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    Lithuanian rail operator pilots ‘competitive green logistics’ in the three Baltic States


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s LTG Cargo has operated a pilot freight train through Latvia to Valga, the first station in Estonia. On February 23 CEO Eglė Šimė said LTG Cargo plans to start offering ‘competitive green logistics services’ in the three countries in the near future, as a ...

  • Foggia local train operator Ferrovie del Gargano has taken delivery of the first of four three-car Pop electric multiple-units.

    Pop EMU delivered to Ferrovie del Gargano


    ITALY: Foggia local train operator Ferrovie del Gargano has taken delivery of the first of four three-car Pop electric multiple-units. The 3 kV DC Alstom Coradia Stream ETR103 EMUs are to be used on Foggia – San Severo – Rodi – Peschici Calenella and Foggia – ...

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    MRS Logística orders Wabtec locomotives


    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has ordered 30 Wabtec ES44ACi Evolution Series diesel locomotives as part of its fleet renewal strategy. The deal announced on February 21 is valued at around R$500m, with the first deliveries scheduled for this year. Features will include lower emissions than the predecessor ...

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    Chicago’s Metra thinks outside the box with Stadler battery train order


    USA: Chicago commuter agency Metra has awarded Stadler a contract to supply eight battery multiple-units. The $154m deal announced on February 21 includes staff training and spare parts. The first of the units are expected to be delivered from Stadler’s Salt Lake City plant in 2027-28. ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • Metrans locomotive at Dunajska Streda inland terminal (Photo HHLA, Thies Rätzke)

    Metrans acquires Adria Rail


    EUROPE: The Metrans rail freight subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen & Logistik has expanded in southeast Europe with the acquisition of 100% of Adria Rail Group. Adria Rail offers rail services from Serbia and Croatia, and manages an inland terminal in Indija near Beograd which has daily ...

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    Strait of Messina bridge design approved


    ITALY: The final design for a long-proposed rail and road bridge to link Sicily with the mainland has been approved by the board of project company Stretto di Messina. The company’s work was suspended for 10 years until it was reconstituted by the government in March ...

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    Rail training academy to develop local skills


    UK: The Transport, Rail & Infrastructure Academy developed by City of Wolverhampton College and National Infrastructure Solutions was officially opened by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street on February 20. The academy at the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation’s Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre ...

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    Slovakian Kiss EMUs enter service


    SLOVAKIA: National operator ZSSK has put the first of its Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units into passenger service. ‘Today is an important milestone’, State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport Denisa Žiláková said at the launch at Nové Zámky station on February 15. ’For the first ...

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    European Commission investigates whether CRRC received market-distorting subsidy


    BULGARIA: The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into whether a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned rolling stock group CRRC received unfair subsidy enabling it to submit a low bid for a contract. The investigation announced on February 16 is the first under the Foreign Subsidies ...

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    Porterbrook takes stake in Brodie Engineering


    UK: Rolling stock leasing and asset management company Porterbrook has agreed to take a 49% stake in Brodie Engineering, which specialises in the heavy maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul of passenger and freight vehicles. Brodie Engineering was established in 1996 and now has two sites in Kilmarnock, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    UK government publishes Draft Rail Reform Bill


    UK: The government has published its Draft Rail Reform Bill, to give parliamentarians and the industry an opportunity to provide feedback. Legislation is needed to implement the government’s rail reform proposals, including the creation of Great British Railways. However, a bill is unlikely to pass before ...

  • Latvia Skoda EMU (Photo Skoda) (2)

    Board of Latvian operator quits over problems with new trains


    LATVIA: The supervisory board of national passenger operator Pasažieru Vilciens, now branded Vivi, resigned at the end of January, saying they lacked the powers needed to address disruption resulting from faults with new trains. Sandis Šteins had headed the board since 2016, and resigned along with ...

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    Railpool signs 250-loco framework agreement


    EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool and Siemens Mobility have signed a framework agreement for the supply of up to 250 Vectron locomotives. This covers variants that can operate in up to 16 countries and on north-south and east-west corridors in Europe. Depending on the variant, the 6·4 ...

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    East Japan Railway to work with University of Birmingham


    INTERNATIONAL: East Japan Railway has signed a memorandum of understanding to work with the UK’s University of Birmingham on innovative technology and staff skills development. Shunzo Miyake, Director General of International Affairs at JR East, said the partnership announced on February 19 aims to ‘develop railway ...

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
    Rail Business UK

    UK urged to join Eurofima to facilitate access to cheaper rolling stock finance


    UK: Eurofima is urging British policymakers to sign its convention, which would facilitate UK rail organisations’ access to cheaper funding for rolling stock and other equipment.

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    Iran: International connections take shape slowly


    Work is progressing on various cross-border rail links as Iranian Railways seeks to strengthen its role as a Eurasian rail hub. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Kintetsu has modified one of its EMUs to operate luxury tourist services between Nagoya and Yunoyama-Onsen (Photo: Akihiro Nakamura)

    Footbath train launched to serve hot springs resort


    JAPAN: Private train operator Kintetsu has modified one of its electric multiple-units to operate luxury tourist services between Nagoya and Yunoyama-Onsen, a hot springs resort in the Suzuka area of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Kořenov - Tanvald rack railway (Photo SZ)

    Rack line track renewals


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager Správa Železnic has called tenders for track renewals on its steepest section of line and its only rack railway, between Tanvald and Kořenov on the Liberec – Jelenia Góra cross-border route to Poland. Ordinary services do not use the Abt rack and ...