All Europe articles – Page 19

  • A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors.
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    DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter

    2019-08-28T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors, the operator announced on August 27. All 68 000 wagons are scheduled to be equipped by 2020. The retrofitting programme is being carried out at Seelze near ...

  • NordWestBahn has been awarded the Emscher-Münsterland-Netz 2021 contract (Photo: NordWestBahn/Holger Jacoby).
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    DMU operating contract awarded pending battery train deployment

    2019-08-27T14:29:03Z

    GERMANY: The Rhein-Ruhr and Westfalen-Lippe transport authorities have awarded incumbent NordWestBahn the Emscher-Münsterland-Netz 2021 contract, which covers the operation of service RE14 Essen-Steele – Dorsten – Borken/Coesfeld for seven years from the December 2021 timetable change. The Transdev subsidiary is to lease Bombardier Transportation Talent diesel multiple-units from Alpha ...

  • The Greater London Authority’s East London Line - Growth Capacity programme aims to support the development of new homes.
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    Rail projects funded to support housing plans

    2019-08-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: The government has announced the allocation of grants from its Housing Infrastructure Fund to transport projects which are intended to facilitate the development of new homes. This includes £80·8m for the Greater London Authority’s East London Line – Growth Capacity programme to support the development of 14 000 ...

  • Vossloh Locomotives specialises in producing small to mid-sized diesel locos for freight applications at its factory in Kiel which moved to new facilities last year.
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    Vossloh to sell Locomotives business to CRRC

    2019-08-26T17:29:13Z

    GERMANY: On August 26 Vossloh AG announced its intention to sell its Locomotives business unit to Chinese state-owned rolling stock group CRRC. Vossloh Locomotives is based in Kiel, where a new production facility was completed in March 2018. The business specialises in producing small and medium sized diesel ...

  • Alpha Trains has completed one of its largest refurbishment projects.
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    Flirt fleet refurbished

    2019-08-26T13:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has completed one of its largest refurbishment projects, handing over to operator Keolis the last of 44 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units which have been modernised for use on Teutoburger Wald-Netz and Hellweg-Netz services. The comprehensive modernisation programme was undertaken by Stadler in Berlin, ...

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    EU to fund Maribor rail enhancements

    2019-08-23T12:00:00Z

    SLOVENIA: The EU has allocated €101m from the Cohesion Fund for work to modernise the line between Maribor and Šentilj near the border with Austria on the route to Graz. The project aims to improve safety, increase freight capacity and reduce journey times. Maribor Tezno, Maribor, Pesnica and Šentilj ...

  • Estonia is developing a rail electrification strategy to help meet its 2030 climate goals.
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    Estonia plans rail electrification to meet 2030 climate goals

    2019-08-23T07:00:00Z

    ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals. The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing ...

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    BLS and SBB agree to share long-distance concession

    2019-08-22T10:38:04Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and BLS AG have reached ‘an amicable solution’ to share the operation of long-distance services, the Federal Ministry of Environment, Transport, Energy & Communication announced on August 22. This will enable BLS to re-enter the long-distance passenger market with effect from the December 2019 timetable change. ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Deutsche Bahn a contract to refurbish 93 Einheitswagen IV coaches (Photo: SBB).
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    DB to refurbish SBB coaches

    2019-08-22T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Deutsche Bahn a contract to refurbish 93 Einheitswagen IV coaches at its Wittenberge and Neumünster workshops from 2020. The first of the EW IV coaches were delivered to SBB in 1981, and they are expected to remain in service until the 2030s. The ...

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    UK railway news round-up

    2019-08-22T05:00:00Z

    Network Rail has caught and moved 200 endangered white clawed crayfish as part of works to reinforce the 173-year-old Grade II listed Docker Garths viaduct on the West Coast Main Line in Cumbria. East Midlands franchisee Abellio and leasing company Eversholt Rail have awarded Bombardier ...

  • The first of 160 articulated flat wagons which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin factory in Russia have been sent for testing.
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    Russian wagons for DB on test

    2019-08-21T13:00:22Z

    GERMANY: The first of 160 articulated flat wagons which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin factory in Russia have been sent for testing, with TSI certification expected by the end of the year Static testing and trial running is to be undertaken over several months, with ...

  • The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project have been published.
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    Review to consider whether and how to proceed with High Speed 2

    2019-08-21T11:14:35Z

    UK: The terms of reference and timeline for an independently-led government review of whether and how to proceed with the High Speed 2 project were published by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps on August 21. The ‘independent, thorough and objective’ review is to be chaired by Douglas ...

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    PKP Intercity orders Flirts as ridership grows

    2019-08-21T10:56:21Z

    POLAND: National long-distance train operator PKP Intercity has signed a contract for Stadler to supply a 12 eight-car Flirt electric multiple-units and maintain them for 15 years. Stadler and a consortium of Pesa Bydgoszcz with its subsidiary ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki submitted bids in response to the operator’s December 2017 ...

  • Abellio has officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise.   More than £600m is to be spent on enhancements across the new East Midlands franchise.
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    East Midlands Railway announces three brands

    2019-08-21T09:00:00Z

    UK: Abellio officially launched East Midlands Railway as the new operator of the East Midlands franchise on August 19, the day after it formally took over from Stagecoach which had operated the services for 11 years under the East Midlands Trains brand. More than £600m is to be spent ...

  • Transmashholding’s Tver plant is to produce a pilot batch of 61-4517 and 61-4516 passenger coaches which will operate in coupled pairs.
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    Production of paired coaches approved

    2019-08-21T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Tver plant is to produce a pilot batch of 61-4517 and 61-4516 passenger coaches which will operate in coupled pairs, a concept which the manufacturer said was being implemented in Russia for the first time. Shipments are planned to start in September. One coach from each pair ...

  • Northrail has signed a full-service agreement to provide RTB Cargo with three Siemens Mobility Smarton electric locomotives for up to five years.
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    RTB Cargo to lease Smartron locomotives

    2019-08-20T15:27:33Z

    GERMANY: Leasing company Northrail has signed a full-service agreement to provide RTB Cargo with three Siemens Mobility Smarton electric locomotives for up to five years. Announcing the contract on August 20, Northrail said the locos would be delivered by spring 2020 for use on automotive trains within Germany. ...

  • ALLRAIL has expressed concerned about tender for the operation of passenger services on the Žilina – Rajec line.
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    Tender favours state incumbent, new entrants’ group claims

    2019-08-20T08:38:04Z

    SLOVAKIA: The ALLRAIL group of new entrants to the rail market has expressed concerned about tender for the operation of passenger services on the Žilina – Rajec line, saying it believes that the process favours state incumbent ZSSK and ‘it seems that real competition is not wanted’. The tender ...

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    SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

    2019-08-19T15:08:57Z

    EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness ...

  • ArcelorMittal has awarded CZ Loko a contract to supply four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives for its Kryvyi Rih steelworks.
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    Steelmaker orders broad gauge EffiShunter locos

    2019-08-19T13:19:20Z

    UKRAINE: ArcelorMittal has awarded Czech manufacturer CZ Loko a contract to supply four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives for heavy shunting at its Kryvyi Rih steelworks. The order is being financed by OTP Leasing, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2020. The locos ...

  • Kombiverkehr is piloting Train Monitor, which provides real-time information on the location and punctuality of its services.
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    Filling the intermodal information gap

    2019-08-18T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Intermodal freight company Kombiverkehr is piloting Train Monitor, which provides real-time information on the location and punctuality of its services operating within Germany and from Germany to Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Poland. This includes the estimated time when ...