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    SWEG to take over Abellio operations in Baden-Württemberg


    GERMANY: The Baden-Württemberg cabinet has approved a rescue plan for the regional passenger services currently operated by Abellio Rail Baden-Württemberg GmbH.

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    VR infrastructure training simulators


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Virtualware a US$1m contract to supply virtual reality simulators for construction and maintenance training. A 250 m2 room in Valencia will be used to train staff in lifelike immersive multi-user environments using Virtualware’s Viroo platform ADIF will be able to ...

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    RENFE aims to compete with Eurostar on Paris – London route


    EUROPE: Spanish national rail operator RENFE is developing plans for a Paris – London train service which would compete with Eurostar and provide it with an alternative route into the French passenger market. RENFE believes that the launch of a Paris – London service would be ...

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    DB Cargo awards automated shunting loco contract


    GERMANY: Driverless shunting locomotives are expected to be operating in commercial service at DB Cargo’s München-Nord marshalling yard by the end of 2024, following the award of contracts for the development of onboard systems for both train positioning and ATO. DB Cargo has appointed Augsburg-based Railergy ...

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    Seat designed for facing in either direction


    SEAT: Grammer has launched its Ubility Light seat, which is designed with ‘innovative minimalism’ to enable passengers on high-density urban trains and buses to sit facing in either direction without the need for any conversion. The seat has an ultra-lightweight aluminium frame ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Tunnel drill offers speed and safety


    UK: Network Rail and Amey have developed a tunnel drill designed to reduce the risk of vibration injuries, noise, inaccuracies and dust contamination when installing overhead electrification equipment. The infrastructure manager noticed the potential for improvement when working with the contractor on tunnel refurbishments that require ...

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    Perpignan – Rungis fruit and veg express reinstated


    Photo: Fret SNCF/JC Milhet FRANCE: Prime Minister Jean Castex, Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and SNCF President Jean-Pierre Farandou formally relaunched the Perpignan – Rungis overnight express freight service on October 22. The seasonal service that carried fresh fruit and vegetables from southwest ...

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    Pro Trilhos programme attracts more new line proposals


    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure has now received a total of 21 applications to build rail projects under the provisional legislation designed to promote new line construction and rehabilitation under the Pro Trilhos programme launched in September.

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    PKP Intercity orders 200 km/h multi-system locomotives


    POLAND: PKP Intercity has ordered a build of 200 km/h multi-system electric locomotives from Newag for use on international and domestic services. The contract signed on October 22 covers an initial 10 locos valued at 258·6m złoty, with an option for a further five and the ...

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    Norway to increase rail spend but end competitive tendering


    NORWAY: The recently elected Norwegian government intends to pursue an aggressive policy of investing in rail, with a view to driving modal shift, but plans to end the competitive tendering of passenger train operations and to simplify the structure of the country’s rail sector.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Rail Business UK

    Track monitoring system to be tested on Chiltern line


    UK: Network Rail is to undertake in-service trials with DB Systemtechnik’s CTM2·0 continuous track monitoring system on a Chiltern Railways MkIII driving van trailer operating in passenger service between London Marylebone and Birmingham. The equipment measures longitudinal level, twist, dynamic alignment, ride comfort, cyclic top, speed ...

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    Enhanced interlocking certified for global market


    SOUTH KOREA: Ricardo’s Seoul-based rail team has completed the assessment of LS Electric’s LTran IX2 computer-based interlocking against international safety standards, enabling it to be launched in the global market. LTran IX2 CBI 520V is an evolution of a product previously approved by Ricardo Certification in ...

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    Leasing company acquires maintenance business


    EUROPE: Railrelease has acquired maintenance company Combo Wagon Service with the aim of strengthening its position as a full-service wagon leasing company. Railrelease is a Dutch joint venture of the Rail Innovators Group and Reichmuth Infrastructure. The acquisition of CWS, which was founded by Jan van ...

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    Aurizon agrees to buy OneRail Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Queensland based rail freight operator Aurizon has reached agreement to acquire One Rail Australia from funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management.

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    JR Central marks Chuo Shinkansen depot debut


    JAPAN: Construction of the first of two maglev vehicle maintenance facilities for the Chuo Shinkansen began on October 14 at Nakatsugawa City in Gifu prefecture.

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    Rail Business UK

    Assystem acquires UK rail consultancy


    UK: International transport, energy health and defence engineering group Assystem has acquired Schofield Lothian Ltd, a London-based company which has 80 consultants specialising in rail project consents & engagement, environmental services, project management and commercial management. Assystem said the acquisition would expand its consents & engagement ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

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    Germany: Regional rail model called into question


    Problems at Keolis and Abellio suggest that Germany’s long-standing model for contracting out the operation of regional and local rail services may no longer be fit for purpose. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Tunnel breakthrough marks progress with Ankara – Izmir high speed line


    TURKEY: Excavation of the first major tunnel for the Ankara – Izmir high speed line was completed on October 16, with a holing-through ceremony presided over by Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu.