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    Knorr-Bremse enters signalling market with North American acquisition


    NORTH AMERICA: Knorr-Bremse announced on April 19 that it had agreed to buy Alstom’s North American conventional signalling business, with a deal that is expected to be formally concluded ‘in summer 2024’. The former General Railway Signal Co was established in 1904 through the merger of ...

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    Stadler’s Spanish suburban EMUs on test


    SPAIN: The first of 44 double-deck EMUs which Stadler is supplying to RENFE are now being tested at the manufacturer’s plant at Albuixech near València. In March 2021, RENFE placed a contract which covered an initial 24 EMUs 100 m long and 25 sets 200 m ...

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    Interview: Eurofima adapts to a changing market


    Eurofima Chief Executive Dr Christoph Pasternak explains to Nick Kingsley how the supra-national rolling stock financing body is tweaking its strategy to reduce its reliance on the European state railways that currently make up its shareholders.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Paris Line C investment plan outlined


    Photos: Jérémie Anne FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités has set out revised plans to develop RER Line C, one of the busiest and most operationally challenging in the conurbation. Line C is 176 route-km long and features six branches; it carries up to 540 000 ...

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    Doopee Doo offers rewards to incentivise use of trains and local businesses


    UK: Doopee Doo is working with Transport for Wales to roll out a reward scheme which is designed to encourage people to explore by train and to incentivise support for local businesses. Passengers can visit selected destinations to received rewards through an app. Themed packages are ...

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    Stars align for night train service


    BELGIUM: Support for overnight train services from Belgium is coming from an unexpected source, according to one of the more unusual missives to reach the Railway Gazette International inbox. According to a Verdic astrologer from India, the recent extension of European Sleeper’s Brussels – Berlin service ...

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    Shining a light on Dutch depots


    NETHERLANDS: Local company Raillighting has developed a low-cost lighting assembly for illuminating walkways and other work zones which can be rapidly installed by hand. Branded Railpuck Luminaire, the lights are primarily intended to illuminate the paths and walkways used by staff to access depot buildings and ...

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    Prasa restores more suburban rail services


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has restarted its Metrorail suburban rail services on five sections of the networks in the provinces of Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. Local rail services across the country had been disrupted by a spate of vandalism and cable ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Wearable sensors to improve ergonomics


    UK: Spatial Cortex Technology is improving worker safety through the use of MOVA wearable sensors which accurately track a person’s movements while they undertake their job. The sensors demonstrated at the Railway Industry Association Innovation Conference on March 26-27 clip on to clothing including personal protective ...

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    Portugal: South International Corridor nears completion


    Trains have started running on the first section of the 80 km Évora – Elvas direct line, which is now expected to open in 2025, shortening the TEN-T corridor serving ports in southern Portugal and paving the way for a revival of international passenger services. André Pires reports.

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    RZD orders high speed trains for revived Moscow – St Petersburg project


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways has signed a contract with Ural Locomotives for the supply of two pre-series high speed trainsets to operate its planned Moscow – St Petersburg high speed line. RZD is making a further attempt to develop a new line between its two most strategically ...

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    Talgo Avril high speed trainsets to enter service in May


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has taken delivery of its first 10 Talgo S106 Avril wide-bodied high speed trainsets. The trains are to be deployed from May 21 on services to Galicia and Asturias where gauge-changing is necessary., allowing the existing S130 sets to be cascaded to ...

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    Rebuilt Ferrocarril Central inaugurated


    Photos: Marcelo Benoit URUGUAY: The modernised Ferrocarril Central railway linking Montevideo with Paso de los Toros was formally inaugurated with a ceremony on April 16. The ribbon cutting at Cardal station, 76 km north of the capital, was attended by Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle, Transport Minister ...

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    A1 rail link extension in Jerusalem approved


    ISRAEL: The National Committee for Design & Construction of Infrastructure has approved proposals for an extension of Israel Railways’ direct A1 line under the centre of Jerusalem.

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    Trenitalia seeks more business in France


    EUROPE: Italian national operator Trenitalia is seeking to expand its presence in the French market by growing both its domestic high speed services and by providing more international links.

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    Railcoop on brink of liquidation as financing gap stymies restructuring hope


    FRANCE: Open access co-operative Railcoop is expected to be formally liquidated on April 29, the company President Nicolas Debaisieux has confirmed. The collapse of the co-operative comes after it was placed into judicial administration on October 16 for a period of up to six months. With ...

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    Spain: Plan de Cercanías promises an end to inaction


    Over the past three decades, much of Spain’s rail investment has been channelled into its expanding high speed network. Government plans now envisage a substantial boost for suburban services which account for 90% of all ridership. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Arcadea Group invests in Railroad Software


    NORTH AMERICA: US-based yard management and regulatory compliance software development company Railroad Software has announced a majority recapitalisation with Toronto-based investor Arcadea Group. Founder Jeff Birmingham will retain a significant stake and remain as a director, with Steve Yoder continuing as CEO. ‘The past 10 years ...