All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2015 – Page 2

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    Metro trains on test in Montréal


    CANADA: Montréal metro operator STM announced on August 25 that two Azur trainsets will begin daytime test running on the network. A prototype trainset without interior fittings arrived in April 2014 and has been used for night time testing on the network over the past 15 months, following trials ...

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    First train arrives at Rotterdam World Gateway


    NETHERLANDS: The first commercial freight train arrived at the Rotterdam World Gateway container storage and transhipment terminal on August 25. RWG said this was a milestone in start-up of ‘the most advanced and most automated container terminal in the world’, which opened in October 2014 and began 24/7 operation ...

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    Beth Caruso to lead AREMA


    Elizabeth S Caruso has been appointed as Executive Director & CEO of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association with effect from September 1. She succeeds Larry Etherton, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director since the retirement of Charles H Emely in 2014. Caruso joined AREMA in 1999 ...

  • Sydney Metro Northwest TBMs Maria and Isabelle project passed through a shaft with the top of their cutter heads above ground.

    Sydney Metro TBM breaks cover


    AUSTRALIA: Tunnel boring machines typically arrive ‘face first’ at a breakthrough sites, but TBMs Maria and Isabelle which are being used on the Sydney Metro Northwest project passed through a future ventilation and emergency access shaft at Cheltenham with the top 3 m of their cutter heads above ground. ...

  • The R-Mitra app to improve the security of passengers on Eastern Railway's suburban services is launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

    Passenger security app launched


    INDIA: An app designed to improve the security of passengers on Eastern Railway's suburban services has been launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu during a visit to the railway’s headquarters The Railway Mobile Instant Tracking Response & Assistance app can be used to alert the nearest Railway Protection ...

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    Oslo metro depot commissioned


    NORWAY: Metro infrastructure owner Sporveien Oslo has commissioned all four sheds at the Avløs depot on Line 2, marking the end of the 10-year Kolsåsbane project. This also included infrastructure upgrades on the line linking the city centre with Kolsås in the western suburbs. The previously disused ...

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    Belozerov joins RZD as Yakunin stands down


    Oleg Belozerov was formally appointed as President & CEO of Russian Railways by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on August 20. Formerly First Deputy Minister of Transport, he succeeeds Vladimir Yakunin, who had announced two days earlier that he planned to enter politics.

  • DB Netz has licensed the Rail Control System train control and dispatching package developed by Swiss Federal Railways (Photo: SBB).

    DB Netz buys SBB’s Rail Control System


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has licensed the Rail Control System train control and dispatching package developed by Swiss Federal Railways, and plans to deploy it across the German network from 2019. Introduced by SBB in 2009, RCS is also used by BLS and SOB. Belgium’s Infrabel was the first ...

  • Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Telstra a 10-year contract to provide telecoms services through the National Train Communications System.

    ARTC awards National Train Communications System contract


    AUSTRALIA: Inter-state network manager Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Telstra a ‘multi-million dollar’, 10-year contract to provide telecoms services through the National Train Communications System. NTCS was developed as a cost-effective and interoperable voice and data communications network for the 8 500 km inter-state and Hunter Valley networks, using ...

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    Sacramento inaugurates light rail extension


    USA: Sacramento Regional Transit District held a ‘pre-opening celebration’ on August 23 ahead of the official opening ceremony for the Blue Line light rail extension from Meadowview Road to Cosumnes River College on August 24. Opening was originally planned for September, but the date was brought forward to coincide ...

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    Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 opens


    UK: The first passenger service on Nottingham Express Transit Phase 2 departed from Clifton South at 06.02 on August 25, marking the opening of two new branches on the city’s tram network. The routes to Clifton South and Toton Lane diverge at Nottingham station tram stop, the previous southern ...

  • The 140·8 km Marakand – Qarshi section of the Toshkent – Samarkand – Qarshi route has been electrified.

    Electrification to Qarshi completed


    UZBEKISTAN: A Talgo 250 Afrosiyob trainset ran from Toshkent to Qarshi on August 22 as part of celebrations marking the completion of work to electrify and upgrade the 140·8 km Marakand – Qarshi section of the 511 km Toshkent – Samarkand – Qarshi route. The project has raised the ...

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    Budapest – Esztergom line reopens after modernisation


    HUNGARY: National passenger operator MÁV-Start restarted services on the modernised Budapest – Esztergom line on August 20. Renovation of the 53 km route lasted more than three years and cost HF44·5bn, of which 85% was funded from EU sources. Electrification is around 18 months behind schedule and is expected ...

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    Kharkiv metro inaugurates trainset


    UKRAINE: The first new trainset to enter service on the Kharkiv metro since 2004 was inaugurated at Heroiv Pratsi station on Line 2 on August 21, marking 40 years since the opening of the city’s first metro line on August 23 1975. The five-car trainset was built by Kriukov ...

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    Phoenix opens Central Mesa light rail extension


    USA: The Central Mesa extension of the Valley Metro light rail line in Phoenix was inaugurated on August 22, with events along the route to mark the opening. The 5 km extension is the first since the initial 32 km route was put into service at the end of ...

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    High speed rail priority in 2016 budget


    SPAIN: Appearing before a parliamentary committee on August 19, Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport & Housing Julio Gómez-Pomar provided details of the rail spending budgeted by the Ministry of Development for 2016. Next year, the ministry is planning to spend a total of €5∙46bn on rail, a 5% ...

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    Benin – Niger railway agreement signed


    AFRICA: Bolloré Group has signed a concession agreement with the two governments for the construction and operation of a railway from Cotonou in Benin to Niamey in Niger. The project involves rehabilitation of the metre-gauge Cotonou – Parakou line, and the construction of a 574 km extension. ‘This is ...

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    Funding to upgrade Ottawa – Montréal passenger service


    CANADA: The national government has announced an additional C$102m of funding for VIA Rail in 2015-17 to support upgrading works on the Ottawa – Montréal route. This includes work to enable VIA Rail’s Renaissance coaches to be used on the route instead of older rolling stock, thereby enhancing accessibility; track ...

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    Chemnitz receives electro-diesel tram-train


    GERMANY: The first Vossloh CityLink electro-diesel tram-train for Chemnitz was presented to transport authority Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen on August 21. The second vehicle is currently at the Wildenrath test track. In 2012 Vossloh won a €42·3m contract to supply eight tram-trains for the network being developed around Chemnitz. This was ...

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    Toluca works underway


    MEXICO: On August 14 Secretary of Communications & Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza inspected progress with works between Zinacantepec and Portal Poniente on the first section of the 57 km electrified passenger railway being built between Toluca and Mexico City. Civil works were 11% complete, with 550 workers deployed at 14 ...