All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2015

All articles published this month.

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    World rolling stock market January 2015


    Argentina: SABB SA is completing a contract to repair 59 wagons for Belgrano Cargas y Logística. Wagon production may also resume at its plant at María Juana in Santa Fe province. Bangladesh: Backed by ADB, on November 27 BR awarded Indonesia’s PT Inka a 5·62bn taka contract to supply ...

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    Paris awards €2bn metro train framework contract


    FRANCE: On behalf of Île-de-France transport authority STIF and Société du Grand Paris, on January 30 Paris public transport operator RATP awarded Alstom a 15-year framework contract potentially worth more than €2bn for the supply up to 217 MP14 rubber-tyred metro trainsets. An initial firm order worth around €500m covers ...

  • CAF is to supply 27 Urbos 100 trams for Utrecht's Uithof Line.

    CAF signs Utrecht tram contract


    NETHERLANDS: On January 30 the Utrecht City region formally signed the contract for preferred bidder CAF to supply 27 trams for the future Uithof Line. The 8 km route will link Utrecht Centraal station with the Uithof university campus and a park-and-ride site from mid-2018. The five-section 100% low-floor ...

  • Tunnel boring machines Eva and Minerva broke through the Cityringen metro tunnels beneath København Hovedbanegård on January 29 (Photo: Metroselskabet/Marie Hald).

    Cityringen metro tunnel breakthrough


    DENMARK: Tunnel boring machines Eva and Minerva broke through the Cityringen metro tunnels being bored beneath København Hovedbanegård station on January 29, watched by the Prime Minister, Transport Minister and Mayor. Civil works for the 15·5 km circular Cityringen automated metro line with 17 stations are being undertaken by the ...

  • Mock-up of the Alstom Citadis Sprint light rail vehicles for the Confederation Line (Photo: City of Ottawa).

    Ottawa Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle mock-up unveiled


    CANADA: A full-sized mock-up of the 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles ordered for the Confederation Line project in Ottawa is on public display at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park between January 30 and the end of March. Confederation Line design, build, finance and maintain consortium Rideau Transit ...

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    Posadas - Encarnación passenger service restored


    SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina’s Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo has described as ‘a success’ the passenger service introduced between Posadas and Encarnación in Paraguay. On January 29 he reported that the service had carried over 100 000 passengers since its introduction on December 31 2014. The service is ...

  • The main line from Moscow to Rostov-na-Donu passes through a short section of Ukrainian territory.

    Russian Railways plans Ukraine avoiding line as high speed test track


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways, engineering organisations and Voronezh State University of Architecture & Civil Engineering are developing plans for a new 140 km double-track electrified line which would avoid the need for trains on the main line to Rostov-na-Donu, Krasnodar and Sochi to pass through a short section of Ukrainian territory. ...

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    Vossloh España announces French locomotive orders


    FRANCE: Contracts to supply a total of 12 Euro 4000 freight locomotives worth more than €40m were announced by Vossloh España on January 29. SNCF subsidiary VFLI has ordered two locomotives directly, and six through Beacon Rail Leasing. Eurotunnel’s Europorte business has ordered four locomotives. The six-axle diesel-electric locomotives ...

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    Norfolk Southern announces closure of Roanoke office


    USA: Norfolk Southern has announced that it is to close its Roanoke office building later this year, relocating the functions currently housed there to its operational headquarters in Atlanta and its corporate headquarters in Norfolk. NS said its aim is to ‘foster departmental synergies and to make better use of ...

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    New Orleans breaks ground on Rampart Street line


    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony for the North Rampart Street/St Claude Avenue Streetcar Project in New Orleans took place on January 28. The 2·6 km on-street route will connect the French Quarter and Treme to the Canal Street and Loyola Avenue lines, with six stops. The project includes a cycle ...

  • Map of London Underground's Northern Line extension project.

    EIB agrees £480m loan for London Underground extension


    UK: On January 29 the European Investment Bank announced that it had agreed a £480m loan to finance 50% of the cost of the building a 3·3 km branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea. The long-term loan is to be repaid using a combination ...

  • Warszawa is to order 85 more low-floor trams. Photo: ZTM Warszawa

    EU funding for five Polish public transport projects


    POLAND: The European Commission has approved €293m from the Cohesion Fund for five public transport projects in four Polish cities. The projects are being financed under the Polish Infrastructure & Environment operational programme, and aim to modernise public transport in a sustainable way to improve comfort and give shorter journey ...

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    Siemens to undertake Banbury resignalling


    UK: Siemens Rail Automation and Network Rail expect to sign shortly a £40m contract to renew life-expired signalling equipment between Leamington Spa and Heyford. The 22-month project will transfer operation of the signalling areas currently controlled by Banbury North and Banbury South signalboxes to a single workstation at NR’s West ...

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    Test running on transit bridge


    USA: Test running of light rail vehicles has started over the Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette River in Portland. Operator TriMet says that the 524 m cable-stayed bridge is the longest car-free transit bridge in the US. It will be used by buses, cyclists and pedestrians in addition to ...

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    Rites signs Bangladesh coach contract


    BANGLADESH: India’s Rites has signed what it says is its first contract to export broad gauge passenger coaches to Bangladesh Railway. The order finalised in Dhaka covers 120 vehicles to be manufactured by RCF Kapurthala. These will be a mix of 160 km/h stainless steel sleeper and seating cars, some ...

  • A two-line light rail network is planned for Tampere.

    Four consortia prequalify for Tampere tramway contract


    FINLAND: Four consortia have prequalifed to bid for a contract to build the planned 23·5 km two-line light rail network in Tampere, the city council announced on January 19. The consortia were scored out of a total of 160 points: Lemminkainen, Ramboll, Alstom, Insinöörit Suunnittelu (137·75/160 ...

  • Sersa Total Track provides a range of track inspection, construction, maintenance and renewal services.

    Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group takes over Sersa Total Track


    CANADA: Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has become the sole owner of Sersa Total Track Ltd after purchasing the remaining shares from Tim Mann. STT provides a range of track inspection, construction, maintenance and renewal services, with a fleet of heavy maintenance and construction equipment. It is based in Mallorytown, Ontario, ...

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    TGVs to be fitted with Energymiser driver advisory system


    FRANCE: Following the completion of a seven-month proof-of-concept assessment on the Marne-la-Vallée – Marseille/Montpellier routes, SNCF is to go ahead with the roll-out of TTG Transportation Technology’s Energymiser driver advisory system across its TGV fleet. Energymiser provides drivers with real-time advice on when to apply power and when to coast, ...

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    Helsinki metro extension contracts


    FINLAND: Project promoter Länsimetro Oy has awarded further civils contracts for the second phase of Helsinki’s western metro extension to Espoo. Access tunnel excavation contracts have been awarded to Destia (€13m) and Kalliorakennus-Yhtiöt (€7·9m) and run until late 2015. Consulting Group Sigma — which comprises Finnmap Infra, Kalliosuunnittelu ...

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    São Paulo Line 6 CBTC contract


    BRAZIL: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has awarded Nippon Signal a contract for the supply of signalling for São Paulo metro Line 6. Nippon Signal is to supply its SPARCS communications-based train control for driverless operation, including ATS, interlockings and ATP. Last year PPP concessionaire Move São Paulo awarded Mitsubishi ...