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  • Avanti West Coast SuperVoyagers at Winwick (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    On-train air quality standards to be reviewed following RSSB research

    2021-09-16T15:36:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport has ordered a review of regulations governing exposure to air pollution on trains and at stations, after research commissioned from the Rail Safety & Standards Board found that air quality was ‘poorer than desired’ on some trains using diesel power. RSSB’s ...

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    KCS cements CP merger as CN agrees early termination

    2021-09-16T15:12:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern confirmed on September 15 that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement, valuing the smaller railroad at approximately US$31bn.

  • North Korea railway missile test launch (Photo: KCNA)
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    North Korea tests train-launched missile

    2021-09-16T13:14:00Z

    NORTH KOREA: A railway-borne missile regiment has conducted a test launch to confirm the practicality of firing a missile from a train and to assess the combat readiness and capability of the newly-formed unit. The regiment deployed to the central mountainous area of the country at ...

  • Nexrail Vossloh DE18 (Photo: Vossloh Locomotives)
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    New leasing company targets non-electrified routes with SmartHybrid locos

    2021-09-16T09:56:00Z

    EUROPE: Private equity infrastructure investor InfraVia Capital Partners has formed Nexrail Lease to supply low-emission locomotives for unelectrified routes. The new leasing company has placed a framework order for up to 50 Vossloh Locomotives DE18 Stage V SmartHybrid locos, and taken over 53 existing locos. CRRC ...

  • Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Trains have awarded Alstom two contracts to design, supply and support ETCS Level 2 trackside equipment.
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    Alstom awarded Sydney ETCS contracts

    2021-09-16T09:18:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Trains have awarded Alstom two contracts to design, supply and support ETCS Level 2 trackside equipment. This forms part of the Digital Systems element of the state’s More Trains, More Services programme, which aims to modernise Sydney’s rail ...

  • Ural locomotioves 2ES6
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    Three and four section electric locomotives approved

    2021-09-16T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Ural Locomotives has obtained Customs Union approval for its 3 kV DC 3ES6 and 4ES6 locomotives, which are based on the 2ES6 twin-section design with one or two intermediate sections added to provide additional power. This follows testing at the VNIIZhT experimental ring in Shcherbinka. ...

  • West Midlands Trains Class 172 DMU at Acocks Green (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Direct awards agreed with Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains

    2021-09-15T15:30:00Z

    UK: The Abellio-led Greater Anglia and West Midlands Trains businesses have agreed directly-awarded National Rail Contracts with the Department for Transport, ahead of the expiry of their Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement contracts on September 19. Both business are currently run as joint ventures between Abellio and ...

  • Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Funds confirmed to support rail freight relaunch strategy

    2021-09-15T12:51:00Z

    FRANCE: Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari has affirmed that the government will provide €170m a year to support the rail freight sector until 2024 as part of a National Rail Freight Development Strategy. 

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    In depth

    Freight: An intermodal gateway emerges in northeast Europe

    2021-09-15T12:27:00Z

    Connected since July to the Polish border by a standard gauge link, the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal in Lithuania is set to become a strategic hub for the Baltic States as part of the wider Rail Baltica programme.

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    Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

    2021-09-15T05:00:00Z

    GABON: Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the ...

  • Wabtec FLXdrive battery locomotive (2)
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    Iron ore miner orders heavy-haul battery locomotive

    2021-09-14T14:17:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive. This will replace one the four ES44ACi diesel-electric locos used to haul its 2 700 m long iron ore trains, and is expected to reduce fuel costs and emissions by ‘double digit’ ...

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    In depth

    Freight: CargoFlex enters the digital era

    2021-09-14T13:17:00Z

    Fitted to intermodal trains in Switzerland, Voith’s CargoFlex autocoupler builds on experience in the passenger sector, and is now being upgraded with a full digital capability.

  • UK Channel Tunnel terminal at Cheriton outside Folkestone.
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    Channel Tunnel to handle unaccompanied freight

    2021-09-14T09:57:00Z

    EUROPE: Channel Tunnel operator Getlink is to launch a service carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers, using its ‘unique customs expertise’ to speed up post-Brexit cross-border traffic. The service between the Channel Tunnel terminals in Calais and Folkestone is to be launched on September 18, in addition to ...

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    Stadler signs MoU for Ukrainian fleet renewal

    2021-09-14T09:00:00Z

    UKRAINE: A memorandum of understanding setting out principles for co-operation to replace ageing rolling stock and develop the rail sector has been signed by the Ministry of Infrastructure, national railway Ukrzaliznytsia, Stadler and Swiss export risk insurance agency SERV. The MoU was signed at a meeting ...

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    Thailand looks at battery traction

    2021-09-14T05:00:00Z

    THAILAND: The Ministry of Transport is pushing ahead with the procurement of battery railcars, and consideration is being given to local production and the conversion of existing diesel locomotives to battery power. The Department of Rail Transport and State Railway of Thailand have been tasked with ...

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    Canadian Pacific closes in on KCS merger

    2021-09-13T15:30:00Z

    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific announced on September 12 that it ‘looks forward to executing a definitive merger agreement’ with Kansas City Southern, after the smaller railroad’s board deemed that CP’s latest bid now amounted to a ‘Company Superior Proposal’ compared to a previous offer from Canadian National.

  • JR Central has raised the maximum speed on the  Tokaido Shinkansen to 285 km/h (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)
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    JR Central targets Shinkansen business travellers with work-oriented offering

    2021-09-13T13:16:00Z

    JAPAN: Central Japan Railway Company is to revamp its offering for business travellers using Tokaido Shinkansen services, in response to changing travel patterns and working practices driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    First new Nightjet stock ready for testing

    2021-09-13T11:46:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The first two vehicles for Austrian Federal Railways’ new fleet of Nightjet overnight trainsets have been dispatched from Siemens Mobility’s Simmering plant in Wien for the start of testing and certification. The first vehicles to be released are a push-pull driving trailer seated car and an ...

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    DSB awards EMU depot contract

    2021-09-13T09:00:00Z

    DENMARK: DSB has awarded a DKr641m contract to MT Højgaard Danmark for construction of the first of two dedicated maintenance depots to support the fleet of inter-city EMUs on order from Alstom. The København depot is to be developed on the site of the capital’s former ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2021-09-13T05:00:00Z

    News from the world rail freight market