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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 ...

  • The line’s axle load will be raised to 22·5 tonnes and the maximum speed for freight trains to 80 km/h (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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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 ...

  • Regional services on rural lines are to be operated under the TER PROXI brand. (Photo: Christophe Masse)
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    Co-operative group seeks to launch Lyon – Bordeaux open access service from 2022

    2020-06-12T05:30:00Z

    FRANCE: Nascent open access operator Railcoop lodged a formal application with the Autorité de Régulation des Transports on June 9 to launch a Bordeaux – Lyon inter-city service using the conventional route via Périgueux and Montluçon. Photo: Christophe Masse A direct Lyon - Bordeaux service could ...

  • Vitaliy Starikov has become head of Russian wagon manufacturer RM Rail
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-06-12T05:00:00Z

    Vitaliy Starikov has become head of Russian wagon manufacturer RM Rail , succeeding Pavel Ovchinnikov who had held the post since 2012. His priorities are production diversification, higher manufacturability, market expansion, the development of special-purpose rolling stock model range, shortening design and lead times, increasing product life ...

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    Indian Railways starts double-stack electric operation

    2020-06-11T13:19:00Z

    INDIA: Regular operation of electrically-hauled double-stack container trains on the Indian Railways network began on June 10, with the start of electric haulage on the 272 km Palanpur – Botad section of the Western Railway. IR began exploring the feasibility of running double-stack ...

  • The northern port city of Murmansk was cut off from the national rail network when a bridge over the River Kola collapsed on June 1.
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    Bridge collapse interrupts railway to Murmansk

    2020-06-11T11:11:00Z

    RUSSIA: The northern port city of Murmansk was cut off from the national rail network when a bridge over the River Kola collapsed on June 1. The bridge 15 km south of Murmansk was built in 1930 and renovated in 2014. Train services had already been ...

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    Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress links the Alps and the North Sea

    2020-06-11T09:54:00Z

    EUROPE: RDC Deutschland has opened bookings for the Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress , a seasonal overnight train between the German North Sea island of Sylt and Salzburg in Austria which will launch on July 4. ‘We believe in the successful renaissance of night trains in Europe’, said Managing ...

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    Coronavirus crisis offers lessons for rail freight policy

    2020-06-11T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: The European Rail Freight Association says lessons about the key success factors for rail freight can be learned from the significant improvement in performance which has occurred as a direct consequence of the drastic reduction in passenger traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shippers have long ...

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    Reliability focus and capital investment in NJ Transit strategic plan

    2020-06-10T16:51:00Z

    USA: Reconstruction of Hoboken Terminal to improve flood resilience and a trial of battery-electric trains are among the rail projects identified in the NJT2030 10-year strategic plan unveiled by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett on June 8.

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    TMH International completes DJJ acquisition

    2020-06-10T13:38:00Z

    HUNGARY: A Transmashholding-led joint venture has completed its acquisition of the Dunakeszi Járműjavító rolling stock manufacturing plant in Hungary, which the group intends to develop as its main manufacturing and services hub for central and eastern Europe.