All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2015 – Page 3

  • A new speed record has been set by a Central Japan Railway Series L0 maglev unit (File picture: Kazumiki Miura).

    Japanese maglev testing tops 600 km/h


    JAPAN: A new speed record for a magnetically levitated vehicle was set on April 21, when Central Japan Railway powered one of its Series L0 superconducting maglev units up to a maximum of 603 km/h on the test guideway in Yamanashi prefecture. According to JR Central, a speed of ...

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    Metro cars arrive in Baku


    AZERBAIJAN: Alstom has delivered three trainsets for the Baku metro. Baku Metropoliten signed the order on May 12 2014. The trains, branded Oka, are based on Metrowagonmash’s Class 81-760B design and are composed of four motor cars and one trailer. They are expected to enter passenger service ...

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    Cross-border railway study commissioned


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC has appointed a joint venture of Mott MacDonald and Sudop Praha to undertake studies for a proposed be 200 to 350 km/h cross-border line connecting Litoměřice and Ústí nad Labem with Dresden in Germany. The electrified route through the Krušné hory/Erzgebirge mountains would bypass the ...

  • The screens are intended to help passengers decide whether to use a taxi or Heathrow Express services.

    Heathrow ‘smart screens’ compare rail and taxi travel options


    UK: Screens have been installed in the baggage reclaim area at London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 showing passengers live price and journey time comparisons between taxis and the Heathrow Express train service to London Paddington station. ‘The aim of the journey comparison generator is to enable Heathrow passengers to get ...

  • Malaysian national operator KTMB is now testing the first of 10 Class 93 inter-city EMUs being supplied by CSR Zhuzhou for newly-electrified routes north from Ipoh to Butterworth and the Thai border. The metre-gauge EMUs will operate at up to 160 km/h.

    MyHSR Corp to oversee high speed project


    SOUTHEAST ASIA: The Malaysian government has approved the establishment of MyHSR Corp, a state-backed project delivery company which is to manage Malaysia’s share in the 38bn ringgit Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed project. As a first step, the Malaysian finance ministry is to be issued with 10 million ...

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    Istanbul opens Line M6


    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Mayor Kadir Topbaş attended the opening of Istanbul metro’s Line M6 at 17.00 on April 19. The 3·3 km line runs east from Levent station on Line M2 to Boğaziçi Üniversitesi/Rumeli Hisarüstü with two intermediate stations. The line has an initial capacity of ...

  • Until now the Sylt car shuttles have been operated exclusively by Deutsche Bahn.

    RDC seeks more paths in Sylt Shuttle auction


    GERMANY: Open access operator RDC Deutschland has applied to operate up to 59 additional car-carrying shuttle services a day between Niebüll and Westerland on the island of Sylt from December 2015. Applications for additional paths over the 39 km route closed on April 13 after RDC Deutschland secured a ...

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    Cross Track TV in Brisbane


    AUSTRALIA: XTD says its Cross Track TV is the ‘first designed for rail, cross-track digital video system’. It uses billboard-size LED screens and high-definition sound to broadcast information and advertising to passengers waiting at stations. Following installations in Sydney and Melbourne, Cross Track TV is being installed in at four ...

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    World rolling stock market April 2015


    Azerbaijan: ADDY has ordered 2900 wagons from Uralvagonzavod. Belarus: Belarus Railways and United Wagon Co have formed a strategic partnership to maintain wagons with Barber bogies in Belarus. Brazil: Trensurb has awarded Alstom a €2m five-year contract to maintain the 15 Alstom/CAF trainsets on Porto Alegre metro Line ...

  • Aurora Xi uses X-ray backscatter technology to look deep inside sleepers to reveal internal flaws.

    X-ray backscatter looks deep inside sleepers


    USA: Georgetown Rail Equipment Co and the University of Florida’s Nuclear Engineering Department have developed Aurora Xi, a method of using X-ray backscatter technology to look deep inside sleepers to reveal internal flaws which traditional inspections might not discover. As well as identifying decay in wooden sleepers and cracks in ...

  • Siemens Avenio tram for Doha on test in the Rail Tec Arsenal climate chamber.

    Doha tram feels the heat


    QATAR: Testing is underway at the Rail Tec Arsenal climate chamber in Wien to verify that the 19 Avenio trams which are being built by Siemens for the Education City People Mover in Doha will be able to cope with the extreme heat and high humidity found in Qatar. ...

  • Ricardo is to acquire consultancy and assurance business Lloyd’s Register Rail.

    Ricardo to buy Lloyd’s Register Rail for £42·5m


    RICARDO: Engineering and consulting company Ricardo announced an agreement to acquire consultancy and assurance business Lloyd’s Register Rail on April 17. Ricardo will pay Lloyd’s Register Group £42·5m on a cash-free and debt-free basis, funded from its £75m bank facilities; Lloyds Bank has increased its revolving credit facility with ...

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    CN announces Western Canada feeder line investment


    CANADA: CN announced a multi-year programme to invest C$500m in infrastructure improvements on feeder rail lines in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan on April 16. CN said freight volumes in Western Canada have increased by more than 50% over the past five years, and the lines are handling rising volumes of ...

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    Oliver Kraft


    House of Logistics & Mobility Managing Director and former DB Netz CEO Oliver Kraft has joined Voestalpine BWG as CEO.

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    Manuela Hutter Chalmers


    Manuela Hutter Chalmers has been named Head of Finance & HR at Swiss railway Südostbahn.

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    Rail industry news in brief - April 2015


    Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works has awarded Uzbek state railway UTY a US$19m/year three-year contract to continue to operate and maintain the line from the border to Mazar-i-Sharif, which will now be used for export as well as import traffic. German operator Veolia Verkehr GmbH was renamed Transdev GmbH ...

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    All Aboard Florida selects GE signalling


    USA: Private inter-city service promoter All Aboard Florida has selected GE Transportation to supply signalling equipment for the 375 km corridor it plans to use between Miami and Orlando. GE Transportation said its sites in Melbourne and Jacksonville, Florida, would lead the design and engineering, with manufacturing in Warrensburg, ...

  • Go Rail's Tallinn – Moscow overnight service.

    Go Rail to suspend Tallinn - Russia services


    EUROPE: Estonian private operator Go Rail, which operates Tallinn – Moscow/St Petersburg passenger trains, confirmed on April 16 that it is to ‘temporarily suspend’ its services, owing to a ‘significant decrease in the number of tourists coming from Russia’. Chief Executive Alar Pinsel said that ‘being a private company that ...

  • The AutoSlaap Trein car-carrying services linked the Netherlands with Slovenia and Italy.

    AutoSlaap Trein car-carrying service closes


    EUROPE: EETC Vakantietreinen announced the end of its AutoSlaap Trein car-carrying service on April 15, saying cost increases had left it with no other option but to cease operations. The company said this 'very unfortunate' decision would mean the loss of around 50 jobs. The weekly summer-only overnight services ran ...

  • The rail link to Ostrava's Leoš Janáček Airport was inaugurated on April 13.

    Ostrava airport rail link opens


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Ostrava became the first city in the country with a rail link to its international airport when a single-track electrified line to Leoš Janáček Airport in Mošnov was inaugurated on April 13. The KC553m project was 85 % funded by the European Union, with the remainder from the ...