All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2015 – Page 2

  • The opening ceremony for the Sapporo Tram extension was held at Nishi-Yon-Chome on December 19: Photo Kazumiki Miura

    Sapporo completes tram loop


    JAPAN: Ceremonies were held in the northern city of Sapporo on December 19 to mark the completion of a 449 m city centre tramway link, which opened for revenue service the following day. The new line connects the northern terminus of the Yamahana Line at Susukino with the eastern terminus ...

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    Exim Bank to fund Lahore metro project


    PAKISTAN: A soft loan agreement which would see China Exim Bank provide Rs162bn to fund construction of the Orange Line metro in Lahore was signed by Punjab’s Economic Affairs Secretary Tariq Bajwa and Exim Bank Vice-President Sun Ping on December 21. An agreement with China for the construction of the ...

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    Emergency traction tram batteries


    SWITZERLAND: Saft is to supply onboard batteries for the 61 Flexity trams that Bombardier is supplying to Basel transport authority BVB. Each tram is being equipped with two 24 V Saft MSX battery systems. These would provide emergency short-term back-up traction power to enable the tram to travel short ...

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    Troger to lead Bombardier


    Bombardier has appointed Laurent Troger as President of Bombardier Transportation in succession to Lutz Bertling, who stepped down on December 8 to pursue other career opportunities. Most recently Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Troger joined Bombardier in 2004 as Vice-President, Services for Europe, having previously held several senior ...

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    FS names CEO


    Renato Mazzoncini has been appointed as CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane. Formerly CEO of FS subsidiary Busitalia, he replaces Michele Mario Elia, who resigned on November 26 along with Chairman Marcello Messori and the entire FS board. The new board appointed by a shareholders meeting on November 27 ...

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    Thailand – Malaysia DMU service launched


    ASIA: A twice-daily cross-border passenger service between Hat Yai in Thailand and Padang Besar in Malaysia was inaugurated by officials from State Railway of Thailand and KTMB with a ceremony at Hat Yai on December 21. Regular services began the following day. The services on the 60 km route are ...

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    Rebuilt snow blower on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn


    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn is keeping its Oberalp Pass route open this winter using a snow clearing vehicle which has been completely rebuilt by Schmidt. The metre-gauge vehicle which was previously used on the Rhätische Bahn’s Bernina route is more than 50 years old. After being acquired by MGB it ...

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    South Tirol operating contract signed


    ITALY: The South Tirol government and Trenitalia signed a new contract for the operation of local passenger services on December 21, saying the new deal focused on quality, reliability and lower costs. The decision to retain Trenitalia as the operator of the four routes when the previous contract expired was ...

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    TfL chooses Bakerloo Line extension alignment


    UK: Transport for London is to begin detailed technical work on a southern extension of London Underground’s Bakerloo Line next year, it announced on December 17. TfL opened a public consultation in September 2014 on two proposed routes to extend the line from Elephant & Castle to Lewisham. It ...

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    AFE to install satellite train control


    URUGUAY: State railway authority AFE has awarded a contract for the introduction of a satellite-based train control system, which is due to be rolled out across 1 600 route-km over the next four years. Under the contract signed on December 21 by AFE President Wilfredo Rodriguez and Minister of Transport ...

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    Grand Paris Express funded


    FRANCE: Project promoter Société du Grand Paris announced last month that funding had been agreed for the three remaining lines of the Grand Paris Express metro network. These include the northern section of Line 17 from Le Bourget to aLe Mesnil-Amelot, expected to cost €18bn and comprising 19·5 km of ...

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    Great Western AT300 trainsets to be built in Italy


    UK: Hitachi announced on December 22 that the AT300 trainsets ordered for Great Western Railway are to be manufactured at Hitachi Rail Italy’s plant at Pistoia in Italy. GWR and leasing company Eversholt Rail signed the £361m contract for the trainsets in July, before Hitachi’s acquisition of AnsaldoBreda was completed ...

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    Panamá City orders more Line 1 trainsets


    PANAMA: Metro de Panama has awarded a €145m contract to a consortium led by Alstom and including Thales, Sofratesa, CIM and TSO for the supply of additional rolling stock and associated work to lengthen trainsets on Panamá City metro Line 1. Alstom’s share of the contract is €130m, and ...

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    TfL granted powers to rebuild Bank


    UK: The Department for Transport has granted a Transport & Works Act Order to Transport for London, giving it legal powers to start the remodelling of Bank station in central London.Bank is the third-busiest station on the London Underground network, handling more than 52 million passengers per year and serving ...

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    DB places Berlin S-Bahn rolling stock order


    GERMANY: DB subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin GmbH has signed a framework contract for up to 1 380 electric multiple-unit cars with a consortium of Stadler Pankow and Siemens. The base order comprises 85 four-car and 21 two-car trainsets, to be used on the Ring and southeastern branches pf the 800 V ...

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    Siemens selected to supply Moorgate suburban EMU fleet


    UK: Passenger franchisee Govia Thameslink Railway announced on December 22 that it had selected Siemens as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 25 six-car electric multiple-units for use on Great Northern suburban services from Welwyn Garden City, Hertford, Stevenage and Letchworth into London's Moorgate station from 2018. The ...

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    Windhoff designs high performance on-track machines for SBB


    SWITZERLAND: Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik has announced details of the 35 self-propelled on-track machines which it is to supply to Swiss Federal Railways under the largest single contract which the company has won. Deliveries are scheduled from spring 2017 until 2021, with the first five vehicles to undergo six months ...

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    First metro Line M5 trainset arrives in București


    ROMANIA: CAF has delivered the first of eight trainsets that it is supplying for metro Line M5 in București. The train was transported by Rail Cargo Group and arrived on December 18, one month earlier than stipulated in the contract with CAF. Metro operator Metrorex exercised an option in ...

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    Work begins on Auckland’s City Rail Link


    NEW ZEALAND: Preliminary work for the City Rail Link in Auckland started on December 21 with a ceremony on the corner of Victoria Street and Albert Street. The 3·4 km route would run mostly through twin tunnels up to 42 m below the surface to connect the current Britomart ...

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    New curve to speed up journeys to Zakopane


    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK announced on December 21 that it is to build a curve between Kraków Zabłocie and Kraków Krzemionki stations. According to PKP PLK, this will enable faster journeys between Kraków Główny and Zakopane, Skawina and Oświęcim. The work is to be carried out for 258m ...