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    PetroCity plans general freight railway


    BRAZIL: Industrial group PetroCity Portos SA is pursuing plans to develop a new railway to serve the states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, running inland from a proposed port, logistics and business complex at Urussuquara, south of São Mateus on the Atlantic coast.

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    Connecting Europe Express to tour 26 countries in 36 days


    EUROPE: Marking Europe Day on May 9 and the EU Year of Rail , the European Commission has confirmed the programme for its Connecting Europe Express exhibition train. Intended to demonstrate ‘the power of rail to connect people and businesses’, the project will also celebrate ...

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    VTG sees ‘huge potential’ in Turkish freight market


    TURKEY: VTG has announced a ‘sharp expansion’ in the Turkish market, bundling the activities of VTG Rail Europe, VTG Rail Logistics and VTG Tanktainer under local subsidiary VTG Nakliyat. Offices have been opened in Halkalı and Pendik on the European and Aisan sides of the ...

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    Electrification to increase Ukraine – Poland iron ore export capacity


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has begun a project to electrify the 94 km line from Kovel to Izov and the Polish border. The route handles 90% of rail freight tonnage between the two countries, mainly iron ore being exported from the Kryvyi Rih region to steelmakers ...

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    New Zealand’s 10-year Rail Plan prioritises resilience and reliability


    NEW ZEALAND: The government has published a 10-year Rail Plan, setting out its ambitions for a ‘resilient and reliable’ rail network and outlining its investment priorities. The plan does not provide a definitive list of investments or funding commitments, but is intended as a sign ...

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    Maranhão Railway to serve deepwater port


    BRAZIL: Plans are taking shape for the construction of a heavy haul railway and deepwater port in northeastern Brazil, in order to accommodate rising export traffic from the mining and agricultural sectors.

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    Pandemic brings ‘bleak’ first quarter for European railways


    EUROPE: The coronavirus pandemic continues to have a heavy impact across the rail sector, according to the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies’ Covid Impact Tracker.

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    Port drives Arica – La Paz railway reopening


    CHILE: A test train was dispatched from the port of Arica on May 5, signalling the reactivation of the Chilean section of the Arica – La Paz railway for freight traffic after being mothballed for almost 16 years.

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    Freight returns to narrow gauge line


    AUSTRIA: Freight services are to be reintroduced on the Zillertalbahn narrow gauge line from Jenbach to Fügen-Hart im Zillertal on May 17, under an agreement between operator ZVB, the national railway’s freight business Rail Cargo Austria, the Land of Tirol and wood products company Binderholz. ...

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    Porterbrook to develop dedicated freight strategy


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and management company Porterbrook has appointed of Mark Wyborn as its new Head of Freight Commercial, with responsibility for developing its first dedicated freight strategy and building ‘strong commercial partnerships’ with existing freight operators, new market entrants and Network Rail. ‘His ...

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    Regulations agreed for Luxembourg Protocol rolling stock registry


    INTERNATIONAL: Draft regulations have been approved outlining the operation of the international rolling stock registry that is being established under the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The regulations have been drawn up by a Preparatory Commission which ...

  • Uruguay’s Ferrocarril Central project contractor CCFC has taken delivery of a 2 400 hp 3GS-24C-DE diesel electric genset locomotive (benoit) 2

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    Lineas acquires Dutch operator Independent Rail Partner


    NETHERLANDS: Belgian freight operator Lineas has acquired Independent Rail Partner, saying the move is an important step in its strategy to partner with or acquire ‘dynamic’ private operators to build a ‘true European rail freight backbone’ to drive modal shift. Zwijndrecht-based IRP was founded in ...

  • GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet.
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    ‘Revolutionary’ wagons join GB Railfreight fleet


    UK: Following prototype testing and approval, GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet. The wagons were ordered in two batches ...

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    Rail’s market share to rise in Brazil's National Logistics Plan


    BRAZIL: Rail’s role in the national transport matrix will increase under proposals set out in the 2035 National Logistics Plan unveiled by the government on April 20. Already made available for consultation by interested parties, the Plan has been prepared to support the establishment of ...

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    Access charge reductions fairer than direct support, says ERFA


    Duisburg (Photo: DB). EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has reiterated its belief that reducing track access charges would be the best way of supporting the rail freight sector through the pandemic in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner, rather than providing direct support for individual ...

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    Direct Rail Services becomes part of Nuclear Transport Solutions


    UK: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has brought together its transport subsidiaries including Direct Rail Services into a single Nuclear Transport Solutions division. NDA said NTS would be a centre of excellence for nuclear logistics, supporting its work to clean up UK civil nuclear sites and ...

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    KCS agrees to evaluate CN’s unsolicited offer


    NORTH AMERICA: Kansas City Southern has agreed to hold discussions with Canadian National over its unsolicited acquisition proposal, the railway announced on April 24.

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