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    Local firms establish Talbot Holding GmbH


    GERMANY: The assembly plant in Aachen which has traded as Talbot Services GmbH since July 1 2013 was renamed as Talbot Holding GmbH with effect from August 25 2022. The change in name reflects the establishment of a holding company owned mainly by investors with expertise ...

  • The Hudson Tunnels are used by both Amtrak long-distance and New Jersey Transit commuter trains. Amtrak is the infrastructure owner for this section of the Northeast Corridor.

    New York Gateway tunnel timescale slips


    USA: The timescale for completion of the planned trans-Hudson Gateway tunnel between New York and New Jersey has slipped by three years, the Gateway Development Commission has confirmed.

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    DB Regio switches fleets to biodiesel


    GERMANY: DB Regio has begun fuelling 57 diesel multiple-units in Baden-Württemberg with biofuel, which it says produces around 90% less CO2 than diesel. The hydrotreated vegetable oil is made from biological residues and waste. It does not contain palm oil, or compete with food and animal ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Sawn timber wagon arrives in Finland


    FINLAND: Fenninarail has taken delivery of the first of a batch of Habins wagons ordered for sawn timber traffic, following initial testing in Estonia. Managing Director of the open access freight operator Juha Hakavuori said there is currently great demand for the ...

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    Lake Victoria train ferry launched


    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the launch of the train ferry Uhuru II at Kisumu on Lake Victoria in early August. The 100 m long, 1 800 tonne ship with a capacity to carry up to 22 metre gauge wagons has been ...

  • Avanti West Coast Pride Pendolino (Photo Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Avanti West Coast Managing Director to leave


    UK: Phil Whittingham is to step down as Managing Director of Avanti West Coast with effect from September 15 ‘in order to pursue other executive leadership opportunities’, the West Coast Main Line inter-city passenger operator’s parent company First Trenitalia announced on September 2. Whittingham joined Virgin ...

  • FGC Barcelona El Prat airport Alstom Coradia EMU impression (Image Alstom Advanced and Creative Design)

    Barcelona airport trains ordered


    SPAIN: Catalan operator FGC has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and maintain 10 five-car Coradia Stream electric multiple-units for use on services between Barcelona city centre and El Prat Airport. The 120 km/h EMUs will feature large luggage spaces, wide corridors and a total capacity ...

  • Ukraine railway station (Photo EBRD)

    EBRD repurposes €98·8m to maintain Ukrainian rail services


    UKRAINE: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is repurposing a further €98·8m of an existing loan to Ukrzaliznytsya, enabling the national railway to address critical liquidity needs and to ensure that passenger and freight services are available for people and business affected by the Russian ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for Thurbo (1)

    Orders up but profit down at Stadler


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler has announced an increase in orders in the first half of the year, but net profit was down because of currency effects and the company says that supply chain issues mean costs could rise in the future. Presenting its H1 results on August 31, ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • DSB train hauled by Vectron (Photo: Jens Hasse/Chili Foto/DSB)

    Knorr-Bremse acquires DSB Component Workshops


    DENMARK: Knorr-Bremse has bought DSB’s Component Workshops business, which undertakes rolling stock subsystem overhauls and has long-term parts supply agreements with the national passenger operator. Knorr-Bremse will integrate DSB Component Workshops and its 400 full-time employees at five sites in Arhus and København into its RailServices ...

  • Catherine Guillouard (Photo: D Prost)
    Metro Report International

    Catherine Guillouard to leave RATP


    FRANCE: Catherine Guillouard is to step down as Chief Executive of RATP on September 30 for personal reasons, the Paris municipal transport operator announced on September 1. She will be replaced on a interim basis by Pierre-Alain Roche, who represents the French state on the RATP ...

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    Jinhua’s Jinyi Line suburban railway opens


    CHINA: The first suburban railway in the city of Jinhua in Zhejiang province opened on August 30. The 58·4 km Jinyi Line starts at Jinhua’s Xi (west) station and runs south in tunnel to the city centre before turning east on an ...

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    In depth

    Comment: Cheap fares alone are not enough


    Many more rail trips were made in Germany this summer than in 2019 thanks to the much-publicised €9 ticket allowing unlimited travel on local and regional trains and other public transport. But our Consultant Editor Murray Hughes suggests that cheap fares alone will not be enough to deliver policymakers’ modal shift ambitions.

  • he Stadler board has named Markus Bernsteiner as Group CEO with effect from January 1 2023.

    Stadler names next Group CEO


    INTERNATIONAL: The Stadler board has named Markus Bernsteiner as Group CEO with effect from January 1 2023. He has worked for Stadler since 1999 and is currently Deputy Group CEO, Executive Vice-President of the Switzerland Division and manages the plants in Bussnang and St Margrethen as ...

  • Grand Paris Express Line 18 works
    Metro Report International

    Grand Paris Line 18 power supply contract


    FRANCE: A 50:50 consortium of Colas Rail and Eiffage Énergie Systèmes has been awarded a €26m contract to provide traction power supply equipment for the 35 km Grand Paris Express automated metro Line 18 between Orly Airport and Versailles-Chantiers station. This will include 15 rectification substations, ...

  • Via Rail first Siemens Mobility trainset

    Southwest Ontario passenger rail study


    CANADA: The federal government is to call tenders shortly for the appointment of an external adviser to assist with exploring options for upgrading passenger rail services in southwestern Ontario. The adviser will analyse passenger demand and route options, submitting a final report by the end of ...

  • Siemens Mobility generic Vectron locomotive

    Akiem orders the 1 500th Vectron locomotive


    EUROPE: Leasing company Akiem has awarded Siemens Mobility a firm order to supply 65 Vectron AC and Vectron MS electric locomotives from mid-2024. The 6·4 MW locos for use on cross-border freight and fast passenger services will have a maximum speed of either 200 or 230 ...

  • Ghana Western Railway agreement (1)

    Ghana Western Railway development agreement signed


    GHANA: A 25-year agreement for the development of the 299 km Western Railway has been signed by the government and a consortium of Thelo DB and local partner Transtech Consult. Under the agreement, national railway Ghana Railway Co will act as rail operator and Thelo DB ...