All electrification articles

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    Railway to Hell to be electrified

    2021-09-06T10:30:00Z

    NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Bane NOR has awarded NRC Norge a NKr760m contract for installation of overhead electrification equipment on the lines around Trondheim The contract covers the 34·7 km Trondheim – Hell – Stjørdal and 74·4 km Hell – Storlien lines, as well as the 5·8 ...

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    Comment: Modal shift still key to rail’s green agenda

    2021-07-28T05:08:00Z

    In the transport sector, the urge to decarbonise is manifesting itself in an increasingly frenetic push for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to replace internal combustion in everything from cars to small aircraft. These offer significant potential for decarbonising rail too, but should not be prioritised over the need to deliver modal shift from more polluting forms of mobility, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

  • Stadler announced the Akku battery-powered version of its Flirt family at InnoTrans 2018, with a prototype demonstrated shortly afterwards.
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    ‘Enormous potential’ to cut CO2 emissions with battery traction

    2021-07-27T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A strategy for widespread adoption of battery-electric trains for local and regional passenger services has been put forward by Germany’s Railway Industry Association. With academic input from the technical universities of Berlin and Dresden, the report is presented as a background and position paper ...

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    Electrification: Brandenburg study proposes wiring islands

    2021-07-16T09:30:00Z

    Hybrid battery-electric trains could be running on the Berlin – Neuruppin – Wittenberge route by 2028, according to a study undertaken for the District of Ostprignitz-Ruppin by the Innoverse transport consultancy. Marketed as Prignitz Express , the 180 km route is now the only remaining diesel-operated Regional Express service ...

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    Electrification: ‘Frugal’ approach pares down wiring costs

    2021-07-15T12:02:00Z

    SNCF Réseau’s Aix-en-Provence – Marseille line will be partly electrified in 2022-24 to allow the operation of local services by battery-electric multiple-units. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Toronto – Québec High Frequency Rail procurement to get underway this year

    2021-07-08T11:04:00Z

    CANADA: The government has announced the start of procurement for the High Frequency Rail programme to build dedicated tracks for 200 km/h electric passenger trains on the Corridor route linking Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec. On July 6 Transport Canada said the process to select ...

  • PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources.
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    Battery power banks to boost Polish traction supply

    2021-07-06T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: Traction power supply infrastructure company PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources. PKP Energetyka says the energy storage facility installed at Garbce, 50 km ...

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    Electrification contract awarded

    2021-07-04T05:00:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has awarded a consortium of Eltra and TSS Grade a contract to electrify a 20·6 km section of the Košice–Zvolen main line between Haniska pri Košiciach and Moldava nad Bodvou. The route will be energised at 3 kV DC but with ...

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    Lake Balaton line electrified

    2021-06-24T05:00:00Z

    HUNGARY: Electric services have been launched on the 55 km Szabadbattyán – Balatonfüred section of the railway around the north side of Lake Balaton, following the completion of a HF24bn modernisation and electrification programme. The journey time from Balatonfüred to Budapest has been reduced by ...

  • : Electric services on the 47·6 Conegliano – Ponte nelle Alpi-Polpet – Belluno line were inaugurated on June 11
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    Conegliano – Belluno line electrified

    2021-06-23T05:00:00Z

    ITALY: Electric services on the 47·6 Conegliano – Ponte nelle Alpi-Polpet – Belluno line were inaugurated on June 11, with Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs now running through from Venezia to Belluno to offer a 12 min reduction in journey time. The €55m project undertaken by ...

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    Cross-border line to be electrified

    2021-06-15T12:00:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has awarded Reming Consult a €427 650 contract to draw up plans for the modernisation of the cross-border bridge over the River Morava/March in preparation for the long-planned 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 2·4 km single-track line from Devínska Nová ...

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    Valle d’Aosta electrification included in Italian recovery plan

    2021-05-18T09:30:00Z

    ITALY: Electrification of the 66·3 km Ivrea – Aosta section of the Chivasso – Aosta line by 2026 has been included in the National Recovery Resilience Plan, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Transport Giancarlo Cancelleri has announced. Infrastructure manager RFI estimates that ...

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    Minho line electrification completed

    2021-05-14T15:16:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has completed the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of its Minho line between Viana do Castelo and Valença in the far north of the country.

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    Electrification to increase Ukraine – Poland iron ore export capacity

    2021-05-08T05:00:00Z

    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has begun a project to electrify the 94 km line from Kovel to Izov and the Polish border. The route handles 90% of rail freight tonnage between the two countries, mainly iron ore being exported from the Kryvyi Rih region to steelmakers ...

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    Rosental line electrification gets underway

    2021-04-08T12:51:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Work has formally begun on a €50m scheme to modernise and electrify the 12·1 km line between Klagenfurt and Weizelsdorf, with completion planned by 2023. Under the scope of the project, Maria Rain station will be expanded, a station built in Lambichl and the ...

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    Indian Railways sets another electrification record

    2021-04-01T14:29:00Z

    INDIA: Despite the constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Indian Railways has been pushing ahead to meet the government’s target of electrifying the country’s entire broad gauge network by December 2023.

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    Hydrogen rejected as alternative to commuter railway electrification

    2021-03-09T09:00:00Z

    CANADA: The use of hydrogen traction is not being included in the reference concept design for the enhancement of Toronto’s commuter rail network, after transport agency Metrolinx concluded that the technology would not achieve the desired objectives. Metrolinx is planning to spend C$75bn on metro, ...

  • Elron has formally awarded a consortium of Škoda Vagonka and Škoda Transportation a €56·2m contract to supply six electric multiple-units by the end of 2024
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    Estonian EMU contract awarded

    2021-02-09T10:13:00Z

    ESTONIA: Passenger operator Elron has formally awarded a consortium of Škoda Vagonka and Škoda Transportation a €56·2m contract to supply six electric multiple-units by the end of 2024, with an option for 10 more. The EMUs are intended for use on ...

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    Korosten junction electrification

    2021-02-06T05:00:00Z

    UKRAINE: Electrification of the 4∙2 km link between Post-Pіvdenniy and Korosten-Zhytomyrskyi in the railway junction on the edge of Korosten was completed on January 14. CEO of Ukrainian Railways’ Southwestern Railway Artem Myronovych said up to 3·9m hryvnia/year would be saved through the elimination of diesel ...

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    ADIF to electrify Galician link

    2021-01-21T11:47:00Z

    SPAIN: In mid-January ADIF invited tenders for the electrification of the 73 km between Monforte de Lemos and Lugo as the infrastructure manager continues its gradual modernisation of the single track railway running north-south between Monforte and A Coruña.