All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2015 – Page 3

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    Railway supply industry news in brief - February 2015


    Poland’s Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship has provided Pesa with a 2·4m zloty grant to support the creation of a rolling stock information technology R&D centre. France’s CIM and Format Group have formed a joint venture to produce couplers at Format’s foundry in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. Stadler has bought the 5·5 ...

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    TCDD orders 10 more Velaros


    TURKEY: State railway operator TCDD has selected Siemens to supply a further 10 Velaro TR high speed trainsets, the company confirmed on February 18. Subject to any legal challenges from other bidders, the contract is expected to be signed shortly. Having bought the former Velaro D demonstrator and then ordered ...

  • Much of the preparatory work at the Afragola site has already been completed. The station is expected to serve as an interchange between high speed and local services, says infrastructure manager RFI.

    Astaldi to complete Napoli Afragola station


    ITALY: On February 16, construction group Astaldi announced that it had been awarded a €61m civil works contract by Italferr for ‘completion’ of Napoli Afragola station on the Napoli – Roma high speed line. Although site clearance and other preparatory works were undertaken at Afragola, 3 km north of Napoli, ...

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    Evraz supplying rails to Cuba


    CUBA: Evraz ZSMK is delivering 4 500 tonnes of 25 m and 12 m R50-N rails to Cuba until the end of February. A contract was signed in December with Empresa Proveedora General del Transporte. The rails are being produced at the steelmaker’s Novokuznetsk plant in Russia and will ...

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    Eurostar growth continues in 2014


    EUROPE: Announcing preliminary results for 2014 on February 18, Eurostar International Ltd reported sales revenue of £867m, up 1% from £857m the year before or 4% at constant exchange rates. Like-for-like operating profit was up 2% at £55m from £54m the year before, reflecting ‘additional non-cash charges’ made against the ...

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    Bombardier Transportation assesses all the options


    BOMBARDIER: 'We are definitely the world leader outside China and intend to stay that way', Dr Lutz Bertling, President & COO of Bombardier Transportation, told Railway Gazette International on February 12 when discussing the company’s annual results for the year to December 31 2014. Bertling is not expecting Bombardier to ...

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    Helsinki to delay suburban train tendering


    FINLAND: Helsinki regional transport authority HSL is negotiating a new operating agreement with national operator VR which would see a three-year delay to plans to tender the operation of commuter services around the capital. If VR’s proposal is accepted and a letter of intent is agreed by the end of ...

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    Balfour Beatty to build £12·5m Crossrail train facility


    UK: Bombardier Transportation has awarded Balfour Beatty a £12·5m contract to build a production, testing and office facility at its Derby plant, where it will manufacture the 65 nine-car Aventra EMUs ordered for London’s Crossrail project. The 250 m by 40 m structure will have four tracks accessible from either ...

  • Line 1 of the Panamá City metro opened in April 2014.

    Panamá City metro Line 2 bids in


    PANAMA: Three consortia have bid to build Line 2 of the Panamá City metro: Línea 2: Odebrecht and FCC, which formed the Línea Uno consortium that built Line 1; UTE Panama II: Dragados, ICA and Graña y Montero; PANAMetro-Cosorcio Internacional Metro de Panamá L2: China Harbour Engineering Co, China Railway ...

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    Narrow gauge tipper wagon


    RUSSIA: Kambarka Engineering Works has introduced a side-tipping wagon which rides on new design of bogie for narrow gauge railways. The 22 tonne capacity wagon is designed to carry bulk sand, gravel, ballast, salt, ore and coal. It is designed for 750 mm gauge industrial lines, but could ...

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    World Bank agrees Pap - Angren railway project funding


    UZBEKISTAN: The World Bank approved a US$195m IBRD 25-year loan to fund the railway systems and technical assistance elements of the US$1664m Angren – Pap railway project on February 13. The 124 km single-track electrified line including a 19·2 km tunnel beneath the 2 200 m Kamchik Pass is intended ...

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    Melbourne Metro authority to develop cross-city link


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews and Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announced on February 16 that a new authority is being established to plan Melbourne’s long-proposed cross-city rail tunnel. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has been allocated an initial budget of A$40m to develop proposals for the 9 km link, ...

  • The presidents of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia attended a ceremony to mark the rehabilitation of the Bengulea Railway (Photo: Salim Henry/State House).

    Three presidents inaugurate rebuilt Benguela Railway


    ANGOLA: The presidents of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia attended a ceremony in Luau on February 14 to officially mark the completion of a US$1·9bn Chinese-backed project to rehabilitate the 1 344 km Bengulea Railway between the port of Lobito and the DR Congo border. The presidents unveiled a plaque, ...

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    Cagliari light rail extends


    ITALY: A 1·8 km extension of Cagliari’s 950 mm gauge light rail line opened on February 14. The new section runs on a mostly elevated alignment from Monserrato Gottardo to Policlinico with two intermediate stops. The end-to-end journey time is 4 min. The project received €24m from EU funds.

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    Israel Railways deploys customised train planning software


    ISRAEL: A customised version of HaCon’s Train Planning System software is now being used for all of Israel Railways’ passenger and freight train planning and capacity management activities, and is expected to fully replace ISR’s legacy tools by the end of the year. ISR required a tailored and integrated ...

  • A diesel-electric locomotive adapted to use compressed natural gas has entered trial passenger service in the Czech Republic.

    Gas-fuelled locomotive enters passenger service


    CZECH REPUBLIC: A diesel-electric locomotive adapted to use compressed natural gas fuel has entered trial passenger service with national operator ČD. The pilot programme aims to assess the economic, environmental and practical applications of CNG, and ČD plans to convert all its Class 714 locomotives if the testing proves successful. ...

  • Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Shipping Rodolphe Adada visited Electro-Motive Diesel’s plant at Muncie at the end of January.

    EMD delivers Congo-Océan locomotives


    CONGO: Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Shipping Rodolphe Adada visited Electro-Motive Diesel’s plant at Muncie in the USA at the end of January to inspect 10 Type GT38AC locomotives which Delegation Générale des Grands Travaux has ordered for use on the Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan network. The 1 067 ...

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    Alstom wins Delhi Line 7 track contract


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €25m contract to provide track for the Line 7 project. The contract announced on February 13 covers slab track for the 30 km from Lajpat Nagar to Shiv Vihar, as well as ballasted track for the depot. Line 7 ...

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    SNCF posts stable results as competitive threats mount


    FRANCE: National operator SNCF issued its 2014 financial results on February 12, which highlighted the scale of the competitive threats that the business is facing in its home market. In what the company termed ‘the difficult environment in France’, SNCF reported year-on-year growth in revenue of 1·5% against 0·5% for ...

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    RailRunner plans European launch


    GERMANY: Pilot operation of RailRunner road-rail services could start in Germany during 2017 if the company succeeds in obtaining certification for its technology from the European Railway Agency. Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, RailRunner NA Inc has set up RailRunner Europe in Hamburg to promote the bimodal system in Europe. It ...