All Railway Gazette International articles in January 1998

All articles published this month.

  • News

    Suburban rebuild

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    FRENCH Railways, the Syndicat des Transports Parisiens and the Ile-de-France region are to share the cost of a Fr190m programme to rebuild the suburban section of Paris Nord station. Work to is due to begin after France hosts the football World Cup between June 10 and July 12, and is ...

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    PUBLICATIONS

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Conference Papers: ÖVG Convention on Optimising Railway Track At this conference in Graz in September 1997 subjects discussed ranged from capacity management and track maintenance strategy on the home railway ÖBB to track inspection and maintenance planning in New York, further development of heavy load switches on Union Pacific, development ...

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    Selective Train Protection

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Subject to successful completion of trials, Redifon MEL is to offer the Train Protection & Warning System which has been developed for Railtrack as a cheaper alternative to full automatic train protection. TPWS builds on British Rail’s long-established Automatic Warning System which alerts the driver of a train approaching a ...

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    PR privatisation ’this year’

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    PAKISTAN Railways is to be fully privatised by the end of 1998, according to Federal Railways Minister Yaqub Khan Nasar. He said in November that the government had decided that the only solution to PR’s financial problems was ’to restructure rail transport’. Endorsing the proposals of a special committee formed ...

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    Pointers

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    German Railway is drawing up plans for a dual-mode electro-diesel version of its CargoSprinter freight trainset; a proposal is due to go to the board of management shortly. A new California High Speed Rail Authority was created in November to develop a 1100 km network linking key cities such as ...

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    PEOPLE

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Michael Blythe and Bruce Baird have been nominated Directors of Australia’s National Rail Corp for three years. James Struthers has been appointed Finance Director for Eurostar (UK). Linda Bohlinger has been named Executive Director of Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority in Florida. She takes over from Jeffrey D Jackson who ...

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    Pontinha opened

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    METROPOLITANO de Lisboa has completed a 1.5 km extension of its northwestern route from Colégio Militar to Pontinha, with an intermediate station at Carnide. Started four years ago, the work has been delayed by bad weather and geological problems. Construction was contracted to the Metrogal consortium incuding Constru oes Técnicas ...

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    Metros

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Australia: Queensland is to build a 15 km light rail line from the Royal Brisbane Hospital to the University at St Lucia as a A$200m public-private project . Austria: Wiener Linien has ordered 10 more three-section low-floor cars worth Sch168m from Bombardier Transportation for light metro Line ...

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    MARKETPLACE

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Australia: Railway Services Authority of New South Wales has called tenders for the supply and installation of help point equipment at 63 stations on the Sydney suburban network. Canada: Canadian National and General Electric have opened a Locomotive Reliability Centre at Symington Yard in Winnipeg, augmenting similar depots in Edmonton ...

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    Operators line up

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    DUTCH Minister of Transport & Waterways Annemarie Lebink has approved 19 organisations to run on the Railned network in addition to Netherlands Railways. This is part of the programme to open up the national network to competing operators, all of whom must first gain a Railned safety certificate and then ...

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    Nanning - Kunming line opens

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    CHINESE Railways held ceremonies at Xingyi in Guizhou province on December 2 to mark the opening of its electrified line between Nanning and Kunming. Construction of the 898 km trunk line began in 1991, and tracklaying was completed in March (RG 5.97 p271). Traffic on the corridor is initially estimated ...

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    Work starts on Taipei - Kaohsiung

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    ON DECEMBER 10 the Taiwan High Speed Railway Consortium announced that a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Taipei - Kaohsiung high speed line would be held on December 30 at Linkhou, about 30 km west of Taipei. The move followed completion of negotiations between the Siemens - GEC Alsthom ...

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    Régions invest

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    TRACK RENEWAL work on the night of December 10 marked the start of a Fr293m upgrading of French National Railways’ 34 km Strasbourg - Haguenau route. Alsace région is meeting 57.5% of the cost, and Bas-Rhin département 17%. Speeds will be raised to 160 km/h, and a third track will ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Afghanistan: The World Bank is to fund a US$1.5m feasibility study into an 800 km line from Chaman in Pakistan to Kushka in Tadzhikistan, costed at US$600m. Australia: National Rail Corp began providing traction for The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Overland on November 1, under contract to Great Southern Railway. ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    CAPTION: Spanish National Railways has put into service on its Madrid - Soria line two diesel railcars converted from the driving cars of a Class 593 ’Camel’ three-car DMU CAPTION: Essex MEP Richard Howitt inaugurated the International Rail Freight Terminal at the Port of Tilbury on November 24. The four-track ...

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    Puget Sound picks integrated rail option

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    INTRO: A 55 km commuter rail line is due to start running between Seattle and Tacoma next year. This is the first stage in an ambitious 10-year programme to develop commuter and light rail routes throughout the Puget Sound region BYLINE: William D Middleton ’AMONG THE major US urban areas ...

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    Why not sell off the infrastructure as well?

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    SINCE 1992, there has been an explosion in rolling stock leasing outside the US, where it has been commonplace for years (RG 1.97 p5). The new deals are primarily in Europe, but east Asia including Japan was starting to open up before financial crises hit the region last autumn. Now ...

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    Industry

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Australia: Goninan has formed a strategic alliance with Hunter Institute of Technology and the University of Newcastle, NSW, to provide training, education and research expertise to Asia. Europe: Bombardier Transportation has decided to drop the Bombardier Eurorail name for its European operations. The Brussels office will remain, but ANF, Prorail, ...

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    Seventh heaven as the Trolley keeps growing

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Shopping centres and a sports stadium offer major traffic potential along the latest extension of San Diego’s light rail network, which continues the city’s successful 16-year policy of incremental expansion. Julian Wolinsky joined the opening celebrations

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    Group standard tampers

    1998-01-01T11:00:00Z

    Plasser & Theurer has developed the Unimat 08-RT series of tampers to meet Railtrack Group Standard GM/RT 2400, adopted in 1996 for new on-track machines in the British market. The basic models incorporate features previously offered as optional extras, including ALC computerised guidance, soundproofed and heated cabs linked by intercom, ...