All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2015 – Page 4

  • Sinara TG16M locomotive for Russian Railways' 1 067 mm gauge Sakhalin network

    Sakhalin diesel locomotive on test


    RUSSIA: The first of 32 TG16M locomotives for Russian Railways’ 1 067 mm gauge network on the Pacific island of Sakhalin has begun six months of trial operation. The locomotive was inaugurated with a ceremony at Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk which included a blessing by the Archbishop of South Sakhalin. The 100 ...

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    DB to invest €700m in Nordrhein-Westfalen


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced plans to spend €700m improving infrastructure in Nordrhein-Westfalen during 2015. Of this, infrastructure manager DB Netz will spend around €550m on the rail infrastructure and a further €137m on station modernisation, including accessibility improvements. Traction energy supplier DB Energie will invest €9m in its ...

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    STIF orders more double-deck EMUs


    FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority STIF has ordered a further 10 MI09 double-deck electric multiple-units from a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier. The total value of the contract announced on February 12 is €150m, with Alstom having a €95m share. The new EMUs are to be delivered in 2017 to ...

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    Oman Rail project management contract awarded


    OMAN: On behalf of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the Government Tender Board has selected a consortium headed by Spanish engineering contractor Técnicas Reunidas to provide project management consultancy services for the construction of the future rail network. The consortium will review preliminary designs which are being prepared by ...

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    Antonio Carlos Rodrigues


    Promising to maintain and extend road and rail investment to improve the competitiveness of the logistics sector, Antonio Carlos Rodrigues was sworn in as Brazil’s Transport Minister at a ceremony in Brasilia on January 5. He succeeds Paulo Sérgio Passos.

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    PKP Cargo takes over logistics company


    POLAND: PKP Cargo has acquired the remaining 44·44% stake in logistics company PS Trade Trans, which has 350 staff, an annual income of 500m złoty, nine terminals and organises rail, road sea and air transport of 10 million tonnes/year, including oversized and heavy cargo, biomass and cereals. ‘Full integration ...

  • RDC Deutschland is the parent company of open access operator HKX, which runs inter-city services between Hamburg and Köln.

    RDC withdraws Bonn - Berlin inter-city proposal


    GERMANY: Open-access operator RDC Deutschland announced on February 11 that it had withdrawn its application to introduce a Bonn – Köln – Berlin inter-city service following the partial rejection of its bid for paths by infrastructure manager DB Netz. Under DB Netz's path allocation process for the 2016-20 period, RDC ...

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    Boring of Czech Republic’s longest rail tunnel begins


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Boring of the Czech Republic's longest rail tunnel was ceremonially launched on February 3. The two single-track bores under the Chlum and Homolka hills near Kyšice will be 4 150 m long and are the main feature of the modernisation of the Rokycany – Plzeň section of SŽDC's ...

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    Bratislava tram extension gets EU funding


    SLOVAKIA: The European Commission has approved a €63m grant from the EU Cohesion Fund for the €76·8m project to extend Bratislava's metre-gauge tram network by 2·4 km from Šafárikovo námestie to Bosákova in Petržalka. A consortium of Eurovia SK, Eurovia CS and SMP CZ has been building the double-track ...

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    EBRD sells its stake in PKP Cargo


    POLAND: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has sold the 5·1% stake in PKP Cargo which it acquired when 50% minus one share of the national freight operator was offered through an IPO in October 2013. The sale was undertaken through an accelerated bookbuild offering launched after ...

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    High altitude freight locomotives ordered


    CHINA: Following 27 months of in-service testing with two prototypes, at the end of January CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive was awarded a contract to supply a production batch of 80 HXD1C locomotives which will be used to haul heavy freight trains on the 1 000 km Lanzhou – Xining – ...

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    Siemens to build RRX double-deckers


    GERMANY: The four regional authorities promoting the Rhein-Ruhr-Express project announced on February 10 that Siemens had been selected as preferred bidder to supply and maintain for 30 years the double-deck trainsets to be used by the future operating concessionaire. Subject to ratification by the governing bodies of Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, NWL ...

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    Abellio to run Limburg services


    NETHERLANDS: Regional rail and bus services in the province of Limburg are to be operated by NS subsidiary Abellio, the regional authority announced on February 10. Valued at €55m a year, the integrated public transport contract will start on December 11 2016 and run for 15 years. As well as ...

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    RATP board approves T7 extension


    FRANCE: The board of Paris transport operator RATP has formally approved the draft plans for a southern extension of tram line T7 from Athis-Mons to Juvisy, where an interchange will be provided with RER lines C and D. Being promoted by Ile de France transport authority STIF, the extension ...

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    Bombardier and New United Group form signalling joint venture


    CHINA: Bombardier Transportation and New United Group have finalised an agreement to establish a signalling and train control joint venture. Each company will have a 50% share in the joint venture, which will be known as Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions Co Ltd. The Changzhou-based company will focus on ...

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    Final NS Traxx handed over


    NETHERLANDS: A ceremony at the Utrecht railway museum on February 6 marked the handover of the last of 19 Bombardier Traxx F160 MS electric locomotives ordered by NS. The national passenger operator ordered the locomotives in mid-2013 to haul refurbished coaches on trains introduced to replace the troubled AnsaldoBreda ...

  • CAF is to supply new coaches for the Caledonian Sleeper service.

    CAF signs Caledonian Sleeper coach contract


    UK: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF announced on February 10 that it had signed the €200m contract to supply Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd with 75 new coaches for use on Anglo-Scottish sleeper services from April 2018, plus associated spares and technical support. The coaches are being financed by the ...

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    Sensor for smarter track maintenance


    UK: In response to a request from infrastructure manager Network Rail, Product Innovation has developed a void meter designed to measure the movement of a rail or sleeper in real time, enabling maintenance crews to attend only when needed. The Void Meter is physically and electronically simple to install, ...

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    Union Pacific announces $4·3bn capital programme


    USA: Union Pacific Corp has announced a 2015 capital programme valued at $4·3bn, which it says is an increase of $200m on 2014. UP said the programme would be ‘driven primarily by equipment acquisitions and infrastructure investments’. Spending on Positive Train Control is expected to total $450m, up from ...

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    København selects tram line designers


    DENMARK: København metro authority Metroselskabet has selected a joint venture of Arup and Rambøll to develop the Ring 3 light rail line. The joint venture plans to co-ordinate design and technical integration of the line, design the control and maintenance centre, and undertake traction power network, noise and vibration ...