All Railway Gazette International articles in August 2015 – Page 5

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    South Korea to reinstate line to the DMZ


    SOUTH KOREA: As part of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the partition of the Korean peninsula, on August 5 President Park Geun-hye attend a ceremony to launch work to reinstate the 9·3 km Baengmagoji – Woljeongi South Korean section of the former 222 km Gyeongwon Line between Seoul ...

  • Central Suburban Passenger Co will continue to operate nine routes from the capital.

    Moscow commuter operating contracts awarded


    RUSSIA: The Moscow city and regional authorities have awarded two 15-year contracts for the operation of suburban and regional passenger services to the incumbents, following a tender which also attracted a bid from Russian Railways’ Kazan-based commuter train operating subsidiary Sodruzhestvo. Central Suburban Passenger Co will continue to operate nine ...

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    Henrik Falk


    Henrik Falk has been named as the next Chief Executive of metro operator Hamburger Hochbahn AG. Formerly Finance & Operations Director for Berlin’s BVG, he will succeed Günter Elste who is due to retire with effect from February 1 2016.

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    Izmir metro train design revealed


    TURKEY: Izmir Metropolitan Municipality has revealed the design of the metro cars that it ordered from CNR Corp earlier this year. The 17 five-car sets ordered in March under a TL192m contract will increase the fleet to 182 cars. To be manufactured in China, the first trainset is due ...

  • The first two NRE/TZV Gredelj Type GT26CW-2 diesel locomotives for Israel Railways were unloaded at the port of Kishon on August 5.

    ISR freight locomotives delivered


    ISRAEL: The first two of six GT26CW-2 diesel locomotives which are being built for Israel Railways by TZV Gredelj were unloaded at the port of Kishon near Haifa on August 5. TZV Gredelj is subcontractor to US firm National Railway Equipment for the 50m shekel order, which was placed through ...

  • Bahnnetz-West services would be hauled by Bombardier Traxx P160 DE Multi-Engine locomotives.

    Appeals block award of Hamburg – Sylt contract


    GERMANY: Losing bidders Abellio and incumbent Transdev subsidiary Nord-Ostsee-Bahn have formally objected to the Land of Schleswig-Holstein’s selection of DB Regio for the contract to operate Bahnnetz-West passenger services from December 2016. Their appeal is expected to be heard in September. The contract covers the 238 km service RE6 from ...

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    Sydney suburban fleet modernisation contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has awarded the UGL Unipart Rail joint venture an A$131m contract to modernise Sydney Trains’ fleet of 446 Tangara suburban electric multiple-unit cars by July 2018. The aim is to extend their service life and undertake ‘customer experience enhancements’ on the EMUs which ...

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    Feature articles in the August 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International


    Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment World Congress on High Speed Rail: a sober outlook in Tokyo News Main Line Urban ...

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    Midi-Pyrénées orders more multiple-units


    FRANCE: Alstom Transport announced a €46m order to supply a further five electric and three electro-diesel Régiolis multiple-units to the Midi-Pyrénées region on August 5. This follows from an initial 25 units ordered in 2009 which began entering service on the routes from Toulouse to Latour-de-Carol and Mazamet from ...

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    KiwiRail seeks interest in Napier – Gisborne line


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has invited proposals from freight or tourist train operators interested in a non-exclusive licence to run services on the 210 km Napier – Gisborne line on North Island. Tenders are due by September 10, with the final decision scheduled to be announced by mid-October. ‘A number ...

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    Praha plans driverless metro line


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city council has announced plans to build the future metro Line D for operation with three-car driverless trainsets. The 10·6 km line with 10 stations would run south from Náměstí Míruto, splitting into to two branches terminating at Modřany and Depo Písnice. It is intended to ...

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    Neil Robertson


    Neil Robertson has been appointed Chief Executive of the UK’s National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, succeeding Gil Howarth who is re-establishing his former Howarth & Co Consultancy.

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    Finnish open access locomotive on test


    FINLAND: The first of three locomotives which privately-owned Fennia Rail ordered from CZ Loko in November 2014 is undergoing trials at the Velim test circuit in the Czech Republic ahead of delivery later this month. The 1 524 mm gauge locomotive has been fitted with 1 435 mm gauge bogies ...

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    PR to withdraw all unsubsidised services


    POLAND: National regional train operator Przewozy Regionalne has announced its intention to withdraw all its commercially-operated train and bus services with effect from September 1, and instead provide only those services which are subsidised by local authorities. PR introduced its interREGIO and REGIOexpress services in 2009 in an effort to ...

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    Irish public transport budget increased


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann is set to be benefit from an additional €60m which the government has allocated to the Ministry of Transport, Tourism & Sport’s public transport budget for 2015. The aim is to catch up with the backlog of work which resulted from country’s recession. Rolling stock ...

  • Škoda Transportation Group has acquired a controlling stake in Transtech.

    Škoda Transportation buys majority stake in Transtech


    FINLAND: On August 4 Škoda Transportation Group of the Czech Republic announced that it had completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in Finnish rolling stock manufacturer Transtech from investment company Pritech Oy. Ilka Brotherus will remain as a minority shareholder through family company Sinituote Oy, and the Transtech ...

  • A neutral operator is being sought to provide wagonload freight services within the Port of Antwerpen (Photo: Port of Antwerp).

    Port of Antwerpen seeks last mile operator


    BELGIUM: A neutral operator to provide wagonload freight services within the Port of Antwerpen is being sought by Railport Antwerpen NV, a company established by the port authority, the Essenscia federation of chemical and life sciences companies and industry association Alfaport. The aim is to increase the flexibility of ‘last ...

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    ETCS Level 2 contract signed


    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has officially signed the €510m contract with Siemens Mobility and Cofely-Fabricom for installation of ETCS Level 2 on more than 2 200 track-km, together with the introduction of electronic interlockings across the network. According to Siemens, the work is due to be completed by the end ...

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    First TE33A locomotive for Azerbaijan handed over


    AZERBAIJAN: The first of 10 Type TE33A Evolution diesel locomotives ordered by national railway ADY was officially handed over on August 3, at a ceremony in Baku which also marked the arrival of the first Nomad Express container service from China via Dostyk and the Caspian Sea ports of Aktau ...

  • HaCon brings 'decades of experience in real-time travel planning and logistics data management', said Bytemark CEO Micah Bergdale.

    HaCon and Bytemark announce partnership


    USA: New York-based Bytemark and Germany’s HaCon have announced a strategic partnership to offer real-time journey planning and mobile ticketing systems in the North American market. HaCon brings ‘decades of experience in real-time travel planning and logistics data management to the mass transit agencies here in North America’, said Bytemark ...