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    World rail freight news round-up

    2020-07-13T05:00:00Z

    News from the global rail freight sector

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    Locomotives exported from the USA to Peru

    2020-07-12T05:00:00Z

    PERU: Logistics company Dachser has delivered two 180 tonne diesel locomotives to Lima from the Port of Houston in the USA. ‘Managing all the steps of this type of heavy-lift cargo project can be quite challenging; however, Dachser was able to ...

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    JR Freight to install wagon braking monitoring equipment

    2020-07-11T06:00:00Z

    Source: Mike Bent JAPAN: JR Freight is to equip its fleet of 7 383 container wagons with a braking status monitoring system. This aims to eliminate the time-consuming need for staff to walk the length of every train and visually inspect each set of brakes ...

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    Watco to acquire rail assets at six Dow sites

    2020-07-10T12:00:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Chemical producer Dow has signed a definitive agreement to sell the rail infrastructure assets and related equipment at six of its US and Canadian sites to shortline group Watco. This includes all Dow-owned tracks and associated infrastructure at the Plaquemine and St Charles sites ...

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    Lithuanian freight operator launches Polish business

    2020-07-10T11:12:00Z

    POLAND: The Lithuanian state railway group’s freight business LTG Cargo has established a Polish subsidiary to support its international expansion plans and is negotiating a joint venture with PKP Cargo to operate cross-border intermodal services. LTG Cargo Polska was granted a safety certificate by Polish authority ...

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    Western Australia rail investment targets agriculture sector

    2020-07-10T07:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: A package of infrastructure enhancements has been put forward by the Western Australia state government in a bid to attract more agricultural traffic onto rail.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-07-10T05:00:00Z

    Voestalpine Railway Systems ’ Spanish subsidiary JEZ has acquired a share in a turnout assembly plant near Buenos Aires, saying this would help to significantly increase the group’s competitiveness in the Argentinean market. VTG AG has acquired the Želos ...

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    Eurostar looks to cut costs with reduced hours and part-time working

    2020-07-10T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is looking to reduce its payroll costs through the introduction of reduced hours and more part-time working ‘wherever possible throughout 2021’, in a move which the cross-Channel high speed operator said was intended to protect jobs at a time when ‘the impact of Covid-19 has ...

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    ‘Rail comeback’ could reopen 4 000 km of closed lines

    2020-07-09T13:05:00Z

    GERMANY: More than 200 closed, mothballed or freight-only lines could be reopened to serve 291 towns and a population of around 3 million people, according to proposals drawn up by the Association of German Transport Companies VDV and rail lobby group Allianz pro Schiene. The two ...

  • Testing is underway with a prototype diesel multiple-unit developed by Electroputere VFU Pascani for use on short and medium distance services.
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    Romanian DMU on test

    2020-07-09T11:30:00Z

    ROMANIA: Testing is underway with a prototype diesel multiple-unit developed by Electroputere VFU Pascani for use on short and medium distance services. The 60 m long three-car 120 km/h DMU has a capacity of 164 passengers, including 22 in first class. Facilities include an accessible toilet, ...

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    Alstom proposes divestments to obtain approval for Bombardier Transportation acquisition

    2020-07-09T09:11:00Z

    INTERNATONAL: Alstom has put forward proposals for a number of product and factory divestments as part of the process of gaining European Union regulatory approval for its planned acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. The European Commission was formally notified of the proposed transaction on June 11. ...

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    Michael Peter to be sole CEO of Siemens Mobility as Sabrina Soussan steps down

    2020-07-09T08:00:00Z

    SIEMENS MOBILITY: Michael Peter is to be the sole Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Mobility with effect from July 10, with co-CEO Sabrina Soussan leaving at her own request. Soussan has been appointed as CEO of Swiss access control and security technology company Dormakaba Holding with ...

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    Bosnian railway rehabilitation study

    2020-07-09T05:00:00Z

    BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: A joint venture of Spanish companies Ardanuy Ingeniería, Eptisa and IPSA has been awarded a €3·6m, 24-month contract to undertake preliminary and main studies and related design for the modernisation of the 172 km Doboj – Sarajevo section of Pan-European Corridor Corridor Vc, ...

  • Lietuvos Geležinkeliai launched a new brand identity on its 101st birthday, reflecting its recent restructuring with the formation of passenger, freight and infrastructure businesses.
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    Lithuanian Railways launches ‘patriotic’ rebranding and international expansion drive

    2020-07-08T13:24:00Z

    LITHUANIA·: National railway group Lietuvos Geležinkeliai launched a new brand identity on its 101st birthday, reflecting its recent restructuring with the formation of passenger, freight and infrastructure businesses. The full name remains Lietuvos Geležinkeliai, but with the ‘new, more patriotic’ abbreviation LTG rather than LG. ...

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    BNSF and Wabtec prepare to test battery-electric locomotive

    2020-07-08T13:06:00Z

    USA: Wabtec has started conducting factory testing at its Erie plant of a prototype 4 400 hp battery locomotive, ahead of trial operations with BNSF that are planned to take place in the final quarter of this year. BNSF and GE Transportation (now Wabtec) began development ...

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    Trenord’s first Donizetti EMU enters service in Milano

    2020-07-08T10:00:00Z

    ITALY: The first of 41 Alstom Coradia Stream electric multiple-units ordered by Lombardia regional operator Trenord entered service on the Milano – Gallarate – Luino route on July 5, with free travel offered to mark the occasion. The Trenord joint venture ...

  • The treaties signed in Brussels on July 7 add the Netherlands to a 1993 agreement between the UK, France and Belgium which enables passengers to pass through juxtaposed checks by border officials from both the departure and destination countries before bo
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    Agreements signed to allow direct Amsterdam – London trains

    2020-07-08T09:42:00Z

    EUROPE: Eurostar is set to launch direct services between Amsterdam and London later this year, following the signing on July 7 of four-country agreements covering the legal and security arrangements. A date for the start of through services has not yet been finalised, the high speed ...

  • The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed.
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    Franchise support to be extended by 18 months

    2020-07-08T07:00:00Z

    UK: The government is preparing for a further 18 months of financial support for passenger train operators once the existing Emergency Measures Agreements expire on September 20, industry insiders have confirmed. A formal decision is expected to be announced by Secretary of State for Transport Grant ...

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    Second-hand inter-city coaches arrive in Portugal as CP looks to bolster fleet

    2020-07-08T05:00:00Z

    Photo: José Carlos Barbosa PORTUGAL: National operator CP has completed the purchase of 51 hauled coaches from Spanish counterpart RENFE as part of its efforts to mitigate an acute shortage of rolling stock. Initial negotiations started in February, when CP anticipated buying only 16 ...

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    French regulators formalise co-operation ahead of market opening

    2020-07-07T15:43:00Z

    FRANCE: National transport regulator ART and rail safety authority EPSF have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in preparation for opening up of the domestic rail market to competition, the two organisations announced on July 7.