All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2022

All articles published this month.

  • Tel Aviv Purple Line tram impression (Image: CAF)
    Metro Report International

    Tel Aviv chooses Purple Line light rail concessionaire


    ISRAEL: Tel Aviv urban transport project promoter NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems has selected a consortium of the CAF Group and construction firm Shapir as preferred bidder to design, build and finance the light rail Purple Line and provide 25 years of maintenance. The 27 km ...

  • Wabtec is to supply Union Pacific with 10 FLXdrive locos

    Union Pacific to create ‘world’s largest’ battery-electric loco fleet


    USA: Union Pacific has ordered 20 battery locomotives for trials as part of a plan to create what it says will be the world’s largest fleet of operator-owned battery-electric freight locomotives. Progress Rail is to supply 10 EMD Joule locos and Wabtec 10 FLXdrive locos. Associated ...

  • VR railbus (Photo VR Group)

    Tendering ahead as Finnish operating contract signed


    FINLAND: The Ministry of Transport & Communications and national operator VR have signed a directly-awarded public service obligation contract for the operation of loss-making passenger services over the next nine years, with provision for the procurement of new rolling stock and greater regional involvement in funding ...

  • Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons

    New fleet to serve Olacyr de Moraes Railroad


    BRAZIL: Freight concessionaire Rumo is planning to spend around R$1∙9bn on the acquisition of up to 45 locomotives and a fleet of 2 142 wagons, according to local media reports. The fleet would operate on new lines to be known as the Olacyr de Moraes Authorised ...

  • Siemens Mobility Exo Charger locomotive impression

    Charger locos ordered for Montréal commuter services


    CANADA: Montréal regional transport authority Exo has awarded Siemens Mobility a C$132m contract to supply 10 Charger diesel locomotives for use on its commuter services. The Chargers will be delivered from 2025 to replace F59PH locomotives which Exo acquired in 2011 from GO Transit in Toronto, ...

  • Auckland light rail village centre impression
    Metro Report International

    Auckland selects underground light rail to support city’s growth


    NEW ZEALAND: The government has selected a partially underground light rail line as its preferred option for a public transport corridor between Auckland’s central business district, Māngere and the airport. Announcing the decision on January 28, Minister of Transport Michael Wood said the proposed line would ...

  • kg KTJ Altaivagon wagons

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • ALIGN JV, powered by ALICE (1)
    Rail Business UK

    Construction simulation optimises HS2 work plans


    UK: AI construction software specialist Alice Technologies has extended its technology partnership with HS2 Phase 1 civils contractor Align JV. Align JV is using Alice Technologies’ construction simulation and optimisation platform to plan and build the C1 section of the Phase 1 route, For example, the ...

  • Parcel (Pixabay)
    Metro Report International

    Study to assess moving freight on trams and buses


    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infrastructure has awarded a €2·7m grant for the CargoSurfer project, which aims to explore use of spare capacity on buses and trams to carry freight such as parcels and fresh produce. The initiative will use artificial intelligence to ...

  • Operail containers

    Operail sees intermodal traffic shift to rail


    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail reports that it shifted a record volume of container traffic from road to rail in 2021 despite facing some challenging market conditions. Operail services replaced 16 000 lorry journeys with rail transport, and the company grew its intermodal freight traffic by ...

  • UWC tank car Type 15-9993-03

    Custom-designed chemical tank wagon certified


    RUSSIA: United Wagon Co has obtained federal certification for a custom-designed liquid chemical and hydrocarbon tank wagon, with the first batch being produced for the RN-Trans logistics subsidiary of oil company Rosneft. ‘In response to a request from our customer, we have custom designed a new ...

  • CRRC Delivers Four Additional Second-Generation SDA1 Locomotives to SCT Logistics in Australia.

    Second-generation ‘Pandaroo’ locomotives delivered


    AUSTRALIA: China’s CRRC Ziyang has shipped a batch of second-generation SDA1 diesel locomotives ordered by SCT Logistics. SCT ordered an initial six first-generation SDA1 ‘Pandaroo’ locomotives in September 2010 for delivery in 2011, and a further four in March 2011. It ordered 12 of the second-generation ...

  • Watco cattle train Queensland

    Cattle train contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Following a competitive tender, the government of Queensland has awarded Watco East West the North West contract to operate trains transporting herds of cattle from regional hubs to processing facilities on the east coast. This follows from the Central West contract awarded to Watco last ...

  • GTR train driver waving
    Rail Business UK

    ORR seeks more competition for train driver psychometric assessments


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road is consulting on proposals to open up the provision of train driver psychometric assessments to greater competition. The Rail Assessment Centre Forum was established to ensure that the psychometric assessment process for the recruitment and monitoring of train drivers ...

  • RoomMate
    Rail Business UK

    Audio description devices installed in station toilets


    UK: ‘Talking toilet’ devices which provide visually impaired users with bespoke audio descriptions of the facilities are being installed in the accessible toilets at 44 stations served by Northern.

  • Knorr Bremse brake disc factory

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • de-Bremen_GT8N.jpg
    Metro Report International

    Bremen tram extensions cleared to proceed


    GERMANY: With funding and planning permission already in place, the Administrative Appeals Court of Lüneburg has removed any remaining obstacles and objections to the extension of Line 8 of the Bremen tram network. A late challenge to the ruling was dismissed. Construction will take place in ...

  • Tikhoretsk double tracking

    Russian line double tracked


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways inaugurated a second track on the 62·6 km line between Tikhoretsk and Kozyrki in Krasnodar Krai on January 25, doubling the final section of the 700 km corridor from the Volga region to the ports of the Azov-Black Sea basin. The second track ...

  • Canadian National

    CN appoints next CEO as board changes agreed


    CANADA: Canadian National has appointed Tracy Robinson as its next President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jean-Jacques Ruest, who is to retire from the CN Board on February 28, but will continue in an advisory role until March 31 to ensure a seamless transition. Robinson joins ...

  • Pro Trilhos map

    Pro Trilhos projects could add ‘more than 50%’ to Brazilian network


    BRAZIL: As many as 76 proposals for privately-funded railways have now been submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September 2021. National Secretary for Land Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure Marcello Costa said the national rail network would expand ...