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  • BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains.
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    BDZ to repower narrow gauge locomotives

    2020-05-30T06:00:00Z

    BULGARIA: National operator BDZ has allocated 4m leva for modernisation of the 760 mm gauge diesel locomotives used on the 125 km Septemvri – Bansko – Dobrinishte line in the Rhodope mountains. The three classes of four-axle diesel locomotives on BDZ’s only remaining narrow gauge line ...

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    Vossloh completes sale of locomotive business to CRRC

    2020-05-29T14:15:00Z

    GERMANY: Vossloh AG finalised the sale of its Locomotives business unit to CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive on May 29, with the tranaction to taken effect from May 31. This follows the completion of regulatory approvals in Germany and abroad during April. Following its strategic decision to ...

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    San Sebastián’s ‘Mole’ breaks through

    2020-05-29T13:47:00Z

    SPAIN: On May 20, a 2·1 km tunnel was holed through in San Sebastián which will form part of a 4·2 km cross-city corridor for the metre gauge railway through the city operated by Euskotren, known colloquially as El Topo (the mole).

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    Military help to complete FIOL railway

    2020-05-29T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Visiting the grain producing centre of São Desidério in Bahia state on May 18, Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas announced that the Brazilian army would be brought in to build part of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project. Inspecting a construction site and visiting ...

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    Caltrain’s first Stadler EMUs on test

    2020-05-29T10:02:00Z

    Stadler Kiss EMUs for Caltrain (Photos: Caltrain) USA: On-track testing of the Kiss electric multiple-units ordered by Californian commuter operator Caltrain has started at Stadler’s plant in Utah. Stadler is supplying an initial batch of 16 six-car EMUs under ...

  • 'A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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    Boost for rail travel and clean mobility in EU recovery plan

    2020-05-29T08:46:00Z

    EUROPE: ‘A boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions’ is included in the proposals for a major post-coronavirus recovery plan for the European Union set out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on May 27. This includes changes to ...

  • Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators following a procurement led by Seattle’s Sound Transit.
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    Bombardier to supply 28 BiLevel coaches to two operators

    2020-05-29T07:11:00Z

    USA: Bombardier Transportation has signed contracts totalling US$108m to supply 28 BiLevel double-deck coaches to two West Coast transport operators. The order anounced on May 27 covers three push-pull driving cars and eight intermediate coaches for Seattle’s Sound Transit, which led the procurement, as well as ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-05-29T05:00:00Z

    Hübner Group has consolidated its rail businesses, including those producing gangways, doors, cab displays and other rolling stock components, into a single unit. The new rail segment is headed by Huschke Diekmann, who was previously a senior manager at Wabtec’s former GE Transportation arm. ‘We want ...

  • Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has approved plans to acquire 33 km of railway between Healdsburg and the Mendocino-Sonoma County line from the North Coast Rail Authority
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    SMART to acquire freight operations

    2020-05-28T12:31:00Z

    USA: The board of California’s North Bay area commuter rail operator Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has approved plans to acquire 33 km of railway between Healdsburg and the Mendocino-Sonoma County line from the North Coast Rail Authority, which the state is to dissolve, and the purchase of ...

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    Ferrogrão railway concession to be tendered in 2021

    2020-05-28T12:28:00Z

    BRAZIL: A concessionaire to build and operate the Ferrogrão railway will be sought during the first quarter of 2021, Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has confirmed. Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, who holds the ministry’s transport portfolio, suggested in April that bids for a concession to build the ...

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    Rail and road service to avoid border delays in Southeast Asia

    2020-05-28T06:25:00Z

    ASIA: CEVA Logistics has launched a ‘truck-rail-truck’ service to keep freight moving between China and Southeast Asia, where the Covid-19 crisis has led to fewer flights, capacity limits, operational restrictions and waits of up to four days for road traffic crossing the border between China and Vietnam. ...

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    Freight innovation funding applications invited

    2020-05-28T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Transport Digital Infrastructure has invited applications for funding of projects designed to improve the economics and efficiency of rail freight. Proposals should relate to digitalisation, automation and vehicle technology, and applications should be made via the Federal Railway Office ...

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    Andy Byford to become London’s next Transport Commissioner

    2020-05-27T14:39:00Z

    UK: The former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority Andy Byford is to return to the UK as the next Commissioner of Transport for London, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced on May 27.

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    Bamboo sleepers aimed at Middle Eastern railways

    2020-05-27T13:02:00Z

    ASIA: A start-up branded TieBam is targeting Asian rail enhancement projects with a novel sleeper design produced from bamboo. Following more than five years of research and development activity, US-registered TieBam plans to open a manufacturing facility in Taiwan through a wholly-owned subsidiary later this year. ...

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    Automatic operation of regional passenger trains to be tested

    2020-05-27T11:03:00Z

    GERMANY: The automatic operation of regional trains in passenger service is to be tested in a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in Niedersachsen, the project partners announced on May 27. Due to launch in 2021, the project brings together Alstom, aerospace research centre DLR, the Technical University of Berlin, ...

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    Track design: Data drives a step change

    2020-05-27T10:38:00Z

    Although the fundamental principles of track design have endured for more than two centuries, there is still scope for innovation in areas such as surveying, monitoring and maintainability. UK-based track engineer Gareth Dennis presents a snapshot of the trends driving change in permanent way.

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    Coronavirus app as part of Turkey’s transport restart

    2020-05-27T07:30:00Z

    TURKEY: To support the restart of inter-city public transport, a mobile phone app is being used to track passengers in case anyone should subsequently test positive for the coronavirus. Intending passengers must install the app and input their date of birth, national identity number, ticket number, ...

  • The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices,
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    Short Line safety culture resources published

    2020-05-27T05:00:00Z

    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices, a resource which draws on more than five years of safety culture assessments and the 10 core elements of a strong safety culture as defined by the Department of Transportation’s Safety Council. Best ...

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    Sydney capacity enhancement contracts awarded

    2020-05-26T17:36:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded two infrastructure enhancement contracts totalling around A$600m for works on the southern section of the Sydney Trains suburban network as part of its A$4·3bn ‘More Trains, More Services’ investment programme.

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    AI tools help Infrabel to maintain social distancing

    2020-05-26T13:25:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel is to deploy a raft of artificial intelligence tools to support its efforts in maintaining social distancing across its business as the country’s coronavirus lockdown is gradually eased. The company says that its ongoing research into the use of AI means ...