All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2015 – Page 5

  • GE engine plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

    GE Transportation completes testing of Tier 4 engine


    USA: GE Transportation announced on April 9 that it had completed production tests of an Evolution Series Tier 4 engine. This was the first engine to be put through a new test cell at the company’s engine plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and it will now be sent to an ...

  • Bulgarian freight train.

    Consultation on Bulgarian railway recovery strategy


    BULGARIA: A draft strategy for the development of the rail network in 2015-22 and the restructuring of state railway company Holding BDZ was published for consultation by the Minister of Transport, Information Technology & Communications on April 7. Minister Ivaylo Moskovski said ‘joint and targeted actions’ by National Railway Infrastructure ...

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    Railway supply industry news in brief


    Kraków-based ZUE has agreed to purchase up to 70% of ThyssenKrupp’s Polish track business Railway GfT Polska. Hungarian rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance company Dunakeszi Járműjavító and Stadler Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint production of vehicles for the Hungarian market.Lifting equipment supplier Mechan has appointed ...

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    Rail industry news in brief - April 2015


    Over the Chinese New Year period from February 18 to 24, the national rail network in China carried a total of 45·0 million passengers, an increase of 6·5 million on last year. A single day record of 9·47 million passengers was reached on February 24. China and Kazakhstan launched ...

  • The first broad gauge version of the Siemens Vectron locomotive family has been delivered to Helsinki.

    Broad gauge Vectron arrives in Finland


    FINLAND: The first broad gauge version of the Siemens Vectron locomotive family has been delivered to Helsinki, where it was displayed to the public on April 7. No 193 971 is an ‘advance locomotive’. It is fitted with instrumented wheelsets which gather data to feed into the design of ...

  • Shanghai Songjiang Tramway Investment & Operation Co has awarded Shanghai Alstom Transport a contract to supply 30 Citadis trams.

    Shanghai places first Chinese Citadis tram order


    CHINA: Shanghai Songjiang Tramway Investment & Operation Co has awarded the Shanghai Alstom Transport joint venture of Shanghai Rail Traffic Equipment Development Co (60%) and Alstom (40%) a €72m contract to supply 30 Citadis trams for use in the Songjiang suburb of Shanghai. Announcing the order on April 9, Alstom ...

  • Russian Railways Logistics has acquired a 50% stake in Liepājas Naftas Tranzīts.

    Russian Railways Logistics takes stake in Latvian rail freight forwarder


    LATVIA: Russian Railways Logistics has acquired a 50% stake in Riga-based freight forwarding company Liepājas Naftas Tranzīts through its RZDL Multimodal business. Announcing the deal on April 9, RZDL said its aim was to expand the rail freight market and establish a ‘consolidated rail transport chain’ connecting with Latvia’s ...

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    Jim Squires


    Current Norfolk Southern President Jim Squires will succeed Wick Moorman as CEO on June 1. Squires will continue as President, while Moorman is to retain his duties as Executive Chairman of the board.

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    Clearing the air


    SPAIN: The Improve Life project to assess and improve air quality in metro stations and trains has been launched in Barcelona. The EU’s LIFE programme is funding 50% of the €0·8m cost, and the results are to be made available to other operators so that the recommendations can be applied ...

  • London Overground EMUs.

    London Overground concession expressions of interest invited


    UK: Transport for London has invited expressions of interest in the next concession to operate London Overground inner-suburban passenger services. The current contract held by the London Overground Rail Operations Ltd joint venture of MTR Corp and Arriva expires on November 12 2016. The new concession is planned to run ...

  • KZ4AT locomotive in Kazakhstan (Photo: Alstom Transport/Arnaud Février).

    Alstom/TMH electric locomotive enters service


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first of 95 Type KZ4AT electric passenger locomotives has entered revenue service on the Astana – Kokshetau route, Alstom announced on April 2. Two more are now on test and are expected to be handed over this year. The KZ4AT was developed by Alstom and Transmashholding and is ...

  • The facility is to produce 30 eight-car EMUs for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM.

    Works begins on Brazilian rolling stock plant


    BRAZIL: Hyundai Rotem President & CEO Seung-Tack Kim was joined by São Paulo state Governor Geraldo Alckmin and President of Hyundai Rotem Brasil André Han on April 2 at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for a rolling stock factory at Araraquara. Investment agency Investe São Paulo is ...

  • Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of AlMadinah AlMunawwarah region and Chairman of MMDA, and Thomas Topolski, Louis Berger’s Executive President & Managing Director Middle East & North Africa, at the contract signing ceremony on April 1.

    Madinah public transport programme consultant appointed


    SAUDI ARABIA: AlMadinah AlMunawwarah Development Authority has appointed Louis Berger as programme management office consultant for the implementation of the AlMadinah AlMunawwarah Public Transportation Programme, which the professional services consultancy says is ‘one of the most ambitious transportation infrastructure initiatives in the Middle East.’ The aim of the MPTP is ...

  • The 6·1 km western extension of Praha metro Line A opened on April 6 2015.

    Prime Minister opens Praha metro extension


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and Mayor Adriana Krnáčová opened a 6·1 km western extension of Praha metro Line A from Dejvická to Nemocnice Motol on April 6. Revenue services began at 15.00. The extension has intermediate stations at Bořislavka (previously proposed as Červený Vrch), Nádraží Veleslavín and Petřiny, ...

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    ‘Groundbreaking’ approach to light rail maintenance agreed


    NETHERLANDS: Utrecht province’s tramway agency Regiotram Utrecht and Strukton Rail signed a new contract for maintenance of the Utrecht sneltram infrastructure on April 1. The contractor said the ‘groundbreaking’ maintenance concept would be ‘the first of its kind in the Netherlands.’ Strukton Rail has a five-year contract to maintain the ...

  • East Japan Railway has unveiled the prototype Series E235 electric multiple-unit for the Yamanote Loop (Photo: JR East).

    JR East unveils Yamanote Loop Series E235 EMU


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has unveiled a prototype for its next generation of electric multiple-units to operate the 1 067 mm gauge Yamanote Loop around the centre of the capital. This heavily-used 34·5 km circular line serves the main Tokyo Station as well as the key interchange at Shinjuku, which ...

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    Russian and Vietnamese railways sign co-operation agreement


    VIETNAM: The construction of a railway line in the south of Vietnam could be the pilot project for the joint development of infrastructure under a co-operation agreement which was signed by national railway DSVN and Russian Railways during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s official visit to Hanoi on April 6. ...

  • Alstom Transport Metropolis trainsets for the Kochi metro.

    Faiveley Transport awarded Kochi metro train contracts


    INDIA: Alstom Transport has awarded Faiveley Transport a series of contracts to supply onboard equipment for the 25 three-car Metropolis trainsets its Sricity plant in Andhra Pradesh is to build for the Kochi metro under a €85m contract awarded in October 2014. Faiveley’s contracts have a total ...

  • Danhai tram impression.

    Thales awarded Danhai tram signalling contract


    TAIWAN: Thales has been awarded a €17m contract to design and supply signalling, communications and a control centre for the light rail lines which China Steel Corp is building in the Danhai district of the New Taipei City region. The contract covers the 10 km Phase 1, which includes the ...

  • An extension of Sofia metro Line M1 to the airport opened on April 2.

    Sofia airport metro link opens


    BULGARIA: An extension of Sofia metro Line M1 to the airport opened on April 2. Following an official ceremony at 10.00 passenger services began at 13.00, with free travel for the rest of the day. The 5 km section extends the line east from Tsarigradsko Shosse with four stations and ...