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  • DB Netz has approved the national roll-out Strukton data loggers to monitor more than 12 500 point machines (Photo: DB).
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    German associations seek more competition in second rail reform

    2021-08-03T15:25:00Z

    GERMANY: An alliance of industry associations has called for a major reform of railway policy that would introduce full vertical separation of infrastructure and operations and foster more on-rail competition. In a position paper published on August 2, seven organisations assert that climate change objectives can ...

  • Flood damage in Belgium (Photo Infrabel)
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    UIC Extreme Weather taskforce gets to work

    2021-08-03T07:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways’ Taskforce on Extreme Weather Conditions has been launched, and will initially focus on addressing the impact of heavy rain and floods. Strong winds are proposed as a focus for next year, and earthquakes in 2023. UIC’s Safety Platform decided ...

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    CPTM locomotive rolled out

    2021-08-02T14:52:00Z

    BRAZIL: Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos has received the first of two diesel-electric locomotives that will be used for hauling maintenance trains on São Paulo’s 1 600 mm gauge suburban network.

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    Karawanken tunnel reopened

    2021-08-02T14:14:00Z

    EUROPE: Cross-border rail services have resumed on the Villach – Ljubljana route between Austria and Slovenia, following the completion of a 10-month refurbishment of the Karawanken tunnel. Dating from 1906, the 7 975 m bore had been closed to all traffic from September ...

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    Port Botany freight capacity enhancement contracts awarded

    2021-07-30T13:23:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded two contracts for works to increase freight capacity on the Port Botany line in Sydney. John Holland has been awarded a design and build contract for the Botany Rail Duplication project to double-track the remaining 2·9 km of ...

  • RENFE plans to deploy its Series 102 and 112 AVE trainsets on the Granada services.
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    ADIF AV lets contract to build first section of Cantabrian high speed line

    2021-07-30T09:35:00Z

    SPAIN: ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Sacyr Construcciones a 36-month contract worth €77∙3m to for civil works on a 20∙8 km section of high speed line between Palencia Norte and Amusco.

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    Second Baikal tunnel bore opened

    2021-07-29T14:12:00Z

    RUSSIA: President Putin has inaugurated the second bore of the Baikal tunnel, built as part of a double-tracking project which will increase capacity on the Delbichinda to Daban section of the Baikal – Amur main line from 17 to 85 trains each way per day. ...

  • Impression of the new Friesen Bridge (1)
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    Friesen Bridge replacement project gets underway

    2021-07-28T09:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A ceremony has been held to symbolically launch work to build the largest swing bridge of its kind in Europe, which will replace the Friesen Bridge over the River Ems near the Dutch border which was irreparably damaged by a cargo ship in December 2015. ...

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    Comment: Modal shift still key to rail’s green agenda

    2021-07-28T05:08:00Z

    In the transport sector, the urge to decarbonise is manifesting itself in an increasingly frenetic push for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to replace internal combustion in everything from cars to small aircraft. These offer significant potential for decarbonising rail too, but should not be prioritised over the need to deliver modal shift from more polluting forms of mobility, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Brno selects ‘grand and human, monumental and tangible’ design for new main station

    2021-07-27T10:46:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: The city of Brno has selected a team of Benthem Crouwel Architects and urban design company West 8 as the winner of an international competition to design a new main station in the Trnitá urban redevelopment area. Completion is envisaged in 2032-35 at a ...

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    Collapsed bridge replaced in two days

    2021-07-27T08:33:00Z

    RUSSIA: A bridge on the trans-Siberian line has been replaced within two days of being destroyed by flooding. The bridge between Kuenga and Ukurey collapsed on July 23. Trains had already been suspended after structural faults were identified, with local passengers being transported by bus ...

  • Stadler announced the Akku battery-powered version of its Flirt family at InnoTrans 2018, with a prototype demonstrated shortly afterwards.
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    ‘Enormous potential’ to cut CO2 emissions with battery traction

    2021-07-27T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A strategy for widespread adoption of battery-electric trains for local and regional passenger services has been put forward by Germany’s Railway Industry Association. With academic input from the technical universities of Berlin and Dresden, the report is presented as a background and position paper ...

  • Signalling equipment at Quseia in Egypt (Photo Alstom)
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    Egyptian signalling equipment commissioned

    2021-07-25T05:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Alstom has installed and commissioned a Smartlock 400GP electronic interlocking, Iconis SCADA and an 11 kV substation at Quseia to cover a 15 km section of the 240 km Beni Suef – Asyut line along the Nile to the south of ...

  • LNER Azuma at York (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Thales to develop ETCS data security system

    2021-07-22T08:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has appointed Thales to develop and implement an Online Key Management System to secure the exchange of critical data between trackside and in-cab ETCS equipment. ‘The online element of this solution is truly innovative, having not yet been implemented elsewhere in the ...

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    Financing agreed for Ghana’s Western railway upgrade

    2021-07-21T05:01:00Z

    GHANA: Loans totalling €600m have been signed to finance construction of a 100 km section of 1 435 mm gauge line on the Western Railway corridor running inland from Takoradi Harbour to Huni Valley. The existing 1 067 mm gauge Western Railway runs from Takoradi ...

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    Standard gauge freight terminal opens in Lithuania

    2021-07-20T09:40:00Z

    LITHUANIA: The Kaunas Intermodal Terminal opened to commercial freight traffic on July 19, with Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė amongst the guests at a ceremony welcoming the arrival of a 1 435 mm gauge train loaded with containers and semi-trailers from the Netherlands. Work began in ...

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    Infrastructure managers assess impact of catastrophic flooding

    2021-07-19T15:51:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail infrastructure managers are assessing the extent of impact of catastrophic flooding which has destroyed tracks, bridges, earthworks and stations in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere. Deutsche Bahn reported on July 18 that 600 km of track and around 80 stations in Nordrhein-Westfalen and Rheinland-Pfalz ...

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    Jacobs appointed as East West Rail Programme Partner

    2021-07-19T12:24:00Z

    UK: Oxford to Cambridge railway project promoter East West Railway Co has awarded Jacobs the Programme Partner contract, worth an estimated £35m overs three years. The contract covers the provision of engineering, operations and IT support services, with Jacobs to work collaboratively with EWR Co’s existing ...

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    DB joint venture to build Congolese iron ore line

    2021-07-16T18:04:00Z

    CONGO: Mining group Sapro has finalised an agreement with the Thelo DB joint venture for the construction and operation of a 412 km heavy haul railway to connect its Mayoko iron ore mine with the deepwater port of Pointe-Noire on the Atlantic coast.

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    $117bn Northeast Corridor route modernisation plan unveiled

    2021-07-16T11:05:00Z

    USA: A vision for modernising the 735 km main line linking Washington DC with Boston via Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York was outlined by the Northeast Corridor Commission on July 14.