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    Further Cluj Napoca – Oradea route modernisation contracts signed


    ROMANIA: Contracts have been signed to modernise the 30 km Cluj Napoca – Aghireș and 36 km Aghireș – Poieni sections of the Cluj Napoca – Oradea – Hungarian border line, deploy ETCS and undertake electrification. The two packages have been agreed between infrastructure manager CFR ...

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    High speed rail training programme


    USA: The seventh intake has completed the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s free 12-week pre-apprenticeship programme, which provides hands-on construction industry training for military leavers, at-risk young adults, minority and low-income populations in the Central Valley. The Central Valley Training Centre has been developed by CHSRA in ...

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    Operail agrees sale of Finnish rail freight business


    FINLAND: Nurminen Logistics has signed an agreement to purchase the Finnish activities of Operail, the Estonian state freight operator which is divesting its non-core activities. Subject to Finnish regulatory approval of €27·7m sale and purchase agreement announced on January 13, the entire share capital of Operail ...

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    Rail Business UK

    TÜV Rheinland acquires railway gauging specialist D/Gauge


    UK: Quality and safety organisation TÜV Rheinland has acquired railway gauging and clearance assessment consultancy D/Gauge, which will be fully integrated into its structure as a subsidiary of TÜV Rheinland UK. TÜV Rheinland said the acquisition was an important foundation for further growth in the rail ...

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    RFI calls bids for infrastructure projects valued at €6·8bn


    ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI launched 18 tenders at the end of December for a range of infrastructure works throughout the country  at an estimated total cost of €6·8bn.

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    In depth

    Austria: Mobile milling supports preventive rail maintenance


    Wiener Linien has been exploring how a combination of mobile milling and investment in premium rail steels can help to optimise its maintenance costs and move from reactive to preventive interventions on its metro lines.

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • Undergraduates can now apply for one of 30 paid placements on HS2 this summer
    Rail Business UK

    HS2 placements offer ‘great way to get invaluable industry experience’


    UK: High Speed 2 construction contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci is offering 30 eight-week paid work placements at its sites to undergraduates who live or study in the Midlands The programme, which begins in July, includes opportunities in civil engineering, quantity surveying, design engineering, project controls & ...

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    Hydrogen distribution by rail to be studied


    USA: The role of railways as consumers and transporters of hydrogen is to be studied by BNSF and Bakken Energy, which is working on the Heartland Hydrogen Hub proposal to develop a facility to produce hydrogen from natural gas. ‘Railways could play a critical role in ...

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    Federal funding to support Caltrain electrification


    USA: Bay Area commuter rail operator Caltrain has been allocated a further $43m in federal funding for its ongoing electrification programme. Work on the project to install 25 kV 60 Hz overhead line equipment between San Francisco and San Jose is well advanced, and the first ...

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    Thales to maintain signalling on ‘demanding’ section of high speed line


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has awarded Thales a contract to maintain signalling and traffic management systems on the Lleida – Barcelona Sants – Figueras section of the Madrid – Figueras high speed line. Thales said the reliability requirements and traffic density on this route, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Asking passengers what they want from train interiors


    UK: A report into what passengers want from train interiors has been produced to help inform the proposed refurbishment of Turbostar diesel multiple-units. Built by Bombardier Transportation from the late 1990s, the units are widely deployed by various train operators on regional services across the British ...

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    C-Series EMU on test in Perth


    AUSTRALIA: The first of the C-Series electric multiple-units which Alstom is supplying for the Perth suburban network has begun initial overnight testing on the Joondalup and Mandurah lines. The 1 067 mm gauge EMUs with a maximum speed of 130 km/h are expected to enter service from ...

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    EBRD finances maintenance equipment replacement


    MONTENEGRO: Infrastructure manager ŽICG and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development have signed a €11m loan agreement to finance the purchase of modern maintenance equipment to replace obsolete and energy-inefficient machinery by 2025. The financing will also support ŽICG in improving corporate governance and developing ...

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    Huron Central Railway infrastructure funding announced


    CANADA: Funding has been announced for infrastructure life extension works to support Huron Central Railway in sustaining a viable freight service on the 280 km line between Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury.

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    Rail Business UK

    Three Bridges ROC automated route setting commissioned


    UK: Network Rail, Siemens Mobility and Hitachi Information Control Systems commissioned automated route setting at the Three Bridges Rail Operations Centre during December. ‘We are excited to confirm this next step of technology development which will improve train performance by automating route regulation for signallers, reducing ...

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    In depth

    Track Technology: Modular elements could offer cheaper and more flexible slab trackform


    Field trials are expected to start near Marseille in the coming months of a lower-cost modular slab trackform developed by Systra and construction group Stradal as a potential replacement for conventional ballasted track. Technical consultant Jean-Claude Zabée explains the concept to Nick Kingsley.

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    Rail sector responds to bill to require minimum service levels during strikes


    UK: The rail sector has responded to the government’s introduction to Parliament on January 10 of the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, which would require the provision of minimum levels of public services in various sectors during industrial disputes. A bill covering the transport sector had ...

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    Marcopolo Rail to supply DMUs to rebuilt Chilean narrow-gauge line


    CHILE: National operator EFE Trenes de Chile has signed a contract for Marcopolo Rail to supply three two-car Prosper VLT diesel multiple-units for the recently modernised metre-gauge Talca – Constitución line. Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo announced at the NT Expo trade fair in São Paulo in ...

  • Procurement of electric trains and service enhancements which aim to more than double ridership are included in an operating agreement signed by LTG Link.

    Fleet renewal and ridership doubling planned in Lithuanian passenger rail contract


    LITHUANIA: Procurement of electric trains and service enhancements which aim to more than double ridership are included in a long-term operating agreement signed by the Ministry of Transport & Communications and the national railway’s passenger division LTG Link. The public service obligation operating agreement running for ...