All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2012

All articles published this month.

  • Sofia Metro

    Free rides celebrate opening of Sofia metro Line 2


    img alt=" Sofia Metro " src="" / BULGARIA: The first phase of Sofia metro Line 2 opened on August 31, with President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso attending the celebrations. Musical entertainment was laid on at the National Palace of Culture, with ...

  • Plasser & Theurer SRM 500 railway sand removal machine.

    Track maintenance in the desert


    SAUDI ARABIA: Plasser & Theurer has announced orders to supply a range of track maintenance and sand removal machines to Saudi Railway Co, Saudi Railways Organization and two contractors. North-South Railway developer SRA has bought four SRM 500 sand removal machines, three 08-16 SH levelling, lifting, lining and tamping machines, ...

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the future Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 1.

    Work starts on Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 1


    VIETNAM: Transport Minister Dinh La Thang and representatives from the Japanese embassy attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 1 on August 28. Completion is planned for late 2017, with six months of testing and commissioning to be followed by regular services in ...

  • Walsh Construction used four self-propelled mobile transporters to move the fully-assembled 1 950 tonne span into place at the intersection of 130th Street and Torrence Avenue (Photo: Chicago Department of Transportation).

    1950 tonne truss bridge span moved into place


    USA: A 120 m long bridge installed on August 25 is claimed by the Chicago Department of Transportation to be the largest truss bridge span ever to be moved into place following off-site assembly. General contractor Walsh Construction used four self-propelled mobile transporters to move the fully-assembled 1 950 tonne ...

  • Moscow metro's Novokosino station opened on August 30.

    Moscow metro extended to Novokosino


    RUSSIA: A 3·2 km eastern extension of Moscow metro's Kalininskaya Line 8 from Novogireyevo to Novokosino opened on August 30. Novokosino is the 186th station on the metro network. It has single vaulted underground hall, with black, grey and white marble and granite cladding combined with coloured ceramic tiles. ...

  • Freight train in Sydney.

    Transport Reform Network launches investment debate


    AUSTRALIA: Representatives of more than 30 organisations attended the launch of the Transport Reform Network on August 29. TRN is a cross-industry coalition which aims 'to address Australia's looming transport crisis by seeking changes in the scoping, funding and pricing of transport infrastructure'. Australasian Railway Association CEO Bryan Nye warned ...

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    Network Rail awards traffic control system prototype contracts


    UK: Network Rail has awarded three contracts for the development of prototype traffic management systems. National deployment is an integral part of the infrastructure manager's strategy of consolidating control of the rail network from more than 800 signalboxes to 14 control centres over the next 30 years. Contracts each worth ...

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    Swedish high speed lines to go ahead


    SWEDEN: The government announced on August 29 that the 150 km Ostlänken high speed line is to be constructed as part of a SKr55bn railway investment package intended to create jobs and economic growth. Given parliamentary approval the construction of the double-track line between Järna and Linköping could begin in ...

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    Regional trains to use high speed lines


    FRANCE: Pays de La Loire region is funding a €15·8m programme to modify eight SNCF TER electric multiple-units to operate regional services on the high speed line now under construction between Le Mans and Rennes. Modifications will raise the maximum speed of the EMUs to 200 km/h. According to infrastructure ...

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    Guatemala passenger revival plan


    GUATEMALA: Railway authority FEGUA has signed an agreement for Spanish metre-gauge operator FEVE to undertake studies for passenger services including a new route from Guatemala City to La Aurora international airport and Antigua. FEVE will also provide assistance for projects to introduce 'urban and suburban' services on the ...

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    ADB provides US$150m to boost Bangladesh Railways


    BANGLADESH: The Asian Development Bank is to provide a further US$150m for projects to increase capacity and improve safety on the Bangladesh Railway network, following the signature of a loan agreement in Dhaka on August 26. This should enable BR to complete double-tracking of the 64 km Tongi – Bhairab ...

  • Tram at the Länsisatama ferry terminal in Helsinki (Photo: John Pagni).

    Helsinki tram extension opens


    FINLAND: Helsinki tram Route 9 services began running to the Länsisatama ferry terminal on August 13, completing a €7·5m extension project. Trams run every 10 min during the day, with late-night services co-ordinated with ferry times. The 4·1 km double-track extension has 11 stops. Construction was undertaken by city transport ...

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    Cycle-Rail Toolkit published


    UK: The Association of Train Operating Companies has published a 'Cycle-Rail Toolkit' containing guidelines to help railway managers and local authorities make it easier for passengers to combine cycling with rail travel. Devised in consultation with train operators, the Department for Transport and cycling organisations, the publication draws on international ...

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    GE Transportation unveils Tier 4-compliant diesel locomotive


    USA: In a ceremony at its plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, GE Transportation unveiled the prototype for its next generation of Evolution Series diesel locomotives on August 24. This is claimed to be the first to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent Tier 4 emissions standards without needing a urea additive ...

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    Sharing knowledge globally


    INTERNATIONAL: The UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board and UIC signed a memorandum of understanding last month to develop an online web portal known as Railway Research to foster global co-operation. The web application, which will be hosted by UIC’s International Rail Research Board, is an extension of the Spark ...

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    Furka Tunnel rescue train enters service


    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn officially inaugurated new fire and rescue vehicles for the 15·4 km Furka Tunnel with a ceremony at Oberwald on August 7. Fire-fighting and rescue vehicles have been stationed at Realp and Oberwald since the Furka base tunnel opened in 1982, and MGB decided to update the ...

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    Off-the-shelf signalling trials


    UK: Trials are underway with Virtual Lineside Signalling, which is being developed by Park Signalling with the aim of using off-the-shelf technology including commercial mobile phone networks, industrial standard RFID tags and iPads to provide signalling at a fraction of the cost of conventional or Ertms implementations. Trials on the ...

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    FRA launches Railroaders' Guide to Healthy Sleep


    USA: Funded by the Federal Railroad Administration, an interactive web portal has been launched by the Department of Transportation to help railway staff to monitor their sleep patterns. Entitled ‘the Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep’, the site provides a range of tools to enable staff to record their sleep patterns ...

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    World rail market August 2012


    Belgium: Rail Service Net has ordered a Rafamet UFB 125 N wheel lathe for delivery next year. France: RATP has signed an agreement with telecoms operator SFR that should see 3G and 4G available by the end of 2014 at the 170 busiest stations on the Paris ...

  • Trams in Sydney.

    CAF wins Sydney tram order


    AUSTRALIA: Spanish manufacturer CAF has been awarded a A$20m contract to supply six new and four leased trams to Sydney, New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced on August 16. The new light rail vehicles will be delivered from next year. They are needed for the 5·6 km ...