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    Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A


    KENYA: The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16. Running from the Nairobi SGR station at Embakasi to a temporary terminus at Suswa, 35 km southwest of Naivasha, the extension takes the 1 ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Innofreight has delivered its first 40 ft ScrapTainer, a newly-developed design which will be leased by DB Cargo and used to carrying materials for the steel industry between Germany and Austria. PKP Cargo has signed a letter of intent ...

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    Gold miner orders side-tipping wagons


    KAZAKHSTAN: Gold and silver producer Polymetal has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 55 side-tipping wagons to its Varvara site by the end of the first half of 2020. The Varvara opencast mine and processing plant is located in northwest Kazakhstan, 130 km southwest ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    TX Logistik demonstrated the Nikrasa loading system at an intermodal terminal in Oradea. Mercitalia subsidiary TX Logistik held an industry day at the Intermodal Vest terminal in Oradea on October 2 aimed at generating interest for an increase in intermodal services to and from ...

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    Ferrmed launches modal shift optimisation study


    EUROPE: Rail freight association Ferrmed has begun work on a study of modal shift optimisation on the European Union’s TEN-T corridors. Scheduled for completion by the end of next year, the study is intended to help EU member states prioritise actions to support modal shift, and ...

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    1 800 km Menghua coal railway opens


    Photo: Xinhua/DW News The north-south Menghua coal corridor opened on September 28. CHINA: The 1 813 km Menghua heavy haul coal railway opened to traffic on September 28 when an inaugural train left Haolebaoji at the northern end of the line. Now renamed in ...

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    Cat litter by rail


    USA: Cat litter producer Intersand has begun construction of a rail-served production, packaging and distribution facility at the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, Colorado. GWIP is owned by short line group OmniTRAX, whose Great Western Railway of Colorado will provide direct rail services to the new ...

  • PKP LHS has awarded Zakład Automatyki Kombud a contract to upgrade 13 level crossings

    World rail freight news round-up


    Polish broad gauge line operator PKP LHS has awarded Zakład Automatyki Kombud a contract to upgrade 13 level crossings on its 1 520 mm gauge route. PKP LHS modernised 22 of its crossings in 2017-19, with 30 more planned by 2022. On September 27 ...

  • Eurotunnel is among the eight companies which have been appointed to a government procurement framework enabling them to bid to bring critical goods including medicines into the UK after its departure from the European Union.

    Eurotunnel signed up for Brexit freight framework


    UK: Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is among the eight companies which have been appointed to a government procurement framework enabling them to bid to bring critical goods including medicines into the UK after its departure from the European Union. The framework is intended to speed up ...

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    Newag awarded locomotive contracts


    Trako POLAND: PKP Intercity has awarded Newag a contract to supply a further 10 Griffin 160 km/h electric locomotives. The 183·8m złoty order has been placed as an option on a May 2018 contract for an initial 20 locomotives. It was announced at ...

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    VDB calls for faster digital roll-out strategy


    GERMANY: Rail industry association VDB has put forward a seven-point plan to accelerate the introduction of digital train control across the national rail network, suggesting that an industrial scale roll-out of digital interlockings and ETCS could begin as soon as 2022. The proposals follow the signing ...

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    Partnership to develop North American rail portfolio


    NORTH AMERICA: Middle-market investor Connor, Clark Lunn Infrastructure has announced a partnership with Alpenglow Rail’s short line management team with the aim of developing a portfolio of rail businesses across North America. As part of this, CC L has acquired VIP Rail from private ...

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    Surface Transportation Board proposes rule changes


    USA: The Surface Transportation Board has begun consultation on proposed rule changes intended to reduce the cost and complexity of its rate review procedures, particularly in small cases, and to provide a streamlined market dominance process. The proposals build on recommendations made by STB’s rate reform ...

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    Amber Rail Freight Corridor up and running


    EUROPE: An event was held in the Slovenian port of Koper on September 18 to mark the launch this year of the Amber Rail Freight Corridor, the first RFC to be established since the original nine defined in 2010. The corridor is ...

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    Hector Rail sells GB Railfreight to Infracapital


    UK: EQT Infrastructure’s Hector Rail business has reached a definitive agreement to sell its UK subsidiary GB Railfreight to Infracapital, the unlisted infrastructure equity arm of M GPrudential which is due to demerge from Prudential plc in the fourth quarter of this year. ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Swiss Federal Railways , SBB Cargo , commercial vehicle association ASTAG, public transport association VöV and shippers’ association VAP signed a joint position paper on September 20 setting out a vision for more a sustainable trans-Alpine transit freight industry. Operations on a 90 km freight ...

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    VTG orders timber wagons


    RUSSIA: Leasing company VTG Rail Russia has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 150 flat wagons for carrying timber products. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The Type 13-6852-02 wagons produced at UWC’s Tikhvin plant have a 25 ...

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    DB rejects Audit Office claims


    Photo: DB AG/Volker Emersleben GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has strongly rejected concerns raised by the Federal Audit Office that it had failed to manage federal funds effectively and that its finances were in disarray. Reports published by press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur and subsequently in national media ...

  • The Phnom Penh – Pursat section of Cambodia's northern main line was reopened on July 4 (Photo: Ministry of Public Works & Transport).

    Cambodia Freight Forwarders call for rail improvements


    CAMBODIA: The rail network is not yet working well for freight shippers despite recent improvements, a trade body told the 17th ASEAN Ports Shipping Conference in Phnom Penh. Moving containers on the 266 km metre-gauge route from the capital and business hub Phnom Penh ...

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    PKP Cargo orders 31 locomotives


    POLAND: Newag signed what it said was its largest-ever contract on September 17, covering the supply of 31 Dragon 2 electric locomotives to PKP Cargo for 518·9m złoty. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019-22. All 31 of the E6ACTa six-axle heavy freight locos will be equipped for ...