All Middle East articles – Page 4

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • 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 ...