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  • The first test train ran across the recently-completed bridge over the River Astarachay which forms the border between Azerbaijan and Iran at Astara on March 3, hauled by a GE/LKZ TE33A Evolution diesel locomotive.
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    First train crosses Azerbaijan – Iran border bridge

    2017-03-06T15:09:37Z

    ASIA: The first test train ran across the recently-completed bridge over the River Astarachay which forms the border between Azerbaijan and Iran at Astara on March 3, hauled by a GE/LKZ TE33A Evolution diesel locomotive. Construction of the cross-border link was approved by Azerbiajan’s President Ilham Aliyev on December 7 ...

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    Saudi Railway Co launches first passenger services

    2017-02-27T11:17:39Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co began operating its first regular passenger service between Riyadh and Al-Qassim on February 26, using one of its CAF-built diesel trainsets which can operate at up to 200 km/h. Until April 1 the service will run five days a week, leaving the terminus close to ...

  • Interpipe has delivered an initial batch of 3 000 wheels to Saudi Railways Organization.
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    Interpipe delivers wheels for a harsh environment

    2017-02-10T14:11:28Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Ukrainian company Interpipe has delivered an initial batch of 3 000 wheels to Saudi Railways Organization, under a long-term contract awarded last year which covers the supply of 14 000 wagon and locomotive wheels of 838 mm, 920 mm and 1 046 mm diameter. Local conditions in Saudi ...

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    Marmaray upgrading works resume

    2017-02-01T11:39:47Z

    TURKEY: Surface works on the Asian and European sides of Istanbul’s Marmaray suburban corridor reportedly resumed at the end of January following an agreement between lead contractor OHL and the government. The Marmaray immersed tube tunnel which links railways on either side of the Bosporus Strait opened on time in ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail deal ratified

    2017-01-17T11:30:49Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: On January 16 Spanish Development Minister Íñigo de la Serna welcomed the ratification of the November 2016 agreement between the Saudi Arabian authorities and the Al Shoula consortium, which sets a revised timescale for the completion of the Haramain High Speed Rail Line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah. ...

  • Islamic Republic of Iran Railways has awarded Anglo Belgian Corp a contract to repower two of its Class AD43C locomotives.
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    ABC to repower Iranian locomotives

    2016-12-21T06:30:00Z

    IRAN: Islamic Republic of Iran Railways has awarded Anglo Belgian Corp a contract to repower two of its Class AD43C locomotives as prototypes for a planned repowering programme. The 100-strong fleet of six-axle locomotives entered service from 2002. The first 20 built by Alstom have Ruston 16RK215 engines, while the ...

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    Haramain High Speed Rail deal reached

    2016-11-23T14:00:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The Haramain High Speed Rail Line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah will open in March 2018, the Spanish-led Al Shoula consortium announced on November 18. A spokesman said that ‘partial operations’ on the 444 km route would begin in December 2017. The line had originally been expected to ...

  • Haramain High Speed Rail train.
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    Contractors inch towards deal on Haramain delay

    2016-11-01T11:25:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: An agreement to end the dispute over delays and cost over-runs affecting the Haramain High Speed Rail Line could be reached in the next few weeks, following a visit by Saudi Railways Organization President Dr Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih to Madrid on October 25-26. During his visit to ...

  • CAF train for Saudi Railway Co.
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    North-South passenger services to start next year

    2016-10-25T08:03:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railway Co is on course to launch regular passenger services on the North-South line at the beginning of 2017, the Governor of Riyadh Prince Faisal Bin Bandar confirmed following a test run from the capital on October 20. Speaking after the trial run with a CAF-built trainset ...

  • The first containers have been transported on the freight corridor from Mumbai to Moscow.
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    Mumbai to Moscow intermodal freight arrives

    2016-10-20T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The first containers to be transported on the newly-established north–south freight corridor from Mumbai to Moscow arrived at the Vorsino freight terminal southwest of the Russian capital on October 12, 23 days after leaving India. The containers were loaded onto a ship in Mumbai on September 20, and travelled ...

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    Siemens to modernise Egyptian signalling

    2016-04-05T07:22:00Z

    EGYPT: Siemens has finalised a contract to supply Egyptian National Railways with signalling equipment for the Zagazig - Abu Kebir and Benha - Port Said routes, a total of 260 km with 21 stations. Commissioning is scheduled for 2020. The existing mechanical interlockings are to be replaced with centrally-controlled electronic ...

  • Israel Railways has exercised an option for an additional 60 Bombardier Twindexx Vario push-pull coaches.
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    Israel Railways expands double-deck fleet

    2016-03-21T13:31:00Z

    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has exercised an option for an additional 60 Bombardier Transportation Twindexx Vario push-pull coaches, and called tenders for the supply and maintenance of 60 double-deck electric multiple-units. The €106m firm order announced on March 21 has been placed within an October 2010 framework contract with Bombardier. ...

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    Tülomsaş looks east for export orders

    2016-03-04T09:41:00Z

    TURKEY: State-owned rolling stock supplier Tülomsaş says it is optimistic about winning more export business in Asia and North Africa as the liberalisation of national railway TCDD requires it to adopt a more commercially-driven business model. Speaking to Railway Gazette International at the Eurasiarail trade fair in Istanbul on ...

  • Uralvagonzavod has designed a wagon for export to Iran.
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    Uralvagonzavod wagons for Iran

    2016-02-12T07:00:00Z

    IRAN: Russian rolling stock and defence group Uralvagonzavod has completed a Type 12-581-01 open wagon custom-designed for export to Iran by its Ural Design Bureau of Wagon Construction. The Type 12-581-wagon has a capacity of 66·7 tonnes. The 18-100 bogie is an existing 1 520 mm gauge design modified for ...

  • President Hassan Rouhani launched work to electrify the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad main line when he visited Mashhad on February 6.
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    President launches Tehran - Mashhad electrification project

    2016-02-08T14:31:00Z

    IRAN: President Hassan Rouhani ceremonially launched work to electrify the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad main line when he visited the northeastern city on February 6. Planning for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification project has been underway since 2012. In June 2014 a contract to install and maintain overhead ...

  • What is described as the first container train service between China and Iran was launched on January 28.
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    China - Iran container train

    2016-02-05T08:14:00Z

    ASIA: What is described as the first container train service between China and Iran was launched on January 28, when a train carrying ‘small commodities’ departed from Yiwu for Tehran. The 10 399 km journey via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan with two breaks of gauge is scheduled to take 14 days, ...

  • Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure & Transport Graziano Delrio and his Iranian counterpart Abbas Akhoundi have signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation.
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    Iran and Italy sign railway MOU

    2016-01-27T11:07:00Z

    IRAN: Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure & Transport Graziano Delrio and his Iranian counterpart Abbas Akhoundi signed a memorandum of understanding for co-operation in the rail sector when Iran’s President Rouhani visited Italy on January 25. Italian national railway group FS said it had been active in the region since 2001, ...

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    Etihad Rail suspends Stage 2 tendering

    2016-01-26T14:23:00Z

    UAE: National rail developer Etihad Rail announced on January 26 that it had suspended the tendering process for Stage Two of the project and informed all the bidders in writing. Etihad Rail recently started commercial operation on the initial phase of the planned network, which links Shah and Habshan to ...

  • Map of freight transport corridors between Mumbai and the Mediterranean via Iran, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
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    Mumbai – Mediterranean rail and sea corridor agreed

    2016-01-25T11:35:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Railway, shipping and port officials from Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine met in Azerbaijan on January 12 to agree plans for the development of freight transport corridors between the Indian port of Mumbai and the Mediterranean. Three routes are offered. All start with the maritime leg from Mumbai ...

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    Siemens signs Iranian railway memorandum of understanding

    2016-01-13T07:00:00Z

    IRAN: Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding for potential co-operation in the rail sector in Tehran on January 6. A Siemens spokesman told Railway Gazette the company intends ‘to engage in talks on improving infrastructure in the rail sector as agreed by both ...