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  • CZ Loko

    CZ Loko opens accommodation building to meet demographic challenges


    CZECH REPUBLIC: CZ Loko has opened a building containing a training centre for 30 people and accommodation for 25 employees in a former bank in the historic centre of Česká Třebová. The company’s existing training facilities at the factory were at full capacity, and the additional ...

  • Niederrhein-Münsterland CAF battery electric multiple-unit (1)

    DB Regio wins Niederrhein-Münsterland operating contract


    GERMANY: The Rhein-Ruhr and Westfalen-Lippe transport authorities have selected DB Regio for a contract to operate five of the seven Niederrhein-Münsterland-Netz services. The authorities announced on May 25 that DB would replace Transdev’s NordWestBahn on services RE44, RB31 and RB36 in December 2025 and RE14 December ...

  • Railway workers

    RSSB launches health and wellbeing data reports


    UK: The Rail Safety & Standards Board has launched a quarterly report to help railway organisations gain a better understanding of their health and wellbeing performance. The reports will provide health, HR and operational decision-makers with access to shared, aggregated data to assess and monitor health ...

  • Rail Cargo Hungaria CRRC electric-battery shunter

    CRRC electric-battery shunting locomotive arrives in Hungary


    HUNGARY: The first of two electric-battery shunting locomotives developed by CRRC Zhuzhou for Rail Cargo Hungaria has been delivered for testing, approval and commissioning. Rail Cargo Hungaria currently uses diesel locomotives owned by MÁV-Start for shunting. In an effort to reduce its costs and emissions, in ...

  • Ukrainian trains

    Ukrainian standard gauge railway plan


    UKRAINE: Announcing a range of infrastructure and regulatory measures to more closely integrate Ukraine with EU transport networks, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine would begin phased construction of railway tracks to European standards. This would start with hubs and large cities, and then gradually expand ...

  • Unimat 09-8x44S BR Dynamic E3-1

    Integrated track machine reflects trends in infrastructure maintenance


    GERMANY: Plasser & Theurer is to present its Unimat 09-8x4/4S BR Dynamic E³ combined track machine at the IAF trade show in Münster on May 31-June 2.

  • Stadler BR 429

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • MxV groundbreaking

    MxV breaks ground for Pueblo test track


    USA: MxV Rail has held a groundbreaking ceremony to launch the construction of its 9 km High Speed Loop test track at its new PuebloPlex campus in Colorado, with completion anticipated by September. A subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads, MxV Rail was previously known ...

  • Alstom and fuel company PKN Orlen have signed a strategic agreement to co-operate to supply fuel cell trains and hydrogen.

    Polish hydrogen train co-operation agreement


    POLAND: Alstom and fuel company PKN Orlen have signed a strategic agreement to co-operate to supply fuel cell trains and hydrogen. Sławomir Cyza, President & Managing Director of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine & the Baltic States, said he hoped Alstom would the first company to introduce ...

  • ACD6048 loco Aurizon

    Aurizon bulk freight locos enter service


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has taken delivery of the first four of 10 diesel locomotives which UGL’s Newcastle factory is supplying for hauling copper, lead, zinc and grain trains in New South Wales and Western Australia. The first four locos are being used to haul minerals at Cobar ...

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    Chemical train emergency simulated


    GERMANY: A large-scale chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives emergency response training exercise has used disco fog and public volunteers to simulate a chemical leak from a freight train near a station. The exercise hosted by the Dortmund fire brigade enabled 130 ...

  • Merritt Becker

    National Railway Equipment Co’s CEO gets ready to make some noise


    USA: Merritt Becker has been appointed as CEO of new and remanufactured locomotive, marine and power equipment supplier National Railway Equipment Co with effect from June 1. Becker succeeds Steven L Beal who died suddenly in 2020 at the age of 46, 10 years after having ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for Thurbo (1)

    Winner of 510-train framework contract confirmed


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Administrative Court has rejected Alstom’s challenge to the decision by Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps to award Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 510 electric multiple-units. The tendering process began in May 2020, with SBB and its two ...

  • Dostyk TransTerminal (4)

    Transhipment capacity doubles at Kazakh border rail terminal


    KAZAKHSTAN: The second stage of the Dostyk TransTerminal container terminal at the break-of-gauge on Kazakhstan’s border with China has opened, doubling capacity.

  • Plans to electrify the 1 136 km Golmud – Lhasa section of the Qinghai – Tibet railway have been announced by the autonomous region’s Development & Reform Commission.

    Tibet railway electrification announced


    CHINA: Plans to electrify the 1 136 km Golmud – Lhasa section of the Qinghai – Tibet railway have been announced by the autonomous region’s Development & Reform Commission. Work is scheduled to start in June 2022 and take three years. The cost is estimated at ...

  • Inland Rail construction

    Australian government’s plans are positive for the rail industry, says ARA


    AUSTRALIA: The Australasian Railway Association says the newly-elected federal government ‘is likely to be positive for the Australian rail industry’, given commitments which were announced in the lead-up to the election. The incoming Labor government’s National Rail Manufacturing Plan and National Reconstruction Fund would support ...

  • VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal would enhance inter-city services on the Québec – Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto corridor.

    VIA Rail President & CEO steps down


    CANADA: Cynthia Garneau resigned as President & CEO of VIA Rail with effect from May 20. Chief Commercial Affairs Officer Martin Landry has been appointed to ‘ensure business continuity’ at the national passenger train operator. ‘After three wonderful years of diverse achievements, exciting challenges, and enriching ...

  • CRRC permanent magnet motor loco

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Sevilla station (Photo: Pissicatto/Pixabay)

    Mérida – Sevilla route to get signalling and telecoms enhancements


    SPAIN: ADIF has awarded Siemens Rail Automation and FCC Industrial e Infraestructuras Energéticas a contract to eliminate telephone block signalling on the only remaining section of the Mérida – Sevilla route which has not yet been upgraded.

  • DSB Alstom Coradia Stream EMU impression

    Composite floors ordered for Danish EMUs


    DENMARK: In its largest project to date, Portuguese company MCG Transportation is to manufacture the floors for the 100 five-car Coradia Stream electric multiple-units which Danish national operator DSB has ordered from Alstom. The composite floor units are being designed and produced to meet Alstom’s specific ...