All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2012

All articles published this month.

  • News

    Vijaya Kanth


    Vijaya Kanth , formerly General Manager of Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction), has been appointed Financial Commissioner of the Indian Ministry of Railways.

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    EBRD loan supports Serbian concrete sleeper plant


    SERBIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is providing a loan to support the development of a concrete sleeper plant at Svilajnac, 100 km south of Beograd. EBRD said the €2·8m loan to the Serbian Track Experts joint venture of Austrian firms Porr Bau and Maba Track Solutions is ...

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    Lyon – Torino funding agreed


    EUROPE: French Transport Minister Thierry Mariani met Italy’s Vice-Minister for Infrastructure & Transport Mario Ciaccia in Roma on January 30 to sign a supplementary agreement covering the final route, phasing and funding of the high speed line between Lyon and Torino. Hoping that the European Union will provide co-funding at ...

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    Latvian resignalling goes live


    LATVIA: National railway holding company LDZ officially unveiled its first fully-computerised signalling and train control system on January 26, marking completion of a seven-year project partially funded by the European Union’s Cohesion Fund. The resignalling of Latvia’s east-west main line linking Jelgava and Daugavpils is one of the first applications ...

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    Weight challenge for Wuppertal monorail car designer


    GERMANY: Swiss-based engineering group Prose is taking responsibility for all the mechanical aspects of a rolling stock project for the first time, in its role as Vossloh Kiepe's mechanical engineering partner for the development of a new fleet of cars for the schwebebahn suspension monorail in Wuppertal. Wuppertaler Stadtwerke awarded ...

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    Three-car trains to Woolwich Arsenal


    UK: London’s Docklands Light Railway introduced three-car operation on its Bank – Woolwich Arsenal route with effect from January 30, adding capacity for an extra 1 500 passengers/h ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This means all DLR routes are now worked with three-car trains during the morning ...

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    Alstom signalling for LGV Est Phase 2


    FRANCE: RFF has awarded Alstom Transport and Legrand SA a €40m contract to supply signalling for the second phase of LGV Est Européen, Alstom announced on January 30. Running for 106 km between Baudrecourt and Vendenheim, Phase 2 is due to open in 2016. It will complete high speed infrastructure ...

  • The project was launched by Thomas Feurer, Mayor of Schaffhausen; Reto Dubach, Schaffhausen canton Minister of Construction; and Philippe Gauderon, Head Infrastructure at SBB.

    Construction of Schaffhausen S-Bahn begins


    SWITZERLAND: A ceremony on January 26 marked the official start of construction work for the Schaffhausen S-Bahn project, a programme of infrastructure upgrades which will enable the provision of a half-hourly local train service, increasing to every 15 min in the peaks. An extra platform is to be provided at ...

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    Chinese locomotives on their way to Belarus


    BELARUS: The first of 12 Class BCG-1 electric locomotives being built for Belarus Railway was completed at CNR’s Datong plant in December. Ordered in October 2010 at a cost of 700m yuan, the 9·6 MW, 25 kV 50 Hz twin-section locos are derived from the HXD2 heavy-haul locomotives being assembled ...

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    Railway Directory 2012 now available


    With 736 pages, the 117th edition of Railway Directory includes listings and contact details for almost 4500 companies and organisations around the world, covering every sector of the railway industry. Providing listings for government and regulatory bodies and associations as well as infrastructure managers and train operators, the book covers ...

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    Rail Industry Training & Recruitment in Brief


    Led by President Claire Porter, a delegation from the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers has undertaken a tour of Hong Kong and mainland China as part of an effort to raise awareness of the body. IRSE is keen to establish a local section in Beijing, and discussions were held ...

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    Network Rail plans alliances with train operators


    UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail formally announced plans to form 'alliances' between its operational regions and franchised passenger train operating companies on January 23, saying this would streamline decision-making and deliver 'a more passenger-focused operation at lower cost'. Framework agreements have been reached with Abellio Greater Anglia, which takes over ...

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    Moscow - Berlin Talgo agreement


    RUSSIA: RZD President Vladimir Yakunin and Patentes Talgo President Carlos Palacio Oriol signed an agreement on January 25 that will see the Spanish manufacturer work with the Russian Railway Research Institute to develop rolling stock for RZD network. This covers the design, assembly and testing of three gauge-changing trainsets ...

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    Contractor takes over responsibility for NSW Country Regional Network


    AUSTRALIA: Responsibility for the management, maintenance and upgrading of the New South Wales government's regional rail network transferred from the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority to contractor John Holland with effect from January 15. More than 300 employees have transferred to John Holland, which now has a directly employed workforce 'in ...

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    Dijon takes delivery of first new tram


    FRANCE: The first of 33 Alstom Citadis trams for the two-line network being built in Dijon was delivered to the depot in the former SNCF workshop at Dijon-Chenôve on January 26, having left the Alstom's La Rochelle factory six days earlier. The 33 m long 100% low-floor trams will be ...

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    CargoNet to launch Kristiansand - Stavanger intermodal shuttle


    NORWAY: Freight operator CargoNet is to launch a shuttle service on April 17 to transport containers and semi-trailers between Kristiansand and the recently-opened Ganddal terminal near Stavanger. The train will initially operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving Stavanger at 05.30 and Kristiansand's Langmeyr yard at 12.30, with a journey time ...

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    GE Transportation announces 45% revenue growth


    GE TRANSPORTATION: Full-year revenue of $4·9bn has been announced by GE Transportation for 2011, up 45% on the previous year. Profit of $757m was up from $315m in 2010, although orders were 7% down at $4·6bn. At the end of the year GE Transportation's order backlog was worth $3·3bn. 'In ...

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    Invensys Rail awarded Bandirma - Menemen ERTMS contract


    TURKEY: National railway TCDD has awarded a joint venture of Invensys Rail and civil engineering company Fermak a €76m contract to provide ETCS Level 2 signalling and associated communications equipment for the 310 km line linking Bandirma on the Sea of Marmara with Menemen near Izmir. Invensys Rail's share of ...

  • News

    Ana Maria Pastor Julián


    Several new appointments have been made within Spain's Ministry of Development following the swearing-in of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on December 21. Former Health Minister Ana Maria Pastor Julián (photo) replaced José Blanco López as Minister of Development (including transport) on December 22. Rafael Catalá Polo has ...

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    Chinese firm invests in UK equipment supplier


    UK: Changzhou Evergreen Transport Technology and RAM Active Media have formed a 70:30 joint venture to take over TrainFX, a supplier of rolling stock systems including passenger information, CCTV, communications, energy metering and condition monitoring technology. Phil Campbell, Managing Director of TrainFX, said the Derby-based firm would benefit from the ...