All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2013 – Page 4

All articles published this month.

  • The Idrha+ process produces rails with improved contact fatigue and wear resistance.

    First commercial application of Idrha+ rail treatment


    CHINA: A thermal rail hardening process developed by Siemens Metals Technologies and Centro Sviluppo Materiali is to be brought into commercial use for the first time at the Baotou Iron & Steel rail mill in Inner Mongolia. The Injector Dual-Phase Rail Hardening process produces rails with improved contact fatigue and ...

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    Wheel rolling machine


    CHINA: German press manufacturer Schuler has developed a new design of wheel rolling machine for forging monobloc wheelsets. This forms a key element in a forging line currently being shipped to a Chinese manufacturer. With no mandrel, the wheel is turned using dynamic servo motors which transfer the torque from ...

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    Urban rail news in brief - February 2013


    The Saudi government has approved 60bn riyals for the construction of a metro network in Makkah . This is intended to supplement the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah line, which carries Hajj pilgrims. AENA Aeropuertos Españoles has awarded Bombardier a €41m contract to operate and maintain the 2 km ...

  • 'The best way to get ahead of the competition in regional rail services is to use modern, comfortable trains', said LNVG Managing Director Hans-Joachim Menn (right).

    Stadler trains ordered for WestfalenBahn services


    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has awarded Stadler Pankow contracts worth €250m for the supply of 28 Flirt and Kiss electric multiple-units for use on services which WestfalenBahn is to operate on behalf of Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG from December 2015. The 15 four-car Flirt EMUs will be used on ...

  • CNR Tangshan is building 20 diesel-electric multiple-units for Bangladesh Railways.

    Metre-gauge multiple-units for Bangladesh


    BANGLADESH: The first of 20 diesel-electric multiple-units which CNR Tangshan is building for Bangladesh Railways under a US$58·3m contract signed in August 2011 has been completed. Based on CNR’s EMU technology but equipped with underfloor powerpacks, the three-car DMUs will have a capacity of 300 passengers and a top speed ...

  • Construction of the box for the future Crossrail station at Woolwich.

    Woolwich Crossrail station box completed


    UK: The box for the future Crossrail station at Woolwich has been completed by Berkeley Homes. It is to be handed over to Crossrail Ltd in early March, ready for the arrival of Herrenknecht tunnel boring machines Sophia and Mary which are digging the Plumstead - North Woolwich section ...

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    Ningtian Intercity Rail Line trains ordered


    CHINA: Nanjing Metro has awarded Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport a contract to supply trainsets for the Ningtian Intercity Rail Line, a route first proposed as metro Line 11. The 45·2 km line will run from Lihue to Pukou, with six underground stations and 11 stations on the 34·1 km ...

  • London Overground Class 378 electric multiple-unit.

    London Overground train lengthening approved


    UK: A £320m programme of rolling stock procurement and infrastructure works to extend London Overground's 57 Class 378 electric multiple-units from four to five cars was approved by the Transport for London board on February 6. TfL is negotiating with Class 378 Capitalstar EMU manufacturer Bombardier Transportation and QW Leasing ...

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    CN to invest C$1·9bn in 2013


    CANADA: Canadian National announced a 2013 capital investment programme worth C$1·9bn on February 5, an increase on the C$1·8bn spent during 2012. More than C$1bn is allocated for infrastructure works, with projects including siding extensions in northern British Columbia, Alberta and northern Ontario, double tracking in Saskatchewan and adding signals ...

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    GE to support Russian locomotive modernisation


    RUSSIA: A memorandum of understanding agreeing to 'explore the possibility of forming a strategic relationship' to modernise diesel-electric locomotives was announced by GE Transportation, Locorail and Yakutia Railways on February 1. GE Transportation's Erie and Grove City plants in the USA would supply a minimum of 20 FDL engine kits ...

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    National Express wins German operating contract


    GERMANY: The Rhein-Ruhr, Westfalen-Lippe and Rheinland transport authorities have jointly selected a consortium of National Express Rail GmbH and IntEgro Verkehr to operate two passenger services from the December 2015 timetable change. The decision was announced on February 6, with signing subject to a 10-day regulatory standstill period. The services ...

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    Bill Shuster


    Bill Shuster has been selected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the US Congressional Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, succeeding John Mica .

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    Bombardier backs Kasetsart University signalling course


    THAILAND: Railway engineering students and academics at Kasetsart University near Bangkok are to benefit from a five-year partnership with Bombardier Transportation. Kasetsart University’s Engineering Faculty is to develop a syllabus of specialist courses focused on train control systems with assistance from Bombardier’s local signalling team, which numbers more than 300 ...

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    Delhi Metro launches Line 5 extension


    INDIA: Construction of an 11·2 km extension of Delhi Metro Line 5 was initiated on February 2 with the laying of a foundation stone at Bahadurgarh Sector 9 by Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath and the Chief Minister of Haryana state Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The ceremony was also attended ...

  • TZV Gredelj NGT26CW-3wNFORCE diesel locomotives for Moroccan national railway ONCF on test in Croatia (Photo: Domagoj Polovic).

    ONCF locomotives on test


    MOROCCO: The first four of 20 NGT26CW-3wNFORCE diesel locomotives ordered by Moroccan national railway ONCF last year were on test in Croatia during January. The 3 300 BHP Co-Co freight locomotives have been assembled by TŽV Gredelj as subcontractor to US firm National Railway Equipment Co. They are powered by ...

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    Tunis suburban construction contract awarded


    TUNISIA: A consortium of Colas Rail, Siemens and local partner Somatra-Get has been awarded a €145m contract to build lines D and E of the Réseau Ferroviaire Rapide suburban network in Tunis, a total of 20 km. Colas Rail's €86m share of the contract announced on February 4 includes track, ...

  • Mayor Giuliano Pisapia in the control room.

    Milano Metro’s first driverless line inaugurated


    ITALY: The inaugural journey on Line M5 of the Milano metro took place on February 5, ahead of the start of full service on February 10 at 11.00. The ceremony to mark the opening of the first fully automated line on the network was attended by Mayor Giuliano Pisapia. ...

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    Mainline research project examines whole-railway assets


    EUROPE: Funded under the European Union’s FP7 grant programme, the Mainline research project is examining best practice in the application of whole-life analysis tools to a broad spectrum of rail-related assets, including bridges, tunnels, earthworks and retaining walls. The €4·5m project is being co-ordinated by UIC and is due for ...

  • CSR diesel locomotive for the San Martín commuter route in Buenos Aires.

    CSR locomotives arrive in Buenos Aires


    ARGENTINA: The first two of 24 diesel locomotives that CSR of China is supplying for the San Martín commuter route were unloaded at the Port of Buenos Aires on February 1. Capable at operating at up to 120 km/h, the new locos are equipped with rheostatic braking. As well as ...

  • Norfolk Southern's Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility at Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

    NS opens third Crescent Corridor intermodal terminal


    USA: Norfolk Southern officially opened its $97m Franklin County Regional Intermodal Facility at Greencastle, Pennsylvania, on January 21. Intended as a major gateway for freight in the Mid-Atlantic region, the terminal is located north of Hagerstown, adjacent to the Interstate 81 corridor linking central Pennsylvania, western Maryland and northern Virginia. ...