All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2012

All articles published this month.

  • News

    SNCF strengthens Keolis


    Currently SNCF s Director of Group Strategy, David Azéma is to rejoin Keolis at the end of June, when he will take over from Michel Bleitrach as President of the contract operator. Sophie Boissard (photo), Managing Director of SNCF s Gares & Connexions unit, will succeed Azéma ...

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    Brazilian monorail joint venture formed


    BRAZIL: Monorail rolling stock manufacturing joint venture Quark Fabriçacão de Equipamentos Ferroviarios e Serviços de Engenharia has been formed by Malaysian firm Scomi Engineering (40%), local engineering partner Montagens e Projetos Especiais (55%) and marketing and business development specialist Brasell Gestão Empresarial (5%). The joint venture will supply Scomi SUTRA ...

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    Network Rail deep alliance goes live


    UK: The 'deep alliance' between infrastructure manager Network Rail and passenger operator South West Trains went live on April 29, with a 'single senior joint management team' now responsible for infrastructure and train operations on NR's Wessex Route, one of the busiest commuter networks in Europe. Planned to run until ...

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    Gauge convertible sleeping car rolls out


    RUSSIA: Siemens' Wien plant has completed the first of 200 sleeping cars which Russian Railways ordered in July 2009 for use on services to western Europe. Designed for 200 km/h and meeting RIC standards for use on the rail networks of UIC members, the cars will swap bogies at the ...

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    LA Expo Line starts revenue service


    USA: Revenue service on the first phase of Los Angeles’ Expo Line light rail route starts at 05.00 on April 30, following an official inauguration on April 27 and a weekend of free rides and public celebrations. Under construction since 2006, the 13·8 km first phase diverges from the existing ...

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    Hyundai Rotem signs Izmir suburban train contract


    TURKEY: The IZBAN suburban rail joint venture of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and state railway TCDD has awarded Hyundai Rotem a YTL340m contract to supply 40 electric multiple-units to accommodate growing ridership in Turkey's third most populous city. The EMUs will be manufactured in Turkey by the Hyundai Eurotem joint venture ...

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    Tianjin metro train deliveries


    CHINA: CNR Dalian has begun delivering 23 six-car Type B trains for Tianjin metro Line 2. The air-conditioned trains have a total capacity of 1832 passengers and top speed of 80 km/h. They will be equipped for automatic train operation, with 2 min headways. The 22·8 km east-west ...

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    Etihad Rail studies best practice in rail safety and security


    UAE: A delegation from Etihad Rail and the Supreme Committee for Safety & Security has visited several European countries to examine best practice in rail safety and security. The extensive trip lasted two months and included stops in Germany, Spain, France and the UK. In the UK and Spain the ...

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    Products & Technology in Brief


    Canadian technology firm Itinere is in discussions with three train operators for the launch of a proprietary 'seat centric' onboard wireless network enabling passenger infotainment systems to be connected without cabling. A custom-designed tablet computing platform could supply digital magazines, television, films and travel information, and provide real-time communication between ...

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    Metalloinvest to sell rail business to Globaltrans


    RUSSIA: An agreement for private rail freight company Globaltrans to buy the Metalloinvesttrans rail activities of iron ore producer Metalloinvest for US$540m was announced on April 27. The transaction will be financed from Globaltrans' own funds and credit facilities, and subject to regulatory approvals is expected to close at the ...

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    DB and Hamburger Hafen agree intermodal freight restructuring


    EUROPE: On April 27 Deutsche Bahn and port and logistics group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik announced an agreement to restructure their subsidiaries providing intermodal freight services from German ports. Subject to regulatory approval, DB Schenker Rail is to take over HHLA's 50% stake in TFG Transfracht, which moves containers from ...

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    Den Haag tram refubishment launches PanLed lighting


    NETHERLANDS: Den Haag tram operator HTM is the launch customer for the PanLed LED lights developed by Belgian firm KST Lighting. PanLed is designed for both new build vehicles and as a direct replacement for fluorescent lights on existing stock. The lights offer uniform lighting across their surface, high reliability, ...

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    North-South Railway on course to open in July


    SAUDI ARABIA: The 2 400 km North-South Railway being developed by Saudi Railway Co is on course for a formal opening for mineral operations in July, with full operation scheduled for July 2013 and the start of passenger services in July 2014. Limited test trains have been running since ...

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    Knorr-Bremse to supply brakes for Japanese high speed trains


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking systems for the 23 Series E6 high speed trainsets which are scheduled to enter service between Tokyo and Akita in early 2013. The 'major order' announced by Knorr-Bremse on April 26 includes brake discs, pads and compact ...

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    Bayer develops lightweight engine enclosure


    EUROPE: Bayer Material-Science has developed a prototype enclosure for underfloor engines on diesel multiple-units which it says is 35% lighter and 30% cheaper than steel and aluminium equivalents. The prototype is designed for a Bombardier Itino DMU. Engine enclosures must be able to withstand high mechanical loads from ballast impacts, ...

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    Network Rail agrees new High Speed 1 management deal


    UK: Network Rail's contract to manage and maintain the high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel on behalf of infrastructure concessionaire HS1 Ltd has been revised and will now run until at least 2025. Announcing the new agreement on April 25, Network Rail said it would align 'incentives ...

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    GE Transportation enters the ERTMS market


    INTERNATIONAL: GE Transportation has announced its intention to enter the global ERTMS market, launching its first products at the UIC's 10th ERTMS World Congress in Stockholm on April 25. A GE PowerHaul diesel locomotive is to be used as a European onboard equipment demonstrator from 2013. GE Transportation has invested ...

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    SBB invests SFr40m in ticket vending machines


    SWITZERLAND: Reflecting a growing trend towards automated retail, Swiss Federal Railways has ordered 1 000 ticket vending machines from German supplier Scheidt & Bachmann. Worth around SFr40m, the order will see the first machines installed at Swiss stations in September this year, with deliveries continuing for approximately two years. Scheidt ...

  • Five of Green Cargo's re-engined Td diesel locos have been fitted with ERTMS on-board equipment.
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    London Underground selects Bank bidders


    UK: Four bidders have been shortlisted to undertake ‘one of London Underground’s biggest and most complex projects’, LU announced on April 24, a package of works to increase capacity at Bank station including a new southbound running tunnel for the Northern Line. The prequalified bidders are: BFK Joint Venture ...