High speed rail industry news

  • RENFE Talgo Avril (Photo Mike Bent)

    Avril high speed trains enter service


    SPAIN: The first 10 Talgo S106 Avril high speed trainsets entered passenger service with national operator RENFE on May 21. The Alta Velocidad, Rueda Independiente, Ligero (High Speed, Independent Wheels, Lightweight) is the latest evolution of the Talgo family. The 330 km/h Series 106 sets have ...

  • Velaro EGY on test

    Velaro EGY high speed train for Egypt on test


    Source: Siemens Mobility EGYPT: The first of the Velaro EGY high speed trainsets which Siemens Mobility is to supply to Egypt is undergoing dynamic testing at the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit in Germany ahead of delivery later this year. Siemens said the start of testing marked ‘a big ...

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    Eurostar plans to acquire 50 ‘fully interoperable’ trains


    EUROPE: International high speed train operator Eurostar says it is ‘preparing to invest’ in up to 50 high speed trainsets, which would be fully interoperable ’across five countries and beyond’. The new trains would enter service from the early 2030s, replacing the 17 PBKA and nine ...

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    Chizhou – Huangshan high speed line opens


    CHINA: The 125 km Chizhou – Huangshan high speed line through the mountains and valleys of Anhui province opened on April 26. The 350 km/h route is designated as a regional connecting line within the ‘eight vertical and eight horizontal’ national high speed rail development strategy. ...

  • Korail has put its latest generation of high speed train into commercial service

    KTX-CheongRyong high speed train enters service


    SOUTH KOREA: Korail put its latest generation of high speed train into commercial service on May 1. Two eight-car KTX-CheongRyong trainsets are now diagrammed to operate on the Gyeongbu high speed line and on the Honam line, offering passengers journey times of 2 h 17 min ...

  • Siemens Desiro HC for Egypt test ride

    Siemens presents Egyptian Desiro as high speed rail construction progresses


    EGYPT: Siemens Mobility presented one of the 94 Desiro HC electric multiple-units that it is supplying for Egypt to the international press at its Wegberg-Wildenrath Test & Validation Centre on May 8. A consortium of Siemens, Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors was awarded a turnkey ...

  • Murcia del Carmen station (Photo ADIF AV)

    Murcia del Carmen station fit-out contract awarded


    SPAIN: High speed rail infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Ferrovial and Acciona a €164m contract to fit out the new Murcia del Carmen station. The contract announced on May 3 covers building interiors, platform furniture and landscaping, as well as the installation of non-railway ...

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    Las Vegas – California high speed train supplier selected


    USA: Private sector project promoter Brightline West has named Siemens Mobility as preferred bidder to supply 355 km/h electric trainsets for its planned high speed line between Las Vegas and California. The order, which is still to be finalised, would cover 10 American Pioneer 220 trainsets ...

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    SNCF unveils TGV-M livery


    FRANCE: SNCF Voyageurs and supplier Alstom have revealed the colour scheme for the operator’s future fleet of TGV-M trainsets.

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    ONCF seeks to complete Kénitra – Marrakech high speed line before 2030 World Cup


    MOROCCO: National operator ONCF is stepping up the pace of planning and preliminary construction work for the 40bn dirhams high speed line between Kénitra and Marrakech. Due to open between September and November 2029 in time for the FIFA World Cup being staged the following year ...

  • Las Vegas Station aerial view

    Ceremony launches Brightline West’s high speed link to Las Vegas


    USA: Project promoter Brightline West held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 22 in Las Vegas to launch its project to build a high speed line from the city to southern California.

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    ‘Price dumping’ row mars Ouigo’s latest expansion


    SPAIN: SNCF’s low-cost subsidiary Ouigo has further expanded its operations in Spain, launching Madrid – Valladolid services on April 19, consisting of two return trips per day. Single fares start at €9, and initially 14 000 tickets per week have been made available. The operator could ...

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    Russian Railways orders high speed trains for revived Moskva – St Petersburg project


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways has signed a contract with Ural Locomotives for the supply of two pre-series high speed trainsets to operate its planned Moskva – St Petersburg high speed line. RZD is making a further attempt to develop a new line between its two most strategically ...

  • California high speed rail project train impression

    California high speed train request for proposals approved


    USA: The California High-Speed Rail Authority board has approved the release of a request for proposals for the supply and maintenance of high speed trainsets. Alstom Transportation and Siemens Mobility have prequalified for the process. Their proposals are to be submitted this autumn, with the authority ...

  • Final ICE4 (Photo Deutsche Bahn AG, Oliver Lang)

    Final ICE4 set delivered to Deutsche Bahn


    GERMANY: At a ceremony in Berlin Hauptbahnhof on March 19 Deutsche Bahn took delivery of the final ICE4 trainset, which was named Spree to mark the occasion and ‘baptised’ with water from the river of the same name. Chairman of DB’s Management Board Dr Richard Lutz ...

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    Breakthrough completes boring of High Speed 2’s longest tunnel


    UK: On March 21, tunnel boring machine Cecilia broke through the north portal of the Chiltern Tunnel on High Speed 2.

  • JR East Series E8

    Series E8 enters service on Yamagata mini-Shinkansen


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway put its first Series E8 high speed trainsets into revenue service on the Yamagata Shinkansen on March 16.

  • First train arriving from Tokyo at Tsugaru station

    Tsuruga joined to Shinkansen network


    JAPAN: ‘Today’s opening will touch the hearts of many domestic and international users and move the future forward’ said JR West President Kazuaki Hasegawa at the inauguration of the Kanazawa to Tsuruga extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

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    High speed rail bypass contract awarded


    SPAIN: High speed rail infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Sacyr Construcción a €49m contract to build the first section of a 19 km bypass around the town of Loja on the Antequera – Granada high speed line. Trains currently use a single track, dual ...

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    MSC’s purchase of Italo stake approved


    ITALY: The European Commission has approved Mediterranean Shipping Co’s planned acquisition of a 50% stake in open access high speed train operator Italo-NTV from Global Infrastructure Partners. The transaction announced in October was examined under the normal merger control procedure, with the Commission concluding that there ...