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    Afghanistan – China rail freight service sets off


    Afghanistan AFGHANISTAN: An inaugural service carrying freight for export to China by rail left Hairatan in northern Afghanistan on September 5, carrying 1 100 tonnes of talc in 41 containers. The train crossed the Soviet-built road-rail Friendship Bridge over the Amu Darya into Uzbekistan. ...

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    RTRI tests fuel cell multiple unit


    JAPAN: Railway Technical Research Institute has started test running with a prototype multiple-unit which can work as a conventional or battery EMU or using a fuel cell powerpack. Converted from an older 1·5 kV DC EMU, the test train comprises a 34 tonne motor car and ...

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    ETCS over Tetra certified


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has certified the use of Bombardier Transportation ETCS over a Teltronic Tetra voice and data communications network on the 300 km route from Zhetigen to Altynkol on the Chinese border. Teltronic said this provided ‘irrefutable proof’ of the viability of ETCS over ...

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    Lineside trees issued with electronic ID cards


    CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has assigned electronic ID cards to around 33 000 trees growing along open air sections of its routes, as part of plan to reduce the impact of fallen trees during the typhoon season. Maintenance staff can use NFC mobile devices to ...

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    UNIFE demands ‘fair’ market access for European and Chinese suppliers


    INTERNATIONAL: European suppliers’ association UNIFE reiterated its call for ‘a real level playing field’ and ‘fair conditions’ for both European and Chinese manufacturers on September 2. It said this should include specific rules excluding non-European state-owned enterprises from EU procurement in the absence of reciprocal market access. ...

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    Texol orders articulated LPG tank wagons


    KAZAKHSTAN: Texol Group has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 400 Type 15-9541-01 articulated liquefied petroleum gas tank wagons by the end of March 2021. The Russian manufacturer said the wagons designed by its All-Union Research Development Centre for Transportation Technology and ...

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    Young Rail Tours to explore the world of rail


    INTERNATIONAL: UK-based networking and educational association Young Rail Professionals has launched Young Rail Tours in partnership with the Young Members sections of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology Railway Technical Professional Network. ...

  • Körfez Ulaştırma has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives.

    Turkish operator orders Stadler electro-diesel locos


    TURKEY: The Körfez Ulaştırma rail transport subsidiary of oil refiner Tüpraş has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives from 2021, along with an eight-year full service maintenance agreement. Stadler said the order announced on August 27 was its first contract in Turkey, and they would ...

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  • The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension.

    Tehran – Ankara passenger service relaunched


    ASIA: The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension. The first departure left the Iranian capital on August 7, watched by Managing Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Rasouli and the Turkish ambassador. The train is scheduled to ...

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    Coal cut-off line approved


    INDIA: The government has approved the construction of a 108 km rail link between Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi, for completion in 2023-24 at an estimated cost of Rs34·4bn. Connecting Central Railway’s current Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj terminus at Kolhapur with Vaibhavwadi Road station on the Roha – Madgaon section of the ...

  • The Asian Development Bank has approved its first loan to Sri Lanka’s railway sector.

    ADB finances Sri Lanka railway modernisation programme


    SRI LANKA: The Asian Development Bank has approved its first loan to Sri Lanka’s railway sector, providing US$160m towards the US$192m Railway Efficiency Improvement Project. The government is to provide the remaining $32m for the project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024. Noting that Sri ...

  • The Songjiang tramway in Shanghai was extended on August 10.
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    Shanghai Songjiang tramway extended


    CHINA: The Songjiang tramway in Shanghai was extended on August 10, taking the route to 26·8 km with 40 stops. Route T2 has been extended from Zhongchen Road to North Sanxin Road, so it now forms a circular route. Route T1 has also been extended from Jinxi Road ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Freightliner has successfully operated a 4 624 tonne ‘jumbo train’ of aggregates from Merehead in Somerset to Acton in London, which it described as ‘the heaviest freight train currently running in the UK’. This was a trial run ahead of Freightliner taking over the haulage ...

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    Vossloh sales up as rationalisation progresses


    VOSSLOH: Reporting its half-year results on July 25, Vossloh Group announced that sales had increased by 4·6% to €437·1m from €418·1m for the first six months of 2018. An 18·6% increase in orders received to €568·9m had helped to lift the group’s order backlog by 33·7% to €726·9m at the ...

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    Passenger trains start to serve Yakutsk


    RUSSIA: Regular passenger trains have started running on the northern section of the Yakutia Railway, following celebrations on July 27 attended by State Counsellor Vyacheslav Shtyrov, on behalf of the President of the Sakha Republic Aisen Nikolayev. Formal approval of the line for passenger operation was granted on July ...

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    Sakhalin diesel railcars outshopped


    RUSSIA: Three Class RA3 diesel multiple-units to operate regauged regional railway routes on Sakhalin were formally unveiled by Transmashholding on July 26, at a ceremony attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Sakhalin oblast government Vitaly Gudin, RZD’s Deputy General Director, Passenger, Dmitry Pegov, and the First Deputy General Director ...

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    Metre-gauge coaches delivered


    BANGLADESH: A batch of 26 new inter-city coaches for Bangladesh Railways’ metre-gauge main lines was expected to arrive at Chittagong Port by the end of July, having been shipped from the Indonesian port of Tanjung Perak, in Surabaya, on July 19. Being supplied by PT Inka under a US$101m ...

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    Work begins on Ankara suburban rail extension


    TURKEY: Construction has started on an extension of Ankara’s Başkentray suburban railway from the current western terminus of Sincan to Yenikent. The 8 km northwestern extension is being funded from public sources. Completion of the TL353m project is due by the end of June 2022. From ...

  • Russian Railways is converting the rail network on the island of Sakhalin from 1 067 mm narrow gauge to 1 520 mm broad gauge.

    Sakhalin regauging makes progress


    RUSSIA: The first 1 520 mm gauge long-distance overnight passenger services on the island of Sakhalin began running on July 18, following conversion of the 500 km Vzmorye – Nogliki route from 1 067 mm to broad gauge. This marks the latest stage in a programme launched in 2003 ...