All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2012

All articles published this month.

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    Beijing adds a further 70 km of metro


    CHINA: Five further sections of the Beijing metro, with a combined length of 69·8 km, were put into revenue service on December 30. Adding one new line and extending three more, these projects bring the 16-line network to 442 route-km and 261 stations, overtaking Shanghai as the longest metro in ...

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    Standard gauge ambition in Mozambique


    MOZAMBIQUE: A local subsidiary of Kazakhstan-based based Eurasian Natural Resources Corp has commissioned Mott MacDonald to undertake studies and is seeking expressions of interest in building a 1200 km standard gauge line from Chiuta in Tete province to a new port at Nacala, bypassing Malawi. Operations could start in 2015. ...

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    Wuhan metro crosses the Yangtse


    CHINA: Phase 1 of Wuhan’s 27·7 km metro Line 2 opened at 10.00 on December 28, with the dispatch of the first revenue-earning metro trains to cross the Yangtse River. Line 2 runs on a broadly north-south alignment from Jinyintan in the northern Hankou district to Optics Valley Square in ...

  • Bentley Systems has developed a prototype augmented GPR application for a desktop PC, with a tablet variant to follow; this would permit ‘ad hoc visualisation’ on site and assist in marking up the work area.

    What lies beneath


    DESIGN: Correctly determining the layout of sub-surface utilities can be a major challenge to planners of tram and light rail lines. Bentley Systems aims to give civil and design engineers greater certainty about sub-surface utility modelling by extending its OpenRoads software suite to include a ‘conflict matrix’ which integrates pre-existing ...

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    World rail market December 2012


    Brazil: EKE-Electronics is supplying an integrated ethernet-based TCMS, PIS, PA and CCTV system including a 16 GB crash-proof video recorder for the modernisation of 25 São Paulo metro Line 3 trainsets. It is also supplying 16 GB crash-proof video recorders for 54 new Line 15 monorail trains. India: ...

  • The first road-railer on show in Beijing.

    Road-railer range launched


    CHINA: CSR Sifang and SRS Rail Systems International has launched a range of road-rail vehicles. The UK and Chinese companies have co-operated to develop standardised vehicles to which a range of units can be attached, starting with cranes or aerial work platforms. With a gross weight of 18 or ...

  • The fast line inauguration ceremony was held on November 23 2012.

    Openings increase speeds and capacity


    AUSTRIA: Services on the 60 km fast line between Wien Meidling and St Pölten began with the December 9 timetable change, cutting the Wien - St Pölten journey time by 15 min to 25 min, and reducing Wien - Salzburg journey times by 23 min. The double-track route means there ...

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    HS2 awards Phase II framework contracts


    UK: A further step towards the development of the planned High Speed 2 north – south high speed rail network came on December 24, when the government’s development company HS2 Ltd announced the award of framework contracts covering engineering and environmental services for the second phase of the project, connecting ...

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    Beijing - Guangzhou high speed line completed


    CHINA: Through high speed trains began operating between Beijing and Guangzhou on December 26, with the completion of the 663 km Beijing – Shijiazhuang – Zhengzhou Passenger-Dedicated Line. Coming exactly three years after the inauguration of the Wuhan – Guangzhou PDL on December 26 2009, and three months after ...

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    World rail infrastructure market December 2012


    Algeria: A consortium of Colas Rail and KOU.G.C has been awarded a €85m contract to extend Alger metro Line 1 by 4 km from Haï El Badr to El Harrach-Centre. Opening is scheduled for November 2014. Australia: Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority has awarded Ansaldo STS Australia an A$17·9m ...

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    Cinova EMU to serve Pearl River Delta


    CHINA: A new design of 200 km/h EMU designed for short-distance inter-city operations has been rolled out by CSR Sifang, and is expected to enter service on routes in the Pearl River Delta area of southern China during 2013. Officially designated as class CRH6, and branded ‘Cinova’, the new EMU ...

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    Second China - Kazakhstan rail link inaugurated


    ASIA: A second international rail connection between China and Kazakhstan was officially inaugurated on December 22, when two special trains were operated to the border crossing at Korgas in Xinjiang province. The break-of-gauge transfer facility forms part of a free trade zone at Korgas, known as the International Centre for ...

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    STB approves RailAmerica acquisition


    USA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc announced on December 20 that the Surface Transportation Board had approved its application to take control of the RailAmerica short line group. The change of control was expected to take effect on December 28, provided that no objections had been received by STB before December ...

  • Impression of Talgo Avril high speed train.

    EIB loan supports Talgo high speed train development


    SPAIN: The European Investment Bank is providing Talgo with a €50m loan to support its high speed train research and development. The loan agreement was signed in Madrid on December 19. Talgo intends to use the money to support the development of its Avril high speed train platform, strengthen its ...

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    World rolling stock market December 2012


    Bangladesh: Using Indian credit, Rites is to supply 10 broad and 16 metre gauge locomotives to BR in 2013. Belarus: BC has awarded CZ Loko a €20m contract to supply 20 two-axle shunting locomotives. The TME3 will be a 1 520 mm gauge version of CZ ...

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    LEAFs on the line


    USA: Railserve has recently completed production of its first three Dual LEAF locomotives. Based on the company’s ‘Lower Emissions And Fuel’ shunting design, the Dual LEAF has two genset power modules with Cummins QSX-15 engines of 600 hp, larger frames and increased capacity sand reservoirs. ‘The 32 Railserve single genset ...

  • Contract signing.

    Iraqi Republic Railways orders Chinese DMUs


    IRAQ: A US$115m contract for Chinese firm Dongfang Electric Corp to supply Iraqi Republic Railways with 10 diesel multiple-units was signed in Baghdad on December 15. The first two units are scheduled to be delivered within a year. IRR said the 160 km/h trainsets would be modern, sophisticated and built ...

  • Impression of Confederation Line light rail station in Ottawa.

    Ottawa selects Confederation Line light rail consortium


    CANADA: The Rideau Transit Group consortium has been selected as preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the Confederation Line, a 12·5 km light rail route with 13 stations in Ottawa. The consortium comprises SNC-Lavalin, ACS Infrastructure, EllisDon, Dragados Canada and Veolia Transportation Services. Alstom would supply Citadis ...

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    New and refurbished trains for Hessische Landesbahn


    GERMANY: Hessische Landesbahn has awarded Alstom contracts totalling €40m for the supply of seven new Coradia Lint diesel multiple-units and the modernisation of 25 existing trainsets. The DMUs are to be deployed on Eifel-Westerwald-Sieg regional services which HLB is to operate under a 15-year contract starting in August 2015. ...

  • A older tram in Moscow.

    Moscow orders 120 low-floor trams


    RUSSIA: Moscow City Government's transport department has selected a consortium of Uralvagonzavod and Bombardier Transportation for a contract to supply 120 low-floor trams to modernise the capital's extensive tram network. After an earlier bidding process was cancelled in mid-2012, a second call for tenders was announced in October, with bids ...