All Railway Gazette International articles in May 2021

All articles published this month.

  • Pioneer Lines loco

    New branding as short line group targets expansion


    USA: Denver-based short line holding company Pioneer Railcorp has changed its name to Pioneer Lines, in support of its vision for national expansion. Founded in 1986, Pioneer Lines now operates 15 railways in 12 states, and provides related services such as transloading, switching and storage. ‘The ...

  • Akiem

    Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors formed


    EUROPE: The Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors has been formed to promote ‘interoperable, efficient, sustainable and safe’ rolling stock in the European Union and Switzerland. Based in Brussels, the non-profit organisation aims to enhance technical collaboration and engage with public bodies at the European ...

  • it-Rendering_Firenze Belfiore
    Metro Report International

    Peoplemover to serve Firenze Belfiore high speed station approved


    ITALY: Approval has been granted for construction of a peoplemover to link Firenze’s Santa Maria Novella terminus with the Belfiore high speed station now under construction to the north of the city centre.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

  • Contactless payment (Photo: Monterey-Salinas Transit)
    Metro Report International

    Californian contactless payment demonstration


    USA: Monterey-Salinas Transit has introduced contactless payment on its bus services as part of the Caltrans-led California Integrated Travel Project to improve travel planning and transit payments throughout the state. Caltrans is working in collaboration with Visa, payment gateway supplier Cybersource, back-office supplier Littlepay, SC Soft ...

  • Railway station design concept visualisation (Image: 7N Architects)
    Rail Business UK

    7N Architects wins small station design competition


    UK: Edinburgh-based architectural practice 7N Architects has won a competition organised by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects to ‘reimagine’ small to medium-sized stations. The competition attracted more than 200 entries from designers based in 34 countries. The practice’s winning entry includes a ...

  • Pikes Peak railway after modernisation

    Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopens after $100m modernisation


    USA: The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopened on May 20, following a $100m modernisation programme which has included the delivery of a new fleet of push-pull trainsets and conversion from the Abt to the Strub rack system. The 14·3 km standard gauge mountain ...

  • fr-perrier-water-train-loading-LCharlier

    Glass Train project puts more Nestlé bottles on rail


    FRANCE: Drinks specialist Nestlé Waters has decided to switch more of its bottled mineral water transport from road to rail. Announcing its ‘Glass Train’ project earlier this month, the company said that ‘from now on our Vittel and San Pellegrino branded bottled mineral water will be carried mainly by train’.

  • us-Amtrak-50th-Anniversary-Train-2-scaled

    Amtrak urges stronger regulation of freight railroad access as it sets out $75bn expansion plan


    USA: Amtrak has challenged policymakers to support its expansion plans by strengthening the enforcement of regulatory rules giving passenger trains priority when running on tracks owned by the freight railroads.

  • tn_mx-tren-maya-map.jpg

    Tren Maya rolling stock supplier selected


    MEXICO: National tourism promotion fund Fonatur has selected a consortium led by Alstom’s Bombardier Transportation México subsidiary as preferred bidder for a contract to supply rolling stock, communications systems and depots for the Tren Maya project, The contract announced on May 26 covers the supply and ...

  • gb Transpennine Express Class 185 between Stalybridge and Huddersfield (Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Rail needs to be ‘relevant and wanted’ in an era of changed travel demand


    UK: ‘How we go about our daily lives and conduct our businesses has changed for a lot of people’, said Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail business at the TransPennine Express RE-Connect 2021 conference. Before the coronavirus ‘we were seeing customer numbers at record ...

  • tn_ru-Evraz_NTMK_wheel_hot_library.jpg

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Inverness Airport railway station artist's impression
    Rail Business UK

    Inverness Airport station approved


    UK: Highland Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved proposals to build a station at Inverness Airport on the Aberdeen – Inverness line. Located approximately 12 km northeast of the city, where the railway runs along the side of the airport, the station will have two platforms, ...

  • Chile_Xtrapolis-Merval-04
    Metro Report International

    Merval extension moves ahead


    CHILE: An environmental impact assessment is due to be completed by July for an extension of the Valparaíso suburban service from Limache to La Calera as part of the government’s Chile on Rails programme. Inaugurated in 2006, the Metro de Valparaíso suburban service runs for 43 ...

  • Hamilton LRT project
    Metro Report International

    Hamilton LRT back on with federal funding


    CANADA: The federal government has announced C$1·7bn of funding for the Hamilton Light Rail Transit project, matching Ontario’s C$1·7bn contribution to ensure that the proposed line can go ahead and will be long enough to be viable. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said the funding ...

  • cn-Chengdumetro-control-centre
    Urban In Depth

    Technology: Overcoming the silo effect in metro IT


    Building metro lines as self-contained projects can result in duplicate IT systems to manage their operation and maintenance, leading to inefficient use of resources. Cloud computing offers the opportunity to develop a unified information architecture that is cost-effective, flexible and scaleable.

  • HLB Alstom Coradia Continental EMU

    Service increase and new EMUs agreed under next Mittelhessen-Netz operating contract


    GERMANY: Rhein-Main and Nordhessen transport authorities RMV and NVV have awarded Hessische Landesbahn the next Mittelhessen-Netz contract to operate Mittelhessen-Express services, and the incoming operator has placed an order for 32 Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-units. Running for 15 years from December 2023, the operating contract covers ...

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    Brenner Base Tunnel opening postponed


    EUROPE: The target date for opening the 55 km Brenner Base Tunnel to revenue services has been postponed from 2030 until 2032, project promoter BBT SE has confirmed. Admitting that the previous timelines were too optimistic, BBT SE said the revised schedule would take into account ...

  • Shrewsbury signal box
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of business news from the UK railway industry