All Railway Gazette International articles in June 2013

All articles published this month.

  • Transmashholding 2TE25AM locomotive with MTU Series 4000 engines.

    Russian diesel engine joint venture agreed


    RUSSIA: Engine manufacturer Tognum and rolling stock supplier Transmashholding have agreed to establish MTU Transmashholding Diesel Technologies, a joint venture which will produce engines at Kolomna near Moscow. Investment in the project is expected to be €80m, with the design of the new plant to be completed by November and ...

  • Alstom is to modernise 27 Coradia Lint 41 diesel multiple-units.

    Refurbishment aims to extend DMU life by 15 years


    GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has awarded Alstom a €27m contract to modernise 27 Coradia Lint 41 diesel multiple-units used on Weser-Ems services. The work is to be undertaken at Alstom's Braunschweig site for completion in December 2015. The contract announced on June 26 is designed to ensure the trains ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is to supply 60 single and dual-voltage three-car electric multiple-units worth €327m.

    Bombardier wins Hamburg S-Bahn train order


    GERMANY: The Hamburg senate has awarded incumbent S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH a contract to operate the city's S-Bahn services for a further 15 years from December 9 2018, enabling the DB Regio subsidiary to place a order for new trains as part of €450m package which includes train refurbishment and depot ...

  • The tram will be test running with passengers for three months.

    Newag tram rolls onto the streets of Kraków


    POLAND: Test running began on June 25 with the first tram to be produced by Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag. The prototype Nevelo tram will be tested on route 8 of Kraków’s network until September 22. The three-section, unidirectional, articulated tram was designed and built in Newag’s Nowy Sącz ...

  • The Red Line opened in 2011 with a fleet of 46 Alstom Citadis 302 trams.
    Metro Report International

    Funding approved for Jerusalem light rail extension


    ISRAEL: On June 26 the Jerusalem Regional Planning Committee approved a 1·1bn shekel allocation from the Transportation Ministry’s budget to extend the city’s light rail line from Mount Herzl to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Centre. Total spending on the project is expected to be 4bn shekels. Preparatory work has ...

  • The first freight trains are scheduled to begin running in October.

    DB joint venture to operate Etihad Rail freight trains


    UAE: An agreement to create a joint venture to operate the rail network under construction in the United Arab Emirates was signed by Etihad Rail Vice-Chairman Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer and DB Schenker Rail CEO Alexander Hedderich on June 27. The first freight trains carrying granulated sulphur on the 266 ...

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    RENFE restructuring approved


    SPAIN: Meeting on June 27, the RENFE board approved plans to restructure the state operator into four companies responsible for passenger operations, freight, rolling stock maintenance and train leasing. The proposals will be submitted to the Spanish cabinet for approval next month, in preparation for the domestic passenger market opening ...

  • The tram will run on-street.

    Spanish consortium to build Ouargla tram line


    ALGERIA: The Ministry of Transport has awarded a consortium of Rover Alcisa, Elecnor and Assignia Infrestructuras a €228m contract to build a tram line in Ouargla. The project is being developed by Enterprise du Métro d’Alger, the urban rail construction agency that is also responsible for several other light rail ...

  • CSR diesel locomotive.

    CSR Qishuyan to supply 20 locomotives to Thailand


    THAILAND: State Railway of Thailand signed a contract for CSR Qishuyan to supply 20 locomotives on June 25. The metre-gauge diesel-electric locomotives with AC traction equipment are scheduled to be delivered in 2015 for use on freight trains as part of a 'hub and spoke' intermodal distribution model which is ...

  • Alstom has supplied six Coradia Lint 41 diesel multiple-units for Ottawa's O-Train service.

    O-Train DMUs delivered to Ottawa


    CANADA: Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson formally took delivery of six Alstom Coradia Lint 41 diesel multiple-units for the city's O-Train service at the 8 km line's Walkley depot on June 22. Operator OC Transpo placed the C$34m order for the DMUs in September 2011 as part of the C$59m ...

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

    MBTA orders more MotivePower locomotives


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has placed a firm order for a further 13 HSP46 passenger locomotives with Wabtec subsidiary MotivePower, taking its total order to 40. Delivery to Boston is scheduled for 2014. The contract was announced on June 26 and is valued at more than $70m, including training, ...

  • An artist's impression of Chinatown station.

    San Francisco signs Central Subway contract


    USA: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency awarded an $840m contract for the Central Subway project to Tutor Perini Corp on June 20. The contract covers construction of four stations and trackwork for the 2·7 km extension of Muni’s T Third Line. Tutor Perini expects ‘substantial completion’ in the second ...

  • An artist's impression of a station on the new 'fast tram' line.

    EBRD support for Ufa tramway upgrade


    RUSSIA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is considering providing a long-term loan of up to 1·5bn roubles to Ufa transport operator MUE for tramway construction and rehabilitation. It will carry out due diligence on the project later this year, which will include a feasibility study. The ...

  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off Northern Railway's ceremonial first train on the next section of the rail link to Kashmir on June 26.

    Opening of India's longest railway tunnel joins Jammu to Kashmir


    INDIA: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off Northern Railway's ceremonial first train on the next section of the rail link to Kashmir on June 26, travelling from Banihal to Qazigund with guests including local school pupils. Regular services began the following day. The latest 17·7 km section was built at ...

  • Hitchin Flyover (Photo: Marcus Dawson/Network Rail)

    Hitchin flyover opens


    UK: Network Rail announced on June 26 that the first passenger services had begun to use the flyover at Hitchin, built at a cost of £47m to avoid the need for services to Letchworth, Cambridge and King's Lynn to cross the three other tracks of the East Coast Main Line ...

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    Faiveley buys Schwab Verkehrstechnik


    SWITZERLAND: Coupler and buffer manufacturer Schwab Verkehrstechnik has been acquired by Faiveley Transport. The Schaffhausen-based company has 42 employees and recorded sales of SFr23m in 2012. 'We are delighted to join the Faiveley Transport Group whose wide commercial reach will bring us new business opportunities globally, particularly in China, India ...

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    Siemens acquires planning and retarder businesses


    SIEMENS: Two acquisitions in Germany were announced by Siemens on June 25. The company has bought Sky Eye Transportation Systems, which has 20 staff in Braunschweig specialising in planning, dispatch, crew and fleet management technology. The business is to be integrated into the Rail IT Segment of the Rail ...

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    Taiwan high speed rail extension contract signed


    TAIWAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Toshiba, in co-operation with Mitsui & Co, have signed a ¥20bn turnkey contract with Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp to provide trackwork and E&M systems for the Nangang extension, it was announced on June 24. The extension will connect Taipei Main station with Nangang, ...

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    Bidders for Crossrail concession shortlisted


    UK: On June 25 Transport for London announced its shortlist of bidders for the concession to operate Crossrail services. These are Arriva Crossrail Ltd, Keolis/Go Ahead, MTR Corp (Crossrail) Ltd and National Express Group. The concession would be similar to the existing London Overground inner-suburban contract. TfL invited expressions ...

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    DeQuendre Bertrand


    DeQuendre Bertrand has been named Internal & External Communications Director for US rail safety organisation Operation Lifesaver.