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  • Ukrainian trains

    Ukraine announces private freight haulage pilot project


    UKRAINE: The cabinet has approved plans for a pilot project which would allow private sector companies to haul freight trains on selected sections of the national network. On December 4 Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikli said this could help address a shortage of locomotives at national ...

  • Rock double-deck EMU for Trenitalia (Photo: Toma Bačić).

    Trenitalia and Campania region sign operating agreement


    ITALY: National operator Trenitalia has signed a 2019-33 service contract with the Campania region which includes plans to invest €680m to improve services. Trenitalia will provide €209m and the region €180m for the purchase and commissioning of 37 trainsets, which are to be delivered from 2020 ...

  • ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn

    Electrification of Tirol rail network completed


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn between Reutte and Schönbichl on the German border. This completes the electrification of the standard gauge network in the Land of Tirol. The 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification ...

  • Changes to rail passengers’ rights are proposed

    Reform of rail passengers’ rights under discussion


    UK: The general approach to reform of Regulation 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights has been agreed by the Council of the European Union, which brings together ministers from member states. The Council and the European Parliament will now negotiate the final text, which would be applicable ...

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    Metro Report International

    Škoda and Sinara establish vehicle joint venture


    RUSSIA: Škoda Transportation and Sinara Group have signed an agreement to establish a 50:50 joint venture for the production of metro trains, trams and trolleybuses. The joint venture, branded Sinara-Škoda will be headquartered in St Petersburg. ‘Russia is a huge and promising market in which we ...

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    Portugal’s only private operator sees concession extended


    PORTUGAL: On December 12 the government announced its intention to extend until 2024 the public service contract held by private operator Fertagus, which runs suburban trains serving communities on both sides of the river Tagus in Lisboa. The Council of Ministers suggested that the four ...

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    Second ERTMS pilot line commissioned


    DENMARK: Commercial operation using ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 has started on Banedanmark’s Roskilde – Køge line in Sjaelland, which forms the second Early Deployment Line for the national Signalling Programme. Alstom is installing ETCS on the eastern half of the national network under the Fjernbane ...

  • Gailtalbahn electrification (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Gailtalbahn electrification goes live


    AUSTRIA: Electric passenger services on the 31 km Gailtalbahn route between Arnoldstein and Hermagor in southern Kärnten began with the December 15 timetable change. Work to install the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead equipment began in June 2018, as part of a programme to electrify all ...

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    Metro Report International

    Léman Express launches cross-border operations


    EUROPE: The Léman Express cross-border suburban network serving Genève and Annemasse began regular operation on December 16, following a formal inauguration on December 12 and a weekend of public celebrations.

  • Siemens Mobility Desiro ML EMU ordered by Alpha Trains for ODEG

    Desiro Mainline EMUs ordered for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


    GERMANY: Alpha Trains has ordered seven Siemens Mobility Desiro Mainline electric multiple-units which it will lease to Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn. The EMUs are to be used on Ostseeküste-Ost regional services RE9 Rostock – Stralsund – Binz/Sassnitz and RE10 Rostock – Stralsund – Züssow, which are being ...

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    Pesa and PKN Orlen to develop hydrogen fuel cell trains


    POLAND: Rolling stock manufacturer Pesa and energy company PKN Orlen signed a letter of intent to develop hydrogen fuel cell trains on December 12. The agreement covers knowledge exchange and testing, with the aim of developing the technology for commercial use in the freight and passenger ...

  • Recycled carbon fibre bogie

    Lightweight bogie made from recycled carbon fibre


    UK: A prototype passenger vehicle bogie made from recycled carbon fibre was unveiled at the Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield on December 10. The bogie is being developed through a two-year programme being undertaken by a consortium of fibre recycling ...

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    ERFA calls for state aid guidelines to be updated


    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has called on the new European Commission to modernise the State Aid Guidelines for Railway Undertakings to take into account developments in the 11 years since the current guidelines were created. The organisation which represents new entrants to the freight ...

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    Bombardier to refurbish Regina EMUs


    SWEDEN: Leasing company AB Transitio has awarded Bombardier Transportation a SKr280m five-year contract for the heavy maintenance and refurbishment of 54 two-car and five three-car Regina regional electric multiple-units. Pre-series refurbishment of the first of the EMUs is expected to be completed by mid-2020, with the ...

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    Rail associations welcome EU Green Deal proposals


    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have welcomed the transport sector proposals in the EU Green Deal package outlined by new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session of the European Parliament on December 11.

  • Ingolstadt Audi station

    Station aims to reduce driving to car factory


    GERMANY: A station has been opened with the aim of reducing the use of cars to access the Audi automotive factory in Ingolstadt. ‘The new station is a milestone for public transport in the region and a clear commitment to a ...

  • y Enefit Kaevandused and Latvian technology supplier DiGas have agreed to convert two TEM2 and TEM18 diesel shunting locomotives to diesel and LNG dual-fuel power

    Shunting locomotives to be converted to dual-fuel


    ESTONIA: State-owned oil shale company Enefit Kaevandused and Latvian technology supplier DiGas have agreed to convert two TEM2 and TEM18 diesel shunting locomotives to diesel and LNG dual-fuel power by mid-2020. Based on testing with other types of shunting locomotive, DiGas estimates that retrofitting the locos ...

  • Southern training

    Course builds opportunities for ex-military personnel


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is sending staff from Southern’s newly-formed in-house maintenance team on an intensive five-week Level 1 foundation course in property maintenance run by Chichester College. The Building Heroes charity puts ex-servicemen and women through the same course, with Southern helping towards the cost ...

  • Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn Class 422 EMU

    Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn tendering dispute settled


    GERMANY: An out-of-court settlement has been reached over the decision by Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR to cancel a contract for Keolis to operate S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr services. Details of the agreement announced on December 10 were not disclosed. In July 2016 VRR awarded Keolis the Lot ...

  • NS carried out its first trials of automatic train operation

    NS tests automatic train operation


    NETHERLANDS: National operator NS carried out its first trials of automatic train operation on the night of December 10-11, when a CAF Sprinter New Generation electric multiple-unit ran under computer control on the Hanze Line. The experiment took place under Grade of Automation 2, with a ...