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    Mexican approval for Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger


    MEXICO: Competition commission COFECE and telecoms institute IFT have granted regulatory approval for Canadian Pacific Railway’s proposed acquisition of Kansas City Southern. ‘This important milestone marks the next step on our path to creating the first single-line rail network linking the US, Mexico and Canada’, said ...

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    Lineas divests locos and wagons in sale and leaseback agreements


    BELGIUM: As part of efforts to strengthen its balance sheet, freight operator Lineas has reached a sale and leaseback agreement covering a portion of its rolling stock fleet.

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    Swift Express Freight EMU conversions agreed


    UK: Four Class 321 electric multiple-units are to be converted to carry light goods with the aim of offering a fast, cost-effective and low carbon alternative to lorries and vans. A prototype for the Swift Express Freight concept was unveiled earlier this year, and an agreement ...

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    Railcoop runs its first freight train


    FRANCE: Open access co-operative Railcoop ran its first freight train on November 15. Jérémie Anne reports from Capdenac.

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    Wagonload freight support contracts awarded


    HUNGARY: Working with the Ministry for Innovation & Technology, infrastructure manager MÁV Zrt has signed framework contracts with four freight operators aimed at supporting single wagonload operations. Responding to a request from the Hungarian Railway Association, the government obtained approval from the European Commission to provide ...

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    Norfolk Southern inaugurates Atlanta headquarters


    USA: Norfolk Southern formally inaugurated its new headquarters in Midtown Atlanta on November 10, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp, Senator Raphael Warnock, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and other civic leaders. When Norfolk & Western merged with Southern ...

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    Aggregates terminal enables Cemex to make more use of rail


    UK: Building materials supplier Cemex has completed a significant investment in its Small Heath depot in Birmingham, enabling it to increase its use of rail as part of its ‘Future in Action — Committed to Net Zero CO2’ strategy. Aggregates from Cemex’s Dove Holes quarry are ...

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    Canadian National buys battery locomotive


    USA: Canadian National’s Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad has purchased a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric freight locomotive, with financial support from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Marine & Rail Freight Movers grant programme. Wabtec’s FLXdrive battery loco is designed to work in multiple with conventional diesel ...

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    Prototype autonomous battery-powered wagon aims to help rail compete with trucks


    USA: Technology company Intramotev is developing a prototype self-powered autonomous wagon, which it hopes can make rail freight more competitive over distances of up to 1 500 km.

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    Provincial grant expands Canadian Pacific hydrogen locomotive project


    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has been awarded a C$15m grant from Emissions Reduction Alberta to expand the scope of its hydrogen locomotive programme, the railway announced on November 1.

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    Malaysian-built locomotives ready for delivery to Tanzania


    TANZANIA: The first batch of H10 Series diesel locomotives developed by Malaysian company SMH Rail for the African freight market is now ready to be handed over to Tanzania Railways Corp, the company announced on November 1. ‘We are proud to handover the first batch of ...

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    CP and KCS file merger application with STB


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern have formally filed a merger application with the US Surface Transportation Board, setting out their aim of establishing a single network linking the USA, Mexico and Canada before the end of 2022.

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    DB Cargo awards automated shunting loco contract


    GERMANY: Driverless shunting locomotives are expected to be operating in commercial service at DB Cargo’s München-Nord marshalling yard by the end of 2024, following the award of contracts for the development of onboard systems for both train positioning and ATO. DB Cargo has appointed Augsburg-based Railergy ...

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    Perpignan – Rungis fruit and veg express reinstated


    Photo: Fret SNCF/JC Milhet FRANCE: Prime Minister Jean Castex, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and SNCF President Jean-Pierre Farandou formally relaunched the Perpignan – Rungis overnight express freight service on October 22. The seasonal service that carried fresh fruit and vegetables from southwest ...

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    Pro Trilhos programme attracts more new line proposals


    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure has now received a total of 21 applications to build rail projects under the provisional legislation designed to promote new line construction and rehabilitation under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September.