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    First Dhaka Metro Line 6 train shipped


    BANGLADESH: The first train for Dhaka Metro Line 6 has been shipped out of Kobe Port, manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries confirmed on March 4.

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    Japan addresses level crossing safety


    JAPAN: The Japan Transport Safety Board has published a series of recommendations to reduce the risk of level crossing accidents, with particular focus on the remaining crossings without barriers.

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    Joban Line ATO ready to launch


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start automatic train operation in commercial service on March 13, when the equipment goes live for Joban Line (Local) services in northern Tokyo.

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    Beside the seaside on battery powered scenic tramway


    SOUTH KOREA: A disused railway on a coastal corniche has been converted into a scenic light rail line linking seaside tourist destinations in Busan. The Haeundae Beach Train uses a 4·8 km section of the former Donghae Nambu Line, with six ...

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    China: Metro openings hit record high


    Almost 700 km of new metro and tram lines and extensions were opened in 15 Chinese cities during the closing weeks of 2020 as 29 separate projects came to fruition. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Mersin metro electromechanical tender result


    TURKEY: Mersin municipality has announced the results of a tender for the supply, installation and commissioning of electromechanical systems for the Mezitli – Üçocak metro line. Four of the 13 groups which had initially expressed interest in the contract prequalified to tender, and of those ...

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    Naxçıvan railway reopening proposed as work starts on Baku link


    ASIA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed proposals for the reopening of a rail link between Iran and its northwestern neighbour Azerbaijan. Speaking at a meeting with the governor of Iran’s largely Azeri-speaking province of East Azerbaijan on February 18, Zarif pointed out ...

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    Interlocking roll-out completed


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has completed a programme to install new interlockings on the 328 km Eskişehir – Kutahya – Balıkesir main line and bring the route under centralised control. The largely single-track line is one of TCDD’s principal access routes to the Izmir region from ...

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    Series 17000 EMUs enter service in Tokyo


    JAPAN: Tokyo Metro put its first Series 17000 EMUs into revenue service on its 1 067 mm gauge Yurakucho and Fukutoshin lines on February 21, with minimum publicity as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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    Sri Lanka plans local production of rolling stock


    SRI LANKA: The cabinet has approved the Ministry of Transport’s proposal to seek an investor to solve its shortage of coaches by manufacturing them locally. Involving the private sector in the production of an initial 100 coaches is seen as a solution to meeting a ...

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    Sportswear from Japan to the UK by rail and sea


    INTERNATIONAL: Operator Russian Railways and shipper Maersk have operated a first container train carrying Japanese goods bound for the UK along the Trans-Siberian route between Vostochny and St Petersburg. The train carried 40 40 ft containers of sportswear and equipment which had been transported by ...

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    Lianyungang – Ürümqi high speed corridor completed


    CHINA: The 185 km Xulian high speed line between Lianyungang and Xuzhou in eastern China was opened for revenue service on February 8. This completes the 3 422 km Lianyungang – Ürümqi corridor, which is the longest east-west route within the ‘eight vertical and eight ...

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    Shenyang tramway extended


    CHINA: A 5·2 km extension of Shenyang tram Route 5 from Xuantujun Heritage Park to Lishizhai with four stops opened on February 3. Construction of the extension was launched in October 2019. A year later CRRC supplied the first of five three-section 70% low-floor bidirectional trams ...

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    Gono Line DMUs replaced


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has begun introducing new diesel-electric multiple-units to operate its Gono Line along the scenic northwestern coast of Honshu.

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    New trains enter service as MTR commissions East Rail resignalling


    CHINA: The first of 43 nine-car EMUs being built for MTR Corp by Hyundai Rotem finally entered service on Hong Kong’s East Rail Line between Hung Hom, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau on February 6.

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    JR Central orders Series 315 commuter EMUs


    JAPAN: JR Central has awarded Nippon Sharyo a contract to supply 65 Series 315 suburban electric multiple-units. The order announced on January 29 covers a total of 23 eight-car and 42 four-car units to be delivered in 2021-25. They will mostly be used on local commuter ...

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    Beijing – Chengde opening completes Beijing – Harbin high speed rail corridor


    CHINA: The 192 km Beijing Chaoyang –- Chengde high speed line opened on January 22, completing the 1 198 km Beijing – Shenyang – Harbin corridor. There are initially 12 trains a day each way on the latest section, operated by CR400BF-G trainsets running at 300 ...

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    Rubber-tyred ‘intelligent digital-rail transport system’ launched


    CHINA: An ‘intelligent digital-rail transport system’ has begun trial operations in the Lingang New Area of Shanghai. The 21·7 km demonstration Line T1 links Dishui station on metro Line 16 to Nicheng, with nine stops. It is expected to be fully operational by June. The ...

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    EMUs ordered for Gaziantep’s Gaziray suburban rail project


    TURKEY: State rolling stock manufacturer Türasaş has signed a €47m contract to supply eight four-car electric multiple-units for the Gaziray suburban rail service which is being developed in Gaziantep. The aluminium bodied EMUs will have a top speed of 120 km/hr and a capacity of 1 ...

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    South Korea: KRRI eyes smart trains from 2030


    Korea Railroad Research Institute has started testing 5G-based autonomous train control technology at the New Transport Science Technopolis in Osong, with a view to introducing ‘smart trains’ on key routes from 2030. KRRI Chief Researcher Dr Jeong Rag-gyo outlines the project objectives and key findings to Benjámin Zelki.