• FCAB CRRC hydrogen loco

    FCAB orders hydrogen locomotive


    CHILE: The Ferrocarril de Antofagasta transport subsidiary of mining company Antofagasta has ordered a hydrogen fuelled locomotive from CRRC Qishuyan and AHTECH. The metre-gauge locomotive is expected to enter service in the second half of 2024. It will be powered using green hydrogen. FCAB said it ...

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    Chinese panoramic rack train rolled out


    CHINA: CRRC Ziyang has unveiled a rack trainset for a 129 km metre-gauge railway being built to link Dujiangyan with a panda reserve and the Mount Siguniang scenic tourist area in Sichuan province. The four-car 1·5 kV DC electric multiple-unit which was rolled out on November ...

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    Export boost expected from Mongolia – China railway opening


    MONGOLIA: Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene has officially opened the 226·9 km railway from Zuun-Bayan to Khangi on the Chinese border, saying it will form ‘Mongolia’s new gateway for transporting mining export products competitively to the global marketplace’. The 1 520 mm gauge line interchanges with a ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Transnet Freight Rail looks at alternative traction energy options


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is seeking industry feedback on how affordable renewable electricity could be integrated into its traction power supplies to improve energy security and efficiency and reduce the railway’s environmental impact Any changes would need to take into account the scale of the ...

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    Burbank upgrading project started


    USA: Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink held a groundbreaking ceremony at Burbank-Downtown station on November 9 to mark the start of the Burbank Junction Speed Improvement Project. The work includes the realignment and renewal of existing main line tracks and the installation of fencing to facilitate ...

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    In depth

    Asia: ESCAP rethinks trans-continental supply chains


    Covid-19 and the Ukrainian crisis have impacted on Eurasian rail flows, but ESCAP believes railways still have a key role to play in an integrated multimodal transport system supporting global supply chains. Raghu Dayal reports.

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    ČD calls tenders for long-distance and suburban EMU fleets


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy has called bids for two framework contracts covering the supply of up to 150 dual-voltage electric multiple-units. Both the tender for up to 90 four-car EMUs to operate suburban services issued on November 18 and that for 60 long-distance trainsets ...

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    Warszawa – Łódź high speed line planning contracts awarded


    POLAND: Three contracts totalling 300m złoty have been awarded to support the development of a 350 km/h high speed line from Warszawa to Łódź. The three contracts announced on November 23 form part of the Centralny Port Komunikacyjny programme to build a major airport, 2 000 ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail files intention to appoint administrators


    UK: Vivarail has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, after failing to secure new investment. ‘We will now be consulting with our customers and other stakeholders to try and drive the business forwards, but we must be realistic in that if we are unable ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Passenger numbers at UK’s busiest station still less than half of pre-pandemic levels


    UK: London Waterloo has regained its status as the most used National Rail station according to estimates for the 2020-21 financial year, although usage was less than half that recorded in the last year before the coronavirus pandemic. The Office of Rail & Road’s estimates for ...

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    Greenbrier expects wagon deliveries to remain high for next financial year


    INTERNATIONAL: The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 24 600 wagons with a total value of $2·9bn and delivered nearly 20 000 units in the year to August 31 2022. The company expects to deliver between 22 000 to 24 000 vehicles in its 2023 financial year, ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • Iryo preview train

    Iryo brings Italian style to Spanish high speed rail services


    With Iryo preparing to launch its first high speed rail services this week, Mike Bent reports from a preview service between Madrid and València

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    In depth

    Interview: Rail can address Europe’s societal challenges


    From tensions with Russia to the climate emergency, rail has a role to play at the heart of Europe’s response to the biggest questions of the age, believes CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola. But he tells Nick Kingsley that more investment is needed to boost both capacity and capability.

  • ÖBB RCG press conference (Photo ÖBB Andreas Scheiblecker)

    Freight operator looks to grow after the third year of industry crisis


    AUSTRIA: Rail Cargo Group has ambitious plans for expansion in 2023 despite the extraordinarily crisis-ridden year the rail freight sector has faced in 2022, according to ÖBB CEO Andreas Matthä.

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    Rail Business UK

    Work to begin on £4·7m wagon maintenance depot


    UK: Leeds-based design-and-build contractor Cairn Cross Engineering will begin work next month to construct a £4·7m wagon maintenance depot for GB Railfreight next to the East Coast Main Line in Peterborough. The development follows the construction of GBRf’s £3m headquarters in the city last year. GBRf ...

  • Virginia Railway Express train (Photo: George Tenney/VRE)

    Transforming Rail in Virginia programme manager appointed


    USA: CSX has awarded consultancy Michael Baker International a 10-year contract to lead programme and construction management for the $3·7bn Transforming Rail in Virginia project to enhance passenger services on the route between Washington DC and Richmond. Supported by Patrick Engineering, Michael Baker’s Rail & Transit ...

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    Norwegian ERTMS programme delayed


    NORWAY: Citing global supply problems and delays to the retrofitting of trains, Bane Nor has postponed the planned launch of ERTMS on its first lines.

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    Raleigh & Fayetteville to be RJ Corman’s 19th railway


    USA: RJ Corman Railroad Co has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a 70 km line between Fayetteville and Fuquay-Varina in North Carolina from Norfolk Southern, and to lease a further 30 km which will provide access to Raleigh. Subject to regulatory approval, RJ Corman’s ...