All Railway Gazette International articles in January 2023 – Page 5

  • eu-RENFE re-enters France-S100 test runs (1)

    RENFE starts tests before relaunching cross-border high speed services to France


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE is preparing to revive international inter-city services between Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon and Marseille, which ceased in December last year. 

  • Bergslagen Stadler EMU impression

    VR wins Swedish operating contract tendered after SJ agreed early exit


    SWEDEN: The Finnish national operator’s local subsidiary VR Sverige has won a contract to operate passenger services on nine routes radiating from Borlänge and Västeräs, replacing SJ which is exiting the current contract early because of the coronavirus pandemic. The contract to operate services was tendered by ...

  • Tbilisi metro (Photo Vladimir Waldin
    Metro Report International

    EBRD backs Tbilisi metro station modernisation


    GEORGIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has agreed to provide a €50·6m sovereign loan to finance modernisation of 12 Tbilisi metro stations. The financial package includes a €5m grant from the Green Climate Fund. The stations will get better lighting and ventilation and more ...

  • The line is operated by a fleet of 31 four-car Type D trainsets manufactured by CRRC Tangshan, which can carry up to 1 045 passengers.
    Metro Report International

    PPP-financed suburban metro opens in Taizhou


    CHINA: A north-south suburban metro line connecting the east coast city of Taizhou in Zhejiang province with the town of Chengnan opened for revenue service on December 28. Designed for 140 km/h operation, the 52·4 km Line S1 runs in tunnel for 17·5 km, while the ...

  • Manila
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector.

  • RENFE metre gauge Class 2400 DMU at Arriondas on a Oviedo to Santander service (Photo Mike Bent).

    Automatic block for Gijón to Pravia line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Alstom and Técnicas Eléctricas Asturianas a €25m, 13-month contract to upgrade the signalling and train control systems on the 51 km single track electrified metre gauge line between Gijón, Aviés and Pravia. The existing system of telephone block working is ...

  • Tom Hopkins Managing Director
    Rail Business UK

    Railway consultancy announces leadership changes


    UK: Tom Hopkins has been promoted to Managing Director of independent rolling stock, operations and commercial engineering consultancy IPEX Consulting, with founder Malcolm Wilson becoming Chair. IPEX Consulting was established in 2003 and as since undertaken projects in 19 countries, with clients including train operators, transport ...

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    Belgian start-up to test freight train ATO on Betuwe Route


    NETHERLANDS: Gent-based automation start-up OTIV has announced plans to test an autonomous train on the Betuwe Route freight corridor within the next two years.

  • Alstom Metropolis working Santo Domingo metro Line 1.
    Metro Report International

    Next Santo Domingo metro trains to feature design enhancements


    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Santo Domingo metro operator OPRET has awarded Alstom a contract to supply a further 10 three-car Metropolis trainsets.

  • Chilean bi-mode trainset on 1

    First bi-mode inter-city trainset for Chile on test


    CHILE: The first of six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units that CRRC Sifang is building for regional operator EFE Central is on test in China.

  • Benidorm Denia

    Benidorm – Dénia railway upgrade completed


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGV has completed a programme to modernise the metre gauge Benidorm – Dénia railway, which forms Line 9 of the Tram Metropolità d’Alacant network. The final step on January 16 saw the resumption of services on the section between Gata de Gorgos and ...

  • Cardiff Central - Newport Road tram-train route consultation map
    Metro Report International

    Cardiff tram-train route consultation underway


    UK: Transport for Wales is undertaking public consultation on options for a tram-train route to link Cardiff Central station with a future station at Newport Road. This would incorporate parts of the existing Cardiff Bay branch and freight lines as well as new alignments. Four route ...

  • Brisbane-curve-0200-highres
    In depth

    Track Technology: Going underground down under


    Tracklaying is underway on 1 067 mm gauge cross-city rail links in Brisbane and Auckland, both of which are using resilient slab trackforms to minimise noise and vibration.

  • DB Netz track (Photo: DB).

    DB maintenance fleet to get Stadler Guardia ETCS


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has awarded Stadler a contract to retrofit up to 80 maintenance vehicles with its Guardia ETCS Baseline 3.6.0 onboard equipment. There is a firm order for installation on an initial eight 711.1 and 741.X vehicles for use in Germany and Switzerland ...

  • CFL Cargo Traxx

    CFL acquires stake in port operator


    LUXEMBOURG: National railway CFL has acquired a 64·5% stake in Manuport, which in turn holds 50% stake in the Luxport Group which operates Luxembourg’s only inland port at Mertert on the River Moselle and is also active at Trier in Germany and Metz in France. The ...

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    Natal opens next stage of Linha Sul extension


    BRAZIL: Federal operator CBTU has started operations on a 15 km two-station extension of Natal’s suburban Linha Sul from Cajupiranga to São José de Mipibu.

  • Dudley Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre Furrer+Frey charger
    Metro Report International

    Very Light Rail technology demonstration allocated funding


    UK: West Midlands Combined Authority has approved funding for a ‘real world demonstration’ of technology being developed under the Very Light Rail project, which aims to offer medium-sized cities a cheaper and faster to construct alternative to traditional tramways. ‘This funding will allow us to take ...

  • VTG wagons

    VTG Rail targets Baltic freight opportunities


    LITHUANIA: VTG Rail Logistics has increased its presence in the Baltic region, rebranding VTG Project Logistics as VTG Rail Logistics Baltics to act as a full-service rail forwarder with ‘advanced tailor-made solutions’ and an international reach. ‘The ongoing Rail Baltica corridor project will connect five EU ...

  • Northern passenger using mobility scooter (Photo TGA Mobility)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern works with supplier to highlight train-friendly scooters


    UK: Northern is working with wheelchair and scooter supplier TGA Mobility to highlight those mobility scooters which can be taken on its trains. All powerchairs and wheelchairs can be taken on accessible rail services, but only smaller mobility scooters are allowed on trains. Passengers can apply ...

  • TX Train in Padborg, Denmark (Photo TX Logistik AB)

    TX Logistik recertified in Denmark and Sweden


    EUROPE: The TX Logistik AB Swedish freight subsidiary of the Italian state railway FS Group has completed a ‘complex’ process to replace its A and B safety certificates for Sweden and the B certificate for Denmark with a Single Safety Certificate for both countries. The certificate ...