All Railway Gazette International articles in June 1998

All articles published this month.

  • News

    Transpatagónico study

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    A DECREE published by the Argentinian government on March 25 gave the Canarail consultancy 90 days to complete a feasibility study for the ambitious Transpatagónico railway from Choele Choel and San Antonio del Este to Punta Loyola, with a ferry link to Tierra del Fuego. The government would then have ...

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    Sidetrack

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: Convergence achieved WHILE Europeans wrestle with impending monetary union, the railway supply industry appears to have already met convergence criteria. GEC Alsthom - soon to become just ’Alstom’ - and Siemens are co-operating on the Eurotrain project (p411). However, Dieter suggests a way that the gauge-changing Talgo might be ...

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    Zürich reconstruction starts

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    ON APRIL 27 Swiss Federal Railways announced details of a seven-year programme to reconstruct the approaches and environs of Zürich Hauptbahnhof under the Bahn 2000 programme. Describing Züich as the ’Heart of Bahn 2000’, SBB Director-General, Infrastructure, Pierre-Alain Urech said the rail hub had a critical role to play in ...

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    PUBLICATIONS

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    TGV Handbook by Brian Perren This second edition of a work first published in 1993 is in effect a new publication, such has been the progress and diversification of TGV derivatives. Although new line construction has slowed, there is extensive text supported by good quality colour photographs covering a plethora ...

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    People

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    Spoornet’s new board comprises Transnet Chairman Prof L A Tager and Managing Director S J Macosoma, Ms G T Serobe, E Groeneweg, Dr C B Strauss, Ms M E N Magmola and Spoornet Chief Executive A S (Braam) Le Roux, who reports to the Transnet Deputy Managing Director Mafika Mkwanazi. ...

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    UP woes over?

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    ATTACK is the best form of defence, so the saying goes. Perhaps this explains Union Pacific’s May 1 decision to pour $1·4bn into its Texas and Louisiana operations over the next five years, with up to $160m to be spent this year. Of this, about half will go on upgrading ...

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    Monorail for sale

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    After going round in circles for a decade, Sydney’s Darling Harbour monorail could be heading for pastures new. Australian business group TNT announced at the end of April that the single-track loop opened in July 1988 is up for sale. Built at a cost of A$65m to offer visitors a ...

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    Metros

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    Austria: Wiener Lokalbahnen has ordered six three-section T2500 LRVs from BWS for Sch157m. Electrical equipment for the LRVs, due to enter service in September 2000, will be supplied by Adtranz, ELIN EBG and Siemens. Belarus: Insond of Austria is to participate in building the Rakauskaya - Kountsaushchyna section of the ...

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    Private metro plan

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    A PRIVATE-SECTOR consortium has put forward plans for construction of a four-line metro in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo. Backed by commercial property developers, the group hopes to negotiate a concession from the municipal administration by mid-2000 to build and operate the network. According to Metro Montevideo Director-General Manuel Carballal, construction ...

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    Marketplace

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    Brazil: São Paulo Metro has called tenders for a rail grinder. Chile: EFE has purchased an additional five Class 440 EMUs from RENFE of Spain at a cost of Pts1·4bn, for delivery by the end of this year. Czech Republic: Liberec Transport Authority has ordered six RT6S low-floor trams from ...

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    Line speed regulation

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    PTSI Transportation has supplied its Smart Speed Bulletin

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    LETTERS

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: Infrafer’s business Sir - We would like to point out some important corrections to the article on Algeria by Dr Kadi Abdelsselam in Rail Business Report 1998. The article states that Infrafer is a subsidiary of the Algerian Railways (SNTF). While Infrafer was originally spun off from the SNTF ...

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    PKP to split in July

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    THE POLISH Ministry of Transport confirmed on May 1 that Polish State Railways will be restructured on July 1, with the naming of Directors to head three new business units. Tadeusz Augustowski will be Director of Rail Infrastructure, with Jósef Szczepanski at Freight Operations and Marek Pawicki at Passenger. They ...

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    Riga interlocking

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    RESIGNALLING of Latvian Railways’ main terminus is to be completed in 2000 under a contract with Adtranz Signal, signed at a ceremony in Riga on April 29 attended by LDZ Director-General Andris Zorgevics, Deputy DG Rihards Peders, and the Swedish ambassador Hans Magnusson. Adtranz Signal will supply an Ebilock 950 ...

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    ‘s-Hertogenbosch interchange opens

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    Netherlands Railways opened a rebuilt station and transport interchange at ’s-Hertogenbosch on May 14. The five year project has cost 185m guilders, with nearly half of this going on improved railway infrastructure including grade separated junctions and extra tracks. The station has been expanded with an extra island platform to ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: On May 1 Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajapayee formally ’dedicated’ the 760 km Konkan Railway in a ceremony at Ratnagiri (above). The line was opened to traffic on January 26 (RG 3.98 p138), but the ceremony could not be held until after the country’s general election. Konkan Railway ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: Using the last of 14 IC125 high-speed trains refurbished for Midland Main Line, Adtranz (UK) ran a commemorative special on April 30 to mark the retirement of Chief Executive Stig Svärd - who was presented with a souvenir by MML Managing Director Nick Brown (left). First privately-ordered rolling stock ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    Australia: Queensland Rail has opened a $3·9m container terminal at Cloncurry, near Mt Isa. The $200m upgrade of the Townsville - Mt Isa route is scheduled for completion later this year. Westrail has invited tenders for upgrading of the signalling on its freight network. Signalling, maintenance and workshop facilities for ...

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    Integral slips

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    CZECH railwaymen looking forward to running 200 km/h tilting trains between Berlin, Praha and Wien may have to wait a little longer. CKD Praha announced last month that delivery of the prototype Class 680 Integral had slipped by another nine months to April 15 next year. When the contract for ...

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    INSIDE INDUSTRY

    1998-06-01T10:00:00Z

    China: Siemens, Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Plant and the Zhuzhou Research Institute of Electric Locomotives are to invest 300m yuan in a joint venture, Zhuzhou Siemens Traction Equipment Co, to build up to 60 AC locos a year. The Austrian government is to provide start-up funding Europe: After GEC Alsthom’s flotation ...