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  • Ermewa exhibited an IONX sensor-equipped tank wagon at Transport Logistic in München on May 9-12.

    IONX and Ermewa agree telematics partnership


    EUROPE: Amsted Rail used the Transport Logistic tradeshow in München on May 9-12 to mark the extension of its telematics activities in Europe. Amsted’s IONX subsidiary has finalised a preliminary co-operation agreement with wagon leasing business Ermewa for the supply of telematics technology. The agreement covers IONX telematics equipment, proprietary ...

  • Caltrain hopes to take delivery of a fleet of Kiss EMUs supplied by Stadler. The Swiss company says that funding of the Caltrain upgrading programme would help it to proceed with its plans for a US manufacturing facility.

    Deadlines extended as Caltrain seeks to save electrification programme


    USA: San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator Caltrain announced on February 27 that it had reached agreement with contractors Balfour Beatty and Stadler to extend the contractual deadlines for start of work on the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project.Caltrain had been expected to issue ‘Notice to Proceed’ for both contracts ...

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    Passenger volumes up at Eurostar


    EUROPE: High speed operator Eurostar International reported a doubling in operating profit and modest increase in passenger volumes when reporting full-year financial results for 2012 on March 25. The operator carried 9·9 million passengers in 2012, 2% up from 9·7 million for the prior year, whilst operating profit rose from ...

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    'No delay' to High Speed 2 as legal challenges dismissed


    UK: Under-Secretary of State for Transport Simon Burns confirmed on March 15 that there would be ‘no delay’ to the planned High Speed 2 railway between London and the north of England after a series of legal challenges to the project were dismissed at the High Court in London. A ...

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    HS2 Phase II preferred route selected


    UK: The Department for Transport issued its preferred route options for the second phase of the planned High Speed 2 network on January 28. This second phase builds on the 190 km first stage running from London Euston to Birmingham and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near ...

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    Amtrak and California join forces on high speed fleet procurement


    USA: Amtrak and the California High Speed Rail Authority held a joint event at Washington Union station on January 17 to issue a joint Request for Information with a view to the procurement of a common fleet of high speed trains. The partnership agreement is intended to help advance both ...

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    Railway planned to link steel plant and port


    CAMBODIA: Under an agreement worth up to US$11bn, a 405 km north-south railway is to be constructed as part of a Chinese-funded investment to build steel production and port facilities in the country. The railway would be built by China Railway Group under contract to the Chinese-backed firm Cambodia Iron ...

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    Design work starts on east-west corridor


    LAOS: Preparatory works are underway to construct a 220 km double-track electrified railway between Savannakhet on the Mekong river and the Vietnamese frontier at Lao Bao. The project is being undertaken under a PPP concession worth up to US$5bn, which the Laotian government awarded to Malaysian contractor Giant Consolidated Group ...

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    EKZ inaugurates Astana locomotive plant


    KAZAKHSTAN: The EKZ joint venture of national railway KTZ, Alstom Transport and Transmashholding held an inauguration ceremony for its locomotive production plant in Astana attended by the country’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev on December 4. As part of a technology transfer agreement with the French supplier, EKZ will manufacture 285 electric ...

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    Eurostar to trial London – Aix-en-Provence service


    EUROPE: International high speed operator Eurostar is to operate a new service between London and the south of France on a trial basis in May and June 2013. Building on its long-standing seasonal service between London St Pancras International and Avignon-Centre which has operated on Saturdays in July and August ...

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    SJ expands indirect sales network


    SWEDEN: National passenger operator SJ has extended its distribution agreement with transaction processing specialist Amadeus to provide travel agencies and corporate travel management companies worldwide with access to its fares inventory. Under the agreement, SJ becomes the latest operator to sign up to the Amadeus Global Rail Sales Platform. This ...

  • The first series-produced EP20 passenger locomotive was handed in the presence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    Handover marks start of EP20 series production


    RUSSIA: The first series-produced EP20 passenger locomotive was handed over to Russian Railways by manufacturer Transmashholding at a ceremony near Rostov on November 30. The first Russian electric locomotive design capable of hauling inter-city trains at up to 200 km/h, the EP20 is a single-section Bo-Bo-Bo passenger locomotive designed for ...

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    Malaysian firm to build east-west corridor in Laos


    LAOS: Watched by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, a contract was signed in Vientiane on November 5 for construction of a 220 km railway running east-west across Laos from the Thai to Vietnamese borders. Under an agreement with the Laotian government worth ...

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    Chinese loan agreements revive trans-Laos project


    LAOS: Vientiane has agreed to accept US$7bn of loans from China to restart construction of the stalled 420 km north-south railway linking the capital to China’s Yunnan province via Phônhông, Vangvieng, Luang Phabang, Oudomxay and Louang Namtha. The cross-border project dates back to 2009, when an agreement between the Laotian ...

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    Japan to fund four-tracking in West Java


    INDONESIA: Work is expected to begin by the end of the month to increase capacity on a congested mixed-traffic corridor in the suburbs of Jakarta. Central to the project is the four tracking and resignalling of the current 32 route-km double-track alignment between Manggarai and Cikarang. State railway PT KAI ...

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    AusAID pledges funding as Cambodian rehabilitation resumes


    CAMBODIA: Australian overseas development agency AusAID has pledged further financial assistance to support the rehabilitation of Cambodia’s partly-modernised metre-gauge network. AusAID’s contribution of at least A$1m will support the relocation and compensation of families affected by the US$141m railway modernisation. The upgrading work is being co-ordinated by the Asian Development ...

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    Hitachi opens rail research centre


    UK: A European Rail Research Centre is to be opened in London by Hitachi, the company announced on October 10. Initially to be located within Hitachi Rail Europe’s offices in the centre of the city, the centre will form part of Hitachi Europe’s Transportation Energy & Environment Research Laboratory, which ...

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    Alstom unveils KZ8A freight locomotive


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first of 200 KZ8A twin-section freight locomotives being supplied by an Alstom-led consortium to national railway KTZ was unveiled in Belfort, eastern France, on October 2. Under a contract valued at €1·3bn signed in March 2011, the EKZ joint venture of KTZ (50%), Transmashholding (25%) and Alstom (25%) ...

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    Casablanca – Kénitra upgrading starts


    MOROCCO: A ceremony on September 25 attended by King Mohammed VI marked the start of modernisation of the Casablanca – Kénitra main line to increase capacity by around 50%. National railway ONCF has cited strong growth in passenger numbers on the Tanger – Marrakech axis in recent years, driven by ...

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    Yuxi - Mengzi line completed


    CHINA: Construction of 141 km line from Yuxi, south of Kunming, to Mengzi on the route to the Vietnamese border was officially completed on August 14. Just over half of the route is on viaducts or in tunnel, reflecting the challenging local topography, and the 4·5bn yuan cost has ...