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  • CP double-stack container freight train on a bridge in Canada (Photo Canadian Pacific)

    Canadian measures to address effects of climate change on rail


    CANADA: Transport Canada has announced a Rail Climate Change Adaptation Programme to provide up to C$2·2m of co-funding for to support research and development activity to address the impacts of climate change on the rail sector.

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    Four themes to Speno’s InnoTrans innovations


    INNOTRANS: Speno will be discussing how it has increased the productivity of rail grinding, and highlighting four themes to its innovations. These are: Clean machines, with a technique to ensure the recovery of debris and metal chips during the grinding process; Smart machines, with the ...

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    Czechs urge high speed rail promoters to focus on released capacity benefits


    EUROPE: High speed rail investment should place greater focus on the benefits of releasing capacity on existing lines, a group of Czech policymakers and industry leaders told a summit in Brussels on July 11.

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    SBB drops active suspension on Twindexx fleet


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has announced that it will no longer pursue plans to introduce active suspension on its fleet of Twindexx double-deck electric multiple-units. SBB had planned to launch the technology on inter-city versions of its Twindexx fleet in 2027 as a means of saving ...

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    Uzbek company produces prototype container wagon


    UZKBEKISTAN: Steel fabricator Orient Metal has produced a prototype wagon for transporting four 20 ft or two 40 ft containers. Acceptance and certification testing is expected to be completed in Q3 2022, enabling the company’s plant in the Yashnobod district of Toshkent to produce up to ...

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    Orion narrow gauge rack EMU unveiled


    SWITZERLAND: The first of the Orion metre-gauge rack electric multiple-units ordered by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has been unveiled at Stadler’s Bussnang factory. In March 2020 MGB placed a SFr148·5m order for 12 EMUs to replace locomotive-hauled stock as part of its 2030 fleet strategy. It has ...

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    Texas Central on path to ‘successful development’ after court ruling


    USA: Dallas to Houston high speed rail project promoter Texas Central Partners issued an update on July 8. This follows a Texas Supreme Court ruling in the June that Texas Central can use eminent domain powers for land acquisition; the ruling came not long after the ...

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    Next phase of Portuguese coastal railway upgrading underway


    PORTUGAL: Work is set to start on rebuilding and electrifying the central section of the Linha do Oeste corridor between Torres Vedras and Caldas da Rainha following signature of a contract between Infraestruturas de Portugal and the construction consortium on June 28.

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    Padma rail and road bridge inaugurated


    BANGLADESH: The 6 241 m long rail and road bridge over the River Padma was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 25. The bridge is intended to improve links between Dhaka and the southwest of the country, with one estimate being that it could ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    VDS Rail to show train consist reconfiguration tool


    INNOTRANS: VDS Rail will be showcasing the Dynamic Consist Composition tool embedded in all its Ethernet consist switches to provide fully automatic, fast and reliable train composition discovery that can if needed be followed by IP network enumeration based on the updated coach sequence. The Dynamic ...

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    Slovakian EffiShunter contract


    SLOVAKIA: National freight operator ZSSK Cargo has awarded CZ Loko a contract to rebuild 20 Class 742 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locos to the EffiShunter 1000M design, with an option for 20 more. This is CZ Loko’s largest order from Slovakia. The locos will be similar to Class ...

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    Erfurter Bahn gets direct award


    GERMANY: The Land of Thüringen has directly awarded Erfurter Bahn a contract to operate a Zeulenroda – Hof passenger service from June 2022 to December 2024. The contract covers 360 000 train-km/year. A direct award was used as the service is operated as a continuation of ...

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    DB becomes Star Alliance’s first Intermodal Partner


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn is to become the first Intermodal Partner of the Star Alliance on August 1, in a move which the train operator and group of airlines said sends a ‘strong signal for the environmentally-friendly evolution of the travel industry’. The Intermodal Partner model aims ...

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    Freight company Operail facing ‘complicated circumstances’


    ESTONIA: National rail freight operator Operail says 2022 has brought ‘complicated circumstances’, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine impacting on its operations. The management board is taking steps to find replacements for sanctioned traffic and to direct its wagons on lease away from high-risk regions. ‘Despite ...

  • SJ CAF Civity Nordic impression

    Comfortable seats and good connectivity specified in inter-regional train order


    SWEDEN: State-owned passenger operator SJ has awarded CAF a €300m contract to supply 25 five-car inter-regional electric multiple-units, with options for 35 more. The 200 km/h units from the Spanish manufacturer’s Civity Nordic family will be winterised to withstand snow and temperatures down to -40ºC. They ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    California high speed starter section set for completion as state funding finalised


    USA: The state of California appears finally to be on course to complete the Initial Operating Section of its high speed rail network between Bakersfield and Merced after the programme was allocated $4·2bn in the annual state budget on June 30.

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    San Diego operations and maintenance taken in-house


    USA: San Diego’s North County Transit District has completed the insourcing of operation and maintenance of its Coaster and Sprinter regional passenger services. This was previously undertaken by Alstom, as successor to Bombardier Transportation, and sees almost 100 staff transfer to the agency. ‘This transition will ...

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    Through running accord to boost chrome exports


    AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail has signed a cross-border through-running agreement with Mozambique’s CFM, aimed at boosting the export of South African chrome and ferrochrome through the port of Maputo.