All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2021

All articles published this month.

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    In depth

    Comment: Balancing survival and ambition

    2021-05-18T13:45:00Z

    Rail and metro operators face a delicate task of managing short term financial imperatives relating to the pandemic while also positioning themselves to capitalise on longer term megatrends favouring the sector, argues Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    In depth

    India: Budget sets ambitious targets

    2021-05-04T14:43:00Z

    The government has promised record capital investment in India’s rail network as part of its 2021-22 budget, citing the National Rail Plan now in development. However, IR needs to improve its productivity and get its finances back on an even keel, believes Raghu Dayal.

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    News

    Kyrgyzstan Railways ‘keeping pace with the times’ at modern wagon servicing centre

    2021-05-02T05:00:00Z

    KYRGYZSTAN: Russian company United Wagon Co has opened an authorised service centre in Bishkek to provide warranty and post-warranty maintenance for modern wagons it has supplied. Repairs will be undertaken by national railway KTJ, which will maintain a warehouse with stocks of components. UWC ...

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    News

    Le Train eyes Arcachon – La Rochelle TGVs

    2021-04-30T13:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Taking advantage of the forthcoming liberalisation of domestic passenger services, open access operator Le Train has applied to transport regulation authority ART for powers to run regional high speed services in the southwest. Envisaged as the first private high speed operator in France, evoking parallels ...

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    News

    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2021-04-30T05:00:00Z

    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Guiyang metro
    Metro Report International

    Second metro line opens in Guiyang

    2021-04-30T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: The second metro line in Guiyang was opened for revenue service on April 28. The 40·6 km Line 2 runs from North Baiyun Road to the north of the city to Longdongbao International Airport to Zhongxing Road in the southeast, interchanging with the west-south ...

  • Tulse Hill station canopy (4)
    Rail Business UK

    Local station improvements make a real difference to passengers

    2021-04-30T05:00:00Z

    Major projects have more glamour, but smaller changes desired by local passengers can have disproportionate impact on the user experience, says Charlie Morse, Senior Chartered Engineer at SNC-Lavalin.

  • Yakutian Railway Progress Rail 2TE3250 diesel locomotive (1)
    News

    Progress Rail locomotive on test in Russia

    2021-04-29T14:55:00Z

    RUSSIA: Yakutia Railway has taken delivery of a Progress Rail EMD 2TE3250 twin-section diesel locomotive for testing in the region’s extreme environment. The locomotive was transported to the US west coast by rail and then by sea to Vladivostok and to Yakutia. ...

  • GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Revolutionary’ wagons join GB Railfreight fleet

    2021-04-29T12:00:00Z

    UK: Following prototype testing and approval, GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet. The wagons were ordered in two batches ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up

    2021-04-29T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry

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    News

    Rail’s market share to rise in Brazil's National Logistics Plan

    2021-04-29T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Rail’s role in the national transport matrix will increase under proposals set out in the 2035 National Logistics Plan unveiled by the government on April 20. Already made available for consultation by interested parties, the Plan has been prepared to support the establishment of ...

  • Caledonian Sleeper has confirmed that it will be restoring its full timetable from April 29, after a lengthy period of running a single daily train between London and Inverness via Edinburgh.
    Rail Business UK

    Caledonian Sleeper services return to full timetable

    2021-04-28T13:59:00Z

    UK: Caledonian Sleeper has confirmed that it will be restoring its full timetable from April 29, after a lengthy period of running a single daily train between London and Inverness via Edinburgh. Both the Lowlander and Highlander services will re-start, albeit with slightly shorter formations ...

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    News

    Finnish ETCS Level 2 test route contract awarded

    2021-04-28T13:03:00Z

    FINLAND: Transport infrastructure agency Väylävirasto has awarded Thales a contract to design, supply, install and test ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Kouvola – Kotka/Hamina line, with commercial use of the new signalling expected to begin in early 2023. The branch which serves an important ...

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    In depth

    Viewpoint: Unlocking Africa’s economic growth

    2021-04-28T12:30:00Z

    Railway reform and regulatory stability will help to revitalise Africa’s railways and put them at the heart of sustainable transport strategies across the African Continental Free Trade Area, suggests ARIA Chief Executive Officer Mesela Nhlapo.

  • us Chicago Metra F40 battery locomotive image
    News

    Chicago commuter operator seeks battery locomotive proposals

    2021-04-28T12:00:00Z

    USA: Chicago commuter operator Metra is to issue a request for proposals for the conversion of three EMD F40PH-3 diesel locomotives to zero-emission battery power. It hopes to award a contract this autumn, with the first loco to be delivered around 30 months later. Metra ...

  • id Jakarta signing ceremony
    Metro Report International

    Jakarta metro construction contract awarded

    2021-04-28T09:00:00Z

    INDONESIA: Operator MRT Jakarta has awarded a joint venture of Hutama Karya and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Construction a 4.6tr rupiah contract to build section CP203 of MRT Phase 2, which comprises a 1·4 km tunnel from Mangga Besar to Kota Tua with two stations at Kota ...

  • ALSTOM Innovia APM system at Houston International Airport
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up

    2021-04-28T05:00:00Z

    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector

  • tw TRA Class 900 EMU TUV_Rheinland
    News

    Taiwan Railway Administration Class 900 EMUs enter service

    2021-04-28T05:00:00Z

    TAIWAN: National operator Taiwan Railway Administration has put into service the first of 52 Class 900 suburban EMUs ordered from Hyundai Rotem in June 2018 at a cost of 908·9bn won. The 10-car trainsets for the 1 067 mm gauge national network are being assembled ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue cracks sideline GWR Class 800s

    2021-04-27T16:24:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has taken some of its Class 800 inter-city trains out of service following the discovery of fatigue cracking in the yaw damper bolsters on a number of vehicles.

  • Class 484 at Vivarail
    Rail Business UK

    Island Line reopening delayed by ‘unforeseen difficulties’ with Class 484 software

    2021-04-27T15:44:00Z

    UK: The reopening of the Isle of Wight’s Island Line following modernisation work is to be delayed, as a result of ‘complex software issues’ with the Vivarail Class 484 electric multiple-units, South Western Railway has confirmed. The first of the five Class 484 EMUs being ...