Middle East – Page 9

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

    Mumbai to Moscow intermodal freight arrives


    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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    EBRD to support Egyptian rail freight reform


    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is considering providing a sovereign loan of up to €150m to support a €224m plan for Egyptian National Railways to purchase up to 50 diesel locomotives as part of a strategy to reform and commercialise the rail freight sector. The intention is ...

  • Cairo tram.

    Heliopolis tramway revival memorandum signed


    EGYPT: The Ministry of International Co-operation and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to EBRD contributing US$250m to a planned US$500m rehabilitation of the out-of-use Heliopolis tramway between Ramses station and the Almaza district of Cairo. The memorandum is an ...

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    Siemens to modernise Egyptian signalling


    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.

    Israel Railways expands double-deck fleet


    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. ...

  • Tülomsaş factory.

    Tülomsaş looks east for export orders


    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.

    Uralvagonzavod wagons for Iran


    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.

    President launches Tehran - Mashhad electrification project


    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.

    China - Iran container train


    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.

    Iran and Italy sign railway MOU


    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


    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.

    Mumbai – Mediterranean rail and sea corridor agreed


    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


    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 ...

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    Cairo signs metro Line 6 MoU


    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transportation has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Railway Construction Corp for the construction of Cairo metro Line 6. Construction of the 24 km line is expected to cost US$3·5bn, with the financing still to be negotiated. Meanwhile, the European Investment Bank has ...

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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 ...

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    Cairo metro receives EBRD loan


    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has agreed to provide a €100m loan to the National Authority for Tunnels, which will support the procurement of 13 trainsets to be used on Line 2 of the Cairo metro. The supplier would also maintain the trains, which are intended ...

  • 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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    Cairo metro depot signalling contract awarded


    EGYPT: National Authority for Tunnels has awarded Alstom a €15m contract to supply signalling for the new depot on Cairo metro Line 1. Alstom is to supply computer-based interlocking, SCADA systems for traffic and traction power supplies, and telecommunications to support fire detection, phones and CCTV systems. The fit-out ...