All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2013

All articles published this month.

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    SNCF to take 25% stake in Comsa Rail Transport


    EUROPE: An agreement for SNCF's logistics business SNCF Geodis to take a 25% stake in Spanish private freight operator Comsa Rail Transport was announced by Comsa EMTE on April 29. The transaction is subject to European regulatory approval. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a representative of Geodis would sit ...

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    Foxx to succeed LaHood as US Transportation Secretary


    USA: Mayor of Charlotte Anthony Foxx has accepted President Obama’s nomination to succeed Ray LaHood as US Secretary of Transportation. Foxx has been mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, since 2009, during which time he has been a keen advocate of public transport, and light rail and streetcars in particular. Charlotte’s ...

  • Map of Londo Underground Northern Line extension to Battersea.

    TfL applies for Northern Line extension legal powers


    UK: Transport for London submitted a Transport & Works Act Order application on April 30 seeking legal powers for the construction of a 3·3 km extension of London Underground's Northern Line from Kennington to Nine Elms and Battersea. As well as supporting regeneration of the Nine Elms area, TfL expects ...

  • DB Regio Mittelfrankenbahn service on the Nuremberg Nordost- Gräfenberg route (Photo: DB/Claus Weber)

    Private funding planned for Bayern passenger project


    GERMANY: Bayern railway authority BEG is negotiating a private funding model that could facilitate the reintroduction of passenger services on the 24 km Dombühl – Feuchtwangen – Dinkelsbühl line. The route is leased from DB by BayernBahn and has only carried freight and heritage trains since regular passenger services ceased ...

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    Greg Pauline


    Greg Pauline has been named Managing Director of infrastructure owner and freight operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. He succeeds Bert Easthope , who is moving into a strategic development role.

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    Railway supply industry news in brief


    Siemens expects to complete its acquisition of Invensys Rail in early May, following approval of the deal by the European Commission’s competition authority on April 18. The signalling supplier is to be integrated into the Rail Automation business of Siemens’ Infrastructure & Cities Division during the second quarter of 2013. ...

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    Seattle South 200th Link breaks ground


    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the South 200th Link light rail extension was held in Seattle on April 26. The 2·6 km elevated line will run from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, along 28th Avenue South to South 200th Street. It is due to open together with the University Link extension in ...

  • MT Højgaard was awarded the contract to build and install the new section of the Limfjorden bridge.

    Limfjorden bridge reopens following repairs


    DENMARK: The Limfjorden bridge reopened on April 29, more than a year after it was hit by a container ship on March 28 2012, cutting off the northern part of the Danish rail network. A new lifting section has been installed, replacing the damaged lifting section which was removed on ...

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    Denver West Rail Line opens


    USA: The West Rail Line in Denver opened on April 26, eight months ahead of schedule. Passengers were offered free travel on the line on that day, and on the entire Regional Transportation District light rail network the following day. The 19·5 km line runs from Auraria West to ...

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    Kapsch CarrierCom awarded Polish GSM-R contract


    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom a €9·2m contract to design and install GSM-R equipment for the roll-out of ERTMS on the 148 km Legnica - Wrocław - Opole section of corridor E30. Bombardier Transportation was previously awarded an €8m contract to supply Interflo 450 ETCS Level ...

  • MVG Chairman Herbert König and CEO of Siemens Urban Transport Sandra Gott-Karlbauer in front of the first C2 trainset.

    Siemens rolls out first C2 München metro train


    GERMANY: The first of 21 C2 metro trainsets for München was rolled out at Siemens’ factory in Wien on April 26. It is to undergo trials at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre before delivery. ‘The planned start of the test runs marks an important milestone on the way to on-time ...

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    Innovation on display at Railtex 2013


    RAILTEX: More than 400 exhibitors and around 9000 visitors are expected to take part on the 11th Railtex exhibition being held in London on April 30 to May 2 2013.

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    DB switches Gotthard partners


    SWITZERLAND: DB Schenker Rail's transit freight over the Gotthard route will be handled by SBB Cargo rather than BLS Cargo with effect from the December timetable change, BLS Cargo announced on April 2. The move follows the failure of negotiations between DB Schenker Rail and BLS Cargo over the last ...

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    World rail infrastructure market April 2013


    Belgium: Infrabel has awarded a joint venture of CEI-De Meyer and Jan de Nul two civil works contracts totalling €85m for tunnel and bridge construction and track remodelling as part of the €255m Mechelen bypass, which aims to increase capacity and line speeds and improve the wider urban environment. ...

  • Impression of tram for Shenyang.

    French operators sign Chinese urban rail agreements


    CHINA: Two urban rail operating partnerships were agreed on April 26 during a state visit by French President François Hollande to China. SNCF subsidiary Keolis and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group have formed a strategic alliance to 'respond jointly to tenders for operating contracts covering metros, tram networks and regional rail ...

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    Vossloh is 'back on track'


    VOSSLOH: The company has announced that it got 'back on track' in 2012, with sales figures up, a record order backlog and a forecast 2013 sales growth of up to 10%. ‘We have consolidated our position in the core market of western Europe and early on taken extensive measures to ...

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    EverLine automated light metro opens


    SOUTH KOREA: Passenger services on the EverLine light metro in Yongin started on April 26. The mostly elevated 18·5 km automated line links the Everland amusement park with the Seoul metro network. Yongin Rapid Transit Co won the public-private partnership concession in July 2004. The consortium comprises Bombardier, Daelim ...

  • Porterbrook has awarded Railcare a contract to overhaul 111 MkIII coaches.

    Railcare awarded Greater Anglia coach overhaul contract


    UK: Porterbrook Leasing has awarded Railcare a £5m contract to undertake the C6 scheduled overhaul and additional corrosion repairs to 111 locomotive-hauled MkIII coaches operated by Abellio Greater Anglia on London - Norwich services. The work is scheduled to start in October 2013 for completion in July 2016, with five ...

  • Bergensbanen (Photo: Jernbaneverket/Njaal Svingheim).

    Inter-city investment in 2014-23 transport plan


    NORWAY: The government has published its national transport strategy for 2014-23, setting out proposals to spend a total of NKr168bn on rail, up 49% from the current 10-year plan. Double-tracking the central section of the inter-city network radiating from Oslo to Tønsberg, Hamar and Fredrikstad is seen as a priority. ...

  • SJ has submitted applications for train paths (Photo: Stefan Nilsson/SJ).

    MTR seeks to run mainline trains in Sweden


    SWEDEN: Saying that the high number shows the success of deregulation of the rail market, infrastructure manager Trafikverket has announced that 46 applications have been made for train paths on the rail network in 2014. Of these, 27 are for passenger operators and 13 for freight, with the remainder being ...