Main line rail industry news

  • Alstom and fuel cell compressor manufacturer Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation have signed an agreement to co-operate (Photo: Alstom/Rene Frampe)

    Fuel cell co-operation agreement signed


    HYDROGEN: Alstom and fuel cell compressor manufacturer Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation have signed an agreement to co-operate to improve the reliability and durability of fuel cells, increase their power density and reduce their costs. ‘Our ambition is to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen in the rail ...

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    Wagon lease fleet bought


    USA: ITE Management has purchased the North American wagon assets of CK Industries, saying the ‘highly productive, well-maintained’ fleet would directly benefit the ‘breadth and flexibility’ of its wagon leasing business. CK Industries is a privately held company with wagon leasing business in France and Germany, ...

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    Europe’s Rail takes over railway research portfolio


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail joint undertaking which is being established under the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme has formally assumed responsibility for railway research, succeeding the Shift2Rail joint undertaking which has led the sector for the past five years. The regulation establishing Europe’s Rail and nine ...

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    TCDD opens Kars logistics hub


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has formally opened its Kars logistics centre, created to serve the Baku – Tbilisi - Kars railway linking Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, which opened in October 2017.

  • Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden (Photo: O Malzahn/Femern AS)

    Groundbreaking launches work on German side of Fehmarn Belt tunnel


    GERMANY: Construction of the German side of the 18 km Fehmarn Belt immersed tube road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark was officially launched with a sod-turning ceremony on Puttgarden on November 29. Attendees included Enak Ferlemann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of ...

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    JR West to renew Okayama EMU fleet


    JAPAN: On November 18 JR West announced plans to order a batch of two- and three-car EMUs for use on local services in the Okayama and Bingo areas.

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    Medway orders more locos and wagons


    PORTUGAL: Private freight operator Medway is to invest €93m in the acquisition of 16 new Stadler electric locomotives and 113 Tatravagónka wagons under a procurement supported by the European Investment Bank.

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    Western Australia studies faster Perth – Bunbury link


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the development of a strategic business case for a ‘Fast Rail’ link between Perth and Bunbury.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Alstom awarded Turkish signalling contract


    TURKEY: Contractor Kalyon has awarded Alstom a contract to supply electromechanical systems for the Bandirma – Bursa – Yenişehir – Osmaneli High Standard Railway Project. The 201 km line in northwestern Turkey is being built to link the cities to the Istanbul – Ankara high speed ...

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    Herringbone night train coach design concept


    RUSSIA: A herringbone pattern concept for a long-distance coach interior which features berths positioned diagonally to the aisle as been presented by rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding and Russian Railways’ Federal Passenger Co. The concept was developed by 2050.LAB, and is the third in a series of ideas ...

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    Mexican approval for Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern merger


    MEXICO: Competition commission COFECE and telecoms institute IFT have granted regulatory approval for Canadian Pacific Railway’s proposed acquisition of Kansas City Southern. ‘This important milestone marks the next step on our path to creating the first single-line rail network linking the US, Mexico and Canada’, said ...

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    Battery EMUs ordered to replace diesel on partially electrified network


    GERMANY: DB Regio has been awarded two regional passenger train operating contracts in Rheinland-Pfalz, and has placed an order for 44 Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units to meet a requirement for services on the 240 km partially electrified Pfalznetz Lot 1 network to be converted from ...

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    STM launches infrastructure services division


    RUSSIA: Sinara Transport Machines has established a Railway Infrastructure Division which will offer services using leased equipment as well as machines produced by its own subsidiary companies. STM is also studying the opportunities for producing further types of high performance track machine, possibly through partnerships with ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

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    Ricardo to support delivery of ‘iconic yet also practical’ Latvian EMU fleet


    LATVIA: National passenger operator Pasažieru Vilciens has awarded Ricardo a contract to support the delivery, commissioning and introduction of a fleet of 32 dual-system electric multiple-units it has ordered from Škoda Vagonka. The €1·8m contract signed on November 4 runs to the end of 2023 and ...

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    Norwegian passenger tendering competitions cancelled


    NORWAY: The government confirmed on November 19 that it was cancelling two tendering processes for regional and inter-city passenger services.

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    ‘New era’ as German coalition prioritises rail spending over road


    GERMANY: The so-called ‘traffic light coalition’ formed by the Social Democratic, Green and Free Democratic parties as the next federal government has committed to launching a ‘Rapid Capacity Expansion’ to enhance railway infrastructure as part of its wider transport strategy.

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    KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller resigns


    NEW ZEALAND: Greg Miller resigned as Group Chief Executive of KiwiRail with immediate effect on November 24, saying that recent media allegations — which he rejects — had become a distraction and it was in the best interest of him, his family and the company to ...

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    CAF to acquire Alstom multiple-unit ranges and Reichshoffen plant


    EUROPE: Alstom has agreed to divest its Coradia Polyvalent and Talent 3 multiple-unit families to CAF, along with the production facilities at Reichshoffen in northern France.