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    Israel Railways calls tenders for electric locomotives


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has called tenders for the supply of between 62 and 78 electric locomotives, with options for more. These are required as part of ISR’s 25 kV 50 Hz electrification programme. ISR is seeking mixed traffic locomotives with three-phase asynchronous traction equipment. These should be suitable for regenerative ...

  • A consortium of CMC, SU Power and subsidiaries MAPNA has signed a contract to electrify the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad line.

    Chinese-backed Tehran – Mashhad electrification contract signed


    IRAN: A consortium bringing together Chinese companies CMC and SU Power with subsidiaries of local industrial group MAPNA has been awarded a contract to install and maintain overhead electrification equipment on the 926 km Tehran – Mashhad line, and procure 70 electric locomotives. The engineering, procurement, construction and finance contract ...

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    Saudi Railway Polytechnic established


    SAUDI ARABIA: Last year TQ Education & Training was awarded a five-year contract to provide training and management services to the Saudi Railway Polytechnic, which has been established in Buraydah through a partnership between Saudi Arabia Railways and Technical & Vocational Training Corp. TQ is responsible for developing the curriculum ...

  • Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training support.

    Iran shares railway expertise with Afghanistan


    AFGHANISTAN: Iranian Islamic Republic Railways has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the Afghanistan Railway Authority with training to support its plans for railway development and expansion. RAI said Iran would send technical experts to advise on railway organisation, maintenance and construction, to help accelerate the development of the ...

  • The Landbridge would link with the existing Saudi Railways Organization line in Riyadh (Photo: SRO)

    Saudi Landbridge supervision prequalification begins


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund’s railway development body Saudi Railway Co has invited applications to prequalify for the construction supervision consultancy contract for the Saudi Landbridge project. Applications are to be submitted by July 22. The Landbridge would involve the construction of around 1 200 km of railway ...

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    ILCAD 2014 targets professional drivers


    INTERNATIONAL: Railway operators in more than 45 countries across the world are participating in the sixth International Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 3. The campaign is intended to raise public awareness of the safety risks surrounding level crossings, in order to change the behaviour of road users, including vehicle ...

  • The memorandum was signed by Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail, and SAR Chief Executive Dr Rumaih bin Muhammad Al Rumaih.

    Working more closely together


    MIDDLE EAST: A number of joint committees are to be established by Saudi Railway Company and Etihad Rail to implement best practice in railway projects under a partnership accord signed in Abu Dhabi on May 10. The two railway companies foresee the partnership forming the basis for a wider programme ...

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    First electrification-ready stock delivered to Israel Railways


    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has taken delivery of the first six of 72 double-deck coaches which Bombardier Transportation is supplying pre-equipped to operate with electric locomotives on routes which are to be electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz. ISR placed a €122m order for the coaches in September 2012 under ...

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    Gulf Co-operation Council states discuss OTIF accession


    INTERNATIONAL: The Gulf Co-operation Council and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to the GCC and its six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE acceding to the COTIF convention. The convention provides a legal ...

  • The joint venture agreement was signed by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of Etihad Rail DB and Vice-Chairman of Etihad Rail, and Dr Alexander Hedderich, CEO of DB Schenker Rail.

    Etihad Rail operation and maintenance joint venture formed


    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed an operations and maintenance joint venture agreement with DB Schenker Rail. The Etihad Rail DB joint venture will initially provide operations and maintenance expertise for the 264 km Phase 1 of the network. Test running is now underway and commercial freight ...

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    Watching your wagons


    UAE: New York Air Brake and Lat-Lon have provided monitoring technology for 240 sulphur wagons supplied to Etihad Rail. Eight wheelset sensors per wagon measure bearing temperature and the degree of tilt to warn of potential derailment. The upper hatch is monitored for open/closed status by two more devices, ...

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    Qatar long distance rail network design contract awarded


    QATAR: A joint venture of Parsons and Systra has been awarded a design consultancy services contract for the Qatar Long Distance Railway Network. The planned 400 km rail network would have seven passenger stations, six freight facilities and a depot. It would provide freight and passenger services within Qatar, and ...

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    Optimism returns but skills gap a worry, survey finds


    INTERNATIONAL: Optimism is returning to the global rail industry following the economic downturn, according to the results of the fifth Way Ahead survey of the transport industry conducted by legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright. The survey, which was launched at an event in London on February 26, received 850 responses ...

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    New Iraqi inter-city train rolled out


    IRAQ: The first of 10 inter-city trainsets that CSR Sifang's Qingdao plant is building for Iraqi Republic Railways was rolled out on February 17, watched by guests including Iraq's ambassador to China. IRR signed a US$115m contract for the 160 km/h trains with Dongfang Electric Corp on December 15 2012. ...

  • Italferr has been awarded a contract to provide preliminary design engineering services.

    Oman railway contracts signed


    OMAN: Three contracts for the development of the planned 2 244 km national railway network were signed by Minister of Transport & Communications Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi on February 5. The state budget has allocated 1bn rial for works this year, with the entire network linking six cities to ...

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    Saudi Railways Organization reviews safety


    SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded DB International a contract to undertake a comprehensive review of its safety regime and operating standards. The review will be completed by the end of the year, with DB contracted to provide a further year of ‘supervision and follow-up’. Under the agreement, DB ...

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    Rail Academy to be created in the United Arab Emirates


    UAE: A memorandum of understanding to establish a Rail Academy has been signed by the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training and Thales. The planned Rail Academy would provide Emiratis with high-level professional and academic training programmes to support the country's railway and urban transport projects. The partnership ...

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    Israel Railways opens Sderot station


    ISRAEL: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the official opening of a railway extension from Ashqelon south to Sderot on December 24. Public services began at 16.00, and to encourage ridership local residents are able to apply for up to three months of free travel. The building at the US$56m Sderot ...

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    Vossloh to supply fastenings to Haramain high speed project


    SAUDI ARABIA: Vossloh Fastening Systems announced on November 28 that it had won a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the 444 km Haramain high speed line that is to run from Madinah to Jeddah and Makkah. Deliveries are due to start before the end of the year, ...

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    ISR sets out plans for electric fleet


    ISRAEL: National railway ISR has issued a request for information about the potential supply of electric locomotives and multiple-units for its electrification programme. The first phase of the programme covers wiring around 420 km of existing and planned line at 25 kV 50 Hz. This includes the future 23 km ...