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    Lallemand to step down as head of SNCF Réseau


    FRANCE: Luc Lallemand is to leave his role as President & Director-General of infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau, the transport ministry confirmed on September 28.

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    ​Banedanmark completes København S-bane CBTC roll-out


    DENMARK: The whole of the København S-bane network is now being operated using communications-based train control, following the commissioning of lineside equipment on the three final sections of route over the weekend of September 24-25.

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    Brazilian railway infrastructure co-operation


    BRAZIL: ENSCO Rail and Valec Engenharia have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer railway infrastructure services. This will combine ENSCO’s automated track inspection technology and engineering services with state-owned Valec’s expertise in Brazilian railway engineering, construction and reporting requirements. ‘This partnership is designed to play ...

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    Metro Report International

    Denver rail site visits now open to book ahead of SmartTransit West


    NORTH AMERICA: On October 24, attendees to SmartTransit West being hosted by Railway Gazette Group in Denver, Colorado, will be offered the opportunity to join an exclusive tour provided by local operator RTD giving insight into the challenges of the day to day maintenance of rail vehicles.

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    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler is to supply what it says will be the first fully automated adhesion and rack-and-pinion railcar for use on in an open overland railway environment, rather than in a tunnel or closed network where there is little risk of an obstacle on the line. ...

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    In depth

    Germany: Wendlingen - Ulm poised to open as Stuttgart21 costs rise again


    Deutsche Bahn will open the Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line in December with the controversial Stuttgart 21 project following in stages from 2025 onwards. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Globalvia takes stake in Iryo ahead of November launch


    SPAIN: Globalvia has formally completed its acquisition of a 24% stake in Iryo owner ILSA. The open access high speed operator expects to launch services between Madrid and Barcelona in late November.

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    Mercitalia orders electric locos


    ITALY: Mercitalia has ordered a further 20 Alstom Traxx DC3 electric locomotives for delivery in 2024. The firm order announced on September 20 has been placed using an option on a December 2017 contract for 40 locos, all of which have now been delivered. The locos ...

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    Eurostar cannot grow amid pandemic, Brexit and cost crises, CEO warns


    EUROPE: Problems faced by Eurostar as a result of the pandemic, Brexit and rising costs have been set out in detail in a letter from outgoing CEO Jacques Damas to the Chair of the UK’s House of Commons Transport Select Committee. Chair Huw Merriman MP had ...

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    Progress being made towards Single European Railway Area, says ERA


    Reflecting progress with its key roles of technical harmonisation and authorisation, the EU Agency for Railways has been reviewing its mission and setting out priorities for the coming years, as Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Suppliers sign ‘milestone’ rail fuel cell agreement


    INTERNATIONAL: Siemens Mobility has signed a letter of intent for Ballard to supply 200 fuel cell modules over six years for use on Mireo Plus H multiple-units, including a firm commitment for 100. This follows from an initial order for Ballard to supply 14 200 kW ...

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    In depth

    Technology: Keeping track of tram-trains


    Enhanced control and supervision tools have been deployed to improve the operation of tram-trains around Karlsruhe, where portion working is a common but complicated process.

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    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast starts to restore timetable


    UK: Having slashed its timetable to a basic four trains an hour in August as a result of driver unavailability, Avanti West Coast confirmed in late September that it will begin increasing its services again.

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    Large scale axle-counter contract awarded


    FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has awarded Frauscher Sensor Technology a contract to develop, supply and maintain a new generation of axle-counter. The contract signed at InnoTrans 2022 runs for 10 years, with the possibility of a further five years and up to 30 years of maintenance. ‘Never before ...

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    Operail to sell non-strategic assets


    ESTONIA: Eight bidders have been shortlisted to participate in the potential sale of state rail freight group Operail’s locomotive assembly and repair, wagon leasing and Finnish operating businesses. The government has deemed these as non-strategic activities. The state began the partial privatisation process around 1½ years ...

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    Isolated Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen extends Japan’s high speed network to Nagasaki


    JAPAN: JR Kyushu has opened the 66 route-km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen between Takeo Onsen and Nagasaki.

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    Progress Rail to supply battery locos to BNSF


    USA: Progress Rail is to supply BNSF with ‘up to four’ EMD Joule SD70J battery locomotives and two charging stations for demonstration in southern California from 2024. The manufacturer said they would be the largest battery electric locomotives in North America, with a capacity of 8 ...

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    Amber Train links the Baltic States to western Europe


    EUROPE: A trial Amber Train service between the Baltic States left the Estonian port of Muuga on September 13, arriving the following day at Kaunas in Lithuanian where its load of semi-trailers was transferred to 1 435 mm gauge wagons for onward transport to destinations including ...

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    Transport cybersecurity collaboration


    INTERNATIONAL: Alstom is to work with Waterfall Security Solutions to protect safety-critical and reliability-critical digital networks in the rail and public transport sectors. Co-founder and CEO Lior Frenkel said Waterfall brings expertise and technologies which have been proven in the electric power, oil, gas and water ...

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    ANTT updates new project rules


    BRAZIL: National Land Transport Agency ANTT has published updated draft regulations for applications seeking approval to establish and operate new railway projects, including marshalling yards and ancillary facilities. Announced at the start of September, Resolution 5987 follows the promulgation and coming into force of the 2021 ...