All Asia articles – Page 6

  • Keio Railway’s special train to mark the start of the Reiwa Era ran from Shinjuki to Keio-Hachiouji on the night of April 30 to May 1 (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura).
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    Keio Railway special marks start of Reiwa Era

    2019-05-01T09:41:00Z

    JAPAN: Among the special events to mark the abdication of Emperor Akihito and the accession of Emperor Naruhito, the Keio Electric Railway running west from the capital operated a commemorative limited express service over the transition from April 30 to May 1. Departing from Tokyo’s Shinjuku station at 23.45, in ...

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    Beijing suburban route S5 extended

    2019-05-01T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: Beijing suburban railway service S5 was extended northeast from Huairou Bei to Gubeikou adding three stations on April 30. The maximum operating speed of trains on the commuter route was increased from 70 to 100 km/h at the same time. Route S5 is now 135 km long with stations ...

  • CRRC and Tianjin Trust Co have launched a financial leasing subsidiary with the aim of expanding the rolling stock manufacturing group’s export activities.
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    CRRC launches rolling stock finance business

    2019-04-29T15:17:00Z

    CHINA: CRRC and Tianjin Trust Co have launched a financial leasing subsidiary with the aim of expanding the rolling stock manufacturing group’s export activities and supporting the government’s Belt & Road Initiative. Target market sectors include high speed trainsets, high-power locomotives, wagons and urban rail vehicles. CRRC Financial Leasing Co ...

  • The 1·3 km cross-border rail link connecting Poipot with Arayaprathet  was officially inaugurated by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-Cha.
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    Cambodia – Thailand rail link inaugurated by prime ministers

    2019-04-23T12:08:18Z

    ASIA: The 1·3 km cross-border rail link connecting Poipot with Arayaprathet was officially inaugurated by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-Cha with a ceremony on April 22. Public services are expected to start soon. An agreement regulating the operation of international rail services was ...

  • Much of the Turkish network still relies on telephone or manual dispatch, making investment in signalling and train control a priority for TCDD.
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    Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market

    2019-04-22T10:05:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı. The company has installed an interlocking, fixed block signals and level crossing control units compatible with future deployment of ERTMS. The equipment was commissioned ...

  • Tüvasaş displayed a mock-up of the National Train EMU at Eurasiarail in Istanbul in 2017.
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    ‘National Train’ EMUs on course for delivery this year

    2019-04-17T07:15:00Z

    TURKEY: State-owned passenger train manufacturer Tüvasaş expects to begin construction of the first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units under the National Train programme ‘within the next two months’. The first trains should be handed to operator TCDD Tasımacılık before the end of the year, the company told Railway Gazette ...

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    East Coast Rail Link back on

    2019-04-15T09:47:23Z

    MALAYSIA: Construction of the East Coast Rail Link to open up the country’s eastern seaboard is set to resume next month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on April 15. Contracts had been awarded in 2017 for China Communications Construction Corp to develop the 530 km ECRL linking Port Klang on ...

  • The 26·8 km Matara – Beliatta railway was officially opened by Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga.
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    Sri Lanka opens first phase of China-financed Southern Railway line

    2019-04-09T13:48:57Z

    SRI LANKA: The 26·8 km Matara – Beliatta first phase of the Southern Railway project was officially opened by Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga on April 8. The US$278m cost of Phase 1 was financed through a 20-year loan agreed by Export-Import Bank of China and the ...

  • The cross-border rail link between Arayaprathet in Thailand and Poipot in Cambodia is to be opened this month.
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    Thailand – Cambodia railway to open this month

    2019-04-08T11:14:46Z

    ASIA: The 1·3 km cross-border rail link between Arayaprathet in Thailand and Poipot in Cambodia which was completed last year is to be opened on April 22, Thailand’s Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith told the ASEAN PPP Summit in Bangkok on April 4. Speaking to Railway Gazette International on the ...

  • The Kazan soda plant was formally opened in January 2018.
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    TCDD awards soda plant link contract

    2019-04-08T11:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on April 2 that it had awarded contracts for construction of an 18·5 km branch to a soda plant at Yenikent. The contract award to a consortium of HCA Insaat, Imaj Altyapi Ust Yapı and Efecemler Ins Nak Madencılık is valued at TL353·5m; TCDD received ...

  • CRRC Tangshan has completed pre-delivery testing of a variable configuration trainset.
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    CRRC tests ‘variable configuration’ EMU

    2019-04-06T05:00:00Z

    CHINA: CRRC Tangshan has completed pre-delivery testing of a variable configuration electric multiple-unit, which is designed to be formed of two power cars and up to 16 single or double-deck coaches. The train has been designed to enable operators to configure train lengths in response to changes in passenger demand, ...

  • PT Inka held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new factory at Banyuwangi in East Java on March 31.
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    PT Inka breaks ground at site of rolling stock factory

    2019-04-03T07:00:00Z

    INDONESIA: State-owned rolling stock manufacturer PT Inka held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new factory at Banyuwangi in East Java on March 31. The factory is to be built on an 83 ha site at cost of Rp1·6tr, with opening planned for 2020. It is being designed to have the ...

  • KTJ and Russian Railways are to co-operate to develop Kyrgyzstan's network.
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    RZD to support Kyrgyzstan railway upgrade

    2019-04-01T09:00:00Z

    KYRGYZSTAN: Construction of a China – Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan railway and links between the disconnected northern and southern sections of the national network are among the projects to be studied jointly by state railway KTJ and Russian Railways under the terms of a memorandum of co-operation to develop the Kyrgyz ...

  • Ceremonies to mark completion of the link were held on March 28. (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    Sotetsu – JR East link completed

    2019-03-29T10:30:13Z

    JAPAN: Ceremonies were held in western Yokohama on March 28 to mark the completion of a new link between Sotetsu’s Sagami Railway and JR East tracks, which will allow the operation of through services from the Sagami Main Line and Izumino Line to Shinjuku station in Tokyo. Under the project, ...

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    China plans Zhoushan Island rail link

    2019-03-22T10:16:00Z

    CHINA: Surveying and detailed design work has begun for the construction of a 77 km rail link between Ningbo and the Zhoushan Islands in eastern Zhejiang province. This would include China’s first section of undersea line designed for 250 km/h passenger services as well as freight trains. According to feasibility ...

  • The BAM main line across Russia is one of several being upgraded to handle rapidly growing rail freight traffic between Asia and Europe.
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    Broad gauge freight route to Wien is ‘crucial’, says RZD

    2019-03-21T16:20:10Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov says that the company is wrestling with growth rates of 30% in a year in transit freight between Asia and Europe. Addressing the International Railway Congress which began in Wien on March 18, he suggested that RZD had increased its forecasts for transit ...

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    Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed tenders called

    2019-03-18T09:39:25Z

    INDIA: Tenders for design, construction and commissioning of civil engineering works on around half of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line were invited by the National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd on March 15. Covering a 237 km section in the state of Gujurat, running south from Vadodara ...

  • The Chinese high speed network already features regenerative braking.
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    Algorithm could cut high speed rail energy use

    2019-03-15T12:14:21Z

    CHINA: Researchers at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Suzhou campus have developed an algorithm intended to optimise the storage and reuse of braking energy. Currently, regenerative braking is used extensively across China’s 29 000 km high speed network. Typically, the energy is returned to the grid by trains under braking, and ...

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification

    2019-03-13T15:33:11Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD announced on March 12 that it had awarded the contract for electrification of 231 km of single track on the Nenek - Şefaatli route to a consortium of domestic companies Ultra Teknoloji and Emeray Insaat Enerji. The contract is valued at TL69·9m. TCDD received two bids. ...

  • President Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul.
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    Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul opened

    2019-03-12T12:40:42Z

    TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the 77 km Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul on March 12, 15 years after construction began. The President rode an inaugural train from the opening ceremony at Kartal on the Asian side of the route east as far as Gebze, where suburban ...