All Europe articles – Page 21

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    Baden-Württemberg backs battery Mireos


    GERMANY: The Land of Baden-Württemberg has decided to order a fleet of 20 Mireo battery-electric multiple units from Siemens Mobility to operate the Netz 8 Ortenau package of regional lines, the state government announced on August 2. Procurement began in May for the concession to operate the electrified ...

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    Trenitalia plans €2·7bn regional EMU spend


    ITALY: State-owned passenger operator Trenitalia has invited expressions of interest by October 1 for the supply of up to 250 single-deck EMUs with an estimated total value of €2·7bn. The FS Group subsidiary is looking to award two four-year framework agreements for EMUs to operate regional passenger services on ...

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    Westbahn to operate RegioJet’s Wien – Praha trains


    EUROPE: Open access operators Westbahn and RegioJet have signed an agreement under which Westbahn will take over the ‘technical operation’ in Austria of RegioJet’s international trains which link Wien, Brno and Praha. Since their launch in December 2017, these trains have been operated between Wien Hbf and the Czech ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Freightliner has successfully operated a 4 624 tonne ‘jumbo train’ of aggregates from Merehead in Somerset to Acton in London, which it described as ‘the heaviest freight train currently running in the UK’. This was a trial run ahead of Freightliner taking over the haulage ...

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    Editorial Comment

    Comment: Jumping on the night train


    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success ...

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    ETCS roll-out underway


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastucture manager SŽDC has begun the installation of ETCS Level 2 on the 108 km Česká Třebová – Přerov route which connects the country’s two principal corridors 1 and 2. The work is being carried out by AŽD Praha at a cost of KC386m, with €11·9m to ...

  • The hauled coaches are designed to run at up to 200 km/h and certification has already been approved for use in several European countries.

    MÁV domestic coach production gathers pace


    HUNGARY: Following on from two prototype vehicles produced in 2014-15, a series batch of 20 IC+ hauled coaches for international trains has been completed by national railway holding MÁV. The vehicles have been produced in-house at MÁV’s Szolnok workshop. They have been funded by the company and contain ...

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    Vossloh sales up as rationalisation progresses


    VOSSLOH: Reporting its half-year results on July 25, Vossloh Group announced that sales had increased by 4·6% to €437·1m from €418·1m for the first six months of 2018. An 18·6% increase in orders received to €568·9m had helped to lift the group’s order backlog by 33·7% to €726·9m at the ...

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    CDG Express trains ordered


    FRANCE: The Hello Paris consortium selected to operate the CDG Express airport rail link has ordered 13 electric multiple-units to run the service at a cost of €160m, Alstom confirmed on August 1. CDG Express will run for 32 km between Paris-Est and Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, using a ...

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    Czech regional line to be upgraded for 160 km/h


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽDC and contractors Subterra, OHL ŽS and EŽ Praha have begun work to electrify and modernise the 29 km Olomouc – Uničov line by mid-2021. This will be SŽDC’s first regional line to be upgraded to allow 160 km/h operation. The EU is covering part ...

  • Televic Rail has acquired German train, metro and tram passenger information system supplier GSP Sprachtechnologie.

    Televic Rail acquires information systems supplier GSP


    EUROPE: Belgian communications and control technology company Televic Rail has acquired German train, metro and tram passenger information system supplier GSP Sprachtechnologie as part of its international growth strategy. The acquisition ‘gives us greater access to the highly attractive German market and the larger Germany, Austria and Switzerland region’, ...

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    Talgo signs Egyptian co-operation agreement


    EGYPT: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has signed a framework co-operation agreement with the Arab Organization for Industrialization for the joint development of capacity and performance improvement projects on the Egyptian rail network. Signed in Madrid by Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol Fabra and the Chairman of AOI’s SEMAF ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman


    UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been ...

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    Metro Report International

    Robel takes stake in Vogel & Plötscher


    GERMANY: Track maintenance plant supplier Robel has taken a majority stake in Vogel & Plötscher GmbH, which specialises in track measurement systems and electric drives. Based at Breisach in Baden-Württemberg, Vogel & Plötscher will continue to trade as an independent business following the acquisition of a 70% stake in ...

  • The TGV Océane sets will be used on services from Paris Est as well as on routes to the west.  TGV ridership has rebounded strongly in recent months, SNCF reports.  Second class saloon on a TGV Océane trainset.

    Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs


    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy. Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern ...

  • The Monopolies Commission report on rail competition was presented to State Secretary Michael Güntner at the federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure on July 25.

    Monopolies Commission urges more competition on German network


    GERMANY: Further separation of infrastructure provider DB Netz from the Deutsche Bahn group is amongst a raft of measures recommended by the Monopolies Commission to enhance quality and competition on the rail network. In its seventh report, published on July 25, the Commission highlights the need for better service ...

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    Sakhalin diesel railcars outshopped


    RUSSIA: Three Class RA3 diesel multiple-units to operate regauged regional railway routes on Sakhalin were formally unveiled by Transmashholding on July 26, at a ceremony attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Sakhalin oblast government Vitaly Gudin, RZD’s Deputy General Director, Passenger, Dmitry Pegov, and the First Deputy General Director ...

  • Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises.
    Rail Business UK

    Nine recommendations for rail in northern England


    Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership ...

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    Legal row over track safety rule change


    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by ...

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    ČD Cargo EffiShunter locomotives unveiled


    CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD Cargo has taken delivery of the prototype Class 742.71 EffiShunter 1000M Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive which CZ Loko has produced by extensively rebuilding a ČKD-built Class 742. ČD Cargo ordered 50 of the locomotives for shunting and light main line duties in a KC2·1bn ...