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    CZ Loko opens accommodation building to meet demographic challenges


    CZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko has opened a building containing a training centre for 30 people and accommodation for 25 employees in a former bank in the historic centre of Česká Třebová. The company’s existing training facilities at the factory were at full capacity, and the additional ...

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    DB Regio wins Niederrhein-Münsterland operating contract


    GERMANY: The Rhein-Ruhr and Westfalen-Lippe transport authorities have selected DB Regio for a contract to operate five of the seven Niederrhein-Münsterland-Netz services. The authorities announced on May 25 that DB would replace Transdev’s NordWestBahn on services RE44, RB31 and RB36 in December 2025 and RE14 December ...

  • Rail Cargo Hungaria CRRC electric-battery shunter

    CRRC electric-battery shunting locomotive arrives in Hungary


    HUNGARY: The first of two electric-battery shunting locomotives developed by CRRC Zhuzhou for Rail Cargo Hungaria has been delivered for testing, approval and commissioning. Rail Cargo Hungaria currently uses diesel locomotives owned by MÁV-Start for shunting. In an effort to reduce its costs and emissions, in ...

  • Ukrainian trains

    Ukrainian standard gauge railway plan


    UKRAINE: Announcing a range of infrastructure and regulatory measures to more closely integrate Ukraine with EU transport networks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine would begin phased construction of railway tracks to European standards. This would start with hubs and large cities, and then gradually expand ...

  • Unimat 09-8x44S BR Dynamic E3-1

    Integrated track machine reflects trends in infrastructure maintenance


    GERMANY: Plasser & Theurer is to present its Unimat 09-8x4/4S BR Dynamic E³ combined track machine at the IAF trade show in Münster on May 31-June 2.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • MxV groundbreaking

    MxV breaks ground for Pueblo test track


    USA: MxV Rail has held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of its 9 km High Speed Loop test track at its new PuebloPlex campus in Colorado, with completion anticipated by September. A subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, MxV Rail was previously known ...

  • Alstom and fuel company PKN Orlen have signed a strategic agreement to co-operate to supply fuel cell trains and hydrogen.

    Polish hydrogen train co-operation agreement


    POLAND: Alstom and fuel company PKN Orlen have signed a strategic agreement to co-operate to supply fuel cell trains and hydrogen. Sławomir Cyza, President & Managing Director of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine & the Baltic States, said he hoped Alstom would the first company to introduce ...

  • ACD6048 loco Aurizon

    Aurizon bulk freight locos enter service


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has taken delivery of the first four of 10 diesel locomotives which UGL’s Newcastle factory is supplying for hauling copper, lead, zinc and grain trains in New South Wales and Western Australia. The first four locos are being used to haul minerals at Cobar ...

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    Chemical train emergency simulated


    GERMANY: A large-scale chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives emergency response training exercise has used disco fog and public volunteers to simulate a chemical leak from a freight train near a station. The exercise hosted by the Dortmund fire brigade enabled 130 ...

  • Merritt Becker

    National Railway Equipment Co’s CEO gets ready to make some noise


    USA: Merritt Becker has been appointed as CEO of new and remanufactured locomotive, marine and power equipment supplier National Railway Equipment Co with effect from June 1. Becker succeeds Steven L Beal who died suddenly in 2020 at the age of 46, 10 years after having ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for Thurbo (1)

    Winner of 510-train framework contract confirmed


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Administrative Court has rejected Alstom’s challenge to the decision by Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps to award Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 510 electric multiple-units. The tendering process began in May 2020, with SBB and its two ...

  • Dostyk TransTerminal (4)

    Transhipment capacity doubles at Kazakh border rail terminal


    KAZAKHSTAN: The second stage of the Dostyk TransTerminal container terminal at the break-of-gauge on Kazakhstan’s border with China has opened, doubling capacity.

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    Rail Business UK

    Analytics to improve rolling stock condition monitoring


    UK: University of Strathclyde spin-off company Bellrock Technology is working with leasing company Angel Trains to provide a ‘proof of value’ showing how its Lumen analytics software can improve rolling stock condition monitoring. One four-week project will look at obtaining more meaningful data from door fault ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Industry responds to launch of cross-London Elizabeth Line


    UK: Organisations from the across the rail sector have commented on the opening of London’s Elizabeth Line on May 24. Politics Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said ’the Elizabeth Line is a beacon of British success, not just for this marvel of engineering but ...

  • Elizabeth Line trains Abbey Wood-CJ
    Rail Business UK

    London’s Elizabeth Line opens at last


    UK: Elizabeth Line services began running on the Crossrail core route across central London on May 24, with an initial 12 trains/h linking Paddington station in the west to Abbey Wood in the southeast. 

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    France: Newcomers still face market entry hurdles


    With France’s passenger market finally open to competition, areport from regulatory body ART finds that various barriers still hinder access for new entrants. Jérémie Anne asks ART President Bernard Roman what lessons have been learnt and what lies ahead.

  • Plans to electrify the 1 136 km Golmud – Lhasa section of the Qinghai – Tibet railway have been announced by the autonomous region’s Development & Reform Commission.

    Tibet railway electrification announced


    CHINA: Plans to electrify the 1 136 km Golmud – Lhasa section of the Qinghai – Tibet railway have been announced by the autonomous region’s Development & Reform Commission. Work is scheduled to start in June 2022 and take three years. The cost is estimated at ...

  • Wabtec train doors
    Metro Report International

    São Paulo train door order


    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

  • Inland Rail construction

    Australian government’s plans are positive for the rail industry, says ARA


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association says the newly-elected federal government ‘is likely to be positive for the Australian rail industry’, given commitments which were announced in the lead-up to the election. The incoming Labor government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan and National Reconstruction Fund would support ...