All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2001 – Page 3

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    GOVIA takes over South Central

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    THE GOVIA consortium of Go-Ahead and Keolis (formerly VIA-Cariane) took control of Britain’s Network South Central franchise on August 26, after Industry & Energy Minister Brian Wilson decided not to refer the deal to the Competition Commission. GOVIA already operates the Thameslink franchise which competes with South Central on the ...

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    Onwards by car

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    Swiss Federal Railways, DaimlerChrysler and Mobility CarSharing have launched a carpool service designated RailLink, which offers rail passengers local car hire from 42 Swiss stations. SBB has a 55% stake in the venture, which involved an investment of SFr2·5m. Cars can be reserved by telephone or internet, and must be ...

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    Sokol can't fly yet

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    FIVE MONTHS of trials have been completed with the prototype Sokol (Falcon) high speed train developed by the Russian High Speed Railway Shareholding Co (RAO VSM). The results have now been assessed by an inter-ministerial committee, which published its findings in August. The committee found that the six-car train's main ...

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    Canberra trams

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA’s Capital Territory government has backed a proposed 7 km tramway connecting the War Memorial and the National Museum via the Canberra Centre. ACT will make available land set aside for light rail when the city was first laid out, mainly along grassed median strips.The federal government has been ...

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    British problems

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    Sir - Your extensive reports on the situation in Britain (RG 9.01) leave one in no doubt that the method of privatisation chosen for British Rail has been a total disaster. Of course, it is not possible to judge how some other system would have performed, or how BR would ...

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    Passenger News in Brief:

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    Chinese Railways announced on September 4 that it was putting into service luxury trainsets on the premier Beijing - Shanghai trains 21/22 by the end of the month, offering eight hard and four soft class sleepers. The soft class cars will have televisions in each compartment, plus toilets, showers and ...

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    Industry News in Brief

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    To support future bids for MBTA ticketing contracts, Cubic Transportation Systems Inc has opened an office in Boston. This complements existing US offices in Washington DC, New York and Chicago.CAF USA Inc has signed a lease for a 5000m2 site within the McClellan Business Park in Sacramento, California, where production ...

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    Products in Brief

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    Over 23 km of HDPE pipes with a 50+ year design life made by Bauku have been used on the Bleach Green line reinstatement in Northern Ireland, and a further 5 km on the K

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    Distributed control previews the future shape of braking

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    Early next year Westinghouse Brakes will be launching the EP2002 distributed braking system for passenger vehicles, built around the company's new RBX4 valve. Operational trials on the München Metro have followed an extensive factory testing programme

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    Uruguay bonds

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    ON AUGUST 23 Uruguayan Transport & Public Works Minister Lucio C

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    Bombardier sees revenue improve

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    BOMBARDIER Transportation has reported revenues of C$1·6bn for the three months to July 31, compared to C$752·7m in the same period last year. Income before taxes and goodwill amortisation was C$77·8m, up from C$37·6m.The increase is the result of Bombardier’s takeover of Adtranz on April 1, and large contracts with ...

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    Series Lirex likely to have bogies

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: Harry Hondius reports on the first test trip of this experimental trainLIGHTWEIGHT Regional Express (Lirex) attracted intense interest at InnoTrans in Berlin in September 2000. Described in RG 11.00 p763, this experimental trainset is being developed by Alstom LHB in close collaboration with the Land of Sachsen-Anhalt and DB ...

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    BNSF studies digital radio

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: Life-expired equipment and new regulations governing the radio spectrum are forcing North American railways to adopt and adapt new communications technologies. BNSF is leading the way, testing in a US environment GSM-R equipment developed in EuropeBYLINE: Fred GratkeAssistant Vice-President Burlington Northern & Santa Fe RailwayRAPID CHANGE in the wireless ...

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    Brava bid wins

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    SPANISH National Railways announced on September 14 that a special meeting of its administrative board that day had decided unanimously to order a build of 12 gauge-changing high-speed trains from a consortium of CAF and Alstom. Under the €115·5m deal, Renfe has reserved the option to undertake 20% of the ...

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    Distance-to-go signalling rivals moving block benefits

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: When Madrid Metro extends Line 10 next year, trains will be able to run at shorter headways than is possible with the speed signalling in use today. This is achieved by avoiding the need for an empty ’zero speed’ block between following trainsBYLINE: David GillanDirector, Business DevelopmentInvensys Rail SystemsMOST ...

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    Bangkok Blue line makes progress

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    TRACKLAYING is getting under way on the heavy metro Blue line in Bangkok. Mass Rapid Transit Authority’s construction department confirmed last month that the first section had been completed between Rama IX depot and the station at Tiem Ruam Mitr. Under the 3bn baht contract awarded by MRTA in October ...

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    Auxiliary power supplies

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIAN train builder A Goninan & Co has ordered nine auxiliary power supply systems from Transtechnik, for use on the fleet of standard-gauge diesel railcars which it is building to replace the existing stock on Western Australia’s Prospector and Avonlink services from Perth to Kalgoorlie and Northam.Each of the nine ...

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    TRA orders ATP package

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    TAIWAN Railway Administration has awarded an €90m contract to a Bombardier-led consortium for a complete automatic train protection system covering 1200 route-km. The technology will be based on the European standard Ertms, adapted where necessary to local requirements. The order covers on-train equipment for 832 locomotives and multiple-units, 14000 balises ...

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    Low-floor trams arrive in Schwerin

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    BOMBARDIER Transportation has supplied the first of 28 articulated SN2001 70% low-floor bogie trams to the German city of Schwerin. The 2·65m wide unidirectional vehicles are from the same family as 27 trams built for Kassel and 34 for Essen. Costing DM3·2m each, the Schwerin cars are due to be ...

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    Mixed fortunes below the Alps

    2001-10-01T10:00:00Z

    TRAVERSE Switzerland’s famous L