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  • Toshkent freight hub (1)

    Eurasian freight hub under construction in Toshkent


    UZBEKISTAN: Construction of a multimodal terminal to handle Eurasian freight traffic near Toshkent has been formally launched by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The facility 10 km from the capital in the Yangiyo’l district is to be developed ...

  • Impression of Stadler Kiss EMU for Caltrain services.

    Caltrain wi-fi contract awarded


    USA: ‘Silicon Valley’s train needs wi-fi’, said Caltrain Executive Director Michelle Bouchard when the San Francisco to San Jose commuter operator awarded Nomad Digital a contract to provide digital connectivity for the 19 double-deck electric multiple-units being supplied by Stadler. Caltrain received four proposals for the ...

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    ‘The future is ours’, Rail Ambassadors tell Dutch minister


    NETHERLANDS: A delegation of young rail ambassadors has presented a report to Environment & Water Management Secretary Vivianne Heijnen outlining their experience of being part of the EU’s European Year of Youth.

  • Tanzania SGR contract signing December 2022

    Contract agreed to build standard gauge railway to Lake Tanganyika


    TANZANIA: A contract has been signed for the construction of a 1 435 mm gauge line running west from Tabora to the port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika. The US$2·21bn contract was signed by Tanzania Railway Corp and a joint venture of China Civil Engineering Construction ...

  • Akiem loco for GBRf (Photo: GBRf)
    Rail Business UK

    GB Railfreight to lease Akiem locomotives


    UK: GB Railfreight has announced a 10-year deal with leasing company Akiem which will see 11 EMD Class 77 and 66 diesel locomotives transferred from Continental Europe to the UK between January 2023 and May 2024. The locos will be modified for use on the British ...

  • Xingguo - Quanzhou (1)

    Xingguo – Quanzhou line completed


    CHINA: The 464 km railway serving the coastal town of Quanzhou in Fujian province was completed on December 28. The mixed-traffic route linking Quanzhou with Xingguo, south of Ji’an on the Beijing – Hong Kong corridor, has been designed for operation at up to 160 km/h. ...

  • Valenciennes tram and bus (Photo Keolis)
    Metro Report International

    Keolis financing linked to sustainability targets


    KEOLIS: Public transport operating group Keolis has issued its inaugural sustainability-linked Schuldschein, a private placement with a margin adjustment mechanism linked to environmental, diversity and safety performance. KPIs include the proportion of employees in subsidiaries covered by environmental management system certification; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; increasing ...

  • Egyptian National Railways Talgo inter-city train (2)

    Egyptian Talgo trainset enters service


    EGYPT: The first of the Talgo trainsets ordered by Egyptian National Railways for use on the routes from Cairo north to Alexandria and south to Aswan entered service on December 24. Talgo said the new stock would increase capacity and service quality on the routes, while ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Manchester International depot (2)
    Rail Business UK

    Manchester International depot modernised to house EMUs


    UK: Spencer Group has completed a £1·8m refurbishment of Manchester International depot to enable it to be used to service and stable Northern’s Class 323 electric multiple-units. The depot was built in the early 1990s as part of the abortive plan to operate Eurostar services from ...

  • SZ Czech electrification

    Brno area route modernisation underway


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Subterra, OHLA ŽS and EŽ Praha have begun work to complete double tracking and 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the Brno – Zastávka u Brna line. The first 8·5 km from Brno-Horní Heršpice to Střelice was completed in September 2021. Work is now ...

  • Schenker load on Green Cargo wagon

    DB to investigate sale of Schenker logistics business


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn’s supervisory board has tasked the management board with examining a potential sale of up to 100% of its DB Schenker land, air and sea freight forwarding business. Announcing the decision on December 15, DB said Schenker had made a significant contribution to the ...

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    RELAM acquires road-rail vehicle supplier


    USA: Track maintenance equipment lessor RELAM has expanded with the acquisition of Wisconsin-based road-rail vehicle sales, rental and support company Wiskerchen. Announcing the deal on January 5, RELAM said it has identified road-rail vehicles as a core product category in its long-term growth plan, and the ...

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    Beijing – Tangshan 350 km/h line opened


    CHINA: National operator China Railway launched 350 km/h passenger services on a 173 km route between Beijing and Tangshan on December 30, following the completion of 149 km of new line. The faster route has brought end-to-end journey times down to 60 min, even though trains ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies has acquired Longwood Group’s minority interest in the GBX Leasing wagon leasing joint venture

    Longwood exits Greenbrier wagon leasing joint venture


    USA: The Greenbrier Companies has acquired Longwood Group’s 10% minority interest in the GBX Leasing wagon leasing joint venture, which was established in February 2021 to provide ‘stable and tax-advantaged’ cash flows to complement more cyclical revenues from Greenbrier’s wagon manufacturing activities. ‘Greenbrier has enjoyed a ...

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    VR orders more night train rolling stock


    FINLAND: National operator VR has selected Škoda Transtech to supply nine sleeping cars and eight car-carrying vans to enter service from the end of 2025.

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    In depth

    Track Maintenance: Alleviating suffering on the metre gauge


    Following severe wheel-rail interaction problems on Swiss metre-gauge networks, the RailPlus association has launched a technical study to investigate and address the issue, as Technical Manager Markus Barth  explains to Reinhard Christeller.

  • Aspec Acquisition Signing Ceremony

    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • ScotRail Class 334 EMU (Photo Eversholt)
    Rail Business UK

    Eversholt awards Class 334 overhaul contract


    UK: Eversholt Rail has awarded Alstom a £12m contract for the mileage-based overhaul 40 three-car Class 334 electric multiple-units which are leased by ScotRail. The contract announced on January 5 covers the overhaul of pneumatic and electrical components on the Alstom-built 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs, ...

  • Boca Raton Ribbob Cutting

    Brightline opens two more Florida stations


    USA: Private inter-city operator Brightline added two stations to its route in Florida on December 20. The opening of stations at Aventura and Boca Raton means that Brightline now serves five stations in southern Florida on its route between Miami Central and West Palm Beach. Both ...