All Asia articles – Page 9

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    BST awarded second CR400AF high speed train order


    CHINA: China Railway Corp has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 3·1bn yuan contract to supply a further 15 eight-car and three 16-car CR400AF high speed trainsets designed for operation at up to 350 km/h. The contract announced by the 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and ...

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    JR East unveils first ALFA-X driving car


    JAPAN: The first driving car bodyshell for East Japan Railway’s Series 956 high speed test train was unveiled in Kobe on December 12. Being manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the 10-car trainset is expected to begin test running in May. Designated ALFA-X for Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail ...

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    ICF prepares to launch next-generation MEMU


    INDIA: A prototype for the next generation of Mainline Electric Multiple-Unit for Indian Railways is expected to be rolled out for test running on December 15, according to Integral Coach Factory General Manager Sudhanshu Mani. Developed at the ICF plant in Chennai, the MEMU family is designed to cater for ...

  • Vossloh Australia has completed its acquisition of Austrak from Laing O'Rourke.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Vossloh AG announced on November 30 that it had successfully completed the acquisition of Australian concrete sleeper manufacturer Austrak Pty Ltd from Laing O'Rourke through its Vossloh Australia subsidiary. In future, Austrak will form part of Vossloh’s Tie Technologies business unit, within the Core Components division. Releasing its ...

  • Supreme Railways launched its high speed services to and from Suseo in December 2016.

    Korail-Supreme Railways merger plan back on


    SOUTH KOREA: The government has revived plans to combine national passenger operator Korail with new entrant Supreme Railways, Korail’s Vice-President for Passenger Transport Hyungik Cho has told Railway Gazette . The Ministry of Land & Infrastructure has commissioned a feasibility study into the effects of the possible merger, and ...

  • The South Korean survey train passed through the Demilitarised Zone between the two countries on November 30.

    Hopes rise for trans-Korean rail traffic


    ASIA: The first train in a decade to cross the border between the two Koreas passed through the Demilitarised Zone on November 30 as negotiations begin to restore international rail traffic between the two countries. Staffed by 28 South Korean specialists, the test train is due to spend 18 ...

  • Two 3ES5K Yermak three-section 25 kV 50 Hz electric locomotives have been handed over to Uzbekistan Railways.

    Electric locomotives handed over to Uzbekistan Railways


    UZBEKISTAN: Two 3ES5K Yermak three-section 25 kV 50 Hz electric locomotives built at Transmashholding’s Novocherkassk plant in Russia were handed over to Uzbek national railway UTY on November 22. The 9·2 MW locomotives ordered in mid-2018 are intended to enable UTY to operate heavier trains in mountainous areas. The NEVZ ...

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    China to Pakistan by rail and road


    ASIA: Kerry Logistics Network has launched a rail and road multimodal freight service between Lanzhou in China and Islamabad in Pakistan, operated by its member company Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Corp. A block train carrying mechanical equipment, car parts, commodities and snow melting agent left Lanzhou on October 23 and ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 m 2 facility has includes an automated clip forming line with an advanced coating technology process. It is expected to produce ...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...