All Asia articles – Page 5

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    Passenger trains start to serve Yakutsk

    2019-08-01T13:05:40Z

    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

    2019-07-31T11:55:00Z

    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

    2019-07-30T09:15:55Z

    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

    2019-07-29T13:00:00Z

    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.
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    Sakhalin regauging makes progress

    2019-07-29T08:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Wabtec and Tülomsaş have delivered five PowerHaul diesel-electric locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma, the rail transport subsidiary of oil refining company Tüpraş.
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    PowerHaul locos delivered to Turkish private operator

    2019-07-26T13:10:23Z

    TURKEY: Wabtec and Tülomsaş have delivered five PowerHaul diesel-electric locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma, the rail transport subsidiary of oil refining company Tüpraş which was the first operator to order new locos after the government began issuing operating licenses to private companies in 2017. Körfez Ulaştırma signed the order with ...

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    IRCON to undertake Sri Lanka railway upgrade

    2019-07-25T13:00:00Z

    SRI LANKA: A US$91·3m contract for the modernisation of the 130 km Maho – Omanthai line was signed by the government and Indian Railways subsidiary IRCON International on July 18. The 36-month project will raise the line speed from 60 km/h to 120 km/h and eliminate 40 km/h speed ...

  • FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round.   FlixMobility plans to use the equity raised to support the growth of its FlixTrain services in Germany and expansion into other EU countries; it has already applied for paths in France and Sweden.
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    FlixTrain raises funding for expansion

    2019-07-24T07:28:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: FlixMobility has completed a Series F funding round co-led by growth equity firms TCV and Permira, with long-time investor HV Holtzbrinck Ventures also participating through a joint investment with the European Investment Bank. In the rail sector, the company plans to use the equity raised to support the growth ...

  • The National Development & Reform Commission has approved the construction of two rail lines to provide access to Fuzhou Changle International Airport.
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    Fuzhou Changle airport lines approved

    2019-07-19T08:00:00Z

    CHINA: The National Development & Reform Commission has approved the construction of two railway lines to provide access to Fuzhou Changle International Airport in Fujian province. The Fuzhou – Changle airport line will be 58 km long, running from Fuzhou’s main station to Changle Airport via Nantaidao, Changle, and ...

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    Construction of Uttar Pradesh line approved

    2019-07-18T13:01:34Z

    INDIA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of an 81 km line between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat in Uttar Pradesh. The government said the railway would support socio-economic development in the economically underdeveloped area, which is densely populated but lacks roads. Conversion of the existing ...

  • KazElektroPrivod has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station.
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    Point machine built for winter on the steppe

    2019-07-13T05:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: In co-operation with national railway KTZ, the KazElektroPrivod equally-owned joint venture of Alstom and SOP Trade has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station. The locally-manufactured P80 has a design life of 20 years and is ...

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    Thailand launches Cambodian border service

    2019-07-05T07:00:00Z

    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand launched a twice-daily passenger service between Bangkok and the Cambodian border on July 1. The service is aimed at Thai and foreign tourists and people visiting the Rong Kleua Market. The service is expected to promote cross-border trade with Cambodia, with significant growth in ridership ...

  • Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works is supplying Tulpar-Talgo with kits for the assembly of Type 61-4447 coaches in Nur-Sultan.
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    Coach kits delivered to Kazakhstan

    2019-07-04T06:00:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works is supplying Tulpar-Talgo with kits for the assembly of Type 61-4447 coaches in Nur-Sultan. The Russian factory has supplied 137 complete coaches of various types to Kazakhstan over the past decade, and this is its first contract to supply kits for local assembly. The ...

  • MyHSR Corp has appointed two consultancies to identify options for reducing the cost of the Malaysian section of the proposed Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed line.
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    Kuala Lumpur – Singapore cost review consultants appointed

    2019-07-02T08:47:09Z

    MALAYSIA: Project promoter MyHSR Corp has appointed two consultancies to identify options for reducing the cost of the Malaysian section of the proposed Kuala Lumpur – Singapore high speed line. In September last year the governments of Malaysia and Singapore agreed to put construction of the 350 km line on ...

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    Leshan – Yibin high speed line opens

    2019-06-26T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: The 141 km Leshan – Jianwei – Pingshan – Yibin section of the future Chengdu – Guiyang Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on June 15. The alignment is designed for 250 km/h operation, and 79% of the route is on bridges or in tunnel. The fastest services operated using CRH3A trainsets ...

  • China Railway Corp has been restructured as China State Railway Group Co.
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    China Railway Corp becomes China State Railway Group Co

    2019-06-19T11:30:57Z

    CHINA: China Railway Corp was officially restructured as China State Railway Group Co on June 18, with China Railway and CR as its official English-language short name and abbreviation. China Railway is a solely state-owned enterprise with registered capital of 1·74tr yuan, established in accordance with company law. Its responsibilities ...

  • The FV-E991 prototype is expected to start test running in the 2021 financial year.
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    JR East to trial fuel cell multiple-unit

    2019-06-07T09:15:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has started work on a new generation of hydrogen fuel cell trainsets, a decade after early experiments with its prototype New Energy Train. The railway set an objective to ‘diversify energy’ as part of its ‘Move Up 2027’ 10-year vision adopted last year, and it hopes ...

  • The 272 km Karamay – Tacheng railway in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of northwest China has opened (Map: OpenStreetMap).
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    Karamay – Tacheng railway opens

    2019-06-06T07:00:00Z

    CHINA: The 272 km Karamay – Tacheng railway in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of northwest China opened on May 30. Tacheng had been the only prefectural capital in the region without a rail link. The new line diverges from the Kuitun – Beitun – Altai line at Karamay and ...

  • Uzbekistan's national railway UTY has finalised an order for a further two Talgo 250 trainsets for use from 2021 on Afrosiyob services.
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    Uzbekistan orders more Talgo 250 trainsets

    2019-06-03T13:04:52Z

    UZBEKISTAN: National railway UTY has finalised an order for a further two Talgo 250 trainsets for use from 2021 on Afrosiyob services between Toshkent, Samarkand, Qarshi, Bukhara and Khiva, along with four coaches to lengthen its original pair of Talgo 250 trainsets. The €57m order announced by Talgo on May ...

  • The proposed 250 km/h rail link would incorporate the existing standard gauge route serving Suvarnabhumi airport.
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    Thai government backs ‘three airports’ rail link

    2019-05-29T15:58:17Z

    THAILAND: Proposals to develop a fast passenger line between three airports in the south of the country under a PPP model were approved by the government on May 28. Covering a total distance of approximately 220 km, the 1 435 mm gauge railway would make use of the existing ...