All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2015 – Page 2

  • The Australian Capital Territory Government has begun public consultation on seven planned tram lines.

    Canberra consults on future light rail expansion


    AUSTRALIA: With construction of the first light rail line in Canberra scheduled to begin next year, the Australian Capital Territory Government has begun public consultation on a ‘clear, strategic and long-term’ vision for future phases of the network. Stage 1 of the Capital Metro will run for 12 ...

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    SNTF and Systra to form joint venture


    ALGERIA: On October 26 state railway SNTF signed an agreement with French engineering consultancy Systra to form a joint venture specialising in railway systems. With 51% of the Algerian-based company held by SNTF and 49% by Systra, the new joint venture is expected to create around 50 ‘highly qualified’ posts, ...

  • The flyovers were opened by Zürich Councillor Carmen Walker Späh, Director of the Federal Office of Transport Peter Füglistaler and SBB CEO Andreas Meyer.

    Durchmesserlinie project completed


    SWITZERLAND: The eight-year Durchmesserlinie project to increase capacity by eliminating the need for east–west trains to reverse at Zürich Hauptbahnhof was officially completed with a ceremony marking the end of Phase 2 on October 26. Phase 1 of the 9·6 km Durchmesserlinie comprised the 4·8 km S-shaped Weinberg Tunnel ...

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    HŽ Infra awards upgrading contract


    CROATIA: Infrastructure manager HŽ Infra has selected a consortium of DIV, Dalekovod and Zagreb Montaža as preferred bidder to undertake an extensive modernisation of the 38·2 km Dugo Selo – Križevci section of the Zagreb – Koprivnica – Budapest line The project is costed at €199m, including supervision and land ...

  • Mindener Kreisbahnen officially opened its €10m Minden II depot on October 23 (Photo: Bernd Piplack).

    WestfalenBahn Kiss depot opens


    GERMANY: Mindener Kreisbahnen officially opened its €10m Minden II depot on October 23. The depot will be used to maintain 13 six-car Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units which WestfalenBahn is to lease from Alpha Trains. Facilities include Windhoff lifting equipment. The EMUs are to be deployed on Emsland ...

  • Passengers at Leeds station.

    New guidance on handling passenger complaints


    UK: The Office of Rail & Road issued new guidance on complaints handling procedures for the rail industry on October 26, saying it aimed to reflect developments including social media and ‘ensure that the industry is keeping pace with the changing needs and expectations of passengers.’ The previous guidance from ...

  • China has started constructing new railways from Yunnan province to neighbouring countries, including this line linking Kunming with Myanmar.

    Trans-Laos railway construction could begin in November


    LAOS: Construction of the planned standard gauge corridor running north-south through Laos could begin next month, according to officials in Vientiane. The railway would be an extension of China Railways’ existing line running south from Kunming in Yunnan province towards Vietnam. The Chinese and Lao governments agreed to develop ...

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    Tokyo welcomes new trams


    JAPAN: The first two Series 8900 trams have entered service on the Arakawa Line in Tokyo. Six more are due to be delivered by early 2017, and are intended to replace the Series 7000 trams on the line, the oldest of which were built in 1954. The single section ...

  • Chiltern Railways launched passenger services between London Marylebone and new stations at Bicester Village and Oxford Parkway on October 26.

    Chiltern Railways launches Oxford Parkway service


    UK: Chiltern Railways launched passenger services between London Marylebone and new stations at Bicester Village and Oxford Parkway on October 26. The trains use a 1 km chord which has been built to connect the Chiltern main line through Bicester with the existing Oxford – Bicester Town branch. The stations ...

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    Seattle selects light rail satellite depot site


    USA: The Sound Transit board has selected a site in Bellevue’s Bel-Red corridor between downtown Bellevue and Redmond for a $380m light rail operations and maintenance satellite facility. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018 for opening in 2020. The depot will be designed to maximise the potential for transit-oriented ...

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    Rail industry news in brief October 2015


    US customer group Consumers United for Rail Equality has been relaunched as Freight Rail Customer Alliance, with a wider remit to lobby government for 'competitive freight rail service and fair prices.' After a 10 year gap, Bulgaria's BDZ reintroduced dining cars on September 7. The initial service is on ...

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    Second City Crossing makes progress


    UK: The first section of Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing is now due to open before Christmas, Transport for Greater Manchester has announced. On October 26 overhead electrification equipment carrying current at 750 V DC is due to go live between Victoria and the new stop at Exchange Square. ‘This ...

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    Calais opens Modalohr terminal


    FRANCE: A terminal for loading lorry semi-trailers onto Modalohr swing-tray wagons was officially opened at the Port of Calais on October 23. Costing €7m, it has been funded by the combined operating company for the ports of Calais and Boulogne as well as the European Union. From January 12 2016 ...

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    World rail market October 2015


    Algeria: Alstom has awarded Indra a €4·2m contract to supply magnetic and contactless fare collection systems for the Setif tramway. Australia: 4Tel passenger information systems using track circuit and GPS data are being insalled on V/Line’s Bendigo Line. Germany: DB Netz has licensed SBB’s Rail Control System train ...

  • Siemens has in the past worked with Turkish supplier Durmazlar on the Silkworm tram.

    Siemens to open Turkish tram factory


    TURKEY: Siemens announced on October 20 that it is to build a tram factory in Gebze near Istanbul at a cost of €30m. According to Siemens, ‘by localising manufacturing and the supply chain in Turkey, the company expects even better chances for winning tenders as well as substantial cost ...

  • Siemens Class 700 Desiro City EMU for Thameslink services.

    Thameslink Class 700 testing to begin soon


    UK: Siemens has now produced more than 380 of the 1 140 bodyshells for the Thameslink Class 700 Desiro City electric multiple-unit fleet at its Krefeld plant in Germany, with two eight-car Class 700/0 and 10 12-car Class 700/1 EMUs now completed. Two 12-car units have been delivered to ...

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    Las Heras line to be revived for freight


    ARGENTINA: The isolated 285 km route running from Puerto Deseado to Las Heras in Santa Cruz province is to be reopened for freight traffic at a cost of 90∙1m pesos, the government announced on October 5. Disused since 1978, the route is being upgraded to move materials for state-owned ...

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    EIB funds RENFE investment


    SPAIN: RENFE President Pablo Vázquez and European Investment Bank Vice-President Román Escolano signed an agreement on October 1 that will see EIB provide up to €600m for investment projects over a period of three years. Among the projects to be financed with EIB funding will be an investment programme ...

  • National railway PT KAI's existing locomotive-hauled trains between Jakarta and Bandung via the steeply-graded 1 067 mm gauge line take around 3 h.

    Chinese-funded consortium to build Jakarta – Bandung fast line


    INDONESIA: Construction could start next year on a passenger-dedicated line linking Jakarta with Bandung over a 140 km alignment that would make use of vacant land next to a toll motorway. The approval of the project is the latest twist in a long-running series of negotiations between the authorities in ...

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    Norfolk Southern to stop accepting traffic ahead of PTC deadline


    USA: Ahead of the now unachievable December 31 deadline for the introduction on PTC on routes carrying passenger trains and certain hazardous freight traffic, Norfolk Southern announced on October 20 that it would stop accepting shipments of poisonous-inhalation-hazard commodities with effect from December 1. NS has also written to Amtrak, ...