News – Page 13

  • AZD Praha point machine

    AŽD offers Estonia an alternative to Russian equipment


    ESTONIA: Infrastructure manager Eesti Raudtee has awarded AŽD Praha a contract to supply 800 point machines. The large order ‘is very important for AŽD and creates an interesting alternative to existing Russian-made products in the Baltic countries’, said Petr Žatecký, the Czech company’s Director of Foreign ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Introduction of Merseyrail Class 777 EMUs ‘just days away’


    UK: ‘The time has finally arrived — our new trains are now just days away’, said Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram when he announced that Merseyrail’s Stadler Class 777 EMUs are expected to enter service on January 23. Rotheram’s announcement on January 18 came after ...

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    RENFE starts tests before relaunching cross-border high speed services to France


    EUROPE: Spanish national operator RENFE is preparing to revive international inter-city services between Madrid, Barcelona, Lyon and Marseille, which ceased in December last year. 

  • Bergslagen Stadler EMU impression

    VR wins Swedish operating contract tendered after SJ agreed early exit


    SWEDEN: The Finnish national operator’s local subsidiary VR Sverige has won a contract to operate passenger services on nine routes radiating from Borlänge and Västeräs, replacing SJ which is exiting the current contract early because of the coronavirus pandemic. The contract to operate services was tendered by ...

  • RENFE metre gauge Class 2400 DMU at Arriondas on a Oviedo to Santander service (Photo Mike Bent).

    Automatic block for Gijón to Pravia line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Alstom and Técnicas Eléctricas Asturianas a €25m, 13-month contract to upgrade the signalling and train control systems on the 51 km single track electrified metre gauge line between Gijón, Aviés and Pravia. The existing system of telephone block working is ...

  • Tom Hopkins Managing Director
    Rail Business UK

    Railway consultancy announces leadership changes


    UK: Tom Hopkins has been promoted to Managing Director of independent rolling stock, operations and commercial engineering consultancy IPEX Consulting, with founder Malcolm Wilson becoming Chair. IPEX Consulting was established in 2003 and as since undertaken projects in 19 countries, with clients including train operators, transport ...

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    Belgian start-up to test freight train ATO on Betuwe Route


    NETHERLANDS: Gent-based automation start-up OTIV has announced plans to test an autonomous train on the Betuwe Route freight corridor within the next two years.

  • Chilean bi-mode trainset on 1

    First bi-mode inter-city trainset for Chile on test


    CHILE: The first of six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units that CRRC Sifang is building for regional operator EFE Central is on test in China.

  • Benidorm Denia

    Benidorm – Dénia railway upgrade completed


    SPAIN: Regional operator FGV has completed a programme to modernise the metre gauge Benidorm – Dénia railway, which forms Line 9 of the Tram Metropolità d’Alacant network. The final step on January 16 saw the resumption of services on the section between Gata de Gorgos and ...

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    In depth

    Track Technology: Going underground down under


    Tracklaying is underway on 1 067 mm gauge cross-city rail links in Brisbane and Auckland, both of which are using resilient slab trackforms to minimise noise and vibration.

  • DB Netz track (Photo: DB).

    DB maintenance fleet to get Stadler Guardia ETCS


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has awarded Stadler a contract to retrofit up to 80 maintenance vehicles with its Guardia ETCS Baseline 3.6.0 onboard equipment. There is a firm order for installation on an initial eight 711.1 and 741.X vehicles for use in Germany and Switzerland ...

  • CFL Cargo Traxx

    CFL acquires stake in port operator


    LUXEMBOURG: National railway CFL has acquired a 64·5% stake in Manuport, which in turn holds 50% stake in the Luxport Group which operates Luxembourg’s only inland port at Mertert on the River Moselle and is also active at Trier in Germany and Metz in France. The ...

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    Natal opens next stage of Linha Sul extension


    BRAZIL: Federal operator CBTU has started operations on a 15 km two-station extension of Natal’s suburban Linha Sul from Cajupiranga to São José de Mipibu.

  • VTG wagons

    VTG Rail targets Baltic freight opportunities


    LITHUANIA: VTG Rail Logistics has increased its presence in the Baltic region, rebranding VTG Project Logistics as VTG Rail Logistics Baltics to act as a full-service rail forwarder with ‘advanced tailor-made solutions’ and an international reach. ‘The ongoing Rail Baltica corridor project will connect five EU ...

  • TX Train in Padborg, Denmark (Photo TX Logistik AB)

    TX Logistik recertified in Denmark and Sweden


    EUROPE: The TX Logistik AB Swedish freight subsidiary of the Italian state railway FS Group has completed a ‘complex’ process to replace its A and B safety certificates for Sweden and the B certificate for Denmark with a Single Safety Certificate for both countries. The certificate ...

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    Metro Report International

    New York MTA picks elevated light rail for Brooklyn – Queens Interborough Express


    USA: New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected light rail as the chosen mode for a passenger service in the Bay Ridge freight corridor serving Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Indian Railways Siemens Mobility 9000 hp electric freight locomotive imnpression (Image Siemens Mobility)

    Indian Railways places order for 9 000 hp electric freight locomotives


    INDIA: Indian Railways has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply and maintain 1 200 electric freight locomotives. Intended for use on the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor and on steeply graded routes, these will have the ability to haul 4 500 tonne double-stack container trains at ...

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    Ukrainian EMU modernised in-house


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has completed the refurbishment of an EPL9T eight-car electric multiple-unit, the first time it has modernised an EMU of this type in-house. It has been fitted with wheelchair ramps and spaces for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as an ...

  • UK railway suppliers are invited to join a Department for International Trade mission to Taiwan.

    Route of Kaohsiung – Pingtung high speed extension agreed


    TAIWAN: Premier Su Zhenchang has approved the alignment of an eastern extension of the country’s high speed line from Kaohsiung to Pingtung on January 4.

  • Ukraine railway station (Photo EBRD)

    Ukrainian Eurobonds restructured to support wartime rail operations


    UKRAINE: The holders of two issues of Eurobonds totalling US$895m have accepted proposals from national railway Ukrzaliznytsia to delay the repayment of the principal debt by two years. UZ explained that this would reduce the burden on its liquidity and contribute to stable operations during wartime ...