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    Brazilian railway infrastructure co-operation


    BRAZIL: ENSCO Rail and Valec Engenharia have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer railway infrastructure services. This will combine ENSCO’s automated track inspection technology and engineering services with state-owned Valec’s expertise in Brazilian railway engineering, construction and reporting requirements. ‘This partnership is designed to play ...

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    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler is to supply what it says will be the first fully automated adhesion and rack-and-pinion railcar for use on in an open overland railway environment, rather than in a tunnel or closed network where there is little risk of an obstacle on the line. ...

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    Globalvia takes stake in Iryo ahead of November launch


    SPAIN: Globalvia has formally completed its acquisition of a 24% stake in Iryo owner ILSA. The open access high speed operator expects to launch services between Madrid and Barcelona in late November.

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    Mercitalia orders electric locos


    ITALY: Mercitalia has ordered a further 20 Alstom Traxx DC3 electric locomotives for delivery in 2024. The firm order announced on September 20 has been placed using an option on a December 2017 contract for 40 locos, all of which have now been delivered. The locos ...

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    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns


    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

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    Progress being made towards Single European Railway Area, says ERA


    Reflecting progress with its key roles of technical harmonisation and authorisation, the EU Agency for Railways has been reviewing its mission and setting out priorities for the coming years, as Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Suppliers sign ‘milestone’ rail fuel cell agreement


    INTERNATIONAL: Siemens Mobility has signed a letter of intent for Ballard to supply 200 fuel cell modules over six years for use on Mireo Plus H multiple-units, including a firm commitment for 100. This follows from an initial order for Ballard to supply 14 200 kW ...

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    Large scale axle-counter contract awarded


    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has awarded Frauscher Sensor Technology a contract to develop, supply and maintain a new generation of axle-counter. The contract signed at InnoTrans 2022 runs for 10 years, with the possibility of a further five years and up to 30 years of maintenance. ‘Never before ...

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    Operail to sell non-strategic assets


    ESTONIA: Eight bidders have been shortlisted to participate in the potential sale of state rail freight group Operail’s locomotive assembly and repair, wagon leasing and Finnish operating businesses. The government has deemed these as non-strategic activities. The state began the partial privatisation process around 1½ years ...

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    Isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen extends Japan’s high speed network to Nagasaki


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu has opened the 66 route-km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Takeo Onsen and Nagasaki.

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    Progress Rail to supply battery locos to BNSF


    USA: Progress Rail is to supply BNSF with ‘up to four’ EMD Joule SD70J battery locomotives and two charging stations for demonstration in southern California from 2024. The manufacturer said they would be the largest battery electric locomotives in North America, with a capacity of 8 ...

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    Amber Train links the Baltic States to western Europe


    EUROPE: A trial Amber Train service between the Baltic States left the Estonian port of Muuga on September 13, arriving the following day at Kaunas in Lithuanian where its load of semi-trailers was transferred to 1 435 mm gauge wagons for onward transport to destinations including ...

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    Transport cybersecurity collaboration


    INTERNATIONAL: Alstom is to work with Waterfall Security Solutions to protect safety-critical and reliability-critical digital networks in the rail and public transport sectors. Co-founder and CEO Lior Frenkel said Waterfall brings expertise and technologies which have been proven in the electric power, oil, gas and water ...

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    ANTT updates new project rules


    BRAZIL: National Land Transport Agency ANTT has published updated draft regulations for applications seeking approval to establish and operate new railway projects, including marshalling yards and ancillary facilities. Announced at the start of September, Resolution 5987 follows the promulgation and coming into force of the 2021 ...

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    Alpha Trains orders 15 locomotives


    EUROPE: Leasing company Alpha Trains has ordered a further 15 Vectron MS electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility. The latest order announced on September 22 has been placed within a November 2021 framework agreement and covers 200 km/h 6·4 MW locomotives. It will increase the Alpha Trains ...

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    Battery Flirt answers Schleswig-Holstein’s decarbonisation question


    GERMANY: Having decided to replace the diesel multiple-units currently used on non-electrified routes in the far north of Germany, the Land of Schleswig-Holstein called tenders for the supply of a fleet of zero-emission trains, leaving the choice of technology to bidders. Stadler proposed its Flirt Akku ...

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    DB accepts ‘Hulk’ hybrid 09 tamper


    GERMANY: DB Bahnbau Gruppe named its latest track maintenance machine ‘Hulk’ at a joint ceremony with supplier Plasser & Theurer in the outdoor arena at InnoTrans on September 20.

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    Gauge-convertible articulated pocket wagon for Iberia


    INNOTRANS: Tatravagónka and Swiss company Ferriere Cattaneo have developed a six-axle TEN GE articulated pocket wagon for the transport of semi‑trailers, swap bodies and containers. The wagon is equipped with hooks for lifting the bogie frame in order to swap between 1 435 mm and Iberian ...

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    InnoTrans 2022 - live news from day 4


    Railway Gazette International brings you the latest rail industry news from day four of InnoTrans 2022, on Friday September 23.

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    Trenitalia and Hitachi sing the Blues


    INNOTRANS: Hitachi Rail and Trenitalia unveiled a tri-mode regional multiple-unit in Berlin on September 21 which is branded ‘Blues’ in keeping with the national operator’s musically-themed fleet designations.