All Middle East articles – Page 3

  • ISR's Lod depot.
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    Israel Railways to build cybersecurity centre

    2018-07-19T09:23:00Z

    ISRAEL: National operator Israel Railways has awarded government-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems a US$8·2m contract for the development of a Cyber Security Operation Centre. This is intended to provide ISR with improved monitoring and control capabilities, and better protection against attempts to penetrate and attack its electronic systems. ...

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    Jacobs awarded Etihad Rail consultancy contract

    2018-07-16T09:00:00Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has appointed Jacobs Engineering Group to provide technical and programme consulting services to support the expansion of its network under stages 2 and 3 of its national railway plan, now scheduled for completion by 2024. Jacobs will provide engineering and design services, review and provide critical oversight ...

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    Garmsar – Incheh Borun electrification gets underway

    2018-07-09T08:22:03Z

    IRAN: RZD International officially launched work to electrify the Garmsar – Incheh Borun line with a ceremony on July 2. The 495 km route links the Tehran – Mashhad main line with the border with Turkmenistan. The electrification and upgrading project is scheduled to take 52 months and aims to ...

  • The Ha-Sharon Railway extension from Hod Ha-Sharon/Sokolov to the new Ra’anana South and Ra’anana West stations opened to passengers on July 3.
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    Ha-Sharon Railway extension opens

    2018-07-03T13:39:15Z

    ISRAEL: The Ha-Sharon Railway extension running west from the interim terminus at Hod Ha-Sharon/Sokolov station to the new Ra’anana South and Ra’anana West stations opened to passengers with the introduction of national operator ISR’s summer timetable on July 3. Guests including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Israel Katz ...

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    Wagons delivered from Poland to Saudi Arabia

    2018-06-28T09:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Abnormal load logistics specialist ALS has completed a 20-month project to deliver a total of 1 185 wagons of three types from The Greenbrier Companies’ Wagon Świdnica factory in Poland to Saudi Railway Co. The wagons are 14·35 m long, 3 200 mm wide and 4 500 mm ...

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    Etihad Rail awards Stage 2/3 consultancy contract

    2018-05-24T14:43:23Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has selected Egis to provide project management consultancy services for the ongoing development of the country’s rail network and connections to neighbouring GCC states. Under the contract announced on May 23, Egis will assist Etihad Rail with the development of stages 2 and 3, which are now ...

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    University alliance to promote high speed rail

    2018-05-22T15:32:58Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed rail. UIC first announced plans for its alliance of universities at the World Congress on High Speed Rail in Tokyo ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.
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    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing

    2018-05-15T15:29:07Z

    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail may open in August

    2018-05-02T06:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: August 31 has been suggested as the new target date for the start of commercial services on the Haramain high speed line between Makkah and Madinah. Opening had previously been expected in mid-March, but it became clear in February that delays to the completion of five of ...

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    China and Gulf states discuss OTIF accession to support international freight

    2018-04-24T14:04:40Z

    INTERNATIONAL: China and the Gulf Co-Operation Council member states are discussing accession to the COTIF convention, which provides a legal framework for the operation of international rail traffic. China’s interest is related to the growth of east-west freight traffic to and from Europe. Its accession would be politically significant ...

  • 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

    2018-03-07T16:31:26Z

    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 six four-car and ...

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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 ...

  • 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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    Inaugural run on Haramain high speed line

    2017-12-31T14:37:58Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: An inaugural train ran between Madinah and Makkah over the Haramain high speed railway on December 31. Completing the 450 km trip in 2 h 52 min, the train conveyed Saudi Transport Minister Dr Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi and Spanish Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Álvaro Iranzo, along with ...