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  • Elisabeth Werner of DG Move gave the keynote address at the third European Rail Summit in Brussels on November 7. A video of her address can be streamed below.

    ERS 2017: Looking beyond the Fourth Railway Package


    EUROPE: ‘Implementation’ was the watchword of speakers and delegates at Railway Gazette Group’s third European Rail Summit, which was hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bayern to the EU in Brussels on November 7. Entitled ‘Beyond the Fourth Railway Package’, the Summit addressed the policy challenges ...

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    Kosovo learns from EBRD-backed rail safety programme


    KOSOVO: Delegates from Kosovo’s rail regulator, infrastructure manager Infrakos and operator Trainkos visited the UK in October as part of scheme to develop professional and organisational capabilities which is being run by the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. The ...

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    World rail market - October 2017


    Germany: Transdev has been awarded a contract to manage ticket sales, including support for vending machines and supplying staff handsets, for Erfurter Bahn and Süd-Thüringen-Bahn for 11 years from December. Bielefeld tram operator moBiel has started installing 100 Scheidt & Bachmann ticket vending machines which offer audio support ...

  • The Spinetta inquiry will investigate multiple issues across the French rail sector, including low ridership on regional passenger trains and the precipitous decline in rail freight seen in recent years.

    Former Air France CEO Spinetta to assess future of French rail sector


    FRANCE: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has appointed the former head of Air France-KLM Jean-Cyril Spinetta to draw up a fresh strategy for the rail sector. Announced by Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne on October 16, the Spinetta study is intended to inform transport legislation due to be published in the first ...

  • Rail Minister Paul Maynard joined invited guests to open the NCHSR campus in Birmingham on October 16.

    UK training hubs open


    UK: Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening officially opened the Doncaster campus of the National College for High Speed Rail on October 9, with its partner facility in Birmingham opening on October 16. The largest of five new national colleges being created by the government ‘to ensure British workers ...

  • Austrian Federal Railways has expanded its network of overnight trains this year by taking on a number of routes previously operated by Deutsche Bahn.

    ÖBB coach tender back on track


    AUSTRIA: Tendering for a fleet of coaches for daytime and overnight inter-city services for national operator ÖBB is to resume following withdrawal of an objection by Siemens. The company had complained in August about changes to the specification for a framework contract that included an initial tranche of 200 km/h ...

  • SBB Cargo used a specially branded locomotive to mark the resumption of freight traffic through Rastatt on October 2.

    DB Netz reopens main line through Rastatt


    GERMANY: Following a hiatus of around seven weeks, trains began running through the town of Rastatt on the Rhein Valley main line between Karlsruhe and Basel at 01.00 on October 2. The busy freight and passenger artery had been blocked since August 12, when a tunnel beneath the alignment collapsed. ...

  • GO Transit commuter trains are at present formed diesel locomotives and push-pull trailer cars.

    Hydrogen-powered double-deck train design concepts wanted


    CANADA: Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx has issued a request for proposals seeking design concepts showing how hydrogen fuel cells could be integrated into double-deck electric multiple-units. Metrolinx plans to commission a number of rolling stock manufacturers to prepare designs and demonstrate the impact that incorporating hydrogen fuel cells ...

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    World rail market - September 2017


    Estonia: This month passenger operator Elron will begin its transition to a ticketing system developed by Ridango which includes terminals for stations and vending machines for use on trains, and also supports online distribution. Contactless bank card payment will be accepted from the first half of 2018. ...

  • An impression of the proposed interior of a refurbished Coach class Amfleet I saloon. Image: Amtrak.

    Amtrak begins Amfleet I refurbishment programme


    USA: Amtrak has announced the start of work to refurbish its Amfleet I hauled coaches, which are widely used on its Northeast Corridor and Midwest inter-city services. The $16m refurbishment and overhaul programme covers more than 450 vehicles, with completion planned for mid-2018. A phased approach is ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Systra announced on August 31 that it had completed the acquisition of International Bridge Technologies. This will enable the consultancy to establish ‘a global bridge centre of excellence’ that will offer specialist design expertise. This is Systra’s first acquisition in a specific engineering discipline, marking a significant strategic move, the ...

  • China has been steadily expanding the reach of its high speed passenger and mixed-traffic network across the north of the country, where operating conditions can be challenging in winter.

    Tracklaying complete on Harbin – Jiamusi fast line


    CHINA: Contractors have completed tracklaying on the 343 km Harbin – Jiamusi high speed line in Helliongjang province. Designed for trains to run at 200 km/h, the railway is expected to open for commercial traffic in June 2018. With 14 stations including Yilan, Demoli, Fangzheng and Binxian, the line will ...

  • The new postal van design was exhibited at the Expo 1520 trade show at the Shcherbinka test centre near Moscow at the end of August. Photo: Toma Bacic

    TMH to supply parcel vans to Russian Post


    RUSSIA: On September 4 Transmashholding subsidiary Tver Carriage Works, VTB Leasing and Russian Post signed a tripartite agreement for the supply of 45 postal vans for use on domestic and international services. According to the agreement, Tver Carriage Works will deliver the vehicles to VTB Leasing by the end of ...

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    CRRC presents Melbourne EMU mock-up


    AUSTRALIA: Evolution Rail has presented to Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allen a 39 m long mock-up of the electrical multiple-unit cars that it is supplying to operate Melbourne’s suburban network. Last year the Evolution Rail consortium of Plenary, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles and Downer Group was awarded ...

  • Trainline's Price Predictpr tool was launched in its mobile app on September 6.

    UK railway news round-up


    Digital ticket retailer Trainline launched its Price Predictor tool on September 6. Intended to predict movements in the price of quota-controlled Advance tickets in the weeks before a chosen travel date, the tool uses historical data patterns to anticipate price changes. ‘Our data scientists have used historical pricing trends from ...

  • The contract was signed at the Expo 1520 trade show in Moscow. In the background is a TGM8KM diesel locomotive for Cuba, which was on display at the Sinara stand.

    Sinara to supply track machines to Iran


    IRAN: At the Expo 1520 trade show in Moscow on August 31, Sinara Transport Machines signed a contract with Iranian contractor Ferrotek Steel worth €24m for the supply of 36 track machines. These will be used for maintenance and renewals across the main line network in Iran. The vehicles are ...

  • The first of 12 five-car Civity EMUs are expected to enter service with TransPennine Express in early 2019.

    Anglo-Scottish EMUs take shape in Spain


    UK: The first Civity EMUs in inter-city configuration for the UK market are under construction at CAF’s plant in Beasain in Spain. The 12 five-car trainsets are scheduled to enter service with TransPennine Express in spring 2019, the operator says. Capable of operating at up to 200 km/h, the 25 ...

  • Investment in Thailand's extensive metre-gauge main line network has cast doubt on the viability of a long-planned standard gauge railway linking the country to China via Laos.

    Contracts signed as Thai high speed project progresses


    THAILAND: Officials from Thailand and China signed two co-operation contracts for the planned Bangkok – Nakhon Ratchasima high speed railway project on the sidelines of the three-day BRICS Summit in Xiamen, which ended on September 5. The contracts are worth 5·2bn baht and cover ‘design and supervision’ tasks for the ...

  • HBR has been unable to operate to Churchill since May 23.

    Canadian government demands Manitoba railway repairs


    CANADA: The federal government is seeking to restore rail services along the Hudson Bay Railway, which connects Churchill in northern Manitoba with the Canadian National network at Flin Flon Junction, near The Pas. Following what HBR owner OmniTRAX described in June as ‘catastrophic’ flood damage, trains have been unable to ...

  • Construction teams from Bane NOR and lead contractor Skanska-Strabag celebrate the TBM breakthrough on August 29.

    Bergen tunnel breakthrough


    NORWAY: A ceremony in the suburb of Fløen on August 29 marked the breakthrough of the 7·8 km Ulriken tunnel, which construction authority Bane NOR claims is the first main line railway tunnel in the country to be bored by tunnel boring machine. The bore will complement an existing single ...