All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2013

All articles published this month.

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    Your country needs you


    ARGENTINA: During an official visit to Madrid last month, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo met with Argentinian railway professionals currently working in Spain, hoping that they would consider returning to their native country to apply their skills to the government's ongoing railway investment programme. 'We have embarked ...

  • CNR Dalian electric locomotive for Uzbekistan.

    Electric freight locomotives unveiled in Toshkent


    UZBEKISTAN: The first three of 11 electric freight locomotives which CNR Dalian is building for national railway UTY have been unveiled in Toshkent. Branded as O'zel by UTY, the six-axle single-section 1 520 mm gauge 25 kV AC locomotives have Toshiba traction equipment and are rated at 7·2 MW with ...

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    Ihor Breus


    Ihor Breus has been appointed Director General of the state-run Ukrainian Railway High-Speed Company.

  • The tram line will interchange with lines 4 and 8 of the metro. (Photo: Andrew Benton)

    Siemens to supply traction equipment for Guangzhou trams


    CHINA: Siemens has announced its entry into the Chinese low-floor tram market with a contract to supply drive components for seven low-floor trams which CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co is to supply to Guangzhou. Siemens is to supply propulsion and vehicle control, braking and auxiliary systems, as well as ...

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    Bangkok metro extension contract


    THAILAND: General contractor CH Karnchang Public Co has awarded Alstom a €14m contract covering track, third rail power supplies and a depot for an extension of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Line, also known as the Green Line. In April Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand awarded CH Karrnchang a 2·4bn baht ...

  • Manchester Metrolink tram 3054 has been specially branded for the wi-fi trial.

    On-tram wi-fi on test in Manchester


    UK: Transport for Greater Manchester has begun providing free wi-fi on a Metrolink light rail vehicle in a trial which could lead to the entire fleet being equipped. The equipment has been supplied Icomera. Tram 3054 has been specially branded for the trial. 'Passengers can help us try out the ...

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    Colton Crossing grade separation completed


    USA: The Colton Crossing grade separation project to remove a flat crossing between north-south BNSF and east-west Union Pacific tracks in southern California has been completed 'significantly under budget and ahead of schedule', state transport agency Caltrans and San Bernardino Associated Governments announced on August 26. Skanska was lead contractor ...

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    Gamla Uppsala double tracking gets underway


    SWEDEN: Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd attended a ceremony to launch work to double-track a 4 km section of the Ostkustbanan through Gamla Uppsala on August 21. This forms one of the final parts of a programme to double track the entire Ostkustbanan between Uppsala and Gävle by 2017. The ...

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    DB orders double-deck EMUs


    GERMANY: Deustche Bahn announced a €216m firm order for a further 18 Bombardier Transportation double-deck electric multiple-units on August 29. The three four-car and 15 six-car Twindexx Vario EMUs will have a maximum speed of 160 km/h. They are scheduled to enter traffic from December 2016 on Augsburg - Treuchtlingen ...

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    Rail market was rigged


    GERMANY: The Bundeskartellamt competition authority has imposed fines totalling €232m on companies which operated anti-competitive agreements in the German rail, switches and sleeper market in 2001-11. The proceedings were triggered by an application for leniency filed by Voestalpine. 'The aim of the agreements was to divide up tenders or projects ...

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    Stadler and Newag win PKP Intercity train order


    POLAND: PKP Intercity has selected a consortium of Stadler Rail and Newag for a contract to supply 20 Flirt electric multiple-units for long-distance services by October 2015. The contract announced on August 28 is worth 1·156bn złoty, plus a further 465m złoty for 15 years of maintenance. Bids had also ...

  • Arcontia develops smart card products for cashless ticketing and fare collection.

    Lecip Holdings acquires smart card company Arcontia International


    SWEDEN: The acquisition of Swedish smart card reader and software supplier Arcontia International by Japanese ticketing, lighting and electronic signage technology company Lecip Holdings Corp was announced on August 22. 'After a few years of close collaboration, Lecip and Arcontia have taken the next step in combining our portfolios that ...

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    Siemens to support Swiss network control system to 2025


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Siemens a €260m contract to continue to support and develop the Iltis traffic management system until the end of 2025. Originally developed for SBB and first deployed in Bern in 1995, Iltis provides computer-based control and automation functions. It is used to manage train ...

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    Captrain acquires Scandinavian operators


    EUROPE: Swedish infrastructure maintenance and renewals company Railcare Group has sold its Swedish and Danish train operating businesses Railcare Tåg and Railcare Danmark to rail freight and logistics company Captrain Deutschland Following 18 months of negotiations, the two businesses were acquired by SNCF Geodis, which transferred them to its Captrain ...

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    Tokyo Waterfront metro line proposal


    JAPAN: Tokyo’s Koto Ward is expected to present plans in September for a metro line serving the city’s waterfront area. To be operated by Tokyo Metro, the 5·2 km line would link Toyosu station on the Yurakucho Line with Sumiyoshi on the Hanzomon Line via Toyocho on the Tozai ...

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    Perth light rail funding


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia’s 2013-14 budget has allocated A$432m over four years for construction of the 22 km Metro Area Express light rail line, serving the inner north, central west and eastern suburbs of Perth. The mostly-segregated route would run south from the Polytechnic West Balga Campus in Mirrabooka, following ...

  • Lifts could provide access to a viewing platform 110 m above sea level at the top of the Forth Bridge.

    Forth Bridge public access proposal


    UK: Network Rail has unveiled proposals for the provision of visitor access to the top of the Forth Bridge, which the infrastructure manger describes as 'the world's most recognised railway bridge'. Two concepts have been identified by a feasibility study undertaken as part of an application for UNESCO World Heritage ...

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    First Sun Link streetcar is on its way


    USA: The first light rail vehicle for the Modern Streetcar line in Tucson has started its journey from the United Streetcar factory in Clackamas, Oregon. It will spend five days travelling on a special flatbed trailer to the Arizona city, after which it will be reassembled and undergo four to ...

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    Metro Report International

    Riyadh metro project management contracts awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The winners of two contracts to oversee design and construction of Riyadh's US$22·5bn six-line metro network were formally announced by Arriyadh Development Authority on August 27. The Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants joint venture of Parsons, Egis and Systra has won a US$556m project management contract covering lines 1 ...

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    Moscow metro awards contract for expansion works


    RUSSIA: Mosinzhproekt has won a 564bn rouble contract to build 70 km of lines and 33 stations on the Moscow metro. The company, owned by Moscow city council, was the only bidder that qualified. Bidders were required to have completed metro projects worth more than 40bn roubles in the ...