Main line rail industry news – Page 2

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    Lineas divests locos and wagons in sale and leaseback agreements


    BELGIUM: As part of efforts to strengthen its balance sheet, freight operator Lineas has reached a sale and leaseback agreement covering a portion of its rolling stock fleet.

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    ILSA services to be branded Iryo


    SPAIN: Independent high speed operator ILSA unveiled Iryo as its customer-facing brand in a ceremony at Madrid Atocha station on November 18.

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    EBRD loan boosts Istanbul – Kapıkule route modernisation


    TURKEY: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide Turkey with a €150m loan for reconstruction of the 67 km long Ispartakule – Çerkezköy section of the 233 km main line linking Halkalı on the western edge of Istanbul with Kapıkule on the border with Bulgaria.

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    Pakistan finalises Chinese coach contract


    PAKISTAN: CRRC Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co Ltd has signed a contract to supply 230 ‘high speed’ passenger coaches to Pakistan Railways, under plans to revitalise the country’s long-distance passenger services.

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    Etihad Rail tunnelling completed


    UAE: All of the tunnels required for Stage 2 of the national rail network have now been holed through, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on November 21.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Hydrogen train refuelling standard to be developed


    HYDROGEN: A agreement to optimise hydrogen refuelling equipment for passenger trains and define an international standard has been signed by Alstom and the Hynamics hydrogen subsidiary of French energy group EDF. The aim is to help minimise refuelling times, which Alstom said ...

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    Industry and academic collaboration to apply machine learning to railway condition monitoring


    AUSTRIA: Frauscher Sensonic and the Institute for Machine Learning at Johannes Kepler University in Linz are to collaborate to apply the latest machine learning techniques to the use of optic fibres for railway infrastructure condition monitoring. Sensonic will fund two PhD positions, ...

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    Faster regional EMUs ordered


    GERMANY: DB Regio Bayern has confirmed an order for Siemens Mobility to supply 26 Desiro HC double-deck electric multiple-units for use on Franken-Südthüringen services, including a 190 km/h variant for operation on a section of the Berlin – München high speed corridor. The order includes 18 ...


    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

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    JR East demonstrates automatic operation of high speed train


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway demonstrated autonomous operation of a Series E7 high speed trainset to invited guests on November 17. Although a driver was present, his instructions were to keep his hands off the controls unless anything unexpected happened.

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    Melbourne tenders airport station package


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Major Transport Infrastructure Authority has invited expressions of interest in construction of a station at Tullamarine international airport as part of the Melbourne Airport Rail project. The national and state governments have each committed A$5bn to fund the airport rail link, as part of ...

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    San Bernardino Arrow DMU delivery


    USA: The first Flirt low-floor diesel multiple-unit for San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s future Arrow passenger service in southern California has left Stadler’s Salt Lake City factory. In September 2017 SBCTA placed a $31·4m order for three DMUs, with an option for three more, as part ...

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    Elz valley electrification completed


    GERMANY: Electric services on the 19·3 km Elz valley line from Denzlingen to Elzach in Baden-Württemberg were launched on November 14, following the completion of work by DB to modernise and electrify the branch as the fifth and final phase of the Breisgau S-Bahn project. There ...

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    Sri Lanka Railways rolls out Hytera radio network


    SRI LANKA: Hytera Communications Corp is deploying an island-wide radio communications system covering 1 561 km of the Sri Lanka Railways network under a US$7∙39m contract The Chinese company has supplied 20 dispatching controllers, three system management devices, three voice recording devices, 1 239 SD1000 IP ...

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    Railcoop runs its first freight train


    FRANCE: Open access co-operative Railcoop ran its first freight train on November 15. Jérémie Anne reports from Capdenac.

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    Tobu Railway orders N100 units


    JAPAN: Tobu Railway has awarded Hitachi Rail a contract to supply 24 six-car N100 six-car electric multiple-units with 212 seats, private compartments, lounge areas and a bar. The aluminium-bodied 1 067 mm gauge units from the manufacturer’s A Train family are to be produced at the ...

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    Clockface timetable plan and contract awards as Rail Baltica makes progress


    EUROPE: A strategy for a Swiss-inspired national clockface timetable in Latvia has been published as part of the Rail Baltica programme, and further contracts for development of the 870 km standard gauge line have been awarded.

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    Battery-electric multiple-units ordered to improve services and cut emissions


    GERMANY: Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply a fleet of 31 battery-electric Mireo Plus B multiple-units for use on Netz Ostbrandenburg services northeast of Berlin. The order announced on November 15 includes spare parts and 12 years of maintenance, with the manufacturer ...

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    Fuel cell company Ballard acquires Arcola Energy


    HYDROGEN: Ballard Power Systems has acquired Arcola Energy, a UK-based engineering company with more than 10 years’ experience of integrating the Canadian manufacturer’s fuel cells into trains, buses and heavy duty commercial vehicles. Arcola is part of a consortium including the University ...