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  • No fewer than 21 rail-connected logistics hubs are being developed by TCDD for opening by 2023.

    Branch line to serve Samsun logistics hub


    TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has awarded a TL190m contract for the construction of a railway between the existing Samsun - Sivas line and TCDD's Gelemen rail logistics centre. The lead contractor will be a consortium of Dekovil Entegre Sistemler and Feza Taahut. The contract involves construction of a 6·7 ...

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    Eurostar to expand Amsterdam service next year


    EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed operator Eurostar expects to launch a third daily train between London and Amsterdam in June 2019, reflecting the initial success of the route which was launched with two trains per day in April this year. Eurostar reports that it has already carried more than 130 ...

  • SBB Cargo aims to be in the black by 2020 and to become fully competitive and financially independent by 2023.

    SBB Cargo to test autocouplers in intermodal traffic


    SWITZERLAND: In January 2019 SBB Cargo plans to begin a full-scale test of wagons fitted with automatic couplers on intermodal services. Under a SFr1·5m programme, a fleet of 100 wagons has been equipped with hybrid couplings that feature an autocoupler which folds up to reveal a conventional screw coupler. ...

  • The Omnia self-supported cantilever was shown at InnoTrans 2018.

    Bonomi launches updated Omnia cantilever design


    ITALY: Electrification specialist Gruppo Bonomi has updated its Omnia cantilever design with what it terms a ‘self-supporting’ variant suited to use in tunnels and other restricted access sites. The Omnia range of overhead line structures has been offered by the Italian supplier since 2008 and has been approved for use ...

  • Paris St-Lazare is likely to be one of more than 300 French stations to be equipped with Bluetooth beacons for geolocation services.

    Bluetooth beacon competition to enhance stations


    FRANCE: SNCF’s stations business Gares & Connexions has launched an innovation competition branded Open Beacon aimed at enhancing the accessibility of and service offering at major stations. The term ‘open beacon’ refers to Gares & Connexions’ plan to install Bluetooth geolocation tags in more than 300 stations across the ...

  • Network Rail is to enhance the loading gauge on the Doncaster - Immingham route in northern England.
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    World rail freight news round-up


    Marking 10 years of direct intermodal trains between China and Germany, Deutsche Bahn has established DB Cargo Eurasia as a dedicated business unit to develop Eurasian transit freight. DB and partners including Russian Railways launched a single train between Xiangtang and Hamburg in 2008; it now runs 3 600 ...

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    World rail market - October 2018


    Australia: Aurizon is to deploy Trimble’s R2M remote diagnostic and P2M planning and performance systems. The companies also plan to pilot enhanced infrastructure and rolling stock monitoring and analytics. Czech Republic: A Hegenscheidt underfloor wheel lathe has been installed by Strabag at ČD’s passenger rolling stock depot ...

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    PRASA on the brink as court defers safety shutdown


    SOUTH AFRICA: The future of the 2 300 route-km network operated by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is in grave doubt amid a spiralling safety crisis that has seen the national rail regulator request suspension of the operator’s licence. The Rail Safety Regulator suspended PRASA’s right to operate ...

  • Central Japan Railway is among the backers of the Texas Central project, which is intended to use Shinkansen technology.

    RENFE and ADIF to support Texas Central high speed service


    USA: On October 10 high speed project promoter Texas Central announced that it had selected Spanish national operator RENFE and infrastructure manager ADIF as ‘strategic partners’ for the 386 km high speed line between Houston and Dallas. The Spanish partners were one of five bidders, Texas Central said. ‘RENFE ...

  • Two pre-series Ivolga trainsets are already being used by CPPK.

    CPPK orders more Ivolga EMUs from TMH


    RUSSIA: On October 4, Central Suburban Passenger Co signed a contract with Transmashholding subsidiary Tver Carriage Works for the supply of a further 15 seven-car Ivolga EMUs. The value of the contract is 11bn roubles and marks a follow-on order for the design after CPPK ordered 24 six-car trainsets ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    Steel producer Evraz is to invest US$60m in two automatic full-section wheel machining lines and a wheel geometry laser measuring hub at its plant in Nizhny Tagil. This is expected to see wheel output increase by 78 000 units per year, most of which are for the Russian market. ...

  • The Downside Carriage Sheds outside London Euston were last used in 2004.

    UK railway news round-up


    Project promoter HS2 Ltd reported on October 4 that demolition of carriage sidings adjacent to the West Coast Main Line on the approaches to London Euston has been completed. The site of HS2’s 13 500 m 2 tunnel portal, where two 21 km bores will emerge, and access ...

  • Paris-Est is located just 500 m from Paris-Nord and Magenta RER station.

    €50m plan to link Paris stations as an ‘integrated hub’


    FRANCE: Transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités has outlined a 10-point package running until 2024 to rehabilitate the urban realm around Nord and Est stations in Paris, as well as improving access between them. The €50m programme is intended to enhance the walking routes between the two stations, which using existing ...

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    First section of Moscow – Kazan high speed line to open in 2024


    RUSSIA: A construction agreement covering the first section of the Moscow – Kazan high speed line was announced by RZD First Deputy Director Alexander Misharin at the ProMotion 1520 conference in Sochi on October 2. The agreement calls for work to start next year on a 301 km alignment between ...

  • The Bang Sue Grand station complex is planned to open by the end of 2020. Photo: Peter Janssen.

    Four-storey Bangkok Bang Sue station takes shape


    THAILAND: Construction of a new passenger hub for Bangkok is around 70% complete and on course for opening towards the end of 2020, according to municipal officials. Bang Sue Grand Station will be a four-storey structure covering 300 000 m 2 and would replace Hua Lamphong as the ...

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    World rail market - September 2018


    Estonia: Rail Baltica promoter RB Rail has awarded a joint venture of Civitta Estonia and Railistics a €140 000 contract to undertake a feasibility study for a freight terminal at Pärnu. ETC Transport Consultants, Ernst & Young Baltic and AECOM had also bid. Singapore: LTA has awarded a consortium ...

  • DB Fernverkehr placed the first ICE4 trainsets into regular traffic last December on routes including München - Hamburg,

    More ICE4s ordered as DB spends €1bn on inter-city fleet


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn ratified a decision to order more ICE4 inter-city trainsets for €700m at its supervisory board meeting in Berlin on September 26. DB Fernverkehr expects to order a further 18 seven-car trainsets from a Siemens-led consortium as an option on the 119 trains already planned for delivery ...

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    GE to develop additive manufacturing of locomotive components


    INNOTRANS: Additive manufacturing could be used in the production of up to 250 locomotive components by 2025 if GE Transportation’s early trials of the technique prove successful. The company is looking to build on the experience of GE’s aviation business over the past six years to develop additive manufacturing ...

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    Traverso offers space and comfort


    INNOTRANS: Swiss operator Schweizerische Suedostbahn and Stadler used the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 19 to present what Stadler Group CEO Thomas Ahlburg described as the longest Flirt trainset yet built. The copper coloured eight-car low-floor units will replace SOB’s existing rolling stock on the St Gallen ...

  • SNCF President Guillaume Pepy visits the Shift2Rail stand at InnoTrans 2018.

    Pepy promises to make SNCF ‘fit for the future’


    INNOTRANS: The trade union strike action which has disrupted France’s rail network for much of this year has cost national railway group SNCF €780m, President Guillaume Pepy said at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 19. Speaking alongside SNCF Réseau President Patrick Jeantet, Pepy nevertheless painted a ...