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    World rail freight news round-up


    Hupac Group recorded an 8% increase in traffic in the first half of 2018, with trans-Alpine transport through Switzerland up 9.4%. Hupac expects ‘continued constant growth’ for the second half of 2018, supported by a 15% increase in its wagon fleet and the deployment of eight multi-system locomotives. ...

  • CP leases DMUs from RENFE on a rolling basis to operate secondary lines like the scenic Douro Valley route running east from Porto. Photo: Dario Silva

    CP to launch €168m rolling stock procurement


    PORTUGAL: The government’s Council of Ministers on September 6 gave the go-ahead for national passenger operator CP to start a rolling stock procurement process. Intended to cover the acquisition of 22 trainsets, an international tender worth €168·2m is to be called in 2019 in accordance with EU procurement rules. ...

  • AD43C locomotives being assembled at Arak in 2009.

    Defence ministry disposes of stake in Wagon Pars


    IRAN: The defence ministry has ended its involvement with rolling stock manufacturer Wagon Pars, Defence Minister Amir Hatami said on August 27. He explained that the ministry was divesting its shares in 130 companies including Wagon Pars, but did not state what stake the military holds in the company ...

  • DSB is to move its main locomotive and rolling stock workshop from København to a new facility to be built at Næstved (Photo: René Strandbygaard).

    Næstved site to replace DSB’s København workshop


    DENMARK: DSB is to move its main locomotive and rolling stock workshop from København to a new facility to be built at Næstved in south Sjælland, the national passenger operator announced on August 27. DSB CEO Flemming Jensen said the move was a long-term strategic decision that would contribute towards ...

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    World rail market - August 2018


    Asia: On June 29 Bombardier signed a €245m contract to provide 20 years of rail system maintenance services for an undisclosed customer in Southeast Asia. Australia: Metro Trains Sydney has awarded Alstom a 15-year contract to maintain the 22 six-car Metropolis automated trainsets, Urbalis 400 CBTC and ...

  • Plasser & Theurer will display a Unimat 09-4x4/4S E³ electro-diesel tamping machine in the outdoor area.

    Plasser looks to smarter maintenance of track machines


    PLASSER & THEURER: The Austrian infrastructure maintenance machine specialist will look to the broader needs of infrastructure managers and contractors at InnoTrans 2018, with two machines on display in the outdoor area. The EM100VT recording car features an inertial track geometry measurement system combined with a novel optical fixed-point ...

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    Dutch network ‘almost full’, ProRail warns


    NETHERLANDS: The Dutch main line network is ‘almost full’, ProRail warned on August 20. The national infrastructure manager issued the stark assessment in its annual update on proposed path allocations for 2019. ProRail said it was ‘running up against the limits’ of its 7 300 track-km network, pointing out ...

  • Trans-Trading is handling Siemens Vectron locomotives which are being shipped to Finnish operator VR through the German port of Lübeck.
    Rail Business UK

    World rail freight news round-up


    Nurminen Logistics plans to launch a regular container train service from the port of Helsinki to China via Russia and Kazakhstan in the final quarter of this year. The company reports that demand for Finnish railway transport services grew considerably in H1 2018, boosted by container transport from Finland ...

  • The first Worbla trainset was delivered to Bern on a standard gauge wagon.

    First crowd-sourced Stadler EMU arrives in Bern


    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge inter-urban operator Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn took delivery of the first of 14 Worbla EMUs at its Worblaufen depot north of Bern on August 7. RBS ordered the trains from Stadler in May 2016 under a contract worth SFr134m including spares. The highly customised design was influenced by ideas ...

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    NJ Transit to invest more as PTC pressure prompts service cuts


    USA: On August 8 New Jersey Transit announced that it would be spending $3·8bn in the 2019 financial year as the commuter railroad seeks to address an urgent shortfall in investment. NJT is one of the largest commuter rail operations in the USA, running an extensive network of services ...

  • A 57 km base tunnel is at the heart of the planned new line between Lyon and Torino.

    Alpine impasse as political infighting threatens Lyon – Torino base tunnel


    ANALYSIS: Conte says no, but Salvini says yes. This sums up the Italian media’s view of the conflict at the heart of the new ‘yellow and green’ government in Roma over the future of the Lyon – Torino trans-Alpine railway, writes Christian Scasso . A coalition of the ...

  • Chinese supplier CRRC has won several contracts in recent years for metro and commuter rail rolling stock from US cities including Boston, for which it is supplying cars for the Orange and Red lines (Photo: David Lustig).

    US policymakers seek to restrict procurement from Chinese suppliers


    USA: In the clearest sign yet that US policymakers are seeking to clamp down on Chinese involvement in the transport sector, the Senate on July 31 formally adopted measures which would see a one-year ban on any procurement from Chinese state-owned companies using Federal Transit Administration funding. The ban ...

  • RZD's passenger rolling stock investment programme for 2018 sees it take delivery of suburban EMUs from TMH's Demikhovo plant and several types of hauled stock for long-distance services.

    Russian passenger fleet renewal continues


    RUSSIA: National railway RZD has updated the details of its passenger rolling stock procurement for 2018. Pavel Burtsev, Head of Passenger Transport at RZD, told Railway Gazette in July that a total of 686 vehicles would be acquired for long-distance traffic. These would comprise 611 single-deck hauled coaches ...

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    World rail market - July 2018


    Germany: IVU Traffic Technologies is to supply fleet management and ticketing software to central Sachsen transport association VMS. India: Nippon Signal is to supply an automatic fare collection system for the Ahmedabad metro project. Poland: On Track Innovations has been awarded a US$155 000 multi-year ...

  • Africa's inaugural high speed rail project was launched in 2011. Photo: Colas Rail.

    Morocco’s Al Boraq high speed service to launch by year end


    MOROCCO: Africa’s first high speed railway is now expected to open for traffic by the end of the year as commissioning trials continue. LGV Maroc comprises a 183 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra which is being built for operation at up to 320 km/h, as well as ...

  • Delivery of the 100 Avelia Horizon trainsets to SNCF will run from 2023 to 2033.

    SNCF confirms TGV of the Future order


    FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités confirmed an order for Alstom to supply 100 high speed trainsets under the TGV of the Future programme at a board meeting on July 26. Branded Avelia Horizon by Alstom, the double-deck trains will be acquired at a cost of €25m per trainset, which SNCF says ...

  • Russian Railways augmented its scheduled long-distance trains with a series of special services which carried fans free of charge to the World Cup host cities.

    Fans take to the rails as RZD reports World Cup success


    RUSSIA: According to statistics released by Russian Railways, no fewer than 319 000 football fans were carried on the national railway’s special free passenger trains during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The ‘cluster’ approach adopted by Russia to group football venues in the west of the country favoured rail ...

  • Siemens has supplied day coaches for ÖBB's Railjet inter-city fleet over recent years, and it is now set to supply overnight coaches for the Nightjet network too.

    ÖBB chooses Siemens to build day and night fleets


    AUSTRIA: National operator ÖBB has picked Siemens Mobility as the supplier of a fleet of inter-city rolling stock. Bids closed on June 29, and ÖBB said on July 20 that it had concluded its evaluation of the tenders, allowing the preferred bidder to be named. The deal is subject to ...

  • Both the northernmost section of the Linha do Oeste around Figueira da Foz and the southern end near Lisboa are already electrified, but national operator CP is short of diesel rolling stock for through trains on the 200 km corridor.

    Environmental approval paves way for Linha do Oeste upgrading


    PORTUGAL: National environment agency APA has approved plans for the modernisation of part of the Linha do Oeste which links Lisboa with Louriçal and Figueira da Foz. Being undertaken as part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment programme, the upgrading covers the 87 route-km between Meleças on the Lisboa ...

  • SNCB operates cross-border conventional passenger services on several routes, serving destinations including Lille, Luxembourg and Aachen.

    Franco-Belgian passenger services to be enhanced from December


    EUROPE: Amid concern from policymakers and rail advocates about the extent and quality of cross-border passenger services in Europe, SNCB is to reintroduce conventional services linking Charleroi and Mons with Maubeuge and Aulnoye in France from the December timetable change. Direct inter-city trains had linked Paris with the Wallonie ...