All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2015 – Page 4

  • Alstom Pendolino trainset for NTV (Image: Alstom Design & Styling).

    NTV unveils ‘futuristic’ Pendolino styling


    ITALY: Open access operator NTV has revealed the appearance of the eight 250 km/h Pendolino trainsets which it ordered from Alstom in October. Deliveries are scheduled for late 2017 and entry into service for early 2018. The design was created by Alstom's Design & Styling Centre, which was responsible ...

  • The Trenord fleet renewal programme has included the introduction of Europe's first six-car Alstom Coradia Meridian trainsets, according to the train operator.

    Trenord boosts fleet spend


    ITALY: Regional passenger operator Trenord has announced that it is to invest an additional €170m on new rolling stock to enter service in 2017. Funding is being provided by the Lombardia region and FNM, which owns 50% of the Trenord joint venture with Trenitalia. Trenord is to acquire 18 trainsets, ...

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    BNDES funds VLI rolling stock


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has approved funding of R$587⋅8m for the acquisition of 16 diesel locomotives and 1 916 wagons by freight operator VLI Multimodal. BNDES is to provide R$392⋅9m directly, and Banco Safra R$195m. By acquiring new rolling stock in 2016, VLI is looking to increase freight capacity ...

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    Innsbruck orders Regionalbahn LRVs


    AUSTRIA: The city of Innsbruck, the Land of Tirol and transport authority IVB signed a contract on December 16 for the supply of rolling stock for the city’s Regionalbahn light rail project. Bombardier Transportation is to supply 20 Flexity light rail vehicles, along with maintenance support under Bombardier’s FlexCare ...

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council has selected a joint venture of Transdev and Hyundai Rotem as preferred bidder to operate suburban rail services.

    Wellington chooses suburban rail operator


    NEW ZEALAND: Greater Wellington Regional Council announced the selection of a joint venture between Transdev and Hyundai Rotem as preferred bidder for a contract to operate the capital’s suburban rail services on December 17. Formal award is planned for March. A Keolis Downer-KiwiRail joint venture and Serco had also ...

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    Kampala light rail agreement signed


    UGANDA: The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government for the construction of a light rail network in Kampala. To be built by China Civil Engineering Construction Corp, the first phase would cost US$440m to build and would extend for 35 km on an elevated ...

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    Qingdao metro opens


    CHINA: The first metro line in Qingdao opened for trial passenger operation at 11.00 on December 16. Services on Line 3 operate between 06.30 and 21.30 using six six-car trainsets. The 12 km northern section of Line 3 links Qingdao North railway station with Shungshan in the city centre. ...

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    Waldenburgbahn to be regauged


    SWITZERLAND: Plans to convert the 13·1 km Waldenburgbahn from 750 mm to 1 000 mm gauge by 2022 were approved by Basel’s construction and planning commission last month. The single-track line from Liestal to Waldenburg opened in 1880 and was electrified at 1·5 kV DC in 1953. It is ...

  • Guests including Mayor of Eisenach Katja Wolf and 'Martin Luther' attended a ceremony on December 8 to name a Talent 2 EMU used on Abellio's Saale-Thüringen-Südharz-Netz services 'Die Wartburg'.

    NASA selects Abellio to operate services


    GERMANY: Sachsen-Anhalt transport authority NASA has selected Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland to operate Dieselnetz Sachsen-Anhalt passenger services for 14 years from December 2018. NASA is procuring the services on behalf of the Länder of Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen and the greater Braunschweig region. The preferred bidder was named on December 14, with ...

  • BEG has confirmed the National Express as the winner of the two Nürnberg S-Bahn operating contracts.

    BEG confirms National Express as Nürnberg S-Bahn operator


    GERMANY: Bayern railway authority BEG confirmed the National Express Rail GmbH subsidiary of UK-based National Express Group as the winner of the two Nürnberg S-Bahn operating contracts on December 15, after reviewing bids following an appeal by incumbent DB Regio which had blocked the award of the contracts. Subject ...

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    Chinese consortium to complete Malaysian electric spine


    MALAYSIA: Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced on December 11 that the contract for electrification and double-tracking of the Gemas – Johor Bahru route is to be awarded to a consortium led by China Railways Corp.Lai said that the award of the contract would accelerate the programme to enable a ...

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    Hessische Landesbahn orders 30 EMUs


    GERMANY: Alstom announced on December 15 that it had been awarded a €160m contract to supply 30 Coradia Continental electric multiple-units to Hessische Landesbahn. Alstom said these would be the first Coradia Continental units to meet the Locomotives & Passenger Rolling Stock Technical Specification for Interoperability. The order covers ...

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    Testing starts on Bangkok’s Purple Line


    THAILAND: On December 14 concessionaire Bangkok Metro Public Co started test running on the first section of the Purple Line in Bangkok, in the presence of Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha. The 23 km elevated route linking Bang Yai in northwest Bangkok to Tao Pun in the city centre ...

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    Trenitalia among 11 recipients of UK ‘franchising passports’


    UK: The Department for Transport announced on December 15 that 11 transport companies had been awarded Pre-Qualification Questionnaire Passports, which have been designed to make it easier and quicker to bid for passenger franchises by removing the need to for potential bidders to complete 'resource-intensive' sections of the pre-qualification questionnaire ...

  • Nuclear flask wagon (Photo: Direct Rail Services).

    Nuclear Decommissioning Authority orders flask wagons


    UK: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has awarded Nottinghamshire-based wagon builder WH Davis Ltd a contract to supply five new-generation nuclear flask carriers for use on the national rail network. The new vehicles are intended to replace the existing Type FNA flask carriers, and the NDA requires them be certified in ...

  • Bombardier is assembling three 1200 V DC trainsets and three dual-system trains in the pre-series build.

    Hamburg S-Bahn trains take shape


    GERMANY: The first of six pre-series dual-system EMUs for suburban operator S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH is expected to begin dynamic testing before the end of the year, according to manufacturer Bombardier.The trains are being assembled at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf plant north of Berlin under a €327m contract placed by S-Bahn Hamburg’s parent ...

  • Stadler Rail’s US subsidiary has selected Utah as the location of a temporary rolling stock assembly plant.

    Stadler selects Utah for rolling stock assembly plant


    USA: Stadler Rail’s US subsidiary has selected North Salt Lake, Utah as the location of a temporary rolling stock assembly plant, the state Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced on December 10. It is also being considered for the site of a permanent factory which Stadler is to develop under ...

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    Freiburg expands its tram network


    GERMANY: The latest expansion of the metre-gauge tram network in Freiburg was inaugurated on December 11 with a 1·6 km branch from Robert-Koch-Straße to the Technical Faculty of Universität Freiburg. Serving four stops, trams on this section of Route 4 run every 10 min. Construction began in 2013 and ...

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    Köln opens next section of light rail tunnel


    GERMANY: The third phase of the Nord-Süd Stadtbahn project in Köln was inaugurated on December 12 at a ceremony attended by around 450 invited guests. Regular services began the following day. The 2·4 km section forms a branch off Route 16 at Schönhauser Straße, running north to Bonner Wall, ...

  • The memoranda were signed during an official visit to India by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    India and Japan sign high speed rail memorandum


    INDIA: Memoranda of understanding for the possible development of a Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line using Japanese technology as well as technical co-operation in the rail sector were signed by the governments of India and Japan on December 11-12, during an official visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...