All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2013

All articles published this month.

  • Railcare has workshops at Springburn and Wolverton.

    Railcare enters administration


    UK: Rolling stock repair and refurbishment company Railcare was placed in administration on July 31, with restructuring partners Kim Rayment, Ian Gould and Bryan Jackson from BDO appointed joint administrators. Railcare operates former British Rail workshops at Springburn and Wolverton, and has around 500 staff. BDO said the administrators ...

  • KinkiSharyo LRV for Los Angeles (Image: The Source)

    KinkiSharyo to open California factory following Los Angeles order


    USA: The Los Angeles Metro board approved the exercise of two options to purchase a total of 97 light rail vehicles from KinkiSharyo International on July 25, triggering a contract provision which requires the supplier to establish a factory in LA County. The $396·7m firm order follow from an initial ...

  • Olzha has a fleet of around 1 400 wagons, mostly liquefied petroleum gas and oil tanks.

    EBRD backs expansion of Kazakh wagon leasing company


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development announced a US$24·8m senior secured loan to support the growth of privately-owned freight forwarding and wagon leasing company JSC Olzha on July 30. Olzha intends to use the proceeds to support a US$32·8m programme to expand its wagon fleet and align ...

  • The biomass wagon has a capacity of 116 m3, which Drax says is almost 30% more than other UK wagons.

    Drax unveils high-volume biomass wagon


    UK: Power station operator Drax unveiled what it says is the UK's first purpose-built biomass wagon on July 25. Designed by Lloyd's Register Rail and manufactured by WH Davis, the vehicle has a capacity of 116 m3, which Drax says is almost 30% more than other UK wagons. Drax has ...

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    Buenos Aires buys Metro de Madrid trains


    ARGENTINA: Metro de Madrid announced on July 29 that it has sold 73 metro cars to Buenos Aires metro authority SBASE for €28m. The contract includes an additional €4·6m for spare parts and technical assistance. This is the third time that Metro de Madrid has sold cars to Argentina. ...

  • Canpotex wagon maintenance depot near Lanigan in Saskatchewan.

    Purpose-built depot for potash wagons


    CANADA: Potash exporter Canpotex opened a C$60m wagon maintenance depot near Lanigan in Saskatchewan during June. The company said the purpose-built facility would give it greater control of maintenance, helping to enhance the performance of its fleet of 5000 wagons. The depot features all-weather inspection, light repair and wheel maintenance ...

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    Mumbai metro Line 3 approved


    INDIA: The government gave the go-ahead for Mumbai metro Line 3 at the end of June. The 33·5 km standard-gauge line running underground between Colaba, Bandra and Santacruz Electronics Export Processing Zone is expected to cost Rs231·36bn, with work to start this year for completion by March 2019. ...

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    Athens Line 2 extended south


    GREECE: A 5·5 km southern extension of Athens metro Line 2 opened to the public on July 26. The extension from Aghios Dimitrios has four stations at Ilioupoli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and a terminus at Elliniko. Alimos and Argyroupoli feature displays of archaeological finds unearthed during construction. The project cost ...

  • The FAST consortium of FCC, Samsung, Alstom, Strukton, Freyssinet Saudi Arabia, Typsa and Setec is to build lines 4, 5 and 6.
    Metro Report International

    Riyadh metro construction contracts awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: Arriyadh Development Authority announced the winners of three turnkey contracts for the construction of a 176 km six-line driverless metro network in Riyadh on July 29. The overall budget for the metro is €16·3bn, making it one of the world's largest public infrastructure projects. Design work is to ...

  • An artist's impression of Caldecott station.

    Land Transport Authority awards Thomson Line contracts


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded a S$285m contract for the construction of Caldecott metro station and associated tunnels to Samsung C&T Corp. Construction is due to start in August for completion in 2020. The station will be an interchange between the under construction Thomson Line and the Circle Line. ...

  • Alstom Coradia Meridian EMU (Photo: David Campione).

    Coradia Meridian EMU roll-out


    ITALY: The first of 70 Coradia Meridian EMUs being built for Trenitalia under a €450m contract signed in November 2012 was inspected by Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive of national railway FS, at Alstom's Savigliano plant in June. The 160 km/h articulated EMUs are an update of Alstom's Minuetto design. They ...

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    Axle corrosion protection


    SEALANT: Henkel has launched the Loctite Axle Corrosion Protection System, a suite of sealants for application to axles to prevent corrosion. The base coat of Loctite 7515 has been adapted from use in the automotive industry to rail vehicles. The conversion coating inhibits corrosion for up to three days ...

  • The traverser is used to move locomotives between tracks when running round their trains.

    Locomotive traverser at the Port of Felixstowe


    UK: What manufacturer Mechan says is the largest-capacity rail traverser in the UK forms part of the recently-opened North Rail Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe. The 30 m traverser is used to move locomotives between tracks when running round their trains. It weighs 90 tonnes, and has a capacity ...

  • BEML recently celebrated the rollout of its 650th metro car.

    Delhi Metro orders BEML cars


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded BEML a Rs7·47bn contract to supply 92 standard gauge metro cars by 2020. These will be put in service on lines 7 and 8 of the metro, which are planned as part of the third phase of the network’s construction. In ...

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    Wheel plants to go


    USA: Plans to sell or close eight of the 38 facilities operated by The Greenbrier Companies’ Wheels, Repair & Parts segment and improve performance at six others were announced on July 1. The company hopes this will release a minimum return of capital of US$25m by December 31, as ...

  • The dedicated train carries ice cream from Caivano to a logistics hub in Parma.

    Unilever launches ice cream train


    ITALY: Unilever launched Green Express on July 5, a dedicated train running three times a week between its Algida ice cream factory in Caivano near Napoli and a logistics hub 700 km away in Parma. Unilever expects the train to take 3 500 lorries off the road each year, ...

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    Variable Train Wash Control software installed


    GERMANY: Factory control system specialist AIS Automation Dresden has won a contract to supply its Variable Train Wash Control software to upgrade a train washing plant in Leipzig. VarTWC operates both the washing and waste water system. It can be retrofitted to different types of washing plant, and the latest ...

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    SNCF orders double-deck TGVs


    FRANCE: SNCF confirmed a €300m order for a further 10 Alstom Euroduplex double-deck high speed trainsets on July 25. This is the final order to be placed under June 2007 framework contract which covered an initial 55 trainsets with options for 40 more to be delivered in 2015-19; a ...

  • Santiago de Compostela derailment (Photo: Contando Estrelas CC-BY-2.0/Wikimedia Commons)

    Overspeed suspected in Santiago de Compostela derailment


    img alt="Santiago de Compostela derailment (Photo: Contando Estrelas CC-BY-2.0 /Wikimedia Commons)" src="" / SPAIN: At 20.41 on July 24 a Madrid - Ferrol Alvia service derailed on a curve on the approach to Santiago de Compostela. Formed of a Class 730 gauge-convertible electro-diesel Talgo trainset, the 15.00 from Madrid was ...

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    Croxley Rail Link approved


    UK: The government has granted legal powers for the Croxley Rail Link project to extend London Underground’s Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction. Under the Transport & Works Act Order, the project now has the relevant planning permission, access rights and land transfers that it needs for implementation. The £118m ...