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    InnoTrans Podcast: Towards sustainable air-conditioning


    INNOTRANS: Modern trains are often fitted with complex air-conditioning systems to ensure optimal temperatures and ventilation. In the latest InnoTrans podcast, Dr Wolfgang Reuter, Chairman of heating and air-conditioning system manufacturer Konvekta, explains how smart technology can reduce energy consumption, minimise environmental footprints and improve the ...

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    Testing starts in Madrid’s third cross-city tunnel


    SPAIN: Trial running began through the third cross-city tunnel between Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Atocha over the weekend of February 5-6. Rolling stock chosen for the trials consisted of a pair of S112 Talgo trainsets refitted for national operator RENFE’s low-cost Avlo services. 

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    Go-Ahead Group joins AllRail


    EUROPE: Train and bus operator Go-Ahead Group has joined the AllRail alliance of new entrants to the European rail market. UK-based Go-Ahead operates rail and bus services in its home market, and since 2015 has been targeting international expansion with rail contracts in Germany and Norway ...

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    Talgo to begin fuel cell loco trials


    SPAIN: Trials are to begin shortly with the TPH2 fuel cell test locomotive developed by Talgo as part of its hydrogen traction programme. This forms part of a low-carbon research and development strategy which is being supported by a green hydrogen supply alliance and financing from ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • RailWatch

    Lineside wagon monitoring gathers pace in Europe


    EUROPE: Automated wagon inspection technology is to be installed across key rail freight arteries following the development of monitoring equipment that can be set up within a single day. Devised by Bonn-based lineside monitoring equipment company RailWatch, automated wagon inspection systems have recently been installed at ...

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    Business class lights upgraded


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB has selected a reading light from German supplier TSL-ESCHA for a refresh of the business class saloon on its premium Railjet inter-city services. According to TSL-ESCHA, the TSL BL18 reading light features a 270 mm long flexible arm that can be adjusted by passengers, ...

  • Montréal Exo CRRC double-deck coach

    Chinese coaches arrive in Montréal


    CANADA: The first two of 44 double-deck coaches which Montréal city region transport agency Exo has ordered from Chinese manufacturer CRRC Tangshan are expected to be delivered during February. They will undergo minor finishing work and inspection at the Pointe-Saint-Charles maintenance depot, followed by an extensive ...

  • FESCO container train

    Refrigerated goods from Japan to Europe by rail and sea


    INTERNATIONAL: Russian Railways, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport & Tourism and FESCO have organised an initial delivery of refrigerated containers of Japanese cargo to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The containers containing food, beverages and pharmaceutical products requiring special transport conditions were shipped from Toyama ...

  • Lithuanian train

    Government approves Vilnius – Klaipėda electrification


    LITHUANIA: The government has approved the Ministry of Transport & Communications’ plans for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 309 km Kaišiadorys – Klaipėda – Draugystės route, which will complete electrification of the 376 km corridor between Vilnius and the port city. The cost is ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3.

    Pauwels steps down after Lineas losses


    BELGIUM: Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3. Pauwels had led the former SNCB Logistics business since it was established in 2008, steering the company through the ...

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    ​Work starts on Perth’s Ellenbrook interchange


    AUSTRALIA: Work has started on the terminus of Perth’s northeastern suburban line, with a groundbreaking ceremony for the rail-bus interchange at Ellenbrook attended by Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Being built as part of the state’s Metronet ...

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    European Commission investigates German support for DB Cargo


    EUROPE: The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into whether German government support for state-owned DB Cargo is in line with state aid rules. The commission said DB Cargo has been persistently loss-making, with its losses fully and continuously covered by parent company DB AG. ...

  • VR Stadler Dr19 locomotive

    Finnish diesel locomotive delivered


    FINLAND: The first of 60 Class Dr19 diesel locomotives ordered by national railway VR for shunting, freight and local passenger operations has arrived in Tampere for testing.

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    GB Railfreight tests diesel-battery hybrid locomotive


    UK: GB Railfreight is undertaking a three-month trial with a Clayton Equipment Class 18 Hybrid+ CBD90 diesel-battery shunting locomotive owned by Beacon. On February 1 the locomotive was delivered to Whitemoor yard in Cambridgeshire, where it will undergo a series of test to understand its capabilities ...

  • Vossloh Inland Rail sleeper contract

    Inland Rail sleeper contract awarded


    AUSTRALIA: Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Vossloh’s Austrak subsidiary a A$143m contract to supply a further 1·3 million concrete sleepers for the 1 700 km Inland Rail freight corridor linking Melbourne with Brisbane. The sleepers are to be produced at Austrak’s sites in Rockhampton and ...

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    IP calls tenders to restore narrow-gauge missing link


    PORTUGAL: Rail and road network manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has called tenders for the renovation and reopening of the central section of the 1 000 mm gauge Vouga line between Oliveira de Azemeis and Sernada do Vouga.

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    DB awards drone image analysis contract


    GERMANY: Infrastucture manager DB Netz has awarded Datumate a renewable two-year contract to analyse and interpret images of infrastructure works taken by drones. The Israel-based supplier of construction data analytics will provide its DatuBIM cloud-based platform to assess the images, enabling DB to monitor the progress ...

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    First section of Central Inland Railway inaugurated


    SOUTH KOREA: The first section of the Central Inland Railway between Icheon, southeast of Seoul and Chungju has opened for revenue service following an inauguration ceremony on December 30.