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    Philippines: A comprehensive package of Japanese know-how


    Keisuke Fukui, Senior Representative of Japan International Co-operation Agency’s Philippines office, sets out how the bilateral financing body is providing support in a variety of fields to ensure effective delivery of rail and metro schemes in the country.

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    Interview: ‘We focus on intermodality and resilience’


    The Asian Development Bank is focusing on better integration of the many projects it supports, in order to drive intermodality. Meanwhile, any infrastructure ADB finances needs to be climate resilient, its Transport Director Markus Roesner explains to Benjámin Zelki at the bank’s headquarters in the Manila metropolitan area.

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    British Steel rail ordered for Turkish project


    TURKEY: British Steel has won a contract of disclosed ‘multi-million-pound’ value to supply ‘tens of thousands of tonnes’ of rail for the project to modernise and electrify the 286 km Mersin – Adana – Gaziantep line for 200 km/h operation. Deliveries from the steelmaker’s plant at ...

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    Philippines: New lines programme puts the metro in Manila


    After years of stagnation, major investment in and expansion of the urban rail network in Manila is now on the horizon, with three new lines and one metro extension due to open by the end of the decade. Benjámin Zelki reports from the Filipino capital.

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    Laos: Nascent link fosters tourist and cargo trade


    Travel on the Laos – China Railway is booming as tourists are keen to visit and locals are eager to ride. Peter Janssen reports.

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    Progress Rail locos delivered to Mongolian coal railway


    MONGOLIA: Progress Rail has delivered the first four of 16 SD70ACe/LW locomotives for the 234 km heavy haul railway which connects the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposits in the Gobi desert to an inland port close to the Chinese border at Gashuun Sukhait. The 1 520 mm ...

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    Train windows become information screens


    SOUTH KOREA: An eight-car trainset operating on Seoul Great Train Express Line A has been equipped with 55 inch Transparent OLED displays which act as both windows and information screens. The 16 screens supplied by LG Display show varied content including route maps, while also functioning ...

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    Chizhou – Huangshan high speed line opens


    CHINA: The 125 km Chizhou – Huangshan high speed line through the mountains and valleys of Anhui province opened on April 26. The 350 km/h route is designated as a regional connecting line within the ‘eight vertical and eight horizontal’ national high speed rail development strategy. ...

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    KTX-CheongRyong high speed train enters service


    SOUTH KOREA: Korail put its latest generation of high speed train into commercial service on May 1. Two eight-car KTX-CheongRyong trainsets are now diagrammed to operate on the Gyeongbu high speed line and on the Honam line, offering passengers journey times of 2 h 17 min ...

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    Klang Valley signalling contract awarded


    MALAYSIA: Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply signalling for the Klang Valley Double Track Phase 2 project. The resignalling covers the commuter route launched 25 years ago which serves 29 stations between Salak Selatan and Seremban and between Abdullah Hukum ...

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    Turkey, Iraq, Qatar and UAE to develop Gulf to Europe rail corridor


    ASIA: Turkey, Iraq, Qatar and the UAE have signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Development Road, a 1 200 km railway and road corridor which would link Al-Faw container port in the Iraqi city of Basra with Turkey. The MoU was signed when Turkey’s ...

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    Temirtau tramway reopening project gets underway


    KAZAKHSTAN: Steelmaker Qarmet has begun work to reopen the 11 km tramway in Temirtau which was included in its acquisition of the local steelworks from ArcelorMittal Steel in December. Tram operations has been suspended in February 2023 when the then owner said the line was unprofitable ...

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    Xi’an – Almaty passenger train planned


    ASIA: Representatives of Kazak national railway KTZ have begun discussions with Chinese regional officials over the launch of a planned passenger service between Xi’an and Almaty. The tourist-oriented service would operate via the Korgas border crossing, which is already used by regular Urumqi – Almaty-2 passenger ...

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    Japanese DMUs find second homes in Thailand and Cambodia


    ASIA: Japan’s JR Hokkaido and JR East have sold cars of ex-Series KiHa 183 diesel multiple-units to Thailand and Cambodia. JR Hokkaido announced on April 12 that it had sold its remaining 11 cars, which had served as Series KiHa 183 diesel multiple-units, to Cambodia’s national ...

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    China applies to become associate member of OTIF


    INTERNATIONAL: On April 26 the People’s Republic of China deposited an application to accede to the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail as an associate member. Unless five OTIF Member States object, the application will be deemed to be accepted three months after the first ...

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    Private rooms to be revived on Tokaido Shinkansen


    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway has announced plans to reintroduce private compartments on the Tokaido Shinkansen.

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    Components joint venture agreement


    INDIA: The AT Railway a subsidiary of Amber Enterprises India has signed a joint venture agreement with South Korea’s Yujin Machinery to design, manufacture, and develop critical components for various types of rolling stock used in India. The joint venture will focus on components such as ...

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    Chuo Shinkansen completion delayed until 2034


    JR Central tested the maglev technology in Yamanashi prefecture (Photo: Kazumiki Miura). JAPAN: Central Japan Railway announced at the end of March that it no longer expects to start operating high speed superconducting maglev services over the Chuo Shinkansen between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027. Speaking ...

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    MRT Jakarta extension railway systems contract awarded


    INDONESIA: Operator MRT Jakarta has awarded a 4·2tr rupiah contract to Japan’s Sojitz Corp on April 17 to design and install the railway systems on the phase 2A extension of the Jakarta MRT North–South Line. The 5·8 km underground phase 2A is under construction between Bundaran ...

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    Japan: Extending the Hokuriku Shinkansen


    JR West and JR East inaugurated a 125 km extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Kanazawa to Tsuruga on March 16. Mike Bent reports.