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    Six policy reforms to strengthen railways in Central Asia


    ASIA: An Asian Development Bank assessment of the state of railways in the 11 countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation Programme has set out six reforms that ADB believes are needed to make rail more efficient and financially sustainable. The CAREC area covers Afghanistan, ...

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    Pakistan Railways launches Karachi container service


    PAKISTAN: Pakistan Railways has inaugurated a service transporting containers from Hutchison Ports’ South Asia Pakistan Terminal in Karachi to inland destinations including Lahore. Speaking at the launch ceremony on January 24, Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati said the port is expected to handle 3·1 million containers/year, ...

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    Islamabad – Tehran – Istanbul freight service relaunched


    ASIA: A rail freight service linking Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul has been relaunched, a decade after the last attempt to develop services on the 6 500 km route. The ISI train was despatched with a ceremony in Islamabad on December 21, and reached Ankara on January ...

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    Pakistan finalises Chinese coach contract


    PAKISTAN: CRRC Tangshan Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co Ltd has signed a contract to supply 230 ‘high speed’ passenger coaches to Pakistan Railways, under plans to revitalise the country’s long-distance passenger services.

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    Karachi Circular Railway section revived


    PAKISTAN: The long-proposed resumption of services on part of the Karachi Circular Railway was celebrated with an inaugural train on November 19. Pakistan Railways has reinstated a passenger service on an initial 14 km of the 55 km orbital route around the city, with was developed ...

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    Metro Report International

    Lahore joins the metro club


    PAKISTAN: The country’s first modern metro was opened on October 25, when the Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated Lahore’s Orange Line.

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    Metro Report International

    Lahore tramway MoU signed


    PAKISTAN: The Punjab Transport Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with Tong Hao Railway Vehicles Corp for the development of a tramway in Lahore. The department’s Lahore Transport Co would act as project promoter for the proposed PPP scheme that would see a route built ...

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    ADB grant to help CAREC countries move from landlocked to land-linked


    ASIA: The Asian Development Bank has awarded a US$2m regional technical assistance grant to support the development of railway strategies and institutional capabilities in the Central Asia Regional Economic Co-operation countries. CAREC comprises Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and six multilateral institutions. ...

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    China to Pakistan by rail and road


    ASIA: Kerry Logistics Network has launched a rail and road multimodal freight service between Lanzhou in China and Islamabad in Pakistan, operated by its member company Lanzhou Pacific Logistics Corp. A block train carrying mechanical equipment, car parts, commodities and snow melting agent left Lanzhou on October 23 and ...

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    Testing begins on Lahore Orange Line


    PAKISTAN: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif officially launched dynamic tests of the first metro train for the Lahore Orange Line on October 8. ‘The Orange Line is not just a public transport project, but a means of extending to citizens respect and delivering a world-class transport facility’, said Sharif. ...

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    Pakistan Railways orders GE locomotives for the north


    PAKISTAN: GE Transportation announced an agreement to supply 20 FDL C20EMP diesel locomotives to Pakistan Railways on June 7. The 1 676 mm gauge C20EMP locomotives are to be supplied from Erie in the USA by the end of 2018. They will be a lightweight 2 000 hp mixed ...

  • The first metro trainset  for the Lahore Orange Line is rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive’s plant in China.

    Lahore Metro’s first train rolls out


    PAKISTAN: The first of 27 five-car metro trains for the 27·1 km Orange Line now under construction in Lahore was rolled out at CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive’s plant in China on May 15. The trains are scheduled to be delivered between July and the end of this year. The styling is ...

  • ‘International rail transport connectivity can potentially become one of the largest sources of growth and development in southern Asia’, said India’s Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu.

    Istanbul – Dhaka – Yangon corridor plan to improve South Asia rail connectivity


    ASIA: Officials and policy makers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey attended a conference on March 15-16 to discuss proposals to improve international rail connectivity in South & Southwest Asia. The event in Delhi was organised by United Nations Economic & Social Commission ...

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    Lahore Orange Line receives more funding


    PAKISTAN: Industrial & Commercial Bank of China has signed an agreement to provide US$20m in short-term financing for the Orange Line metro project currently under construction in Lahore. Work on the Orange Line began in October 2015. In December 2015 China Exim Bank signed a soft loan agreement for ...

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    GE diesels arrive in Karachi


    PAKISTAN: More than 200 VIPs and guests gathered in the port of Karachi on January 23 to mark the arrival of the first seven of 55 Evolution Series ES43ACi diesel locomotives being built for Pakistan Railways by GE Transportation. Being supplied under a 10-year agreement valued at US$400m, locomotives built ...

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    First GE Evolution loco for Pakistan completed


    PAKISTAN: The first of 55 Evolution Series ES43ACi diesel locomotives which GE Transportation is building for Pakistan Railways is undergoing final testing ahead of delivery from the USA. The 1 676 mm gauge Class GEU-40 locomotives are to be supplied fully assembled. Pakistan Railways expects to commission the first locomotive ...

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    Pakistan Railways e-ticketing agreement


    PAKISTAN: An agreement for the roll-out of e-ticketing was signed by Pakistan Railways and United Bank Ltd on August 10. Passengers will be able to pay for travel using credit or debit cards, and the UBL Omni mobile banking app. PR will then send an SMS e-ticket, containing the ticket ...

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    Pakistan Railways orders 800 coal hoppers


    PAKISTAN: China Railway Rolling Stock Corp signed a Rs3·92bn agreement for its Jinan Railway Vehicles subsidiary to supply 800 hopper wagons to Pakistan Railways on January 14. Deliveries are scheduled for six to 10 months, with 205 of the wagons to be supplied from China and 595 produced at ...

  • : Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have inaugurated the second track between Lodhran and Raiwind.

    Pakistan Railways completes double-tracking project


    PAKISTAN: Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique and Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif formally inaugurated a second track between Lodhran and Raiwind on January 9, officially completing the project to double the Karachi – Lahore main line. A new building at Premnagar station was also inaugurated. The doubling of the ...

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    Exim Bank to fund Lahore metro project


    PAKISTAN: A soft loan agreement which would see China Exim Bank provide Rs162bn to fund construction of the Orange Line metro in Lahore was signed by Punjab’s Economic Affairs Secretary Tariq Bajwa and Exim Bank Vice-President Sun Ping on December 21. An agreement with China for the construction of the ...