All Middle East articles – Page 5

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    Oman Rail phase two approved


    OMAN: A royal decree issued on December 20 declared the second phase of the planned 2 135 km national railway project to be a public utility project. The decree grants powers for land acquisition for Phase 2, which would run south to Fahud from a connection with the Al ...

  • In August Israel Railways announced that it had ordered 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives from Bombardier.

    Electrification contract awarded


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has awarded Sociedad Española de Montajes Industriales a 2bn shekel contract to build and maintain electrification infrastructure. The Spanish company beat bids from Siemens, Elecnor, Alstom and China Railways Construction Corp. The contract announced on December 6 covers 420 route-km across 13 lines and includes the ...

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    Etihad Rail commercial operations approved


    UAE: Etihad Rail was granted official safety authorisations to commence commercial operations on Phase 1 of the network at a ceremony in Dubai on December 9. Operations partner Etihad Rail DB will run two trains per day on the 264 km route between Shah and Habshan and the Port ...

  • SRO President Mohammed bin Khalid Al-Suwaiket inspected the new trains at Dammam with CAF CEO Andrés Arizkorreta García (left) and Spanish Ambassador Joaquin Perez Villanueva (right).

    SRO launches push-pull trains at 180 km/h


    SAUDI ARABIA: President of Saudi Railways Organization Mohammed bin Khalid Al-Suwaiket attended a ceremony in Dammam on December 7 to mark the start of faster passenger services to Riyadh using four push-pull trainsets supplied by CAF of Spain. Designed for a maximum speed of 200 km/h, the trains will operate ...

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    RZD International signs Iranian electrification contract


    IRAN: Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International signed a contract to electrify the 495 km route from Garmsar on the Tehran – Mashhad line to Incheh Borun on the border with Turkmenistan during a visit by Russian’s President Putin to Tehran on November 23. The 36-month contract is worth an estimated ...

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    Haifa railway to go underground


    ISRAEL: On November 3 the Haifa municipality approved a US$336m agreement with the Finance Ministry which will enable part of the coastal railway through the city to be rebuilt below ground level. Burying the railway will enable the construction of 7 700 flats, and improve public access to the ...

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    Eight bids for Oman Rail operating contract


    OMAN: National railway project promoter Oman Rail has received proposals from eight companies or consortia interested in the contract to operate and maintain the first phase of the future network. Proposals were received from: Aurizon Operations; FS Italiane, Almavia, Al Madina Logistics, Cavarail and Menarail Transport Consultant ; Freightliner Group, ...

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    Saudi Railway Co orders 1 200 Greenbrier wagons


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Greenbrier Companies announced its entry into the Middle East wagon market on October 7, with a contract to supply approximately 1 200 tank wagons of three types to Saudi Railway Co. The wagons will be used to carry molten sulphur and phosphoric acid on the North–South Railway ...

  • Etihad Rail’s operating partner Etihad Rail DB is now running daily trial trains.

    Etihad Rail to start commercial operations shortly


    UAE: Regulatory approval for the start of full commercial freight operations on Phase 1 of the national rail network is expected ‘shortly’, developer Etihad Rail announced on September 28. The 1 200 km network is being built in three phases. Construction of the 264 km Phase 1 between Shah, ...

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rode on an inaugural train on the Ashqelon-Be'er Sheva‘ line (Photo: Government Press Office).

    Ashqelon – Be’er Sheva’ railway completed


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways launched passenger services from Netivot to Be’er Sheva’ on September 19, two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Israel Katz joined VIPs on an inaugural train marking the completion of the through route between Ashqelon and Be’er Sheva’. There are 25 trains/day in each ...

  • CAF passenger train for Saudi Railway Co’s North–South line arrives in Riyadh.

    North–South passenger trainset arrives in Riyadh


    SAUDI ARABIA: The first of six trainsets being supplied by CAF for passenger services on Saudi Railway Co’s North–South line is undergoing trials on the 1 130 km route between Na’ariyah and Riyadh, with entry into service planned for early 2016. The passenger fleet is being supplied under a 533m ...

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    Landbridge design contract extended


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has extended Italferr’s contract to undertake design work for the planned Landbridge. The Landbridge project comprises a 950 km double-track mixed traffic line running from the Port of Jeddah to Riyadh, where it would connect with the existing railway which would be upgraded ...

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    Bombardier wins Israel electric loco order


    ISRAEL: Bombardier is to supply 62 Traxx AC electric locomotives to Israel Railways under a contract announced by the railway on August 5. Valued at 1bn shekel, the deal includes an option for a further 32 locos. ISR launched an international tender in July 2014 for the supply of between ...

  • The first two NRE/TZV Gredelj Type GT26CW-2 diesel locomotives for Israel Railways were unloaded at the port of Kishon on August 5.

    ISR freight locomotives delivered


    ISRAEL: The first two of six GT26CW-2 diesel locomotives which are being built for Israel Railways by TZV Gredelj were unloaded at the port of Kishon near Haifa on August 5. TZV Gredelj is subcontractor to US firm National Railway Equipment for the 50m shekel order, which was placed through ...

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    Saft supplies Haramain back-up batteries


    SAUDI ARABIA: Back-up power for the 125 V DC signalling, security and telecom systems on the Haramain high speed line is to be provided by specialist batteries developed by Saft and electrical equipment supplier Tecnibat. The customised 510 Ah capacity nickel-based backup power systems are required to withstand the desert ...

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    Israel Railways establishes freight subsidiary


    ISRAEL: Kathriel Moriya has been appointed as the first General Manager of Israel Railways’ freight subsidiary Rail Cargo Ltd with effect from July 28. The government intends to find a strategic investor to take a 51% stake in Rail Cargo Ltd, which has the exclusive right to manage rail freight ...

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    Qishuyan locos head for Saudi Arabia


    SAUDI ARABIA: CRRC’s Qishuyan factory has rolled out the first two of eight Type SDD17 diesel locomotives ordered by Saudi Railways Organization. They are due to be delivered during August. SRO placed the firm order for the locomotives in December 2014, ...

  • Pandrol CDM Track is to supply its CDM-QTrack embedded track system for the stations on the Haramain High Speed Rail line.

    Haramain High Speed Rail station track contract awarded


    SAUDI ARABIA: Pandrol CDM Track has won a contract to supply its CDM-QTrack embedded track system for installation at the stations on the Haramain High Speed Rail line. Adopting this track form where the rail is continuously supported without fastenings will avoid the need for difficult tamping operations within ...

  • Test running of a Talgo 350 trainset is underway on the Haramain high speed line.

    Saudi Railways Organization cancels Talgo order


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has announced that ‘following the reassessment of our rolling stock needs’ it has decided not to proceed with an order for six 200 km/h Talgo diesel trainsets for use on the Riyadh – Dammam line. The US$201m contract was announced on February 12 but ...

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    Ineco studies Cairo - Luxor high speed line


    EGYPT: Spanish state-owned engineering consultancy Ineco announced on May 27 that it is to carry out a feasibility study for building a high speed line between Cairo and Luxor. According to Ineco, this 600 km route between the country’s two principal cities would be major addition to Egypt’s tourist infrastructure. ...