All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2013

All articles published this month.

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    Norfolk Southern plans $2bn investment programme in 2013


    USA: A $2bn investment programme for 2013 was announced by Norfolk Southern on January 28. 'Our capital plan will maintain the safety and quality of our existing franchise, improve service quality and performance, achieve operational efficiencies and productivity improvements and support business growth,' said CEO Wick Moorman. The largest expenditure ...

  • TEM-KZ diesel shunting locomotive for Kazakhstan.

    Chinese shunting locomotive assembled in Kazakhstan


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first TEM-KZ shunting locomotive assembled by Kamkor Locomotive's Shu repair plant using components supplied by CSR Ziyang was unveiled last month. National railway KTZ and CSR signed a strategic partnership agreement in May 2012, and 14 Kamkor staff travelled to China for training. A locomotive production joint ...

  • The UK government has announced its plans to restart tendering for the Essex Thameside, Great Western and Thameslink, Southern & Great Northern passenger franchises.

    Rail franchising programme revised


    UK: Following the publication of Eurostar Chairman Richard Brown's independent review of the Department for Transport's franchising programme earlier in the month, on January 31 the government announced its plans to restart three passenger franchise tendering competitions. These were put on hold in October 2012 after 'significant errors' led ...

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    Integral Coach Factory aims to be 'multi-speciality production unit'


    INDIA: Integral Coach Factory achieved its highest-ever output with the completion of 1 511 coaches during 2012, including the 45 000th vehicle since ICF was established in 1955. An expansion project which is nearing completion will increase production capacity to 1 700 vehicles/year, and according to General Manager Abhay ...

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    ÖBB approves Siemens Desiro ML order


    AUSTRIA: The Austrian Federal Railways' supervisory board authorised a firm order for 100 Siemens Desiro ML electric multiple-units on January 30. A contract worth €550m is to be signed following the regulatory standstill period. The order is being placed within a framework for up to 200 EMUs which was agreed ...

  • European Commission Vice-President for Transport Siim Kallas

    Compliance Verification Clause unlocks the Fourth Railway Package


    EUROPE: Proposals to ensure open and transparent infrastructure management have been incorporated into the draft Fourth Railway Package, which was finally unveiled by the European Commission on January 30. The ‘comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services’ had been delayed for several months ...

  • Mipro will supply new signals featuring a narrow vertical housing.

    Mipro awarded Finnish resignalling contract


    FINLAND: The Finnish Transport Agency has awarded Mipro a €16m contract to design and install signalling for the 79 km Kokkola - Ylivieska line. This route is being upgraded and doubled as part of the €860m modernisation of the 335 km Seinäjoki - Oulu corridor, which carries the majority ...

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    New line projects move forward in Mexico


    MEXICO: On January 28 Secretary of Communications & Transport Gerardo Ruiz signed an agreement with José Calzada, Governor of the state of Querétaro, setting out how the federal and state governments are to co-operate on the project to build a new line for passenger services between Mexico City and the ...

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    Driverless metro technology on test


    SINGAPORE: Invensys Rail Dimetronic is using a test track at Changchun in China to verify the automation systems that it is to deploy on Singapore's Downtown Line, where trains are to run without onboard staff. Invensys Rail is supplying Sirius CBTC and Rail 9000 automatic train supervision technology, Westrace Mk ...

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    Oliver Feicks


    Oliver Feicks has joined GHH-Valdunes as Managing Director & Chief Sales Officer. He was formerly Managing Director of Alpha Trains.

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    Three Chinese metro projects approved


    CHINA: Three new metro projects have recently been approved, in Fuzhou, Nanchang and Urumqi. A feasibility study for Line 2 of the Fuzhou metro was approved in November. The line is planned to run 26·3 km from Shadi to Gushan, with 22 stations. Fuzhou Metro will build and operate the ...

  • Pesa Swing tram for Warszawa.

    Szczecin fast tram builder selected


    POLAND: Tramwaje Szczecińskie has selected a Mytoll-Strabag consortium to build a fast tram line in Szczecin. The consortium beat three other bidders with its 165·8bn złoty offer. Construction will be co-financed from the EU budget for 2007-13, and so must be finished by the end of 2015. The 4 ...

  • New Orleans RTA modern air-conditioned heritage-style streetcar.

    New Orleans streetcar extension opens


    USA: The Loyola Avenue extension of the New Orleans tram network opened on January 28, ahead of Super Bowl XLVII which is to be held at the nearby Superdome stadium on February 3. Starting at the Union Passenger Terminal inter-city rail and bus station, the new double-track line runs 1·3 ...

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    Chongqing metro expands


    CHINA: A 20 km western extension of Chongqing metro Line 1 from Shapingba to Daxuecheng opened on December 21, with eight intermediate stations. One week later Line 3 opened from Ertang to Yudong. Of the nine intermediate stations, three are still to open. Elsewhere on the line, Gongmao and ...

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    Gerardo Ruiz Esparza


    Gerardo Ruiz Esparza has been appointed Mexico’s Secretary of Communications & Transport.

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    Singapore to double size of metro network


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has announ­ced plans to expand the island’s metro network from the current 178 km to about 360 km by 2030, putting 80% of households within a 10 min walk of a station. The Land Transport Masterplan 2013 includes the construction of two new lines and extension ...

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    Sydney's Light Rail Future


    AUSTRALIA: Sydney’s Light Rail Future plan announced by New South Wales Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian on December 13 includes a 12 km line connecting Circular Quay to Moore Park, with branches serving Randwick and Kingsford via the University of NSW. Construction is due to start in 2014, and the A$1·6bn ...

  • A Siemens Vectron locomotive was tested in the Channel Tunnel on the night of January 25-26 2013 (Photo copyright: Eurotunnel).

    Siemens Vectron tested in the Channel Tunnel


    EUROPE: A Siemens Vectron AC electric locomotive was tested in the Channel Tunnel on the night of January 25-26. The aim was to test compatibility with Channel Tunnel systems and safety rules, as Eurotunnel hopes that open-access freight operators will be able to use conventional TSI-compliant four-axle locomotives rather ...

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    Dedicated Freight Corridor construction contract awarded


    INDIA: Dedicated Freight Corridor Corp of India Ltd has awarded the first major contract for construction of the Eastern DFC, an electrified high-capacity freight route suitable for speeds of 100 km/h and 32·5 tonne axleloads which is being developed to ease congestion on the Delhi - Kolkata axis. A joint ...

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    HS2 Phase II preferred route selected


    UK: The Department for Transport issued its preferred route options for the second phase of the planned High Speed 2 network on January 28. This second phase builds on the 190 km first stage running from London Euston to Birmingham and a junction with the West Coast Main Line near ...