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    Saudi Railway Co and Russian Railways to co-operate

    2019-10-14T13:43:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Russian Railways Chief Executive Oleg Belozerov, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev and Saudi Railway Co CEO Dr Bashar Al Malik signed a co-operation agreement in Riyadh on October 14. The parties expressed interest in Russian participation in the construction and ...

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    Etihad Rail awards Stage 2 systems & integration contract

    2019-10-10T14:32:00Z

    UAE: Project promoter Etihad Rail has awarded Hitachi Rail STS the 1·6bn dirham railway systems integration contract for Stage 2 of the national network Hitachi Rail STS is to design, supply, install, test and maintain the railway systems in co-ordination with other Stage 2 ...

  • Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works.
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    Prototype Egyptian coaches unveiled by TMH

    2019-10-08T14:22:00Z

    EGYPT: Two prototype third class coaches for Egyptian National Railways were unveiled when Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works in Russia on October 4. In September 2018 TMH Hungary signed a five-year contract worth more than €1bn for ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms.
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    Egyptian locomotive renewal programme underway

    2019-09-16T10:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has invited expressions of interest in the supply of up to 100 diesel-electric locomotives for use on long-distance passenger services, with tendering expected to get underway by the end of the year. The project is to be funded with a €290m loan ...

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    Consortium selected to build Tel Aviv loop line

    2019-09-12T07:52:00Z

    ISRAEL: The Electra Infrastructures consortium has been selected as preferred bidder to undertake civil engineering works on the planned 30 km line between Rishon Le-Ziyyon and Modi’in, Israel Railways announced on September 10. The electrified east-west line will largely follow the median of Highway 431, forming ...

  • CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi Railway Co.
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    Condition-based maintenance in the desert

    2019-08-28T15:00:00Z

    CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi Railway Co. SAUDI ARABIA: CAF is to install its LeadMind real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance technology on the six trainsets it supplied to Saudi ...

  • The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension.
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    Tehran – Ankara passenger service relaunched

    2019-08-20T14:18:00Z

    ASIA: The Transasia Express passenger service between Tehran and Ankara has been relaunched after a four-year suspension. The first departure left the Iranian capital on August 7, watched by Managing Director of Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Saeed Rasouli and the Turkish ambassador. The train is scheduled to ...

  • Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round.
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    Cybersecurity firm raises seed funding

    2019-08-05T13:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Railway cybersecurity startup company Cervello has raised US$4·5m during a seed funding round. Investors include North First Ventures of Israel and Awz Ventures of Canada, along with Nissim Bar-El, the founder of technology security consultancy Comsec Group. ‘As operators further digitise their infrastructure, the railway industry is adopting ...

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    Talgo signs Egyptian co-operation agreement

    2019-08-01T12:01:26Z

    EGYPT: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has signed a framework co-operation agreement with the Arab Organization for Industrialization for the joint development of capacity and performance improvement projects on the Egyptian rail network. Signed in Madrid by Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol Fabra and the Chairman of AOI’s SEMAF ...

  • Israel Railways has reconfigured three of its Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches.   The revised interior layout is designed to provide a 20% increase in capacity per vehicle.
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    Higher capacity double-deck coach on test

    2019-07-22T10:03:53Z

    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has reconfigured three of its Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches with a revised interior layout designed to provide a 20% increase in capacity per vehicle In order to accommodate more standing passengers, the seats and tables have been removed from the lower deck and replaced with ...

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    Motorola wins Israel Railways communications contract

    2019-07-01T08:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Motorola Solutions has won a contract to supply Israel Railways with up to 3 000 push-to-talk over cellular mobile devices equipped with its WAVE group communication service, and to operate and maintain the network for three years. Hot Mobile will act as the mobile network carrier. There is ...

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    Etihad Rail awards Abu Dhabi – Dubai construction contracts

    2019-06-26T08:14:24Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded the next two civil engineering and track works contracts for the construction of Stage Two of the national railway network. With a total value of 4·4bn dirhams, the 216 km Package B and 94 km Package C routes will form the backbone of the UAE’s ...

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    Bombardier to supply 74 more double-deck coaches to Israel

    2019-06-07T06:00:00Z

    ISRAEL: Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to supply 74 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways. The €147m order announced on June 6 is an option on a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and will take ISR’s total fleet of Bombardier double-deck coaches to 586. The order ...

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    AŽD Praha awarded turnout monitoring contract

    2019-05-08T10:23:53Z

    ISRAEL: Czech company AŽD Praha has signed a framework contract covering the supply of turnout monitoring and diagnostic equipment to Israel Railways. The agreement runs for three years with the possibility of a three-year extension, with ISL able to order equipment as required. The diagnostic system is designed to provide ...

  • The ENR trainsets will have Talgo's individual wheel suspensions and climate control systems derived from the Haramain high speed trains now being finished at the company's Spanish plants.
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    ENR orders 160 km/h Talgo trainsets

    2019-04-08T09:06:21Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has selected Talgo to supply and maintain a fleet of six 160 km/h trainsets at a total cost of around €158m, the manufacturer announced on April 7. Intended to operate inter-city services on ENR’s principal routes linking Alexandria, Cairo and Aswan, the trains will be formed ...

  • TÜV Rheinland has handed over the Independent Competent Person certificate for Saudi Railway Co’s ETCS Level 2 deployment.
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    Saudi Railway Co ETCS certified

    2019-03-26T06:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Testing company TÜV Rheinland has handed over the Independent Competent Person certificate for Saudi Railway Co’s ETCS Level 2 deployment on the North–South Railway, completing formal acceptance by the national Public Transport Authority. ‘This is a globally significant achievement in the railway industry since, according to UIC data, ...

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    Qazvin – Rasht section of Asia to Europe link opened

    2019-03-19T07:00:00Z

    IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani opened the 164 km Qazvin – Rasht railway with a ceremony on March 6. He said Iranian engineers had overcome many complexities since the project was launched in 2002. A 40 km branch from Rasht to the Caspian Sea port of Anzali is expected to be ...

  • The expansion of the national network is putting strain on human resources in the Israeli rail sector.
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    An academic route to train track specialists

    2019-03-18T14:03:00Z

    ISRAEL: The first intake of students is expected to enrol in May at the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa as ISR and the Ministry of Transport launch a programme to train more track engineers. Historically, the national railway was able to draw on a large community of permanent ...

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    Alstom commissions second Egyptian interlocking

    2019-03-13T11:52:00Z

    EGYPT: Alstom has supplied, tested and commissioned a Smartlock 400 computer-based interlocking at Maghagha. This is the second location on the 240 km route running south up the Nile from Beni Suef to Asyut to have its electro-mechanical interlocking replaced by Smartlock 400 under a contract awarded by Egyptian National ...

  • Etihad Rail has awarded the first construction contract for Stage Two to a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corp and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction.
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    Etihad Rail awards Stage Two construction contract

    2019-03-11T16:04:36Z

    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail announced on March 11 that it had awarded the first construction contract for Stage Two of the network to a joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corp and South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction. The 1·5bn dirham Package A includes design and ...