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    Mexican government seeks to revive passenger services on seven routes


    MEXICO: On November 20 the national government published legislation to introduce passenger rail services on seven corridors totalling 8 000 km.

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    UK rail freight still playing catch-up, warns Shoveller


    UK: Britain’s rail freight sector has work to do to catch up with road haulage in the race to digitalise its operations, according to Tim Shoveller, CEO of Freightliner’s parent company Genesee & Wyoming’s UK and European operations.

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    Steel works locos converted to battery power


    USA: Innovative Rail Technologies has converted two industrial shunting locomotives used at United States Steel Corp’s Edgar Thomson and Clairton sites from diesel to battery power using its Advanced Technology Li-Ion Adaptive System turnkey propulsion and control package. This is intended to reduce fuel consumption ...

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    Spain to expand rail motorway network


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF is developing plans for a ‘rail motorway’ corridor to carry lorry trailers by rail between Zaragoza, Lleida and Tarragona. ADIF is currently upgrading the mostly single-track electrified line by lengthening passing loops to 750 m at Selgua, Marcén-Poleñino, Almudévar, Juneda and Raimat ...

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    CRRC sets out cost savings from high-power battery shunting loco


    CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou has rolled out a lithium iron phosphate battery powered industrial shunting locomotive ordered by Lianyang Iron & Steel Group. The manufacturer said the 1·5 MW locomotive unveiled on November 16 is the most powerful battery-only shunting locomotive in China, with the ...

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    Technology: Innovation must come faster


    Wheel-rail interaction and the need to accelerate the pace of innovation were hot topics at the 48th Conference on Modern Rolling Stock held in Graz on September 17-19. Reinhard Christeller reports.

  • Lithuania’s LTG Cargo and Ukraine’s Ukrzaliznytsia have operated a trial service transporting lorry semi-trailers by rail from Kaunas to Kyiv via Poland.

    Semi-trailers transported from Lithuania to Kyiv by rail


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s LTG Cargo and Ukraine’s Ukrzaliznytsia have operated a trial service transporting lorry semi-trailers by rail from Kaunas to Kyiv via Poland. The test train ran within two months of LTG Cargo and Ukrzaliznytsia meeting to develop mutually beneficial approaches to international transport. ...

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    Battery shunter enters service in Ohio


    USA: OmniTRAX’s Newburgh & South Shore Railroad has put an AMPS Traction G9 battery shunting locomotive into service in the Cleveland area. The railway has been supported by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Mitigation Trust Fund, which provides grants for projects to improve air quality. The ...

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    Infrastructure manager established ahead of South African rail network opening


    SOUTH AFRICA: National railway and logistics group Transnet has established an interim rail infrastructure manager as part of plans to open the network to third party train operators in 2024. Vertical separation forms part of the government’s National Rail Policy which aims to facilitate private sector ...

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    Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway partnership


    CANADA: An agreement has been reached for Canadian National to acquire a stake in Genesee & Wyoming’s Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway. CN will manage interline movements, while a G&W subsidiary will continue to operate the line which has 230 km of active track ...

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    Interlocking upgrade on driverless heavy haul network


    AUSTRALIA: Hitachi Rail is to begin work shortly on the third and final phase of upgrading interlockings on Rio Tinto’s autonomous heavy haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In 2018 Rio Tinto launched automated operation under its AutoHaul programme, with Hitachi technology ...

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    Jobs to go at DB Cargo UK


    UK: DB Cargo UK has announced plans to cut jobs, saying its German parent company DB Cargo ‘has informed its European entities that it can no longer sustain the level of losses being incurred across the group’. DB Cargo UK has proposed the loss of 95 ...

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    NS deploys digital inspection portals to spot wagon problems


    USA: Norfolk Southern has begun deploying digital train inspection portals which use machine vision to identify faults on moving wagons. The portals have been developed under a joint project between the railroad’s Data Science/Artificial Intelligence and Mechanical teams and the Georgia Tech ...

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    Freight operator trials brake monitoring technology


    UK: GB Railfreight has completed a four-week test of technology developed in collaboration with Icomera, DG8 and SENSEi which uses battery-powered remote sensors to share status and out-of-tolerance alerts with drivers and control centres during rolling stock pre-checks. Drivers receive sensor data directly to an app ...

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    Gotthard Base Tunnel repairs could take until September 2024


    Source: SBB SWITZERLAND: The 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel may not fully reopen until September 2024, 13 months after a derailed freight train badly damaged the track in the western bore. In an update on November 2 Swiss Federal Railways said the damage to the world’s ...

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    Danish locomotive and wagon workshop opened


    DENMARK: Freight operator DB Cargo Scandinavia has opened a locomotive and wagon maintenance workshop in Fredericia. The operator expects to create 40 jobs at the site, which will repair and maintain its fleet of 52 locomotives and hundreds of wagons. Tools include the use of augmented reality ...