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    Mongolian heavy haul coal railway opens


    MONGOLIA: President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh has officially opened the 234 km heavy haul railway connecting the Tavan Tolgoi coal deposits in the Gobi desert to an inland port at Gashuun Sukhait close to the Chinese border. The opening ceremony was held at on September 9, when the ...

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    Ford executive to take over at CSX


     USA: Joseph R Hinrichs has been appointed as the next President & Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corp, succeeding James M Foote with effect from September 26.

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    In depth

    Freight: Pulling the right levers to boost modal share


    Governments around the world are keen to improve rail’s share of the freight market, although there are stark contrasts in start points and end goals between regions. Nevertheless, consultancy Roland Berger believes a comprehensive set of levers can be pulled to boost rail freight globally.

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    KiwiRail awards national traffic management system contract


    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has awarded Alstom a ‘once-in-a-generation’ contract to deploy an integrated traffic management system for the national rail network. Replacing the existing traffic control technology with the ‘state-of-the-art’ Iconis integrated system will bring a ‘step-change in the way Kiwi Rail will operate its network’, ...

  • BEG has directly awarded Länderbahn a contract to reintroduce regular passenger services on the 24·8 km Gotteszell – Viechtach route.

    Revived passenger service to run for a further year


    GERMANY: Bayern railway agency BEG has directly awarded Die Länderbahn a contract to continue operating passenger service RB38 Gotteszell – Viechtach. Regular passenger services on the 24·8 km route ended in 1991. BEG and Die Länderbahn agreed to reintroduce a trial service for five years from ...

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    Teltronic awarded Delhi – Meerut communications contract


    INDIA: Alstom has awarded Teltronic a contract to supply and integrate onboard communications equipment, radio terminals and control centre technology for the Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. The Spanish supplier said the order demonstrates the validity of its critical broadband applications and supporting infrastructure ...

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    Chemical company tackles wagonload performance


    FRANCE: Real-time tracking data is helping chemical company Arkema to improve the performance of its wagonload shipments, building on a project conducted in partnership with digital transport management specialist Everysens and Fret SNCF.

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    Rail Business UK

    Crossrail Building Management System contract


    UK: Telent Technology Services has awarded Sella Controls a contract to supply a building management system as part of the continuing work on the Crossrail project. The building management system will provide Transport for London subsidiary Rail for London with a centralised platform to monitor assets, ...

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    Chevron considers exporting Kazakh oil by rail


    KAZAKHSTAN: US oil giant Chevron is considering restarting rail export of crude from its Tengiz oil field. Speaking at the Barclays CEO-Energy Power Conference on September 7, Chevron CEO Mike Wirth said continuing problems with exports via the CPC pipeline through Russia to the Black Sea ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Software supports production of complex steelwork for Coventry station


    UK: Structural Fabrications Ltd supplied principal contractor Buckingham Group Contracting with the structural and secondary steelwork, curtain walling and cladding for the footbridges, staircases, lift shafts and platform canopies for the modernisation of Coventry station. All the structural steelwork was fabricated at SFL’s headquarters in Derby, ...

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    In depth

    Freight: Act now to align the stars


    UIP President Dr Heiko Fischer takes us on a journey to the 2030s, when the goals for the development of European rail freight have been met, and sets out the change in mentality required across the sector to make this a reality.

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    Bids in for South African freight train paths


    SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail is evaluating the applications it has received to run freight services on two corridors under a pilot scheme to sell train paths to third party operators. Opening up access to the rail network forms part of a reform process set out ...

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    French regulator seeks improved network access for freight operators


    FRANCE: Rail regulator Autorité de Régulation des Transports published its formal decision on September 6 in a dispute over network access between SNCF Réseau and freight operators Captrain France, T3M, Europorte France and Régiorail.

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    In depth

    Germany: Two-stage tender to choose DB’s next high speed fleet


    After updating its current high speed fleet, Deutsche Bahn is planning a fifth generation InterCity Express design for the 2030s and beyond. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Changsha – Yiyang high speed line opened


    CHINA: The 64·2 km Changsha – Yiyang section of the Chongqing – Xiamen high speed line opened on September 6. Construction began in December 2017. Known as the Changyi section, the 350 km/h alignment includes three stations at Changsha Xi, Ningxiang Xi and Yiyang Nan. The ...

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    Rail industry calls for action on rising energy costs


    EUROPE: Energy price rises pose a serious risk to rail’s modal share according to two industry associations, which have called for action to ensure an uninterrupted and affordable supply of energy for the sector.

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    Predictive supply chain partnership


    FRANCE: Internet of Things company Stimio and tram and bus component supplier CBM have partnered to offer a predictive maintenance tool directly connected to spare parts supply services. ‘Our end-to-end solution frees our customers from the complexities of IoT projects, letting them focus on business data ...

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    First TGV M unveiled by Alstom and SNCF


    FRANCE: The first of 115 double-deck high speed trainsets branded Avelia Horizon by manufacturer Alstom and TGV M by SNCF Voyageurs has been unveiled ahead of dynamic testing at Velim in the Czech Republic from October. Speaking at the unveiling at Alstom’s La Rochelle test centre ...

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    Victoria orders more DMUs


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has exercised an option to purchase a further 12 three-car Alstom VLocity diesel multiple-units. These will be used on V/Line services on the 1 600 mm gauge routes from Melbourne to Shepparton and Warrnambool. The firm order announced by Alstom on ...

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    Construction of Ankara – Izmir high speed line restarts


    TURKEY: Construction has restarted on the 503 km high speed line which will reduce the rail distance between Ankara and Izmir from 824 km to 624 km, operating at a maximum speed of 250 km/h and reducing the end-to-end journey time from 14 h to 3½ ...