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    St Petersburg – Kaliningrad passenger service proposed

    2020-11-27T11:57:00Z

    EUROPE: The possibility of launching a passenger service linking St Petersburg with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on a route running via Latvia has been discussed by national railways RZD and Latvijas Dzelzceļš. ‘Over the past year, Latvijas Dzelzceļš has been paying a lot of attention ...

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    ÖBB commissions first hardware-independent cloud interlocking

    2020-11-27T09:00:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has put into operation the country’s first digital interlocking which uses ‘Interlocking in the Cloud’ concepts developed by Siemens Mobility.

  • CLW produces 200th Electric locomotive (2)
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2020-11-27T05:00:00Z

    News from the global railway supply chain

  • Alstom is to supply Lombardia operator Ferrovie Nord Milano with six hydrogen fuel cell trainsets, with an option for eight more.
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    Italian operator orders hydrogen fuel cell trains

    2020-11-26T15:40:00Z

    ITALY: Alstom is to supply Ferrovie Nord Milano with six hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units for use by the Lombardia regional operator’s Ferrovienord subsidiary on the non-electrified Brescia – Iseo – Edolo line from 2023. The agreement announced on November 26 includes an option for eight more ...

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    Minister promises help to double freight market share

    2020-11-26T15:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Rail freight will receive the support it needs to become ‘more competitive, more productive and more reliable’, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari promised delegates at a virtual seminar of regional rail freight operators.

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    Fuel cell Mireo Plus H to be trialled in Baden-Württemberg

    2020-11-26T13:58:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility are to trial a fuel cell powered regional trainset in revenue service between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim in 2024, along with a green hydrogen fuelling plant.

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    Chemical company deploys railway operations management platform

    2020-11-26T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Chemical company Arkema has selected Everysens to digitalise the management of its European railway operations which include a fleet of 500 wagons. The Everysens modular software-as-a-service platform integrates real-time sensor data from leasing companies Ermewa, VTG, Atir-Rail, Millet and Wascosa to provide arrival time ...

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    Berlin to establish rolling stock company

    2020-11-25T16:30:00Z

    GERMANY: The Berlin Senate has decided to establish a rolling stock agency to procure and lease vehicles for use on local rail services.

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    Northrail orders locomotives to help operators modernise fleets

    2020-11-25T15:57:00Z

    GERMANY: Paribus Group’s rail leasing business Northrail has placed a firm order for a further three Siemens Moblity Smartron electric locomotives. Scheduled to be available for short term lease to customers from December, they will take Northrail’s Smartron fleet to a total of 14 locomotives. All ...

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    TransNamib locomotive acquisitions to support a doubling of freight traffic

    2020-11-25T05:00:00Z

    NAMBIA: National railway TransNamib is aiming to double the volume of freight which it moves, CEO Johny Smith told a recent Transport Events online conference. TransNamib currently carries 1·6 million tonnes of freight per year across various commodity groups, and Smith said it was looking to ...

  • ‘Despite the current challenges surrounding Covid-19, it is an exciting time for the rail freight sector, as more businesses look to move their goods off of the roads and onto the rail network’, said Sime
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    Rail Freight Group’s role has never been more important says new Chair

    2020-11-25T04:00:00Z

    UK: The Rail Freight Group board has elected Neil Sime, Managing Director of Victa Railfreight, as Chair for the coming year. He succeeds Ken Russell, Director at John G Russell. Andrew Harston, Regional Director for Wales Short Sea Ports at ...

  • Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals for the supply of single-deck coaches (Photo: Amtrak).
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    Amtrak accelerates infrastructure work amid pandemic losses

    2020-11-24T16:23:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has used the coronavirus-induced collapse in demand for travel to push ahead with a number of infrastructure and investment projects, despite posting a loss of $801m for the financial year to September 30.

  • Siemens Mobility is currently undertaking a pilot project for highly automated driving on the Hamburg S-Bahn
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    Automated main line train operation requirements to be studied

    2020-11-24T14:23:00Z

    GERMANY: Federal railway research body DZSF is providing €1·7m to fund two projects to define requirements for authorising the automated operation of regional and main line passenger services. The studies will consider Grade of Automation 3 (automated operation with an onboard attendant able to intervene in ...

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    Wagon with fully opening sides aims to provide warehouse-style loading

    2020-11-24T12:31:00Z

    SWEDEN: A prototype wagon design which allows the entire 20 m long side to be opened vertically to provide a large and unobstructed space for efficient loading by forklift is being tested by pulp producer Södra Cell Värö. Series production of 22 wagons is planned. ‘A ...

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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing

    2020-11-24T10:22:00Z

    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

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    Stockholm – Berlin night train tickets go on sale

    2020-11-24T09:14:00Z

    EUROPE: Snälltåget has opened ticket sales for the Stockholm – Berlin night train service which it is to launch on March 27 2021. The service will run twice per week in April, May and September, with daily departures in June, July and August. Prices start from ...

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    Amtrak and NJ Transit make Penn Station refurbishment progress

    2020-11-24T06:26:00Z

    USA: The modernisation of New York Penn Station has taken another step forward with completion of a refresh of the pre-boarding waiting area for Amtrak passengers and improved access to the NJ Transit concourse.

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    Rainbow Serpent of the Dreamtime inspires track machine decoration

    2020-11-24T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Indigenous artworks have been applied to a New Track Construction machine being used by John Holland in the Pilbara region. The firm is undertaking a A$130m contract to lay 143 km of track and undertake infrastructure and signalling works as ...

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    Shipping company joins RSSB to benefit from rail’s safety culture

    2020-11-23T12:00:00Z

    UK: DFDS Seaways Immingham has joined the Rail Safety Standards Board as its first shipping company member. This provides the freight shipping, warehousing and logistics operator with access to RSSB’s resource library and ‘world class’ training on human behaviour, safety culture developments and safety ...

  • Network Rail plans to double the number of apprenticeships offered.
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    Seven steps needed to address looming rail skills shortage

    2020-11-23T10:19:00Z

    UK: Action needs to be taken now prevent a serious escalation of skills shortages in the rail industry over the next five years, according to the ‘Back on Track’ report published by City & Guilds and the National Skills Academy for Rail.