura has commissioned a feasibility study for the proposed 19 km Lepoglava connecting line which would run from Lepoglava on the Varaždin – Golubovec branch to Krapina or Sveti Križ Začretje on the Zabok – Đurmanec line
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    Croatian connecting line feasibility study

    2020-02-20T06:00:00Z

    CROATIA: HŽ Infrastruktura has commissioned a feasibility study for the proposed 19 km Lepoglava connecting line which would run from Lepoglava on the Varaždin – Golubovec branch to Krapina or Sveti Križ Začretje on the Zabok – Đurmanec line. This would provide a more direct route ...

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    Normandie’s inter-city EMUs enter service

    2020-02-19T14:58:00Z

    FRANCE: The first of 40 Bombardier-built Omneo Premium electric multiple-units procured by SNCF on behalf of the Normandie region entered revenue service on the Paris – Caen – Cherbourg route on February 17.

  • Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System construction (1)
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    Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit railway works in full swing

    2020-02-19T13:34:00Z

    INDIA: The government of Uttar Pradesh has allocated Rs9bn for construction of the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut regional express route in the state budget presented on February 18. This follows an allocation of Rs24·9bn in the national budget.

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    SmartRail Europe attracts global rail professionals

    2020-02-19T10:47:00Z

    EVENTS: A cross-section of Europe’s most senior rail professionals will come together in Roma in May at SmartRail Europe, a bespoke conference organised by Railway Gazette Events and supported by Italian national infrastructure manager RFI and the European Union research body Shift2Rail. SmartRail Europe features a ...

  • Gateway Basel Nord Dock 3
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    Gateway Basel Nord secures next phase funding but faces another legal setback

    2020-02-19T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Grand Council of Basel-Stadt voted on February 12 to approve funding for a loan worth SFr115∙53m to enable construction of a new basin forming part of the Gateway Basel Nord trimodal terminal to go ahead. Known as Dock 3, the 330 m long basin ...

  • Keolis has joined the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation as ‘terawatt-level’ partner, the highest level of engagement.
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    Keolis joins Greentown Labs startup incubator

    2020-02-19T06:00:00Z

    USA: Keolis has joined the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation as ‘terawatt-level’ partner, the highest level of engagement. The Greentown campus in Somerville, Massachusetts, offers startup companies resources including prototyping and wet lab space, shared offices, a machine shop and an electronics lab. It ...

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    Kintetsu prepares to launch luxury Hinotori EMUs

    2020-02-18T09:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Kinki Nippon Railway has started driver training with the first of 11 Series 80000 EMUs that it has ordered from sister company Kinki Sharyo to operate limited express services between Nagoya and Osaka-Namba.

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    Fast-charge battery development funded

    2020-02-18T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The development of fast-charge lithium-ion batteries to power catenary-free trams is among the projects which have been awarded A$11m of government funding under a programme to develop the national minerals sector. The A$5m tram battery project brings together the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research ...

  • Alstom has signed an MoU to acquire 100% of Bombardier Transportation from Bombardier Inc and CDPQ
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    Alstom agrees to buy Bombardier Transportation

    2020-02-17T21:04:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The signing of a memorandum of understanding for Alstom to acquire 100% of Bombardier Transportation from Bombardier Inc and Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec was announced by the companies on February 17. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of ...

  • Reopening of the Lithuania to Latvia line (3)
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    Illegally-closed cross-border railway reopened

    2020-02-17T15:53:00Z

    EUROPE: The reinstated 19 km railway between Mažeikiai in Lithuania and Rengė in Latvia was officially reopened February 15, when ministers and officials from both countries attended a ceremony to mark the departure of a train carrying oil to Latvia from Orlen’s Lithuanian refinery. ...

  • Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business
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    Akiem acquires Macquarie European Rail fleet

    2020-02-17T15:40:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Macquarie European Rail’s rolling stock leasing business, subject to regulatory approval. The transaction includes 137 locomotives used by 21 freight and passenger operators, including EMD Class 66, Bombardier Traxx, Alstom Prima and GE Transportation ...

  • VR has awarded Hitachi Rail STS a contract to supply onboard train control equipment for the 60 diesel-electric locomotives it has ordered from Stadler Valencia.
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    Hitachi Rail STS awarded VR ETCS contract

    2020-02-17T13:16:00Z

    FINLAND: Stadler has awarded Hitachi Rail STS a contract to provide onboard train control equipment for the 60 diesel-electric locomotives it is to supply to national railway VR . This will be compatible with ETCS Baseline 3.6 as well as the JKV national train protection system. ...