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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    ZF highlights metro gearbox innovation


    INNOTRANS: At this year’s show, ZF will present its modular EcoMet gearbox for metro vehicles and a wheelset gearbox used in combination with EcoWorld, a fuel-saving powershift transmission. Also on display will be the digital condition monitoring system connect@rail, which demonstrates how integrated sensors and advanced data ...

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    NSH Group to present innovations in wheelset machining and maintenance


    INNOTRANS: Niles-Simmons-Hegenscheidt, Hegenscheidt-MFT, Simmons and Standray will highlight their co-ordinated capabilities for wheelset maintenance, with the wheelset measurement and diagnosis system ARGUS, the U2000-150 underfloor wheelset re-profiling machine and Hegenscheidt’s Total Wheelset Management software tool. TWM enables fleet operators to efficiently manage, plan, track, document and ...

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    Polish approval for wheel detector


    POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has approved the use of Alstom’s ELS-96 rail-mounted wheel detector for axle counters. The ELS-96 provides full digital transmission without lineside electronics with fully automatic adjustment as well as a remote diagnostics and software upgrade capability. It can withstand high and ...

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    HŽPP orders DMUs


    CROATIA: National passenger operator HŽPP has placed a firm order for a further seven Končar diesel multiple-units. The three-car low-floor diesel-electric units with a maximum speed of 120 km/h will be identical to existing ones, with a capacity of 167 seated and 175 standing passengers. The ...

  • CRRC Qingdao Sifang CR400AF Fuxing trainset for the Jakarta – Bandung high speed line (Photo: CRRC).

    First Jakarta – Bandung high speed train unveiled


    INDONESIA: The first of 11 CR400AF Fuxing trainsets for the KCJB high speed line which will connect Jakarta and Bandung has been rolled out by Chinese manufacture CRRC Qingdao Sifang. Unveiling the eight-car trainset on August 5, CRRC said this would be the first time it ...

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    Czech Republic electrification conversion advances


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽ has converted the overhead electrification on the 43 km Nedakonice – Říkovice section of the Břeclav – Přerov main line from 3 kV DC to 25 kV 50 Hz. The work forms part of SŽ’s ambitious programme to establish a unified ...

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    Limerick to Foynes railway reopening plan


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has invited expressions of interest in rehabilitation works for the reopening of the line from Limerick to Foynes on the Shannon estuary. The 42 km line which last saw a revenue train in 2000 would initially be reopened for freight, connecting Shannon Foynes ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Queensland unveils Brisbane rail expansion strategy


    AUSTRALIA: A pipeline of investment valued at more than A$20bn will support the long-term expansion of the southeast Queensland rail network under proposals published by the state government on August 2.

  • MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo.

    MRS Logística to invest R$11bn under early concession renewal deal


    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has signed an agreement to extend its concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. The company’s concession will run for 30 years beyond ...

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    Metrolink unveils refurbished coach


    USA: Los Angeles commuter rail operator Metrolink has returned to service the first of 50 coaches which are undergoing mid-life refurbishment, and has been allocated funding for a capacity enhancement programme. The contract for the refurbishment work was awarded to a Talgo-Systra joint venture in June ...

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    DB supports electrification in Uzbekistan


    UZBEKISTAN: The German national railway’s DB Engineering & Consulting subsidiary has been awarded a contract to supervise electrification of the 452 km Bukhara – Miskin – Urgench – Khiva line. This will enable national railway UTY to operate Talgo 250 Afrosiyob trainsets at up to 250 ...

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    Egyptian electric train equipment ordered


    EGYPT: Siemens Mobility has awarded Knorr-Bremse contracts to supply subsystems for the rolling stock to be delivered for the country’s electric railway programme. The order announced on August 3 includes Knorr-Bremse braking systems and IFE-branded pressure-tight doors with boarding aids for 15 eight-car 230 km/h Velaro ...

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    Ex-RENFE coaches enter service with CP


    PORTUGAL: The entry into service of CP’s first ex-RENFE ARCO locomotive-hauled coaches was marked by a ceremony at Valença on July 28, attended by Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos and CP Vice-President Pedro Moreira.

  • ‘Destination Digital’ is Siemens Mobility’s slogan for InnoTrans

    Siemens Mobility’s Destination Digital at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: ‘Destination Digital’ is Siemens Mobility’s slogan for InnoTrans, where it will be focusing on four themes: life-cycle cost optimised rail infrastructure & rolling stock; 100% system availability; maximised network capacity; and optimised customer experience & processes. A major focus will be on Xcelerator, an open ...

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    Train-to-train data transmission over 4 km


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has successfully tested train-to-train data communications over distances of 2 km in the open air and 4 km in tunnels. The communications use a directional antenna developed by KRRI, which said it was the first successful test over such distances. ...

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    ČD Cargo orders locomotives


    CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD Cargo has signed a contract for Siemens Mobility to supply 10 Vectron MS electric locomotives with the A54 country package, a maximum speed of 160 km/h and ETCS Baseline 3. The multi-system locomotives will be approved for operation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, ...

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    Amtrak returns passenger trains to Burlington


    USA: Regular inter-city trains have begun serving the largest city in Vermont following a gap of 69 years, with the extension of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express to Burlington.

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    Indian Railways calls tenders for enhanced Vande Bharat trainsets


    INDIA: The Ministry of Railways has called tenders for the supply and maintenance of a further 200 Vande Bharat Express trainsets, at an estimated cost of Rs130bn, as part of its strategy to update the Indian Railways passenger fleet.