All Railway Gazette International articles in April 2022

All articles published this month.

  • World Map
    Data & Analysis

    Urban rail - list of openings (2023)

    New lines and extensions to metro, light rail and commuter rail networks. Map, operator and news links.

  • Rail Cargo Hungaria CRRC electric-battery shunter

    CRRC electric-battery shunting locomotive arrives in Hungary


    HUNGARY: The first of two electric-battery shunting locomotives developed by CRRC Zhuzhou for Rail Cargo Hungaria has been delivered for testing, approval and commissioning. Rail Cargo Hungaria currently uses diesel locomotives owned by MÁV-Start for shunting. In an effort to reduce its costs and emissions, in ...

  • Network Rail engineering works
    Rail Business UK

    TUC calls for in-sourcing of renewals and end to funding cuts


    UK: The Trades Union Congress published its report The Future Of Rail Funding In The UK on May 4. This calls for ministers to stop Network Rail cuts which it says could cost 2 500 jobs; for renewals to be brought in-house — which it estimates ...

  • ATW accessibility support at Shrewsbury (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Assisted travel booking time shortened but accessibility works have some way to go


    UK: The time to required to book Passenger Assist services such as help with navigating a station or boarding a train has been reduced from 6 h to a minimum standard of 2 h ahead of travel. However, campaigners have expressed concern at the slow pace ...

  • St Petersburg
    Metro Report International

    St Petersburg tram order


    RUSSIA: Sole bidder Sberbank Leasing has been awarded a 12·9bn rouble contract to supply 12 two-section and 42 three-section double and single-sided low-floor trams to St Petersburg. A specific model has not been announced, but the trams will have a ’retro’ styling. Deliveries are scheduled to ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.

    São Paulo plans rail revival


    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has drawn up a Strategic Railway Plan which aims to revitalise much of the network of underused or moribund lines that have been left to decay in many parts of the state. The plan has been developed by the Logistics ...

  • PT_Keyvisual_1403

    Making railways smarter

    2022-05-02T09:45:00Z Author Christian Stimakovits Frequentis

    Frequentis to bring train and track together leveraging IoT to improve predictability, safety, and incident handling. Could railway asset monitoring reduce operating costs?

  • LRSSB tram safety video image
    Metro Report International

    ‘Be smart around trams’ safety videos launched


    UK: The Light Rail Safety & Standards Board has launched a series of ‘be smart around trams’ animated videos, commissioned from Creative Star to provide safety tips for passengers. The videos can be used by operators to complement their own safety campaigns on social ...

  • Toronto GO Transit train (Photo: Korneel Luth/Pixabay)

    Ontario Northland to overhaul GO Transit coaches


    CANADA: Greater Toronto area transport authority Metrolinx has awarded Ontario Northland a C$109m contract to refurbish 56 of GO Transit’s BiLevel commuter rail coaches at its Remanufacturing & Repair Centre in North Bay. The overhaul of the double-deck coaches will include structural work and renewed or ...

  • Prasa train in Cape Town

    Cape Town to study commuter rail devolution


    SOUTH AFRICA: Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana has authorised the city of Cape Town to undertake a detailed feasibility study for the potential devolution of control of suburban rail services from the national government. ‘This is a big deal, because up until now, the national government ...

  • CAF tram in Granada
    Metro Report International

    Granada light rail expansion gets underway


    SPAIN: Surveys have begun ahead of a call for tenders for construction of an extension to Granada’s light rail line, and an order for additional trams has been confirmed. Ayesa and Pontem Engineering Services are undertaking geotechnical surveys for the 4·6 km, six-stop southern extension between ...

  • LTG Cargo freight terminal

    Lithuania rethinks freight flows to bypass Belarus


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s national freight operator LTG Cargo has sent a pilot container train to Ukraine via Poland, avoiding Belarus because of that country’s support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. LTG Cargo said the return working would be the first time in its history that freight ...

  • Map of the Cherbourg-Bayonne rail motorway

    UK and Ireland to Spain ‘rail motorway’ to go ahead


    FRANCE: Brittany Ferries is going ahead with plans for a ‘rail motorway’ service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers between the port of Cherbourg and the European Freight Centre at Bayonne near the Spanish border. This will offer connections at Cherbourg with ferries to Poole and Portsmouth in ...

  • GB Railfeight Stadler Class 99 Eurodual electro-diesel locomotive impresssion
    Rail Business UK

    Class 99 electro-diesel locomotive order confirmed


    UK: GB Railfreight, leasing company Beacon Rail and Stadler have signed an agreement for the supply of 30 Class 99 six-axle electro-diesel locomotives for entry into service from 2025. The operator said they would be the first electro-diesel locomotives capable of hauling heavy freight at main ...

  • Solar-Canopy-Anacostia4-19
    Metro Report International

    Solar panels installed at Washington metro stations


    USA: A joint venture of SunPower and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power has begun installing photovoltaic solar panels over the car parks at the Washington DC metro’s Anacostia, Southern Avenue, Cheverly and Naylor Road stations. The first site at Anacostia is expected to generate electricity equivalent to ...

  • PM at the foundation stone laying ceremony of various developmental projects at Dahod on April 20 2022

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • Midlands-based industry group Rail Forum is to launch a ‘buddy system’
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Forum launches industry buddy system


    UK: Midlands-based industry group Rail Forum is to launch a ‘buddy system’ from May 1, using ‘intelligent pairing’ to connect all new members with a volunteer who will provide advice on starting networking and getting the most out of membership. This will included overcoming obstacles such ...

  • Morocco's high speed line from Tanger to Kénitra.

    ‘High speed rail: the right speed for our planet’ World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in Marrakech


    MOROCCO: The International Union of Railways has selected Morocco to host the 11th World Congress on High Speed Rail in 2023, reflecting the country’s leading position in the high speed rail sector in Africa and the Middle East. The event’s slogan will be ‘high speed rail: ...

  • Cape Town
    Metro Report International

    Cape Town aims to be a laboratory for urban mobility


    SOUTH AFRICA: Plans to position Cape Town as a ‘laboratory for urban mobility in a developing world’ have been presented at an industry briefing on the city’s vision for a New Generation Technologies strategic framework and Integrated Ticketing Business Plan. ‘We have got a whole lot ...

  • BHEL 6000 hp WAG-9H electric locomotive

    Indian power company orders high-horsepower electric locomotives


    INDIA: Power generation company NTPC Ltd has ordered six electric locomotives from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd for materials handling operations at the Lara Super Thermal Power Station in the Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh. Opened in 2019-20, the 1·6 GW power plant uses coal delivered by rail ...