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    ERA seminar examines human factors in rail automation


    EUROPE: Recognising that humans cannot be wholly removed from what it terms ‘the socio-technical system’ of railway operation, the European Union Agency for Railways is hosting a virtual seminar on December 2-3 to examine human and organisational factors in railway automation.

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    Head end power to keep refrigerated goods cool


    EUROPE: Two Wascosa wagons which use electrical power from the locomotive to power refrigerated containers are being tested by Green Cargo and Schenker on the North Rail Express service linking Oslo and Narvik via Sweden. The wagons are connected to the locomotive using a head-end ...

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    Alstom-Bombardier deal to complete in January


    INTERNATIONAL: Alstom and Bombardier announced on December 1 that they had received ‘all necessary regulatory approvals’ required to complete the sale of Bombardier Transportation to Alstom.

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    TMH International to maintain Go-Ahead’s Bayern multiple-units


    GERMANY: Go-Ahead Deutschland has selected the TMH International subsidiary of Transmashholding to maintain two fleets of electric multiple-units that it will operate in southern Bayern and Baden-Württemberg from December 2021.

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    Scandinavian iron ore haulage contract awarded


    EUROPE: Mining company Kaunis Iron has awarded Railcare a long-term contract to transport iron ore from the terminal at Pitkäjärvi in Sweden to the Norwegian port of Narvik. The SKr740m contract announced on December 1 runs for 10 years from November 16 ...

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    ADIF AV agrees EIB loan as Extremadura high speed link makes progress


    SPAIN: ADIF Alta Velocidad announced on November 23 that it had signed off on the €300m first tranche of a €890m funding package with the European Investment Bank. The loan will support completion of the 282 km high speed line between Talayuela, Plasencia Cáceres, Mérida and Badajoz.

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    Diesel-battery hybrid TER train to be tested next year


    FRANCE: Testing of a Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel regional trainset fitted with a battery hybrid traction system is to begin early next year and passenger services are planned for 2022, Alstom has announced. Two of the trainset’s four diesel engines are to be replaced by lithium-ion batteries, ...

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    Leo Express mulls expansion in Germany and multi-system CRRC trainsets


    EUROPE: With its first Chinese-built Sirius trainsets moving on to a further phase of testing before entering revenue service next year, Czech open access operator Leo Express is now looking at ordering a multi-system variant capable of operating more widely across Europe.

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    Stadler partners with Newcastle University to support metro fleet renewal


    UK: Newcastle University and Stadler have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on research, education and innovation initiatives relating the the Swiss firm’s contract to supply and maintain a new fleet of trainsets for the Tyne Wear Metro. Running for an initial ...

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    Innovative wagons deployed for steel traffic


    SWEDEN: Green Cargo has leased 40 wagons from Wascosa which it will use with a new type of load carrying cassette to transport steel products between Luleå, Borlänge and Oxelösund for SSAB. The wagons built by Tatravagónka are equipped with disc brakes ...

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    Passenger rolling stock: Rail can rise to clean air challenge


    Policymakers need to support investment in this field to reap wider social, economic and public health benefits even after the Covid-19 crisis subsides, argues Dr Peter Radina of Knorr-Bremse.

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    Yinchuan – Xi’an PDL nears completion


    CHINA: Test running has started on the Yinchuan – Xi’an Passenger-Dedicated Line, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2020.

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    Work to start on Integration Railway’s western arm


    BRAZIL: Engineering company Valec is expected to start construction of the western arm of the Integration Railway (Ferrovia de Integraçao Centro-Oeste) in April 2021.

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    Digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring


    DENMARK: A digital twin platform for pantograph condition monitoring has been launched by PantoInspect. PantoSystem combines ultra-high speed 3D laser scanners with an AI cloud and big data tools to automatically identify each type of pantograph and provide accurate measurements. This is expected to be ...

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    Mikajiri Line closure brings Japanese coal traffic to an end


    JAPAN: The third sector Mikajiri Line is due to close on December 31, effectively bringing to an end the movement of coal by rail in Japan.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

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    TETRA base station designed to reduce costs and deployment time


    SPAIN: Teltronic has launched an outdoor TETRA base station which it says offers a significant reduction in costs and deployment time in railway environments. The multi-carrier base station has been tested and certified according to the main standards for electronic equipment protection in the rail ...

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    Plastic bottles made into high-visibility workwear


    DENMARK: Engel Workwear has launched the Safety Light range of high visibility protective safety clothing with 50% of the material made from recycled plastic bottles. The regenerated polyester fibres spun from plastic bottles is combined with 40% cotton and 10% standard polyester to produce a ...

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    St Petersburg – Kaliningrad passenger service proposed


    EUROPE: The possibility of launching a passenger service linking St Petersburg with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on a route running via Latvia has been discussed by national railways RZD and Latvijas Dzelzceļš. ‘Over the past year, Latvijas Dzelzceļš has been paying a lot of attention ...

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    ÖBB commissions first hardware-independent cloud interlocking


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has put into operation the country’s first digital interlocking which uses ‘Interlocking in the Cloud’ concepts developed by Siemens Mobility.