All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2015 – Page 2

  • The unopened Honam high speed line was used to host trials with the HEMU-430X prototype in November 2014. Photo: David Rhodes

    Testing underway on Honam high speed line


    SOUTH KOREA: National train operator Korail has begun trial running on the first phase of the Honam high speed line, which is now expected to open for revenue service in April. Intended to serve the southwest of the country, Phase I of the country’s second high speed line has been ...

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    Mark Hughes


    Mark Hughes has moved from London to Sydney to lead the Australasian business at engineering consultancy Interfleet.

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    Patrice Caine


    Patrice Caine has been elected as Chairman & CEO of Thales Group, having previously been Chief Operating Officer. The two positions are to be split this year, with Caine serving as CEO and Henri Proglio serving as Non-Executive Chairman.

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    Henk Don


    A board member with the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets, Henk Don will chair the Independent Regulators Group-Rail in 2015. IRG-Rail is the representative body for independent railway regulators in Europe.

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    Doha metro project management contract


    QATAR: Qatar Rail has awarded a joint venture of Louis Berger and Egis Rail a US$79m project management contract for part of the Doha metro. The contract covers the elevated and at-grade sections of the Red and Green lines being built as part of Phase 1, which have a ...

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    Tel Aviv interchange shortlist


    ISRAEL: Project authority NTA has shortlisted four consortia to construct the underground Carlibach station on the planned Tel Aviv light metro network: Sikun & Binui Solel Boneh Infrastructure and China Railway Tunnel Group; Shapir Civil & Marine Engineering and Ghella Impresa Pizzarotti; Dania Sivus and China Civil Engineering Construction Corp; ...

  • Philippine National Railways operates a limited commuter service in Manila using a fleet of Hyundai Rotem DMUs.

    Government plans 288bn pesos railway investment


    PHILIPPINES: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with a major investment in the railway network on the largest island of Luzon, with the intention of developing a 700 km network by the end of the decade. The ‘integrated Luzon’ programme would focus on a large-scale renovation of ...

  • Saudi Railway Co has selected Serco, Freightliner and Network Rail Consulting to provide management and technical support for the development of passenger and freight services.

    British consortium wins North–South Railway operating partnership contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: North–South Railway project promoter Saudi Railway Co has selected a consortium of three UK-based companies to provide management and technical support for the development of passenger and freight services on its network: Serco: prime contractor and technical support for passenger operations;Freightliner Group: freight expertise and support, technical assistance, ...

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    World rail market February 2015


    Greece: Masabi has deployed a JustRide mobile ticketing systems across Athens’ rail and bus services. Saudi Arabia: Al-Rashid Trading & Contacting has ordered NEM Solutions’ AURA wheel lifecycle management technology including two automatic wheel profile measurement systems for use at SAR’s workshops. ArRiyadh Development Authority has selected Indra ...

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    World rolling stock market February 2015


    Angola: Johannesburg-based Dominex has refurbished eight sleeping cars, two restaurant cars and a generator van for the Benguela Railway. The ex-South African cars have been fitted with air-conditioning and dual air/vacuum braking. Bulgaria: Sofia has exercised an option for a further five Pesa Swing trams (RG 5.13 p23). ...

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    Battery-diesel and dual-fuel locos roll out


    CHINA: CSR Ziyang has unveiled a 3 000 hp diesel-battery hybrid locomotive rated for use at marshalling yards, and a LNG-fuelled loco for mainline freight use The manufacturer says the hybrid design’s ability to use the battery to store and recover regenerated braking energy can reduce fuel consumption by at ...

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    Karen Hedlund


    Engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff has announced that former FRA Deputy Administrator Karen Hedlund has joined as Director of Public-Private Partnerships.

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    Sarah Feinberg


    Following the departure of Joseph Szabo, Sarah Feinberg has been named Acting Administrator of the US Federal Railroad Administration. Feinberg joins from the Department of Transportation, where she was Chief of Staff.

  • Bombardier Traxx Multi-Engine locomotive for Marschbahn services. Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Transport Dr Frank Nägele unveiled the first of 15 Bombardier Traxx Multi-Engine locomotives ordered for Marschbahn services.

    Traxx for 'the true north'


    GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister of Transport Dr Frank Nägele unveiled the first of 15 Bombardier Transportation Traxx P160 DE Multi-Engine diesel locomotives ordered for Marschbahn services on February 19. The locomotive carries the Land’s slogan promoting ‘the true north’, and is to be deployed on the route between Hamburg and the ...

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    All-night services to be extended in London


    UK: Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on February 20 that all-night weekend services are to be extended to London Underground’s sub-surface lines, part of London Overground’s East London Line and the Docklands Light Railway. All-night services on Friday and Saturday nights ...

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    Doha metro rolling stock and railway systems contract awarded


    QATAR: Qatar Rail awarded the turnkey contract for rolling stock and railway systems on Phase 1 of the Doha metro on February 18. The winning consortium is led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and includes Mitsubishi Corp, Hitachi, Kinki Sharyo and Thales. In addition to undertaking overall project management and ...

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    World rail infrastructure market February 2015


    China: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has awarded Leighton Asia and China State Construction Engineering an A$929m contract to build Exhibition station and 300 m of cut-and-cover tunnel for the Shatin – Central Link. Croatia: Vossloh Rail Services has signed a €4·5m framework agreement to provide HŽ Infrastruktura with rail ...

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    Qatar Rail restarts civil works tendering


    QATAR: National railway project promoter Qatar Rail launched a new prequalification process for the civil works on the first phase of the planned Long Distance Passenger & Freight Rail network on February 18. A prequalification exercise for a combined civils and railway systems contract was launched last year, but subsequently ...

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    Freight One awarded steel plant rail outsourcing contract


    RUSSIA: Steelmaker NLMK Group has appointed Freight One to manage internal logistics at two sites operated by its Long Products Division in the Urals region. Under the pilot outsourcing programme Freight One will manage rail transport and maintenance at the NSMMZ and NLMK Metalware plants using rolling stock leased from ...

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    ČD orders more RegioPanters


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National passenger operator ČD signed a framework contract with Škoda Vagonka on February 17 for the supply of up to 11 more Class 650 two-car dual-voltage electric multiple-units. The framework is valid for 48 months and is worth KC1·2bn. It follows from an order for 14 EMUs ...