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    ÖBB commissions first hardware-independent cloud interlocking

    2020-11-27T09:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has put into operation the country’s first digital interlocking which uses ‘Interlocking in the Cloud’ concepts developed by Siemens Mobility.

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    Amtrak and NJ Transit make Penn Station refurbishment progress

    2020-11-24T06:26:00Z

    USA: The modernisation of New York Penn Station has taken another step forward with completion of a refresh of the pre-boarding waiting area for Amtrak passengers and improved access to the NJ Transit concourse.

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    Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime inspires track machine decoration

    2020-11-24T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indigenous artworks have been applied to a New Track Construction machine being used by John Holland in the Pilbara region. The firm is undertaking a A$130m contract to lay 143 km of track and undertake infrastructure and signalling works as ...

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    Research aims to reduce electrification costs

    2020-11-18T14:54:00Z

    UK: Research to improve the reliability of current and future electrification schemes has been undertaken by engineers from Sheffield University, supported by supplier Furrer+Frey and Network Rail. A PhD undertaken by Sam Hayes examined the effects of wind, train speed and wire gradient, with the aim ...

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    State budget backs Melbourne ring line

    2020-11-18T14:09:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Prequalification will start by the end of 2020 for work on Melbourne’s orbital Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews announced on November 16. The 90 km underground line will run from Cheltenham in the south to Werribee in the west via the ...

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    Pandrol’s AutoSeal eliminates the need for manual sealing when welding rails

    2020-11-18T05:00:00Z

    WELDING: Pandrol says up to 5 min per rail weld can be saved through the use of its newly-launched AutoSeal mould, which has a built-in insulation joint that expands during pre-heating to create a tight seal and eliminate the need for manual completion. ...

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    Rail steel R&D partnership

    2020-11-16T06:00:00Z

    UK: British Steel and the University of Sheffield have announced a multi-million-pound research and development programme which will see steel tested at the university’s Faculty of Engineering and the steelmaker’s R D facility at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. British Steel is contributing £1·6m including ...

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    Porto – Lisboa high speed link revived under €10∙5bn rail spending programme

    2020-11-13T13:12:00Z

    PORTUGAL: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investment totalling more than €10bn as part of a wider national stimulus programme. The highlight of the package is the revival of a proposal for a high speed rail link between Lisboa and Porto, which was the subject of extensive studies in the mid-2000s.

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    East Coast Main Line electrification research agreement

    2020-11-13T06:00:00Z

    UK: An outline £10m co-investment agreement has been signed by the University of Leeds and the Rail Electrification Alliance which is undertaking the East Coast Main Line power supply upgrade programme. The agreement provides for two years of research into the best ...

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    ADB loan to complete Ferghana Valley modernisation programme

    2020-11-12T10:41:00Z

    UZBEKISTAN: The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$121m loan to complete the modernisation of the rail network in the Ferghana Valley. The work is intended to stimulate economic growth and improve trade and regional connectivity along Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Corridor 2. The ...

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    Valencia suburban signalling contract awarded

    2020-11-11T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded CAF Signalling a €20m contract to modernise supply signalling and telecoms for Valencia suburban Line C1. During the 18-month project CAF will supply safety and communications equipment for the introduction of automatic bidirectional block signalling between Silla and Cullera, and ...

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    Kenyatta inaugurates Nairobi commuter DMU service

    2020-11-10T15:12:00Z

    KENYA: The five diesel multiple-units procured by Kenya Railways Corp to expand its Nairobi commuter operations were formally launched into service on November 10. The first train was flagged off at Nairobi Central Station by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was joined at ...

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    Narrabri – North Star upgrading contract signed

    2020-11-10T12:23:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: An A$650m contract for the next phase of the Inland Rail corridor has been signed by Australian Rail Track Corp and the Trans4m Rail joint venture.

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    Minas Gerais plan includes passenger revival

    2020-11-09T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Proposals for revitalising the rail network, including revival of both freight and passenger services, are being assessed in the state of Minas Gerais. Forming part of a Strategic Railway Plan for the state, the plans were presented at a hearing of the Extraordinary Commission for ...

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    BAV approves Basel quadrupling

    2020-11-05T15:31:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office of Transport has formally approved the four-tracking of the Rhein Valley main line north of Basel in order to boost freight capacity on a key access route to the trans-Alpine rail corridors.

  • State Railway of Thailand has formally signed the first of 14 contracts for work on the planned 1 435 mm gauge rail link from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Photo: Andrew Benton).
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    Thai standard gauge contract awarded

    2020-11-05T05:00:00Z

    State Railway of Thailand has formally signed the first of 14 contracts for work on the planned 1 435 mm gauge rail link from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima (Photo: Andrew Benton). THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand has formally signed the first of 14 contracts for ...

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    Ermstalbahn modernisation programme gets underway

    2020-11-04T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Erms-Neckar-Bahn AG has begun work to modernise and electrify the 10 km Ermstalbahn between Metzingen and Bad Urach in Baden-Württemberg. This forms part of the Regionalstadtbahn Neckar-Alb programme to develop a Karlsruhe-style tram-train network.

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    Prasa formally opens Western Cape control complex

    2020-11-03T11:44:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Prasa has formally inaugurated its R2∙8bn Rail Management & Train Control Centre at Bellevue in Cape Town, as part of its programme to modernise its signalling and infrastructure, including adoption of ETCS tailored to local conditions.

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    ETCS and GSM-R security monitoring tool launched

    2020-11-03T05:00:00Z

    SIGNALLING: Comtest Wireless has announced NetProbe Owl, a ‘cyber sniffing’ tool which it says is the first on the market to enable real-time security monitoring of GSM-R and ETCS networks. NetProbe Owl tracks suspicious messages and sessions, sending alerts so that engineers can conduct further analysis. ...

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    Suburban investment increased in 2021 Spanish rail budget

    2020-11-02T13:41:00Z

    SPAIN: A 36% increase in investment for the national rail network has been put forward in the draft budget proposals for 2021 presented by Minister for Transport, Mobility & Urban Planning José Luis Ábalos on October 29.