All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2015 – Page 4

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    Onboard adhesion monitoring


    UK: TRL and Balfour Beatty are co-operating on a trial to use instrumented wheelsets to monitor acceleration data from a Class 159 diesel multiple-unit used by South West Trains. The project partners are assessing how best to interpret the acceleration data to assess any correlation with poor railhead adhesion. TRL ...

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    Special Wheels for Mass Transit


    Book review.

  • DB Regio Südwest is to operate S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar Lot 1 services for 17 years from December 2016.

    DB Regio awarded S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar contract


    GERMANY: Following an international tender, on January 15 the Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz Süd, Bergstraße and Saarland transport authorities jointly awarded incumbent DB Regio Südwest a contract to operate S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar Lot 1 services for 17 years from December 2016. The contract covers the operation of passenger services totalling 8 million ...

  • Egyptian National Railways.

    Alstom wins €100m Egyptian signalling contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply and maintain for five years signalling equipment for the line running 240 km south along the Nile from Beni Suef to Asyut. Deliveries will start in 2016 and the new signalling is due to be operational by January ...

  • Nanjing currently has a five-line metro network. (Photo: Andrew Benton)

    Nanjing metro Line 5 MoU signed


    CHINA: Nanjing city authorities signed a memorandum of understanding with property developer Greenland Group on January 14 for the financing of metro Line 5. The developer is to invest 31·3bn yuan in the metro project, in return for the rights to construction and associated property development along the 36 km ...

  • Sachsen-Anhalt and Braunschweig transport authorities have awarded Veolia Verkehr a contract to operate Halle (Saale) - Goslar passenger services.

    Veolia awarded Halle - Goslar contract


    GERMANY: The Sachsen-Anhalt and Braunschweig transport authorities have awarded Veolia Verkehr a contract to operate Halle (Saale) – Aschersleben – Halberstadt – Wernigerode – Goslar passenger services for three years from December 2015. The service is to be branded as Harz-Elbe-Express Line 4, replacing the current Deutsche Bahn RE4. ...

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    New competition for Mexico City – Querétaro high speed line


    MEXICO: Tendering for the project to build a 210 km high speed line between Mexico City and Querétaro began again on January 14 when the Secretariat of Communications & Transport published ‘pre-bidding documentation’ for a contract including civil works, railway systems and rolling stock. SCT is aiming to award the ...

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    Freiburg breaks ground on tram extension


    GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony took place on January 15 for the Rotteckring tram extension in Freiburg. The 1·9 km extension is to branch off the existing Route 2 at Siegesdenkmal and run south to Kronenstraße, with five stops. The first phase, to Stadttheater, is due to open in 2017, ...

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    Patient globalisation bears fruit


    KNORR-BREMSE: Knorr-Bremse Group has announced ‘best ever’ sales of €5·2bn for 2014, a year-on-year increase of 21%. Expanding markets saw orders up 18% to a record €5·5bn. The Rail Vehicle Systems division achieved ‘substantial growth’, with sales of €2·98bn compared to €2·25bn the previous year. This was primarily due to ...

  • Voestalpine.

    Voestalpine acquires Sydney Trains' track component business


    AUSTRALIA: Following a competitive tender, Sydney Trains has selected Voestalpine VAE Railway Systems to buy its Bathurst Rail Fabrication Centre track component and rail welding plant. ‘A 2012 review of the BRFC found it to be a solid business that would benefit from the innovation and technology of private ...

  • SilverRail says 85% of rail tickets in the Swedish market are delivered via mobile (Photo: SJ/Stefan Nilsson).

    SilverRail acquires SJ ticketing technology company Linkon


    SWEDEN: US-based passenger rail search and booking technology company SilverRail Technologies has acquired a 75% stake in Swedish national operator SJ’s ticketing IT business Linkon. Linkon provides ticketing IT systems including mobile and e-ticketing, inventory management and settlement. SilverRail is to retain Linkon’s full team and offices in Stockholm and ...

  • Plasser & Theurer USP 2005 universal ballast distributing and profiling machine.

    On-track plant delivered to Bulgarian contractor


    BULGARIA: Rail infrastructure contractor ZHP Stroy has taken delivery of five machines ordered from Plasser & Theurer in 2013 as the basis for a track construction and maintenance fleet it plans to use across Bulgaria and the Balkans. The PA 1-20 ES twin-unit sleeper layer has electronic controls enabling ...

  • Indra is provide fare collection systems for Riyadh's future metro network.
    Metro Report International

    Indra wins €266m Riyadh metro ticketing contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: ArRiyadh Development Authority has awarded Indra a €266m contract to provide fare collection and access control systems for Riyadh’s future network of six metro lines and 1 000 buses. Indra beat nine other bids for the contract, which was signed on January 5. It includes a 54-month implementation ...

  • Prototype Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit on test.

    Battery train enters passenger service


    UK: The prototype Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit has entered trial passenger service on the Manningtree –Harwich branch, where it is scheduled to operate on weekdays between January 12 and February 13. The IPEMU comprises a Bombardier Electrostar Class 379 four-car 25 kV 50 Hz EMU which has been retrofitted with ...

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    Eurotunnel orders extra Freight Shuttles


    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has awarded WBN Waggonbau Niesky a €40m contract to supply three more Freight Shuttle trainsets to support its target of carrying 2 million lorries/year in 2020. The 800 m long rakes will comprise 32 lorry-carrying wagons, three loading wagons and a coach for the lorry ...

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    World rail infrastructure market January 2015


    Algeria: Anesrif has awarded the Estel joint venture of Siemens and SNTF a contract to supply signalling for the 90 km Beni Mansour – Bejaia double-tracking. Siemens’ €95m share includes Trainguard 100 ETCS Level 1, Vicos operations control, Simis W interlockings, GSM-R and RailCom Manager communications management. Australia: Laing ...

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    RDC takes 25% stake in Eurorail


    EUROPE: US railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp announced on January 12 that it had taken a 25% stake in Belgium-based rail logistics company Eurorail. In 2012 RDC and Eurorail established the equally-owned RégioRail venture, which now operates four feeder services in France. ‘Through RégioRail we have ...

  • Alstom is supplying 14 Duplex high speed trainsets to ONCF, while civil works for the high speed section between Tanger and Kénitra are progressing.

    Joint venture to maintain Moroccan TGV fleet


    MOROCCO: A joint venture is to be established during the first half of the year for the maintenance of high speed trainsets in Morocco as part of preparations to introduce Africa’s first high speed passenger service over the 320 km corridor between Tanger and Casablanca. Outlined at a ceremony in ...

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    New ticket hall opens at Tottenham Court Road


    UK: London Underground marked the completion of the first stage of its £500m rebuilding of Tottenham Court Road station with the opening of the new ticket hall on January 12. Providing interchange between the Central and Northern lines, the station is normally used by 150 000 passengers per day. This ...

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    Arup to draw-up PRASA station master plans


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has appointed Arup SA to develop master plans for the potential redevelopment of land around its major stations in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. The ambition is to support regeneration by creating transport hubs with retail, office, social, health and leisure facilities. ...