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  • eu-NightJet_Brussels_launch-03-OBB-crop
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    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

    2020-01-20T09:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (4)
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    Malmö – Köln suggested as first route for a network of night trains

    2020-01-16T17:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Swedish transport agency Trafikverket has suggested that Malmö – Köln could be the first route to be launched as part of a proposed network of overnight trains connecting Sweden with other European countries, and that a start data as early as 2022-23 could be possible. ...

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    Shift2Rail invites 2020 research proposals

    2020-01-08T14:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Within the framework of its Annual Work Plan, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking issued its 2020 call for proposals on January 7, covering research and innovation projects with a total value of €146·6m. Applications are due by April 2021. The call covers 19 topics, of which ...

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    Auditors warn of Rail Baltica cost and timescale risks

    2020-01-08T11:24:00Z

    EUROPE: Procedures for managing the Rail Baltica project are mostly in place but inefficiencies and a lack of change and risk management systems mean the project could exceed its agreed budget and timeline, according to a report issued jointly by the national audit bodies of Estonia, ...

  • Alpha Trains Siemens Vectron Multisystem locomotive for TX Logistik.
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    Pension investor takes stake in Alpha Trains

    2020-01-07T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Arcus European Infrastructure Fund 1 has sold its 41·1% stake in rolling stock leasing company Alpha Trains to Dutch investment group APG. Alpha Trains has a portfolio of 363 locomotives and 432 trainsets leased to operators in 17 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming acquisition completed

    2020-01-06T14:21:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The US$8·4bn acquisition of freight railway group Genesee Wyoming by affiliates of New York and Toronto listed global investor Brookfield Infrastructure and Singapore’s foreign reserves investor GIC has been completed. The US$112 per share deal had been announced in July. ‘This transaction ...

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    PayPal travel payment now available in the Rhein-Main region

    2020-01-01T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Public transport users in Rhein-Main transport authority RMV’s ticketing region can now pay for travel using PayPal, which has been integrated into the RMV app and back office system supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems. Weekly and monthly passes can also now be purchased through a ...

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    Putin inaugurates Kerch Strait rail link

    2019-12-29T12:21:00Z

    EUROPE: The 18·1 km railway bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Russia and Crimea was formally inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin on December 23.

  • Iarnród Éireann train
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    Iarnród Éireann deploys integrated HaCon systems

    2019-12-29T06:00:00Z

    IRELAND: National rail operator Iarnród Éireann has become the first customer to adopt HaCon’s Train Planning System as well as its HAFAS journey planning software. Siemens subsidiary HaCon said this would be the first time that HAFAS and TPS would be fully integrated without any intermediate ...

  • UWC 1435 mm gauge flat wagon for Laude Intermodal
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    Polish operator orders high-capacity flat wagons

    2019-12-27T12:00:00Z

    POLAND: Laude Smart Intermodal has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type Sgmmns 1 435 mm gauge flat wagons for transporting heavy-duty containers. The Russian manufacturer said the wagons it had developed would differ from similar vehicles available on the European market. They ...

  • St Peterburg Vitebsky station (Photo: Vladimir Waldin)
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    St Petersburg passenger rail investment agreement

    2019-12-26T06:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Governor Alexander Beglov has announced that the government of St Petersburg and Russian Railways have confirmed their intention to invest 500bn roubles developing passenger rail services in and around the city by 2030. This would include spending of 90bn roubles in 2020-25. The plans ...

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    Signalling supplier reopens upgraded branch line

    2019-12-23T12:57:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: Regular passenger services returned to the so-called Plum Railway in the Ústí nad Labem region with effect from the December 15 timetable change, after signalling company AŽD Praha reached agreement with the local government to restore services on the Litoměřice horní nádraží – Most line U10.

  • Gradec – Sveti Ivan Žabno cut-off opened (Photo: Toma Bacic)
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    Croatian cut-off line opened

    2019-12-23T12:00:00Z

    CROATIA: Prime Minister Andrej Plenković inaugurated the 12·2 km Gradec – Sveti Ivan Žabno cut-off line with a ceremony on December 16, the day after the start of revenue services on the first new line to be built in Croatia for 52 years. ...

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    Trenitalia signs Calabria operating contract

    2019-12-22T06:00:00Z

    ITALY: A passenger operating contract running to 2032 was signed by the Calabria region and national operator Trenitalia on December 11. The agreement provides for expenditure of €300m in the region during the contract period. This includes the €210·2m purchase of 27 Alstom Coradia Stream Pop ...

  • BVZ Chief Executive Fernando Lehner said acquiring new and faster vehicles to replace life-expired rolling stock up to 57 years old formed an important part of the operator’s strategy to develop Gornergrat as a top mountain for national and international
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    Popular Landscape Railway In Switzerland rack EMUs ordered

    2019-12-20T12:07:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge railway group BVZ Holding has awarded Stadler a SFr45m contract to supply five two-car Abt rack EMUs for use on its 9·4 km Gornergrat mountain railway from 2021. The units will be branded Polaris, derived from POpular LAndscape Railway In Switzerland. The follows ...

  • BLS Cargo has called for better co-ordination of engineering works on the trans-Alpine corridors.
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    Freight coalition publishes Contingency Management handbook

    2019-12-20T10:00:00Z

    EUROPE: In a bid to avoid the widespread disruption to international rail traffic which occurred following the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August 2017, and to provide greater resilience for commercially sensitive traffic, a coalition of rail freight operators and industry associations has put together a Contingency ...

  • Go-Ahead Nordic launch
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    Go-Ahead takes over Norway’s first tendered services

    2019-12-20T08:00:00Z

    NORWAY: The first service to be taken over by the private sector as part of the government’s passenger rail tendering programme left Stavanger for Oslo at 06.47 on December 15. National rail authority Jernbanedirektoratet awarded UK-based international transport group Go-Ahead the Lot 1 Sør contract ...

  • Mechan traverser at Holgate depot
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    Bespoke traverser installed at York depot

    2019-12-20T08:00:00Z

    UK: Specialist lifting equipment supplier Mechan has delivered a bespoke 130 tonne traverser to move vehicles between workshop roads at infrastructure manager Network Rail’s Holgate depot in York. The traverser was commissioned by Story Contracting to replace a 50-year old unit that was at the end ...

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    Hitachi Rail STS wins LGV Sud-Est interlocking contract

    2019-12-19T12:12:00Z

    FRANCE: Infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau has selected Hitachi Rail STS to supply new interlockings for the modernisation of LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon.

  • Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-unit for Elektronetz Mittelsachsen services.
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    Battery-electric multiple-unit financing agreed

    2019-12-19T11:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Mittelsachsen transport authority ZVMS has reached an agreement for an order for 11 battery multiple-units to be financed by mandated lead arranger KfW IPEX-Bank with Nord/LB and Deutsche Kreditbank. The financing package is worth €49m and has a term of 22 years. The order is ...