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    Leasing company acquires maintenance business


    EUROPE: Railrelease has acquired maintenance company Combo Wagon Service with the aim of strengthening its position as a full-service wagon leasing company. Railrelease is a Dutch joint venture of the Rail Innovators Group and Reichmuth Infrastructure. The acquisition of CWS, which was founded by Jan van ...

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    Aurizon agrees to buy OneRail Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland based rail freight operator Aurizon has reached agreement to acquire One Rail Australia from funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management.

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    JR Central marks Chuo Shinkansen depot debut


    JAPAN: Construction of the first of two maglev vehicle maintenance facilities for the Chuo Shinkansen began on October 14 at Nakatsugawa City in Gifu prefecture.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

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    Tunnel breakthrough marks progress with Ankara – Izmir high speed line


    TURKEY: Excavation of the first major tunnel for the Ankara – Izmir high speed line was completed on October 16, with a holing-through ceremony presided over by Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu.

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    Golden Bullet 2.0 wagon unveiled


    SWEDEN: ‘Wagons that seemed new and innovative a few years ago already feel dated. They pale in comparison’, said Johan Roswall, Roundwood Sales Executive at Green Cargo, as the operator announced the first customer for Golden Bullet 2.0, ‘the market’s most efficient timber wagon’. The wagon ...

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    Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Albania sign rail corridor memorandum


    EUROPE: Ministers from Bulgaria, Albania and North Macedonia have signed a memorandum covering plans to complete the missing rail links between their countries by 2030, but cautioned that this will require signficant investment. Bulgaria is to complete the upgrading of the Sofia – Pernik – Radomir ...

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    Battery rather than hydrogen trains suggested in Sachsen study


    GERMANY: The use of battery rather than hydrogen traction is recommended in a study into options for replacing diesel multiple-units on regional routes around Dresden where electrification is unlikely in the short to medium term. The study found that hydrogen and battery power would each be ...

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    Thales awarded Lisboa signalling contracts


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has awarded Thales three contracts to modernise the signalling systems at Lisboa’s Santa Apolónia station and on the Cascais and Oeste lines. The contracts include the supply of PIPC Generation 3 electronic interlockings, ETCS Level 2 for the standalone Cascais suburban ...

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    Tunnel to enable double-tracking of Neuchâtel – Biel/Bienne line


    SWITZERLAND: Work has begun to double the last single-track section of the Neuchâtel – Biel/Bienne line, following approval for construction of the 2 130 m long Ligerz tunnel which will replace the existing alignment on the shore of Lake Biel. Work to ...

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    Autonomous train trials and green power planned at Velim test track


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The VUZ railway research institute has announced plans for investment to facilitate the testing of autonomous urban and suburban trains at the Velim test centre, and measures to lower the site’s emissions and produce green hydrogen for fuelling trains. ‘We ...

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    Modernisation of Hungarian section of Budapest – Beograd line launched


    HUNGARY: Work to modernise and double-track the Hungarian section of the Budapest – Beograd corridor was formally launched with a groundbreaking ceremony at Kiskunhalas on October 15. The upgrade of the line between Soroksár near Budapest and Kelebia on the Serbian border will reduce the journey ...

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    Battery trains ordered for Hermann-Hesse-Bahn


    GERMANY: Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock owning body SFBW has ordered three Mireo Plus B battery-electric multiple-units from Siemens Mobility for use on Hermann-Hesse-Bahn services from December 2023. The BEMUs will use the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification for power and to charge their batteries between Renningen ...

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    SilkWay Transit orders Black Granite locomotives


    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight operator SilkWay Transit has ordered 22 twin-section 2ES7 Black Granite electric locomotives from Sinara Transport Machines’ Ural Locomotives plant. The 8·8 MW locomotives with asynchronous traction motors are designed to haul heavy freight trains of up to 9 000 tonnes on AC electrified lines ...

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    Tanzanian electric locomotive contract finalised


    TANZANIA: Hyundai Rotem has awarded Škoda Transportation a Kc580m contract to supply the electrical equipment for 17 passenger locomotives which Tanzania Railways Corp has ordered for use on the 546 km 25 kV 50 Hz electrified standard gauge line under construction between Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Makutopora.

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    Battery train fast charging station tested


    GERMANY: A prototype Voltap rapid charging station for battery trains has been tested under real-world conditions for the first time Voltap has been developed by railway electrification technology specialist Furrer+Frey and Tübingen municipal utilities company SWT. The aim is to produce a ...

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    Wabtec opens Indian engineering hub


    INDIA: Wabtec has opened a ‘world-class’ rail component design and performance lab at Bengaluru. The facility includes a test area, operations centre and office space with more than 30 custom-built mechanical, electrical and propulsion test rigs which will be used characterise performance, understand failures, predict the ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Helsinki – Turku high speed planning gets underway


    tn_fi-helsinki-station-exterior_01.jpg FINLAND: Responsibility for the development of plans for a high speed line between Helsinki and Turku has been transferred from the national transport infrastructure agency Väylävirasto to the dedicated project body which was established to oversee the project through to completion. Turun Tunnin Juna Oy, ...

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    Volga-Don Canal bridge opened


    RUSSIA: A 155 m long bridge across the Volga-Don Canal near Volgograd has been officially opened, carrying a second track to increase the capacity of the Gornopolyansky – Kanalnaya line to 154 trains each way per day. Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev ...