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    Powers sought for Dublin’s DART+ electrification project


    IRELAND: A formal application is being lodged for powers to upgrade and electrify Iarnród Éireann’s suburban routes from Dublin Connolly/Spencer Dock to Maynooth and M3 Parkway. The DART+ West enhancement project is to be funded by the National Transport Authority under Project Ireland 2040. According to ...

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    Ukrainian wagon manufacturer targets EU market with new designs


    EUROPE: Ukrainian rolling stock manufacturer Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works is negotiating with EU operators and leasing companies in the hope of winning contracts to supply new designs of 1 435 mm gauge wagon that it has developed for transporting containers and swap bodies. ‘Taking into account ...

  • KTZ container train

    EBRD invests in Middle Corridor transit freight route


    KAZAKHSTAN: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is investing up to 50bn tenge to support national railway KTZ in the implementation of crisis response measures to cope with the after-effects of the pandemic and ‘ongoing geopolitical turmoil’. Measures include the reorganisation of transit freight operations ...

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    GGZ foundation construction machine to be shown at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: The Gleisgründungszug is a newly developed machine for drilling piles for bridge foundations, overhead electrification masts, noise barriers and earthworks stabilisation which Techne (formerly Kirow) and Bauer have produced for contractor Hering Bahnbau. Able to be equipped for cutter soil mixing and triple soil mixing, ...

  • Burgos – Venta de Baños high speed line

    High speed line to Burgos opens


    SPAIN: Passenger services on a 75 km high speed line between Burgos and a junction with the Madrid – Valladolid – León line at Venta de Baños began on July 22, the day after a formal inauguration by King Felipe VI. It is planned that this will eventually form part of a high speed corridor to the French border.

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    Norske Tog trials reclining seats on overnight trains


    NORWAY: As a pilot project for the planned renewal of the country’s long-distance passenger train fleet, rolling stock company Norske Tog has started trialling reclining seats on overnight services.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Trenord Alstom Donizetti EMU

    Trenord introduces ‘buy now pay later’ option


    ITALY: Lombardia regional passenger operator Trenord has introduced ‘buy now pay later’ functionality for ticket purchase made online at or through its Trenord app, thanks to a partnership with Milano-based payments company Scalapay. Passengers using regional trains or the premium Malpensa Express services who book ...

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    Polish operator attaches bicycle vans to trains


    POLAND: Regional operator Koleje Dolnośląskie says it is the first in Poland to offer dedicated bicycle transport services, attaching bright yellow vans to its DMUs between Wrocław Główny, Sobótka Zachodnia and Świdnica Przedmieście. Each van can carry up to 38 bicycles, which ...

  • Cando train

    AIMCo to acquire Cando Rail & Terminals


    CANADA: Alberta Investment Management Corp has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 100% equity stake in Cando Rail & Terminals Ltd from the rail freight group’s employees and private equity investor TorQuest. Manitoba-based Cando was founded in 1978 and now operates more than 40 industrial ...

  • Talgo 230 DB ICL coach interior

    Talgo 230 ICE L coach ‘sneak peek’ at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Talgo will be providing a ‘a sneak peek’ of the first Talgo 230 ICE L coach for Deutsche Bahn on its stand in Hall 4.2 at InnoTrans. The Spanish rolling stock manufacturer says its Talgo 230 platform is intended as a ‘truly interoperable’ train able ...

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    Etihad Rail awards track inspection vehicle contract


    UAE: Etihad Rail has awarded ENSCO Rail a contract to supply a ‘comprehensive’ track inspection vehicle and provide data analysis services for 15 years. The vehicle is to be produced by French company Socofer and fitted with an array of measuring and inspection systems. This will ...

  • UTA apprenticeships under development

    UTA to offer rail apprenticeships


    USA: Utah Transit Authority has appointed specialist training company Xpan to develop apprenticeships in light rail vehicle maintenance, maintenance of way and commuter rail vehicle maintenance. The three-year apprenticeships will offer a mix of e-learning, interactive simulations, instructor-led training, labs and on-the-job training. UTA is developing ...

  • SKF

    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications & Transport has extended Kansas City Southern de México’s operating concession (Photo: JM Calderon)

    KCSM concession extended in return for infrastructure investment


    MEXICO: The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications & Transport has extended Kansas City Southern de México’s operating concession by 10 years, in return for a commitment to 4bn pesos of infrastructure investments including the Celaya-NBA Line bypass to separate KCSM and Ferromex tracks. KCSM’s exclusive concession now ...

  • Angola Lobito Corridor train

    Lobito Corridor concessionaire selected


    ANGOLA: The Ministry of Transport has announced the award of a 30-year concession for operation of rail freight and logistics services in the Lobito Corridor.

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    Extremadura high speed line inaugurated


    SPAIN: Passenger services began using an upgraded 193 km mixed-traffic route between Plasencia and Badajoz in Extremadura on July 19, following the inauguration of three sections of new alignment totalling 146 km by King Felipe VI the previous day.

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    Norwegian operating contracts renegotiated


    NORWAY: National rail authority Jernbanedirektoratet has completed the renegotiation of its tendered train operating contracts to reflect the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The three tendered contracts with Go-Ahead Norge, SJ Norge and Vy Tog all came into force before the outbreak of Covid-19 in early ...

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    Tracklaying completed on Sotetsu – Tokyu Link


    JAPAN: The completion of tracklaying on the link line connecting the Sotetsu and Tokyu railways was marked with a ceremony at Shin-Yokohama on July 8.

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    Attensys aims change the way you think of train seats


    INNOTRANS: Attensys is to show Seat Informer, its next generation of seat occupancy detector which not only knows whether a seat is being used but can also identify objects, liquid spills or vandalism in real time. This can be used to help passengers to find empty ...