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  • Austrian Federal Railways Klimaticket loco

    Austria increases 2022-27 investment as KlimaTicket launched


    AUSTRIA: An €18·2bn investment framework for Austrian Federal Railways covering 2022-27 was approved by the council of ministers on November 3. Taking climate change mitigation targets into account, it is a modification of an earlier plan covering 2021-26 which envisaged a slightly lower spend of €17·5bn. ...

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    Urban In Depth

    Wien: U2xU5 Linienkreuz reshapes the U-Bahn


    As part of a smart mobility strategy aimed at reducing car use, construction is in full swing to expand Wien’s U-Bahn network. Diverting Line U2 and building the fully automated Line U5 will increase capacity by around 30%.

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    Automated brake test system development completed


    EUROPE: Austrian company PJM has completed the technical development of an automated brake testing system which it envisaged could save up to 45 min when preparing a 500 m long freight train. The system has been extensively tested on 200 SBB Cargo wagons, and approvals are ...

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    Metro Report International

    Wien approves northern tram expansion


    AUSTRIA: The Wien city government has approved the construction of a new tram route serving the Aspern district, as a branch off the orbital Strebersdorf – Hausfeldstrasse route 26 on the northern side of the River Donau.

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    Metro Report International

    Financing agreed for Wien’s U2xU5 metro extensions


    AUSTRIA: The national government and the City of Wien have agreed a 50:50 split for financing the €6bn second phase of the U2xU5 metro expansion package, which covers extensions to both lines.

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    DB begins work to electrify to the Austrian border


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has begun work to install 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification on a 1·5 km section of line between Pfronten-Steinach and the Austrian border at Schönbichl. This will allow electric operation of trains to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and München via Austria’s Ausserfernbahn, which is not connected ...

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    First new Nightjet stock ready for testing


    AUSTRIA: The first two vehicles for Austrian Federal Railways’ new fleet of Nightjet overnight trainsets have been dispatched from Siemens Mobility’s Simmering plant in Wien for the start of testing and certification. The first vehicles to be released are a push-pull driving trailer seated car and an ...

  • Westbahn KISS 3 EMU

    Westbahn unveils Kiss 3 double-deck EMUs to celebrate sustainable travel pass


    AUSTRIA: Open access operator Westbahn has unveiled the first of 15 third-generation six-car Kiss trainsets. Ordered from Stadler under a €300m full-service contract in October 2019, the double-deck EMUs are due to carry their first fare-paying passengers on September 9. Westbahn announced during a press trip ...

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    Desiro EMUs ordered to meet Vorarlberg capacity needs


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 21 Desiro ML electric multiple-units for use on local and regional services in Vorarlberg from the end of 2022. The ÖBB supervisory board approved the order on August 16. An order had previously been ...

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    ÖBB orders 20 more night train sets


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has ordered a further 20 seven-car sets of Viaggio Next Level coaches from Siemens Mobility for use on Nightjet overnight services. The order announced on August 10 is the second to be placed under a 2018 framework agreement covering up to 700 ...

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    Karawanken tunnel reopened


    EUROPE: Cross-border rail services have resumed on the Villach – Ljubljana route between Austria and Slovenia, following the completion of a 10-month refurbishment of the Karawanken tunnel. Dating from 1906, the 7 975 m bore had been closed to all traffic from September 7 ...

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    In depth

    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package


    Railways across central and eastern Europe stand to benefit as member states submit their national post-Covid recovery plans to the EU in order to access temporary stimulus funds. Toma Bačić provides a snapshot of proposals from five countries. 

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    CRRC Zhuzhou rolls out double-deck Westbahn EMU


    AUSTRIA: The first of four double-deck electric multiple-units being built for use by open access operator Westbahn GmbH has been rolled out for testing by CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co in China’s Hunan province.

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    Brenner Base Tunnel opening postponed


    EUROPE: The target date for opening the 55 km Brenner Base Tunnel to revenue services has been postponed from 2030 until 2032, project promoter BBT SE has confirmed. Admitting that the previous timelines were too optimistic, BBT SE said the revised schedule would take into account ...

  • MSC Director Nicola Lelli, ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä, RCG Vorstandssprecher Clemens Först (Photo: ÖBB/Roland Rudolph)

    ÖBB opens second stage of Wien Süd terminal


    AUSTRIA: ‘I am convinced that there will be a renaissance of rail freight in the next few years’, asserted Andreas Matthä, Chairman of the Management Board of ÖBB Holding, at an event marking completion of the second phase of the Wien Süd Freight Terminal on May ...

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    Via Vindobona deal promises 4 h Berlin – Wien timing


    GERMANY: Plans for a dramatic acceleration of inter-city passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria were outlined at the third German Rail Summit held virtually on May 17. Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer highlighted plans agreed by the three countries in ...

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    Freight returns to narrow gauge line


    AUSTRIA: Freight services are to be reintroduced on the Zillertalbahn narrow gauge line from Jenbach to Fügen-Hart im Zillertal on May 17, under an agreement between operator ZVB, the national railway’s freight business Rail Cargo Austria, the Land of Tirol and wood products company Binderholz. Around ...

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    Brenner northern approach alignment selected


    EUROPE: The preferred alignment for the cross-border northern approach route to the Brenner Base Tunnel has been announced by Deutsche Bahn, Austrian Federal Railways and Germany’s Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure. Five alignments had been proposed, with the Violet Route option selected following a comprehensive ...

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    Rosental line electrification gets underway


    AUSTRIA: Work has formally begun on a €50m scheme to modernise and electrify the 12·1 km line between Klagenfurt and Weizelsdorf, with completion planned by 2023. Under the scope of the project, Maria Rain station will be expanded, a station built in Lambichl and the line’s ...

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    ÖBB orders ŽOS Trnava hopper wagons


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB’s engineering vehicles subsidiary Rail Equipment has awarded ŽOS Trnava a contract to supply 90 Type Faccns four-axle ballast hopper wagons. ‘After a long selection process and many technical consultations, we were named the winner of the tender with a ...