All Railway Gazette International articles in February 2015 – Page 5

  • The SWRL diverges from the main line to Canberra and Melbourne via a flying junction at the south end of the rebuilt Glenfield station.

    Sydney opens South West Rail Link


    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian officially opened the South West Rail Link on February 8, adding a further 11·4 km to the Sydney Trains suburban network. Under construction since 2011, the line diverges from the Sydney – Melbourne main line at Glenfield ...

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    Arendalsbanen upgraded


    NORWAY: The 37 km Nelaug – Arendal branch has reopened following a suspension of services to permit the installation of new signalling and automatic train control systems. The route had previously operated under special rules. However, the installation of modern signalling was seen as vital for its continued long-term operation, ...

  • Nottingham trams.

    Composite light rail catenary offers potential savings


    UK: Consultancy Atkins, bespoke composite engineering company Cecence and electrification equipment supplier Brecknell Willis are studying the potential use of advanced composite materials 10 times stronger and four times stiffer than metals to lower the cost of tramway overhead electrification. Copper contact wire would be suspended from a carbon fibre ...

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    Contactless and wristband ticketing in Jakarta


    INDONESIA: The national railway’s Jakarta suburban train operating subsidiary PT KAI Commuter Jabodetabek is deploying Sony’s FeliCa electronic payment technology on its 182 km network, which has 64 stations and carries 700 000 passenger/day. KCJ is to accept payment by FeliCa IC chip contactless cards and embedded wristbands from this ...

  • Viaduct for the A1 railway to Jerusalem.

    Jerusalem fast line track contract awarded


    ISRAEL: A US$195m contract to design, build and maintain track and electrical, ventilation and fire safety systems for the tunnels and bridges on the A1 fast line to Jerusalem has been awarded to the Electra Boegl joint venture of Electra, Electra Infrastructures Hasharon Excavators, Signon Schweiz and Max Bögl Bauunternehmen. ...

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    Valencia tests Line 9


    SPAIN: Test running on Line 9 of the metre-gauge Valencia metro started on February 2. Line 9 includes a 9·4 km, four-station branch off the western end of lines 3 and 5 at Rosas. After emerging from a short tunnel, the single-track branch runs northwest to Riba-roja del ...

  • The Leipzig network operates a mixed fleet.

    Leipzig selects Solaris trams


    GERMANY: Leipzig transport authority LVB has selected Solaris to supply five trams with options for a further 36. The value of the base order is €7·7m. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016 and run until 2020 if all options are called off. The 1 458 mm gauge vehicles ...

  • Impression of Long Island Rail Road platforms beneath Grand Central Terminal.

    LIRR Grand Central Terminal contract awarded


    USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded the GCT Constructors joint venture of Schiavone Construction Co and John P Picone Inc a $404·8m contract to build the future Long Island Rail Road concourse at Grand Central Terminal. The work is part of the $10bn East Side Access project, which ...

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    Midland Metro opens refurbished depot


    UK: A ceremony on February 5 marked the completion of a £13·8m programme to increase capacity at Midland Metro’s rolling stock maintenance depot in Wednesbury. The second phase of the programme includes a 42 m extension to the existing maintenance shed, new office and staff space and new storage ...

  • LokoTrain Česká Třebová has taken delivery of the first locomotive it has bought outright.

    LokoTrain buys its first locomotive


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Open access freight operator LokoTrain has taken delivery of the first locomotive it has bought outright, a Škoda Class 43 electric locomotive which previously belonged to Bulgarian national operator BDZ. The locomotive has been modernised by CZ Loko and ČMŽO Přerov, with the installation of new cabling, Mirel ...

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    Skånetrafiken orders Coradia Nordic EMUs


    SWEDEN: Skåne regional transport authority Skånetrafiken announced a SKr1·5bn order for a further 25 Alstom Coradia Nordic electric multiple-units on February 5. The 160 km/h four-car regional EMUs will be 74 m long with a total capacity of 510 passengers. They are to be assembled at Alstom’s Salzgitter plant ...

  • UP Express train.

    UP Express selects Nomad wi-fi for 'seamless experience'


    CANADA: Nomad Digital is to supply station and passenger wi-fi technology for the Union Pearson Express service, which will provide a direct link between Toronto’s main station and international airport when it launches this year. Announcing the contract on February 5, Nomad said it would offer a ‘best-in-class’ wi-fi service, ...

  • Railroad Controls' capabilities include the installation of level crossing, signalling and Positive Train Control equipment.

    Wabtec acquires Railroad Controls signalling business


    USA: Wabtec Corp has acquired the Railroad Controls signalling construction services subsidiary of RCL Services Group with effect from February 4. Based in Benbrook, Texas, Railroad Controls was founded in 1994 and now has around 500 employees with revenues of $75m in 2014. Its capabilities include the installation of level ...

  • SKM Trójmiasto has selected Newag to supply two electric multiple-units.

    Newag wins SKM Trójmiasto train order


    POLAND: SKM Trójmiasto has selected Newag to supply two electric multiple-units for use on the route between Gdańsk, Gdynia and Wejherowo from the second quarter of 2016. The 160 km/h EMUs will be a customised version of Newag’s Impuls family, modified to have a 960 mm floor height and retractable ...

  • Stadler pre-series Type IK Berlin U-Bahn train.

    Berlin U-Bahn unveils pre-series Stadler trainset


    GERMANY: Berlin city transport operator BVG officially unveiled the first pre-series Type IK U-Bahn trainset built by Stadler Pankow on February 3. The contract awarded in July 2012 is Stadler’s first to provide metro trainsets, and the design has been derived from its Tango family of light rail vehicles. The ...

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    Transdev awarded Tri-Rail maintenance contract


    USA: South Florida Regional Transportation Authority has awarded Transdev’s rail infrastructure maintenance business VTMI a $161m contract to inspect and maintain track, signals and bridges on the 115 km Tri-Rail commuter line linking Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The contract runs for seven years from April 2015. There ...

  • Alstom H3 battery-diesel locomotive on show at InnoTrans 2014.

    Audi orders two battery-diesel hybrid locomotives


    GERMANY: On February 4 Alstom announced a contract to supply automotive manufacturer Audi with two Type H3 battery-diesel hybrid shunting locomotives for use at its Ingolstadt factory. Deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2015 and the end of 2016. DB and Volkswagen have previously ordered similar locomotives. The H3 ...

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    Downer wins Pacific National loco maintenance deal


    AUSTRALIA: Downer Rail is to provide locomotive maintenance and fleet management services to interstate rail freight operator Pacific National under an A$1bn contract announced on February 4. Covering more than 300 locomotives, the Locomotive Maintenance Agreement will run for 10 years. According to Downer EDI Ltd Chief Executive Officer Grant ...

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    EIB signs €950m loan for Italian rail upgrading


    ITALY: On February 2 the Economics & Finance Ministry and the European Investment Bank signed a €950m loan agreement to finance infrastructure manager RFI’s planned programme of investment in the conventional network. EIB said the strength of its capital base enables it to make loads on favourable terms, reducing the ...

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    PKP Cargo to take stake in Pol-Miedź Trans


    POLAND: An agreement for PKP Cargo to acquire a stake of up to 49% in the Pol-Miedź Trans transport subsidiary of copper and silver mining company KGHM was signed on February 2. PMT has a 2·4% share of the Polish rail freight market, with a fleet of 63 locomotives and ...