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  • El Berrón (Photo: Smiley.toerist, CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Gijón to Pola de Laviana line closes for track renewals


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF is to launch a €50m programme of track renewals on the metre gauge line between Gijón, El Berrón and Pola de Laviana. The existing track dates from when the line was converted from 1 445 mm to 1 000 mm gauge in 1983.

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    Rail Baltica shadow operator appointed


    EUROPE: A joint venture of the German national railway’s DB Engineering & Consulting business, Spanish national operator RENFE Operadora and consultancy Ineco is to act as shadow operator for the Rail Baltica project. The €8m contract was signed by Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail and ...

  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority opened an extension of Philadelphia’s Media/Wawa Regional Rail Line from Elwyn to Wawa
    Metro Report International

    SEPTA extends services to reopened Wawa station


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority opened an extension of Philadelphia’s Media/Wawa Regional Rail Line from Elwyn to Wawa on August 21. SEPTA trains last served the area in September 1986, and the opening marks the first extension of its rail services since the Airport Line in ...

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    In depth

    Infrastructure: Connected workers inspect catenary


    A novel workflow tool has been trialled by Network Rail on the East Coast Main Line in northeast England to combine the benefits of monitoring overhead lines using drones with the elimination of paper-based processes at the worksite.

  • Regiobahn DMU at Hahnenfurth/Düssel (Photo: WF203/CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Rhein-Ruhr operating contract and electrification


    Source: WF203/CC BY-SA 4.0 GERMANY: Rhein-Ruhr transport authority VRR has announced its intention to direct award local authority owned Regiobahn a contract to operate new passenger service RE47 between Remscheid-Lennep, Solingen and Düsseldorf. The contract is to run for six years from the December 2022 timetable ...

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    Foxboro commuter rail pilot to start in September


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is to launch a one-year pilot of a weekday commuter rail service between Boston’s South station and Foxboro station in the town of Foxborough on September 12. There will be 11 inbound and 10 outbound weekday trains via the Fairmount and ...

  • Budapest bridge

    Budapest bridge reconstruction completed


    HUNGARY: The third track on the 500 m bridge over the River Danube on the Southern Rail Link in Budapest has been commissioned for regular operation. This strategic section of line carries 90% of traffic between the eastern and western regions of the country, including three ...

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    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

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    Fire fighting and rescue wagon rolled out


    TURKEY: A fire-fighting and rescue wagon has been rolled out by Türkiye Raylı Sistem Araçları in Eskişehir. It has a platform with an equipment module and water tank containers which can be used to fight lineside forest fires or tackle fires on trains carrying petroleum products, ...

  • Inland Rail students

    First students complete Inland Rail Skills Academy Foundation Course


    AUSTRALIA: The first students has successfully completed the Inland Rail Skills Academy Foundation Course in Boggabilla, New South Wales. This covered construction skills, literacy, numeracy, financial and digital literacy and career preparation skills. The students can now apply for positions with contractors such as Freight Connect, ...

  • Eurostar Velaro e320 high speed train.

    Eurostar confirms end of Disneyland service


    EUROPE: Eurostar has confirmed that it will not be running the direct service between London and Marne-la-Vallée, the station for Disneyland Paris, from June 5 2023. The operator said ’whilst we continue to recover financially from the pandemic, and monitor developments in the proposed EU Entry/Exit ...

  • Ukraine UK transport pact

    Ukraine-UK transport partnership to support rebuilding of war damaged infrastructure


    UKRAINE: The UK and Ukraine have signed an agreement to share engineering expertise for the rebuilding of rail, road, port and air transport infrastructure damaged by the Russian invasion. Further details have also been given of a £10m package of British support for Ukrainian Railways, which ...

  • Arad station (Photo Toma Bacic)

    Timișoara – Arad route modernisation contracts


    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR has selected a joint venture of Webuild and Salcef to modernise two sections of the Caransebeș - Timișoara – Arad line. The first contract is worth €448m and covers rehabilitation and double-tracking of the 56 km between Arad and the Ronat Triaj ...

  • BEML Myanmar visit

    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

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    Dutch EMU contract preferred bidder selected


    NETHERLANDS: National passenger operator NS has selected CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 60 electric multiple-units. The base order would cover 30 four-car single-deck EMUs and 30 six-car double-deck units, with options to order additional units including for cross-border traffic. The 160 km/h ...

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    Metro Report International

    New York MTA launches combined commuter rail app


    USA: New York MTA has launched the TrainTime one-stop journey planning, ticket purchasing and real-time train location app for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad commuter rail passengers. This was developed in-house by MTA, and replaces the eTix app and the previously separate TrainTime apps ...

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    Hydrogen fuel cell trains enter regular commercial service


    GERMANY: Regular commercial operation of series-built Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units was officially launched by Eisenbahnen & Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser on August 24. Alstom has now delivered five of the 14 iLint units which were ordered by Land transport authority LNVG in 2017, and the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    JNA-X box wagon prototype for GB Railfreight rolled out


    UK: The first of 50 JNA-X box wagons ordered by leasing company Porterbrook for use by GB Railfreight has been rolled out at Greenbrier Europe’s factory at Arad in Romania. The order was announced on March 15, and deliveries are planned in two batches in September ...

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    Vietnam revives high speed line vision


    VIETNAM: The Ministry of Transport expects to submit proposals to the government in September for the construction of a 1 545 km high speed line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Announcing the project on August 14, the ministry told local media that the first stage ...

  • Train in Uzbekistan

    Six policy reforms to strengthen railways in Central Asia


    ASIA: An Asian Development Bank assessment of the state of railways in the 11 countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Programme has set out six reforms that ADB believes are needed to make rail more efficient and financially sustainable. The CAREC area covers Afghanistan, ...