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  • Trans-Afghanistan railway survey (Photo: ARA)

    Trans-Afghanistan railway survey finds no technical problems with route


    AFGHANISTAN: A preliminary field survey has identified no technical problems with the proposed route for a 780 km trans-Afghanistan railway which would link Uzbekistan with Kabul, Jalalabad, the border with Pakistan and Peshawar. The proposed railway is a joint initiative by Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan which ...

  • Alstom Coradia Stream HC for Baden-Württemberg

    Knorr-Bremse engaged for EMU subsystems order


    GERMANY: Evac has won its first major European contract to supply rolling stock toilet units since being acquired by Knorr-Bremse last year. This forms part of a deal which will also see Knorr-Brense provide braking, door and HVAC systems for 130 electric multiple-units which Alstom is ...

  • VR Transpoint train (Photo: VR/Juho Kuva)

    Finland responds to European Commission regauging proposal


    FINLAND: Minister of Transport & Communications Timo Harakka has described as ‘unreasonable’ the European Commission’s proposal to require the use of 1 435 mm gauge throughout the TEN-T rail network, arguing that Finland should be regarded as a special case. Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ...

  • RENFE Ukrainian grain container train

    Ukraine grain to Spain by container train


    EUROPE: Spanish transport ministry MITMA and freight operator RENFE Mercancías are to test the technical and economic viability of transporting Ukrainian grain to Barcelona by rail instead of shipping via the Black Sea routes which have been disrupted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. ...

  • Rio Tinto AutoHaul driverless iron ore train in Pilbara

    Driverless heavy haul railway expanded to serve automated iron ore mine


    AUSTRALIA: A 166 km branch has been built to connect Rio Tinto’s new Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in the Pilbara to its 1 700 km heavy haul network, which is operated using AutoHaul driverless trains. The first loaded train ran in June, with production scheduled to ...

  • Medway driver

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Schaeffler, Y25

    Schaeffler showcases predictive maintenance


    INNOTRANS: Schaeffler will be showcasing its latest rolling stock bearings and digitalisation tools in Berlin. On show will be an improved Y25 housing for axlebox bearings and new WJ/WJP bearings with DMC marking, a data matrix code for an individual product that allows continuous recording of condition ...

  • J-TREC-philippine-EMU

    J-TREC to focus on multiple-units at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Japanese rolling stock manufacturer J-TREC will be promoting its expertise in the design, manufacturing and retrofitting rolling stock for commuter, inter-city and high speed applications. This will include its Sustina product platform which forms the basis for various recent commuter EMU orders; the company will ...

  • Knorr-Bremse at InnoTrans 22 (2)

    ‘Get into the Flow’ with Knorr-Bremse


    INNOTRANS: Braking and onboard equipment specialist Knorr-Bremse will be exhibiting at this year’s InnoTrans under the motto ‘Get into the Flow’.

  • Egyptian National Railways Talgo train delivery (Photo Ministry of Transportation) (12)

    Talgo to consider Egyptian rolling stock factory


    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transport, the National Egyptian Railway Industries Co joint venture and Talgo have agreed to study the feasibility of developing a domestic passenger rolling stock factory. It is envisaged that this could produce 100 air-conditioned first class coaches, 200 air-conditioned second class coaches ...

  • Evraz rails.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • Siscog

    Software to manage your staff, timetable and fleet


    INNOTRANS: Siscog will be highlighting its portfolio of decision support software to optimise scheduling, management and dispatching. Its product range includes Ontime for creating and managing timetables; Fleet for diagramming and allocating vehicles; Railnode for management of local resources, and Crews for scheduling and rostering of staff. ...

  • br-vale-EFVM-passenger-train

    Vale orders passenger stock from China as EFVM service restarts


    BRAZIL: Mining group Vale reinstated regular passenger services on the 1 000 mm gauge Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas between Cariacica near Vitória and the steel city of Belo Horizonte. The start of services on July 25 follows completion of repairs and maintenance work on ...

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Talgo a €280m contract to supply seven night train sets and maintain them for 15 years.

    Talgo awarded Egyptian night train contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Talgo a €280m contract to supply seven night train sets and maintain them for 15 years. The contract was announced on August 9. Talgo expects financing to be put in place in the coming months, and deliveries from its Alava ...

  • mx-Tren-Interurbano-test-trains-Collantes-4

    Mexico – Toluca operating concession awarded


    MEXICO: National Infrastructure Fund Fonadin has been awarded a concession to operate and maintain the 57·7 km Tren Interurbano railway between Mexico City and Toluca, which is still under construction.

  • DB ICE passes freight train on Hannover - Hamburg line (Photo: Deutsche Bahn/Volker Emersleben)

    Colas Rail enters German market with strategic acquisition


    GERMANY: Colas Rail has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire rail infrastructure contractor Hasselmann Group. Colas said this would give it a foothold in the German market as part of its strategy to target countries with stable economies and high potential for investment in rail ...

  • InnoTrans exhibition (Photo Messe Berlin) (12)

    Qognify helping to reduce the impact of incidents


    INNOTRANS: Qognify, a provider of video and enterprise incident management software, will showcase its transport-specific product range at InnoTrans. Qognify’s products include incident management software to manage operations and emergency situations from the control room, and advanced video management to safeguard passengers and employees in incidents ...

  • An agreement in principle to provide landlocked Botswana with more efficient rail access to South African ports has been announced by Botswana Railways and Transnet Freight Rail.

    Botswana – South Africa rail enhancements agreed


    AFRICA: An agreement in principle to provide landlocked Botswana with more efficient rail access to South African ports has been announced by Botswana Railways and Transnet Freight Rail. The two operators are to collaborate to upgrade sections of the 126 km South African line between Swartruggens ...

  • MoselLux DB Regio Stadler Flirt EMU impression (1)

    MoselLux trains ordered with one-way system for bicycles


    GERMANY: DB Regio has formally awarded Stadler a contract to supply 19 four-car Flirt electric multiple-units for use on MoselLux services along the River Mosel valley between Koblenz, Trier and Luxembourg. The EMUs are scheduled to enter service on the Koblenz – Trier – Perl route ...

  • Transnet

    Greenfield port plan includes 550 km railway


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet National Ports Authority has issued a request for qualification for the design, funding and construction of a greenfield deepwater port and 550 km railway connection at Boegoebaai, 20 km south of the Namibian border in Northern Cape Province. The RFQ is intended to ...