All Middle East articles – Page 2

  • 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 ...

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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 ...

  • The Saudi Jordanian Investment Fund and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority are to study the development of a railway connecting a dry port at Ma’an with port facilities around Aqaba.
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    Aqaba railway feasibility study agreed

    2019-02-12T13:36:26Z

    JORDAN: The Saudi Jordanian Investment Fund and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to undertake feasibility and technical studies for the development of a 195 km railway connecting a planned inland dry port at Ma’an with port facilities around Aqaba. The existing 1 050 ...

  • Saudi Railway Co has awarded Perpetuum a two-year contract to provide its vibration-based condition monitoring system.
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    Saudi Railway Co to deploy track monitoring system

    2019-02-05T08:53:25Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co has awarded Perpetuum a two-year contract to provide its vibration-based track condition monitoring system for use on the 1 242 km north–south route between Al-Qurrayat and Riyadh. Announcing its first contract win in the Middle East on February 5, Perpetuum said conditions in Saudi Arabia ...

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    CRRC wins Egyptian EMU order

    2018-12-12T08:00:00Z

    EGYPT: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has won an order to supply 22 six-car electric multiple-units to operate on a railway linking Cairo to 10th of Ramadan City. The 120 km/h EMUs will be designed with wind- and sand-resistant components to cope with conditions on the 68 km route with 11 ...

  • Israel Railways has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to supply ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment.
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    Alstom wins Israel Railways ETCS contract

    2018-12-10T14:10:46Z

    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to design, supply, install and commission ETCS Level 2 onboard equipment across its fleet. The contract announced on December 10 covers 192 vehicles, with an option for a further 34. Design work is scheduled to start in January 2019, with ...

  • Tendering for the civil works for Stage 2 of the planned UAE national railway network is expected to be launched shortly.
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    Etihad Rail Stage 2 funding agreement signed

    2018-11-28T09:54:34Z

    UAE: Tendering for the civil works for Stage 2 of the planned national railway network is expected to be launched shortly, after the UAE’s Ministry of Finance and Abu Dhabi’s Department of Finance signed a financing agreement on November 27. The 264 km Stage 1 was completed in 2015, and ...

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    Saudi Railway Co affiliates with UK safety and standards body

    2018-11-26T11:15:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co has become one of the first international affiliates of the UK’s Rail Safety & Standards Board. Vice-President, Operations, Khaled Al Harbi said being able to access RSSB’s tools and guidance would support Saudi Arabia’s goal of improving its rail transport resources. ‘Together we will be ...

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    Greenbrier announces 'solid results'

    2018-11-06T08:00:00Z

    GREENBRIER: Wagon manufacturer The Greenbrier Companies has announced net earnings of $151·8m on revenue of $2·5bn for the year to August 31 2018, with adjusted net earnings of $133·9m and adjusted EBITDA of $318·2m, or 12·6% of revenue. A total of 20 900 wagon units were delivered, and orders received ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies and Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to invest in the Saudi rail freight market and potentially the wider Gulf Co-operation Council region.
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    Saudi Railway Co and Greenbrier announce joint venture

    2018-10-29T11:03:44Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The Greenbrier Companies and Saudi Railway Co have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to invest in the Saudi rail freight market and potentially the wider Gulf Co-operation Council region. The agreement is subject to the completion of final due diligence by the parties and ...

  • The creation of a new COTIF appendix on the safe operation of trains is intended to open the way to the expansion of interoperability beyond Europe (Photo: DB).
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    Three strategic decisions at OTIF General Assembly

    2018-10-16T06:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Three strategic decisions were taken at the 13th General Assembly of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail which was held at the end of September. These covered: the creation of a new appendix on the safe operation of trains, intended to open the way to the ...

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    A1 fast line to Jerusalem opens

    2018-09-27T13:06:20Z

    ISRAEL: Passenger services on the A1 fast line between Ben Gurion Airport and Jerusalem began with a low-key launch on September 25. Travel is initially being offered free of charge, but must be pre-booked. At present only one of the two tracks is in use and electrified at 25 kV ...

  • Egyptian National Railways and the Transmashholding-Hungary Kft consortium have signed a contract for 1 300 coaches.
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    Egyptian National Railways orders 1 300 coaches

    2018-09-26T08:36:21Z

    EGYPT: A five-year contract worth more than €1bn covering the supply of 1 300 coaches was signed by Egyptian National Railways and the Transmashholding-Hungary Kft consortium on September 25. The agreement covers five types of coach: Third class with forced ventilation (500); Third class, with air-conditioning (500); Second ...

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    King inaugurates Haramain High Speed Rail

    2018-09-25T17:11:52Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Arabia became the latest country to launch high speed services on September 25, when the Haramain High Speed Rail line linking Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah was formally inaugurated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The ceremony in Jeddah was also attended by the three regional governors ...

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    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE

    2018-09-18T14:30:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail fares announced

    2018-09-18T09:10:07Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Further confirmation that the Haramain high speed line is about to open for commercial services comes with the publication of ticket prices by local media. The Saudi Gazette reports that services will start on September 24. There are likely to be four return trips a day with ...