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  • Etihad Rail new locomotive fleet offloading
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    Locomotives and wagons delivered to Etihad Rail

    2022-08-18T11:15:00Z

    UAE: Etihad Rail has begun taking delivery of 38 locomotives and 842 wagons as part of plans to provide a freight capacity of more than 60 million tonnes per year on the future national railway network. The 38 EMD SD70 diesel-electric locomotives are being supplied by Progress ...

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    Dual-voltage suburban line opened in Chongqing

    2022-08-18T10:00:00Z

    CHINA: The Jiangtiao suburban line in Chongqing has opened, linking Tiaodeng with Shengquansi. An unusual feature of the line is dual voltage electrification, with the northern section from Tiaodeng to Shilinsi and the Zhongliangshan tunnel electrified at 1·5 kV DC and the rest of the route ...

  • Railway Support Services reports strong interest in its TP-UK shunting locomotive concept for the UK and European markets
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    International interest in shunting locomotive design

    2022-08-18T09:00:00Z

    UK: Railway Support Services reports strong interest in its TP-UK shunting locomotive concept for the UK and European markets, following demonstrations with a Canadian-built TP70 FWDX2 locomotive at the Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre. RSS has partnered with North Vancouver based Tractive Power Corp to adapt ...

  • Abu Road railway station front view (Photo: Raviraj96/CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Indian railway construction project approved

    2022-08-18T05:00:00Z

    INDIA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a proposed 116·7 km railway to serve the pilgrimage centre of Ambaji on the border between Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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    Brazil: making more use of urban railways

    2022-08-17T10:19:00Z

    Better utilisation of under-used main line railways is seen as key to developing cost-effective urban and suburban rail networks that can relieve road congestion in Brazil’s fast-growing cities. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

  • Freight train in North Macedonia (Photo: Toma Bacic)
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    Contracts signed for next phase of North Macedonia – Bulgaria rail link

    2022-08-17T10:00:00Z

    NORTH MACEDONIA: Contracts have been signed for work on two sections of the planned rail link between North Macedonia and Bulgaria, which will form part of Pan-European Corridor VIII from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. Austrian company Strabag has been awarded a €40m two-year contract ...

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    Hessen updates list of railways for reopening

    2022-08-17T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The Land of Hessen has updated its list of closed railways which are considered potentially suitable for reopening, adding seven routes to take the total to 24.

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    RAISE grants awarded for US transport projects

    2022-08-16T12:00:00Z

    USA: The Department of Transportation has announced the award of $2·2bn of grants for 166 projects to modernise transport infrastructure under the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity programme. The grants include $25m for the Florida East Coast Corridor Trespassing & Intrusion ...

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    InterRail opens Turkish subsidiary as alternative Eurasian freight routes gain momentum

    2022-08-16T10:00:00Z

    TURKEY: Swiss rail freight, rolling stock and container group InterRail has established a Turkish subsidiary, saying it sees great potential on trade routes linking western Europe, the CIS, Central Asia and China. It also wants to develop Turkey as a hub for transport from North Africa. ...

  • Trans-Afghanistan railway survey (Photo: ARA)
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    Trans-Afghanistan railway survey finds no technical problems with route

    2022-08-16T09:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Infrastructure: A change of track

    2022-08-16T08:52:00Z

    Advances in turnout design, greater use of digital technologies and a strong focus on performance are helping to improve the capacity and reliability of Sweden’s rail network. Chris Jackson reports from Örebro.

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    Revised Cardiff Bay branch plans confirmed

    2022-08-16T08:50:00Z

    UK: Transport for Wales has confirmed revised plans for electrification of the Cardiff Bay branch as part of the the Core Valleys Lines upgrading programme. Plans for a short extension of the branch from the current terminus to The Flourish have been dropped. Instead the existing ...

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    Knorr-Bremse engaged for EMU subsystems order

    2022-08-16T05:00:00Z

    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)
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    Finland responds to European Commission regauging proposal

    2022-08-15T11:00:00Z

    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, ...

  • The Office of Rail & Road has ruled that the future infrastructure manager for the London to West Midlands Phase One of High Speed 2 will be able to levy an Investment Recovery Charge on future operators using the line.
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    HS2 infrastructure manager will be able to levy Investment Recovery Charge

    2022-08-15T10:15:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has ruled that the future infrastructure manager for the London to West Midlands Phase One of High Speed 2 will be able to levy an Investment Recovery Charge on future operators using the line. An IRC is an exceptional ...

  • Rio Tinto AutoHaul driverless iron ore train in Pilbara
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    Driverless heavy haul railway expanded to serve automated iron ore mine

    2022-08-15T10:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • RENFE Ukrainian grain container train
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    Ukraine grain to Spain by container train

    2022-08-15T10:00:00Z

    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. ...

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    World rail freight news round-up

    2022-08-15T05:49:00Z

    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Talgo to consider Egyptian rolling stock factory

    2022-08-12T08:22:00Z

    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 ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2022-08-12T06:19:00Z

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