All Railway Gazette International articles in March 2015 – Page 5

  • The first Class 800 trainset for the Intercity Express Programme arrives in Southampton (Photo: DfT).

    First Hitachi IEP trainset arrives in Britain


    UK: The first pre-series Class 800 trainset for the Intercity Express Programme was unloaded at the port of Southampton’s Queen Elizabeth II Terminal on March 12, watched by guests including Transport Minister Claire Perry and the city’s mayor. The five-car electro-diesel trainset left Hitachi’s Kasado factory in Japan on January ...

  • Koleje Dolnośląskie has ordered five Newag Impuls 31WEa electric multiple-units.

    Koleje Dolnośląskie makes Impuls purchase


    POLAND: Voivodship-owned local passenger train operator Koleje Dolnośląskie signed a 78m złoty order for five four-car Newag Impuls 31WEa electric multiple-units on March 10. The 160 km/h units with a capacity of 460 passengers are to be delivered by the end of this year for use on the Wrocław ...

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    Feature articles in the March 2015 issue of Metro Report International


    The March 2015 issue of Metro Report International is out now. The latest issue includes the following articles: Comment V B Gadgil celebrates the first test of a CBTC train in India News Review Round-up of world metro, light rail and tram news City digest Network expansion in German-speaking cities, ...

  • Hitachi Rail Europe AT200 electric multiple-unit.

    Abellio and Hitachi sign ScotRail train contract


    UK: Hitachi Rail Europe and Abellio formally announced the signing of the previously-announced contract for the supply and maintenance of 70 electric multiple-units for the next ScotRail franchise on March 12. The EMUs are being financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing, a special purpose vehicle created by SMBC Leasing. The ...

  • Taiwan Rolling Stock Co/Voith Engineering Services tram for the Green Mountain Line in New Taipei City.

    Green Mountain Line tram design revealed


    TAIWAN: Voith Engineering Services has revealed the design the trams it has developed with Taiwan Rolling Stock Co for the Green Mountain Line tramway project in the New Taipei City region which surrounds the city of Taipei. The 8 km line will link Hongshulin station on the Taipei metro’s Tamsui ...

  • Lusail LRT is planned as the transport backbone of the new city.

    Thales awarded Lusail light rail contract


    QATAR: Lusail Light Rail Transit project civil works contractor QDVC has awarded Thales a contract to supply and maintain the supervision, telecoms, security and automatic fare collection systems for the future 32 km network, including contactless ticketing. The four-line tram network is being built under a contract which was ...

  • Siemens Avenio light rail vehicle for Qatar's Education City People Mover System (Photo: Raimund Wyhnal).

    Qatar's first Education City tram rolls out


    QATAR: Siemens' Simmering plant in Austria has completed the first of the Avenio light rail vehicles for the Education City People Mover System, an 11·5 km catenary-free tramway which is being built to serve the the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development's education and research campus west of ...

  • Danobat portal lathe for wheel reprofiling.

    Greenbrier orders Danobat wheelset machining equipment


    USA: Danobat Group has won an order to supply wagon manufacturer The Greenbrier Companies with wheel and axle profiling machines, including a portal lathe for wheel reprofiling. The contract includes supply of the ‘cutting edge’ equipment by September, along with assembly, maintenance and staff training. Danobat Sales & Marketing Director ...

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    CAF selected for Bucureşti metro train order


    ROMANIA: Bucureşti metro operator Metrorex has selected CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 43 six-car trainsets to operate on the future 6·1 km Line M5 from Drumul Taberei to Eroilor, with an option for eight more. Metrorex had hoped to name the winner of the contract on ...

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    Kharkiv metro expansion study


    UKRAINE: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development and the European Investment Bank are to fund a feasibility study for the extension of Kharkiv metro Line 3, with a view to funding its construction. The current cost estimate is put at €350m. City-owned operator Kharkiv Metro Co expects ridership on ...

  • FirstGroup already operates open access services on the East Coast Main Line through its First Hull Trains business.

    FirstGroup targets airlines with London – Edinburgh open access proposal


    UK: FirstGroup has applied to the Office of Rail Regulation for track access rights which would enable it to launch an open access passenger service between London King’s Cross, Stevenage, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh from 2018. The service of five return trains/day with journey times of 4 h to ...

  • The new wagon is being developed from Kiruna Wagon’s body-turning Turn Dumper design.

    EU backs wagon development project


    EUROPE: Kiruna Wagon is working with industrial and academic partners to develop a wagon for high axleload freight trains which the Swedish manufacturer believes is ‘likely to become a new standard for future European bulk transport’. The project is being supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, as ...

  • Brookville Equipment Corp BL05 locomotive for the US Navy's Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

    US Navy takes delivery of custom-designed locomotive


    USA: The US Navy has taken delivery of a diesel-hydraulic locomotive which has been custom designed and built by Brookville Equipment Corp for shunting at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington. Brookville's Director of Sales Chris Rhoades said the locomotive's 'unique drive system is ...

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    Slovak wagon fleet privatised


    SLOVAKIA: Ownership of 12 450 wagons is to be transferred from national freight operator ZSSK Cargo to a new joint venture company, Cargo Wagon AS, under the terms of a sale-and-leaseback agreement signed on March 9. ZSSK Cargo will have a 34% stake in Cargo Wagon, while European wagon leasing ...

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    Custom filters developed for Dutch GSM-R contract


    NETHERLANDS: NS Reizigers has awarded telecoms technology company KPN and subcontractor Funkwerk a contract to supply 1 400 GSM-R cab radios within 15 months. The transceiver modules will have filters custom-designed by Funkwerk to block radio signals that might interfere with the train communications. According to Funkwerk CEO Kerstin ...

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    Valencia metro Line 9 opens


    SPAIN: An opening ceremony for Valencia metro Line 9 took place on March 6 after a month of test running. The inaugural passenger service from Riba-roja del Túria departed at 13.05. Line 9 includes a 9·5 km, four-station branch off the western end of lines 3 and 5 at ...

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    Warszawa opens second metro line


    POLAND: The second line of the Warszawa metro opened on March 8 with the departure of the inaugural train from Świętokrzyska at 9.40. Although no official opening ceremony took place, the first train carried Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, and travel was free on the first day of service, and 233 000 ...

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    Track component research funding


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration has provided a grant worth $2·4bn to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to support research into the development of advanced track components. The studies will be led by staff from UI’s Rail Transportation & Engineering Center, who will work with 11 main line and ...

  • ChooChoo Park Railway.

    Down and up again on the ChooChoo Park Railway


    SOUTH KOREA: Visitors to the High 1 Resort in Gangwon province have a new attraction to enjoy. The ChooChoo Park Railway is the latest addition to a wide range of leisure facilities, which include skiing, nature trails and golf, with hotels and a revolving restaurant set amid scenic mountain views. ...

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    Emerging technologies for railway innovations


    FRANCE: A day of knowledge-sharing was held in Villeneuve d’Ascq on January 21 bringing together specialists from research agencies Ifsttar and Railenium and electronics supplier CEA-Leti. Hosted by Ifsttar - the national Institute of Science & Technology for Transport, Development & Networks - the seminar was designed to assess how ...