All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2013

All articles published this month.

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    Rail regulator sets out Network Rail funding and outputs for 2014-19


    UK: On October 31 the Office of Rail Regulation published its final determination of infrastructure manager Network Rail's funding and what it must deliver in Control Period 5, which runs for five years from April 1 2014. ORR said the £38·293bn plan is designed to deliver 'better performance, more capacity, ...

  • Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge launches High Speed Rail Corp of India.

    High Speed Rail Corp of India launched


    INDIA: Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge officially launched High Speed Rail Corp of India on October 29. The subsidiary of state-owned railway project promoter Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd has been established to develop high speed corridors suitable for operation at speeds up to 350 km/h. HSRC will prepare studies and ...

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of Sri Lanka's Southern Railway project.

    Construction of Sri Lanka's Southern Railway begins


    SRI LANKA: A groundbreaking ceremony at Beliatta on October 28 launched construction of the 26·8 km first phase of the 115 km Southern Railway project. The extension of the line from Matara to serve Kekanadura, Babarenda, Wavurukannala and Beliatta is scheduled to open in 2016. The 1 676 mm gauge ...

  • Mechan has delivered a pair of 10 tonne bogie rotators to Downer Rail.

    Heavy-duty bogie rotators delivered down under


    AUSTRALIA: Heavy lifting equipment manufacturer Mechan has completed its first delivery to Australia, supplying a pair of 10 tonne bogie rotators to Downer Rail's rolling stock maintenance depot at Newport in Victoria. The rotators comprise two independent structures which hold a bogie frame in place while it is rotated through ...

  • The first of the 24 X'Trapolis Modular EMUs which Alstom is building for EFE has been delivered to San Antonio.

    Santiago ETCS contract placed and first train delivered


    CHILE: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded what it says is the first ERTMS contract in Chile and the second in Latin America. The €15m deal announced on October 28 covers the supply of ETCS Level 1 signalling for the 22 km Santiago - Nos section of the 82 km commuter ...

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    Seoul Line 9 contract extension awarded


    SOUTH KOREA: The SML9 consortium of Transdev and RATP Dev signed a contract extension for the operation and maintenance of the Seoul metro Line 9 metro on October 28. The 10-year contract is worth €525m. Line 9 is the only line in Seoul run by a private operator, which ...

  • Arriva Sverige Managing Director Johan Åhlander hands driver Rebecca Schaffhauser a token granting authority to depart on the Tvärbanan extension.

    Stockholm light rail extension opens


    SWEDEN: Regular services on a 7 km extension of Stockholm's Tvärbanan light rail line north from Alvik to Solna Centrum began on October 28, following opening celebrations and free rides the previous day. The extension includes a 0·8 km tunnel. It adds seven stops to the line, with two providing ...

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    First Škoda tram on its way to Konya


    TURKEY: The first of 60 trams for Konya left Škoda Transportation’s Plzen factory in the Czech Republic on October 29, almost seven months after the €104·7m contract was announced. The 100% low-floor Type 28T vehicle is based on 31 trams ordered by Miskolc in Hungary. The five-section tram is ...

  • Inauguration of the Marmaray tunnel beneath the Bosporus.

    Marmaray tunnel opens to link Europe with Asia


    TURKEY: 'This project that was dreamed of 153 years ago, has been realised' said President Abdullah Gül as he inaugurated the Marmaray tunnel between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul on October 29, as part of the Republic Day celebrations marking the 90th anniversary of Atatürk's proclamation of the ...

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    Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 5 funding secured


    VIETNAM: The Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways has announced that three foreign organisations will help to finance metro Line 5. The Asian Development Bank will provide US$500m, the European Investment Bank €150m and the Spanish government €200m. The remainder will come from the Vietnamese government’s ...

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    Melbourne’s B-Class trams to be refurbished


    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Victoria is investing A$4·4m to refurbish Melbourne’s B-Class trams, which make up a quarter of Yarra Trams’ fleet. The work will be completed early next year and aims to increase the capacity of each two-section tram by seven to nine passengers. This will be achieved by ...

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    Warszawa orders short trams


    POLAND: Tramwaje Warszawskie has selected Pesa to supply 30 low-floor trams to the Polish capital for 185·4m złoty. Pesa beat offers from Solaris, CAF, Škoda Transportation and Stadler. At 20 m long, the unidirectional three-section trams from Pesa’s Jazz family will be shorter than most of the Warszawa fleet. ...

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    News in Brief


    The Dutch government has allocated €2·4bn for rail in the 2014 budget, with projects to include eliminating conflicting paths at Utrecht and €126m to provide additional tracks at Weesp which will enable the provision of a train every 10 min between Schiphol and Lelystad. A decision on the implementation of ...

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    Arrowedge aims to cut fuel use


    USA: Union Pacific has begun testing Arrowedge, a device designed to reduce fuel consumption by improving the aerodynamics of double-stack intermodal trains. The first wagon of the train is loaded with one container, with the 14·6 m (48 ft) Arrowedge sitting on top. Its tapered body improves air flow around ...

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    Smart phone for locomotives


    RADIO: Kapsch CarrierCom has launched the RC900 cab radio, which it calls a ‘smart phone for locomotives’. The RC900 supports GSM-R for speech and data, plus ER-GSM, and has inbuilt wi-fi and a GPS receiver. Its memory can be expanded with an SD card.

  • Impression of Køge Nord station.

    København - Ringsted civils contract awarded


    DENMARK: Infrastructure manager Banedanmark has awarded a joint venture of MJ Eriksson of Denmark and Züblin of Germany a DKr562m contract for civil works on the 18 km Ishøj - Køge section of the 60 km New Line København - Ringsted, which is being designed for 250 km/h operation. One ...

  • The government has begun procurement of the new InterCity East Coast franchise.

    InterCity East Coast tendering launched


    UK: The Department for Transport formally launched the competition for the next InterCity East Coast franchise on October 25, publishing documents setting out what potential bidders will need to consider when developing proposals for the operation of passenger services from London King's Cross to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. 'We want ...

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    World rail market October 2013


    Australia: Western Australia’s Department of Transport has appointed a Parsons Brickerhoff/Aecom joint venture to support development of the A$1·9bn Perth MAX light rail project. Germany: Keolis Deutschland has selected Scheidt & Bachmann to supply a ticketing system including mobile terminals, onboard and station ticket vending machines and ...

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    Products & Technology in Brief


    CNR Qiqihar has developed a stainless steel bodied iron ore wagon with a 40 tonne axleload for heavy haul lines in Australia. The axleload could be increased to 44 tonnes if required. La Farga has introduced its Dx3 Deep Defects Detector to the rail market, saying it can identify small ...

  • Rafael Canales, Country Manager; Dr Kari Kapsch, CEO; Armando Xavier, Sales, Railways Western Europe

    Kapsch CarrierCom opens Lisboa office


    PORTUGAL: Kapsch CarrierCom Chief Executive Kari Kapsch officially opened the company's branch office in Lisboa on October 22, saying it would provide the Austrian firm with a base to 'address key target markets in Africa, South America and the Arabic regions'. The office has eight staff. Kapsch CarrierCom acquired part ...