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    Four-car Desiro ML EMUs enter service in Vorarlberg


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways’ first four-car Siemens Mobility Desiro ML electric multiple-units entered service in Vorarlberg with the December 11 timetable change. ÖBB has operate three-car Desiro ML units since 2015. In August 2021 it awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 21 four-car units to ...

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    RegioPanter EMUs enter service on electrified regional line


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Electric services have begun running on the Olomouc – Uničov – Šumperk line, which is to become SŽ’s first regional route to be controlled exclusively using ETCS.

  • VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal would enhance inter-city services on the Québec – Montréal – Ottawa – Toronto corridor.

    VIA Rail establishes High Frequency Rail project office


    CANADA: National passenger train operator VIA Rail has established VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc to act as a dedicated project office for development and delivery of the High Frequency Rail project. This envisages the provision of dedicated tracks for 200 km/h electric passenger trains on ...

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    Next phase of Kosovo rail modernisation gets underway


    KOSOVO: Work has begun to modernise the 34 km Mitrovicë – Fushë Kosovë line as the second stage of a €208m three-phase programme to enhance the corridor linking North Macedonia with Serbia. The route is part of the Western Balkans core rail network and an extension ...

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    Railpool breaks ground for Hamburg locomotive workshop


    GERMANY: Leasing company Railpool has broken ground to launch construction of an eco-friendly locomotive workshop at its Hamburg Billbrook site. ‘By investing in a future-proof workshop infrastructure, we are making an important contribution to the rail industry by providing the maintenance capacity required for the growing ...

  • Passenger services on the final 15·9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia began on December 20, following an official inauguration by King Felipe VI the previous day.

    Spanish high speed network extended to Murcia


    SPAIN: Passenger services on the final 15·9 km of high speed line between Orihuela and Murcia began on December 20, following an official inauguration by King Felipe VI the previous day.

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    Firenze high speed station and tunnel contract awarded


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a contract valued at more than €1bn to a consortium of Impresa Pizzarotti & C and Saipem for work on the Milano – Roma high speed line through the northern part of Firenze.

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    Botswana – Zimbabwe through working agreement signed


    AFRICA: A through working agreement has been signed enabling National Railways of Zimbabwe locomotives to operate to Francistown in Botswana, and Botswana Railways locos to run through to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. NRZ said eliminating the need to change locomotives at the border would cut delays and ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Hydrogen has a modest role to play in decarbonising rail, committee says


    UK: Hydrogen has a modest but potentially critical role to play in rail decarbonisation, and the government should set out the lessons learned from hydrogen trains abroad, according to a report from the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

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    Westbahn looks to Budapest as Innsbruck service launched


    EUROPE: Open-access operator Westbahn commenced Wien – Innsbruck services with effect from the December 11 timetable change, with its first service leaving Wien Westbahnhof at 07.08.

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    Freight future in doubt as energy costs soar


    FRANCE: Rail freight operators are facing a catastrophic future if the government does not offer help with a massive rise in energy costs, according to industry body Fret Ferroviaire Français du Futur

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    Mile – Mengzi high speed line opens


    CHINA: A high speed line between Mile and Mengzi in Yunnan province opened on December 16, with 250 km/h services providing a 69 min journey time between Kunming Nan station and Honghe station in Mengzi. The 106 km line starts at a junction with the ...

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    Metro Report International

    Trams reach Waldenburg as regauged line reopens


    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport has started operating light rail services between Liestal and Waldenburg, following the conversion of the former narrow-gauge railway which it acquired in 2016. The 13·1 km Waldenburgerbahn dating from 1883 has been rebuilt from 750 mm to 1 000 ...

  • Northern Trains Managing Director Nick Donovan (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern faces passenger confidence and cost challenges


    UK: Northern Trains Managing Director Nick Donovan tells Rail Business UK that he is worried about passengers losing trust in the rail network, although the regional operator is seeing a faster recovery in ridership than in many other parts of the country.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Winchester & Western Railroad to serve steel mill


    USA: OmniTRAX’s Winchester & Western Railroad has signed an agreement to serve a steel mill which Commercial Metals Co is developing alongside the railway at Falling Waters in West Virginia for opening in late 2025. W&W supplemented a state and county incentive package for CMC to ...

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    Aurizon agrees East Coast Rail sale


    AUSTRALIA: Aurizon has signed a binding agreement to sell its East Coast Rail coal haulage business to Magnetic Rail Group. Completion is expected in early 2023. Aurizon undertook to divest ECR as part of regulatory approval for its acquisition of One Rail Australia. The takeover was ...

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    RENFE orders more double-deck EMUs from Stadler


    SPAIN: Stadler has been awarded a €308m contract to supply a further 20 double-deck electric multiple-units 200 m long to national operator RENFE. The firm order announced on December 15 has been placed an option on a March 2021 contract which covered an initial 24 EMUs ...

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    Trains ordered for Ontario Northlander revival


    CANADA: The government of Ontario has announced a C$139·5m order for three trainsets to enable the reintroduction of the Northlander passenger service.

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    In depth

    Traction Technology: Diverse fleets demonstrate energy storage advances


    ABB’s novel modular battery powerpacks are being deployed on new trains being built by several major manufacturers, as advances in energy storage technology start to become commercialised.