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    Railcoop reaches initial funding target

    2021-03-05T06:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Not-for-profit co-operative Railcoop confirmed on March 4 that it had achieved its target of raising initial capital of €1∙5m to fund the establishment of an open access freight and passenger operator.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2021-03-05T05:00:00Z

    News from the global railway supply chain

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    Japan addresses level crossing safety

    2021-03-04T14:30:00Z

    JAPAN: The Japan Transport Safety Board has published a series of recommendations to reduce the risk of level crossing accidents, with particular focus on the remaining crossings without barriers.

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    USA: Living with extreme weather

    2021-03-04T13:00:00Z

    Building on many years of experience, US railroads large and small have developed cost-effective approaches to dealing with the impact of extreme weather incidents and other natural disasters, but continue to evolve their response strategies. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Improving access to rail to get freight off the roads

    2021-03-04T08:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A package of measures to improve access to the rail network and incentivise companies to switch freight from lorries to more environmentally-friendly trains has come into effect this month. The initiative is designed to support the Ministry of Transport Digital Infrastructure’s aim ...

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    Settle & Carlisle ‘Staycation Express’ to run again in 2021

    2021-03-04T06:11:00Z

    UK: Rail Charter Services has confirmed that it intends to repeat the regular excursion trains it operated last summer over the Settle & Carlisle route through North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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    Support for Israeli section of ‘Gulf to Gulf’ railway

    2021-03-03T16:09:00Z

    ASIA: Israel’s National Infrastructure Committee has given its backing to proposals to extend the Jezreel Valley railway to the border with Jordan, in what is envisaged to be the first stage of a possible ‘Gulf to Gulf’ railway linking the Bay of Haifa with Jordan, Saudi ...

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    ODEG retains Baltic coast operating contract

    2021-03-03T10:41:00Z

    GERMANY: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern transport authority VMV has awarded incumbent Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn the next contract to operate Ostseeküste II passenger services along the Baltic Sea coast. The contract awarded to ODEG on March 1 covers the operation of services RE9 Rostock – Stralsund – Sassnitz/Binz and RE10 ...

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    Infrastructure: Getting to grips with climate change

    2021-03-03T07:28:00Z

    As part of a broader weather resilience and climate change adaptation strategy, Network Rail has been reviewing its management of earthworks and structures. It has also put in place environmental initiatives aimed at mitigating its own impact.

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    CZ Loko targets Scandinavian shunter replacement market

    2021-03-03T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech manufacturer CZ Loko has won a contract to supply an EffiShunter 1000 four-axle diesel-electric locomotive to Oslo-based leasing and maintenance company Trainpoint Norway, and will prioritise obtaining approval for use in Sweden is it sees a large potential market for the replacement of ageing ...

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    Discontinuous electrification proposed on Brandenburg regional route

    2021-03-02T14:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Hybrid battery-electric trains could be running on the Berlin – Neuruppin – Wittenberge route by 2028, according to a study undertaken for the District of Ostprignitz-Ruppin by the Innoverse transport consultancy.

  • České Dráhy and Polish manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz have signed a KC14·5bn framework agreement for the supply of up to 160 regional diesel multiple-units
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    ČD signs framework contract for 160 Pesa regional DMUs

    2021-03-02T13:34:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy and Polish manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz have signed a KC14·5bn framework agreement for the supply of up to 160 regional diesel multiple-units, with a firm order worth almost KC3bn for an initial 33 units. The 120 km/h low-floor DMUs will ...

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    Joban Line ATO ready to launch

    2021-03-02T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: East Japan Railway expects to start automatic train operation in commercial service on March 13, when the equipment goes live for Joban Line (Local) services in northern Tokyo.

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    Hydrogen train trial to inform electrification thinking

    2021-03-01T15:48:00Z

    GERMANY: Baden-Württemberg local operator Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs is to test an Alstom iLint hydrogen multiple-unit in regular service.

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    ETCS to the Sunshine Coast

    2021-03-01T11:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on an A$43m project to install ETCS Level 1 automatic train protection on Queensland Rail’s Sunshine Coast line between Caboolture, Nambour and Gympie North.

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    Germany needs faster electrification, says Allianz pro Schiene

    2021-03-01T10:06:00Z

    GERMANY: The federal government needs to accelerate significantly the rate of electrification if it is to achieve its target of having at least 70% of the national network wired by 2025, according to the non-profit transport alliance Allianz pro Schiene.

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    Grand Est concession attracts ‘good response’

    2021-03-01T09:39:00Z

    FRANCE: ‘Between four and 10’ companies or consortia have prequalified for a concession to operate a group of branch lines in the Grand Est region, according to the region’s Vice-President responsible for Transport David Valence.

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    Comment: Sending the wrong signal

    2021-03-01T07:00:00Z

    Policymakers need to learn lessons from the apparent collapse of the agreement to build a high speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, suggests Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2021-03-01T05:00:00Z

    News from the world rail freight market

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    Railpool and Končar sign loco maintenance agreement

    2021-02-28T05:00:00Z

    CROATIA: Leasing company Railpool and Končar Electric Vehicles have signed an agreement for the maintenance of Bombardier Traxx locomotives in Zagreb. Several of Railpool’s Traxx locomotives are used in Croatia by a number of freight operators. ‘We have chosen an experienced and strong partner for ...