World rolling stock market June 2009
Bangladesh: BR has signed contracts to buy 50 flat wagons and five brake vans from Chinese shipbuilding company Apshara International for delivery within the next 12 months at a cost of 327m taka.
Canada: CN has bought three EMD F40 locomotives and 14 passenger cars from Ansco Investment Co, which operated them on the Denver Ski Train which ceased on March 29. The stock will be refurbished to re-equip the Agawa Canyon Tour Train in a C$10m project funded with Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.
Greece: Four Stadler custom-?built rack DMUs are due to start regular operations on OSE’s 750 mm gauge Diakofto - Kalavrita line from June 1. The three-car units were supplied in 2007 under a SFr34·8m contract, but had not entered service because of extensive ongoing work to rebuild the 22 km line.
Japan: JR-East will put Series E259 EMUs into passenger traffic on Narita Express services from Tokyo to Narita Airport later this year. The 22 six-car sets being built by Tokyu Car Corp have a top speed of 130 km/h and can carry 28 Green Car and 262 standard class passengers. They have a wider seat pitch than the current E253 units, along with wheelchair-accessible toilets and lockable luggage space.
Mozambique: India’s Golden Rock workshop is converting a 1 676 mm gauge locomotive to Cape gauge and fitting new controls as part of a plan to supply locos which are more powerful than previous metre-gauge locos delivered for the Sena line.
On May 11 CFM inaugurated three diesel railcars regauged after having been acquired at a cost of €3m from Portugal, where they had arrived ?second-hand from Yugoslavia.
Nigeria: Last month GE Transportation and the Federal Ministry of Transportation signed a letter of intent for the supply of 25 C25 EMPD six-axle diesel locomotives. They will be built at Contagem in Brazil for delivery in 2010 for use on freight and passenger services.
Poland: Sigma Tabor has acquired 46 one and two-car Wadloper DMUs from Netherlands Railways for use on various rural services.
On April 24 Warminsko-Mazurskie voivodship signed a 28m zloty order with PESA for three two-car DMUs to be delivered by May 2010. A railway from Olsztyn will be modernised in connection with proposals to restart flights to Szczytno-Szymany airport.
Russia: Slovak firm Tatravagonka will supply Freight One with 1 000 sliding roof wagons once Russian certification is obtained for two prototypes by August. Derived from the Habinss design, the sliding roof wagons will offer a 10 m loading length, loading from above and 72 tonne capacity.
Singapore: On May 6 LTA announced that a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang had won a S$368m contract to supply 22 six-car trains for the North-South and East-West lines in 2011-12. The order runs in parallel with the Jurong East Modification Project, which will provide an additional track to improve turnaround times at Jurong East.
Slovakia: ZOS Vrútky has won a €53m contract to supply 12 Class 860 three-car inter-regional DMUs to national passenger operator ZSSK in 2010-15 (RG 1.09 p 17). The Class 860 will be partly based on six Class 840 two-car GTW 2/6 DMUs delivered by a consortium of Stadler and ZOS Vrútky in 2003.
USA: The first of 26 MPXpress ?locomotives being supplied to Baltimore by MotivePower was unveiled on May 6. The 3 600 hp diesels are being remanufactured from GP-40s purchased for $100m, and along with 13 Kawasaki double-deck coaches bought from Virginia Railway Express for $22m will enable MARC to meet increasing demand.
BNSF has taken delivery of the first 25 ES44C4 Evolution locomotives designed by GE Transportation as a direct replacement option for DC-motored locos which have a lower initial cost but higher maintenance. Four of the six axles have AC motors, and the Dynamic Weight Management System automatically transfers weight from idler to powered axles when additional adhesion is required.