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  • Pingtan Bridge
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    Cross-sea rail and road bridge to open in 2020

    2019-12-31T12:00:00Z

    CHINA: The 16·3 km Pingtan Bridge carrying a railway and road across the Haitan Strait is expected to open during 2020, significantly reducing journey times between Fuzhou and Pingtan Island off the east coast of Fujian province. The fixed link which includes three cable-stayed bridges is ...

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    Beijing – Zhangjiakou PDL inaugurated with national timetable change

    2019-12-30T10:55:00Z

    CHINA: The 174 km Passenger-Dedicated Line running northwest from Beijing to Zhangjiakou was opened for revenue service on December 30, along with the 53 km branch from Xiahuayuan Bei to Taizicheng which has been built to serve the Chongli Olympic Village and venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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    Next section of western China link completed

    2019-12-24T12:00:00Z

    CHINA: The 173 km Subei – Mahai section of the line which is being built between Dunhuang and Golmud opened on December 18, adding six stations. Construction of the 671 km Dunhuang – Golmud line was officially launched in 2012, to connect the line running west ...

  • S14 diesel trainset supplied to Sri Lanka by CRRC Qingdao Sifang
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    CRRC trainset enters service in Sri Lanka

    2019-12-24T06:00:00Z

    SRI LANKA: The first of nine S14 diesel trainsets being supplied by CRRC Qingdao Sifang has entered revenue service on the Colombo Fort – Badulla line, which has a journey time of 8 h 43 min. Sri Lankan Railways ordered the ...

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    JR East tests Saphir Odoriko luxury EMUs

    2019-12-18T10:32:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has started driver training with the first of two Series E261 EMUs which are being supplied by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to operate the Super Odoriko service linking Tokyo to the scenic Izu peninsula, where the Fuji-Hakone National Park is famed for its hot springs.

  • Wabtec India Engineering & Technology Centre
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    Wabtec opens Indian engineering and technology centre

    2019-12-17T06:00:00Z

    INDIA: The Wabtec India Engineering Technology Centre was inaugurated on December 12. The company is investing US$5m in the facility, which will occupy five floors of a building on the ITC Green Campus in Bangalore. This will house engineering teams from across the ...

  • PT Inka DMU for Philippine National Railways (2)
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    DMUs delivered to Manila

    2019-12-12T11:27:00Z

    PHILIPPINES: A ceremony at Manila’s South Harbor on December 11 marked the arrival of two three-car diesel multiple-units, which are to enter service on Philippine National Railways’ routes from FTI station to Tutuban and Malabon from December 16. The DMUs form part of ...

  • A contract for the design and construction of the first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built to link Khaf in Iran with Herat province has been signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazak company Integra Construction.
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    Herat province railway construction contract signed

    2019-12-12T10:28:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: A contract for the design and construction of the first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built to link Khaf in Iran with Herat province has been signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazak company Integra Construction. ...

  • KTZ Alstom KZ4AT passenger locomotive
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    Long-term loco brake maintenance agreement signed

    2019-12-11T05:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: Alstom Kazakhstan and Knorr-Bremse Russia have signed a comprehensive agreement for the corrective and preventive maintenance of braking systems on up to 200 twin-section freight locomotives and 95 passenger locomotives being supplied to national railway KTZ. This includes the supply of replacement parts. ...

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    Tavan Tolgoi coal line accord signed

    2019-12-04T10:49:00Z

    MONGOLIA: Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International is to provide technical assistance for the development of a 414 km rail link into the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, following the signing of a co-operation agreement in Ulaanbaatar on December 3.

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    Mianeh – Bostanabad line inaugurated

    2019-12-02T14:41:00Z

    IRAN: Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country. The 132 km southern section of the new line, between Mianeh and Bostanabad, ...

  • Wuhan – Shiyan high speed line
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    Wuhan – Shiyan high speed line opens

    2019-11-29T11:01:00Z

    CHINA: The 399 km Passenger-Dedicated Line between Wuhan and Shiyan was opened for revenue services on November 29, as the first stage of a direct high speed route linking Wuhan with Xi’an. The city of Shiyan is a major automotive manufacturing centre in the northwest of ...

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    Stadler Flirts in Azerbaijan

    2019-11-27T09:28:00Z

    AZERBAIJAN: National railway ADY has ordered 10 five-car Flirt multiple-units from Stadler. The €115m contract announced on November 27 includes spare parts and depot equipment. The first four trainsets to be delivered, starting in 2022, will be DMUs for inter-city services. These will include a power ...

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    Rizhao – Qufu high speed line opens

    2019-11-26T11:17:00Z

    CHINA: The Rizhao to Qufu section of the Rizhao to Lankao Passenger-Dedicated Line opened for revenue services on November 26. Crossing the south of Shandong province from east to west, the 235 km long line designed for 350 km/h operation connects the port of Rizhao on ...

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    Sotetsu Link inaugurated

    2019-11-25T14:30:00Z

    JAPAN: Ceremonies were held at Hazawa yokohama-kokudai station on November 25 to mark the formal completion of the publicly-funded link between the private Sagami Railway and JR East’s Tokaido Freight Line.

  • EP2D electric multiple-unit
    Urban news

    Novosibirsk suburban operator orders EMUs

    2019-11-25T09:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Novosibirsk suburban operator Express Prigorod has ordered two eight-car EP2D electric multiple-units for delivery from Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory by the end of the year. They will include cycle racks, a passenger information system and fire fighting equipment. Accessibility features will include wheelchair lifts and signage ...

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    Siemens rolls out new Turkish Velaro

    2019-11-22T12:28:00Z

    TURKEY: Siemens has unveiled the first of 12 Velaro high speed trainsets ordered by Turkish national operator TCDD Taşımacılık at the supplier’s Düsseldorf plant on November 13. Due to arrive in Ankara by the end of November, the train is expected to enter passenger service in ...

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    Yamanote track slew completed

    2019-11-20T09:13:00Z

    Photo: Akihiro Nakamura JAPAN: East Japan Railway successfully completed a realignment of its Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku suburban lines in central Tokyo with a rare blockade over the weekend of November 16-17. Photo: Akihiro Nakamura The realignment forms part of the project ...

  • China's Beijing - Shanghai line (Photo: Andrew Benton).
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    Chinese high speed train operator’s IPO approved

    2019-11-19T10:23:00Z

    CHINA: Beijing–Shanghai High Speed Railway Co’s planned IPO was formally approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission on November 14. The state railway’s investment arm currently owns a 50% stake in the operator of the 1 318 km line, which opened in June 2011 with trains ...

  • An agreement for the joint development of rail services to deliver Russian food products to China has been signed by RZD Logistics and YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics.
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    Agreement to increase exports of Russian food to China by rail

    2019-11-19T07:00:00Z

    ASIA: An agreement for the joint development of rail services to deliver Russian food products to China has been signed by RZD Logistics and YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics. The companies plan to expand the geographic range of the existing Agroexpress service, with a series of shipments ...