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  • Kermanshah was connected to the railway network when President Hassan Rouhani opened a 110 km line from Firuzan
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    Iranian railway expansion continues

    2018-04-24T11:00:00Z

    IRAN: The city of Kermanshah was connected to the railway network when President Hassan Rouhani opened a 110 km line from Firuzan on March 20. This forms part of the Malayer – Khosravi corridor which will eventually run to the border with Iraq. The first section from Malayer to Firuzan ...

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    Thales wins Egyptian contract

    2018-04-19T15:18:45Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a contract to modernise signalling and safety equipment on the 48 km Cairo – Benha section of the main line from Cairo to Alexandria. This builds on ongoing work on the Benha – Alexandria section of the corridor, and will enable the traffic ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail market study commissioned

    2018-04-18T07:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Haramain High Speed Rail project concessionaire Al-Shoula Consortium has appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out a detailed market study for the line. This is intended to help Saudi Railways Organization predict passenger numbers and needs, and support the development of targeted operations strategies to offer the most ...

  • Archive photo of a De Dietrich railcar in Lebanon in the early 1960s.
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    Lebanon railway revival discussed

    2018-04-02T09:00:00Z

    LEBANON: Long-standing proposals to rehabilitate the out-of-use railway which once ran 80 km along the coast from Beirut to Tripoli were discussed at a meeting of the EuroMed Transport Rail project in Beirut on March 22. An action plan is to be presented at a conference to be held in ...

  • The rail link between Astara in Azerbaijan and similarly-named town on the Iranian side of the border was officially opened with a ceremony on March 29.
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    Presidents officially open Azerbaijan – Iran rail link

    2018-03-29T15:05:51Z

    ASIA: The rail link between Astara in Azerbaijan and similarly-named town on the Iranian side of the border was officially opened with a ceremony on March 29. Presidents Hassan Rouhanid of Iran and Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan participated via a video link from the Azerbaijan – Iran Business Forum which ...

  • Siemens is to supply to Israel Railways Desiro HC double-deck electric multiple-units.
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    Israel Railways signs Siemens EMU contract

    2018-03-07T16:31:00Z

    ISRAEL: A contract worth up to €900m for Siemens to supply to Israel Railways with up to 60 four-car and six-car Desiro HC double-deck electric multiple-units over 10 years was signed in Lod on March 7. This includes a firm order for the supply of an initial ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail opening date in jeopardy

    2018-02-02T10:55:26Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The planned launch in March of commercial services on the Haramain high speed line between Makkah and Madinah is in doubt following further delays in completing three of the line’s five stations. Announcing on January 30 that he would be visiting Saudi Arabia in the near future to ...

  • The newly built A1 fast line to Jerusalem will open on March 30, Transport Minister Israel Katz has announced.
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    Jerusalem A1 fast line opening date announced

    2018-01-10T11:34:14Z

    ISRAEL: The newly built A1 fast line to Jerusalem will open on March 30, Transport Minister Israel Katz has announced. Only one of the two tracks electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz will be operational at first, limiting services to two trains per hour in each direction. The previously announced ...

  • Bombardier Transportation is to supply a further 54 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways.
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    Israel Railways orders double-deck coaches for use with electric locos

    2018-01-04T09:00:33Z

    ISRAEL: A €104m firm order for Bombardier Transportation to supply a further 54 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches was signed by Israel Railways on December 31. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by August 2020. The order has been placed within a October 2010 framework agreement. The latest order covers 11 ...

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    Electric tests hit 160 km/h in Israel

    2017-12-22T10:16:22Z

    ISRAEL: A Bombardier Traxx AC electric locomotive on test on the A1 fast line reached a new national record speed of 160 km/h on December 21. The test run took place on the 12 km section between Anava Junction and Latrun monastery, where final telecommunications fit-out works are in progress. ...

  • A memorandum of co-operation for the joint production of rolling stock was signed by national railway RAI and the Russian Export Centre.
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    Russian firms to invest in Iranian rolling stock

    2017-12-21T14:54:48Z

    IRAN: A memorandum of co-operation for the joint production of rolling stock was signed by national railway RAI and the Russian Export Centre on December 18. The memorandum provides for Russian companies to invest €3bn in rolling stock financing and the formation of joint ventures which would support the localisation ...

  • Hyundai Rotem and Iran Rail Industries Development Co are to supply 150 three-car diesel multiple-units to RAI.
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    Iran orders Hyundai Rotem diesel multiple-units

    2017-12-04T11:23:38Z

    IRAN: A €720m contract for Hyundai Rotem and Iran Rail Industries Development Co to supply 150 three-car diesel multiple-units to national railway RAI was signed on December 2. Hyundai Rotem will produce 150 cars at its plant at Changwon in South Korea, with the remaining 300 to be assembled locally ...

  • A test trip was made on the Haramain high speed line on November 20.
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    Makkah – Madinah high speed line demonstration service planned

    2017-11-23T16:22:05Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: A demonstration service on the 450 km Haramain High Speed Rail line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah is planned by the end of the year. There would be two trips in each direction for invited guests on Fridays and Saturdays. With the planned opening date of March 15 ...

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

    2017-11-19T07:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms on the 180 km Asyut – Nagaa Hammadi section of the Cairo – Aswan corridor. Announcing the contract on November 16, Thales said its integrated signalling and communications technology would be designed to work with ...

  • LEO Express expects to announce the launch date for a Praha – Ostrava  – Katowice – Kraków service in the near future.
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    Polish service approved as LEO Express aims to develop a central European network

    2017-10-16T12:41:25Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator LEO Express expects to announce the launch date for its planned Praha – Ostrava – Katowice – Kraków open access service in the near future, after Polish regulator UTK completed the certification process and granted train paths on October 13. Daily services would leave ...

  • Saudi Railway Co has awarded Thales a two-year contract to maintain signalling, telecoms and electromechanical systems on the 2 400 km North–South Railway network.
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    Thales signs Saudi North–South Railway maintenance deal

    2017-10-05T13:18:12Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co has awarded Thales a two-year contract to maintain signalling, telecoms and electromechanical systems on the 2 400 km North–South Railway network. This follows from similar one-year contract which was awarded in 2016, building on the relationship formed during the installation and commissioning of the ...

  • Harsco is to supply rail grinders for Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail line.
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    Harsco wins orders in Saudi Arabia and South Africa

    2017-09-28T14:00:00Z

    HARSCO: The Harsco Rail track maintenance division of Harsco announced two orders with a total value of US$25m on September 27. The first contract covers the supply of rail grinding machines for use on Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail line between Makkah and Medinah, and includes initial operator training ...

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    Siemens selected for Israel Railways EMU order

    2017-09-28T09:25:40Z

    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has named Siemens as the winner of a contract to supply a fleet of double-deck electric multiple-units to support its 25 kV 50 Hz electrification programme. Subject to the Ministry of Economy granting final approval for the contract, Siemens is to supply 60 four-car and six-car EMUs ...

  • The new station at Karmi'el has parking for 700 cars.
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    ISR launches ’Akko – Karmi’el passenger services

    2017-09-20T14:28:07Z

    ISRAEL: Regular passenger trains began running to the Galilean city of Karmi'el on September 20, with the start of revenue operation on ISR’s 23 km ’Akko – Karmi’el branch. The double-track branch diverges from the Haifa – Nahariyya line between ’Akko and Kiryat Motzkin. Built by Israel Roads Ltd at ...

  • The contract was signed at the Expo 1520 trade show in Moscow. In the background is a TGM8KM diesel locomotive for Cuba, which was on display at the Sinara stand.
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    Sinara to supply track machines to Iran

    2017-09-06T10:17:42Z

    IRAN: At the Expo 1520 trade show in Moscow on August 31, Sinara Transport Machines signed a contract with Iranian contractor Ferrotek Steel worth €24m for the supply of 36 track machines. These will be used for maintenance and renewals across the main line network in Iran. The vehicles are ...