All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2015 – Page 4

  • TDSi has signed a five-year strategic co-operation agreement with China Rail Chen Bang Technology Ltd (Photo: Andrew Benton).

    TDSi signs railway security technology agreement in China


    CHINA: UK-based security and access control system manufacturer TDSi has signed a five-year strategic co-operation agreement with China Rail Chen Bang Technology Ltd, which will see TDSi's technology used on rail and metro projects throughout China. TDSi produces systems including access control technology, biometric readers, CCTV and associated software. Managing ...

  • Vossloh's Transportation division is considered non-core.

    A new infrastructure company by 2017


    VOSSLOH: Vossloh AG will be transformed into a ‘new rail infrastructure company’ by 2017, the company said when presenting its results for 2014. The year’s financial performance was impacted by restructuring and realignment. ‘We took forward-looking, far-reaching decisions in 2014’, said Chairman Hans M Schabert. ‘In 2015, we are ...

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    Toronto subway extension contract


    CANADA: Toronto Transit Commission has awarded Bechtel Canada Co a contract worth ‘up to C$80m’ for project management of the Spadina subway extension to York, it announced on April 13. The contract runs until March 31 2018 and will see Bechtel staff join an integrated team with TTC. The ...

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    Green metro substation


    INDIA: Delhi Metro’s first ever ‘green’ electrical receiving substation has been put into operation at Faridabad, as test running started on the 13·9 km elevated Badarpur – Faridabad section of Line 6 on April 12. Construction started in September 2013 and the substation was completed in February 2015. It ...

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    Ghana studies light rail and inter-city PPPs


    GHANA: The minister responsible for public-private partnerships, Dr Rashid Pelpuo, has appointed New York investment bank Chesterfield Faring to devise a request for proposals for PPP contracts to develop a light rail line in Accra and an inter-city link between the capital and Kumasi. The elevated light rail line would ...

  • Terock Ltd has received Network Rail approval for its TRS330 rail shear.

    Cutting edge technology


    UK: Following two years of development, Terock Ltd has received Network Rail approval for its TRS330 rail shear, purpose-designed for cutting and clearing scrap rail. The road-rail vehicle mounted shear has a 1 000-tonne cutting force for breaking 65 kg/m rail quickly and efficiently, with 360° rotation which enables ...

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    Investors back Mitsui Rail Capital expansion


    NORTH AMERICA: A doubling of Mitsui Rail Capital’s wagon leasing business is envisaged under an agreement for Japanese companies JA Mitsui Leasing and Norinchukin Bank to take a 50% stake in the Mitsui subsidiary. The companies are to acquire the stake through a newly-established special purpose company, JAML ...

  • CNR Type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives for SNCC.

    CNR delivers locomotives to DR Congo


    DR CONGO: A batch of 18 CNR Beijing February 7 Railway Transport Equipment Co Type CKD8C1 diesel-electric locomotives ordered by national railway company SNCC was shipped from the Chinese port of Tianjin on April 8. The new locomotives were procured as part of the Multimodal Transport Project, which was launched ...

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    Dallas Streetcar opens


    USA: The Dallas Streetcar was officially opened at 09.00 on April 13, with a ceremony attended by city council member Scott Griggs and Dallas Area Rapid Transit President Gary Thomas. Passenger service began at 11.30. The 2·6 km standard gauge route links Oak Cliff in the southwest of the ...

  • Regiotrans is Romania’s second largest passenger operator (Photo: Tudosa Mihai).

    Regiotrans restarts operations


    ROMANIA: Private passenger operator Regiotrans hopes to resume all its previous services this month, after regaining an operating certificate on March 30 and repairing enough rolling stock to reinstate one-third of its previous routes on April 1. National safety agency ASFR had withdrawn the company’s operating certificate on March ...

  • Plasser & Theurer USP 2010 SWS-U universal ballast distribution and profiling machine.

    Plasser & Theurer delivers ballast profilers


    POLAND: Plasser & Theurer has supplied infrastructure manager PKP PLK with two USP 2010 SWS-U universal ballast distribution and profiling machines. The P-IC 2.0 Plasser Intelligent Control system offers a clear touch-screen menu with access to all machine functions from one place. The machines have a centre plough, shoulder ploughs ...

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    Dubai Expo 2020 metro extension approved


    UAE: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, approved a 15 km extension of Dubai metro’s Red Line on April 11. The Route 2020 project would build a branch of the Red Line from Nakheel Harbour & ...

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    Rolling stock maintenance joint venture formed


    SINGAPORE: A joint venture agreement for the provision of rolling stock maintenance, repair and overhaul services in Southeast Asia was signed by Faiveley Transport and the Singapore Rail Engineering subsidiary of transport operator SMRT on April 9. Faiveley Rail Engineering Singapore’s activities will include support for braking, door, platform screen ...

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    Bangkok Sukhumvit Line extension contracts


    THAILAND: Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has signed four contracts for the construction of the northern extension of the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line from Mo Chit to Ku Kot. Italian-Thai Development signed a 15·3bn baht contract for civil works on the 12 km Mo Chit – Saphan Mai ...

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    Trams start serving Toulouse airport


    FRANCE: Trams started serving Toulouse Blagnac Airport on April 11 with the opening of Route T2. The 2·4 km branch leaves the T1 route at Ancely and has two intermediate stops at Nadot and Daurat. T2 services run to the southern terminus of the original tram route at Palais ...

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    Art Leahy


    Having spent six years at the helm of Los Angeles transport authority Metro, Art Leahy is to take up the post of CEO at Southern California commuter rail operator Metrolink on April 20.

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    Urban rail news in brief - April 2015


    Wi-fi has been rolled out across the whole of the Moscow metro network. Voters in Oberhausen have rejected a proposal to extend tram Route 105 to connect the Essen and Oberhausen networks. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has proposed a regulatory framework to increase the responsibilities of ...

  • A railway wagon for carrying a road crane has been designed by DAXI and built by Electroputere VFU Pașcani.

    Custom-built crane wagon for Africa


    WAGON: A wagon for carrying a heavy road crane to the sites of infrastructure works or derailments on a line in Africa has been designed by Belgian company DAXI and built by Electroputere VFU Pașcani of Romania. The 1 435 mm gauge wagon is 23·58 m long over the buffers, ...

  • Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe locomotive for Ferromex.

    EMD delivers Ferromex locomotives


    MEXICO: Ferromex has taken delivery of the first 10 of a batch of 19 additional Electro-Motive Diesel SD70ACe locomotives ordered last year under a contract which includes an 11-year maintenance agreement. They are expected to enter service by June. ‘We are very pleased to receive the first 10 EMD locomotives ...

  • DB Schenker Rail UK is using Zephir 1800e Crab battery machines instead of diesel shunting locomotives at its Toton and Crewe depots.

    DB Schenker Rail UK deploys Zephir battery shunters


    UK: This month DB Schenker Rail UK has begun using Zephir 1800e Crab battery machines instead of diesel shunting locomotives at its Toton and Crewe depots, where almost 14 000 loco movements are undertaken each year. The freight operator says the Zephir 1800e CRAB is capable of moving 400 ...