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  • ÖBB RCG press conference (Photo ÖBB Andreas Scheiblecker)
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    Freight operator looks to grow after the third year of industry crisis

    2022-11-24T08:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Rail Cargo Group has ambitious plans for expansion in 2023 despite the extraordinarily crisis-ridden year the rail freight sector has faced in 2022, according to ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä.

  • Plasser & Theurer OeBB machine model at InnoTrans (2)
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    Modular maintenance fleet ordered

    2022-10-04T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Plasser & Theurer is to supply ÖBB Infrastruktur with a fleet of 56 modular maintenance vehicles with hybrid traction drives under the largest contract ever placed with the company. The order includes an option for another 46 vehicles. First delivery is scheduled for the end ...

  • Wiener Linien Siemens Mobility Series X train at InnoTrans 2022 (1)
    Metro Report International

    Series X train marks the spot for innovative passenger information

    2022-09-20T10:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: A detailed and location specific passenger information system is one of the highlights of the Series X metro trains which Siemens Mobility is supplying to the Austrian capital’s transport operator Wiener Linien. In September 2017 Siemens Mobility beat Bombardier Transportation to win a contract to ...

  • Nightjet couchette car
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    Next-generation Nightjet night train coach interiors unveiled

    2022-09-06T13:09:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ‘With this train, we are entering a new age of night time travel’, said Austrian Federal Railways CEO Andreas Matthä when the interior design of the next generation of Nightjet sleeping and couchette cars was unveiled at the Siemens Mobility plant in Wien on September ...

  • Generic ÖBB Rail Cargo Group wagons (Photo: David Payr/ÖBB RCG)
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    Rail Cargo Group increases grain transport from Ukraine

    2022-06-30T10:59:00Z

    EUROPE: ÖBB Rail Cargo Group says it is dedicating ‘all available resources’ to transporting grain out of Ukraine as part of the European Commission’s Solidarity Lanes plan to protect food supplies following the Russian invasion and blockade of Black Sea ports. The capacity of RCG trains ...

  • CN-Consult wins ÖBB's PIS 2 complete system contract
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    CN-Consult wins ÖBB passenger information contract

    2022-06-22T10:15:00Z

    AUSTRIA: National passenger operator ÖBB-Personenverkehr has awarded CN-Consult a framework contract for the modernisation of its onboard passenger information systems. The rolling programme will see existing information systems converted to a new real-time audio visual platform based on CN-Consult’s DiLoc|Motion technology. This collates information from various ...

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    Incumbent train operators may have colluded against new entrant, European Commission says

    2022-06-10T14:17:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has sent Czech and Austrian national operators ČD and ÖBB a statement of objections setting out its preliminary view that they may have colluded to prevent new entrant RegioJet acquiring second-hand passenger rolling stock for use on competing services. The European Commission ...

  • Unimat 09-8x44S BR Dynamic E3-1
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    Integrated track machine reflects trends in infrastructure maintenance

    2022-05-27T12:23:00Z

    GERMANY: Plasser & Theurer is to present its Unimat 09-8x4/4S BR Dynamic E³ combined track machine at the IAF trade show in Münster on May 31-June 2.

  • One of four double-deck electric multiple-units which CRRC Zhuzhou is to lease to Austrian open access passenger operator Westbahn has arrived at the Velim test centre in Czech Republic.
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    CRRC trainset for Westbahn arrives at test track

    2022-05-16T12:54:00Z

    AUSTRIA: One of four double-deck electric multiple-units which CRRC Zhuzhou is to lease to Austrian open access passenger operator Westbahn has arrived at the Velim test centre in Czech Republic. Testing and certification of the Chinese-built EMUs is scheduled to be completed by mid-2023. ...

  • A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways.
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    Wien rail infrastructure enhancement package agreed

    2022-05-10T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways. The overall aim is to further increase the already ...

  • Semmering base tunnel works (Photo: ÖBB/Ebner)
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    Semmering base tunnel opening postponed

    2022-04-26T12:28:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The planned opening of the Semmering base runnel has been postponed to 2030 following an evaluation of geological, structural and technical issues.

  • OeBB Stadler Kiss EMU impression
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    ÖBB orders double-deck EMUs

    2022-04-07T10:25:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has placed a €600m firm order for 41 Stadler Kiss double-decker electric multiple-units. The order announced on April 7 is the first to be placed under a €3bn framework agreement for up to 186 trains which ÖBB and Stadler finalised in February ...

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    Bosruck tunnel refurbishment enters final phase

    2022-03-05T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Work has begun on the second and final phase of the refurbishment of the 4 766 m long single-track Bosruck tunnel which links the Länder of Oberösterreich and Steiermark.

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    Disputed double-deck EMU contract awarded to Stadler again

    2022-02-23T10:53:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Stadler has once again been named the winner of a disputed 10-year framework contract to supply Austria Federal Railways with up to 186 double-deck electric multiple-units worth €3bn.

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    Business class lights upgraded

    2022-02-05T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ÖBB has selected a reading light from German supplier TSL-ESCHA for a refresh of the business class saloon on its premium Railjet inter-city services. According to TSL-ESCHA, the TSL BL18 reading light features a 270 mm long flexible arm that can be adjusted by passengers, ...

  • A consortium of six German and Austrian transport bodies has jointly awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply and maintenance of up 504 tram-trains
    Metro Report International

    Six operators award joint contract for up to 504 tram-trains

    2022-01-17T11:42:00Z

    EUROPE: A consortium of six German and Austrian transport bodies has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply and maintenance of up 504 tram-trains worth €4bn, the largest contract in the Swiss company’s history. The VDV TramTrain framework contract was awarded on January 14 by ...

  • Wien U-Bahn Series X car (Photo: Wiener Linien/Zinner)
    Metro Report International

    Cutting-edge passenger information on Wien Series X trains

    2022-01-13T15:54:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Wiener Linien’s Series X metro trainsets, due to be introduced this year on U-Bahn lines U1 to U4, will be fitted with an advanced passenger information system branded Passenger Info Plus. Developed by Siemens subsidiary Hacon in co-operation with the operator, the technology unveiled on ...

  • au-fortescue-BE14.5BB-locomotive-progress-rail
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    Fortescue orders EMD Joule battery locomotives

    2022-01-12T12:03:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group has ordered two EMD Joule battery locomotives from Progress Rail for use on its iron ore railway in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Offering an energy storage capacity of 14·5 MWh, the eight-axle BE14.5BB locomotives will be manufactured at Progress Rail’s ...

  • Friedburg (Photo: ÖBB Mosser)
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    Mattigtal line electrified

    2022-01-02T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Electric services have started operating on the southern 4 km of ÖBB’s Mattigtal branch between Steindorf bei Straßwalchen and Friedburg, northeast of Salzburg, following the completion of a €23·3m electrification project.

  • Austrian Federal Railways Klimaticket loco
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    Austria increases 2022-27 investment as KlimaTicket launched

    2021-11-08T11:46:00Z

    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. ...