All Middle East articles – Page 5

  • Egyptian National Railways locomotive.
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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 ...

  • Freight train in Iran.
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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 ...

  • Iranian train.
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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.

  • 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 ...