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    Made in Ukraine DMU enters service on Kyiv airport route


    UKRAINE: The first DPKr-3 diesel multiple-unit built by KVSZ has entered passenger service on the route linking Kyiv’s main station with Boryspil International Airport. This follows testing undertaken between Ternopil, Kyiv and Kremenchug to obtain type approval for the domestically-developed trainset. ...

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    Commercial opportunity to repurpose or dispose of retired rolling stock

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    Joint venture awarded Chinese high speed train contract


    CHINA: The Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture has been awarded a 2·97bn yuan contract to supply China State Railway Group with a further 10 16-car CR400AF 350 km/h trainsets by mid-2020. The contract announced on January 1 is the third order for the CR400AF to ...

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    Cross-sea rail and road bridge to open in 2020


    CHINA: The 16·3 km Pingtan Bridge carrying a railway and road across the Haitan Strait is expected to open during 2020, significantly reducing journey times between Fuzhou and Pingtan Island off the east coast of Fujian province. The fixed link which includes three cable-stayed bridges is ...

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    Beijing – Zhangjiakou PDL inaugurated with national timetable change


    CHINA: The 174 km Passenger-Dedicated Line running northwest from Beijing to Zhangjiakou was opened for revenue service on December 30, along with the 53 km branch from Xiahuayuan Bei to Taizicheng which has been built to serve the Chongli Olympic Village and venues for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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    Putin inaugurates Kerch Strait rail link


    EUROPE: The 18·1 km railway bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Russia and Crimea was formally inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin on December 23.

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    Iarnród Éireann deploys integrated HaCon systems


    IRELAND: National rail operator Iarnród Éireann has become the first customer to adopt HaCon’s Train Planning System as well as its HAFAS journey planning software. Siemens subsidiary HaCon said this would be the first time that HAFAS and TPS would be fully integrated without any intermediate ...

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    St Louis operator selects operational testing software


    USA: Class III operator Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis has selected CloudMoyo’s Operational Testing System for implementation across its network to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. The OTS is part of CloudMoyo’s Rail Transportation Management suite. It uses advanced analytics to create configurable master test ...

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    Polish operator orders high-capacity flat wagons


    POLAND: Laude Smart Intermodal has awarded United Wagon Co a contract to supply 200 Type Sgmmns 1 435 mm gauge flat wagons for transporting heavy-duty containers. The Russian manufacturer said the wagons it had developed would differ from similar vehicles available on the European market. They ...

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    Emergency window-breaking hammer updated


    HAMMER: EMKA has introduced an updated design of emergency hammer which passengers can use to break tempered and laminated glass if they need to escape through a train window. The hammer is made of glass fibre reinforced plastic with a hardened steel tip, and complies with ...

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    Guangzhou linked to Shenzhen airport


    CHINA: The 74 km central section of the 140 km/h Guangzhou – Shenzhen inter-city railway opened on December 15. The new infrastructure starts at Xintang Bei station in the east of Guangzhou and runs to Shenzhen airport in the west of the Shenzhen urban area, via ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen electro-diesel locomotives delivered


    SWITZERLAND: Appenzeller Bahnen has taken delivery of two Stadler Gem 2/2 electro-diesel locomotives for use on its infrastructure maintenance trains. The two-axle metre-gauge locomotives were ordered at cost of SFr5·3m in March 2018 to replace 50-year old diesel-only locos. The 28 ...

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    Non-PRM compliant trains get last-minute derogation


    UK: A few days ahead of the January 1 2020 deadline for ensuring compliance with tighter accessibility standards, the Department for Transport has granted limited dispensations for operators to keep in service for up to one year trains which do not meet the TSI-PRM requirements.

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    Next section of western China link completed


    CHINA: The 173 km Subei – Mahai section of the line which is being built between Dunhuang and Golmud opened on December 18, adding six stations. Construction of the 671 km Dunhuang – Golmud line was officially launched in 2012, to connect the line running west ...

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    CRRC trainset enters service in Sri Lanka


    SRI LANKA: The first of nine S14 diesel trainsets being supplied by CRRC Qingdao Sifang has entered revenue service on the Colombo Fort – Badulla line, which has a journey time of 8 h 43 min. Sri Lankan Railways ordered the ...

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    Canal to be used to transport materials for bridge replacement project


    UK: The Leeds Liverpool Canal is to be used to transport materials for the replacement of a bridge between Rishton and Church Oswaldtwistle stations on the East Lancashire line which is scheduled for February 15-23. A pontoon will also be placed on ...

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    Signalling supplier reopens upgraded branch line


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Regular passenger services returned to the so-called Plum Railway in the Ústí nad Labem region with effect from the December 15 timetable change, after signalling company AŽD Praha reached agreement with the local government to restore services on the Litoměřice horní nádraží – Most line U10.

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    ‘Landmark’ $3·7bn deal paves way for passenger rail expansion in Virginia


    The Virginia Railway Express commuter rail service is operated under contract by Keolis. USA: The state of Virginia announced on December 19 that it had reached agreement to acquire more than 360 km of railway from Class I railroad CSX Corp for $3·7bn. Under ...

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    Croatian cut-off line opened


    CROATIA: Prime Minister Andrej Plenković inaugurated the 12·2 km Gradec – Sveti Ivan Žabno cut-off line with a ceremony on December 16, the day after the start of revenue services on the first new line to be built in Croatia for 52 years. ...

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    Openings expand Chinese high speed rail network


    CHINA: The 313 km Xuzhou – Yancheng Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on December 16. It has nine stations and is designed for 250 km/h operation, reducing the fastest journey times from 3 h 51 min on the conventional line to 1 h 31 min on the PDL. ...