All Railway Gazette International articles in October 2015 – Page 4

  • Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin officially opens Three Bridges depot.

    Predictive maintenance at the heart of Thameslink EMU depot


    UK: ‘We want to prevent malfunctions before they even occur,’ said Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt when Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin officially opened the new rolling stock depot at Three Bridges on October 15. The depot will maintain the 115 Class 700 Desiro City electric ...

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    Ulm breaks ground on second tram route


    GERMANY: The official groundbreaking for the second tram route in Ulm took place on October 15, at the site of the future turning loop on Egginger Weg in Kuhberg, the southern terminus of the line. The 10·5 km line will link the science district in the north of the ...

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    Isfahan metro opens


    IRAN: The first metro line in Isfahan opened on October 15. The first phase of Line 1 runs for 11 km from Qods in the northwest to Shohada via Kaveh long-distance bus terminal. There are 10 stations. Construction started in 2001 but was subject to delays. The ...

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    Washington metro seat refurbishment contract awarded


    USA: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has awarded First State Manufacturing a five-year contract to refurbish the seats on its fleet of more than 1 100 metro cars. Delaware-based company First State supplies public transport and military aircraft seating and carpets, as well as covers for lorries and missiles. ...

  • Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan was at Parliament station to launch the switch-on of 3G coverage.

    Melbourne switches on underground 3G coverage


    AUSTRALIA: Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced on October 15 that 3G mobile coverage had gone live in the City Loop tunnels under the centre of Melbourne. Victoria rail asset owner VicTrack has undertaken the work in co-operation with telecoms operators Optus, Telstra and Vodafone Hutchison Australia. ...

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    Trinity Industries and Element Financial extend wagon alliance


    USA: On October 14 the TrinityRail Asset Management Co subsidiary of Trinity Industries announced an extension of its alliance agreement with Element Financial Corp, which expects to acquire additional wagons leased to third parties worth up to $1bn in 2016-19. As with purchases made under the existing alliance agreed in ...

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    New York MTA agrees capital funding


    USA: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast announced on October 10 that they had reached agreement on the remaining funding for the MTA Capital Program. The $26·1bn five-year capital expenditure plan forms the largest ever investment in MTA ...

  • ÖBB has invited expressions of interest in a framework contract for up to 200 locomotives (Photo: ÖBB).

    ÖBB calls tenders for 200-locomotive framework contract


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has invited expressions of interest in a framework contract for the supply of up to 200 electric and electro-diesel locomotives equipped to operate in various combinations of European countries. The tender is divided into three lots. Lot 1 covers a ‘Standard Locomotive’, which would be a ...

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    Station beacons on test in Boston


    USA: Digital media company Intersection is using Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations in Boston to test secure closed networks of Gimbal Bluetooth Smart beacons which can trigger location-specific content on apps installed on passengers’ mobile devices. The aim is to test how passengers use wayfinding and other information, whether ...

  • The Gauteng Nerve Centre has been under construction since September 2013.

    PRASA’s Gauteng Nerve Centre completed


    SOUTH AFRICA: The Gauteng integrated control centre in Kaalfontein near Johannesburg was handed over to passenger operator PRASA on October 13, and is due to take control of an initial section of the province’s 1 067 mm gauge 3 kV DC electrified main line network from January. The Gauteng Nerve ...

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    Init acquires Webus


    FRANCE: Init has acquired LC Consultant, which supplies Webus rostering and dispatching software to a mainly French customer base, including the tram operator in Marseille. The LC Consultant team will remain in Saint-Cloud near Paris and will report to Initi’s Initperdis subsidiary based in Hamburg.

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    Casablanca orders 50 more Citadis trams


    MOROCCO: Casa Transports has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply 50 Citadis trams, power supplies and signalling for Line 2 of the Casablanca tramway. Alstom supplied the initial fleet of 74 Citadis trams for the 31 km Line 1 which opened in 2012. Construction of the 22 km ...

  • Plans for a registration scheme which would allow large musical instruments to be carried on the Hong Kong metro network have been announced by MTR Corp.

    MTR plans musical instrument registration scheme


    CHINA: Plans for a registration scheme which would allow large musical instruments to be carried on the Hong Kong metro network have been announced by MTR Corp. Current rules say that items of luggage must not exceed 1 300 mm along any one side, a limit which was brought in ...

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    Modernised Bydgoszcz Główna station opens


    POLAND: The modernised Bydgoszcz Główna station was officially opened to passengers at 10.10 on October 10. A new station building with a 3 500 m2 glass façade has been erected, while the historic island platform building has been modernised along with the platforms and subways. The work used 6 ...

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    Siemens supplies locomotives from stock for rapid delivery


    EUROPE: Mitsui Rail Capital Europe has ordered a further 21 electric locomotives, Siemens announced on October 13, which will take the leasing company’s Vectron fleet to 56 locomotives. The latest order includes 10 locomotives equipped for 15 kV 16·7 Hz operation in Germany and Austria, and 11 multi-system locomotives also ...

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    Hessische Landesbahn wins operating contract


    GERMANY: Following a European tender, on October 12 the Rhein-Main, Rheinland-Pfalz Süd and Bayern transport authorities jointly announced that Hessische Landesbahn had been selected to operate Netz Südhessen-Untermain passenger services from December 2018. The contract covers two routes: RB75: Wiesbaden – Mainz – Darmstadt – Aschaffenburg;RB55: Frankfurt – Maintal – ...

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    Kanchrapara EMU factory prequalification begins


    INDIA: The Ministry of Railways has issued a request for qualifications for a contract to set to establish on a joint venture basis an electric multiple-unit and metro car factory at Kanchrapara, north of Kolkata in West Bengal. Around 150 acres of railway land has been allocated for the project. ...

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    Denver orders Siemens LRVs


    USA: Denver Regional Transportation District has awarded Siemens a $110m contract to supply 29 SD 160 light rail vehicles. The LRVs are to be built at Siemens’ factory in Sacramento and are due to be delivered in early 2018. The latest order would bring RTD’s fleet of LRVs to ...

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    Mumbai starts work on two metro lines


    INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stones for two metro lines in Mumbai on October 11. The northern section of Line 2 would run 18·5 km south from Dahisar to DN Nagar with 17 stations. The estimated cost is Rs49·9bn and ridership is expected to be 407 ...

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    Wabtec acquires lineside sensor supplier Track IQ


    AUSTRALIA: Wabtec Corp announced its acquisition of lineside sensor manufacturer Track IQ on October 12. Track IQ products use acoustic sensors to monitor the condition of bearings and wheels on passing rolling stock. They are installed at more than 150 locations in countries including Australia, New Zealand, ...