All Railway Gazette International articles in November 2015 – Page 4

  • Stadler Rail's Bussnang factory.

    Stadler Rail targets Asia-Pacific markets


    AUSTRALIA: Stadler Rail has established an Australian subsidiary to support its planned expansion into Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Stadler Australia has opened an office in Sydney, and intends to form a joint venture in Australia which would undertake final assembly using rolling stock components supplied from Europe ...

  • Heading north? A Norfolk Southern freight train passes Winona on Canadian Pacific's line from Chicago to Minneapolis.

    CP proposes Norfolk Southern merger


    NORTH AMERICA: Canadian Pacific confirmed on November 17 that it had written to Norfolk Southern Corp, proposing a ‘business combination’ to ‘create a transcontinental railroad’ which it feels could become ‘a new industry leader’. Rumours of a bid had emerged a week earlier on November 9, after an earlier proposal ...

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    Braking energy recovery on the Barcelona metro


    SPAIN: Ingeteam and Istem are to install an energy recovery system in a traction substation of Line L9 of the Barcelona metro. According to Ingeteam, this will be able to recover between 10% and 30% of braking energy. Ingeteam has supplied the same technology to the metros in Málaga ...

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    Nürnberg expects to order Line U1 metro trains


    GERMANY: Nürnberg metro operator VAG intends to order 21 four-car trainsets for Line U1 at a cost of €164m. Expected to enter service from mid-2018, the Type G1 trains are intended to replace the 42 Type DT1 two-car sets in service on U1 since the 1970s. Designed in collaboration ...

  • China is seeking to develop rail links between the southern province of Yunnan and neighbouring countries, including Myanmar (left), Laos and Vietnam. It hopes to create through corridors to Thailand and Singapore.

    Cabinet approves Chinese-backed standard gauge project


    THAILAND: The Thai cabinet approved on November 17 the governance model for the planned north-south standard gauge network, being developed in partnership with China. Construction is due to begin in the middle of next year.Forming part of a trans-ASEAN corridor linking Kunming in southern China with Laos and the gulf ...

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    World rail infrastructure market November 2015


    Brazil: Kirow has supplied a TL70 tracklayer to Vale's Carajás Railroad. Canada: Bombardier Transportation is to supply Cityflo 650 CBTC for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line in Toronto. Estonia: Contractor Leonhard Weiss RTE is using Pandrol's Fastclip FE fastenings for the 56 km Tapa - Tartu track renewal ...

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    €100m for Rennes metro Line B


    FRANCE: On November 13 state-owned investment bank Caisse des Dépôts signed an agreement with the greater Rennes authority to lend €100m towards the construction of metro Line B. The European Investment Bank is already lending €300m towards the project. According to Caisse des Dépôts, Line B is one of the ...

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    SBB inaugurates Olten control centre


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways formally inaugurated its regional control centre at Olten on November 17, in a ceremony attended by SBB CEO Andreas Meyer, the president of canton Solothurn Roland Fürst and the Mayor of Olten Martin Wey. BZ Mitte is one of four regional centres that will eventually manage ...

  • Go-Ahead Stadler Flirt EMU for Netz 1 services.

    Go-Ahead and Abellio win Stuttgart passenger operating contracts


    GERMANY: UK company Go-Ahead and the Abellio subsidiary of Dutch national railway NS have been selected for three contracts to operate Netz 1 passenger services from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg’s Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Winfried Hermann announced on November 17. Formal award of the contracts by transport authority Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg ...

  • Uzbekistan Railways has awarded Patentes Talgo a €38m contract to supply a further two Afrosiyob 250 km/h trainsets.

    Uzbekistan Railways orders more Talgo trainsets


    UZBEKISTAN: National railway UTY has signed a €38m contract for Patentes Talgo to supply a further two 250 km/h trainsets in 2017. The extra trainsets have been ordered as part of the ongoing 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 291 km Samarkand – Bukhara line which is scheduled for ...

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    Wuppertal welcomes Generation 15 car


    GERMANY: Wuppertal Mayor Andreas Mucke presented the first Generation 15 car for the city’s schwebebahn suspension monorail to a crowd of 5 000 at the Vohwinkel terminus on November 14. ‘This is a generational project that will shape our city for the next 40 years’, said Stadtwerke Wuppertal CEO ...

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    Brookfield Rail reaches interim grain deal


    AUSTRALIA: Infrastructure manager Brookfield Rail has signed a new track access agreement with Western Australia’s grain handling company CBH Group covering grain train operations in 2016. The contract will replace the current interim agreement which is due to expire at the end of this year, midway through the main shipping ...

  • Refurbished Enterprise train.

    Cross-border train ready to live longer and prosper


    EUROPE: Translink NI Railways is undertaking a major refurbishment of the three locomotive-hauled trainsets used on the cross-border Enterprise service between Belfast and Dublin. The first completed eight-car set re-entered service on November 16, and all are expected to return to service by the end of the year. The Enterprise ...

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    Gera seeks tram operator


    GERMANY: The city of Gera has invited expressions of interest in a contract to operate tram and bus services, and intends to award an operating contract on October 1 2016. Four organisations are reported to be interested: Transdev, Rhenus Veniro, DB Bus and regional bus operator Regionalverkehr Gera/Land. Transdev ...

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    Tracklaying starts on Sulawesi railway


    INDONESIA: The first track has been laid on the island of Sulawesi to mark the start of railway fit-out on the 145 km standard gauge route being built from provincial capital Makassar to the port of Pare Pare. The start of tracklaying at Lalabata in Barru regency on November ...

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    SEPTA awards light rail CBTC contract


    USA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has awarded Ansaldo STS a $53·2m design-build contract to install communications-based train control on light rail routes 101 and 102, also known as the Media-Sharon Hill Lines. The scope includes civil works and upgrading existing signalling on the 1 581 mm gauge routes totalling ...

  • The first Alstom Metropolis car for the Riyadh metro under construction at Alstom’s Katowice plant (Photo: Alstom).
    Metro Report International

    First Alstom metro cars for Riyadh under construction


    SAUDI ARABIA: Production of the first of 69 two-car Metropolis trainsets for Riyadh metro lines 4, 5 and 6 has begun at Alstom’s Katowice plant in Poland. Metro project promoter Arriyadh Development Authority expects to unveil a full-size mock-up of a trainset in Riyadh shortly, and is scheduled to take ...

  • The derailed TGV trainset lies between the two tracks at Eckwersheim. Photo: Aurélien Poivret / Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace

    Test train catastrophe on LGV Est


    FRANCE: Opening of the 106 km second section of LGV Est-Européenne between Baudrecourt and Vendenheim for commercial services is likely to be delayed, following the high speed derailment of a TGV test train on November 14. SNCF Réseau President Jacques Rapoport told local media that it was ‘reasonable to expect’ ...

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    Milwaukee selects Brookville trams


    USA: The City of Milwaukee agreed terms with rolling stock manufacturer Brookville Equipment Corp on November 13 for the supply of four Liberty Modern Streetcars to operate its starter line. The $18·6m contract includes options for up to 20 more vehicles. The three-section bidirectional trams will be 20·4 m ...

  • The Mobile Phone Detection System technology is integrated within Wi-Tronix's Wi-PU.

    Detecting mobile phone use in the cab


    USA: Mobile asset monitoring technology company Wi-Tronix has launched a Mobile Phone Detection System which enables railways to monitor train crew compliance with their individual policies on the use of mobile devices in cabs. The Mobile Phone Detection System can identify powered and transmitting devices which are receiving an inbound ...