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    Interview: Rail can address Europe’s societal challenges


    From tensions with Russia to the climate emergency, rail has a role to play at the heart of Europe’s response to the biggest questions of the age, believes CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola. But he tells Nick Kingsley that more investment is needed to boost both capacity and capability.

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    Germany – Poland service to be enhanced under next operating contract


    EUROPE: The German Länder of Berlin and Brandenburg have awarded DB Regio Nordost the Netz Berlin–Stettin operating contract covering enhanced passenger services between the German capital and the Polish city of Szczecin. Announcing the contract award on November 14, Brandenburg’s Transport Minister Guido Beermann said this ...

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    Study to support the transition to very low-emission traction


    EUROPE: The Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors has commissioned consultancy Eolos to identify technologies which could reduce the climate impact of existing diesel-powered fleets and help non-electrified lines transition to low-carbon technologies. The association said the transition from diesel must be planned to reflect ...

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    €353m Rail Baltica grant agreement signed


    EUROPE: A grant agreement which will see the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility provide €353·9m for the Rail Baltica project has been signed by the European Climate, Infrastructure & Environment Executive Agency, ministries from the three countries and tri-national implementation agency RB Rail. This will fund the ...

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    Pop-up workshops to retrofit digital automatic couplers


    EUROPE: With around 500 000 European wagons needing to be equipped with digital automatic couplers by 2030, Deutsche Bahn is to deploy ‘pop-up’ mobile workshop tents where the work can be undertaken quickly and near where wagons are used, for example at industrial customers’ sites. From ...

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    European Sleeper now targets 2023 launch


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper now expects to launch its first service on the Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Praha route in 2023. The Dutch company announced a year ago that infrastructure managers Infrabel, ProRail, DB Netz and Správa Železnic had allocated capacity for ...

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    Long-term strategy to address rail sector skills shortages


    EUROPE: Rail, education and policy stakeholders met in Brussels to discuss a long-term action plan to address the sector’s growing skills shortage, including the need for reskilling and upskilling to support the green and digital transition. The event on October 13 marked the half way point ...

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    Joint vision for international rail capacity management


    EUROPE: A common vision for capacity management, process harmonisation and IT support to create a ‘European, digital, flexible and secure’ system enabling train operators to book capacity in line with their business models and customer needs has been set out by three industry associations. Forum Train ...

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    TEN-T revision must go further, says CER


    EUROPE: A clear strategy and implementation timescale are essential for delivery of an expanded TEN-T rail network over the next two decades, according to Dominique Riquet, Co-Rapporteur on the TEN-T revision proposals for the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee.

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    Call for flexibility on train driver language requirements


    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has called on the European Commission to introduce greater flexibility in its language requirements for cross-border train drivers. In response to public consultation on the revision of the Train Drivers Directive, ERFA says it accepts the overall requirements for language ...

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    Viewpoint: Institutional fragmentation has undermined Rail Baltica


    On paper Rail Baltica is a perfect match for the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme. But three issues need to be addressed, argues Kaspars Briškens, who recently stepped down as Head of Strategy & Development at the standard gauge railway project.

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    Europe: Overcoming the language barrier


    Developed by UIC and RailNetEurope with funding from the Shift2Rail joint undertaking, the Translate4Rail tool offers hope that the thorny problem of drivers and dispatchers speaking different languages on cross-border routes in Europe can finally be resolved. Toma Bačić  explains.

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    North American and European rail supply industry associations sign MoU


    INNOTRANS: The US Railway Supply Institute, the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers and European supply industry association UNIFE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening future collaboration. The three organisations said the MoU signed at InnoTrans in Berlin would begin a new phase in ...

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    Progress being made towards Single European Railway Area, says ERA


    Reflecting progress with its key roles of technical harmonisation and authorisation, the EU Agency for Railways has been reviewing its mission and setting out priorities for the coming years, as Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Alpha Trains orders 15 locomotives


    EUROPE: Leasing company Alpha Trains has ordered a further 15 Vectron MS electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility. The latest order announced on September 22 has been placed within a November 2021 framework agreement and covers 200 km/h 6·4 MW locomotives. It will increase the Alpha Trains ...

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    Gauge-convertible articulated pocket wagon for Iberia


    INNOTRANS: Tatravagónka and Swiss company Ferriere Cattaneo have developed a six-axle TEN GE articulated pocket wagon for the transport of semi‑trailers, swap bodies and containers. The wagon is equipped with hooks for lifting the bogie frame in order to swap between 1 435 mm and Iberian ...

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    Third generation semi-trailer transport cradle launched


    INNOTRANS: TX Logistik has presented the third generation of its NiKRASA system for transporting road trailers by rail, which the freight company has developed with trailer manufacturer Wecon. ‘We joined forces and together designed a product which fits with both the rail and road worlds’, Chief ...

  • Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Kamyshin signed a memorandum of understanding at InnoTrans on September 20 pledging long-term support and assistance to Ukrainian Railways.

    Deutsche Bahn pledges long-term support and assistance to Ukrainian Railways


    EUROPE: Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and his Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Kamyshin signed a memorandum of understanding at InnoTrans on September 20 pledging long-term support and assistance to Ukrainian Railways. The agreement will help UZ rebuild its network and covers collaboration to expand rail freight corridors ...

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    North American wagons may join Ukrainian grain bridge


    INTERNATIONAL: Railroad Development Corp is working with RailAdventure on plans to ship 1000 North American freight wagons to Europe to help export grain from Ukraine. RDC has identified a fleet of small-profile covered hopper wagons used previously to haul fracking sand that could be modified for ...

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    EU member states must support rail, says Commissioner


    INNOTRANS: ‘Rail is a growing sector, which can help Europe meet its Green Deal targets’, emphasised EU Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean at the opening ceremony for InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin on September 20. Enthusing that it was ‘a real pleasure to see all the innovations ...