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    Swiss-German border railway modernisation agreed

    2019-10-03T13:15:00Z

    EUROPE: Officials from the Land of Baden-Württemberg, the canton of Basel and DB Netz gathered in Laufenburg on September 30 to agree a package of enhancements for the Hochrheinbahn route which links Basel with Singen via Schaffhausen. The railway straddles the border between Germany and ...

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    Signalling upgraded to support diverted traffic

    2019-09-23T10:13:00Z

    GERMANY: An electronic interlocking at Kreiensen in Niedersachsen has been upgraded by Bombardier Transportation to support an increase in traffic through the junction. First installed in 2011 by DB Netz and Bombardier, the EBI Lock 950 computer-based interlocking has seen its software modified to give greater ...

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    Voith and CRRC to expand strategic alliance

    2019-09-11T06:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Voith and CRRC have agreed to strengthen their co-operation in the rail and industrial sectors, as part of a framework agreement signed in Beijing on September 6, during a visit to China by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Earlier this year Voith Turbo China and CRRC Beijing ...

  • A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors.
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    DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter

    2019-08-28T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A total of 34 000 wagons, or half of DB Cargo’s fleet, have now been equipped with telematics and smart sensors, the operator announced on August 27. All 68 000 wagons are scheduled to be equipped by 2020. The retrofitting programme is being carried out at Seelze near ...

  • NordWestBahn has been awarded the Emscher-Münsterland-Netz 2021 contract (Photo: NordWestBahn/Holger Jacoby).
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    DMU operating contract awarded pending battery train deployment

    2019-08-27T14:29:03Z

    GERMANY: The Rhein-Ruhr and Westfalen-Lippe transport authorities have awarded incumbent NordWestBahn the Emscher-Münsterland-Netz 2021 contract, which covers the operation of service RE14 Essen-Steele – Dorsten – Borken/Coesfeld for seven years from the December 2021 timetable change. The Transdev subsidiary is to lease Bombardier Transportation Talent diesel multiple-units from Alpha ...

  • Vossloh Locomotives specialises in producing small to mid-sized diesel locos for freight applications at its factory in Kiel which moved to new facilities last year.
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    Vossloh to sell Locomotives business to CRRC

    2019-08-26T17:29:13Z

    GERMANY: On August 26 Vossloh AG announced its intention to sell its Locomotives business unit to Chinese state-owned rolling stock group CRRC. Vossloh Locomotives is based in Kiel, where a new production facility was completed in March 2018. The business specialises in producing small and medium sized diesel ...

  • Alpha Trains has completed one of its largest refurbishment projects.
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    Flirt fleet refurbished

    2019-08-26T13:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has completed one of its largest refurbishment projects, handing over to operator Keolis the last of 44 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units which have been modernised for use on Teutoburger Wald-Netz and Hellweg-Netz services. The comprehensive modernisation programme was undertaken by Stadler in Berlin, ...

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  • The first of 160 articulated flat wagons which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin factory in Russia have been sent for testing.
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    Russian wagons for DB on test

    2019-08-21T13:00:22Z

    GERMANY: The first of 160 articulated flat wagons which Deutsche Bahn has ordered from United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin factory in Russia have been sent for testing, with TSI certification expected by the end of the year Static testing and trial running is to be undertaken over several months, with ...

  • Northrail has signed a full-service agreement to provide RTB Cargo with three Siemens Mobility Smarton electric locomotives for up to five years.
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    RTB Cargo to lease Smartron locomotives

    2019-08-20T15:27:33Z

    GERMANY: Leasing company Northrail has signed a full-service agreement to provide RTB Cargo with three Siemens Mobility Smarton electric locomotives for up to five years. Announcing the contract on August 20, Northrail said the locos would be delivered by spring 2020 for use on automotive trains within Germany. ...

  • Teralytics was founded in 2012 as an ETH Zürich spin-off company and now has 56 employees and activities in 10 countries.
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    DB invests in mobile data analytics company

    2019-08-13T09:53:52Z

    SWITZERLAND: A company which uses mobile phone data to obtain information on travel demand has raised US$17·5m in a funding round with participants including Deutsche Bahn’s technology investment fund DB Digital Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Innogy Ventures, LBBW Venture Capital, Liil Ventures and existing investors Atomico and Lakestar. ...

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    Baden-Württemberg backs battery Mireos

    2019-08-06T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Land of Baden-Württemberg has decided to order a fleet of 20 Mireo battery-electric multiple units from Siemens Mobility to operate the Netz 8 Ortenau package of regional lines, the state government announced on August 2. Procurement began in May for the concession to operate the electrified ...

  • The Monopolies Commission report on rail competition was presented to State Secretary Michael Güntner at the federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure on July 25.
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    Monopolies Commission urges more competition on German network

    2019-07-31T12:57:20Z

    GERMANY: Further separation of infrastructure provider DB Netz from the Deutsche Bahn group is amongst a raft of measures recommended by the Monopolies Commission to enhance quality and competition on the rail network. In its seventh report, published on July 25, the Commission highlights the need for better service ...

  • Repair and renewal of ageing bridges is a major priority for DB's next infrastructure spending programme. (Photo: DB AG/Jochen Schmidt)
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    Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

    2019-07-29T10:29:33Z

    GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer ...

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    Electrification, batteries and hydrogen trains should replace DMUs, says study

    2019-07-23T13:55:07Z

    GERMANY: Electrification, battery power and fuel cells are the most sensible options for replacing diesel multiple-units, according to an environmental and value-for-money study undertaken by the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies. The Alternatives to DMUs in Rail Passenger Transport study was undertaken by VDE with funding ...

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    DB buys Westbahn’s Kiss EMUs

    2019-07-22T12:38:21Z

    EUROPE: Deutsche Bahn has signed an agreement to acquire Austrian open access operator Westbahn’s fleet of 17 Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units. Announcing the deal on July 22, the German national railway said Westbahn’s four-car and six-car units had ‘achieved the highest levels of customer satisfaction’; some of the ...

  • Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation have announced.
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    ICE4 deliveries to resume

    2019-07-17T16:36:35Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation announced on July 17. The national operator had stopped accepting delivery of further ICE4 trainsets in April after Bombardier’s quality management procedures determined that some coach body welds had not been ...

  • DB Regio has been awarded the E-Netz Mainfranken passenger train operating contract (Photo: DB/Uwe Miethe).
  • Passenger services have been reintroduced on the 28 km Bad Bentheim – Neuenhaus route.
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    Passenger services revived on freight line

    2019-07-08T13:07:43Z

    GERMANY: Passenger services were reintroduced on the 28 km Bad Bentheim – Neuenhaus route in Niedersachsen on July 6, following a €21m project to upgrade Bentheimer Eisenbahn’s previously freight-only line. Discounted preview fares were offered on the first day, with the full revenue service beginning on July 7. The line’s ...

  • Local transport authority VMS is studying options for reviving passenger services to Rochlitz and on the Pockau-Lengefeld – Marienberg line in Sachsen (Photo: DB).
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    Sachsen line reopenings under consideration

    2019-07-04T11:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Local transport authority VMS is studying options for reviving passenger services to Rochlitz and on the Pockau-Lengefeld – Marienberg line in Sachsen. Servies to Rochlitz ended in 2000, with passengers instead needing to travel by bus to Geithain for connections to Leipzig and Chemnitz. VMS is studying options and ...