All Railway Gazette International articles in March 2023 – Page 4

  • PKP IC Newag loco

    PKP Intercity orders electric locos


    POLAND: National long-distance operator PKP Intercity has signed a 551·4m złoty contract for Newag to supply 20 Griffin electric locomotives by February 2024. The 3 kV DC locos will have a maximum speed of 160 km/h and will be equipped with ETCS, ...

  • tickets
    Rail Business UK

    Independent train ticket retailers call for level playing field


    UK: Attracting new customers to rail requires ‘simplifying ticketing, creating a level playing field that encourages competition, and embracing the private sector to drive down costs’, Chair of the Independent Rail Retailers association Alistair Lees has told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group. On March 13, MPs ...

  • Budapest CAF tram (2)
    Metro Report International

    Budapest exercises final tram option


    HUNGARY: Budapest transport authority BKK has placed a firm order for a further 31 CAF Urbos 3 trams, the manufacturer announced on March 20. The HF54bn order is to be financed entirely from European Union sources. The order uses the final option ...

  • CFL Intermodal wagon

    Rolling stock identification rules adopted


    INTERNATIONAL: A voluntary standard for permanently attaching a Unique Rail Vehicle Identification System identifier to rolling stock has been adopted by the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

  • Dalian metro Line 5
    Metro Report International

    Dalian Metro Line 5 opens with 2·3 km bay crossing


    CHINA: Dalian metro Line 5 opened on March 17, running 24·5 km from Houguan in the north to Hutan Xinqu in the south via a 2·3 km underwater crossing of the bay. It is the city’s sixth metro line, built as part of a ‘four vertical ...

  • Digital+Train+Components+v7

    Digital Maintenance Gateway aims to make rolling stock updates more secure


    UK: Rail cybersecurity company RazorSecure has launched its Digital Maintenance Gateway, designed to improve security and efficiency when maintaining and updating rolling stock software. Asset owners can automate repeated tasks and roll out over-the-air updates across multiple trains at once, reducing the need for engineers to ...

  • St Pancras station strike sign
    Rail Business UK

    RMT members accept Network Rail offer to end strikes


    UK: The RMT union’s National Executive has announced the end of the trade dispute with Network Rail, after members voted to accept the latest offer covering pay, jobs and conditions. The result announced on March 20 was a 76:24 vote in favour of accepting the offer, ...

  • Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca services resume (1)

    Buenos Aires – Bahía Blanca services resume after bridge works completed


    ARGENTINA: Passenger services on the Roca line that links Constitución terminus in Buenos Aires with Bahía Blanca in the southwest resumed on March 10. The 1 676 mm gauge line was closed on October 26 2022 due to the deterioration of the ...

  • King of Prussia Rail Project impression
    Metro Report International

    SEPTA ceases work on King of Prussia extension plan


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has ended all development of the King of Prussia Rail Project, after it was not recommended for FY2024 federal New Starts funding. The cost of the proposed 6·4 km five-station branch off Philadelphia’s Norristown High Speed Line third-rail interurban line was ...

  • Newark Airport monorail
    Metro Report International

    Alstom to operate Newark airport monorail for seven years


    USA: Alstom has been awarded a €250m contract to operate and maintain the AirTrain Newark monorail that links Newark Liberty International Airport main line station to the airport terminals and parking facilities. The contract was signed between Alstom and the Port Authority of New York ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Stockport (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast contract extended and Managing Director appointed


    UK: Avanti West Coast must continue to regain the confidence of passengers before decisions on its future are made, the Department for Transport said when it announced a six-month extension of the inter-city operator’s contract. The West Coast Partnership contract covers the operation of inter-city services ...

  • GoldenPass Express

    Gauge-changing GoldenPass Express restricted to metre gauge route


    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn has suspended the gauge-changing GoldenPass Express through service between Montreux and Interlaken.

  • DB Cargo UK Class 60 Toton load bank testing
    Rail Business UK

    Diesel and HVO locomotive fuel compared directly


    UK: DB Cargo UK has used a load bank at Toton depot to directly compare the performance and emissions from a Class 60 diesel locomotive when fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil and by conventional diesel. A purpose-built exhaust extension tube was fitted to the locomotive to ...

  • PJM-80-ft-InnoWaggon

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Hitachi signalling Chennai metro
    Metro Report International

    Chennai metro Phase II train control contract signed


    INDIA: Hitachi Rail is to supply communication-based train control supporting automatic operation at 90 sec minimum headways on Phase II of the 1 435 mm gauge Chennai metro. The Rs16·2bn contract signed on March 15 covers the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the ...

  • RENFE train

    RENFE passengers get access to digital newspapers and magazines


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE is to make the PressReader digital newspaper and magazine platform available to passengers before departure as well as onboard its trains. A link to access PressReader will be sent to passengers by e-mail or text message prior to their departure, enabling travellers ...

  • Solar Power - Picture 1

    Inland Rail to use solar powered signalling


    AUSTRALIA: The use of solar powered signalling on the Inland Rail project has been approved by Australian Rail Track Corp following a trial on a passing loop at Coolleearlee in New South Wales. This will eliminate the need to use the local power supply infrastructure or ...

  • A memorandum of understanding for the Dream of the Desert luxury train project was signed at the Saudi Tourism Forum in Riyadh.

    Dream of the Desert cruise train planned for Saudi Arabia


    SAUDI ARABIA: A Dream of the Desert five-star luxury cruise train service on the North South Railway from Riyadh to Al Qurayyat on the border with Jordan is planned to launch in 2025. A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed at the Saudi ...

  • Citymapper in New York
    Metro Report International

    Citymapper acquired by New York company Via


    INTERNATIONAL: New York-based transport service planning software company Via has acquired UK-based journey planning app maker Citymapper. Via said the acquisition announced on March 16 would accelerate its vision ‘to build the end-to-end digital infrastructure for transit systems’, by adding Citymapper’s ‘intuitive and beautifully designed’ real-time ...

  • HNRC
    Rail Business UK

    Harry Needle Railway Co secures funding for expansion plans


    UK: Harry Needle Railway Co has secured £2m in funding from Frontier Development Capital to support a £6·2m plan to expand its engineering capabilities and modify locomotives to lower emissions. The funding is from FDC’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Recycled Fund, which aims to help ...