All Asia articles – Page 7

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

    Thailand – Cambodia railway to open this month


    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 sidelines ...

  • The Kazan soda plant was formally opened in January 2018.

    TCDD awards soda plant link contract


    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.

    CRRC tests ‘variable configuration’ EMU


    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.

    PT Inka breaks ground at site of rolling stock factory


    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.

    RZD to support Kyrgyzstan railway upgrade


    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)

    Sotetsu – JR East link completed


    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


    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.

    Broad gauge freight route to Wien is ‘crucial’, says RZD


    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


    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.

    Algorithm could cut high speed rail energy use


    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 reused ...

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    Oil traffic to benefit from Kırıkkale electrification


    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.

    Marmaray suburban rail corridor across Istanbul opened


    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 ...

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    CBTC and more EMUs in Mumbai suburban expansion


    INDIA: A further programme of enhancements to increase capacity on the Mumbai suburban network was formally approved by the national government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on March 7, and is expected to be completed in five years. Mumbai’s 385 route-km suburban network currently carries around 8 million passengers/day on ...

  • East Japan Railway is to build a third rail route to Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

    Third rail route to Tokyo Haneda Airport finalised


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start work in May on its Haneda Airport Access Line, which would provide a third rail link to Tokyo’s largest airport. This is currently served by the Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsucho and the independent Keikyu Airport Line. Announcing the project on February 15, ...

  • Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a contract to supply a further 20 diesel–electric locomotives to Bangladesh Railway.

    Bangladesh Railway orders metre-gauge locomotives


    BANGLADESH: Hyundai Rotem has been awarded a contract to supply a further 20 diesel–electric locomotives to Bangladesh Railway. The US$80m order signed on February 20 is being supported by the Export-Import Bank of Korea. The 100 km/h metre-gauge mixed-traffic locomotives with air-conditioned cabs are to be produced at Changwon in ...

  • Work has been completed between the Iranian railhead at Khaf and the border with Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan approves fourth section of Khaf – Herat railway


    AFGHANISTAN: Design and construction of the 43 km first phase of the fourth section of the railway being built from Iran to Herat was approved by the National Procurement Commission at its meeting on February 18. The 1 435 mm gauge line is being built in four sections. Work has ...

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    Azerbaijan announces north–south route modernisation


    AZERBAIJAN: National railway ADY has announced a plan to modernise the 167 km route between Sumqayit, 30 km north of Baku, and Yalama on the Russian border. Work is to get underway this year. The enhancement project would support the wider scheme to develop a north–south freight corridor linking Russia ...

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    Modi launches Vande Bharat Express and orders 130 more


    INDIA: IR’s prototype Train 18 semi-high speed EMU was formally launched into revenue service by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a ceremony at New Delhi station on February 15. Now branded as Vande Bharat Express, the 16-car EMU was developed by the Integral Coach Factory to operate medium-distance inter-city routes ...

  • The Laview EMUs will operate Seibu Railway's flagship Limited Express services from March 16. (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)

    Laview EMUs are ready to roll


    JAPAN: The first of seven Laview luxury EMUs which will operate Seibu Railway’s premier Limited Express services between Tokyo’s Ikebukuro station and Seibu-Chichibu from March 16 was formally presented at the operator’s Kotesashi depot on February 14. Intended as the railway’s flagship, the 1 067 mm gauge Series 001 trainsets ...

  • The long-nosed ALFA-X Car 10 was unveiled at Hitachi's Kasado plant. (Photos: Akihiro Nakamura)

    ALFA-X nose is 22 m long


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has unveiled the second driving car for its experimental ALFA-X Shinkansen trainset, which features a 22 m long aerodynamic nose designed to mitigate the sonic boom effect of entering and passing through tunnels at very high speed. Built at Hitachi's Kasado plant, Car 10 has a ...