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  • Bombardier’s factory in Derby,

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Bloomberg reported on January 21 that Bombardier and Alstom have held preliminary talks regarding a possible combination of their rail businesses, citing ‘people familiar with the matter’. Crowd flow modelling company Movement Strategies is to merge with GHD Group ...

  • DB Toshiba hybrid locomotive impression

    DB confirms order for hybrid locomotives


    GERMANY: Following the positive outcome of a feasibility study, DB Cargo has confirmed it is to buy 50 Toshiba diesel-battery hybrid 100 km/h locomotives for shunting and short-distance freight operations, and will lease a further 50 locos. The HDB800 locos will be equipped with Toshiba’s SCiB ...

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    Border link reopens as South International Corridor progresses


    PORTUGAL: The 11 km link between Elvas and Caia on the border with Spain near Badajoz was reopened in late January, following an investment of €20·4m. Much of the rehabilitation work was done by Teixeira Duarte under a €15m contract. Elvas station has been remodelled so ...

  • The special Bordeaux - Rennes TGV travelled via the ‘virgule’ at Sablé-sur-Sarthe.

    ‘Father Christmas’ helps fund Bordeaux – Toulouse high speed line


    SNCF Réseau has estimated that TGVs could link Toulouse with Paris in just over 3 h using the Tours - Bordeaux high speed line which opened in July 2017. FRANCE: Construction of the 222 km high speed line from Bordeaux to Toulouse may start in two ...

  • Electrification (Photo: Banedanmark)

    Work starts on Roskilde – Holbæk electrification


    Source: Banedanmark DENMARK: Preparatory works are to get underway this month on the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the Roskilde – Kalundborg line in western Sjælland, infrastructure manager Banedanmark announced on January 22. This includes the removal of lineside vegetation on the first section ...

  • DEPOLOG freight terminal at the Port of Haifa

    Haifa rail freight terminal opened


    ISRAEL: The Depolog freight terminal at the Port of Haifa has opened, with Israel Railways’ first train carrying 21 containers. The terminal was built by ISR and marine engineering company Maagan. It three tracks with a total length of 1 500 m, including two tracks for ...

  • Pesa Bydgoszcz has announced changes to the board.

    New CEO aims to get Pesa back on track


    POLAND: Rolling stock manufacturer Pesa is to announce a new strategy in the first quarter of this year, following the supervisory board’s decision to appoint the management board’s Vice-President of Operations Krzysztof Zdziarski as Chief Executive on January 8. Robert Tafiłowski was appointed as Chief Financial Officer. ...

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    Matthä to head CER as Fritzson steps down


    EUROPE: Austrian Federal Railways’ CEO Andreas Matthä was elected as Acting Chair of the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies at its meeting on January 20.

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    Kattegat road-rail fixed link to be studied


    DENMARK: There are good prospects for a road and rail fixed link across the Kattegat between Sjælland and Jylland, the government has announced. Further studies are to be undertaken, building on preliminary studies initiated by the previous government. The proposed east–west link would shorten the travel ...

  • Seoul

    Seoul Great Train Express engineering services contract awarded


    SOUTH KOREA: The SG Rail special purpose company formed to design, finance and build Line A of the Great Train Express network of commuter lines around Seoul has appointed Ricardo Rail to provide engineering and assessment services during the construction phase running to 2024. Three GTX ...

  • int-tazara-Eng Lungu (L) and Dr Chamuriho

    TAZARA urged to seek freight traffic ‘aggressively’


    AFRICA: The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board chaired by Tanzania and Zambia’s permanent secretaries responsible for transport has directed the railway’s management to ‘aggressively seek additional freight traffic in order to capture more business’. The railway should also take steps to improve safety, increase capacity accommodate more ...

  • cn High speed train maintenance (Bombardier Transportation)

    Joint venture to provide maintenance services for 71 Chinese high speed trains


    CHINA: China State Railway Group has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 2·45bn yuan contract to provide maintenance services for 71 CRH1A-A, CRH1A, CRH1B, CRH1E and CRH380D high speed trainsets totalling 656 cars. The work will be completed by the end of 2020. ...

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    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels


    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

  • Vectron locomotives for PKP Cargo

    World rail freight news round-up


    PKP Cargo has taken delivery of the last two of a total of 20 Vectron MS locomotives ordered from Siemens Mobility in September 2015 and early 2019. They are approved for use in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. ...

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    Afghans visit high speed rail training centre


    AFGHANISTAN: Staff from the Ministry of Transport recently travelled to China to be trained in railway management, signalling and operations. This included a visit to a high speed rail training centre. The Afghanistan Railway Authority said the engineers had acquired a ...

  • ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies.

    Find Your Future at the InnoTrans 2020 Career Boost


    INNOTRANS: ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies. A new feature at InnoTrans 2020 will be the Eurailpress ...

  • Metrolink Van Nuys station inauguration (Photo: David Lustig)

    Metrolink marks $32m modernisation of Van Nuys station


    USA: California commuter operator Metrolink has held a ceremony to mark the $32m rebuilding of Van Nuys station in Los Angeles under a two-year project which is nearing completion. The station is on Metrolink’s Ventura Line, a Union Pacific route which is also served by Amtrak ...

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    Farandou reshapes SNCF leadership team


    FRANCE: A new management structure for the ‘unified’ SNCF group was unveiled by President & CEO Jean-Pierre Farandou on January 16, following the first board meeting of the national railway group since the 2018 reforms came into effect on January 1.

  • Genset locomotive (Photo David Lustig).

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    RJ Corman Railroad Group has announced the closure of its RJ Corman Railpower Locomotives business in Erie, Pennsylvania, with effect from February 29. RJ Corman had acquired the assets of the Railpower genset locomotive business in 2009, but on January 8 this year it ...

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (4)

    Malmö – Köln suggested as first route for a network of night trains


    EUROPE: Swedish transport agency Trafikverket has suggested that Malmö – Köln could be the first route to be launched as part of a proposed network of overnight trains connecting Sweden with other European countries, and that a start data as early as 2022-23 could be possible. ...