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  • In July and August this year, YRT supported a visit by 41 staff from CRRC as they toured railway facilities across the UK.
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    Young Rail Tours to explore the world of rail

    2019-08-30T09:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: UK-based networking and educational association Young Rail Professionals has launched Young Rail Tours in partnership with the Young Members sections of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technology Railway Technical Professional Network. ...

  • Vossloh Locomotives specialises in producing small to mid-sized diesel locos for freight applications at its factory in Kiel which moved to new facilities last year.
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    Vossloh to sell Locomotives business to CRRC

    2019-08-26T17:29:13Z

    GERMANY: On August 26 Vossloh AG announced its intention to sell its Locomotives business unit to Chinese state-owned rolling stock group CRRC. Vossloh Locomotives is based in Kiel, where a new production facility was completed in March 2018. The business specialises in producing small and medium sized diesel ...

  • The 876 route-km network linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná reopened last year after eight years of disuse.
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    Red Férrea de Atlántico operational support contract awarded

    2019-08-23T11:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: National infrastructure authority ANI has awarded Spanish engineering and technology consultancy Airtificial a €1·5m contract to optimise operations on the Red Férrea de Atlántico. The contract covers operations on the 876 route-km linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná. These 914 mm gauge lines had been out ...

  • A major enhancement of the principal east-west main line across northern England is being taken forward by NR alongside a major rolling stock renewal programme by operator TransPennine Express.
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    Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

    2019-08-20T11:27:31Z

    UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the ...

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    Coast-to-coast cruise train crosses Africa

    2019-08-07T12:37:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: On August 2 a passenger train set out on the return leg of a coast-to-coast trip across Africa. Departing from the port of Lobito on Angola’s Atlantic coast and bound for the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean, the train had arrived in Lobito on ...

  • August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.
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    Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

    2019-08-03T05:00:00Z

    Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International , the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail ...

  • The hauled coaches are designed to run at up to 200 km/h and certification has already been approved for use in several European countries.
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    MÁV domestic coach production gathers pace

    2019-08-02T12:30:00Z

    HUNGARY: Following on from two prototype vehicles produced in 2014-15, a series batch of 20 IC+ hauled coaches for international trains has been completed by national railway holding MÁV. The vehicles have been produced in-house at MÁV’s Szolnok workshop. They have been funded by the company and contain ...

  • The TGV Océane sets will be used on services from Paris Est as well as on routes to the west.  TGV ridership has rebounded strongly in recent months, SNCF reports.  Second class saloon on a TGV Océane trainset.
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    Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs

    2019-07-31T13:39:23Z

    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy. Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern ...

  • SNCF’s rail motorway subsidiary VIIA currently operates rail motorway services on five routes.
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    Port of Barcelona rail motorway terminal agreed

    2019-07-29T13:00:00Z

    SPAIN: An agreement to build and operate a rail motorway terminal in the Port of Barcelona has been signed by the government of Catalunya and SNCF subsidiary VIIA. The terminal will be open to any operator, offering capacity to accommodate eight trains per day carrying unaccompanied lorry trailers ...

  • Attending the signing ceremony were Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore, Transport Minister Phil Twyford, CRL Ltd Chair Sir Brian Roche and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.
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    Auckland City Rail Link contract signed

    2019-07-19T14:35:48Z

    NEW ZEALAND: The main contract for construction of the tunnels and stations on the Auckland City Rail Link was formally signed on July 19, at an event attended by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Project promoter City Rail Link had selected the Link Alliance ...

  • The Prime Minister visited the completed electrification work on the Douro Valley line on July 16.
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    Electrification goes live in northern Portugal

    2019-07-17T10:43:19Z

    PORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto ...

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    Prima H4 pre-series locos on test with SBB

    2019-07-12T12:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A pre-series batch of five Prima H4 shunting locomotives has now been delivered to SBB for a year of in-service trials. Designated Aem940 by SBB, the locomotives will be used mainly at marshalling yards and for engineering possessions. In line with SBB’s fleet rationalisation efforts, the four-axle loco ...

  • Cameras fitted on the locomotive provided real-time images for the driver in the control centre, who accelerated and braked the train.
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    ‘Drone train’ completes first trial

    2019-07-10T11:09:26Z

    FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. ...

  • CPTM already operates several weekend tourist routes in São Paulo state.
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    CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

    2019-07-08T15:09:09Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s ...

  • CP leases DMUs from RENFE for use on routes including Porto - Vigo.
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    CP and EMEF to merge ahead of market opening

    2019-07-03T15:31:26Z

    PORTUGAL: The government has approved a €45m capital investment programme for both national operator CP and rolling stock maintenance business EMEF. To be funded from the state budget, the 2019-22 plan approved on June 27 has two parts. The first covers investment of €9m in 2019, primarily to enable ...

  • RENFE already uses its S100 trains on cross-border services between France and Spain.
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    RENFE seeks to take on the TGV

    2019-07-01T16:21:12Z

    FRANCE: On July 1, RENFE Operadora confirmed its intention to enter the French high speed passenger market, saying it had lodged the relevant applications with regulator Arafer, safety authority EPSF and infrastructure manager SNCF Réseau. The Spanish national operator would compete with incumbent SNCF on high speed routes initially ...

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    World rail market - June 2019

    2019-06-29T05:00:00Z

    China: ST Engineering is supplying a control system for Wuxi metro Line 3. Czech Republic: On-board ticket sales were introduced across the Praha tram fleet on April 26, using Mikro­elektronika onboard vending machines with payments processed by ČSOB subsidiary Banit. Poland: Agat is to supply a train washing ...

  • SNCF hopes that satellite geolocation technology could help its research into autonomous train operation.
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    SNCF and Airbus to trial satellite geolocation technology

    2019-06-21T10:47:57Z

    FRANCE: SNCF and Airbus Defence & Space signed a co-operation accord at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 19. The agreement last three years and covers the development and adaptation of satellite geolocation technology, based on the EU’s Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Systems, for ...

  • There are three FlixTrain services already running in Germany.
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    FlixTrain seeks to enter French passenger market

    2019-06-18T09:05:13Z

    FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has lodged an application with rail regulator Arafer to launch five inter-city routes from January 1 2021. The FlixTrain-branded services would cover four domestic routes as well as one international route. The proposed services are seven return trains per day between Paris Nord and Brussels ...

  • The 28 Acela trains will enter service on the Northeast Corridor from 2021, Amtrak says.
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    Next-generation Acela trainsets take shape

    2019-06-14T09:08:38Z

    USA: Alstom invited guests to its Hornell factory in New York state on June 12 to showcase the progress it is making in producing the next generation of Acela high speed trainsets for Amtrak. Amtrak says that ‘significant progress’ is being made in production of the fleet, which is ...