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  • Intramotev TugVolt Hopper Concept Rendering

    Prototype autonomous battery-powered wagon aims to help rail compete with trucks


    USA: Technology company Intramotev is developing a prototype self-powered autonomous wagon, which it hopes can make rail freight more competitive over distances of up to 1 500 km.

  • ISLA ETR1000 trainsets (Photo: Hitachi Rail)

    ILSA signs 30-year maintenance deal


    SPAIN: High speed open access operator ILSA has agreed a 30-year train maintenance contract with Hitachi Rail. The full service deal worth €737m runs from 2022, when ILSA plans to commence operations on the Madrid – Barcelona route, until 2052. The company’s fleet of ETR1000 trainsets, ...

  • Akiem locomotive.

    Akiem invests to drive down French locomotive maintenance costs


    FRANCE: ‘We are constantly seeing that the French rolling stock maintenance market is far less dynamic and competitive than elsewhere in Europe’, said Akiem CEO Fabien Rochefort when the leasing company confirmed plans to build a €10m locomotive workshop at Ostricourt in Hauts-de-France. To be located ...

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    Ferrovienord orders 50 more double-deck EMUs


    ITALY: Lombardia regional operator Ferrovienord has signed a €451·9m firm order for Hitachi Rail to supply 40 five-car and 10 four-car Caravaggio double-deck regional electric multiple-units. Equipped for 3 kV DC operation, the 160 km/h EMUs are to be delivered from Hitachi Rail’s factories in Reggio ...

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    Provincial grant expands Canadian Pacific hydrogen locomotive project


    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has been awarded a C$15m grant from Emissions Reduction Alberta to expand the scope of its hydrogen locomotive programme, the railway announced on November 1.

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    In depth

    New Zealand: Funding boost drives rail revitalisation


    Climate change concerns and a desire to encourage modal shift have unlocked government funding for rail, enabling KiwiRail to address a legacy of under-investment and build a stronger future.

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    Rail Business UK

    Rail’s growth agenda evaporates as Treasury takes control


    UK: Having spoken to a range of senior figures across the industry in recent weeks, almost all on condition of anonymity, Rail Business UK  can confirm widespread concern that significant investment spending is coming to an end after three decades of growth in rail use, with potentially significant implications for the future of the network.

  • DB ICE1 (Photo DB/Wolfgang Klee)

    ICE1 fleet to get traction converter upgrade


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded ABB a contract to supply Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor traction converters for the refurbishment of a further 76 ICE1 high speed train power cars. The IBGTs will replacing existing power electronics from the 1990s, extending the vehicles’ operating lives for at ...

  • RSRG acquires Balfour Beatty's US track business

    Rhomberg Sersa buys Balfour Beatty’s US track business


    USA: Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has acquired Balfour Beatty’s Track Solutions business and rebranded it as Rhomberg Sersa North America. The company provides inspection, ballast cleaning and subgrade management services and equipment to private and public customers including NJ Transit, MTA, BNSF and Amtrak. It operates ...

  • Srbija Voz Stader Kiss EMU (2)

    Stadler delivers 200 km/h Kiss to Serbia


    SERBIA: President Aleksandar Vučić has attended the handover of the first of three 200 km/h Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units to national passenger operator Srbija Voz. The Ministry of Construction, Transport & Infrastructure called tenders for the EMUs on February 9 ...

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    Cross River Rail train contract tendered


    AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government has called tenders for the supply of 65 electric multiple-units to expand Brisbane’s suburban fleet and operate the Cross River Rail link which is now under construction for opening in 2025. Bids are due by early 2022, with the winning bidder expected ...

  • Isle of Wight Island Line Class 484 on Ryde pier (Photo: SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation


    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...

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    High speed train maintenance contract awarded


    CHINA: China Railway Guangzhou Bureau Group has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture two contracts totalling 382m yuan to undertake the heavy maintenance of 592 high speed train cars. The contract covers A3 maintenance of key parts and components for 34 CRH1A and CRH1B ...

  • European Sleeper map

    Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Praha night train capacity allocated


    EUROPE: European Sleeper has been awarded track access for its planned Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin – Praha overnight train, the promoters confirmed on November 1. The Dutch night train start-up co-operative plans to announce a launch date and final timetable for the service ‘in the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Gubernatorial visit marks progress on New York’s $11bn East Side Access programme


    USA: Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul was among the first dignitaries to travel by rail into Long Island Rail Road’s deep-level platforms being built beneath New York’s Grand Central Terminal, arriving on a special train on October 31.

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    Biotrén fleet enters service


    CHILE: The fleet of Chinese-built electric multiple-units to operate Fesur’s Biotrén and Corto Laja regional services was officially launched into revenue service by President Sebastián Piñera on October 26. The event in Concepción was also attended by Minister of Transport & Communications ...

  • SMH Rail H10 locomotive for Tanzania Railways Corp.

    Malaysian-built locomotives ready for delivery to Tanzania


    TANZANIA: The first batch of H10 Series diesel locomotives developed by Malaysian company SMH Rail for the African freight market is now ready to be handed over to Tanzania Railways Corp, the company announced on November 1. ‘We are proud to handover the first batch of ...

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    CP and KCS file merger application with STB


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern have formally filed a merger application with the US Surface Transportation Board, setting out their aim of establishing a single network linking the USA, Mexico and Canada before the end of 2022.

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    In depth

    Comment: Automated reality


    Automation of main line trains is slowly becoming a commercial reality, having been long established in the urban rail sector. However, mass adoption of driverless technology on mixed traffic railways still seems a long way off, with interim technology such as C-DAS offering many benefits in the meantime. 

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.