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    International Transport Workers’ Federation calls for action to protect staff from Covid-19


    Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases INTERNATIONAL: The International Transport Workers’ Federation of almost 700 trade unions representing nearly 20 million people in 150 countries has issued a list of five areas where it believes governments and employers must take action to protect employees ...

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    Öresundståg ETCS contract awarded


    EUROPE: Alstom has been awarded a €35m contract to supply and install Atlas ETCS onboard equipment for the X31 Contessa electric multiple-units used on Öresundståg services in eastern Denmark and southern Sweden. Alstom is to supply an integrated system enabling the EMUs to use legacy ATC-2 ...

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    Sanctioned European goods transit Russia to reach China by rail


    INTERNATIONAL: EU goods which are subject to Russian sanctions can now be transported from Europe to China by rail using electronic seals during transit through Russia. A test shipment of frozen salmon travelled from the Netherlands to Duisburg, where it left for ...

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    MKB orders Vectron Dual Mode locomotives


    GERMANY: Mindener Kreisbahnen has ordered two Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives from Siemens Mobility. These will be able to operate from the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification or by using a 2 400 kW diesel engine on non-electrified routes. The locos are scheduled to ...

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    RENFE ticket offices go cashless


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE stopped accepting cash payments for tickets at booking offices with effect from March 27, citing hygiene reasons. The measure will last as long as the duration of coronavirus lockdown, now prolonged at least until mid-April. Credit and debit cards are now the ...

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    Polish operator tests titanium dioxide disinfectant


    POLAND: Koleje Śląskie is testing the use of TitanSolid, a titanium dioxide based product used in hospitals and food production plants to eliminate pathogenic microorganisms. The substance integrates with the surface it is applied to, creating an active coating that uses photocatalysis to destroy bacteria, fungi ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Stucki Roller Bearing has opened a plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, to meet growing demand for reconditioned bearings for locomotive, wagon and passenger transport applications. SRB’s second facility has nearly 40% more space than its primary location in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. ‘In addition to adding space to support ...

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    SNCF deploys hospital TGV


    FRANCE: SNCF has started transporting Covid-19 patients using a TGV Duplex trainset that has been has adapted as a mobile hospital unit. It is being used to evacuate recuperating patients from hot spot areas where the hospitals are saturated to regions which have spare capacity in their ...

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    Brightline suspends services


    USA: Miami to West Palm Beach inter-city train operator Brightline temporarily suspended its services on March 25. The private-sector operator said the decision had been taken to help slow the spread of the coronavirus to a rate which healthcare systems can cope with, ‘and with the ...

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    Vossloh wins Etihad Rail track contract


    UAE: Rail fastenings and turnouts for Package 2A of the Etihad Rail network are to be supplied by Vossloh, under a contract awarded by the joint venture responsible for the 139 km Ruwais – Ghuweifat line. The contract to build this section was awarded in March ...

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    Transito opts for Civity Nordic


    SWEDEN: Local authority owned rolling stock leasing company AB Transitio has announced its intention to procure 30 EMUs from CAF for use on regional services in southern Sweden, with an option for a further 34 sets. The trains are due to be ordered within an existing ...

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    Małopolska railway development study commissioned


    POLAND: Małopolska voivodship has awarded a 1·8m złoty contract to a consortium of Infra CD and Instytut Kolejnictwa to look at options for the development of the region’s rail network. The study will investigate the potential for enhancing passenger services on existing lines, as well as ...

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    Latvian railway electrification project on hold


    LATVIA: National railway group LDz has put its electrification programme on hold. It said a decrease in freight volumes which began in the first half of 2019 is forecast to continue, and it would not be able to balance its budget in 2020 without additional government funding. ...

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    ABB awarded Trafikverket framework agreement


    Source: SJ/Stefan Nilsson SWEDEN: Trafikverket has awarded ABB a two-year extendable framework contract covering the supply of more than 400 Relion RER670 intelligent electronic devices. These will protect the infrastructure manager’s 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification equipment including transmission lines, transformers and catenary at around ...

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    East Coast resignalling partners appointed


    UK: Network Rail has selected Siemens Mobility and Atkins as its partners for the programme to roll out ETCS Level 2 train control and traffic management on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line.

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    Bruce Evans


    It is with sadness that we report that Bruce Evans, our correspondent and contributor in South Africa, died on March 19.

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    Tracsis acquires ticketing software specialist iBlocks


    UK: Transport software company Tracsis plc has acquired a smart ticketing, back office and automated delay repay specialist iBlocks. Tracsis said the acquisition would support its objective of strengthening its rail product portfolio in areas where it can offer a unique market proposition. The company would ...

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    European Commission approves public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed link


    EUROPE: The European Commission has concluded that Denmark’s public financing model for the Fehmarn Belt rail and road tunnel to Germany is compatible with EU state aid rules. The Commission had approved the model in July 2015, but ferry companies Scandlines and Stena Line subsequently appealed. ...

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    TOAZ orders high-capacity fertiliser wagons


    RUSSIA: Chemical producer Togliattiazot has ordered 200 mineral fertiliser hopper wagons from United Wagon Co, with deliveries from the Tikhvin plant anticipated by the end of May. UWC said this was the customer’s first order for wagons built to the latest generation of designs. The Type ...

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    Hakone Tozan replaces funicular trainsets


    JAPAN: Hakone Tozan Railway launched its fifth generation of rolling stock for its 1·2 km funicular line into revenue service on March 20, having unveiled the two new trains on March 18.