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    RENFE completes acquisition of 50% stake in Leo Express


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has gained access to the passenger markets of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia and ‘the necessary licences and resources’ to enter the German market, following the completion of its purchase of a 50% stake in Czech open access operator Leo Express.

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    Russian company to export Elephants to Africa


    GUINEA: Russian manufacturer Sinara Transport Machines has been awarded a contract to supply six TGM8 ‘Elephant’ shunting locomotives to the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia bauxite mining subsidiary of aluminium producer RUSAL. The first TGM8 four-axle diesel-hydraulic locos were produced for French company Solmer in 1972, ...

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    Constru-Rail takes over former FEVE narrow gauge freight business


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has completed the partial privatisation of the narrow gauge freight business in the north of the country which it inherited from the former FEVE.

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    EMUs lengthened to handle Baltic Sea resort traffic


    GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has lengthened existing Desiro ML electric multiple-units from three to four cars for the first time, and with the support of national authorities has obtained EU Agency for Railways approval for their operation. Leasing company Alpha Trains ordered seven ...

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    Composite mast aims to make electrification cheaper, greener and smarter


    UK: A prototype composite Innovative Mast for Green Electrification is being developed with the aim of reducing the energy required to install overhead electrification, reduce costs and provide smart data to support maintenance planning. The IMAGE project is being undertaken by electrification engineering firm Furrer+Frey, Prodrive ...

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    São Paulo inter-city tender due in December


    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has announced more details of its plans to introduce an inter-city passenger service between São Paulo and Campinas. During a virtual hearing held in Campinas on August 16, the government explained that the project is to be taken forward through ...

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    Desiro EMUs ordered to meet Vorarlberg capacity needs


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 21 Desiro ML electric multiple-units for use on local and regional services in Vorarlberg from the end of 2022. The ÖBB supervisory board approved the order on August 16. An order had previously been ...

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    Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis


    While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this year, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme. Christian Scasso investigates.

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    Malaysian-built locomotive for the African freight market unveiled


    LOCOMOTIVE: Malaysian rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance company SMH Rail has rolled out its first H10 Series diesel-electric locomotive. It is designed for use by African freight operators, with Tanzania Railways Corp as the launch customer. Unveiling the first locomotive at a virtual ceremony on August ...

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    Kyiv looks to modernise its suburban rail services


    UKRAINE: A Flirt EMU built at Stadler’s plant in Belarus has been sent for trials on suburban routes around Kyiv, in support of the government’s City Express programme to enhance the capital’s suburban network and develop modern and high-quality S-Bahn style services in major cities including ...

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    Augmented reality headsets to digitalise workflows


    UK: The use of RealWear head-mounted displays to help digitalise workflows during track renewal works is being tested by automation company Intoware and the Central Railway Systems Alliance of Network Rail, Balfour Beatty, Atkins and TSO. The project aims to help standardise ...

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    My Life in Rail: Verena Schraml


    Germany has more work to do to spread the message that rail roles are increasingly attractive for women, explains Verena Schraml, a local operations manager for Go-Ahead Deutschland, based in Stuttgart.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

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    Station navigation technology aims to provide people with the confidence to travel


    UK: Briteyellow has been awarded up to £120 000 from the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Transport Research & Innovation Grants programme to develop its BriteWay journey planning and station navigation system which aims to provide disabled people with the confidence to travel.

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    Savage and KCS develop Lake Charles area rail freight terminal


    USA: Logistics and supply chain management group Savage is developing a multi-commodity rail terminal on land leased from Kansas City Southern at Mossville in southwestern Louisiana to optimise supply chains for refineries, chemical plants and other businesses in the Lake Charles area. The Mossville Railport is ...

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    Rockies to the Red Rocks luxury train launched


    USA: Luxury tourist train operator Rocky Mountaineer has launched its Rockies to the Red Rocks route, offering a two-day journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs.

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    Wagon investment joint venture formed


    USA: Trinity Industries and alternative investment manager Wafra have formed the Signal Rail Holdings joint venture which aims to invest up to $1bn over three years in a diversified portfolio of leased wagons. Wafra will own 90% of the joint venture and TI 10%, with TI ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Go-Ahead awarded Transmashholding’s Switzerland-based TMH International subsidiary a contract to maintain 22 Stadler Flirt3 EMUs ordered for used on E-Netz Allgäu services

    ‘Industrial espionage’ train maintenance dispute resolved


    GERMANY: A dispute over Go-Ahead Bayern’s decision to appoint a subsidiary of Russian company Transmashholding to maintain a fleet of Stadler Flirt3 electric multiple-units has been resolved, and the manufacturer handed over the first of the units to the future operator in Augsburg on August 18. ...

  • Siemens Mobility to deliver Vectron multisystem locomotives to Railpool for the first time

    Railpool orders electric locos equipped for 11 countries


    EUROPE: Railpool has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 20 Vectron MS electric locomotives suitable for operation in Germany, Austria, Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. ‘We want to position Railpool even better to handle anticipated market developments, especially ...