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  • Osnabrück buses
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    Check-in/Be-out bus ticketing on test


    GERMANY: A Check-in/Be-out bus ticketing system with a best price guarantee is being tested by the Osnabrück municipal bus operator’s staff ahead of passenger use. Travellers check-in to the bus by swiping in the local public transport app VOSpilot to obtain a QR code travel authorisation. ...

  • DB Toshiba hybrid locomotive impression

    DB confirms order for hybrid locomotives


    GERMANY: Following the positive outcome of a feasibility study, DB Cargo has confirmed it is to buy 50 Toshiba diesel-battery hybrid 100 km/h locomotives for shunting and short-distance freight operations, and will lease a further 50 locos. The HDB800 locos will be equipped with Toshiba’s SCiB ...

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    ‘The wow effect is coming’ as German government signs €86bn rail programme


    GERMANY: The €86bn LuFV III railway operating and financing agreement running to 2030 was signed by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Deutsche Bahn CEO Richard Lutz and Board Member for Infrastructure Ronald Pofalla on January 14, at a ceremony attended by Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.

  • Hamburg metro line U5 station impression
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    Hamburg automated metro financing agreed


    GERMANY: Confirmation of a grant to finance construction of the first driverless metro line in Hamburg has been formally handed over to operator Hamburger Hochbahn by the city’s government. Subject to the completion of planning procedures, construction of line U5 is expected ...

  • Impression of Stadler tram for Darmstadt
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    First order for Stadler’s next generation of tram


    GERMANY: Stadler has won the first order for its next generation of trams, with a €62m deal to supply 14 vehicles to Darmstadt operator HEAG Mobilo. The trams will feature a driver assistance system with traffic sign recognition, a new design of bogie to optimise the ...

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    PayPal travel payment now available in the Rhein-Main region


    GERMANY: Public transport users in Rhein-Main transport authority RMV’s ticketing region can now pay for travel using PayPal, which has been integrated into the RMV app and back office system supplied by Cubic Transportation Systems. Weekly and monthly passes can also now be purchased through a ...

  • Bonn tram
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    Depot management system to support Bonn’s switch to electric power


    GERMANY: Bonn city transport operator SWB has awarded PSI Transcom a contract to supply its PSItraffic Depot Management System to monitor and control its fleet of around 200 buses and 100 trams across three depots. PSItraffic/DMS will automate and optimise the planning of vehicle movements, including ...

  • BLS Cargo has called for better co-ordination of engineering works on the trans-Alpine corridors.

    Freight coalition publishes Contingency Management handbook


    EUROPE: In a bid to avoid the widespread disruption to international rail traffic which occurred following the tunnel collapse at Rastatt in August 2017, and to provide greater resilience for commercially sensitive traffic, a coalition of rail freight operators and industry associations has put together a Contingency ...

  • Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-unit for Elektronetz Mittelsachsen services.

    Battery-electric multiple-unit financing agreed


    GERMANY: Mittelsachsen transport authority ZVMS has reached an agreement for an order for 11 battery multiple-units to be financed by mandated lead arranger KfW IPEX-Bank with Nord/LB and Deutsche Kreditbank. The financing package is worth €49m and has a term of 22 years. The order is ...

  • Siemens Mobility Desiro ML EMU ordered by Alpha Trains for ODEG

    Desiro Mainline EMUs ordered for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


    GERMANY: Alpha Trains has ordered seven Siemens Mobility Desiro Mainline electric multiple-units which it will lease to Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn. The EMUs are to be used on Ostseeküste-Ost regional services RE9 Rostock – Stralsund – Binz/Sassnitz and RE10 Rostock – Stralsund – Züssow, which are being ...

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    Swiss-German border railway modernisation agreed


    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


    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


    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.

    DB Cargo wagons are getting smarter


    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).

    DMU operating contract awarded pending battery train deployment


    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.

    Vossloh to sell Locomotives business to CRRC


    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.

    Flirt fleet refurbished


    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.

    Russian wagons for DB on test


    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.

    RTB Cargo to lease Smartron locomotives


    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. ...