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  • PKPE hydrogen storage

    PKP Energetyka to trial green hydrogen energy storage


    POLAND: PKP Energetyka has launched the construction of a hydrogen-based energy storage system at its Garbce traction power substation, as part of a research initiative aimed at transitioning the national rail network to renewable energy sources. The state railway’s power subsidiary announced on May 11 that ...

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    Test running starts on Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen


    JAPAN: Test running has started on the isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Nagasaki and Takeo Onsen, which is scheduled to open for revenue service on September 23.

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    In depth

    Track Maintenance: Rail Health Strategy pays off


    By aligning its inspection, maintenance and renewal regimes using a holistic systems approach, Translink NI Railways’ permanent way department has delivered a significant reduction in rail defects, improved track quality and extended asset life.

  • Railcare battery MPV

    Battery maintenance machines under development to meet sustainability targets


    SWEDEN: Contractor Railcare is developing additional battery-powered maintenance vehicles as part of its ambitions to be ‘a front runner within the industry’ for sustainability and meet its target of reducing CO2 emissions from operations by 40% by 2025.

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    Rail Business UK

    British Steel announces Scunthorpe rail investment


    UK: British Steel is to build a ‘multi-million-pound’ storage area for 108 m long rails and a dedicated facility for servicing Network Rail’s rail delivery trains at its Scunthorpe steelworks. This follows the award of a two-year extension to its contract to supply Network Rail with ...

  • A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways.

    Wien rail infrastructure enhancement package agreed


    AUSTRIA: A financing agreement for rail infrastructure enhancements in the region around Wien has been signed by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, the city of Wien and Austrian Federal Railways. The overall aim is to further increase the already ...

  • Vicșani

    Romania rehabilitates rail links to Ukraine


    ROMANIA: Additional tracks have been rehabilitated and brought back into use at Vicșani on the border with Ukraine, providing a total of seven 1 520 mm gauge and six 1 435 mm gauge tracks to increase capacity and reduce transhipment times. The Ministry of Transport has ...

  • Egypt ENR train with GE Wabtec loco

    Cabinet approves Egyptian railway financing agreements


    EGYPT: The cabinet has approved two railway financing packages, including an agreement for Export-Import Bank of Korea to provide a loan for signalling modernisation on the 224 km Luxor – Aswan High Dam railway. Electronic signalling, new control systems and the installation of automatic barriers at ...

  • ČD Pendolino trainset.

    Pendolino ETCS contract awarded


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has awarded a contract for its flagship fleet of seven Class 680 Pendolino trainsets to be equipped with ETCS, which will allow them to operate at up to 200 km/h on sections of the network. The contract worth KC413·9m was awarded ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Atkins to deliver final phase of Feltham – Wokingham resignalling programme


    UK: Atkins has been awarded a £23m contract to deliver the final phase of Network Rail’s Feltham – Wokingham resignalling programme. Atkins has been involved at all stages of the £190m programme, which covers 130 route-km of track and requires the replacement of 500 separate pieces ...

  • More than 500 delegates converged on Valenciennes for the 2022 ERTMS Conference organised by the European Union Agency for Railways

    ERTMS conference explores rollout strategies and ‘game changer’ enhancements


    The EU Agency for Railways’ 2022 ERTMS Conference focused on the technical advances, deployment strategies and political imperatives that will shape deployment over the coming years. Jérémie Anne reports from Valenciennes.

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    Rail Business UK

    ETCS lineside equipment commissioned on Northern City Line


    UK: In a major step for the East Coast Digital Programme, the ETCS Level 2 signalling and train control equipment on the Northern City Line between Finsbury Park and Moorgate was commissioned over the May Day bank holiday weekend. The conversion is a key element in ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘Unique in Europe’ Welsh test centre to push technological boundaries


    UK: The Global Centre of Rail Excellence at Onllwyn in south Wales will be ‘unique in Europe’ when it opens in 2025, GCRE Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty told the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on April 27.

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    Pandrol to demonstrate fastening and welding innovations at IAF


    GERMANY: At the IAF trade show in Münster at the end of May, Pandrol will host an outdoor display area on stand A-100 where it will be displaying and demonstrating a range of products along a 50 m section of track.

  • Railway engineering works in Sweden

    Trafikverket considers in-house maintenance management to facilitate benchmarking


    SWEDEN: Infrastructure manager Trafikverket has put forward proposals to take in-house the management of maintenance on three sections of the national rail network, in order to provide a benchmark for its other contracts and to improve its knowledge base as an informed customer. Although predecessor Banverket ...

  • Niederrheinbahn funding handed over

    Niederrheinbahn reopening funding confirmed


    GERMANY: The Land of Nordrhein-Westfalen has confirmed €17m of funding to enable the introduction of a passenger service on the 10 km Niederrheinbahn route between Moers and Kamp-Lintfort from 2026. ‘By reactivating the old tracks, Kamp-Lintfort, the third largest German town without a rail connection, will ...

  • Semmering base tunnel works (Photo: ÖBB/Ebner)

    Semmering base tunnel opening postponed


    AUSTRIA: The planned opening of the Semmering base runnel has been postponed to 2030 following an evaluation of geological, structural and technical issues.

  • Windhoff DB VentuS MPV impression

    DB orders diesel-battery engineering vehicles


    GERMANY: The national railway’s infrastructure construction unit DB Bahnbau Gruppe has awarded Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik a framework contract for the supply of up to 10 diesel-battery multi-purpose vehicles, with a firm order for an initial three. They will be a compact version of the VentuS ...

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    Funds committed to North Sea Port rail access route


    EUROPE: The Dutch cabinet is to make available €105m from the National Growth Fund towards the Rail Gent Terneuzen project to improve access to North Sea Port, the 60 km area on the Western Scheldt between Vlissingen in the Netherlands and the Belgian city of Gent ...

  • Kyrgyzstan’s President launches construction of Balykchy to Kochkor railway (12)

    Kyrgyz president launches construction of railway to Kara-Keche


    KYRGYZSTAN: President Sadyr Japarov has officially launched construction of a 186 km railway from the current railhead at Balykchy to Kara-Keche, saying the first major rail project since independence is of great importance to the country. Burying a time capsule to mark ...