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    AI improves broken rail detection


    BRAZIL: Operator and logistics company Rumo has introduced an enhanced broken rail detection system, integrating artificial intelligence to improve the accuracy of detection and reduce the number of false alarms. Rumo began its broken rail detection project in 2018, installing devices at various locations across its ...

  • California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected an AECOM-Fluor joint venture to provide programme management support

    California high speed rail programme management contract awarded


    USA: California High-Speed Rail Authority has selected an AECOM-Fluor joint venture to provide programme management support for its planned Los Angeles – San Francisco corridor, where construction of the initial 270 km section between Merced and Bakersfield is already underway in California’s Central Valley. The Program ...

  • Catastrophic flood damage in May led to an indefinite suspension of services on the 300 km of the Hudson Bay Railway between Gillam and Churchill.

    Funding to address the impact of climate change on rail


    CANADA: Transport Canada has issued the first call for proposals under the Climate Change & Adaptation to Extreme Weather Infrastructure initiative. Funding of up to C$10·5m is available in the next year to increase rail’s resilience to extreme weather events, repair damage resulting from such events ...

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    DB Netz and DB Station&Service become InfraGO


    GERMANY: The federal government is planning to complete the merger of DB Netz AG and DB Station&Service AG by January 1 2024, when the merged business will become known as InfraGO. More details of the government’s plans for restructuring the two Deutsche Bahn businesses emerged on ...

  • Zuun-Bayan to Khangi railway opening in Mongolia (2)

    Export boost expected from Mongolia – China railway opening


    MONGOLIA: Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene has officially opened the 226·9 km railway from Zuunbayan to Khangi on the Chinese border, saying it will form ‘Mongolia’s new gateway for transporting mining export products competitively to the global marketplace’. The 1 520 mm gauge line interchanges with a ...

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    Transnet Freight Rail looks at alternative traction energy options


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is seeking industry feedback on how affordable renewable electricity could be integrated into its traction power supplies to improve energy security and efficiency and reduce the railway’s environmental impact Any changes would need to take into account the scale of the ...

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    Burbank upgrading project started


    USA: Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink held a groundbreaking ceremony at Burbank-Downtown station on November 9 to mark the start of the Burbank Junction Speed Improvement Project. The work includes the realignment and renewal of existing main line tracks and the installation of fencing to facilitate ...

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    Warszawa – Łódź high speed line planning contracts awarded


    POLAND: Three contracts totalling 300m złoty have been awarded to support the development of a 350 km/h high speed line from Warszawa to Łódź. The three contracts announced on November 23 form part of the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny programme to build a major airport, 2 000 ...

  • Virginia Railway Express train (Photo: George Tenney/VRE)

    Transforming Rail in Virginia programme manager appointed


    USA: CSX has awarded consultancy Michael Baker International a 10-year contract to lead programme and construction management for the $3·7bn Transforming Rail in Virginia project to enhance passenger services on the route between Washington DC and Richmond. Supported by Patrick Engineering, Michael Baker’s Rail & Transit ...

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    Norwegian ERTMS programme delayed


    NORWAY: Citing global supply problems and delays to the retrofitting of trains, Bane Nor has postponed the planned launch of ERTMS on its first lines.

  • Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso

    Minister launches construction of Vicente Emílio Vuolo Railroad in Mato Grosso


    BRAZIL: Construction work has begun on the 730 km railway from Rondonópolis to the Mato Grosso state capital of Cuiabá, Nova Mutum and Lucas do Rio Verde, which is being developed by Rumo Logística as an extension to its Malha Norte network. The rail and logistics ...

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    In depth

    Israel: ISR expansion ramps up again


    Israel Railways has embarked on an ambitious strategy to double the size of its network, as it seeks to cope with a projected quadrupling of demand by 2030. CEO Michael Maixner explains his priorities to Chris Jackson.

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    Russia – China railway bridges the River Amur


    ASIA: The cross-border railway bridge over the River Amur linking Nizhneleninskoye in Russia with Tongjiang in China opened on November 16, with an initial 50-wagon train carrying iron ore from Russia to China. The bridge shortens the route between southeastern Siberia and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast ...

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    Aarhus IC5 depot contract awarded


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB has selected MT Højgaard Danmark to construct a depot and workshop complex near Aarhus to maintain its future fleet of Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs.

  • Transpennine Route Upgrade first wired section E1 Wires ending at automatic tensioning devices (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    AI to improve Transpennine Route Upgrade project scheduling


    UK: The Transpennine Route Upgrade programme is using data-driven forecasting and risk management software from nPlan to reduce the optimism, recency and salience biases in its project schedule forecasts. The software looks at past project schedules and uses a deep learning technique to build a model ...

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    Transylvanian route modernisation contract signed


    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR SA has awarded a 2·1bn lei contract for modernisation and electrification of the 52·7 km Poieni – Alesd section of its 166 km main line from Cluj-Napoca to the Hungarian border near Episcopia Bihor. A contract for the work has been signed ...

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    FRA sets out Northeast Corridor enhancement priorities


    USA: A list of priority projects for enhancing the Northeast Corridor linking Washington DC with Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York has been published by the Federal Railroad Administration. The list is intended to assist Amtrak, states and other stakeholders with the implementation of critical ...

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    Hitachi Rail awarded Manila commuter railway E&M contract


    PHILIPPINES: The Department of Transportation has awarded Hitachi Rail a turnkey contract to supply electrical and mechanical systems including track and ETCS Level 2 for a section of the North South Commuter Railway project. The ¥114bn contract CP04 announced on November 17 is being funded by ...

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    Protocol to support completion of the Roma railway ring


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has signed a protocol with the Prefecture of Roma aimed at facilitating the completion of the orbital ring railway around the capital. Completing the ring line has been one of RFI’s top priorities for more than a decade, and the scheme has ...

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    TCDD seeks solar-powered electricity supply


    TURKEY: National infrastructure manager TCDD has begun work on the development of a 10 MW solar power plant in Balıkesir in the northwest of the country.