All Middle East articles – Page 3

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    Egyptian National Railways plans to form stand-alone freight business

    2017-08-30T15:34:01Z

    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has invited expressions of interest in a contract to assist Egyptian National Railways with the planned conversion of its freight business into a stand-alone subsidiary company. The intention is that this would have managerial independence and operate through commercial relationships with the ...

  • The first of 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives which Bombardier Transportation is building afor Israel Railways arrived at Kishon Port in Haifa on August 28.
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    Electric locomotive arrives in Israel

    2017-08-29T13:49:20Z

    ISRAEL: The first of 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives which Bombardier Transportation is building at Kassel in Germany for Israel Railways arrived at Kishon Port in Haifa on August 28, and was then transported by rail to ISR’s Kishon workshops. ISR currently has no electrified lines, but 25 kV 50 ...

  • A rail connection to Kishon Port in Haifa enables freight trains to run directly to destinations across the Israel Railways network (Photo: Haifa Port Co/Ariel Warhaftig).
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    Kishon Port rail link inaugurated

    2017-08-18T10:03:30Z

    ISRAEL: A rail connection to the Kishon area at the eastern end of Haifa Port was inaugurated on August 17, enabling freight trains to run directly to destinations across the Israel Railways network. The 2km link was built in around a year as part of a programme of co-operation between ...

  • n agreement to establish a joint venture to produce rolling stock in Iran was signed on July 31 by Transmashholding and Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran.
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    Transmashholding to form Iranian rolling stock joint venture

    2017-08-01T13:28:57Z

    IRAN: An agreement to establish a joint venture to produce rolling stock in Iran was signed on July 31 by Transmashholding and Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran. The companies plan to form a joint venture owned 80% by Transmashholding and 20% by IDRO. This would use the Wagon ...

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    Saudi Railway Co traffic grows

    2017-08-01T13:23:08Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: North–South Railway operator Saudi Railway Co reports that it carried 4·06 million tonnes of phosphate and bauxite in the first half of 2017, a 27% increase on the same period in 2016. Each SAR freight train comprises three EMD locomotives and more than 160 wagons supplied by The ...

  • A US$1·5bn loan agreement to finance electrification of the Tehran – Mashhad line was signed by China EximBank on July 25.
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    Tehran – Mashhad electrification loan signed

    2017-07-25T15:31:27Z

    IRAN: A US$1·5bn loan agreement to finance electrification of the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad main line was signed by China EximBank on July 25. Iran’s Bank of Industry & Mine will act as the Iranian government’s guarantor. The 25 kV 50 Hz electrification project forms part of a programme ...

  • Three co-operation agreements were signed in Tehran on July 11 by CEO of Italy’s national railway group FS Renato Mazzoncini and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways President Saeed Mohammadzadeh.
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    FS Group signs Iranian co-operation agreements

    2017-07-13T11:10:50Z

    IRAN: Three co-operation agreements were signed in Tehran on July 11 by CEO of Italy’s national railway group FS Renato Mazzoncini and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways President Saeed Mohammadzadeh. The first agreement is potentially worth €1·2bn and covers the provision of design and construction services for the planned Qom ...

  • Saudi Arabia's Public Transport Authority has invited expressions interest in forming a partnership to operate the country’s rail network.
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    Saudi Arabia invites interest in operating its rail network

    2017-07-04T14:29:49Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The national Public Transport Authority has invited international railway operators and investors to express interest in forming a long-term partnership to operate the country’s rail network. The process forms part of the Saudi Vision 2030 programme, which aims to increase the role of the private sector in the ...

  • Alstom said 'Industry 4.0' features of the contract include the use of virtual reality painting simulators to train the staff.
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    Alstom opens UK train refurbishment plant

    2017-06-29T13:01:36Z

    UK: What Alstom describes as ‘the largest and most sophisticated’ rolling stock refurbishment facility in the UK was officially opened in Widnes on June 29 by Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. At its new 13 000 ...

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    EBRD agrees €290m loan for Egyptian locomotive order

    2017-06-21T10:31:18Z

    EGYPT: A €290m loan agreement to support Egyptian National Railways’ planned acquisition of up to 100 diesel locomotives through a supply and maintenance contract was signed by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development on June 19. EBRD said the acquisition of new locomotives maintained by a private-sector partner would ...

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    GE signs 'holistic' agreement to supply 100 locos to Egypt

    2017-06-19T10:11:43Z

    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transport and Egyptian National Railways have signed a US$575m letter of intent for GE to supply 100 Evolution Series mixed-traffic locomotives. Training of more than 275 staff and the provision of 15 years of support and spare parts for the state railway’s existing and future GE ...

  • Israel Railways has set out an ambitious strategy to double the size of the national rail network by 2040.
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    Israel Railways sets out ambitions to double the network by 2040

    2017-06-14T13:01:36Z

    ISRAEL: An ambitious strategy to double the size of the national rail network by 2040 and develop links to neighbouring countries was set out by Israel Railways at a presentation in Tel Aviv in June 8. The proposals would see the network expand from the 1 232 km which ...

  • Bombardier Transportation has signed a €56m contract to supply a further 33 Twindexx Vario coaches to Israel Railways.
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    Israel Railways orders more Twindexx Vario coaches

    2017-05-10T15:12:10Z

    ISRAEL: Bombardier Transportation announced on May 10 that it had signed a €56m contract to supply a further 33 Twindexx Vario double-deck push-pull coaches to Israel Railways by February 2019. The order has been placed within the terms of an October 2010 framework agreement, and will take ISR’s fleet of ...

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    Oil funds to support a ‘new era' of rail investment

    2017-05-10T09:09:32Z

    IRAN: A five-year funding stream worth US$7·5bn has been agreed with the government, national railway RAI's Vice-President for Planning & Transport Economy Noorollah Beyranvand told Railway Gazette at the Transport Logistic trade fair in München on May 9. The funding from the petroleum ministry is intended to support the country's ...

  • The Tehran - Hamadan railway was officially opened on May 8 by President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Roads & Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi.
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    Tehran – Hamadan railway opened by President Rouhani

    2017-05-09T13:24:26Z

    IRAN: The 267 km railway linking Tehran with the city of Hamadan was offiically opened on May 8 by President Hassan Rouhani and Minister of Roads & Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi. Construction of the line began in 2001, but work stopped in 2004 before being restarted after the easing of ...

  • IDRO and Transmashholding have signed a joint venture agreement to co-operate in the financing and manufacturing of 500 coaches.
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    Iranian rolling stock production agreement

    2017-05-05T14:05:11Z

    IRAN: Industrial Development & Renovation Organisation of Iran and Russian rolling stock manufacturing group Transmashholding have signed a joint venture agreement to co-operate in the financing and manufacturing of 500 coaches in Iran. This follows a visit to Russia by IDRO’s senior management. The Iranian company said the passenger rolling ...

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    RZD International signs Iran electrification contract

    2017-04-04T11:18:50Z

    IRAN: Russian Railways’ export business RZD International and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways signed a €1·2bn contract on March 28 for the electrification of the 495 km route from Garmsar on the Tehran – Mashhad main line to Incheh Borun on the border with Turkmenistan. This builds on an initial ...

  • The first of 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives for Israel Railways is on test at Bombardier Transportation's Kassel factory.
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    Israel Railways Traxx locomotive on test

    2017-03-27T11:11:40Z

    ISRAEL: The first of 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives being built for Israel Railways has been completed and is now undergoing testing at Bombardier Transportation’s factory at Kassel in Germany. ISR called tenders in July 2014 for the supply of between 62 and 78 locomotives as part of its 25 ...

  • ‘International rail transport connectivity can potentially become one of the largest sources of growth and development in southern Asia’, said India’s Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu.
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    Istanbul – Dhaka – Yangon corridor plan to improve South Asia rail connectivity

    2017-03-20T09:00:00Z

    ASIA: Officials and policy makers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey attended a conference on March 15-16 to discuss proposals to improve international rail connectivity in South & Southwest Asia. The event in Delhi was organised by United Nations Economic & Social Commission ...

  • The rail industry around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8 2017.
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    Rail industry marks International Women's Day 2017

    2017-03-08T13:36:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The railway operations and supply industries around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8. Special events were organised, and the diverse range of career opportunities available in the rail sector was highlighted.