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    Alstom to maintain Israel Railways DMU fleet


    ISRAEL: On October 9 national railway ISR awarded Alstom Transport a 1·5bn shekel contract to maintain its fleet of 48 IC3 Flexliner three-car diesel multiple-units for seven years from January 2014, with an option for a further eight years. The Flexliner fleet was originally supplied by ABB Scandia, now part ...

  • Electro-Motive Diesel has supplied seven SD70ACS locomotives to Etihad Rail.

    Etihad Rail test running begins


    UAE: The first test train on the initial phase of the national railway network which is being developed by Etihad Rail ran on September 22. Two trains will run in each direction per day during the three-month commissioning period. Each train comprises up to three of the seven SD70ACS locomotives ...

  • The North-South Railway includes the Mineral Route linking phosphate mines at Al Jalamid with processing and export facilities at Ras Al Khair.

    Saudi Railway Company seeks operating concessionaire


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Company has invited expressions of interest for a concession to maintain and operate the North-South Railway, under a tendering process being supported by management consultancy A T Kearney. SAR is looking for national and 'world-class' international companies to take responsibility for train operations, infrastructure management and ...

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    DB International awarded Haramain High Speed Rail contract


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has formally awarded Deutsche Bahn's consultancy business DB International a 'mid double-digit million euro' contract to support the construction of the 444 km Haramain High Speed Rail project. The scope of the work includes reviewing conceptual, preliminary and detailed designs for the railway systems, including ...

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    Saudi Landbridge project management consultancy contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff and Fluor Corp to provide project management consultancy services for the design and construction of the 950 km Landbridge railway planned to link Jeddah with Riyadh. At Riyadh the line would connect with the existing 450 km line to Dammam ...

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    Lebanese railway revival to be studied


    LEBANON: Tenders for a study into the feasibility of rebuilding the disused railway from Beirut north along the coast to Tripoli are to be invited by the European Investment Bank during September. The standard gauge line linking Haifa, Beirut and Tripoli was built by Allied forces during World War II. ...

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    Israel Railways electrification plan approved


    ISRAEL: A US$3·2bn programme to electrify 420 km of existing and planned railway was approved by the Committee for National Infrastructure on August 12. The first lines to be electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz would be the future 23 km 'Akko - Karmi'el route and Tel Aviv - Jerusalem ...

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    Saudi Landbridge design contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Ministry of Finance's Public Investment Fund has appointed the Italferr engineering consultancy subsidiary of Italian national railway group FS to undertake design work for the US$7bn Landbridge project. Development of the planned 950 km double-track mixed traffic line between Riyadh and Jeddah Islamic Port is being managed ...

  • The first freight trains are scheduled to begin running in October.

    DB joint venture to operate Etihad Rail freight trains


    UAE: An agreement to create a joint venture to operate the rail network under construction in the United Arab Emirates was signed by Etihad Rail Vice-Chairman Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer and DB Schenker Rail CEO Alexander Hedderich on June 27. The first freight trains carrying granulated sulphur on the 266 ...

  • 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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    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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    ISR training centre now open


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways opened a US$2·7m training centre at Lod station last month. The new facility is intended to fill a skills gap which has developed in recent years, and offers specially developed training programmes for railway employees including signallers, shunters and refuelling staff. It is equipped with advanced technological ...

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    Loan to fund Egyptian resignalling


    EGYPT: The government has signed two loan agreements to fund resignalling to increase capacity on the Benha - Zagazig - Ismailia - Port Said route. Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development is to lend US$100m, and the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development is to lend US$150m Under ...

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    Qatar Railway Education Alliance partnership


    QATAR: National railway development agency Qatar Rail, Qatar University and Deutsche Bahn's consultancy business DB International signed a memorandum of understanding for the formation of the Qatar Railway Education Alliance during the Business & Investment in Qatar forum held in Berlin on April 16. The three partners plan to establish ...

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    Etihad Rail takes delivery of EMD locomotives


    UAE: The first two of seven SD70ACS locomotives which Electro-Motive Diesel is supplying for the initial phase of the national rail network have been unloaded at Mussafah Port in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Rail announced on April 10. The heavy freight locomotives are to be moved to Mirfa in the Western ...

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    Eilat alignment approved


    ISRAEL: The National Council for Planning & Construction approved the full 260 km alignment for the proposed Eilat line on March 5, enabling detailed design to begin and costs and timescales to be finalised. This followed the Southern District Committee for Planning & Building’s approval for the Dimona – Hatzeva ...

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    Etihad Rail secures US$1·28bn funding package


    UAE: A five-year loan worth US$1·28bn has been secured to finance the first phase of the national railway network, project promoter Etihad Rail announced on February 26. The loan is being financed on a club deal basis by National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Abu Dhabi ...

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    Saudi Landbridge consultancy contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has awarded Fluor Corp a 270m riyal contract to provide consultancy services for the Saudi Landbridge project. Under the 84-month contract Fluor is to review engineering designs for the railway in conjunction with Parsons Brinckerhoff, and will define implementation strategies and be responsible for ...

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    Consultants appointed in Oman


    OMAN: Consultants have been appointed to undertake a study into the feasibility of building a 200 km freight railway between the port of Suhar and a planned container terminal at Birka to the north of the capital Masqat. Minister of National Economy Ahmed Macki told the local media on April ...

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    Israeli expansion continues


    ISRAEL: On January 2 Israel Railways marked the start of construction of Ofakim station on the new direct line between Ashkelon and Beer-Sheva. Participating in the stone-laying ceremony were Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz, ISR General Manager Ofer Linchevsky and Mayor of Ofakim Avi Asraf. Costed at US$400m, the 63 km ...