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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Shunting robot to debut in Berlin


    INNOTRANS: Vollert will present its VLEX 40 road-rail shunting robot for the first time at InnoTrans 2022. Deployed at Fret SNCF’s maintenance site in Modane, the compact machine is designed to move locomotives weighing up to 120 tonnes into the right locations for maintenance. ...

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    Women in Mobility host events at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Leading associations and non-governmental networks have joined forces to support Women in Mobility in organising and running events for female transport specialists and managers. The programme of lectures, keynote speeches and innovation tours will be rounded off by a networking lunch on September 21 onboard ...

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    Europe’s Rail awards first research grants


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has awarded €232·8m of co-funding for six research and innovation projects with a total value of €568·4m following its first call for proposals. The Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking has succeeded the previous Shift2Rail programme. A second call for proposals covering ...

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    BNSF to test Norwegian drone


    USA: BNSF is to test the use of a Staaker drone from Norwegian aerial vehicle specialist Nordic Unmanned for infrastructure inspection and general data acquisition. The UAV platform will be integrated with BNSF’s current railway data acquisition and management systems, which Nordic Unmanned said required a ...

  • RTB Cargo has signed a 10-year agreement to lease four battery-electric shunting and medium-distance locomotives from Northrail, which will provide full maintenance.

    Battery-electric locomotive lease signed


    NETHERLANDS: RTB Cargo has signed a 10-year agreement to lease four battery-electric shunting and medium-distance locomotives from Northrail, which will provide full maintenance. The Vossloh Rolling Stock DM20-EBB locomotives are intended to operate in the Port of Rotterdam and its hinterland, and will be able to ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Passenger services restart on the right bank of the Rhône


    FRANCE: Passenger services have been revived on the 82 km line along the right bank of the River Rhône between Avignon and Pont-Saint-Esprit, which has been freight-only since 1973. Reopened with a ceremony on August 28, the line is one of six which the Occitanie region ...

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    RENFE begins launch of Dōcō Mobility-as-a-Service platform


    SPAIN: RENFE Operadora has begun the launch of its multimodal Mobility-as-a-Service platform which aims to offer planning booking and payment facilities covering all public transport and shared mobility services in Spain. The platform is branded Dōcō, an abbreviation of the phrase ‘ir donde quieras, ir como quieras’ ...

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    In depth

    Germany: Government tightens control over national operator


    This summer’s eye-catching €9 ticket deal in Germany focused the spotlight on rail travel, but it also served to highlight the national railway’s failings. Plummeting performance levels are one reason the government is intervening in an attempt to restore punctuality and reliability. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Three consortia shortlisted to build Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Suburban Rail Loop Authority has shortlisted three international consortia for tunnelling work on the eastern section of Melbourne’s orbital rail project. The SRL East package covers 26 km of twin bore tunnels between Cheltenham and Box Hill serving six underground ...

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    Fuel cells ordered for Indian hydrogen trains


    INDIA: Medha Servo Drives has awarded Ballard Power Systems a contract to supply eight fuel cell modules for two hydrogen trains it is developing for Indian Railways. The project involves retrofitting two diesel-electric commuter multiple-units with Ballard 100 kW FCmoveTM-HD+ fuel cells. The modules are expected ...

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    Double-deck EMU refurbishment completed


    FRANCE: SNCF has completed a refurbishment programme covering all 79 of its Class Z23500 double-deck EMUs, with the presentation of the last trainset for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes taking place at contractor ACC M’s workshops in Clermont-Ferrand on September 2.


    Novel valve connectors on show


    INNOTRANS: ESCHA will launch its range of pre-assembled and over-moulded valve connectors in Hall 12. The valve connectors come in different designs and complement the company’s existing rail-approved range which has been developed for the public transport applications. The A, B, BI, C and CI housing ...

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    Genesee & Wyoming’s UK/Europe CEO departs


    EUROPE: Eddie Aston has left Genesee & Wyoming Inc, where was Chief Executive Officer of the UK/Europe Region.

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    Anne-Marie Trevelyan appointed as Secretary of State for Transport


    UK: Anne-Marie Trevelyan was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport in incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss’s cabinet on September 6. Trevelyan commented ‘transport is crucial to our lives — bringing people together, creating jobs and connecting the UK with the world. Looking forward to getting ...

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    In depth

    Freight: Rebuilding market share in Spain


    The Spanish government’s Mercancías 30 strategy aims to more than double the share of goods moved by rail to at least 10% by 2030. Mike Bent reports.

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    First MCX cab radio to be shown at InnoTrans


    INNOTRANS: Teltronic will showcase the RTP-800 on board radio unit that integrates TETRA, LTE and wi-fi Technology. Teltronic says it is the first MCX cab radio terminal for transport environment in the market, and supports MCPTT, MCData and MCVideo 3GPP functionalities, as well as the rail ...

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    Test running starts on Gaziantep suburban corridor


    TURKEY: Test operations have started on the Gaziray suburban network in the southeastern city of Gaziantep, with Minister of Transport Adil Karaismailoğlu attending the inaugural test run on September 1.

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    Next-generation Nightjet night train coach interiors unveiled


    AUSTRIA: ‘With this train, we are entering a new age of night time travel’, said Austrian Federal Railways CEO Andreas Matthä when the interior design of the next generation of Nightjet sleeping and couchette cars was unveiled at the Siemens Mobility plant in Wien on September ...