All Railway Gazette International articles in July 2015 – Page 5

  • Keolis is to operate Virginia Railway Express services for a further five years.

    Virginia Railway Express operating contract extended


    USA: On July 14 Keolis announced that Virginia Railway Express had exercised an option to extend its contract to operate Washington DC commuter services for a further five years. The contract is worth $21m in the first year, including train maintenance, and has an option for an additional extension of ...

  • DB Netz has awarded contracts for the modernisation of its GSM-R network to Nokia and a consortium of Siemens Convergence Creators and Huawei (Photo: DB/Hartmut Reiche).

    DB awards GSM-R upgrade contracts


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz awarded two contracts totalling €110m for the modernisation of its national GSM-R communications network on July 14. The scope of the work includes the modernisation of around 3 300 base stations and 38 control centres by 2024, along with maintenance until 2033. A consortium of ...

  • Ural Locomotives has begun production of a ‘premium’ version of the Lastochka electric multiple-unit family.

    Production of Lastochka Premium EMUs launched


    RUSSIA: The Ural Locomotives joint venture of Siemens and Sinara Group formally launched production of a ‘premium’ version of the Lastochka electric multiple-unit family at its factory in Yekaterinburg on July 9. The Lastochka Premium EMUs will be based on the Lastochka (Desiro RUS) units which are currently produced ...

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    Timișoara presents modernised trams


    ROMANIA: Two modernised trams for Timișoara were presented to the public on July 8 to coincide with the city’s annual Urban Transport Day. A consortium of Electroputere VFU Pașcani and Astra Vagoane Călători Arad won a €14·4m contract last year to refurbish up to 30 trams over four years. ...

  • The Electric Train Service was inaugurated by Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai (centre).

    Padang Besar electric services start


    MALAYSIA: Work to double-track the Ipoh – Padang Besar line and install 25 kV 50 Hz electrification has been officially completed. Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai rode a test train on July 9 to inaugurate the passenger service, which is branded Electric Train Service by national railway KTMB. ...

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    Refurbished Lyon metro trainset in service


    FRANCE: The first refurbished metro trainset for Line D in Lyon entered passenger service on July 10. The second is due to start operations later this month, with the third in September. Lyon transport authority Sytral awarded CAF a €23m contract last year to refurbish 36 two-car rubber-tyred driverless ...

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    Titagarh Wagons buys Firema Trasporti


    ITALY: Indian rolling stock manufacturer Titagarh Wagons completed the purchase of Italian company Firema Trasporti on July 9. The acquisition of the business from the administrator as a going concern was made through the Titagarh Firema Adler subsidiary registered in Milano. Titagarh Wagons said Adler Plastics SpA will hold ...

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    Shenzhen metro train rolled out


    CHINA: CSR Zhuzhou rolled out the first trainset for the future Shenzhen metro Line 11 on July 6. The eight-car Type A trainset includes two first-class cars and a capacity of 2 500 passengers. Shenzhen Metro has ordered 33 trainsets for Line 11 under a 2·1bn yuan contract. Deliveries ...

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    Taipei metro opens extension


    TAIWAN: A ceremony on July 5 marked the opening of a one-station extension of Taipei metro Line 5. Passenger services began the following day, with travel on the extension free for one month. The 2 km underground extension of Line 5, also known as the Bannan Line, runs southwest ...

  • Network Rail and Bio-bean have signed an agreement for waste coffee grounds to be recycled into biofuel pellets.

    Biofuel from station coffee waste


    UK: Following a successful trial, infrastructure manager Network Rail and Bio-bean have signed an agreement for waste coffee grounds from London’s Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo stations to be recycled into biofuel pellets which can be used for heating homes, offices and factories. Bio-bean’s coffee waste ...

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    BNDES funds locomotive orders


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has announced that it is to provide R$70⋅5m to finance the purchase of 19 AC44i locomotives from GE Transportation. To be provided via Banco Alfa Investimento SA, the funding will meet 50% of the total cost of 12 locomotives being acquired by freight operator VLI ...

  • Plans to build a rail link to Burgas airport have been announced (Photo: Fraport Twin Star Airport Management AD).

    Burgas airport rail link planned


    BULGARIA: A plan to build a rail link to Burgas airport has been announced by Minister of Transport, IT & Communications Ivaylo Moskovski. The project would require the construction of around 2 km of new line to access the airport, which is the second busiest in Bulgaria. An ...

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    Polish tram projects receive EU loans


    POLAND: The European Investment Bank has signed two loan agreements for tram projects in Poland. Bank Pekao is to receive 231m złoty, which it will lend to Tramwaje Śląskie. This will be used for the modernisation of the power supplies and 63 km of track, as well as the ...

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    CP Carga and EMEF bidders announced


    PORTUGAL: Meeting on July 9, the cabinet gave its approval for negotiations to start with three of the four bidders for CP Carga, the freight business of the national train operator. The three bidders are Atena Equity Partners, Cofihold and Mediterranean Shipping Company Rail (Portugal) Operadores Ferroviários SA, the latter ...

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    Chris Conway


    Chris Conway has been appointed Group Chief Executive of Northern Ireland transport operator Translink, succeeding David Strahan on September 7.

  • The New South Wales government released an image of a Bombardier Twindexx EMU ordered by Swiss Federal Railways as an example of the type of rolling stock it has in mind.

    Four shortlisted for New South Wales train contract


    AUSTRALIA: On July 9 New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance announced the shortlist for a contract to supply and maintain a fleet of around 65 electric multiple-units totalling 520 cars for used on NSW TrainLink Intercity services: Alstom Transport Australia;Downer-CNRCRC Consortium (Downer EDI Rail and ...

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    Mexico City selects metro extension contractor


    MEXICO: A consortium of Promotora y Desarrolladora Mexicana, its subsidiary Desarollo de Terracerias and Spanish firm Proacon has been selected to build an extension of Mexico City metro Line 12. The 1·7bn peso bid beat 10 others, although it was not the lowest priced. Line 12 is to be ...

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    Pesa to supply two more Gama Marathon locomotives


    POLAND: Pesa signed an agreement to supply two more Gama Marathon locomotives to leasing company PHU Lokomotiv on July 8, taking its fleet to three. PHU Lokomotiv leased the first Gama Marathon to private freight operator Ecco Rail. After three months of testing, Ecco Rail says that it would ...

  • Keolis Deutschland's Eurobahn has been awarded the Teutoburger Wald passenger operating contract.

    Keolis wins battle of Teutoburger Wald


    GERMANY: Keolis Deutschland announced on July 9 that it had finally been awarded the Teutoburger Wald passenger operating contract, which was tendered by Westfalen-Lippe transport authority NWL in co-operation with Niedersachsen's LNVG and the Netherlands' Regio Twente and Overijssel province. Keolis was named preferred on November 6 2014, but incumbent ...

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    Budapest metro car modernisation contract


    HUNGARY: Metrowagonash has been selected to modernise 222 metro cars operating in Budapest. The Russian company beat six other bidders. The scope covers 185 Type 81-717/714 cars, 10 Type 81-717/714-2M cars and 27 Type Ev3 cars. Interior and exterior refurbishment will include the installation of CCTV, driver’s cab air-conditioning and ...