All Railway Gazette International articles in May 1998

All articles published this month.

  • News

    Sidetrack

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Hot topic Somewhere between Texas and Chicago is a train no-one wants - an initial shipment of 55 000 litres of military napalm out of the US stockpile of 15 million litres. Already en route from San Diego to a plant in East Chicago, Indiana, where it was to ...

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    Security restricts Tunnel’s potential

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    EUROTUNNEL’s financial restructuring was finally completed on April 8, 30 months after the company suspended interest payments on £8bn of bank debt. Executive Chairman Patrick Ponsolle said ’restructuring provides financial stability for the years to come’, but warned that ’this in itself is not sufficient’. The first quarter of 1998 ...

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    Pointers

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    nIndia’s Ministry of Railways is drawing up a 10-year programme to install automatic train protection on the IR main line network at an anticipated cost of Rs70bn. A decision between conventional signalling and satellite train location is expected shortly. nSouth African power generator Eskom is considering the feasibility of building ...

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    PEOPLE

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Peter Gerber has been appointed Director of Traction for Switzerland’s BLS L

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    Metros

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Argentina: The Soldati group is planning to develop leisure attractions including cinemas, theme bars and amusements for children at stations along its 15 km Tren de la Costa light rail route, linking Maipu and Delta in the Buenos Aires suburbs. The company has confirmed that it is considering the sale ...

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    Marketplace

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Canada: Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway Co has ordered 11 C44-9W diesel locomotives from General Electric. Egypt: Alexandria Passenger Transport Authority has called tenders for 15 LRVs with asynchronous drives and IGBT inverters. Each 65 to 70% low-floor vehicle with three sections must accommodate 60 seated and 140 standing ...

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    Swedes to manage ZR revival

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    ZAMBIAN Transport & Communications Minister Rev Anoshi Chipawa confirmed on March 19 that a Swedish consultancy had been selected to manage and restructure Zambia Railways over the next 2 1??2 years. He revealed that an agreement with Hifab International AB had been signed in December, after four years of negotiations ...

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    On-screen loco management

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    ALK Associates has been retained by Union Pacific to design and implement a locomotive management system for its Harriman Dispatching Centre in Omaha, Nebraska. Designed to improve service reliability and help UP make the most effective use of its available motive power, the system will provide information on trains and ...

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    New lines in the west

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    DESPITE the economic meltdown in South East Asia, the Hamersley Iron Railway set a new record by moving close to 60 million tonnes of ore for shipment from the port of Dampier last year. Iron ore sales were 20% up on 1996, resulting in what HIR’s owner Rio Tinto called ...

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    Letter

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Re: Rio Metro Sir - Cometrans, which was part of the successful Opportrans bid to operate Rio de Janeiro’s metro, is one of the partners of Trenes de Buenos Aires, not Metrovías as you reported in RG 2.98 p74. TBA has the concession for the Mitre and Sarmiento suburban ...

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    Shinkansen under way at last

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    CEREMONIES were held in Japan at the end of March to mark the formal start of work on three more shinkansen extensions, following their approval by Transport Minister Takao Fujii on March 12. Construction of the three routes is expected to be spread over 20 years because of limitations on ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Argentina: Trenes de Buenos Aires was due to begin a station refurbishment programme on the Mitre commuter network at the start of April. This includes the installation of automatic fare collection equipment, after its introduction to TBA’s Sarmiento route in January. Ferrosur Roca and Ferrocarril del Pacífico of Chile have ...

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    Infrastructure separation: will it work?

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Splitting railway infrastructure and operations is seen by politicians and economic gurus around the world as a panacea to problems of road-rail competition, poor cross-border service quality, and many other ills. But will the methods being adopted achieve the desired results? In an exclusive survey for Railway Gazette International, David ...

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    Station hotel revival plan

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Railodge has unveiled plans to provide dedicated hotel, restaurant and business facilities at key stations in Britain. The concept is based on the success of budget hotels for motorists, but will be enhanced by railway theming. Railodges will be designed to make use of existing buildings as part of refurbishment ...

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    Wires head north

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    RUSSIA’S Northern Railway is pushing ahead with 25 kV 50Hz electrification of its Vologda - Archangelsk line, under a project started two years ago. Following energisation of the 90 km from Konosha to Nyandoma in November (RG 12.97 p837), work has switched to the 120 km Nyandoma - Plesetsk section. ...

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    Portable structure gauging

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    AVAILABLE for purchase or hire from manufacturer Laser Rail, LaserSweep is a portable structure gauging system designed for use by a single operator. It comprises a measuring head mounted on an outrigger that spans the track, and a Husky FC computer to log the data. Data is saved as a ...

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    Holidaymakers ride free

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    GERMANY’S Association of Public Transport Operators (VDV) has signed an agreement with tour operator NUR Touristic GmbH that allows holidaymakers to use public transport at no extra charge. Air tickets issued by the NUR group under the Ride & Fly scheme can be used on services provided by the VDV’s ...

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    Finance

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    Australia: Evans Deakin Industries Ltd has completed a placement of 8·99million fully-paid ordinary shares with institutional investors, at an issue price of $4·20. Representing 9·99% of the company’s issued shares, the placement raised $37·75m. Canada: Canadian National Railway Co is to issue up to US$1·8bn in debt securities and warrants ...

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    Eastern timetable reorganisation

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    The summer timetable change sees the cutting-back of the Ost - West Express to east of Warszawa only, with a new Jan Ciepura EuroNight train introduced between K

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    Imperial Express heads east

    1998-05-01T10:00:00Z

    From May 3 tourists will be able to travel in luxury between Praha and Budapest with the inaugural run of a land cruise programme by the Imperial Railway Co. Sleeping cars from the Hungarian Presidential train have been married to a pair of Wagons-Lits Dining Cars to form a luxury ...