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  • A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware.
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    Eurostar to test facial biometrics for ‘walk-through’ check-in

    2020-06-19T07:00:00Z

    EUROPE: A walk-through facial biometric verification system is to be tested which would enable Eurostar passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at London’s St Pancras International station without contact with people or hardware. Passengers opting the use the accelerated pre-boarding option would ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-06-19T05:00:00Z

    ENSCO Rail has acquired an enhanced user license for Vampire Pro vehicle-track interaction modelling software, including access to the source code for long-term sustainability. ‘Integrating Vampire Pro with automated web-based processes such as our Autonomous Track Geometry Measurement System and data analytics will provide customers with ...

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    Indian Railways converts coaches into coronavirus isolation wards

    2020-06-18T14:11:00Z

    INDIA: With the incidence of Covid-19 infections continuing to rise, more than 5 000 passenger coaches have been converted by Indian Railways’ zonal workshops to act as temporary isolation wards during the pandemic.

  • The National Train electric multiple-unit developed under a programme to increase the use of domestic technology and support the adoption of TSI standards has been completed
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    Turkey’s National Train to enter service this year

    2020-06-18T13:23:00Z

    TURKEY: The National Train electric multiple-unit developed under a programme to increase the use of domestic technology and support the adoption of TSI standards has been completed and is expected to enter revenue service this year, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu said during ...

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    Koralm Tunnel breakthrough

    2020-06-18T13:02:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The north bore of the 32·8 km Koralm Tunnel was broken through on June 17, no fewer than 18 years after the start of work on the first exploratory tunnelling. Celebrations were limited because of coronavirus measures. The south bore had been completed on August ...

  • Iarnród Éireann has awarded Indra a €32m contract to supply a highly automated traffic management system which will allow the majority of its 2 400 km network to be controlled from Dublin
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    Iarnród Éireann awards national traffic management system contract

    2020-06-18T09:38:00Z

    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has awarded Indra a €32m contract to supply a highly automated traffic management system which will allow the majority of its 2 400 km network to be controlled from Dublin. The contract announced on June 18 covers design, supply and commissioning ...

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    How the rail sector fought Covid-19

    2020-06-18T09:33:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways’ coronavirus task force has published its third document on the sector’s response to the crisis, focusing on how the rail industry fought Covid-19 during lockdown periods and looking at the mitigation measures put in place to stop the spread of ...

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    Wabtec to supply PTC for Virgin Trains USA

    2020-06-18T07:16:00Z

    USA: Virgin Trains USA has awarded Wabtec contracts worth $120m for the implementation of Positive Train Control on its route in Florida. In the first phase, Wabtec will install its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System PTC safety overlay on the 110 km Brightline corridor between Miami ...

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    Modular multi-function wagons on test

    2020-06-17T14:51:00Z

    GERMANY: Trials have begun with a modular platform wagon that can be adapted for use with a variety of cargoes. In a joint development programme called M2, DB Cargo and wagon leasing group VTG have completed initial dynamic tests with the first vehicles and will now commence noise and static load testing.

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal & Management Control Board has approved an extension of Keolis’ contract to operate commuter rail services
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    MBTA seeks cost certainty with Keolis commuter rail contract extension

    2020-06-16T15:26:00Z

    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Fiscal Management Control Board has approved an extension of Keolis’ contract to operate commuter rail services. The eight-year contract began on July 1 2014, with two two-year options for extension, both of which will now be exercised to take ...

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    Vossloh wins first contract in Uruguay

    2020-06-16T09:22:00Z

    URUGUAY: Vossloh has won its first contract from Uruguay, covering the supply of rail fastenings for the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. Earlier this year the Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of ...

  • AB Transitio has awarded Stadler a SFr133·3m order to supply a further 12 four-car double-decker electric multiple-units for use on Mälartåg regional services
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    Transitio orders double-deck EMUs

    2020-06-16T09:17:00Z

    SWEDEN: Local authority owned rolling stock leasing company AB Transitio has awarded Stadler a SFr133·3m order to supply a further 12 four-car double-decker electric multiple-units for use on Mälartåg regional services west of Stockholm from autumn 2021. The firm order announced on June 16 has been ...

  • The average speed of consignments across the Russian Railways network increased to 466·3 km/day in May, 16·3% higher than the same period last year and 28·4% above May 2018, RZD has announced.
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    Average speed of Russian rail freight increases to 466 km/day

    2020-06-16T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: The average speed of consignments across the Russian Railways network increased to 466·3 km/day in May, 16·3% higher than the same period last year and 28·4% above May 2018, RZD has announced. For shipments over distances of more than 2 600 km the average speed ...

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    SNCF launches ‘unprecedented’ regional rail and tourism campaign

    2020-06-15T12:43:00Z

    FRANCE: What SNCF terms an ‘unprecedented relaunch’ of its TER regional passenger services was announced on June 12 as the country starts to open up after the coronavirus pandemic. Branded ‘TER de France’, the campaign is being led by SNCF in conjunction with regional authorities acting ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2020-06-15T05:00:00Z

    Oil refiner Slavneft-Yanos has ordered a batch of Type 15-6913 molten sulphur tank wagons for delivery from United Wagon Co ’s Tikhvin plant in late October. Australian Rail Track Corp has started work on a 300 m extension to Mount Murray ...

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    Talgo orders ECx onboard systems

    2020-06-14T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Talgo has awarded EKE-Electronics a contract to supply its Trainnet train communication management system for the ECx trainsets ordered by Deutsche Bahn. The €550m DB order finalised in February 2019 covers the supply of 23 17-car loco-hauled ECx 230 km/h push-pull trainsets to ...

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    Electrically heated molten sulphur wagons delivered

    2020-06-13T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Ivanomorsk TPK has taken delivery of a batch of UWC TikhvinChemMash molten sulphur wagons for use by Norilsk Nickel. This follows the delivery last year of wagons for sulphuric acid traffic. UWC said the Type 15-6913 molten sulphur wagon was one of the most technologically ...

  • Rhätische Bahn has placed a SFr172·9m firm order for Stadler to supply a further 20 four-car Capricorn electric multiple-units.
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    Rhätische Bahn orders 20 Capricorn EMUs

    2020-06-12T13:34:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn has placed a SFr172·9m firm order for Stadler to supply a further 20 four-car Capricorn electric multiple-units. The order announced on June 12 has been placed using an option on a SFr361m contract for an initial 36 of the 11 kV 16·7 Hz ...

  • Ancala Partners LLP’s European Infrastructure Fund II has reached a definitive agreement to buy rail freight operator Hector Rail from EQT.
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    Ancala to acquire Hector Rail from EQT

    2020-06-12T13:30:00Z

    SWEDEN: Mid-market investment manager Ancala Partners LLP’s European Infrastructure Fund II has reached a definitive agreement to buy rail freight operator Hector Rail from EQT. The transaction announced on June 12 is expected to be completed in Q3 2020. Stockholm-based Hector Rail was founded in 2004 ...

  • Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada Infrastructure Bank to investigate the feasibility of introducing a passenger rail service between Calgary and Banf
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    Calgary – Banff passenger service to be studied

    2020-06-12T11:15:00Z

    CANADA: Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada Infrastructure Bank to investigate the feasibility of introducing a passenger rail service between Calgary and Banff, which were last linked by regular inter-city trains in January 1990. The proposal envisages the construction of ...