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    Knorr-Bremse announces the death of Heinz Hermann Thiele

    2021-02-24T14:41:00Z

    KNORR-BREMSE: Majority shareholder and long-time Chairman of the Knorr-Bremse executive and supervisory boards Heinz Hermann Thiele died on February 23 at the age of 79. The company said he was one of Germany’s leading industrial managers. He had joined Knorr-Bremse as a legal clerk in ...

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    Hamburg S-Bahn EMU deliveries complete

    2021-02-24T11:36:00Z

    GERMANY: All 82 of S-Bahn Hamburg’s fleet of Class 490 EMUs have now entered service, the operator has confirmed. The EMUs were ordered from Bombardier Transportation to replace Class 472/473 units dating from the mid-1970s. The original order placed in 2013 was for 60 trainsets, ...

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    Naxçıvan railway reopening proposed as work starts on Baku link

    2021-02-24T08:00:00Z

    ASIA: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has welcomed proposals for the reopening of a rail link between Iran and its northwestern neighbour Azerbaijan. Speaking at a meeting with the governor of Iran’s largely Azeri-speaking province of East Azerbaijan on February 18, Zarif pointed out ...

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    New fleet to make Nightjet ‘the best option for travelling between major European cities’

    2021-02-23T16:39:00Z

    AUSTRIA: The exterior design and first painted carbody for the fleet of coaches which Siemens Mobility is to supply for Nightjet night train services has been unveiled by Austrian Federal Railways. The couchette vehicles will include ‘mini-suites’ offering more privacy for lone travellers. ...

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    Basel – Binz night train planned

    2021-02-23T09:15:00Z

    GERMANY: Köln-based operator Train4you has opened bookings for an overnight service from southwest Germany to the Baltic beach resort of Binz on the island of Rügen.

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    Interlocking roll-out completed

    2021-02-23T05:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has completed a programme to install new interlockings on the 328 km Eskişehir – Kutahya – Balıkesir main line and bring the route under centralised control. The largely single-track line is one of TCDD’s principal access routes to the Izmir region from ...

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    Siemens Mobility to develop Dutch MaaS platform

    2021-02-22T15:11:00Z

    NETHERLANDS: The RiVier joint venture of national rail operator NS and urban operators HTM in Den Haag and RET in Rotterdam has selected Siemens Mobility subsidiaries Hacon and eos.uptrade to develop a country-wide Mobility as a Service platform.

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    Norfolk Southern drops plans for rail terminal on convict labour site

    2021-02-22T14:57:00Z

    USA: Norfolk Southern has dropped plans to build a rail-served ethanol terminal on the site of a former brickworks near Atlanta which had made extensive use of a system of leasing convicted prisoners as forced labour.

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    Avanti West Coast introduces ITSO-compliant smartcard

    2021-02-22T11:56:00Z

    UK: Following a trial, Avanti West Coast has launched its own smartcard scheme. The cards are intended to offer passengers another way to store tickets as part of an industry-wide move to reduce reliance on traditional paper media.

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    Akhtuba bridge eliminates Caspian bottleneck

    2021-02-22T11:20:00Z

    RUSSIA: The last single-track section of the route to the Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan has been eliminated as part of an RZD programme to increase capacity in the region.

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2021-02-22T05:00:00Z

    News from the world rail freight market

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    Transwaggon to install Savvy telematics equipment on entire fleet

    2021-02-21T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss wagon leasing company Transwaggon Group is to install Savvy Telematic Systems devices on a further 7 000 wagons over the next three years, completing the roll-out across its entire fleet of 13 500 vehicles. The rugged devices which are designed to operate even ...

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    Swedish ticket offices to close

    2021-02-20T05:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: National passenger operator SJ is to close its remaining travel centres at the main stations in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö from March 1. Customer service staff will instead be deployed around the stations to provide information and assist passengers with using ticket machines, digital purchases and rebooking.

  • DB Cargo UK and Tata Steel have trialled the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil to fuel a Class 60 diesel locomotive
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    DB Cargo UK tests vegetable oil fuelled Class 60

    2021-02-19T15:59:00Z

    UK: DB Cargo UK and Tata Steel have trialled the use of hydro-treated vegetable oil to fuel a Class 60 diesel locomotive which hauled 2 500 tonnes of steel coil from Margam steel works in Port Talbot to the Round Oak terminal at Brierley Hill in ...

  • PKP Intercity has awarded CZ Loko an €8·9m contract to supply 10 locomotives for light shunting
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    PKP Intercity orders shunting locomotives

    2021-02-19T15:26:00Z

    POLAND: PKP Intercity has awarded CZ Loko an €8·9m contract to supply 10 locomotives for light shunting at depots and stabling points in Warszawa, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Katowice and Kraków. The two-axle EffiShunter 300 is designed to give low production and operating costs. The locomotives for ...

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    Saudi Arabia approves merger of railway companies

    2021-02-19T13:49:00Z

    SAUDI ARABIA: The merger of Saudi Railways Organization and Saudi Railways Company has been formally approved. The combined entity will be responsible for all inter-city railways in the country, and will use the Saudi Railways Company name, abbreviated SAR. The merger and associated legislative ...

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    Concern over digital agenda as Jeschke quits DB board

    2021-02-19T11:45:00Z

    GERMANY: Currently Board Member for Digitalisation Technology at Deutsche Bahn, Professor Sabina Jeschke is to step down in the next few months, the national railway confirmed on February 18. Jeschke was recruited to the DB management board in November 2017 at the behest ...

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    Infrabel completes GSM-R migration

    2021-02-19T11:36:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrabel has successfully completed a two-year project to migrate its radio communications core network infrastructure to a VOIP backbone, as part of its ongoing telecoms modernisation and resignalling programme. Working with industrial partner Kontron Transportation, the national infrastructure manager has been working to switch its ...

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    Metra to test electric shunting locomotive

    2021-02-19T10:39:00Z

    USA: The board of Chicago commuter operator Metra has approved a plan to procure seven low-emission shunting locomotives, including its first zero-emission electric loco. The six diesel locos would be required to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tier IV emissions standards, the highest currently in ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2021-02-19T05:00:00Z

    News from the global railway supply chain