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    Leasing company takeover to provide funding for growth


    GERMANY: Swiss Life Asset Managers and Vauban Infrastructure Partners have proposed the acquisition of wagon leasing company Aves One, and following a successful takeover intend to provide additional capital of €100m to optimise the capital structure and finance further growth. The deal would be worth €12·80 ...

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    Metro Report International

    Lugano tram-train cut-off tunnel approved


    SWITZERLAND: Plans for a 2·2 km cut-off tunnel which would provide metre-gauge operator Ferrovie Luganesi with a more direct route into Lugano were approved by the Federal Council on August 11. Construction of the tunnel along with a 1·9 km surface branch to Manno are key ...

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    Metro Report International

    Track Access Management System goes to market


    SINGAPORE: PCCW Solutions and the Strides Engineering subsidiary of metro operator SMRT Trains are to jointly market their Track Access Management System software for automating track access allocations when planning engineering and maintenance works. TAMS replaces labour intensive manual processes, and provides real-time updates of allocation ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Viewpoint: Help needed to restore HS1 as the UK’s ‘green gateway’


    Britain’s sole high speed railway and its link to continental Europe, High Speed 1 can lead the transport decarbonisation charge, but it needs support to bounce back from Covid-19 first, argues HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Dyan Crowther.

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    More LPG Safety++ wagons ordered to meet demand


    EUROPE: ‘Our new LPG Safety++ wagon is becoming a top success’, reports Cyrille Guyon, Regional General Manager Eastern Europe at leasing company Ermewa. Ermewa has ordered a further 150 of the LPG Safety++ wagons from Polish manufacturer Chemet this year to meet ...

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    Metro Report International

    Underground subway connects rail and metro hubs in central Madrid


    SPAIN: A pedestrian subway has been opened in central Madrid to link the underground suburban station at Sol with Gran Vía on metro lines 1 and 5.

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    ZSSK selects Škoda to supply more regional EMUs


    SLOVAKIA: National passenger operator ZSSK has awarded a consortium of Škoda Transportation and ŽOS Trnava a contract to supply a further nine three-car Panter dual-voltage electric multiple-units.

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    In depth

    High Speed: Competition enlivens the European market


    Instead of our regular World Speed Survey, we offer a snapshot of high speed rail developments at a time when the world is still grappling with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

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    Rail Business UK

    Train companies look to get travellers ‘back on track’


    UK: The first co-ordinated national marketing campaign since the start of the coronavirus pandemic was launched by the rail industry on August 16. Branded ‘Let’s get back on track’, it is primarily aimed at leisure travellers.

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    DB buys hydroelectric power from Norway


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has signed its first cross-border long-term green power purchasing agreement, a 10-year deal covering 190 GWh/year of electricity generated by the Mågeli hydroelectric power plant operated by Norway’s state-owned energy provider Statkraft. Equivalent to powering the 40 000 daily electric trains in ...

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    KTZ Tetra trial


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ is testing a Tetra radio based train control system which has been installed on 12 locomotives based at Almaty for trials. The system is designed to ensure safe and on-time running on heavily used routes, providing the driver with information on signals, ...

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    ŽOS Trnava to maintain RDC night train stock


    GERMANY: Railroad Development Corp’s vehicle leasing and management business RDC Asset has awarded ŽOS Trnava a three-year contract to maintain its overnight train coaches, with a guaranteed minimum order of 10 vehicles per year. The work will start with Bvcmz couchette cars. ...

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    Rail organisations welcome Senate backing for US infrastructure bill


    USA: Rail associations have welcomed the passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act through the upper house of the US Congress on August 10, marking the latest step in the process to pass a bi-partisan infrastructure bill which could deliver significant funding streams for main line and urban rail enhancements.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

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    Rail Business UK

    Prototype Revolution Very Light Rail vehicle ready for testing


    UK: Assembly of the prototype Revolution Very Light Rail vehicle has been completed, and is it now ready for testing to assess the feasibility of providing passenger services on low-traffic and feeder routes where the high cost of conventional rolling stock is currently a barrier to operations.

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    Calls for cross-industry support as coronavirus state aid approved


    GERMANY: State aid measures to support the rail freight and long-distance passenger sectors and reduce track access charges during the coronavirus pandemic have been approved by the European Commission. However, private operators’ association Mofair is calling for further funding proposed by the government to be ...

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    Wabtec breathes new life into older locomotives


    USA: This month Wabtec completed the 1 000th locomotive it has remanufactured for customers in the Americas under a programme launched in 2015. Norfolk Southern has taken delivery of 500 of the locos, with other customers including Canadian Pacific, BNSF, Union Pacific and Brazilian operator Rumo.

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    In depth

    India: DFCs poised to unlock IR freight reforms


    Completion of the first two Dedicated Freight Corridors will provide much-needed capacity, but Raghu Dayal believes they will also enable Indian Railways to transform its freight operations and marketing strategies.

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    Stadler beats Škoda in Slovak EMU tender


    SLOVAKIA: National operator ZSSK has selected Stadler Rail for a €77m EU co-funded contract to supply double-deck electric multiple-units to operate regional services around Bratislava. The four six-car 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs are to be built by Stadler’s Polish plant at Siedlce. Around 4% ...