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    Asia: ESCAP rethinks trans-continental supply chains


    Covid-19 and the Ukrainian crisis have impacted on Eurasian rail flows, but ESCAP believes railways still have a key role to play in an integrated multimodal transport system supporting global supply chains. Raghu Dayal  reports.

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    Freight operator looks to grow after the third year of industry crisis


    AUSTRIA: Rail Cargo Group has ambitious plans for expansion in 2023 despite the extraordinarily crisis-ridden year the rail freight sector has faced in 2022, according to ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä.

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    Rail Business UK

    Work to begin on £4·7m wagon maintenance depot


    UK: Leeds-based design-and-build contractor Cairn Cross Engineering will begin work next month to construct a £4·7m wagon maintenance depot for GB Railfreight next to the East Coast Main Line in Peterborough. The development follows the construction of GBRf’s £3m headquarters in the city last year. GBRf ...

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    Norwegian ERTMS programme delayed


    NORWAY: Citing global supply problems and delays to the retrofitting of trains, Bane Nor has postponed the planned launch of ERTMS on its first lines.

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    Raleigh & Fayetteville to be RJ Corman’s 19th railway


    USA: RJ Corman Railroad Co has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a 70 km line between Fayetteville and Fuquay-Varina in North Carolina from Norfolk Southern, and to lease a further 30 km which will provide access to Raleigh. Subject to regulatory approval, RJ Corman’s ...

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    Electric transport support approved


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a scheme to promote the use of electric transport as a greener alternative to diesel vehicles, and to support a shift of freight and passenger traffic from road to rail. Under the €180m scheme ...

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    Nestlé Waters to use hydrogen last-mile freight trains


    FRANCE: As part of a strategy to decarbonise its supply chain, Nestlé Waters is to use a high-power fuel cell generator wagon to enable electric locomotives to haul trains on non-electrified tracks. This will be the first application of fuel cell and renewable hydrogen ‘last mile’ ...

  • Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso

    Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso


    BRAZIL: Construction work has begun on the 730 km railway from Rondonópolis to the Mato Grosso state capital of Cuiabá, Nova Mutum and Lucas do Rio Verde, which is being developed by Rumo Logística as an extension to its Malha Norte network. The rail and logistics ...

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    Russia – China railway bridges the River Amur


    ASIA: The cross-border railway bridge over the River Amur linking Nizhneleninskoye in Russia with Tongjiang in China opened on November 16, with an initial 50-wagon train carrying iron ore from Russia to China. The bridge shortens the route between southeastern Siberia and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Coupler research paves way for longer freight trains


    UK: The length and capacity of freight trains is to be increased as a result of research which has found that existing wagon couplers can safely accommodate higher trailing loads without upgrading or a detailed engineering assessment. The research by the Rail Safety & Standards Board ...

  • Senior Vice-President Transportation & Network Operations Paul Duncan is to become Chief Operating Officer of Norfolk Southern with effect from January 1.

    Norfolk Southern names next Chief Operating Officer


    USA: Senior Vice-President Transportation & Network Operations Paul Duncan is to become Chief Operating Officer of Norfolk Southern with effect from January 1. He replaces Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer Cindy Sanborn, who is stepping down at the end of this year after a 35-year ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Rail Business UK

    Drax orders UK-built biomass wagons


    UK: Drax Group has awarded WH Davis a contract to supply a further 30 high-capacity biomass wagons, which the generator says will reduce emissions on the route from the Port of Tyne to its power station in North Yorkshire by more than 25%. Drax has a ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Three companies to manage Santos port network


    BRAZIL: Santos Port Authority has chosen a consortium of Ferrovia Centro Atlântica, MRS Logística and Rumo to manage the port’s 100 km internal rail network.

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    DB IO signs Egyptian high speed operating contract


    EGYPT: A consortium led by Deutsche Bahn International Operations has been selected to operate and maintain the first phase of the country’s future high speed rail network, dubbed the ‘Suez Canal on Rails’.

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    Rail Business UK

    Class 66 freight loco to be fitted with ETCS under East Coast Digital Programme


    UK: DB Cargo announced on November 8 that work had started to equip a Class 66 diesel locomotive with the latest iteration of ETCS.

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    Santa Catarina approves two lines


    BRAZIL: The state of Santa Catarina is to build two railways to handle agricultural and industrial traffic.

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    Mercitalia to order 400 locos as part of fleet renewal strategy


    ITALY: FS Group freight subsidiary Mercitalia has announced plans to order 400 electric and bi-mode locomotives, and 3 600 next-generation wagons.

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    Lobito Corridor concession deal signed


    ANGOLA: The Ministry of Transport has signed a concession agreement covering operation and maintenance of the Lobito Corridor for the next 30 years.