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  • DB ICE passes freight train on Hannover to Hamburg line

    Record spend at DB as freight volume plummets


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn carried more than 1∙8 billion passengers in the year to December 31 2023, up by nearly 6% on the previous year. Publishing its annual results on March 21, the national railway group reported that its long-distance services had been used by more than ...

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    Passenger services to be restored on Porto orbital line


    PORTUGAL: Agreement has been reached to restore passenger services on an orbital line in the northern suburbs of Porto. The first trains are expected to begin running this year, following a 13-year hiatus. A protocol to restore passenger services was signed at São Mamede de Infesta ...

  • SJ Alstom X40 EMU (Photo SJ Stefan Nilsson)

    Swedish national ticketing product distribution system goes live


    SWEDEN: The Samtrafiken collaboration of transport operators has a launched a neutral ticketing communications platform based on the Open Sales & Distribution Model-Online standard with the aim of streamlining ticket sales and enhancing cross-selling opportunities.

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    Metro Report International

    Chicago Transit Authority launches first Innovation Studio challenges


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has launched its Innovation Studio project to partner with the private sector to explore new ideas. In the first round, CTA is seeking proposals by April 15 which address: the automatic detection of people or large objects on railway tracks to ...

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    Swiss parliament agrees more long-term rail projects


    SWITZERLAND: Parliament has approved a number of key changes to the national railway long-term investment programmes known as Ausbauschritte 2025 and 2035. The changes add around SFr3bn to the cost, taking the total to SFr23bn.

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Composite swap-body saves weight


    INTERMODAL: Following four years of development, intermodal equipment company Modalis Group and Belgian engineering firm Agesia have unveiled a prototype lightweight steel and composite 45 ft swap-body offering a greater interior volume. The thermoplastic ‘structural sandwich’ panels save almost a tonne by replacing steel crossmembers and ...

  • Adelaide communications (Photo Keolis Downer)

    Communication training to improve suburban train accessibility


    AUSTRALIA: Adelaide suburban train operator Keolis Downer Adelaide has been accredited under the Communication Access Symbol initiative to help passengers with communication difficulties. Accreditation involved 234 front line staff completing nine months of specialised training. Tools include communication cards and vision boards showing stations and key ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Breakthrough completes boring of High Speed 2’s longest tunnel


    UK: On March 21, tunnel boring machine Cecilia broke through the north portal of the Chiltern Tunnel on High Speed 2.

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    Berner Oberland-Bahnen increases EMU order


    SWITZERLAND: Berner Oberland-Bahnen has awarded Stadler a SFr38.6m contract to supply a further four ABeh4/8 three-car electric multiple-units. The order confirmed in early March follows on from a May 2022 contract for six units. Each EMU will have 140 seats, with areas for ...

  • Basque tunnel enlargement project (Photo ADIF)

    Spanish dual gauging project makes progress


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF Alta Velocidad has enlarged the 558 m Gaintxurizketa tunnel between Errenteria and Irun as part of a project to provide a dual gauge link between the French border and the start of the future ‘Basque Y’ 1 435 mm gauge high speed ...

  • Pesa Elf2 photo Koleje Dolnośląskie

    Access to EU funding unlocks major investment in Polish rolling stock


    Koleje Dolnośląskie has received 333·7m złoty in co-financing from the European Union’s Recovery & Resilience Fund which it is using to refinance its Pesa Elf2 EMUs now being delivered. POLAND: The national government’s Centre for EU Transport Projects agency has allocated co-financing from the European Union’s ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Railway maintenance equipment partnership


    INTERNATIONAL: British maintenance equipment supplier Thomson Engineering Design has selected Unipart Rail as its exclusive sales and distribution partner across Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and North America. The companies are working in partnership to introduce a ‘revolutionary’ range of machines to provide the benefits of ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pendolino at Manchester Piccadilly (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast won’t be nationalised, says Minister


    UK: The government will not terminate Avanti West Coast’s operating contract, Rail Minister Huw Merriman has told the House of Commons. At Transport Questions on March 21, Labour’s Shadow Rail Minister Stephen Morgan asked ‘a simple question to the Minister today, will he strip Avanti of ...

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    Moon railway concepts commissioned


    MOON: The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has commissioned Northrop Grumman to develop a concept for a railway to transport humans, supplies and resources on the Moon. The study is to define the interfaces and resources required to build a lunar rail network; draw up ...

  • Schwerin parcels tram (Photo DHL Jens Schlueter)
    Metro Report International

    Parcels by tram project ends


    GERMANY: The transport of parcels on trams in Schwerin is not viable, operator NVS and DHL Group have concluded following a pilot project. The pilot scheme was launched in October 2022, with a tram carrying roll containers running once a day from a DHL distribution centre. ...

  • T4000 Pocket Wagons for Iberian Gauge (Photo VTG)

    Iberian T4000 pocket wagons arrive


    SPAIN: Leasing company VTG is taking delivery of 200 T4000 pocket wagons for combined transport services on Spain and Portugal’s 1 668 mm gauge. The wagons are being built by Tatravagónka to a design derived from the T3000 pocket wagons in use on 1 435 mm ...

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    Metro Report International

    Dogs and bikes added to ticketing app


    TICKETING: Fairtiq has added the ability to buy tickets for dogs and bicycles to its swipe-in, swipe out rail and bus ticketing app covering Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Travellers can check in up to five dogs, five bikes or a combination of both, in addition to the ...

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    Basque region to take over RENFE suburban routes


    SPAIN: On March 11 the Spanish government announced that management of all suburban services in the Basque region would be transferred from national operator RENFE to the Euzkadi autonomous community. The national government will set up a €400m fund to launch the project, some of which ...