All Railway Gazette International articles in December 2015 – Page 5

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    Dr Bernd Bohr


    Heinz Hermann Thiele is to step down as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Knorr-Bremse in March next year. He will be succeeded by Dr Bernd Bohr (photo), who until 2013 was Chairman of the Automotive Group at Robert Bosch GmbH.

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    Australia runs 1 250 m long grain train


    AUSTRALIA: Southern Shorthaul Railroad and the Australian Rail Track Corp have co-operated to run what they say is the longest export grain train in the country’s history. At 1 250 m long, the five-loco, 73-wagon train is more than twice the length of regular grain trains on the line. ...

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    Rail industry news in brief - December 2015


    The timetable change on December 13 will see SNCF extend its network of Ouigo low-cost TGV services to Tourcoing, Nantes, Rennes, Le Mans, Angers , TGV Haute Picardie, Roissy Aéroport CDG 2 and Massy TGV. The port of Lübeck’s European Cargo Logistics and Green Cargo have agreed to co-operate ...

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    Hopper wagon contract signed


    RUSSIA: United Wagon Co has signed an agreement with fertiliser producer Uralkali to supply 400 hopper wagons from its Tikhvin factory. The Type 19-9870 cars will have an axleload of 25 tonnes and can carry up to 76·5 tonnes. A two-stage coating also improves protection from load damage. ...

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    Greater Anglia EMUs refurbished


    UK: Abellio Greater Anglia has completed an upgrade of 24 four-car Class 317/6 electric multiple-units that operate between London and Cambridge, Cheshunt and Hertford East. The £1·3m project was carried out by the operator’s own fleet maintenance team at Clacton-on-Sea. The interior refresh includes new seat covers, vinyl flooring, ...

  • In August Israel Railways announced that it had ordered 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives from Bombardier.

    Electrification contract awarded


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has awarded Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales a 2bn shekel contract to build and maintain electrification infrastructure. The Spanish company beat bids from Siemens, Elecnor, Alstom and China Railways Construction Corp. The contract announced on December 6 covers 420 route-km across 13 lines and includes the ...

  • The EMUs will be from the next generation of Newag's Impuls family (photo: Ryszard Piech).

    Newag wins its first Italian EMU order


    ITALY: Newag announced on December 10 that it had signed a framework contract with regional operator Ferrovie del Sud-Est for the supply of five electric-multiple units with options for up to 10 more. The base order is worth €20·2m, with the total value rising to €60·5m if all options ...

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    Etihad Rail commercial operations approved


    UAE: Etihad Rail was granted official safety authorisations to commence commercial operations on Phase 1 of the network at a ceremony in Dubai on December 9. Operations partner Etihad Rail DB will run two trains per day on the 264 km route between Shah and Habshan and the Port ...

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    Trenitalia exercises further Vivalto option


    ITALY: Trenitalia has exercised an option to buy 136 Vivalto second-class push-pull coaches from Hitachi Rail Italy, the supplier announced on December 9. The contract is worth €190m and covers the supply of 112 intermediate double-deck coaches and 24 driving cars to be used on regional and commuter services. ...

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    Bromelton freight terminal to receive federal funding


    AUSTRALIA: The federal government is to provide A$9·6m for the construction of the Bromelton Intermodal Rail Freight Precinct west of the Gold Coast under the second round of its National Stronger Regions Fund, which was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss on December 7. This includes a total of ...

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    Vossloh Locomotives forms French joint venture


    VOSSLOH: Vossloh Locomotives France signed a contract with Socofer France on December 8 to establish a joint venture to be known as IMATEQ. The locomotive services business will be based in Saint-Pierre-des Corps. According to Vossloh, IMATEQ would ‘pool the existing capacities and expertise of each company and thus ...

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    ETCS Level 2 goes live in southwest Poland


    POLAND: ETCS Level 2 signalling went live on the Legnica – Węgliniec – Bielawa Dolna line in Dolnośląskie voivodship on December 3. Bombardier has installed its Interflo 450 equipment, which is operating in parallel with the conventional signalling, under a 54m złoty contract awarded by infrastructure manager PKP PLK ...

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    Kiewit selected to renew Chicago Green Line track


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority approved a $13m contract for the Green Line West Track Renewal Project on December 9. Lowest bidder Kiewit Infrastructure Co has been selected to replace the track between Laramie and Harlem/Lake stations at the western end of the CTA’s Green Line. Work on the 4 ...

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    Contractors shortlisted for HS2 enabling works


    UK: On December 10 project delivery company HS2 Ltd announced the contractors shortlisted to carry out enabling works on the London – Birmingham Phase 1 of High Speed 2. An invitation to tender is expected early next year, with contracts worth £900m to be awarded later in 2016. ‘Today’s ...

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    Aurizon to develop second Sydney terminal


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has signed a heads of agreement with NSW Ports for a new intermodal terminal at Enfield in western Sydney, the company announced on December 7. The agreement is non-binding at this stage, but a binding lease and terminal operator agreement should be signed in the first quarter of ...

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    Metro Report International

    Keolis takes share in Masabi


    MASABI: International transport operator Keolis has taken a share in mobile ticketing provider Masabi as part of an investment made with MasterCard, Lepe Partners and existing shareholder MMC Ventures. The combined investment from the four companies amounts to US$12m. Earlier this year Masabi formed partnerships with both Keolis and ...

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    Keolis takes share in Masabi


    MASABI: International transport operator Keolis has taken a share in mobile ticketing provider Masabi as part of an investment made with MasterCard, Lepe Partners and existing shareholder MMC Ventures. The combined investment from the four companies amounts to US$12m. Earlier this year Masabi formed partnerships with both Keolis and ...

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    Cairo metro receives EBRD loan


    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has agreed to provide a €100m loan to the National Authority for Tunnels, which will support the procurement of 13 trainsets to be used on Line 2 of the Cairo metro. The supplier would also maintain the trains, which are intended ...

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    Victoria McManus


    Reporting to Chairman & CEO William Furman, Victoria McManus has taken up the new position of Executive Vice-President & Chief Strategic Officer at The Greenbrier Companies.

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    Erfurt – Leipzig opening will cut journey times


    GERMANY: With the parallel operation of two special trains, Deutsche Bahn officially inaugurated 123 km of new high speed line between Erfurt, Halle and Leipzig on December 9. DB expects to launch commercial services over the route with the timetable change on December 13. DB Chairman Rüdiger Grube and other ...