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  • Tikhoretsk double tracking
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    Russian line double tracked

    2022-01-27T14:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Russian Railways inaugurated a second track on the 62·6 km line between Tikhoretsk and Kozyrki in Krasnodar Krai on January 25, doubling the final section of the 700 km corridor from the Volga region to the ports of the Azov-Black Sea basin. The second track ...

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    CN appoints next CEO as board changes agreed

    2022-01-27T14:00:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian National has appointed Tracy Robinson as its next President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Jean-Jacques Ruest, who is to retire from the CN Board on February 28, but will continue in an advisory role until March 31 to ensure a seamless transition. Robinson joins ...

  • Pro Trilhos map
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    Pro Trilhos projects could add ‘more than 50%’ to Brazilian network

    2022-01-27T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: As many as 76 proposals for privately-funded railways have now been submitted to the Ministry of Infrastructure under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September 2021. National Secretary for Land Transport at the Ministry of Infrastructure Marcello Costa said the national rail network would expand ...

  • Alstom Traxx locomotives for Railpool
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    Railpool orders Traxx locomotives

    2022-01-27T11:18:00Z

    EUROPE: Leasing company Railpool has awarded Alstom a contract to supply 15 Traxx 3 locomotives for use in Norway, Sweden and Italy, with an option for five more. The electric locomotives with last mile diesel engines are to be delivered from Alstom’s plants at Kassel in ...

  • Pakistan Railways container service launch
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    Pakistan Railways launches Karachi container service

    2022-01-27T06:00:00Z

    PAKISTAN: Pakistan Railways has inaugurated a service transporting containers from Hutchison Ports’ South Asia Pakistan Terminal in Karachi to inland destinations including Lahore. Speaking at the launch ceremony on January 24, Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati said the port is expected to handle 3·1 million containers/year, ...

  • The development of a southern rail corridor between China and Europe via Central Asia, Iran and Turkey as an alternative to the established routes through Russia is facing substantial difficulties, a breakout session of the European Silk Road Summit heard
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    Politics and geography impede Central Asian rail freight corridors

    2022-01-27T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The development of a southern rail corridor between China and Europe via Central Asia, Iran and Turkey as an alternative to the established routes through Russia is facing substantial difficulties, a breakout session of the European Silk Road Summit heard. Andreas Schwilling, Senior Advisor at ...

  • Alstom Talent BEMU in Baden-Wurttemberg
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    Battery train passenger trials begin

    2022-01-26T13:14:00Z

    GERMANY: Alstom’s prototype battery-electric Talent 3 multiple-unit has entered trial passenger service with DB Regio. On January 24 the battery-powered train was launched on the Stuttgart – Horb line in Baden-Württemberg, where it will operate on weekdays. From February 5 it will also operate on the ...

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    Space engineers rethink rail freight with autonomous battery-electric vehicles

    2022-01-26T12:01:00Z

    Prototype autonomous battery-powered container wagons are being developed by engineers at California start up Parallel Systems. Co-founder, CEO and former SpaceX engineer Matt Soule explains how the company aims to bring new thinking to rail freight.

  • Auckland CAF EMU (Photo CAF)
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    CAF to supply more EMUs to Auckland

    2022-01-26T09:30:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: CAF has been awarded a firm order to supply a further 23 electric multiple-units to Auckland. The contract announced on January 25 is worth in excess of €130m including maintenance until the end of 2025. There is an option for up to five more ...

  • Year-round ice-free access to north Russian ports and investments in the trans-Siberian rail corridor offer opportunities for the further development of rail freight, Yulia Kosolapova, Managing Director of RZD Logistics in Europe, told the European Silk R
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    Ice-free shipping route could open opportunities for rail

    2022-01-26T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Year-round ice-free access to north Russian ports and investments in the trans-Siberian rail corridor offer opportunities for the further development of rail freight, Yulia Kosolapova, Managing Director of RZD Logistics in Europe, told the European Silk Road Summit. She said the volume of inter-continental rail ...

  • Argentina China railway modernisation MoUs signed
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    Buenos Aires suburban railway modernisation MoUs signed

    2022-01-25T14:00:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Three memoranda of understanding for co-operation to modernise the Belgrano Norte, Sarmiento and Urquiza suburban railways in Buenos Aires have been signed by the Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure and representatives of Chinese companies CRRC Qingdao Sifang and China Railway International Group. It is envisaged ...

  • Fortescue Metals Group’s green technology division Fortescue Future Industries is developing what it says is a ‘world leading’ battery electric train concept.
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    Formula 1 technology company to support development of battery train

    2022-01-25T12:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group’s green technology division Fortescue Future Industries is developing what it says is a ‘world leading’ battery electric train concept. The project was disclosed on January 24 when Fortescue announced it had agreed to acquire UK-based motorsports technology company Williams Advanced Engineering, saying ...

  • Donghae Line station
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    Busan – Ulsan suburban services launched

    2022-01-25T09:30:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: Commuter services on the Donghae Line between Bujeon station in Busan and Taehwagang station in Ulsan were inaugurated on December 28, providing a 76 min journey time to create what the Busan city government called a ‘1 h megalopolis’ in the region. Construction of ...

  • BHP loco
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    BHP to trial battery locos on Pilbara iron ore network

    2022-01-25T08:49:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Mining company BHP has awarded Progress Rail and Wabtec contracts to supply four battery locomotives for trials on its Western Australia Iron Ore network from late 2023. Progress Rail is to supply two EMD Joule eight-axle locomotives with a battery capacity of 14·5 MWh, while ...

  • cn China-Europe (Chengdu) Railway Express freight train departs Chengdu International Railway Port for Europe
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    Europe and China should co-ordinate to develop the New Silk Road

    2022-01-25T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The European freight sector needs to take a stronger role in the development of rail links with China in order to ensure that Eurasian rail connections can achieve their full potential, the European Silk Road Summit heard. David Aloia, Head of Shuttle Net North-East Europe ...

  • VIA Rail Siemens Mobility Corridor fleet impression
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    Designing a train ‘the rest of the world will envy’

    2022-01-24T13:00:00Z

    CANADA: Design studio PriestmanGoode developed the styling for the push-pull trainsets which Siemens Mobility is supplying for VIA Rail’s Québec City – Windsor Corridor service, focusing on a ‘sleek, modern’ appearance, ‘accessibility, comfort, and personal space’ and the use of durable materials. ...

  • es-Stadler rolls out ADIF maintenance loco
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    Stadler rolls out ADIF AV rescue locomotive

    2022-01-24T09:23:00Z

    SPAIN: Stadler Valencia has rolled out the first of 22 diesel-electric locomotives for inspection, rescue and snow-clearing operations ordered by ADIF AV.

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2022-01-24T05:00:00Z

    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Toyota fuel cell module
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    Hydrogen fuel cells delivered for demonstrator train

    2022-01-23T05:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The first hydrogen fuel cell modules have been delivered to the Centro Nacional del Hidrogeno for testing ahead of integration into a RENFE Class 463 Civia electric multiple-unit built by CAF. The demostrator is being developed as part of the EU-funded ...

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    Improved rolling stock battery cell launched

    2022-01-22T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: Toshiba has introduced a 20Ah-HP version of its 20 Ah SCiB rechargeable lithium-ion battery cell, designed for heavy-load applications where high power input and output are essential, such as rolling stock traction and emergency power. The 20Ah-HP cell has a 1·7 times higher input and ...