All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2015

All articles published this month.

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    Driving simulator investment


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo opened a suite featuring 11 driving simulators at the national railway training facility, Cenacaf, in Temperley last month. Supplied by Spanish specialist Lander Simulation, the simulators are intended to recreate precisely the conditions that drivers will encounter on the Mitre and ...

  • ACT has supplied smart ticketing back office systems to train operator c2c.

    Fujitsu buys Applied Card Technologies


    UK: Fujitsu announced its ‘multi-million pound’ acquisition of Applied Card Technologies on August 27. ‘ACT is a proven expert in the digital ticketing space and will be a vitally important part of the Fujitsu business’, said Regina Moran, CEO of Fujitsu UK & Ireland. ‘Digital ticketing is ...

  • Harting’s latest inter-car jumper cables use Han HPR connectors with a built-in RFID transponder in the ruggedised housing.

    Tracking jumper cables


    CABLES: A new design of pluggable inter-car jumper cable has been developed by Harting to carry electrical power, data and control signals. The jumpers use Han rectangular connectors to ensure a robust connection to the vehicles, and these have been fitted with industrial-grade Ha-VIS RFID transponders to improve the ...

  • Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited NTAR to announce a national transport and infrastructure skills strategy.

    National Training Academy for Rail accreditation


    UK: Expected to open later this year, the UK's National Training Academy for Rail near Northampton has reached an agreement with engineering certification organisation EAL covering 39 of its planned courses. Backed by the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, NTAR is located beside the Siemens rolling stock maintenance depot ...

  • The first Ferrocarril del Pacífico level crossing to be automated is at the junction of Avenida 4 Norte and Calle 52 in Cali.

    Solar and wireless automated level crossing commissioned


    COLOMBIA: Ferrocarril del Pacífico has commissioned the first of 22 level crossings on the 196 km Buenaventura – Palmira route which are being fitted with automated safety systems by US firm Railroad Signal International, using a solar-powered train detection system from Canadian company Argenia Railway Technologies. Completion of the project ...

  • Six Alstom Metropolis cars have been delivered for Line H.

    New metro cars in Buenos Aires


    ARGENTINA: The first six of 120 Alstom Metropolis cars for Line H of the Buenos Aires metro arrived in the city on August 27. The stainless steel air-conditioned cars are equipped with regenerative braking. The previous day, test running took place on the first 10 of 105 cars that ...

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    Feature articles in the September 2015 issue of Metro Report International


    Articles in the September 2015 issue of Metro Report International. Comment UITP President Masaki Ogata sets out his priorities for the public transport sector at the start of his term News Review Round-up of world metro, light rail and tram news City digest London orders trains, Chinese rolling stock market ...

  • DB Regio has been selected to operate RB20 Euregiobahn services.

    DB Regio retains Euregiobahn contract


    GERMANY: Transport authority Nahverkehr Rheinland announced on August 27 that incumbent DB Regio had submitted the most economically advantageous bid for the next contract to operate RB20 Euregiobahn services. Radiating out from Aachen to Stolberg, Düren, Herzogenrath and Alsdorf in Germany and Heerlen in the Netherlands, the service carries around ...

  • Regional Rail owns the East Penn, Middletown & New Jersey and Tyburn railways.

    Capital Partners invests in short line group Regional Rail


    USA: Private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has acquired a stake in short line group Regional Rail. The existing management team will ‘retain significant ownership’ and continue to lead the company. Regional Rail was formed in April 2007 and has since acquired the East Penn, Middletown & New Jersey ...

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    Gdańsk inaugurates tram extension


    POLAND: An extension of the Gdańsk tram network was inaugurated on August 26, when Mayor Paweł Adamowicz received the safety certificate enabling the line to carry passengers. Revenue services will begin on August 31; this is a month earlier than originally planned, to be ready for the start of the ...

  • The gauge conversion programme is intended to facilitate rail access to the ports of Melbourne, Geelong and Portland.

    Murray Basin gauge conversion to begin next year


    AUSTRALIA: Civil works are expected to begin in the second half of 2016 to convert the freight lines linking Geelong with the Murray Basin from 1 600 mm gauge to 1 435 mm gauge under a A$416m programme being led by the Victoria state government. The Murray Basin Rail Project ...

  • Moscow Metro has taken delivery of a diagnostic train from Tvema.

    Moscow Metro receives diagnostic train


    RUSSIA: Moscow Metro has taken delivery of a diagnostic train from Tvema. The Sinergiya-2 train is the next model of the first-generation Sinergiya train that is already in service on the metro. Sinergiya-2 uses infrared sensors, thermal imaging and laser measurement, as well as high-resolution recording, to detect rail ...

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    Tabriz metro opens


    IRAN: The first phase of Tabriz metro Line 1 opened for trial passenger services on August 28, with free travel offered for an initial three months. The 7 km route runs northwest from El Goli to Ostad Shahryar with four intermediate stations, including three in a tunnel excavated using ...

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    Danny Broad


    Danny Broad will take over as CEO of the Australasian Railway Association from October 1. He replaces Bryan Nye who stepped down in April.

  • Contracts for the construction of a 12 km railway linking Gradec with Sveti Ivan Žabno were signed on August 26.

    Cut-off construction contract signed


    CROATIA: Contracts for the construction of a 12·2 km cut-off linking Gradec on the Zagreb – Križevci – Hungary line with Sveti Ivan Žabno on the Križevci – Bjelovar branch were signed by infrastructure manager HŽ Infra, Comsa and HF Wiebe on August 26. Work is scheduled to start in ...

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    Lighter tank wagon for oil products


    ARGENTINA: Military equipment manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares has unveiled a new 1 676 mm gauge tank wagon designed for the transport of crude oil and other heavy hydrocarbons. The self-supporting tank means that the wagon does not require a frame, offering a saving of up to 3 tonnes in tare weight ...

  • A feasibility study has been published for a national clockface timetable in Germany (Photo: DB/Christian Bedeschinski).

    Germany studies feasibility of a national clockface timetable


    GERMANY: A detailed study of the feasibility of introducing of a national clock-face timetable based a 30 min and 60 min cycle of long distance trains with optimised connections has been published. The study was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport from the IGES Institut and TU Braunschweig, with ...

  • Sprinter Lighttrain electric multiple-unit (Photo: NS).

    Sprinter Lighttrain upgrade contract awarded


    NETHERLANDS: The consortium of Bombardier and Siemens which supplied NS Reizigers’ fleet of 131 Sprinter Lighttrain electric multiple-units has been awarded a contract to install toilets and fit slide-out steps to improve accessibility by mid-2021. The modifications were not foreseen when first orders for the EMUs were placed in 2005, ...

  • Impression of the new Zwankendamme yard.

    Work starts on Zeebrugge yard


    BELGIUM: A groundbreaking ceremony on August 25 marked the start of construction of a new Zwankendamme marshalling yard to serve the Port of Zeebrugge. The yard will increase freight capacity, and also reduce the number of shunting movements required. The yard will be located on a greenfield site to the ...

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    Freight line passenger revival


    GERMANY: Local freight railway Bentheimer Eisenbahn has called tenders for a contract to provide planning and engineering services for the reintroduction of passenger services on the 30 km Bad Bentheim – Neuenhaus line in Niedersachsen. Passenger trains on the route were replaced by railway-operated bus services in 1974. The ...