All Railway Gazette International articles in November 2013

All articles published this month.

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    Products & Technology in Brief


    Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail has appointed Strukton to design monitoring equipment to verifiy that its ATB Vv train protection systems are functioning. Developed to a tight timescale, the technology is similar to Strukton's microPOSS data loggers used for monitoring turnouts. Alcoa Fastening Systems has introduced the Huck 360 two-piece ...

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    Strukton traction equipment to power São Paulo monorail cars


    BRAZIL: Strukton Rolling Stock is to supply traction inverters, auxiliary inverters and battery chargers for the vehicles to be used on São Paulo metro Line 17. The monorail is being built by a consortium of Grupo MPE, Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida and Scomi Rail, which is providing rolling stock. ...

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    ‘MoKaKi’ project breaks ground in Mombasa


    KENYA: A ceremony led by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mombasa on November 28 marked the start of construction of the first phase of the planned 2 937 km standard gauge cross-border corridor linking the Kenyan port city with Kampala in Uganda and the Rwandan capital Kigali. The initial phase of ...

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    New Sarmiento fleet to arrive in February


    ARGENTINA: Presenting images of the first of 25 nine-car EMUs to be completed by Chinese supplier CSR for the Sarmiento commuter route in Buenos Aires, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo confirmed that shipments would start on January 5. ‘In mid-February they are going to be in Argentina’, ...

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    Xinyi Line opens in Taipei


    TAIWAN: The Xinyi Line of the Taipei metro was officially opened on November 23 at a ceremony attended by President Ma Ying-jeou, with public services starting the following day. The 6·4 km line links Chang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall and Xiangshan with five intermediate stations. Interchange is provided with the ...

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    Re-engineered EMU offers new train for less


    UK: On November 28 leasing company Angel Trains unveiled a re-engineered four-car Class 317 EMU at Bombardier Transportation’s Ilford facility in east London. The concepts demonstrated on the pre-series train, including modernised traction equipment and new interiors, would offer operators the performance, maintenance and passenger ambience benefits of new rolling ...

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    Odense light rail funding agreed


    DENMARK: In the budget agreement for 2014 the government has agreed to fund DKr1·1bn of the first stage of the Odense light rail project. Odense city council is to provide DKr600m for operation-related costs, including the rolling stock and a control centre, and the Syddanmark region is funding the rest ...

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    Bridge boosts capacity in Missouri


    USA: Union Pacific Railroad opened a bridge over the Osage River at Jefferson City, Missouri, on November 25 as part of a capacity enhancement programme on the 455 km Kansas City – St Louis route. The 365 m structure carries a double-track alignment and removes one of the most significant ...

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    Trans-Tasman safety partnership launched


    AUSTRALASIA: A ceremony at the parliament building in Wellington last month marked the amalgamation of rail safety charities on both sides of the Tasman Sea. New Zealand’s Chris Cairns Foundation has merged with Australia’s TrackSafe to form TrackSafe NZ, aimed at promoting rail safety and education. Both organisations will share ...

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    TGVs to Barcelona from December 15


    EUROPE: With rolling stock approvals for both national networks now completed under a cross-acceptance regime, RENFE and SNCF are due to start joint international high speed operations on December 15, including a direct service from Paris to Barcelona. Bookings for the new services opened on November 28. There will be ...

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    Vossloh to supply fastenings to Haramain high speed project


    SAUDI ARABIA: Vossloh Fastening Systems announced on November 28 that it had won a €30m contract to supply rail fastenings for the 444 km Haramain high speed line that is to run from Madinah to Jeddah and Makkah. Deliveries are due to start before the end of the year, ...

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    Californian high speed programme hits funding hurdle


    USA: California’s high speed rail programme is facing potentially significant delays following a series of rulings on funding issues by the Sacramento County Supreme Court. The rulings centre on the California High Speed Rail Authority’s plan to use so-called Proposition 1A bonds to part-fund an Initial Operating Segment through the ...

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    Makkah and Madinah metros approved


    SAUDI ARABIA: Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has approved the construction of two metro lines under the first phase of Makkah’s 62bn riyal public transport project. These would be in addition to the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah metro which was built to handle pilgrim traffic. An 11 km line ...

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    Kapsch CarrierCom to supply GSM-R for Hungary


    HUNGARY: State holding company NISZ has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom and local company MVM OVIT a €46m contract to install GSM-R on 900 km of the national rail network, Kapsch announced on November 27. With MVM responsible for physical infrastructure, installation is due for completion at the end of 2015 when ...

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    Alstom wins Sardinian signalling contract


    ITALY: Alstom announced on November 27 that, as leader of a consortium with civil works contractor Gemmo SpA, it had been awarded a contract by local railway authority ARST to supply and install a new signalling system for the 950 mm gauge Monserrato – Senorbì and Macomèr – Nuoro routes ...

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    France creates rail industry investment fund


    FRANCE: On November 26 the government announced the creation of Croissance Rail, a €40m investment fund that is to take minority stakes in smaller companies that have a ‘significant presence’ in the French railway supply industry, and the potential to grow in both domestic and export markets. Formed by state ...

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    EBRD publishes new transport strategy


    INTERNATIONAL: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has published a new strategy for investment in the transport sector. This ‘focuses on the need to promote market-based transport in our region of operations’, according to Director for Transport, Sue Barrett. ‘Another priority is the creation of sustainable transport systems, ...

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    Network Rail Consulting opens Australian office


    AUSTRALIA: Network Rail Consulting marked the opening of its third international office at an event in Sydney on November 27, organised jointly with UK Trade & Investment to coincide with the AusRail Plus conference and exhibition. Network Rail Chief Executive Sir David Higgins said that rail investment was essential ...

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    Studying the smart train


    SPAIN: Catalan regional operator FGC examined the concept of the ‘smart train’ at a one-day conference in Barcelona last month. Assisted by contributions from Comillas University in Madrid, Transport for London and Siemens, FGC used the ‘smart train day’ to examine a range of energy efficiency measures and learn about ...

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    CAF and Thales win Santiago metro contract


    CHILE: Metro de Santiago announced on November 25 that it had awarded a consortium of CAF and Thales a US$451·9m contract to supply rolling stock and CBTC signalling for lines 3 and 6. CAF will supply and maintain 115 cars for Line 3 and 70 for Line 6. Metro de ...