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    Grand Est seeks Alsace branch concessionaire


    FRANCE: Passenger trains on the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Épinal line are expected to resume running in 2025 under plans unveiled by the Grand Est regional authority on July 29.

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    MÁV-Start coach modernisation contract awarded


    HUNGARY: Passenger operator MÁV-Start has awarded TMH Hungary’s Dunakeszi plant a €90m contract to undertake heavy maintenance and modernisation of 403 coaches over four years. These comprise 263 vehicles currently operated on domestic services and 140 used on international routes. The scope of the project ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    Rail Cargo Logistics Germany has leased Faccns wagons from GATX Rail Europe for transporting aggregates. Indian Railways aims to complete the roll-out of RFID tags across all its wagons by December 2022. So far it has fitted tags to ...

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    Landmark river bridge to cross German-Polish border


    EUROPE: DB Netz is to call tenders in August for the construction of a ‘landmark’ bridge across the River Oder near Kostrzyn, which forms the border between Germany and Poland. The 266 m long bridge designed by Knight Architects with structural ...

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    Locomotive stop-start system developed


    GERMANY: Voith has introduced OnEfficiency.StopStart, a tool which enables the automatic shutdown and restart of idling freight locomotive engines. It constantly monitors the diesel engine and auxiliary systems, automatically starting the engine if necessary to ensure that the locomotive is always ready for operation. Voith ...

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    Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation cleared by European Commission


    INDUSTRY: Alstom’s proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation was approved by the European Commission on July 31, subject to full compliance with a number of commitments offered by Alstom. ‘Thanks to the comprehensive remedies offered to solve the competition concerns in the areas of very high speed, ...

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    Vossloh wins Guiyang – Nanning high speed line rail fastening contract


    CHINA: Vossloh’s Kunshan-based Vossloh Fastening Systems China business has been awarded a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the Guiyang - Nanning high speed line. The 512 km route which includes 482 km of new line is currently under construction for opening in 2023. It ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Luxembourg-based Beacon Rail Leasing has rebranded as Beacon , adopting a new brand identity developed with UK design and marketing agency Fellowship. The Issarts Capital business controlled by Wabtec board director Erwan Faiveley announced on July 29 its intention to sell ...

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    French freight access charges waived


    FRANCE: Track access charges for freight trains will be waived until the end of this year and halved in 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on July 27 Speaking after touring the Valenton intermodal terminal at Bonneuil-sur-Marne in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, Castex, who was ...

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    Bangladesh Railway orders 150 coaches


    BANGLADESH: A joint venture of South Korean firms Sung Shin Rolling Stock Technology Ltd and POSCO International signed a contract to supply 150 coaches to Bangadesh Railway on July 29. To be delivered in 18 to 30 months, the metre-gauge coaches will feature stainless steel bodies, ...

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    Indian Railways unveils ‘post-Covid coach’


    RCF coach INDIA: The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala has rolled out its first ‘post-Covid coach’, incorporating what Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said were ‘significant design improvements for post-Covid travel’ The vehicle incorporates a range of ‘hands-free’ features including ...

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    American Industrial Transport brand launched


    USA: American Railcar Industries has been renamed American Industrial Transport, as part of its strategy of focusing on leasing and repair activities following the sale of its wagon and components manufacturing business to The Greenbrier Companies last year. It will also been known by its wagon ...

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    Alpha Trains acquires DMUs in sale and leaseback deal


    GERMANY: Leasing company Alpha Trains has acquired 22 Alstom Coradia Lint 54 two-car diesel multiple-units from Transdev in a sale and lease-back transaction, and is to acquire a further nine identical units directly from the manufacturer. The DMUs are to be used by Transdev subsidiary Bayerische ...

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    Level crossing inspection trial


    USA: Railway Internet-of-Things developer Wi-Tronix has been awarded a grant to test the use of AI-aided machine vision for the automated inspection of level crossing equipment. Wi-Tronix is to evaluate the ability of locomotive-mounted forward-facing cameras to detect and analyse level crossing equipment such as lights ...

  • Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a battery shunting locomotive which Vale plans to use to reduce emissions from its rail operations

    EMD Joule battery shunting locomotive under development


    BRAZIL: Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a lithium-ion battery shunting locomotive which it hopes to make available to the global market in early 2021. The Caterpillar subsidiary is working with mining group Vale to develop the 100% electric locomotive, in a project which has brought ...

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    Bangladesh locomotive handover


    BANGLADESH: India formally handed over 10 WDM3D diesel locomotives which are being donated to Bangladesh Railway with a virtual ceremony on July 27. The 1 676 mm gauge, 3 300 hp mixed traffic locomotives have been modified to suit height restrictions in Bangladesh and are ...

  • A groundbreaking ceremony has formally marked the start of construction of a hydrogen train fuelling point in Bremervörde.

    Hydrogen train fuelling point under construction


    GERMANY: A groundbreaking ceremony has formally marked the start of construction of a hydrogen train fuelling point in Bremervörde. This will serve the fleet of 14 Alstom Coradia iLint fuel cell multiple-units which Niedersachen transport authority LNVG has ordered for use by Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser ...

  • The Flirt Akku is a version of Stadler's Flirt family of electric multiple-units which is equipped with a battery to permit operation on non-electrified or partly-electrified routes.

    Batteries beat hydrogen on cost and efficiency, VDE study shows


    GERMANY: A study of climate-neutral traction technology by VDE, the Association for Electrical, Electronic Information Technologies, has concluded that over a 30-year life-cycle battery-powered multiple-units are substantially cheaper and more efficient than those powered by hydrogen. The study published on July 21 concludes that ...

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    Iarnród Éireann orders Stage V MTU PowerPacks


    IRELAND: Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to supply 41 ‘hybrid-ready’ MTU PowerPacks for the additional Class 22000 inter-city diesel multiple-unit cars which Iarnród Éireann ordered from Mitsui Co last year. These PowerPacks will be fitted with MTU 6H 1800 R86 diesel engines ...

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    Koralm Tunnel track and railway systems contract awarded


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has awarded the FF Koralm joint venture of Porr Bau and Rhomberg Bahntechnik a €160m contract to supply track and railway systems for the 32·8 km Korlam Tunnel. Porr is the technical lead, with Rhomberg Bahntechnik ...