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  • ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn

    Electrification of Tirol rail network completed


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has completed electrification of the 14·4 km section of the Ausserfernbahn between Reutte and Schönbichl on the German border. This completes the electrification of the standard gauge network in the Land of Tirol. The 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification ...

  • Changes to rail passengers’ rights are proposed

    Reform of rail passengers’ rights under discussion


    UK: The general approach to reform of Regulation 1371/2007 on rail passengers’ rights has been agreed by the Council of the European Union, which brings together ministers from member states. The Council and the European Parliament will now negotiate the final text, which would be applicable ...

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    JR East tests Saphir Odoriko luxury EMUs


    JAPAN: East Japan Railway has started driver training with the first of two Series E261 EMUs which are being supplied by Kawasaki Heavy Industries to operate the Super Odoriko service linking Tokyo to the scenic Izu peninsula, where the Fuji-Hakone National Park is famed for its hot springs.

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    West Midlands Trains reveals first Class 196 DMU


    UK: West Midlands Trains has revealed the first of its CAF Civity Class 196 diesel multiple-units, which is now on test at the Velim circuit in the Czech Republic. The 12 two-car and 14 four-car DMUs were ordered in October 2017 at cost of around €200m, ...

  • Warrington West station opening

    Warrington West station opens


    UK: Warrington West station opened with the December 15 timetable change. It is managed by Northern, which operates two trains an hour to Warrington Central and Manchester and two in the opposite direction to Liverpool. Construction was undertaken by Balfour Beatty and Network Rail. The ...

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    Portugal’s only private operator sees concession extended


    PORTUGAL: On December 12 the government announced its intention to extend until 2024 the public service contract held by private operator Fertagus, which runs suburban trains serving communities on both sides of the river Tagus in Lisboa. The Council of Ministers suggested that the four ...

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    Second ERTMS pilot line commissioned


    DENMARK: Commercial operation using ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 has started on Banedanmark’s Roskilde – Køge line in Sjaelland, which forms the second Early Deployment Line for the national Signalling Programme. Alstom is installing ETCS on the eastern half of the national network under the Fjernbane ...

  • Gailtalbahn electrification (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Gailtalbahn electrification goes live


    AUSTRIA: Electric passenger services on the 31 km Gailtalbahn route between Arnoldstein and Hermagor in southern Kärnten began with the December 15 timetable change. Work to install the 15 kV 16·7 Hz overhead equipment began in June 2018, as part of a programme to electrify all ...

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    Robroyston station inaugurated


    UK: The £14m Robroyston station on the Glasgow to Cumbernauld line opened with the December 15 timetable change. ScotRail said the station would provide residents of Robroyston and Millerston with better access to Scotland’s two largest cities, provide a 263-space park-and-ride site ...

  • Wabtec India Engineering & Technology Centre

    Wabtec opens Indian engineering and technology centre


    INDIA: The Wabtec India Engineering Technology Centre was inaugurated on December 12. The company is investing US$5m in the facility, which will occupy five floors of a building on the ITC Green Campus in Bangalore. This will house engineering teams from across the ...

  • Virgin Trains leases 20 Voyager units for the InterCity West Coast franchise.

    Avanti West Coast and Bombardier sign three-year maintenance contract


    UK: Avanti West Coast has awarded Bombardier Transportation a £117m three-year contract to ‘refresh’ and continue to maintain its 20 Class 221 Super Voyager diesel-electric multiple-units until December 11 2022. Under the train services agreement, maintenance will continue to be undertaken at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot, ...

  • Siemens Mobility Desiro ML EMU ordered by Alpha Trains for ODEG

    Desiro Mainline EMUs ordered for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


    GERMANY: Alpha Trains has ordered seven Siemens Mobility Desiro Mainline electric multiple-units which it will lease to Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn. The EMUs are to be used on Ostseeküste-Ost regional services RE9 Rostock – Stralsund – Binz/Sassnitz and RE10 Rostock – Stralsund – Züssow, which are being ...

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    Pesa and PKN Orlen to develop hydrogen fuel cell trains


    POLAND: Rolling stock manufacturer Pesa and energy company PKN Orlen signed a letter of intent to develop hydrogen fuel cell trains on December 12. The agreement covers knowledge exchange and testing, with the aim of developing the technology for commercial use in the freight and passenger ...

  • Recycled carbon fibre bogie

    Lightweight bogie made from recycled carbon fibre


    UK: A prototype passenger vehicle bogie made from recycled carbon fibre was unveiled at the Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield on December 10. The bogie is being developed through a two-year programme being undertaken by a consortium of fibre recycling ...

  • West Midlands Railway EMUs at at Five Ways (Tony Miles)

    West Midlands Trains looks to roll back service changes


    UK: West Midlands Trains has conceded that its May 2019 timetable change did not work well, particularly for its London Northwestern division which implemented a radical change involving joining up into through trains services which previously terminated at Birmingham New Street. Accepting that ‘day to ...

  • SBB Cargo service for Feldschlösschen

    World rail freight news round-up


    This month SBB Cargo began operating three trains from Feldschlösschen’s brewery at Rheinfelden to Thun, Rickenbach and Crissier. The Rickenbach route is only 40 km, the shortest distance over which Feldschlösschen has switched shipments from road to rail. A Sim Factor training simulator for ...

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    ERFA calls for state aid guidelines to be updated


    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association has called on the new European Commission to modernise the State Aid Guidelines for Railway Undertakings to take into account developments in the 11 years since the current guidelines were created. The organisation which represents new entrants to the freight ...

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    Bombardier to refurbish Regina EMUs


    SWEDEN: Leasing company AB Transitio has awarded Bombardier Transportation a SKr280m five-year contract for the heavy maintenance and refurbishment of 54 two-car and five three-car Regina regional electric multiple-units. Pre-series refurbishment of the first of the EMUs is expected to be completed by mid-2020, with the ...

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    Rail industry responds to general election result


    UK: Responding to the Conservative victory in the general election held on December 12, Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan called on ‘all parliamentarians to work with the supply sector to deliver a long-term 30-year strategy for rail, which extends well beyond five-year electoral cycles’. ...

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    Rail associations welcome EU Green Deal proposals


    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have welcomed the transport sector proposals in the EU Green Deal package outlined by new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session of the European Parliament on December 11.