News – Page 8

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    Comment: Productivity not exploitation


    Poor working conditions risk impacting on railways’ ability to recruit the people they need to be competitive for the future, argues Railway Gazette’s Senior Editor Chris Jackson.

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    Jinhua opens second suburban rail line


    CHINA: The suburban rail network in the city of Jinhua expanded on December 28 with the opening of the first section of the Yidong Line in Yiwu. The 48·4 km line is intended to augment the Jinyi Line, which opened on August 30 2022, as part ...

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    Arriva wins Zutphen – Hengelo – Oldenzaal operating contract


    NETHERLANDS: Arriva has won the next contract to operate passenger trains on the Zutphen – Hengelo – Oldenzaal line and local bus services in Twente. Incumbent operator Keolis had also bid for the Twente-ZHO contract awarded by Overijssel province with Gelderland participating in the rail element. The ...

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    Chengdu – Kunming capacity enhancement programme completed


    CHINA: A major programme of modernisation, track doubling and construction of new alignments to increase speeds and capacity on the Chengdu – Kunming axis was completed with the departure of the first train over the upgraded Emei – Miyi section on December 26. The programme is ...

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    HS2 contractors claim world’s longest bridge slide near Birmingham


    UK: HS2 Ltd and contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci completed a milestone in construction of the high speed line on December 24-26 when the Marston Box bridge over the M42 motorway was slid into position northeast of Birmingham.

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    ŽSSK orders more RegioPanter EMUs


    SLOVAKIA: National operator ŽSSK has ordered a further five four-car RegioPanter electric multiple-units from a consortium of Škoda Group and ŽOS Trnava.

  • DB Netz has taken delivery of the country’s first Robel-built Mobile Maintenance System for use on specialist track maintenance work.

    Robel MMS provides a safe environment for DB Netz track maintenance


    GERMANY: Infrastructure operator DB Netz has taken delivery of the country’s first Robel-built Mobile Maintenance System for use on specialist track maintenance work. Branded by DB Netz as FIZ (Fahrbahninstandhaltungszug), the three-vehicle MMS is formed of a traction and supply unit with crew accommodation, toilet facilities ...

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    Rail Business UK

    HS2 Ltd seeks 2023 graduate intake


    UK: High speed line project promoter HS2 Ltd has issued a final call for applications for its 2023 graduate recruitment programme, which starts in September and will offer 40 places across a range of disciplines. The deadline to apply is January 22. HS2 Ltd says the ...

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    CRRC unveils hydrogen train


    CHINA: CRRC has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell powered train designed to enable suburban services to be extended onto non-electrified routes. The four-car trainset based on CRRC’s Fuxing family of designs has been developed jointly by CRRC Changchun and Chengdu Rail Transit, ...

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    Rail Business UK

    ‘First class’ apprenticeships open the door to transport careers


    UK: Tyne & Wear transport authority Nexus says it is to maintain its ‘strong track record for apprenticeships’, offering nine positions in 2023. The roles on offer will cover project management, human resources, data science, bus services and metro infrastructure maintenance including overhead electrification and structures. ...

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    Qube loco order to boost Melbourne – Sydney service


    AUSTRALIA: Import-export logistics specialist Qube has ordered 12 EMD GT46 diesel locomotives from Progress Rail for delivery from August 2023.

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    Bolloré completes African logistics sale


    AFRICA: French industrial conglomerate Bolloré has completed the sale of its Bolloré Africa Logistics business, including three railway concessions in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Bénin and Niger.

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    Marguerite enters service on Mont-Blanc mountain railway


    FRANCE: The last of the four metre-gauge electric multiple-units supplied by Stadler to re-equip the Tramway du Mont-Blanc mountain railway entered service on December 21.

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    Rail Business UK

    Gibb to leave Scottish Rail Holdings citing political interference


    UK: Transport Scotland has confirmed that the current CEO of Scottish Rail Holdings, Chris Gibb, will leave his post when his fixed term contract comes to an end on March 31.

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    Remove technical barriers to cut journey times across European borders, urges ERA


    EUROPE: Many cross-border rail routes function like a patchwork of different national systems, and there is an opportunity to reduce journey times by solving technical and operational issues, according to a report from the European Union Agency for Railways. The Cross-border Rail Transport Potential Report looks ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Noise and vibration attenuation material launched


    UK: Nottinghamshire-based Interflex has launched its Ocean range of materials to reduce noise, vibration and harshness in rolling stock. The lightweight mouldable material is made from 100% polyester, 80% of which is recycled with 1 kg being equivalent to 80 recycled plastic water bottles. It can ...

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    Mobile mapping system certified by Deutsche Bahn


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has approved the use of Trimble’s MX9 mobile mapping system for surveying track, clearances and infrastructure. The MX9 hardware can be mounted on a vehicle to rapidly capture panoramic and multi-angle laser scans and images at speed up to 100 km/h, avoiding the ...

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    Theft and fire resistant hammer developed


    INTERNATIONAL: Anti-theft and additional safety measures are incorporated into EMKA’s latest design of hammer for breaking train windows in the event of an emergency. A 1·5 m steel cable is integrated into the mounting to prevent theft of the hammer. The handle is made from plastic ...

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    Nanning – Chongzuo PDL opens


    CHINA: The 121 km Nanning – Chongzuo Passenger-Dedicated Line opened on December 5. With a line speed of 250 km/h, the route cuts the journey time between the two cities from 2 h 36 min to 52 min.

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    Gearbox predictive maintenance collaboration


    INTERNATIONAL: Rail gearbox supplier GGT Gmeinder Getriebetechnik and industrial internet of things company Stimio have worked together to produce a gearbox oil monitoring sensor with connectivity to support predictive maintenance. Gmeinder’s GGT-GearSaverman oil-condition sensor monitors gearbox operating data including metal abrasion, temperature, oil quality, relative humidity ...