All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2015 – Page 2

  • Russian Railways has ordered Talgo trainsets for use on routes from Moscow to Berlin and Kyiv (Photo: Andrey Leshkevich).

    Gauge-changer installed at Belarus-Poland border


    BELARUS: Belarus Railways has installed a Talgo automatic gauge-changer at Brest station, close the Polish border, and expects to obtain certification for it to be used by Talgo passenger trainsets during the first quarter of 2015 Installation required remodelling tracks and signalling and the installation of electrification equipment. The project ...

  • The first Line 4 train rolled out of CNR Changchun's factory in September 2014.

    Rio metro selects Tetra radio supplier


    BRAZIL: Communications project leader ENG has selected Kapsch CarrierCom to implement a Tetra digital radio network for Rio de Janeiro metro Line 4. Kapsch is to provide four base stations, 140 handheld portable radios and 30 in-train cab radios for the fleet of 15 six-car trainsets, which CNR Changchun ...

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    Municipal Council approves Kuwait section of GCC railway


    KUWAIT: The Municipal Council gave its backing for the Kuwaiti section of the planned GCC railway at a meeting on January 21. Responsibility for the project has now been handed over to the Ministry of Communications, which will co-ordinate planning with other ministries. According to the Kuwait News Agency, the ...

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    Aeroexpress to pull out of Vladivostok and Kazan


    RUSSIA: Airport rail link operator Aeroexpress has announced plans to cease operations in Vladivostok and Kazan and instead focus on its Moscow services, saying the regional governments have not provided subsidies needed to cover its losses. ‘We are currently working through the best way to transfer the entire service ...

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    All change at the top


    No fewer than 11 senior management appointments were announced by Indian Railways on December 31, including eight to the position of General Manager.At the top, A K Mittal succeeds Arunendra Kumar as Chairman of the IR board. Mittal’s position as Board Member, Staff, has been taken by Pradeep Kumar (photo), ...

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    Cecile Vion-Lanctuit


    Bombardier Transportation has named Cecile Vion-Lanctuit as Vice-President, Communications; she was previously Vice-President, Corporate Communications, at Airbus Helicopters.

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    Chris Fenton


    RSSB CEO Chris Fenton has succeeded Terry Morgan as Chairman of the UK’s National Skills Academy for Rail Engineering.

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    Derek Mackay


    Derek Mackay succeeded Keith Brown as Minister for Transport & Islands in the Scottish cabinet appointed in November.

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    Alexander Kirchner


    Alexander Kirchner, head of newly-formed German rail union EVG, has succeeded Klaus-Dieter Hommel as Chairman of lobbying group Allianz Pro Schiene.

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    Agnès Ogier


    Thalys has named Agnès Ogier as CEO, with effect from March 31. Currently TGV Marketing Director at SNCF, she will replace Franck Gervais who becomes CEO of

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    Mastermind of high speed steps down


    François Lacôte retired last year after an exceptional career in France’s rail industry. A graduate of the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, he was responsible for Locomotives and Multiple-Units in SNCF’s Rolling Stock department before taking on responsibility for the TGV programme in 1982. He managed the development and ...

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    SNCF appoints supervisory board chief


    The French government has selected industrialist Frédéric Saint-Geours, formerly head of brands at PSA Peugeot Citroën, to lead SNCF’s new supervisory board.Following the passing of the French railway reform act through parliament in July, SNCF has been restructured into a ‘mother’ public body (SNCF) and two ‘daughter’ institutions: infrastructure manager ...

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    Bombardier and Alstom selected for SNCB double-deck order


    BELGIUM: A consortium of Bombardier and Alstom has been selected as the sole shortlisted bidder for a framework contract to supply up to 1 000 double-deck coaches at an estimated cost of €1bn, federal Minister of Mobility & Transport Jacqueline Galant told parliament on January 23. Scheduled for delivery between ...

  • Impression of CNR Dalian diesel  locomotive for Transnet.

    CNR Dalian orders MTU engines for Transnet fleet


    SOUTH AFRICA: Rolls-Royce has announced a major order valued ‘in the range of €100m’ for its MTU business to supply CNR Dalian and its South African business CNRRSSA with 232 engines for use on locomotives ordered by Transnet Freight Rail. The Type 20V 4000 R63L engine is a variant ...

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    Hong Kong awards CBTC contract


    CHINA: MTR Corp has awarded a consortium led by Thales and including Alstom a €330m contract for signalling upgrades on seven metro lines. The contract covers the installation of communications-based train control on the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung and Disneyland Resort lines, as ...

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    Products & Technology in Brief


    DB Netz has installed novel noise barriers on the Möhrenbrücke bridge near Treuchtlingen. Totalling 680 m in length, the aluminium barriers provide not only a sound baffle adjacent to the tracks but extend to a depth 2 m below rail level to mitigate the spread of noise off the bridge. ...

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    Aqaba Railway awards wagon repair contract


    JORDAN: Aqaba Railway Corp has signed a 10-month contract for King Abdullah II Design & Development Bureau and Jordan Advanced Machining Co to rebuild 35 accident-damaged wagons at a cost of 665 000 dinars. An initial wagon was rebuilt free of charge by JordanAMCO, and underwent three months of trial ...

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    Rail maintenance services framework agreed


    CROATIA: National rail infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura and Vossloh Rail Services have signed a €4·5m framework agreement covering rail measurement, testing, data analysis and machining services. ‘This contract will help us to extend the useful life of rails and thereby save costs in the medium term’, according to HŽ ...

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    Rail freight capacity boost for North Sea ferry services


    NETHERLANDS: Work is to begin shortly on a rail freight capacity enhancement project at Europoort which is being developed jointly by the Port of Rotterdam, ERS Railways and ferry companies P&O Ferries and Stena Line. The aim is to double rail capacity from 26 to 32 trains/week by early March, ...

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    Helsinki metro automation called off


    FINLAND: On January 19 Helsinki city council backed a December 18 decision by the board of city transport operator HKL to terminate the metro automation contracts signed with Siemens in 2008-09. HKL said negotiations with the supplier had failed to agree a way that the troubled project could be completed ...