All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2015 – Page 3

  • Around 12 million passengers have travelled on ICE and TGV services between France and Germany since the launch of Alleo in 2007 (Photo: Patrick Sagnes/SNCF).

    DB and SNCF extend Alleo cross-border co-operation


    EUROPE: The ceremonial launch of Deutsche Bahn Class 407 trainsets on the Frankfurt to Paris Est route on July 23 was followed by the signing of an agreement to extend DB and SNCF’s Alleo cross-border operating partnership for a further five years to 2020. Around 12 million passengers have travelled ...

  • EMD Class 66 locomotive.

    Beacon Rail Leasing buys 27 MRCE locomotives


    EUROPE: Beacon Rail Leasing has bought 17 EMD Class 66 and 10 Siemens Eurorunner ER20 diesel locomotives from Mitsui Rail Capital Europe. The locomotives are between eight and 12 years old, and are used by various freight operators in continental European under existing lease agreements which are to remain ...

  • Bombardier Transportation Class 387/2 EMU for Gatwick Express services.

    Gatwick Express Class 387/2 EMU on test


    UK: Static testing of the first of the Class 387/2 Electrostar electric multiple-unit cars ordered for Gatwick Express services has begun at Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant. The 27 four-car Class 387/2 EMUs are scheduled to enter service between London Victoria station and Gatwick airport in 2016, replacing 1980s-built Class 442 ...

  • BNSFL said TTS would complement its own development of Blade Runner technology to handle wind turbine blades.

    BNSF Logistics buys wind turbine transport specialist


    USA: BNSF Logistics has acquired Transportation Technology Services, a Texas-based company which provides engineering and logistics services for the transport of over-sized loads by rail with a particular focus on wind turbine components. TTS manages a fleet of almost 2 000 wagons for various customers, with 1 200 having ...

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    Moscow metro tunnel breakthrough


    RUSSIA: On July 21 Robbins tunnel boring machine Elena completed the first bore of the 1·7 km tunnel between Petrovskiy Park and Nizhnaya Maslovka stations on the future Line 13 of the Moscow metro. Boring of the second bore is due to start in September. Nizhnaya Maslovka station will ...

  • Perpignan - Figueres line.

    High speed line concessionaire TP Ferro in administration


    EUROPE: TP Ferro, the company which holds the concession to build, operate and finance the high speed line between Perpignan in France and Figueres in Spain, announced on July 17 that it was applying to be placed into administration on a voluntary basis. The application was made to the commercial ...

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    Hong Kong MTR places its largest ever train order


    CHINA: Hong Kong MTR Corp has awarded CSR Qingdao Sifang a HK$6bn contract to supply 93 eight-car metro trainsets. These are intended to replace all the first-generation trains in operation on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island and Tseung Kwan O lines. Announcing the contract order on July 22, ...

  • Passenger services have been reinstated on the Neuquén - Cipolletti route.

    Tren del Valle launches with domestic DMUs


    ARGENTINA: On July 21 President Cristina Fernández inaugurated by video link the Tren del Valle, a new service connecting the city of Neuquén with Cipolletti in Río Negro province. The first passenger services on this route for 22 years are operated with two DMUs purchased from Materfer for 20m pesos. ...

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    Russian tram funding approved


    RUSSIA: The federal government has approved the allocation of a total of 384m roubles to eight regions for the purchase of trams and trolleybuses. The funds come from the federal budget and are being disbursed as part of a programme to increase industrial competitiveness. No details have been ...

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    World rail market July 2015


    Canada: IVU Traffic Technologies is to supply VIA Rail with crew duty scheduling software, customised to reflect the way very long-distance trains are staffed with several crew teams, and to support seniority bidding whereby duty requests made by longer-serving staff have priority. India: Mumbai Metro Rail Corp has awarded ...

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    Denver selects light rail extension contractor


    USA: Denver Regional Transportation District has selected a consortium led by Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc as preferred bidder to design and build an extension of the Southeast light rail line. The consortium also includes Parsons Brinckerhoff, Capitol Management, Transit Safety & Security Solutions, Systems Consulting and Communication Infrastructure Group. Other ...

  • Interior of refurbished Eurostar e300 high speed trainset.

    Eurostar e300 trainset refurbishment completed


    EUROPE: The first of Eurostar’s ‘remodelled and redesigned’ trainsets is expected to return passenger service ‘in the coming weeks’, the cross-Channel high speed train operator announced on July 21. The refurbishment of the Class 373 trains dating from the launch of Eurostar services in 1994 is being undertaken at ...

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    Urban rail news in brief - July 2015


    Keolis and privately-owned local group Nesma have signed a memorandum to form a strategic alliance to bid for public transport projects in Saudi Arabia. Delhi Metro Rail Corp and Rail Tel Corp of India have signed a memorandum of understanding for the roll-out of wi-fi on stations and potentially ...

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    Dallas orders more catenary-free trams


    USA: The City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have exercised an option to purchase two additional Liberty Modern Streetcars from Brookville Equipment Co. To be delivered in mid-2016, these will provide the extra capacity needed for the opening of the second phase of the streetcar line to ...

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    Berlin orders series-built Stadler U-Bahn trains


    GERMANY: Berlin city transport operator BVG announced on July 20 that it had placed a firm order for 11 Stadler Pankow four-car Type IK U-Bahn trainsets. Deliveries are due in 2017. The contract is worth €60m and will be funded by the city. It follows the delivery two prototype ...

  • Construction of Vossloh Locomotives’ new plant in Kiel began on July 17.

    Vossloh launches construction of locomotive plant


    GERMANY: Construction of Vossloh Locomotives’ new plant on a business park in the Suchsdorf area of Kiel was officially launched with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 17. Vossloh and property developer Stargime are investing €41m in the plant, which is scheduled to open in mid-2016. It will have a production ...

  • A prototype for a Chinese standard high speed train is on test.

    High speed train tenders called as domestic prototype starts testing


    CHINA: Tenders for the supply of 351 high speed trainsets were issued by China Railway Corp on July 17, in what the railway says is the largest train procurement in its history. Covering 228 trainsets for 350 km/h operation and 123 for 250 km/h, at an estimated total value of ...

  • The 'Elektron' trams will be similar to those in service in Lviv.

    Kyiv orders low-floor trams


    UKRAINE: Kyiv tram operator Kyivpastrans has selected Elektrontrans to supply seven trams for 183·75m hryvnia. The Type T5B64 ‘Elektron’ trams ordered would be similar to those in service in Lviv, but built for the 1 524 mm gauge in the capital as opposed to Lviv’s metre gauge. The five-section ...

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    World rail infrastructure market July 2015


    Argentina: The Ministry of the Interior & Transport has awarded Siemens and Tesur a 5266m pesos contract to supply a substation and remote control system for the Buenos Aires – La Plata 25 kV AC electrification project. Belarus: Sinara’s Kalugaputmash has supplied BC with a UK-25 / 28SP tracklaying ...

  • Work is underway to modernise and install 3 kV DC electrification on the Železnice Desná local railway (Photo: Železnice Desná).

    EU-funded modernisation of Czech independent railway underway


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Work is underway to modernise and install 3 kV DC electrification on the Železnice Desná local railway which links Šumperk with Kouty nad Desnou. The 19·3 km line was taken over by a group of local authorities after national railway ČD declined to repair extensive flood damage ...