All Railway Gazette International articles in May 2013

All articles published this month.

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    Federal funding protects New York Gateway alignment


    USA: Outgoing Federal Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood confirmed at a ceremony in New York on May 30 that $185m of federal funding would be made available to build a concrete shell to carry the proposed New York Gateway tunnels through a property development into an expanded Penn Station. The 244 ...

  • Skoda 26T tram for Miskolc on test in Plzen.

    Miskolc tram on test in Plzen


    HUNGARY: The first of 31 trams ordered by Miskolc transport operator MVK is now on test in the Czech city of Plzen, where the trams are being manufactured by Škoda Transportation. An initial two 26T trams are scheduled to arrive in Miskolc in July, with deliveries running until February 2015. ...

  • Inauguration of the railway from Gorgan to Incheh Borun on Iran's border with Turkmenistan.

    Iran inaugurates railway to border with Turkmenistan


    IRAN: President Ahmadinejad and Minister of Roads & Urban Development Ali Nikzad attended an event on May 27 to ceremonially inaugurate an 80 km railway linking the northern city of Gorgan with Incheh Borun on the border with Turkmenistan. The standard gauge line forms part of the Kazakhstan - Turkmenistan ...

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    Rail service restored to the Rockaways


    USA: New York subway services were restored to the Rockaways peninsula of coastal Queens on May 30 following completion of more than six months of repairs to the storm-damaged metro line. A series of bridges and narrow causeways totalling 5·6 km carries subway Line A across Jamaica Bay, which separates ...

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    Lindsay Tanner


    Lindsay Tanner , former Federal Minister for Finance & Deregulation and shareholder Minister for the Australian Rail Track Corporation, has succeeded John Fullerton as Chairman of the Australasian Railway Association.

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    Trains ordered for Shenzhen metro Line 4


    CHINA: Shenzhen metro Line 4 operator MTR Corp (Shenzhen) Ltd has awarded Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport Co a 420m yuan contract to supply 56 cars in 2013-14. NPRT is a joint venture between CSR Corp and Singapore-based aluminium alloy supplier Midas Holdings. Announcing the contract on May 29, ...

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    Alstom and TMH to design dual-voltage freight locomotive for RZD


    RUSSIA: Alstom and Transmashholding are jointly to develop a dual-voltage freight locomotive for Russian Railways under an agreement signed at the 1520 Strategic Partnership’s International Business Forum in Sochi on May 30. To be designated 2ES20, the twin-section locomotive would be able to use both 3 kV DC and 25 ...

  • Greenbrier Multi-Max car-carrying wagon.

    Convertible multi-deck automotive wagon launched


    USA: The Multi-Max car-carrying wagon incorporating an adjustable deck enabling conversion from two to three levels to suit the type of vehicle being carried was unveiled by The Greenbrier Companies on May 29. The wagon is compatible with existing bi-level and tri-level fleets, so operators do not need to ...

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    Eurotunnel announces financial support for intermodal freight


    EUROPE: Eurotunnel is offering financial support to assist operators with launching new intermodal freight services through the Channel Tunnel. Announcing the Eurotunnel Incentive for Capacity Additions scheme on May 30, the tunnel operator said 'the difficulty with opening new services through the Channel Tunnel is not, contrary to some views, ...

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    Subodh Jain


    Subodh Jain , General Manager of India’s Central Railway, has been appointed Member, Engineering, on the Railway Board and ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.

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    Western Cape signalling renewals contract awarded


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has awarded a consortium of Thales and its local civil works and power supply partner Maziya a €136m contract to modernise signalling and telecoms covering 250 km of railway and 46 stations in Western Cape province. Electric interlockings will replace obsolete mechanical ...

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    Strategic authority envisaged under French reforms


    FRANCE: The Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development & Energy outlined on May 29 the conclusions of two reports exploring in detail a proposed restructuring of the rail industry. Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier had announced in October 2012 that structural reform of the industry was planned in an attempt to improve ...

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    Sutton presses for Tramlink extension


    UK: Plans for expansion of the Croydon Tramlink network to serve the neighbouring London Borough of Sutton were endorsed by the borough council on May 23, with the publication of an 'economic benefits prospectus' commissioned by the Opportunity Sutton development partnership. Transport for London is currently developing proposals for an ...

  • Stadler Tango trams in Basel.

    BLT orders Tango trams


    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport awarded Stadler Rail a second firm order to supply Tango trams on May 27. The contract is worth SFr94m and covers the delivery of 19 metre-gauge vehicles in 2014-16. This will allow all services on the Basel region operator's routes 10 and 11 to be operated using ...

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    Moscow - Kazan should be Russia's first dedicated high speed line, says RZD


    RUSSIA: An 803 km Moscow - Vladimir - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan route should form the first stage of a high speed rail programme, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin told President Putin and other guests at recent conference held to discuss the prospects for developing dedicated high speed lines. ...

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    Rob McIntosh


    Rob McIntosh has been appointed Director for Crossrail at Network Rail, responsible for the £2·3bn surface works programme that NR is undertaking for the project. He had joined NR last year as Project Director for ETCS & Traffic Management from Invensys Rail where he was latterly Vice-President, Delivery.

  • St Albans Abbey station.

    St Albans light rail conversion plan dropped


    UK: Plans to convert the 10 km Watford Junction - St Albans Abbey branch line to light rail standards have been dropped, with Hertfordshire County Council saying that the proposal 'turned out to be considerably more complicated than originally expected and we have found it is not possible to deliver ...

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    Cairo - Alexandria resignalling contract awarded


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a €109m turnkey contract to design, install and maintain new signalling, telecommunications and centralised traffic control systems for the 208 km Cairo - Alexandria route. Implementation is expected to take four years. Announcing the contract on May 26, Thales said the route is ...

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    CSR to supply new Roca fleet


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on May 23 a US$327m order for 300 EMU cars from CSR of China. The air-conditioned vehicles will operate on the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires, increasing capacity by 50%. The contract specifies a price of $1⋅09m per car, ...

  • Domestic assembly of Desiro RUS electric multiple-units was ceremonially launched on May 25.

    Russian production of Desiro RUS EMUs begins


    RUSSIA: Domestic assembly of Desiro RUS electric multiple-units at the Ural Locomotives plant in Yekaterinburg was ceremonially launched by Siemens AG managing board member Roland Buschof and Dmitry Pumpyansky, President of Sinara Group, on May 25. Siemens' plant at Krefeld in Germany fulfilled Russian Railways' initial orders for the regional ...