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    Etihad Rail awards control centre contract as work starts on Package B


    UAE: National railway promoter Etihad Rail has confirmed the award of an 846m dirham contract for construction of its central Operations & Maintenance facility at Al Fayah in the suburbs of Abu Dhabi.

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    Short-notice spaghetti trains organised to get pasta across the Alps


    Source: DB Schenker EUROPE: DB Schenker has organised the transport of several hundred tonnes of pasta by rail from Italy to Germany, enabling 650 Aldi supermarkets to replenish supplies which had been depleted by customers stocking up during the coronavirus pandemic. The first delivery included ...

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    Grand Central follows Hull Trains in suspending open access services


    UK: Open access operator Grand Central temporarily suspended all services from the end of April 3, as coronavirus restrictions continue to affect its passenger numbers. The London King’s Cross to Sunderland and Bradford operator said it anticipated that the ‘necessary but temporary’ measure would last for ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    The Mongolian government has extended the timeframe for discussions ahead of the proposed construction of the 545 km Erdenet to Ovoot heavy haul coal railway by 18 months to September 18 2021. Aspire Mining subsidiary Northern Railways was awarded a 30-year BOT concession for the project ...

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    Simple and safe recording of status data


    MONITORING: Electronics supplier ELTEC has expanded its range with CyBox I/O interface boards for onboard networks, including the collection of operating data for condition-based monitoring. The MVB I/O modules are available as stand-alone components or integrated in the ELTEC gateway server; they have been are certified ...

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    Russian Railways simplifies freight procedures to support social distancing


    RUSSIA: A simplified procedure for remote interaction with freight customers has been established by Russian Railways to help prevent the spread of coronavirus infections. In order to increase social distancing while supporting businesses, a procedure has been established for automatically prolonging contracts between cargo owners and ...

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    ETCS tested successfully on Heathrow Express Class 387s


    UK: An initial series of test runs using Class 387 EMUs equipped with ETCS on the Great Western Main Line has been completed, leasing company Porterbrook announced on April 3. Using sections of the GWML east of Reading and the branch from Hayes Harlington ...

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    Budapest cross-city upgrading gathers pace


    HUNGARY: National development agency Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő has called tenders for the development of an interchange between main line and metro services at Népliget, as part of a major programme of capacity enhancements in the southern suburbs of Budapest. Providing a connection to metro Line ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Knorr-Bremse suspended its guidance for the 2020 financial year on March 27, saying the effects of the Covid-19 crisis had rendered numerous assumptions obsolete. It said a rapid recovery in China, where Knorr-Bremse’s plants have resumed 97% of their operations, showed that with appropriate measures delivery ...

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    International Design Forum at InnoTrans 2020 calls for speakers


    INNOTRANS: International Design Center Berlin has invited research, design and business experts to participate in the International Design Forum, which is scheduled to be held on September 23 as part of the official convention programme of InnoTrans 2020. This year’s conference will focus on cross-industry co-operation ...

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    Russian Railways pulls out of Iranian infrastructure work


    IRAN: Russian Railways confirmed on April 2 that it had ceased work on infrastructure projects in Iran, and was to close its Tehran office. As part of this, its overseas engineering business RZD International has ceased work to electrify and increase capacity on the 495 km ...

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    Croatian corridor upgrading contract awarded


    Source: Toma Bačić CROATIA: HŽ Infrastruktura has awarded Cengiz Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret a 2·42bn kuna contract to double-track and modernise the 43·2 km line from Križevci to Koprivnica and the Hungarian border at Gyékényes. This route forms part of the Croatian section of the ...

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    Research: We need to focus on the vision


    As the first Shift2Rail research programme heads towards completion, thoughts are turning to priorities for the next European budget period after 2021. Focusing on the outcomes that rail must deliver by 2050 will help to identify where technical and operational innovation is needed, as Executive Director Carlo Borghini explains to Chris Jackson.

  • Swiss Combi’s purchase of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG has been approved by the country’s Competition Commission

    Swiss Combi’s purchase of SBB Cargo stake approved


    Swiss Combi’s purchase of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG has been approved by the country’s Competition Commission SWITZERLAND: Swiss Combi’s purchase of a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG was approved by the country’s Competition Commission on April 2. The transaction for an undisclosed ...

  • Phase 1 aims is to improve the capacity of the route by rehabilitating and modernising the 260 km section of the north-south main line between Yangon and Toungoo.

    Yangon – Mandalay upgrading loan agreement signed


    MYANMAR: An agreement covering the ¥40·6bn third tranche of an official development assistance loan to finance Phase 1 of the Yangon – Mandalay Railway Improvement Project was signed by the government and Japan International Co-operation Agency on March 31. Phase 1 aims is to improve ...

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    Use data to tailor coronavirus timetables to current needs, says Zipabout


    UK: Passenger data systems supplier Zipabout says train operators should revise their emergency timetables based on passenger behaviour and real-time demand data, to ensure their reduced services can meet the needs of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘The necessary reduction in ...

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    TMH delivers electric traction units to mine


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive Plant has delivered the first of two Type NP1 electric traction units ordered by EVRAZ’s Kachkanarskiy Mining Plant last October. Each traction unit comprises a 7·6 MW four-axle AC electric locomotive permanently coupled to two four-axle tipping wagons, giving a total ...

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    Israel Railways electrification plan revised


    ISRAEL: An updated and accelerated 25 kV 50 Hz electrification plan was approved by the government, Israel Railways and contractor Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales on March 29, following months of negotiation and an external review. ISR has completed the first test ...

  • The second batch of three four-car 100 km/h DMUs which CRRC is building for INCFA has been shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin.

    CRRC delivers DMUs to Angola


    ANGOLA: The second batch of three four-car 100 km/h DMUs which CRRC is building for INCFA has been shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin. They will join four trainsets delivered to Angola on February 10, with three more to follow. Each ...

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    DfT sets out steps to a transport decarbonisation plan


    UK: The Department for Transport has published Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge , a policy paper explaining out how it intends to develop a plan to meet the government’s target of net zero transport emissions by 2050. The plan is scheduled to be published later this year. ...