All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2015

All articles published this month.

  • HackTrain 2.0 hackathon.

    HackTrain 2.0 aims to foster RailTech


    UK: Strong backing by the Department for Transport and the UK rail industry saw 120 software developers take part in the HackTrain 2.0 digital innovation event over the weekend of November 21-22. HackTrain co-founders River Tamoor Baig and Alejandro Saucedo aim to bring to the rail sector the concept of ...

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    Central Suburban Passenger Co orders GTW+ DMU


    RUSSIA: Central Suburban Passenger Co announced on December 28 that it had ordered a Type DP-M diesel multiple-unit from Transmashholding subsidiary Metrowagonmash for use on the Golutvin – Ozyory line south of Moscow. This follows the granting of approval for series production of the DP-M design, which has a separate ...

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    High speed station opens in Shenzhen


    CHINA: A further 15 km section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high speed line was opened for revenue service on December 29, when China Railway Corp extended its high speed services from Shenzhen North to Futian, close to Shenzhen’s central business district and the border with the ...

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    Detroit connection to speed passenger services


    USA: Amtrak’s Wolverine passenger trains between Chicago and Detroit have begun using a new curve at West Detroit Junction, which has been built in conjunction with the upgrading and double-tracking of the former NS route now owned by Michigan Department of Transportation. Completed in late December, the US$15·8m curve was ...

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    Urban rail news in brief


    Tram services in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk ceased on December 18 following a decision to close the lines because of deteriorating infrastructure. Two tram routes in Angarsk closed on November 15: a 2 km section between Upravleniye Neftekhimkombinata and Zavod Polimerov and a 3·5 km section between Peresecheniye and ...

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    Transmashholding presents EP2D electric multiple-unit


    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Demikhovo plant has unveiled the EP2D electric multiple-unit, developed to the specification of Moscow commuter operator Central Suburban Passenger Co which is DMZ’s largest customer. The first unit is to undergo trials at the Shcherbinka test circuit with certification expected in 2016. Central Suburban Passenger Co said ...

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    Changsha maglev starts trial running


    CHINA: Trial running has started on the 18·5 km ‘medium-speed’ maglev line linking Changsha Nan station with the city's Huanghua Airport. Operated by Hunan Maglev Transport Co, the line has been designed for a maximum speed of 120 km/h, although the normal running speed is limited to 100 km/h. Interchange ...

  • Beijing Metro Line 14 is being built by the Beijing MTR Corp joint venture under a PPP concession. Photo: wikipedia/Han600

    Beijing and Guangzhou metros expand


    CHINA: Three more metro extensions have been opened for revenue service in two of China’s largest conurbations. Beijing commissioned two routes on December 26. The larger adds a further 16·6 km to Line 14, which is being built by the Beijing MTR Corp joint venture under a PPP concession agreed ...

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    Compact GSM-R tester


    TESTING: Communications company Cobham Wireless has launched a new mobile tester to validate the correct operation of GSM-R radios. The Cobham Wireless 2201R is designed to connect directly to GSM-R devices, including high-powered Class 2 radios, and is able to test voice, data and SMS connections. An optional battery pack ...

  • A Bombardier Traxx AC3 Last Mile locomotive owned by leasing company Railpool has been tested in Croatia.

    Traxx AC Last Mile on test in Croatia


    CROATIA: A Bombardier Traxx AC3 Last Mile locomotive owned by leasing company Railpool has been tested in Croatia, with the aim of obtaining certification for operation during the first quarter of 2016. Static testing was followed by dynamic tests which focused on performance under different braking modes. On December ...

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    Chengdu opens Line 4


    CHINA: The third metro line in the western city of Chengdu was opened for revenue service on December 26. Running entirely underground for 22·4 km and serving 16 stations, the first phase of the east-west Line 4 links Intangible Cultural Heritage Park to Wannianchang. Interchange is provided to the national ...

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    Handheld vehicle tag reader introduced


    RFID: Mobile computing specialist Trimble has introduced a rugged, handheld computer with an integrated UHF capability designed to read RFID vehicle tags. The Juno T41 R-AEI is able to read simultaneously the AEI tags used in North America and Australia as well as the EPC tags used by European railways ...

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    Polish passenger information consolidated


    POLAND: In an effort to integrate, standardise and simplify the provision of passenger information across the country, with effect from the December timetable change more than 300 staff from seven companies have been transferred to PKP Utrzymanie, a dedicated company which is independent from the train operators and infrastructure manager. ...

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    Downtown Line reaches Bukit Panjang


    SINGAPORE: The second phase of the city’s Downtown Line was opened for revenue service on December 27, following a formal inauguration by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Botanic Gardens station the previous day. Free travel is being provided until January 1. Running from northwest Bugis to Bukit Panjang, the ...

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    Lotos Kolej orders last-mile Griffins


    POLAND: Open access freight operator Lotos Kolej has placed the first series-build order for Griffin electric locomotives from Newag, placing a contract on December 23 for an initial build of five locos valued at 56·2m złoty. Designated E4DCU-DP, the four-axle locomotives will be a 3 kV DC variant of the ...

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    Wheelslip control


    RETROFITTING: ZTR Control Systems has launched a new wheelslip control system for retrofitting to older locomotives. The US firm says its new BOA-II platform offers advanced excitation and superior protection to improve tractive effort and reliability. Users can install a series of basic modules as an upgrade to other ZTR ...

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    World rail infrastructure market December 2015


    Australia: Thales is to supply communications and control systems for the Sydney Metro project. TasRail has awarded VEC Civil Engineering a contract for track renewals on the Melba and Western lines, the largest package of the A$119·6m Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Programme. Tas Heavy Haulage will transport the rails ...

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    World rolling stock market December 2015


    Australia: Adani has ordered 1360 coal hopper from CRRC Yangtze, the Chinese firm’s largest export order. China: Voith is supplying RailPack 400DE power packs with 375 kW engines for use on 30 electro-diesel multiple-units which Changchun Railway Vehicles is building for suburban services running onto non-electrified lines. Czech ...

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    Railway Directory 2016 published


    INTERNATIONAL: Running to more than 800 pages, the 121st edition of Railway Directory provides a comprehensive overview of the world's railway industry in a single book, which is widely acknowledged as an indispensable source of information. Fully updated and expanded, the 2016 issue includes details of more than 22000 industry ...

  • The robots are from Aldebaran's Pepper range.

    Robot station attendants introduced


    ROBOT: Keikyu Railway has deployed a 1200 mm high humanoid robot attendant to greet passengers at Tokyo Haneda Airport station, while SNCF has deployed similar robots at three stations in the Pays-de-la-Loire region under a pilot programme running until March. The robots are from the Pepper range developed by ...