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    Rio suburban trains slowly return to service after traction fault

    2019-12-04T14:59:00Z

    Photo: Benjámin Zelki BRAZIL: Six more electric multiple-units returned to service on the SuperVia suburban rail network serving Rio de Janeiro on December 2, after being taken out of service in November because of traction equipment faults. SuperVia withdrew 40 of its CRRC-built EMUs from ...

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    Luton Airport peoplemover bridge installed

    2019-12-04T14:49:00Z

    UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier. The 80 m long, 1 000 tonne structure had been assembled off-site over eight months, and was then moved around 900 m to ...

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    Hyundai Rotem ships its first inter-city trains to New South Wales

    2019-12-04T13:29:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Hyundai Rotem has shipped the first 20 of 554 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to New South Wales for use on NSW TrainLink inter-city services. Rotem is supplying the 160 km/h rolling stock from its Changwon plant in South Korea as part ...

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    Tavan Tolgoi coal line accord signed

    2019-12-04T10:49:00Z

    MONGOLIA: Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International is to provide technical assistance for the development of a 414 km rail link into the Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, following the signing of a co-operation agreement in Ulaanbaatar on December 3.

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    Moscow metro expansion funding announced

    2019-12-04T10:25:00Z

    The funding covers several projects, including Line 11. RUSSIA: The Moscow city authorities have announced plans to invest around 700bn roubles in metro projects in 2020-22, with majority of this funding to go towards network expansion. The funding package includes completion of the 69 km ...

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    Work begins on Szczecin suburban upgrade

    2019-12-04T09:00:00Z

    POLAND: Work has started on the Szczecińska Kolej Metropolitalna suburban upgrading project, beginning at Gryfino station, infrastructure manager PKP PLK announced on December 2. To be completed in 2022, the project to increase local services around Szczecin includes infrastructure renewal and the construction of 10 new ...

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    Platskartny coach mock-up on show

    2019-12-04T06:00:00Z

    Coach mock up RUSSIA: RZD’s Federal Passenger Co and Transmashholding have unveiled a mock-up of the design concept for the next generation of platskartny dormitory-style third class coaches for long-distance services. This is not the final design, and feedback on the ...

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    East Coast Trains open access recruitment underway

    2019-12-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: FirstGroup subsidiary East Coast Trains Ltd is recruiting a management team for the launch of its planned London – Edinburgh open access services by May 2021. Appointments are expected to be announced early next year, Steve Montgomery, Managing Director of FirstGroup’s First Rail division, told ...

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    Airport rail link ready to roll

    2019-12-03T14:30:00Z

    GERMANY: Rail services to the new Berlin-Brandenburg International airport will begin when the airport finally opens on October 31 2020, DB’s representative for Berlin Alexander Kaczmarek, confirmed on December 2.

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    RhB double-tracking caps successful year

    2019-12-03T14:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Two sections of double track on Rhätische Bahn’s Albula main line are ready to open, RhB Director Renato Fasciati announced on November 29, presenting the highlights of what Chairman Stefan Engler said had been ‘a very successful and at the same time challenging year’.

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    Évora – Elvas cut-off contract awarded

    2019-12-03T10:56:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Road and rail infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has awarded a contract for construction of a further section of the 80 km Évora – Elvas cut off, which is intended to form the centrepiece of the so-called International South Corridor linking Lisboa to the Spanish border near Badajoz.

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    ‘Golden age’ in New South Wales, Collins tells AusRail

    2019-12-03T09:04:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: New South Wales is experiencing ‘a golden age’ of rail investment, Sydney Trains CEO Howard Collins told delegates at the AusRail 2019 conference in Sydney on December 3.

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    Łódź cross-city tunnel TBM rolled out

    2019-12-03T05:05:00Z

    POLAND: Herrenknecht has completed the first of two tunnel boring machines that it is supplying to infrastructure manager PKP PLK for the Łódź cross-city tunnel project. The 8·76 m diameter TBM is due to be shipped to Łódź later this month, and would be used to ...

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    Power supplies overcome hiccup problems

    2019-12-03T05:00:00Z

    SIGNALLING: PULS Power has obtained Network Rail certification for five of its PULS QS Series DIN-Rail power supplies to be used in signalling equipment in environments not exceeding 95% relative humidity. Three of these feature the PULS Hiccupplus overload protection mode, which the supplier said overcomes ...

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    Foshan welcomes hydrogen fuel cell tram

    2019-12-02T15:29:00Z

    CHINA: A hydrogen fuel cell tram has started test running on the Gaoming Line in Foshan, ahead of opening of the city’s first tram route later this month. The 17·4 km Gaoming Line on the west bank of the Xijiang River is intended to serve 20 ...

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    Mianeh – Bostanabad line inaugurated

    2019-12-02T14:41:00Z

    IRAN: Revenue services have started operating on the first section of RAI’s cut-off which is intended to shorten the Tehran – Tabriz route serving the northwest of the country. The 132 km southern section of the new line, between Mianeh and Bostanabad, ...

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    Funding agreed for Hamburg S-Bahn extension

    2019-12-02T13:58:00Z

    GERMANY: A financing agreement for the Line S4 Ost extension of the Hamburg S-Bahn network to Bad Oldesloe was completed on November 29. The total project cost is put at around €1·85bn, of which €1·56bn is coming from the federal government. A further €290m is to ...

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    Nova 2 enters service at last

    2019-12-02T09:37:00Z

    UK: The third new type of train being procured by TransPennine Express under its £500m fleet expansion programme entered passenger service on November 30, when a Class 397 ‘Nova 2’ EMU worked the 08.10 train from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh.

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2019-12-02T06:00:00Z

    Rath Group has ordered two more Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locomotives for delivery in December 2020, following its ‘very positive experiences’ with an initial three. Its current locos are approved for Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, and the next two ...

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    Network Rail seeks feedback on product acceptance

    2019-12-02T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Railway Industry Association has launched a survey on behalf of Network Rail to find out how the industry views the infrastructure manager’s product acceptance process and to seek suggestions for further improvement. ‘Our product acceptance process is all about ensuring we have safe, compatible, ...