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    Wabtec opens Indian engineering and technology centre


    INDIA: The Wabtec India Engineering Technology Centre was inaugurated on December 12. The company is investing US$5m in the facility, which will occupy five floors of a building on the ITC Green Campus in Bangalore. This will house engineering teams from across the ...

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    Tejas Express pilots passenger privatisation


    INDIA: The first step towards opening up the provision of inter-city passenger services on the IR network began on October 4, with the launch at Lucknow Junction of a new Tejas Express service by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath. Operating over the ...

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    Coal cut-off line approved


    INDIA: The government has approved the construction of a 108 km rail link between Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi, for completion in 2023-24 at an estimated cost of Rs34·4bn. Connecting Central Railway’s current Shri Chhatrapati Shahumaharaj terminus at Kolhapur with Vaibhavwadi Road station on the Roha – Madgaon section of the ...

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    Construction of Uttar Pradesh line approved


    INDIA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of an 81 km line between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat in Uttar Pradesh. The government said the railway would support socio-economic development in the economically underdeveloped area, which is densely populated but lacks roads. Conversion of the existing ...

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    Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed tenders called


    INDIA: Tenders for design, construction and commissioning of civil engineering works on around half of the planned Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line were invited by the National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd on March 15. Covering a 237 km section in the state of Gujurat, running south from Vadodara ...

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    CBTC and more EMUs in Mumbai suburban expansion


    INDIA: A further programme of enhancements to increase capacity on the Mumbai suburban network was formally approved by the national government’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on March 7, and is expected to be completed in five years. Mumbai’s 385 route-km suburban network currently carries around 8 million passengers/day on ...

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    Modi launches Vande Bharat Express and orders 130 more


    INDIA: IR’s prototype Train 18 semi-high speed EMU was formally launched into revenue service by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a ceremony at New Delhi station on February 15. Now branded as Vande Bharat Express , the 16-car EMU was developed by the Integral Coach Factory to operate medium-distance inter-city ...

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    Little change in Indian railway results


    INDIA: With parliamentary elections due to be held in around three months, the national budget presented on February 1 offered little prospect of significant steps being taken to address the structural deficiencies afflicting the national railway, reports Raghu Dayal . Presented by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in the absence ...

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    Rajasthan test track plan endorsed


    INDIA: The national government has approved plans to develop a 40 km dedicated test track in Rajasthan for railway research and testing. This is expected to reduce the requirement for new and experimental trains to be tested on the increasingly busy national network. IR’s Research, Design & Standards Organisation had ...

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    Modi inaugurates Odisha enhancement works


    INDIA: Visiting the eastern state of Odisha on January 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the recently-completed electrification of two lines totalling 813 route-km. Undertaken at a cost of Rs10·9bn, the 25 kV 50 Hz wiring programme covered the north-south corridor connecting Jharsuguda to Vizianagaram via Sambalpur, Titlagarh and ...

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    State approves Bangalore suburban rail network


    INDIA: The Karnataka state cabinet has approved a four-route suburban railway network planned for Bangalore. Services would use dedicated tracks to serve 81 stations, including 30 elevated. The estimated Rs230·1bn cost would be funded by the central government (20%), the state government (20%) and loans from multilateral or domestic ...

  • The 4·94 km Bogibeel Bridge crosses the River Brahmaputra between the Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of the northeastern state of Assam.

    ‘Engineering masterpiece’ Bogibeel Bridge opens


    INDIA: The country’s longest combined rail and road bridge was officially opened when Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off a Northeast Frontier Railway inter-city train from Tinsukia to Naharlagun on December 25. The 4·94 km Bogibeel Bridge crosses the River Brahmaputra between the Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of the northeastern ...

  • British Deputy High Commissioner Andrew Fleming inaugurates the Pandrol Rahee Technologies factory in Hyderabad.

    Indian rail fastening factory opened


    INDIA: The Pandrol Rahee Technologies joint venture of rail fastening supplier Pandrol and infrastructure contractor Rahee Group has opened a fastening manufacturing plant in Hyderabad. The 3 500 m 2 facility has includes an automated clip forming line with an advanced coating technology process. It is expected to produce ...

  • Indian Railways operated its first double-stack train over the 190 km Ateli – Phulera section of the Western DFC on August 15. (Photo: DFCCIL)

    Dedicated Freight Corridors to open in stages


    INDIA: Several sections of the first two Dedicated Freight Corridors are on course to open over the next few months, the Ministry of Railways confirmed on November 5. The ministry’s original intention had been to open the corridors in their entirety once completed, but with work on some sections reportedly ...

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    ‘Make in India’ Train 18 inter-city prototype on test


    INDIA: Testing has started with a prototype 160 km/h inter-city trainset intended to accelerate and upgrade medium-distance services on Indian Railways. Developed at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, the ‘semi-high speed’ trainset has been designated Train 18 after its year of manufacture. Following testing by RDSO at up to ...

  • Network Rail is to enhance the loading gauge on the Doncaster - Immingham route in northern England.

    World rail freight news round-up


    Marking 10 years of direct intermodal trains between China and Germany, Deutsche Bahn has established DB Cargo Eurasia as a dedicated business unit to develop Eurasian transit freight. DB and partners including Russian Railways launched a single train between Xiangtang and Hamburg in 2008; it now runs 3 600 ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Steel producer Evraz is to invest US$60m in two automatic full-section wheel machining lines and a wheel geometry laser measuring hub at its plant in Nizhny Tagil. This is expected to see wheel output increase by 78 000 units per year, most of which are for the Russian market. ...

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    GE to develop additive manufacturing of locomotive components


    INNOTRANS: Additive manufacturing could be used in the production of up to 250 locomotive components by 2025 if GE Transportation’s early trials of the technique prove successful. The company is looking to build on the experience of GE’s aviation business over the past six years to develop additive manufacturing ...

  • South Western Railway opened a 30 km line from Bagalkot to Khajjidoni on June 15.

    Bagalkot – Khajjidoni railway opens


    INDIA: South Western Railway opened a 30 km line from Bagalkot to Khajjidoni on June 15, with regular passenger services serving the six new stations beginning three days later. The line has been built at a cost of Rs2·78bn as the first phase of a Rs9·86bn project to complete a ...

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    Delhi – Kolkata line to get ETCS Level 2


    INDIA: Plans for a pilot installation of the European Train Control System on one of the country’s busiest main lines have been approved by the Indian Railway Board, following government calls for a re-evaluation of its resignalling strategy. As part of a broader investment strategy and a drive to improve ...