All Asia articles – Page 10

  • High speed services between Ankara and Istanbul would share the Marmaray alignment using a bidirectional track equipped with ETCS for train protection.

    Marmaray corridor to open in Q1 2019, minister says


    TURKEY: Transport Minister Cahit Turhan provided a progress update on November 16 on three new line projects as they near completion under the railway investment Master Plan. The government’s priority is completion of the surface works along the Marmaray corridor which runs across Istanbul from Gebze on the Asian side ...

  • British Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Fleming inaugurates the Pandrol Rahee Technologies factory in Hyderabad.

    Indian rail fastening factory opened


    INDIA: The Pandrol Rahee Technologies joint venture of rail fastening supplier Pandrol and infrastructure contractor Rahee Group has opened a fastening manufacturing plant in Hyderabad. The 3 500 m2 facility has includes an automated clip forming line with an advanced coating technology process. It is expected to produce 4 million ...

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    Teardrop-shaped cement wagons ordered


    INTERNATIONAL: RM Rail has won orders to supply Russia’s Gazprombank Leasing and VEB-Leasing and Kazakhstan’s largest cement manufacturer with a total of more than 1 000 Type 19-1217 cement hopper wagons by September 2019. The wagon manufacturer said the Type 19-1217 has an ‘innovative’ teardrop shaped body giving a capacity ...

  • Indian Railways operated its first double-stack train over the 190 km Ateli – Phulera section of the Western DFC on August 15. (Photo: DFCCIL)

    Dedicated Freight Corridors to open in stages


    INDIA: Several sections of the first two Dedicated Freight Corridors are on course to open over the next few months, the Ministry of Railways confirmed on November 5. The ministry’s original intention had been to open the corridors in their entirety once completed, but with work on some sections reportedly ...

  • A memorandum of understanding has been signed for the development of the freight terminal at Aqina on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border.

    Afghan railway terminal expansion MoU signed


    AFGHANISTAN: A memorandum of understanding for the development of the freight terminal at Aqina on the Afghan-Turkmenistan border, including the construction of 10 track-km of main line and sidings, was signed by the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Railways in Ashgabat on November 2. The MoU has six ...

  • Integral Coach factory is building six 13-car diesel-electric multiple-units for Sri Lanka Railways.

    ICF unveils Sri Lanka Railways diesel-electric multiple units


    SRI LANKA: The first of six 13-car diesel-electric multiple-units which Indian Railways’ Integral Coach factory is building for Sri Lanka Railways was unveiled at the manufacturer’s plant in Chennai on November 12 . The order was placed with ICF and RITES under an India-Sri Lanka economic co-operation agreement. It covers ...

  • ADY awarded Stadler a contract to supply three sets of 10 coaches for use on overnight passenger services on the route between Azerbaijan and Turkey.

    Baku – Tbilisi – Kars passenger service to launch in 2019


    INTERNATIONAL: Passenger services on the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars route are to be launched in the third quarter of 2019, Azerbaijan’s national railway ADY has announced. The announcement on October 30 marked the first anniversary of the official inauguration of the Baku – Tbilisi – Kars railway corridor. ...

  • Four police robots are to be deployed at Seoul and Dongdaegu stations.

    Robot railway police deployed


    SOUTH KOREA: This month four police robots are to be deployed at Seoul and Dongdaegu stations, where they will undertake autonomous patrols, provide CCTV coverage and interact with passengers to provide safety and other information. The robots have been developed by Future Robot as part of its Furo range ...

  • No fewer than 21 rail-connected logistics hubs are being developed by TCDD for opening by 2023.

    Branch line to serve Samsun logistics hub


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has awarded a TL190m contract for the construction of a railway between the existing Samsun - Sivas line and TCDD's Gelemen rail logistics centre. The lead contractor will be a consortium of Dekovil Entegre Sistemler and Feza Taahut. The contract involves construction of a 6·7 km ...

  • Royal Railway has ordered three diesel railcars for the rail link to Phnom Penh International Airport (Photo: Royal Railway).

    Phnom Penh airport railcars ready for delivery


    CAMBODIA: Next month Royal Railway expects to taken delivery of three diesel railcars which it has ordered from Mexico for use on the rail link to Phnom Penh International Airport. The 1·6 km on-street branch from the Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville main line to the airport opened in April, with ...

  • An agreement to undertake a feasibility study for a 431 km railway linking Mandalay with Muse on the Chinese border was signed by Myanma Railways and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group.

    Mandalay to China railway feasibility study agreed


    MYANMAR: An agreement to undertake a feasibility study for a 431 km railway linking Mandalay with Muse on the Chinese border was signed by Myanma Railways and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group on October 22. The study is to be completed within two years, including environmental and social impact assessments. ...

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    ‘Make in India’ Train 18 inter-city prototype on test


    INDIA: Testing has started with a prototype 160 km/h inter-city trainset intended to accelerate and upgrade medium-distance services on Indian Railways. Developed at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the ‘semi-high speed’ trainset has been designated Train 18 after its year of manufacture. Following testing by RDSO at up to ...

  • The creation of a new COTIF appendix on the safe operation of trains is intended to open the way to the expansion of interoperability beyond Europe (Photo: DB).

    Three strategic decisions at OTIF General Assembly


    INTERNATIONAL: Three strategic decisions were taken at the 13th General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail which was held at the end of September. These covered: the creation of a new appendix on the safe operation of trains, intended to open the way to the ...

  • Network Rail is to enhance the loading gauge on the Doncaster - Immingham route in northern England.
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    World rail freight news round-up


    Marking 10 years of direct intermodal trains between China and Germany, Deutsche Bahn has established DB Cargo Eurasia as a dedicated business unit to develop Eurasian transit freight. DB and partners including Russian Railways launched a single train between Xiangtang and Hamburg in 2008; it now runs 3 600 per ...

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    Hyundai Rotem wins further Bangladesh loco contract


    BANGLADESH: Hyundai Rotem announced on October 11 that it had won a US$239m order to supply 70 diesel-electric locomotives for Bangladesh Railway. Production at Rotem’s Changwon plant in South Korea is due to begin in 2020, with deliveries due by 2023. The 19 m long, 2 200 hp locos ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Steel producer Evraz is to invest US$60m in two automatic full-section wheel machining lines and a wheel geometry laser measuring hub at its plant in Nizhny Tagil. This is expected to see wheel output increase by 78 000 units per year, most of which are for the Russian market. Indian ...

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    Gemas – Johor Bahru resignalling contract awarded


    MALAYSIA: National operator KTMB has awarded a consortium of Ansaldo STS Malaysia and Pestech Technology a 264m ringgit contract for the resignalling of the Gemas – Johor Bahru main line in the south of the country. The 198 km metre-gauge route has 11 stations and a depot at Kempas ...

  • The 1 158 m long Tomusinksy tunnel now has a second bore, alleviating a bottleneck near Novokuznetsk.

    Tunnel opens on Novokuznetsk avoiding line


    RUSSIA: Completed by Russian Railways at a cost of 7bn roubles, a second bore of the 1 158 m long Tomusinksy tunnel north of Novokuznetsk opened for revenue service on October 3. The second bore alleviates a significant bottleneck formed by the original single-track tunnel, opened in 1967. This ...

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    Northern Latitudinal Railway concession signed


    RUSSIA: Having been approved by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in mid-August, a formal concession agreement covering construction of the Northern Latitudinal Railway was signed at the ProMotion 1520 forum in Sochi on October 3. The SShKh consortium will be responsible for financing, building and operating the 113bn rouble line, which ...

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    First section of Moscow – Kazan high speed line to open in 2024


    RUSSIA: A construction agreement covering the first section of the Moscow – Kazan high speed line was announced by RZD First Deputy Director Alexander Misharin at the ProMotion 1520 conference in Sochi on October 2. The agreement calls for work to start next year on a 301 km alignment between ...