All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2013

All articles published this month.

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    European Court of Justice rules on vertical separation


    EUROPE: On February 28 the European Court of Justice ruled on four infringement cases brought by the European Commission regarding the extent to which Directive 91/440 and the First Railway Package require infrastructure managers to be independent of train operators. The court found that Hungary (case C 473/10) and Spain ...

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    MÁV and GySEV order Flirts


    HUNGARY: National railway MÁV and Austria-Hungary cross-border operator GySEV jointly selected sole bidder Stadler Rail to supply a total of 48 Flirt electric multiple-units on February 26. The order covers 42 EMUs for MÁV and six for GySEV. The four-car units will have 200 seats and a maximum speed of ...

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    Titagarh-FreightCar wagon joint venture wound up


    INDIA: The Titagarh-FreightCar joint venture which aimed to bring US wagon technology to the Indian market is being wound up, Titagarh Wagons and FreightCar America confirmed on February 22. The joint venture was formed following a 2008 agreement between the partners, with the Indian firm holding a 49% stake. Work ...

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Indian Railways have agreed to establish a train factory at Bhilwara.

    Electric multiple-unit factory to be built in Rajasthan


    INDIA: Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd and Indian Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding on February 25 agreeing to establish a factory at Bhilwara in Rajasthan which would help to meet the growing demand for local and outer-suburban electric multiple-units The new plant in Bhilwara is to be funded by ...

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    Latest Metrolink extension reaches Rochdale


    UK: The first revenue-earning trams ran on the latest extension of the Manchester Metrolink light rail network on February 28. The 7·4 km section allows light rail services to be extended from Shaw & Crompton to Rochdale railway station, with intermediate stops at Newhey, Kingsway, Milnrow and Newbold. The opening ...

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    Unprecedented demand for tanks


    GATX: ‘The North American rail market remains strong due to unprecedented demand for tank cars’, said GATX President & CEO Brian A Kenney when announcing the company’s 2012 results on January 24. ‘In 2012, we capitalised on the favourable market conditions by increasing lease rates while successfully stretching lease ...

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    World rail market February 2013


    Canada: GO Transit has extended Bombardier’s fleet operations and maintenance contracts which will now run to 2023 with a value of around C$927m. Egypt: Systra is to undertake a study for a planned modernisation of Cairo metro Line 1. Germany: Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe has awarded Trapeze a contract to ...

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    Market pricing boosts high speed sales by 38%


    SPAIN: Ticket sales for RENFE high speed services have increased by 38% year-on-year following the introduction of a new market-based fares structure, according to Development Minister Ana Pastor. A total of 824 188 tickets had been sold since the new fares were introduced, she told the lower house of the ...

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    A vision of rail in 2050


    EUROPE: A high-level vision of the future shape of rail transport was officially launched at the European Rail Awards in Brussels on February 26, hosted by CER and UNIFE. Entitled ‘Challenge 2050’, the pan-sector study outlines the rail sector’s ‘shared perception’ of what Europe’s railways could look like in the ...

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    Qube orders CSR Ziyang locomotives


    AUSTRALIA: Qube Logistics has ordered six diesel locomotives from Chinese supplier CSR Ziyang. The contract was signed in Sydney on January 31, with advance payment received by the manufacturer in February and delivery expected by the end of this year. Qube has secured several new rail freight contracts, and expects ...

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    Toronto tram depot power supply contract


    CANADA: Ozz Electric has awarded ABB a contract to supply traction power equipment for Toronto Transit Commission's Leslie Barns tram depot. Pomerleau Inc is general contractor for the C$238m depot which is under construction at Leslie Street in Ashbridges Bay. When completed the site will provide modern facilities for stabling ...

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    Etihad Rail secures US$1·28bn funding package


    UAE: A five-year loan worth US$1·28bn has been secured to finance the first phase of the national railway network, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on February 26. The loan is being financed on a club deal basis by National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Abu Dhabi ...

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    NSB confirms Flirt order


    NORWAY: Stadler Rail announced on February 26 that Norwegian national passenger operator NSB had placed a firm order for a further 16 five-car Flirt electric multiple-units to be delivered between early 2014 and early 2015. The order has been placed within the framework of a 2008 contract covering the supply ...

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    Saverne Tunnel holed through on LGV Est


    FRANCE: Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier joined RFF President Jacques Rapoport and other dignitaries on February 25 to mark the completion of the second bore of the 4 020 m Saverne Tunnel, one of the major structures on the second phase of LGV Est between Paris and Strasbourg. The first bore ...

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    Tunnel cleaning in Taipei


    TAIWAN: Dirt is being cleaned from tunnels on the Taipei metro network in order to reduce fire risk, using a specialised tunnel cleaning train manufactured by China Steel Corp and fitted with a pumpset supplied by Hughes Pumps. Taipei is the second metro to use the technology, after it was ...

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    Electrification contract for Bordeaux tram-train project


    FRANCE: The greater Bordeaux authority has selected a joint venture of SFERIS and TSO Caténaires to undertake electrification work for the first phase of a project that could eventually see tram-train services operating along the SNCF route from Bordeaux to Le Verdon. The initial phase involves 7⋅2 km of new ...

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    Funding agreed for Monterrey Metro Line 3


    MEXICO: A funding agreement that will see the federal government provide 5⋅69bn pesos to build the first phase of Monterrey Metro Line 3 was signed by Secretary of Transport & Communications Gerardo Ruiz on February 21. According to Ruiz, work on the project will begin later this year. Serving a ...

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    RPA provides international consultancy services


    IRELAND: The state's Railway Procurement Agency earned €0·9m by providing light rail consultancy services to overseas customers during 2012. This was the first full year of operations for RPA's consultancy unit, which has the equivalent of five full-time staff. The government is encouraging its agencies to seek overseas work while ...

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    News in Brief - February 2013


    The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment is to directly award Nederlandse Spoorwegen a 10-year public service contract to operate passenger services on the ‘Besluit hoofdrailnet’ core rail network and HSL Zuid in 2015-25. The Zwolle – Enschede line and stopping trains on the Roermond – Maastricht Randwyck and ...

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    Rail Industry Training & Recruitment in Brief


    The International Railway Strategic Management Institute is to offer two modules as part of its 2013 Senior Manager Programme. The first, running from April 22 to May 3, will take place in Beijing and Shanghai, the other in Lyon and Paris from June 17-28. The programme is supported by ...