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  • UAE passenger train

    Etihad Rail signs passenger rail financing agreement


    UAE: A 1·99bn dirham agreement for the financing of future passenger rail services has been signed by Etihad Rail and First Abu Dhabi Bank, which will be the certified lead arranger for the loan. Freight services have been operating on the 264 km first phase of ...

  • Six Vossloh Afro4000 locomotives originally built for passenger services have been modified by leasing company Traxtion to enable them to haul freight trains.

    African passenger locos modified for freight haulage


    AFRICA: Six Vossloh Afro4000 locomotives originally built for passenger services have been modified by leasing company Traxtion to enable them to haul freight trains. The locos were originally ordered by South Africa’s PRASA but never entered service, and the contract was terminated. ...

  • Spanish train

    Detecting earthquakes with ADIF’s optic fibre network


    SPAIN: ADIF has signed an agreement for the Instituto Geográfico Nacional to use its optic fibre network to gather and analyse data about earthquakes, which are relatively common in the Iberian Peninsula. To date, ADIF’s 16 000 km dark optic fibre network has not been made ...

  • Delhi RRTS train in factory

    First Delhi RRTS trainset under construction


    INDIA: The first of the electric multiple-units ordered for the Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System commuter rail project are being assembled at Alstom’s Savli factory in Gujarat, with delivery and testing planned to begin this year. Propulsion and ...

  • ÖBB sign

    Disputed double-deck EMU contract awarded to Stadler again


    AUSTRIA: Stadler has once again been named the winner of a disputed 10-year framework contract to supply Austria Federal Railways with up to 186 double-deck electric multiple-units worth €3bn.

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    ILSA to add a third partner


    SPAIN: Intermodalidad de Levante, the high speed joint venture between Trenitalia and Air Nostrum, is poised to agree a deal with Globalvia under which it would become the third partner in the business. Globalvia, a motorway and urban transport infrastructure concessionaire owned by three investment funds, ...

  • Train and EU flag

    European Year of Rail raised awareness of sustainability credentials


    EUROPE: ‘2021 was an extremely challenging year for railways’, European rail industry bodies said in a joint message marking the formal end of the European Year of Rail. ‘The Covid-19 pandemic hit the sector hard, and its impact is still felt today with more than €50bn ...

  • Montenegro train

    International rail links in Montenegro‘s national infrastructure plan


    MONTENEGRO: Plans for international rail links and other long term improvements to the rail network are included a national infrastructure strategy for 2021-23 which has been adopted by the government. The proposed international links would run from Nikšić towards Bileća in Bosnia & Herzegovina and from ...

  • LDZ passenger trains

    Latvia surveys interest in passenger rail tendering


    LATVIA: The Road Transport Administration has launched a survey to gauge market interest in providing domestic passenger rail services. The RTA said this was the first survey of this type in Latvia, and would meet the requirements of EC Regulation 1370/2007 which sets out rules for ...

  • California high speed rail project train impression

    FRA compares global high speed rail noise mitigation standards


    USA: Ricardo has completed a study for the Federal Railroad Administration which aims to improve the accuracy of comparisons of global high speed rail noise reduction standards and their costs. The report, High Speed Rail: Cost of Compliance for Noise Mitigation Procedures, has now been published ...

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    Europe’s Rail research initiative launched


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking that will co-ordinate EU railway research over the next decade was formally launched in Paris on February 21, during an event organised by SNCF in conjunction with the French Presidency of the European Union.

  • The ZNPK federation of independent train operators has called for a ‘serious debate’ on access charges and a ‘radical’ 50% cut in fees (Photo: PKP PLK).

    Polish operators call for track access charge cut to stem loss of market share


    POLAND: The ZNPK federation of independent train operators has called for a ‘serious debate’ on access charges and a ‘radical’ 50% cut in fees, saying infrastructure manager PKP PLK’s current charges for freight trains are amongst the highest in Europe. ZNPK says that PKP PLK’s draft ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • RENFE Stadler EMU impression

    Spanish EMUs to have ABB traction batteries


    SPAIN: Stadler has awarded ABB a US$80m contract to supply traction converters and roof-mounted lithium-ion batteries for 59 double-deck electric multiple-units which RENFE has ordered for use on Madrid and Barcelona commuter services. The EMUs will operate primarily using 3 kV DC overhead, but will be ...

  • Oberweißbacher Bergbahn funicular

    Oberweißbacher Bergbahn operating contract awarded


    GERMANY: Thüringen’s Ministry of Infrastructure & Agriculture has directly awarded incumbent DB RegioNetz Verkehrs a contract to continue operating the Oberweißbacher Bergbahn funicular and electric train services for a further 10 years. A market survey determined that it would be impractical to hold a competitive tender ...

  • DB Regio Warnow II Stadler Flirt BEMU impression

    Battery trains on the Baltic coast


    GERMANY: Having been named the winner of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Warnow II passenger train operating contract, DB Regio Nordost has ordered Stadler Flirt Akku battery-electric multiple-units to replace diesel multiple-units on two of the routes. The Land announced the award of the Warnow II contract to the incumbent ...

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    JR West to order tilting EMUs


    JAPAN: West Japan Railway plans to order four 11-car Series 273 electric multiple-units to replace the Series 381 trainsets used on Yakumo Limited Express services on the Hakubi line.

  • Deutsche Bahn passenger in the coronavirus pandemic

    EU pandemic relief measure for rail extended


    EUROPE: Members of the European Parliament have voted to extend a Covid-19 relief measure that allows rail infrastructure access charges to be reduced, waived or deferred.

  • ZSSK Tatra Stadler rack EMU

    Rack trainsets enter revenue service


    SLOVAKIA: Five rack-and-adhesion trainsets built by Stadler for ŽSSK’s metre gauge rack railway between Štrba and Štrbské Pleso were formally launched into revenue service on February 16. The event was attended by Boris Kollár, Speaker of the National Council, Slovak Minister of Transport & Construction Andrej ...

  • Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Photo: Mateus S Figueiredo, CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Minas Gerais to set up research centre


    BRAZIL: The state of Minas Gerais has chosen Viçosa, about 145 km southeast of Belo Horizonte, to be the site for the headquarters of a railway research centre. The Railway Technological Development Nucleus will be located at university campuses in Viçosa, Santos Dumont and São João del Rei, the state announced in early February.