All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2012

All articles published this month.

  • President Felipe Calderón attended the opening of Mexico City metro Line 12, the Gold Line.

    Mexico City's Gold metro line opens


    MEXICO: President Felipe Calderón attended the opening of Mexico City metro Line 12, the Gold Line, on October 30, saying it 'rivals the best in the world'. Travel is free until November 4. Line 12 runs for 25 km from Mixcoac on Line 7 to Tláhuac in the southeast, an ...

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    Alger metro extension contract awarded


    ALGERIA: A consortium of Colas Rail and local firm KOU.G.C has been awarded a contract to extend Alger metro Line 1 by 4 km. The extension from Haï El Badr to El Harrach-Centre with new stations is scheduled to open in November 2014. The 23-month construction contract announced on ...

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    French reforms will focus on streamlining infrastructure management


    FRANCE: Speaking at celebrations in Paris on October 30 to mark the 75th anniversary of SNCF, Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier outlined his thinking on the forthcoming reform of the rail sector, following the ‘national debate’ held last year. Structural reforms to create ‘a French model’ are explored in a ...

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    Chinese loan agreements revive trans-Laos project


    LAOS: Vientiane has agreed to accept US$7bn of loans from China to restart construction of the stalled 420 km north-south railway linking the capital to China’s Yunnan province via Phônhông, Vangvieng, Luang Phabang, Oudomxay and Louang Namtha. The cross-border project dates back to 2009, when an agreement between the Laotian ...

  • Passenger train in Myanmar (Photo: Ministry of Rail Transportation).

    ADB reviews Myanma Railways' needs


    MYANMAR: As part of its re-engagement with Myanmar after ceasing operations there in the 1980s, the Asian Development Bank has published a report recommending a restructuring of the 'complex and overlapping institutional structure' which it believes is impeding effective management of rail, road water and air transport. ADB says Myanma ...

  • The contract for 60 four-car electric multiple-units for SuperVia services was signed on October 24.

    SuperVia orders 60 suburban EMUs


    BRAZIL: The governor of Rio de Janeiro state signed a US$306·5m firm order for 60 four-car electric multiple-units on October 24. The 3 kV DC air-conditioned units are scheduled to be delivered from June 2014 for use SuperVia suburban services. The contract was signed with a consortium of China National ...

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    India plans inter-city EMUs to raise speeds


    INDIA: The Ministry of Railways is developing plans to procure electric multiple-units to raise average speeds on Indian Railways' premium inter-city routes under a strategy to provide 'safer, faster, cleaner and comfortable' passenger trains The EMUs would be suitable for running at speeds of 130 to 160 km/h on Shatabdi ...

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    Welding school established


    NETHERLANDS: Infrastructure contractors Strukton Rail and VolkerRail have jointly established a rail welding school to train and recertify welders to work on the ProRail network. According to the two firms, there are insufficient numbers of rail welders in the country to justify a centrally-managed government scheme, but equally a significant ...

  • Class 185 at Huddersfield station.

    Universities to study cutting train life cycle costs


    UK: Three projects to investigate ways of reducing whole-life rolling stock costs have been approved by the Rail Research UK Association, and £100 000 of funding has been awarded by safety and standards body RSSB. Funding has also been awarded for a studentship co-funded by government research agency EPSRC and ...

  • The 550 tonne Crossrail tunnel boring machine was lowered into a 40 m deep shaft in east London on October 25.

    550 tonne tunnel boring machine lowered into Crossrail shaft


    UK: A 550 tonne tunnel boring machine was lowered into a 40 m deep shaft in east London on October 25, ahead of the start of tunnelling for the 8·3 km Limmo Peninsula - Farringdon section of the Crossrail project. Weldex International supplied one of the largest cranes in Europe ...

  • CAF train for Roma metro.

    CAF signs Roma metro train contract


    ITALY: CAF has signed a firm contract to supply an additional 15 trainsets for the Roma metro. The €113m deal announced on October 26 includes maintenance for five years. The trains are to be deployed on Line B, the B1 branch which was opened in June and a 1·1 km ...

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    Innsbruck tram line extended


    AUSTRIA: Public celebrations and a street party were held in Innsbruck on October 26 to mark the opening of a short extension of tram route 3 in the eastern suburb of Amras. The extension was officially inaugurated at 11.00 by the city’s Mayor Christine Oppitz-Plörer, followed by a short concert ...

  • Prime Minister Mykola Azarov officially reopened the Kyiv fast tram line on October 24.

    Fast tram reopens following €211m rebuild


    UKRAINE: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov officially reopened the Myloslavska - Troeschina-2 fast tram line in Kyiv on October 24, marking the completion of an extensive modernisation project. Passenger services began the following morning, with free travel until November 1. Running on a reserved alignment on the left side of the ...

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    Private passenger operators in six years


    UKRAINE: Private companies could be involved in the Ukrainian passenger rail market within six years, according to Minister of Infrastructure Borys Kolesnikov. Speaking at the inauguration of the renovated Slavyansk station on the Donetsk Railway on October 22, Kolesnikov said current passenger operations are not profitable, and it would not ...

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    EIB supports increase in Polish train speeds


    POLAND: The European Investment Bank has announced two loans totalling €165m to finance infrastructure works which will enable trains to run at higher speeds on the national network. A €100m loan will fund modernisation of the 58 km Warszawa Zachodnia - Miedniewice line to raise the maximum speed to 160 ...

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    Transmashholding eyes the Pakistan rail market


    PAKISTAN: The Ministry of Railways, Pakistan Railways and Russian rolling stock supplier Transmashholding signed a memorandum of understanding setting out plans for co-operation on October 1. The parties have agreed to identify projects where Pakistan might be interested in Russian products, and where TMH could make investments and transfer technology ...

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    Grant funds battery locomotive research


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded Pennsylvania State University and Norfolk Southern a $400 000 grant to continue research into building battery locomotives. NS is to contribute an additional $590 000. NS and Penn State began developing a prototype electric shunting locomotive in 2008. The new grant will allow ...

  • The level crossing carried the 1 435 mm gauge Keihin Kyuko Railway across the busy main road, until being replaced by the viaduct above.

    Complex Tokyo grade-separation project completed


    JAPAN: A complex project to grade-separate an important road crossing at Kamata in the southern suburbs of Tokyo was completed in the early hours of October 22. The crossing carried the Haneda Airport branch of the 1 435 mm gauge Keihin Kyuko Railway across the busy main road between Tokyo ...

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    KTZ staff train in California


    KAZAKHSTAN: The first class of KTZ staff to receive bespoke training from academics at the University of California Berkeley received their certificates on September 10. A team of academics from the Haas Business School is providing multi-disciplinary classes to 143 members from KTZ's headquarters and regional offices. The first ...

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    Perth light rail network gets the green light


    AUSTRALIA: Construction of a light rail network in Perth is to begin in 2016 with the first phase to open in 2018, Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced last month. The state has committed A$11·8m and the federal government A$4m to the planning phase of ...