All Asia articles – Page 10

  • 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.
    Rail Business UK

    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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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    400 km/h ALFA-X experimental train to roll in 2019


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway's ALFA-X experimental Shinkansen trainset is on course to start test running in May 2019, the railway announced on October 3. Designated Series 956, the ALFA-X is intended to pave the way for a new fleet of high speed trains as part of the railway’s Transform 2027 ...

  • The Bang Sue Grand station complex is planned to open by the end of 2020. Photo: Peter Janssen.

    Four-storey Bangkok Bang Sue station takes shape


    THAILAND: Construction of a new passenger hub for Bangkok is around 70% complete and on course for opening towards the end of 2020, according to municipal officials. Bang Sue Grand Station will be a four-storey structure covering 300 000 m 2 and would replace Hua Lamphong as the ...

  • CRRC Sifang's prototype CRH400AF prototype Blue Dolphin (Photo: N509FZ/Wikimedia).

    High speed trainsets to be delivered within three months


    CHINA: China Railway Corp has awarded Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation a 2·2bn yuan contract to supply 10 CR400AF high speed trainsets within three months. The contract for five eight-car and five 16-car 350 km/h trainsets was awarded to the 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Sifang at ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Belgian rail freight operator Lineas has opened an operations centre in Mainz to monitor the approximately 200 trains per week that it operates in Germany. According to Business Development Director Jan Elfenhorst, this will support the expansion of the Green Xpress enhanced wagonload network. The company is also planning ...

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    Transmashholding to buy Tulpar-Talgo


    KAZAKHSTAN: Transmashholding has signed an agreement to acquire a 99% stake in coach manufacturer Tulpar-Talgo from national railway KTZ. The agreement was signed at InnoTrans 2018 on September 20 by Director General of the Russian rolling stock manufacturing group Kirill Lipa and KTZ Chairman Kanat Alpysbaev. ...

  • The opening ceremony at Hong Kong West Kowloon station was attended by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Guangdong Governor Ma Xingrui.

    Hong Kong high speed line opens


    CHINA: Revenue services on the 26 km Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high speed line began on September 23, when MTR Corp’s first Vibrant Express departed at 07.00 carrying around 500 passengers to Shenzhen Bei. Connecting Hong Kong to the extensive Chinese national ...

  • Sivas in eastern Turkey is being developed as an important hub providing interchange between local routes and the Ankara - Sivas high speed line, now under construction.

    Samsun – Sivas line to reopen this year after €280m upgrading


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing running on the railway between Samsun and Sivas, which has been closed for upgrading work for the past three years. The line is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of the year. Work began in September 2015 and has involved ...

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    Korail to receive distributed power E320 EMUs in 2019


    SOUTH KOREA: Testing and commissioning of the first of a fleet of high speed EMUs for Korail is expected to start by the end of the year. Hyundai Rotem will deliver 21 distributed power trainsets to a design known as E320 to Korail in 2019-21. Two of the sets will ...

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    Turkish operator orders GE PowerHaul locomotives


    TURKEY: A contract for the supply of five PowerHaul diesel locomotives was signed by GE Transportation, Tülomsaş and the Korfez Ulastirma rail transport business of oil refiner Tüpraş on September 18. The GE locomotives will be produced by the US company’s local partner Tülomsaş in Eskisehir. Korfez Ulastirma is the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE


    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

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    Turkish hybrid shunter on show


    INNOTRANS: Turkish national freight operator TCDD Tasımacılık is to take delivery of up to 11 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives if deployment of a prototype developed by Aselsan and Tülomsaş proves successful. The two companies used the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin to introduce the hybrid loco, which has been ...

  • Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to delay construction of the planned 350 km Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail line.

    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail project officially postponed


    ASIA: An agreement to delay construction of the planned 350 km Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed rail line by up to five years was signed by representatives of the governments of Malaysia and Singapore on September 5. The project is one of several approved by the previous Malaysian government ...