All Railway Gazette International articles in February 1998

All articles published this month.

  • News

    SIDETRACK

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    Ruff justice Britain may have a shiny New Labour government with a grand vision of an integrated transport network, but the planning needed to achieve it is still a dog’s dinner. In south London, one of the few remaining sites close to the city centre with rail and road access ...

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    Reshuffle in Roma

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    ITALIAN State Railways is undergoing another phase of reorganisation, the ultimate aim being to introduce a measure of separation between operations and infrastructure to satisfy the requirements of European Union directive 91/440. The process sees an organisation known until now as TAV2 becoming the specialist operator of high speed and ...

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    Rato ready

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    METROPOLITANO de Lisboa opened its short extension from Rotunda to Rato on December 26, diverting services from Campo Grande via Entre Campos into the new Rato terminus. On the same day through services between Campo Grande and Pontinha via Areeiro and the city centre were suspended to allow the disconnection ...

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    PUBLICATIONS

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    Railway Directory 1998, Book and CD-ROM Marking the next stage of Railway Directory’s transformation to an information tool for the electronic age, the 1998 edition is available on CD-ROM, as well as in book format. The CD-ROM gives the user the same wealth of information and statistics as the book, ...

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    Pre-coated tram rails

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    STREET running sections of Manchester Metrolink’s Salford Quays - Eccles extension will make use of track featuring polyurethane elastomer insulation that is bonded to the rails before they are laid. Installing the elastomer at the same time as laying the rails can lead to bad weather weakening the bonding and ...

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    Pointers

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    n French National Railway plans to increase its order with De Dietrich and LHB for the joint Franco-German TERX73500 lightweight diesel railcars from the initial 40 vehicles to over 100 to meet growing demand from the régions. n Hongkong Tramways is planning a feasibility study into replacing its wooden double-deck ...

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    PEOPLE

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    James Fang has been elected President of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board. He is replaced as Vice President by Joel Keller. David L White has been appointed Product Line Director of Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, and Michael R Chandler has taken over the same role for the ...

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    Sydney’s trams in search of passengers

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    RUNNING from Sydney’s Central station to Wattle Street in Wentworth Park, the 3·6 km light rail route was inaugurated last August. Services are provided by a fleet of seven five-section articulated low-floor cars built by Adtranz at Dandenong in Victoria. During the start-up phase traffic has been lighter than the ...

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    OPEN trials move to Utrecht

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    FOLLOWING trials at Rotterdam Blaak, NS Railinfrabeheer is to test the Orientation for Persons via Electronic Navigation (OPEN) system at Utrecht CS. Developed with funding from the EU’s Technological Initiative for the Disabled & Elderly (TIDE) programme, OPEN uses a small device carried by the passenger to receive signals from ...

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    PR to split next month

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    PAKISTAN Railways is to be divided into four state-owned corporations next month, ready for privatisation from June. Rail Passenger Corp, Railways Infrastructure, Rail Freight Corp and Railways Mechanical Works Corp will be auctioned separately during the second half of this year. The existing Pakistan Railways Board has been split away ...

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    Stations to be modernised

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    THISYEAR German Railway will spend DM1bn on modernising 27 major stations. Around 60% of the funding is expected to come from private firms, which will be encouraged to buy or lease retail space. DB plans to offer a wide range of services, with lounges, cafés and play areas. Medical services ...

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    Metros

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    France: On January 23 RATP was due to inaugurate its station on RER Line D serving the Stade de France stadium. RATP has announced plans to provide mobile telephone coverage at all main interchange stations, and all metro Line 1 stations, by the end of the year; stations are being ...

  • News

    MARKETPLACE

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    Bangladesh: Canarail and Systra have won a US$14·5m construction supervision contract for 99 km of new line and the upgrading of 250 km more for the Jamuna Bridge Railway Link Project, funded by the government, the Asian Development Bank, POEC, Spain and France. Brazil: Demetr

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    LETTERS

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    LRV designs Sir - Having read your latest issue regarding light rail transit activity on the West Coast of North America, I found that William D Middleton gave an excellent overview of the present situation. Unfortunately, however, he seems somewhat less well informed about available light rail vehicles for the ...

  • News

    Keeping viaducts level

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    ENSURING that track on seven viaducts does not move because of ground settlement was one of many challenges facing engineers designing Hong Kong MTR’s airport line, now due to open on July 6. The answer was to use Hydratight’s lifting and jacking equipment controlled by a lift management system. An ...

  • News

    Japanese Maglev sets new world record

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    ON CHRISTMAS EVE, engineers at Japan's Tsuru - Otsuki Superconducting Maglev test track in Yamanashi prefecture completed their current series of very high speed trials by setting a new world record for an unmanned trainset. Following the achievement of a new manned record of 531 km/h on December 12, the ...

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    Investing in punctuality

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    NS Reizigers has announced a package of measures to improve punctuality that will require the investment of an additional 50m guilders a year. Punctuality figures have not been published for several years, and some consumers’ organisations believe that on-time performance has dropped as low as 50% on some routes during ...

  • News

    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    CAPTION: Pierino Piffaretti (left), Managing Director of Switzerland’s Schindler Waggon, hands over a symbolic key for the company’s Pratteln works to Swiss Adtranz chief Beat Müller, to mark the change of ownership of the rolling stock business at the beginning of January CAPTION: BAA director Michael Maine (2nd from left) ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    Via Rail Canada. Although management had done an excellent job in downsizing, he said he would find it difficult to ask the federal cabinet to fund new rolling stock. CN signed an agreement on January 19 for GEC Alsthom AMF Transport Inc of Montreal to maintain 50 rebuilt SD40-3 locos ...

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    Influence spreading

    1998-02-01T11:00:00Z

    THERE IS increasing evidence that Spoornet’s drive to supply its expertise to other African railways is paying off. Apart from earning hard cash, it should also bring benefits to those railways in need of technical and managerial know-how. Among recent moves is the establishment of a joint venture with Belgian ...