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    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package

    2021-07-29T09:25:00Z

    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

    2021-06-02T15:25:00Z

    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

    2021-05-27T06:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • MSC Director Nicola Lelli, ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä, RCG Vorstandssprecher Clemens Först (Photo: ÖBB/Roland Rudolph)
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    ÖBB opens second stage of Wien Süd terminal

    2021-05-26T09:29:00Z

    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

    2021-05-17T14:39:00Z

    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 ...

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    Freight returns to narrow gauge line

    2021-05-05T05:00:00Z

    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. ...

  • Impression of the south portal of the Laiming tunnel (Image: Deutsche Bahn)
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    Brenner northern approach alignment selected

    2021-04-20T09:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Rosental line electrification gets underway

    2021-04-08T12:51:00Z

    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 ...

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    ÖBB orders ŽOS Trnava hopper wagons

    2021-04-07T05:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Two-line automated metro proposed for Graz

    2021-03-01T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Proposals for a two-line automated metro network are included in a study into future transport concepts published by the city of Graz. The study undertaken by special purpose company MUM 2030+ found that there were 452 000 passenger journeys per day into the central ...

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    New fleet to make Nightjet ‘the best option for travelling between major European cities’

    2021-02-23T16:39:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The exterior design and first painted carbody for the fleet of coaches which Siemens Mobility is to supply for Nightjet night train services has been unveiled by Austrian Federal Railways. The couchette vehicles will include ‘mini-suites’ offering more privacy for lone travellers. ...

  • Wiener Linien is testing an Automatic Track Machine Oscillator tramway rail grinder
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    Automatic Track Machine Oscillator rail grinder tested on Wien tramway

    2021-02-15T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The capital’s transport operator Wiener Linien is testing an Automatic Track Machine Oscillator tramway rail grinder, which was developed by Plasser Theurer in collaboration with industry partners, university academics and infrastructure operators as part of the Shift2Rail research programme. ATMO is the ...

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    Westbahn cutbacks in prospect as public service contract ends

    2021-02-10T08:30:00Z

    AUSTRIA: More than half of Westbahn’s inter-city passenger services between Wien and Salzburg may be withdrawn within the next few days, unless agreement is reached to continue the interim support provided by the government for operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Affecting both Austrian Federal Railways ...

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    Stadler to supply fire-fighting and rescue trains

    2021-01-14T11:05:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ÖBB Infrastruktur has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 20 fire-fighting and rescue trains worth €240m, with a €60m firm order for an initial five to enter service by mid-2024. The trains will be used to respond to emergencies in ...

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    Wien metro tunnelling to begin in February

    2021-01-01T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: A 50:50 consortium of Porr and Strabag has been selected to build 7 km of tunnels and four stations for the southern extension of Wien metro line U2.

  • Salzburger Lokalbahn runs a 37 route-km network primarily linking Salzburg with Lamprechtshausen.
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    Salzburger Lokalbahn extension approved

    2020-12-28T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Salzburg city council has approved the long-planned extension of the Salzburger Lokalbahn from its underground terminus alongside the main railway station to Mirabellplatz in the city centre. Planning is expected to start in 2021, with a view to starting construction in 2023. Design work is ...

  • The Robel Cleaning System combines automated surface vacuuming with manual cleaning using 20 m long operator-controlled suction hoses which can reach difficult-to-access places.
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    Wiener Linien orders Robel tunnel cleaning vehicle

    2020-12-22T09:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Robel has won a tender to supply a metro tunnel and trackbed cleaning unit to the capital’s transport operator Wiener Linien. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2022. The Robel Cleaning System combines automated surface vacuuming with manual cleaning using 20 m long operator-controlled suction hoses which ...

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    Ultimate Europe to move to new site

    2020-12-19T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Rolling stock gangway, automatic door and interior fitting supplier Ultimate Europe is investing €12m in a headquarters and production base at St Georgen am Ybbsfeld to the east of Amstetten. The company currently employs 125 staff at three sites in the Amstetten area which will ...

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    TX Logistik leases locos for Swiss transit traffic

    2020-12-09T10:29:00Z

    EUROPE: The TX Logistik subsidiary of FS Group’s freight business Mercitalia is to lease seven Railpool-owned Bombardier Transportation Class 186 Traxx multi-system electric locomotives approved for operation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, as well as two Class 187 locos with last mile engines and approval for ...

  • The national rail operators of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland have agreed to co-operate on the expansion of international night train services, suggesting that there is now a political willingness to provide the framework required for long term
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    Four operators to co-operate to expand night train services

    2020-12-08T16:37:00Z

    EUROPE: The national rail operators of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland have agreed to co-operate on the expansion of international night train services, suggesting that there is now a political willingness to provide the framework required for long term success. ‘Europe’s leading railways are pooling their ...