All Railway Gazette International articles in March 2021 – Page 6

All articles published this month.

  • WH Davis MegaBox wagon
    Rail Business UK

    WH Davis awarded MegaBox wagon contract


    UK: Beacon Rail Leasing has awarded WH Davis a contract to rebuild 46 HHA coal hopper wagons into MegaBox box wagons. Beacon Rail CEO Adam Cunliffe said the contract is ‘a significant development and represents the close co-operation and agility of both companies’. The MegaBox ...

  • gb c2c coronavirus wear a face covering sign West Ham
    Rail Business UK

    Government agrees ERMA extensions with three operators


    UK: The Department for Transport has exercised its option to extend the Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements with c2c, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express, as discussions continue over the ending of franchise agreements and a move to directly-awarded National Rail Contracts. FirstGroup, which operates the ...

  • Team leader Jeremy Moss carries out a swab test on board the Southern train at Brighton station
    Rail Business UK

    Train used as Covid-19 testing centre


    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway has set up three Covid-19 rapid testing centres for its staff, including one on a Class 313 electric multiple-unit which has been fitted with curtains and screens and positioned at Brighton station. GTR is offering twice-weekly rapid ...

  • Alstom iLINT hydrogen fuelled multiple-unit seat.

    Hydrogen-electric hybrid trains ordered


    FRANCE: The first commercial passenger trains in France to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells are expected to enter service in 2024 on routes from Auxerre to Avallon and Corbigny in the Yonne département of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. This follows signing on March 5 ...

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    Fuel cells ordered for Canadian Pacific hydrogen locomotive


    CANADA: Ballard Power Systems is to supply the fuel cells for Canadian Pacific’s hydrogen locomotive programme, which aims to develop North America’s first hydrogen-powered main line freight locomotive by retrofitting fuel cells and a battery storage system to an existing diesel loco.

  • Stuttgart rack LRV (Photo Detlev Martin SSB)
    Metro Report International

    Urban transport industry news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the urban transport sector

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    Delivering coaches from Hungary to Egypt


    EGYPT: DHL Global’s complex logistics subsidiary DHL Industrial Projects is managing the delivery of 676 coaches which are being built in Hungary for use by Egyptian National Railways. The 24·5 m long and 4·5 m high coaches weighing 43·5 tonnes are ...

  • ScotRail operated a VIP preview run from Aberdeen to Edinburgh with its first refurbished HST set on October 10. (Photos: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail’s Inter7City HST fleet delivered


    UK: ScotRail has taken delivery of the last of the Inter7City HST sets being refurbished by Wabtec in Doncaster to operate services linking Scotland’s major cities. The Inter7City fleet is intended to comprise nine four-car and 17 five-car sets, but all are currently operating as ...

  • Leo Express Sirius train on test

    RENFE to take stake in Leo Express in support of internationalisation strategy


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE has announced its intention to acquire a 50% stake in central European open access operator Leo Express. RENFE said it sees a strategic opportunity to develop international business activities as Spain’s domestic market opens to competition. The proposed acquisition announced ...


    Alstom and Stadler to renew RENFE commuter train fleets


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has confirmed Alstom and Stadler as the winners of two contracts to supply and maintain 1 668 mm gauge high capacity electric multiple-units to replace existing stock on the Madrid and Barcelona commuter networks. The new trains will have a 20% ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou was awarded a contract to supply a total of 26 articulated trainsets for lines 1, 2 and 3.
    Metro Report International

    Monterrey Metro Line 3 opened


    MEXICO: The 7·5 km light metro Line 3 in Monterrey has opened, connecting the end of Line 2 at General I Zaragoza with Hospital Metropolitano. The line has an 800 m underground section between General I Zaragoza and Santa Lucía, with the rest being elevated. ...

  • Network Rail overhead line engineers
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail to reduce third-party works fees


    UK: Network Rail is to reduce the risk fees applied to third-party work from April 1, in a move which the Railway Industry Association said would open up the opportunity for more organisations to work near railway lines. In an effort to encourage outside investment, Network ...

  • Brake van on a freight train at Leicester on July 3 1974
    Rail Business UK

    Brake van requirements removed from railway operating rules


    UK: Updates to rail freight operating instructions have seen the final removal of the requirement to provide brake vans in some circumstances.

  • Shunter maintenance activities

    Alstom acquires Dutch maintenance services company Shunter


    NETHERLANDS: Alstom has signed an agreement to acquire Rotterdam-based rolling stock maintenance company Shunter. Founded in 2003, Shunter offers locomotive and rolling stock and on-board signalling equipment maintenance, repair and modification services. It now has around 110 employees at three maintenance workshops and three servicing ...

  • ScotRail trains
    Rail Business UK

    ScotRail looks to extended Emergency Measures Agreement


    UK: With its existing Emergency Measures Agreement due to expire at the end of March, ScotRail has confirmed that is currently in discussions with the Scottish Government about a third agreement. Support of around £108m has been provided under the current agreement which runs from ...

  • Toronto GO Transit train (Photo: Korneel Luth/Pixabay)

    Hydrogen rejected as alternative to commuter railway electrification


    CANADA: The use of hydrogen traction is not being included in the reference concept design for the enhancement of Toronto’s commuter rail network, after transport agency Metrolinx concluded that the technology would not achieve the desired objectives. Metrolinx is planning to spend C$75bn on metro, ...

  • Riga airport Rail Baltica station impression

    Riga airport rail link construction contract signed


    LATVIA: Construction of a rail link from Imanta to Riga’s international airport as part of the Rail Baltica project is set to begin in May for completion in December 2025. This follows the signing this month of a €237m construction contract with the BSL Infra ...

  • The southern end of the western bore of the Ceneri base tunnel is holed though (Photo: AlpTransit Gotthard).

    Swissrail to discuss Ceneri Base Tunnel project in next InnoTrans podcast


    Source: AlpTransit Gotthard INNOTRANS: Michaela Stöckli, director of Swiss railway industry association Swissrail, will be the guest on the next edition of the InnoTrans Mobility podcast. She will be discussing the 15 km Ceneri Base Tunnel, which opened last year as part of the ...

  • West Midlands Metro
    Metro Report International

    5G tram to help visually-impaired passengers travel independently


    UK: Technology to provide real-time information for visually impaired passengers is being tested on the West Midlands Metro, where a CAF tram and a number of stops have been fitted with 5G equipment in a project being undertaken with the West Midlands 5G group, transport infotainment ...

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    DB to launch Lufthansa SuperSprinters


    GERMANY: Non-stop inter-city trains linking Köln with München and Berlin in less than 4 h are to be introduced from the December 2021 timetable change, as part of an expansion of air-rail links announced by DB Fernverkehr and Lufthansa on March 8.