All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2015 – Page 3

  • The light rail line will be operated with a fleet of 32 Alstom Citadis trams.

    Rio light rail receives BNDES funding


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES announced on August 19 that it had agreed to provide 42% of the R$1∙77bn cost of the light rail network under construction in Rio de Janeiro, making R$746∙5m available to concessionaire VLT Carioca. The first section of the network is due to enter service ...

  • The prototype 1 520 mm gauge Bombardier Traxx F120MS 2EV120 locomotive.

    Russian Traxx unveiled at Engels locomotive plant inauguration


    RUSSIA: The prototype 1 520 mm gauge Bombardier Traxx F120MS locomotive was unveiled at a ceremony marking the inauguration of First Locomotive Co’s factory at Engels in Saratov oblast on August 19. The First Locomotive Co joint venture of Russian investors and Bombardier Transportation was established in 2012 ...

  • Bangladesh Railway has appointed Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd to provide detailed design and construction supervision services for the rehabilitation of the line from Kulaura to Shahbazpur.

    Bangladesh line rehabilitation consultancy contract signed


    BANGLADESH: Bangladesh Railway has awarded Indian company Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd a Rs200m contract to provide detailed design and construction supervision services for the rehabilitation of the out-of-use line from Kulaura to Shahbazpur, close to the Indian border. The 51·3 km metre-gauge route is expected to reopen for passenger and ...

  • The board of Asciano has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Brookfield Infrastructure’s offer.

    Asciano board recommends acceptance of Brookfield offer


    AUSTRALIA: The board of Asciano has unanimously recommended that shareholders accept Brookfield Infrastructure’s offer to acquire its entire issued capital, in a deal which gives the rail and port group an implied enterprise value of A$12bn. ‘After careful consideration of all the options available to the company, the Asciano ...

  • The Western Dedicated Freight Corridor will link Delhi and Mumbai.

    Western DFC contracts awarded


    INDIA: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India has awarded two civil works and track contracts for the Western DFC to a consortium of Mitsui & Co, Ircon International and Tata Projects. The contracts announced on August 19 have a total value of ¥76bn, and cover the 186 km Vaitarana – ...

  • Angel Trains has a ‘modern, diverse fleet’ of around 4 600 vehicles leased to UK operators.

    AMP Capital takes majority stake in Angel Trains


    ANGEL TRAINS: Arcus European Infrastructure Fund has sold its stake in UK rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains to Australian pension investor AMP Capital Investors, which has increased its stake in the company from 30% to 55%, and to Canadian pension investor PSP Investments, which has increased its stake from ...

  • Vladimir Yakunin is to stand down as President of Russian Railways.

    Vladimir Yakunin to stand down as head of Russian Railways


    RUSSIA: Vladimir Yakunin confirmed his intention to stand down as President of Russian Railways and enter politics on August 17. The exclave of Kaliningrad is scheduled to hold an election for governor on September 13, and Yakunin has registered as a candidate to be appointed by the incoming governor as ...

  • Upgrading of the railway through Dublin's Phoenix Park Tunnel is launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe.

    Dublin commuter line upgrade launched


    IRELAND: Work on a €13·7m project to upgrade the 4·4 km line through the Phoenix Park Tunnel in Dublin was officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe on August 18. From autumn 2016 commuter services from Kildare west of Dublin will be able to use the ...

  • Liebherr-Transportation air-cycle heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.

    SNCF tests air-cycle HVAC


    FRANCE: A prototype Liebherr-Transportation heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system which uses air-cycle instead of vapour-cycle technology is being tested on an SNCF regional trainset operating in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Derived from aerospace HVAC technology, it is intended to offer substantial savings in life cycle costs, with a reduced number ...

  • The 71-409 is available in three-, five-, seven- and nine-section versions.

    Uraltransmash presents new tram models


    RUSSIA: Uralvagonzavod subsidiary Uraltransmash has presented its latest tram models at the Innoprom 2015 trade fair in Yekaterinburg. The company has updated its existing 71-409 model as a multi-articulated 100% low-floor tram available in three-, five-, seven and nine-section variants. It received type approval earlier this month following tests ...

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    Northernmost PDL opens in Heilongjiang


    CHINA: The country’s most northerly passenger-dedicated line opened for revenue service on August 17, connecting the two principal cities in Heilongjiang province, Harbin and Qiqihar. Operating at up to 250 km/h, the high speed trains have cut the fastest journey time between the cities from 3 h to 85 ...

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    Cameras to detect drunken behaviour


    JAPAN: West Japan Railway has installed cameras that can automatically identify drunken behaviour and alert platform staff, in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents at stations. So far 46 cameras have been implemented on the Osaka Loop Line platforms of Koybashi station in Osaka. JR West is ...

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    World rail infrastructure market August 2015


    Australia: GHD is to provide environment and engineering consultancy services for the Brisbane - Melbourne Inland Rail project. Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald JV has been appointed as technical, planning and engagement advisor for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project. Roy Hill Infrastructure has ordered an Ensco track inspection vehicle ...

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    World rail market August 2015


    Austria: ÖBB has ordered seven Gloria reachstackers and three TT618i terminal tractors plus a DCG 160-12 fork lift from Kalmar for its Wolfurt, Wels and Wien Süd terminals. China: Shanghai Shentong Metro Co has awarded a joint venture of Bombardier and CSR Nanjing Puzhen an 808m yuan turnkey contract ...

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    World rolling stock market August 2015


    Brazil: Development bank Bndes is to provide R$705m to finance half the cost of 12 GE Transportation AC44i locomotives being acquired by VLI and seven by Rumo Logística. Canada: National Steel Car has been awarded a C$70m contract to supply 700 potash hoppers to Canpotex. China: CSR Zhuzhou ...

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    December deadline for Greek rail asset offers


    GREECE: The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund announced on August 13 that a deadline of December 2015 has been agreed for binding offers to take over state-owned operator TrainOSE and rolling stock maintenance contractor Rosco. The announcement follows the conclusion of negotiations between the privatisation agency, the government and the ...

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    Tram investment planned in Riga


    LATVIA: Riga operator Rīgas Satiksme has announced plans to build a 3·6 km tram extension, as part of a larger project that includes infrastructure renewal and additional rolling stock. The extension to the northeast of the city centre would run along Pērnavas iela, Senču iela, Zirņu iela, Skanstes iela ...

  • At present, Indonesia's railways are concentrated on the islands of Sumatra and Java, where some of the 1 067 mm gauge network is electrified. Photo: Andrew Benton.

    Sulawesi railway works to start in October


    INDONESIA: Civil works for construction of the first section of the planned trans-Sulawesi railway are expected to start in October with an inauguration ceremony to be attended by President Joko Widodo. A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Siawung in August 2014 to launch the 145 km Makassar – Pare Pare ...

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    St Petersburg places metro car order


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding subsidiary Oktyabrsky Electric Railway Car Repair Plant has signed a 10·5bn rouble contract to supply 20 eight-car metro trainsets to the St Petersburg metro. The first three trains are to be delivered in 2016, with three more in the following year, four in 2018, five in 2019 ...

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    PKP Intercity Flirt presented


    POLAND: The first of 20 Flirt 3 electric multiple-units being supplied to PKP Intercity by a Stadler-Newag consortium has been presented to the public at Katowice station, following the completion of testing at the Railway Institute in July. ‘To ensure the safest and most comfortable journey for passengers, we ...