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  • Alstom VLocity DMU (Photo Alstom)

    Victoria orders more DMUs


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has exercised an option to purchase a further 12 three-car Alstom VLocity diesel multiple-units. These will be used on V/Line services on the 1 600 mm gauge routes from Melbourne to Shepparton and Warrnambool. The firm order announced by Alstom on ...

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    DB Regio switches fleets to biodiesel


    GERMANY: DB Regio has begun fuelling 57 diesel multiple-units in Baden-Württemberg with biofuel, which it says produces around 90% less CO2 than diesel. The hydrotreated vegetable oil is made from biological residues and waste. It does not contain palm oil, or compete with food and animal ...

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    Brazil: making more use of urban railways


    Better utilisation of under-used main line railways is seen as key to developing cost-effective urban and suburban rail networks that can relieve road congestion in Brazil’s fast-growing cities. Benjámin Zelki  investigates.

  • HZPP Koncar DMU (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    HŽPP orders DMUs


    CROATIA: National passenger operator HŽPP has placed a firm order for a further seven Končar diesel multiple-units. The three-car low-floor diesel-electric units with a maximum speed of 120 km/h will be identical to existing ones, with a capacity of 167 seated and 175 standing passengers. The ...

  • Chiltern Railways HybridFLEX DMU 168329 (Photo Tony Miles) (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Chiltern Railways investigates HVO fuel


    UK: Chiltern Railways is exploring the potential use of hydrotreated vegetable oil fuel. Chiltern is the last purely diesel-operated railway into London, and with government funding for electrification unlikely to be available in the immediate future, it is looking to reduce its carbon footprint. The HVO ...

  • CRRC has delivered the final three of 10 four-car diesel multiple-units ordered by INCFA for use on services between Luanda and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.

    CRRC completes Angolan DMU deliveries


    ANGOLA: CRRC has delivered the final three of 10 four-car diesel multiple-units ordered by INCFA for use on services between Luanda and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport. Each of the 1 067 mm gauge 100 km/h DMUs has a capacity of 696 passengers, and up to ...

  • Railcoop has appointed ACC M to refurbish second-hand X72500 diesel multiple-units

    ACC M to refurbish trains for French open access start-up Railcoop


    Jérémie Anne visits the factory where ACC M is to refurbish diesel multiple-units for use by open access operator Railcoop.

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    DB orders diesel-battery engineering vehicles


    GERMANY: The national railway’s infrastructure construction unit DB Bahnbau Gruppe has awarded Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik a framework contract for the supply of up to 10 diesel-battery multi-purpose vehicles, with a firm order for an initial three. They will be a compact version of the VentuS ...

  • JR Central HC85 multiple-unit

    JR Central launches hybrid trainsets with remote monitoring


    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway is to replace its ‘Wide View’ Series Kiha 85 diesel multiple-units dating from the late 1980s and early 1990s with a fleet of Series HC85 hybrid multiple-units comprising 64 vehicles in total. Following tests with a four-car prototype built by Nippon Sharyo ...

  • CAF train for SRO at the Velim test track (Photo: Quintus Vosman)

    Saudi Arabia seeks new inter-city train fleet


    SAUDI ARABIA: National railway company Saudi Arabia Railways has called for expressions of interest in a contract to design, supply and maintain its next generation of inter-city passenger trains. The first batch of new trainsets is planned to enter service by 2025, increasing capacity on the ...

  • Chiltern Railways HybridFLEX DMU 168329 (Photo Tony Miles) (4)
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Cleaner, quieter and quicker’ diesel-battery hybrid train enters passenger service


    UK: Chiltern Railways has put into passenger service its HybridFLEX hybrid multiple-unit, which is fitted with a battery pack to store regenerated braking energy which can then be used to provide emission-free operation in stations and urban areas without needing new infrastructure.

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    ŽOS Zvolen to refurbish ČD RS1 railcars


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has awarded Slovak company ŽOS Zvolen a contract to refurbish the 22 Class 841.2 Stadler RegioShuttle RS1 railcars that it acquired second-hand from Germany’s SWEG in December 2020. Eight unrefurbished trains have been in service in the Ústecký and Středočeský regions ...

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    Japan: road-rail midi-buses on a rural railway


    This month is expected to see the launch of commercial passenger services with ‘dual-mode’ road-rail midi-buses on a rural railway in southern Shikoku. Mike Bent reports.

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    Czech DMU order signed


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Pesa has been awarded a 514m złoty firm order to supply Czech national operator ČD with 33 two-car diesel multiple-units in 2024-26 for use on regional services in the Hradec Králové region. The order signed on December 17 is the second to be placed ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Flirt
    Rail Business UK

    First Flirts delivered to Wales


    UK: The first two of the 35 Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is supplying to Transport for Wales have been delivered to Cardiff Canton depot, ready for testing and commissioning ahead of entry into service next year. ‘The arrival of the first unit in Cardiff less than ...

  • San Bernardino Arrow Stadler Flirt DMU at factory

    San Bernardino Arrow DMU delivery


    USA: The first Flirt low-floor diesel multiple-unit for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s future Arrow passenger service in southern California has left Stadler’s Salt Lake City factory. In September 2017 SBCTA placed a $31·4m order for three DMUs, with an option for three more, as part ...

  • Revolution VLR (Photo: Transport Design International)
    Rail Business UK

    Prototype Revolution Very Light Rail vehicle ready for testing


    UK: Assembly of the prototype Revolution Very Light Rail vehicle has been completed, and is it now ready for testing to assess the feasibility of providing passenger services on low-traffic and feeder routes where the high cost of conventional rolling stock is currently a barrier to operations.

  • Indian Railways Agra Cantonment station (Photo: Michael Lashley/Pixabay)

    Indian Railways to test fuel cell trains


    INDIA: Indian Railways’ Organisation of Alternative Fuels has invited bids to supply fuel cells and refuelling equipment for the conversion of two diesel-electric multiple units to hydrogen power. Last year Indian Railways completed the design of a 140 km/h fuel cell and battery hybrid trainset ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales Flirts on test in Switzerland


    UK: Testing has begun in Switzerland of the first of the Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is building for Transport for Wales, ahead of delivery for further testing on the Wales & Borders network and entry into passenger service from the end of 2022. Stadler is supplying ...

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    Rail Business UK

    HybridFLEX prototype battery-diesel multiple-unit launched


    UK: Chiltern Railways has unveiled its prototype HybridFLEX multiple-unit fitted with a hybrid traction system which can offer zero emissions and near silent operation at stations and in other sensitive locations. Developed by the operator, leasing company Porterbrook and MTU PowerPack supplier Rolls-Royce, the HybridFLEX uses ...