All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2015

All articles published this month.

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    Israel Railways establishes freight subsidiary


    ISRAEL: Kathriel Moriya has been appointed as the first General Manager of Israel Railways’ freight subsidiary Rail Cargo Ltd with effect from July 28. The government intends to find a strategic investor to take a 51% stake in Rail Cargo Ltd, which has the exclusive right to manage rail freight ...

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    Constantine tram extension contract


    ALGERIA: Entreprise Metro d’Alger has awarded a three-year contract to extend the Constantine tram line to a consortium of Alstom, Corsan, Corviam and Cosider. Announcing the contract on July 30, Alstom said that its share is worth €80m. The 10 km extension would take the line south from Zouaghi ...

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    Panamá City Line 2 E&M contract awarded


    PANAMA: A consortium of Alstom, TSO-CIM, Thales and Sofratesa has been awarded a contract to undertake E&M work for the second line of the Panamá City metro. The contract is worth US$128·5m and includes an option for three years of maintenance valued at US$6·8m. Earlier this year Panama ...

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    Andrew Reardon


    Andrew Reardon has been elected Chairman of Canadian Pacific, while Anthony Melman succeeds him as Chairman of the CP Finance Committee.

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    First Great Western and Eversholt sign Hitachi AT300 train contract


    UK: Operator First Great Western and leasing company Eversholt Rail formally signed a £361m contract to procure and finance 22 five-car and seven nine-car Hitachi AT300 inter-city trainsets on July 30. The signing follows government approval for the order, which was proposed by FGW as part of its new direct-award ...

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    Škoda unveils its second tram for the Chinese market


    CHINA: Škoda Electric and Beijing Subway Rolling Stock Equipment Co unveiled a tram for the Chinese market at the UrTran2015 trade fair in Beijing. The 100% low-floor five-section tram was assembled at BSR’s factory in Beijing. It is equipped with onboard batteries to enable catenary-free operation, making it the ...

  • Foster + Partners is developing the architectural vision for Jeddah’s city-wide public transport master plan.
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    Jeddah invites expressions of interest in urban transport projects


    SAUDI ARABIA: Public transport project promoter Metro Jeddah Co has invited initial expressions of interest in the civil works contract for the future metro network, prequalification for a separate contract to design and build its planned light rail and tram lines, and the provision of overall project ...

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    US$300m loan for Kazakh national railway


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and a group of commercial banks signed a US$300m syndicated financing package to support modernisation and restructuring at national railway KTZ on July 27. EBRD is providing US$150m on its own account, and syndicating the remaining US$150m to Citibank, Mizuho Bank, ...

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    Ottawa urban rail gets federal funding


    CANADA: The federal government announced on July 27 that it is to provide up to C$1bn for Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit project in Ottawa. This represents one-third of the estimated cost. The government’s contribution will come from the new Public Transit Fund, details of which were ...

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    SCL trainset nearing completion


    CHINA: Hong Kong MTR Corp’s General Manager for the Shatin – Central Link project, T M Lee, has visited Hyundai Rotem’s factory in South Korea to inspect the first of 37 trainsets for the North South Corridor of the SCL, which is due to be delivered in September. The ...

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    Qishuyan locos head for Saudi Arabia


    SAUDI ARABIA: CRRC’s Qishuyan factory has rolled out the first two of eight Type SDD17 diesel locomotives ordered by Saudi Railways Organization. They are due to be delivered during August. SRO placed the firm order for the locomotives in December 2014, ...

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    Barcelona opens suburban extension


    SPAIN: Passenger services began today on an extension of the Barcelona suburban network. Catalan regional operator FGC held a ceremony on July 28 to mark the opening of the 4 km extension of route S1 of its 1 435 mm gauge Vallès network. Running from Terrassa-Rambla to Terrassa Nacions ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail station track contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: Pandrol CDM Track has won a contract to supply its CDM-QTrack embedded track system for installation at the stations on the Haramain High Speed Rail line. Adopting this track form where the rail is continuously supported without fastenings will avoid the need for difficult tamping operations within ...

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    Hamburg S-Bahn project costings updated


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has provided detailed cost estimates for the proposed Line S4 Ost extension of the Hamburg S-Bahn network to Bad Oldesloe. The project would require upgrading 36 km of route to separate local traffic from longer distance trains on the busy Hamburg – Lübeck corridor, ...

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    Algerian electro-diesel multiple-unit contract signed


    ALGERIA: Alstom Transport announced the signing of a €200m contract to supply national railway SNTF with 17 Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple units on July 29. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2018. The units are to be deployed on inter-city services linking Alger with destinations including Oran, ...

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    Tatravagónka buys stakes in Indian businesses


    INDIA: Slovakian rolling stock manufacturer Tatravagónka has expanded into India with the signing of a Rs1bn agreement to take a 26% stake in Jupiter Group’s rolling stock manufacturing subsidiary Jupiter Wagons and castings business Jupiter Alloys & Steel India. Tatravagónka has initially acquired a 13% stake in the two ...

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    Government becomes majority shareholder in Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp


    TAIWAN: The build-operate-transfer concession for the Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line and an agreement for developments at stations were terminated with the signing of two agreements by the Ministry of Transportation & Communications and concessionaire Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp on July 27. The agreements are designed to mitigate ...

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    UK and Italian operators order Vossloh locomotives


    EUROPE: Vossloh España announced two more orders for its Eurolight family of four-axle AC-transmission diesel-electric locomotives on July 27. Dinazzano Po has ordered one freight locomotive, in what Vossloh España says is its first contract from an Italian operator. British operator Direct Rail Services has ordered seven UK-profile Class ...

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    Bogestra selects Stadler trams


    GERMANY: Bochum-Gelsenkirchen tram operator Bogestra has selected Stadler to supply 42 Variobahn low-floor trams. The contract is expected to be signed shortly, and includes an option for eight more vehicles. The first eight vehicles are to be delivered in the second half of 2016 and are intended to replace ...

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    Partial privatisation studies included in DB restructuring


    GERMANY: A six-point plan for the reorganisation of national railway holding company Deutsche Bahn AG was approved by the supervisory board on July 27, and options for the part-privatisation of the Arriva international passenger and DB Schenker Logistics businesses are to be studied. ‘DB is going to become leaner, faster, ...