Semcon’s Product Information business is to assist Talgo in the production of maintenance documents for the 23 ECx push-pull trainsets it is to supply to Deutsche Bahn. ‘We are looking forward to supporting Talgo with user-friendly technical documentation, making sure the service technicians are always up-to-date to be able to provide efficient maintenance’, said Country Manager Stefan Moldenhauer.
Alpha Trains’ Köln office has relocated to Rudolfplatz 3 with effect from February 7.
Deutsche Bahn and contractor Stacy & Witbeck have joined the US High Speed Rail Association. ‘DB has proven to be one of the world’s leading high speed rail operators, and has decades of experience with providing world-class service’, said USHSR President Andy Kunz. ‘Stacy & Witbeck is a leading rail construction company with extensive experience delivering a wide range of rail projects.’
RENFE’s leasing arm RENFE Alquiler has joined the Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors, which has Akiem, MRCE, Railpool, NorthRail as its members and Beacon Rail, Cargounit and ELP as associate members.
European Investment Bank has provided Danish state operator DSB with a €500m, 25-year loan to finance its acquisition of 100 Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs to replace its IC3 and IC4 diesel multiple-units. The first EMUs are expected to enter service in 2024.
The Greenbrier Companies has completed its first offering of debt instruments secured against freight wagons and long-term financing for GBX Leasing, a joint venture between Greenbrier and The Longwood Group. GBXL’s wholly owned subsidiary GBX Leasing 2022-1 has issued bonds secured against nearly 4 500 wagons with a market value of $413m together with their current leases. The funds raised will allow Greenbrier to extinguish short-term debt on its leasing warehouse and position the company to develop its business.
Gauzy, an Israel-based supplier of dimmable glass panels to block sunlight and provide privacy, has acquired France-based Vision Systems, which specialises in advanced driver assistance systems.
The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 2 900 wagons worth $345m in December 2021 and January 2022, mostly from North America, swelling its order book to a total of 28 000 wagons valued at $3bn. The company had received orders for 6 300 vehicles worth $685m in the preceding three months. According to the Railway Supply Institute, 13 277 wagons were ordered in North America in Q4 2021, up 50% on the previous quarter.