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  • Alstom Coradia Continental regional electric multiple-unit.
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    DB Regio orders EMUs for Karlsruhe services

    2019-11-15T07:00:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €120m contract to supply 19 Coradia Continental regional electric multiple-units. They are to be used on services from Karlsruhe to Heilbronn, Achern, Freudenstadt and Herrenberg which DB Regio is to operate from December 2022 under the 13-year Netz 7b contract ...

  • VolkerWessels
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2019-11-15T05:00:00Z

    The management and supervisory boards of VolkerWessels have unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Reggeborgh Holding’s offer of €22·20 per share in cash for all shares. Closing of the transaction is expected in Q1 2020. Reggeborgh CEO Henry Holterman said it had intended to be a long-term ...

  • VRR and Stadler have officially opened a €35m depot on a former colliery site in Herne
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    Stadler opens depot for Rhein-Ruhr fleet

    2019-11-14T15:07:00Z

    GERMANY: Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR and Stadler have officially opened a €35m depot on a former colliery site in Herne where the manufacturer will maintain 41 Flirt 3XL EMUs which Abellio Rail NRW will operate on S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr services from December 15. The 100 000 m² ...

  • Stadler Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit for San Bernadino County Transportation Authority
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    US hydrogen train contract awarded

    2019-11-14T09:39:00Z

    USA: Southern California’s San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell powered multiple-unit to enter passenger service in 2024, with an option for a further four units. Stadler said the contract announced on November 14 was ...

  • Fenniarail locos
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    Finnish open access operator expands fleet

    2019-11-14T05:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Open access freight operator Fenniarail has placed a firm order for CZ Loko to supply an EffiShunter 1600 Co-Co diesel-electric loco in 2020, with an option for six more. The Czech manufacturer supplied five similar machines to Fenniarail in 2015 and 2017. The 1 524 ...

  • DHL freight service between China and Germany
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    Faster China to Europe freight service launched

    2019-11-13T11:17:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: In response to growing demand for rail freight services between Europe and Asia, DHL Global Forwarding has launched what it says is be the fastest rail connection between China and Germany. It has also opened three additional Rail Competence Centres at Le Havre, Felixstowe and Genova ...

  • Alstom iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit
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    Rail’s priorities for a European Green Deal

    2019-11-13T09:39:00Z

    EUROPE: Measures to achieve full transport decarbonisation by 2050, encourage modal shift and implement ‘polluter pays’ principles are amongst the measures which the Community of European Railway Infrastructure Companies believes should be included in the European Green Deal that incoming European Commission President Ursula von ...

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    Polish branch line to be reopened

    2019-11-13T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has called tenders for the works required to reopen the 3·5 km out-of-use route between Wieliszew and Zegrze, north of Warszawa. The design and build contract would include track replacement and the installation of electrification and signalling to permit passenger services ...

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    Brussels Midi blockade completed

    2019-11-12T15:41:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has successfully completed a major upgrade to the signalling at Brussels Midi station, as part of a €24m project to prepare for the introduction of ETCS on the cross-city Brussels Junction line. In two blockades over the long weekends of November 1-3 ...

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    Millet AFR resumes wagon manufacturing

    2019-11-12T11:55:00Z

    FRANCE: Manufacturing of new wagons has resumed at the former Arbel-Fauvet-Rail plant in Douai, following the acquisition of the business by wagon leasing group Millet SA, the company confirmed on November 12. Assembly of grain wagons began in October, and the construction of tank wagons is expected to restart in ...

  • Metrans Siemens Vectron locomotive
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    Metrans receives first of 10 Vectron locomotives

    2019-11-12T11:17:00Z

    EUROPE: The first of 10 Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locomotives which Hamburger Hafen Logistik subsidiary Metrans ordered in April was handed over at the operator’s Praha container terminal on November 11. It entered service the following day, hauling a container train from Česká Třebová to ...

  • Turkish train
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    Turkey publishes 2020 rail plan

    2019-11-12T06:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Tenders for the design of new lines as well as the rehabilitation, electrification and resignalling of existing routes, proposals for rail-served logistics centres and the further development of the domestic supply chain are included in a 2020 strategic programme published by the president’s office on November ...

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    City & Guilds Group buys railway training company Intertrain

    2019-11-12T05:00:00Z

    UK: City Guilds Group has acquired Intertrain, which provides more than 300 railway infrastructure training courses and trains more than 22 000 learners and 40 apprentices every year. The courses include Level 2 and 3 engineering apprenticeships, and re-skilling, upskilling and recertifying existing rail ...

  • British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail.
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    Jingye agrees to buy British Steel business

    2019-11-11T16:48:00Z

    UK: China’s Jingye Group has entered into contracts to acquire the business and assets of British Steel Ltd (in liquidation), the Official Receiver and special managers from EY announced on November 11. British Steel supplies 95% of the rails used by Network Rail. ...

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    Network Rail regions take over project delivery

    2019-11-11T12:18:00Z

    UK: The next phase of Network Rail’s devolution strategy came into force on November 11, when responsibility for capital projects was transferred from the former centralised Infrastructure Projects business to the five geographical regions that were established in June to provide support for the 14 routes responsible ...

  • National Railways of Zimbabwe train
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    National Railways of Zimbabwe orders Russian wagons

    2019-11-11T11:29:00Z

    ZIMBABWE: National Railways of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement for United Wagon Co to supply 100 open wagons. They are scheduled to be delivered within 12 months of NRZ finalising an export loan with the assistance of the Russian supplier. The 1 067 mm gauge wagons ...

  • Nigerian rolling stock plant groundbreaking ceremony (1)
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    Construction of Nigerian rolling stock factory begins

    2019-11-11T11:11:00Z

    NIGERIA: The construction of a rolling stock assembly plant at Kajola in Ogun state was launched when Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 9. Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said the plant on the Lagos – Ibadan railway ...

  • North Carolina & Virginia Railroad has completed a $11·6m project to upgrade its 90 km network to handle 130 tonne wagons
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    World rail freight news round-up

    2019-11-11T05:00:00Z

    Estonia’s Operail has begun operating some freight services without an assistant accompanying the driver. This follows modifications to an initial loco, with four more to follow this year. ‘This is a very big step towards making rail freight more efficient’, said Chairman Raul Toomsalu. ‘During the ...

  • A train carrying Chinese-made equipment for use in the upgrade of the Beograd – Novi Sad line has arrived in Beograd.
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    China – Serbia service delivers railway equipment

    2019-11-10T05:00:00Z

    Serbia SERBIA: A train with 28 wagons carrying 500 tonnes of Chinese-made equipment for use in the upgrade of the Beograd – Novi Sad line has arrived in Beograd. The equipment had left the Chinese city of Jinan at end of September, travelling 10 ...

  • Positive Train Control.
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    Short line specific PTC training

    2019-11-09T05:00:00Z

    USA: The American Short Line Regional Railroad Association has appointed Tech Mahindra to provide Positive Train Control training courses customised to meet the specific needs of short line operators. The courses will be provided through a subscription-based online platform, with interactive modules covering aspects ...