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    St Petersburg – Kaliningrad passenger service proposed

    2020-11-27T11:57:00Z

    EUROPE: The possibility of launching a passenger service linking St Petersburg with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad on a route running via Latvia has been discussed by national railways RZD and Latvijas Dzelzceļš. ‘Over the past year, Latvijas Dzelzceļš has been paying a lot of attention ...

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    Fuel cell Mireo Plus H to be trialled in Baden-Württemberg

    2020-11-26T13:58:00Z

    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility are to trial a fuel cell powered regional trainset in revenue service between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim in 2024, along with a green hydrogen fuelling plant.

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    Amtrak accelerates infrastructure work amid pandemic losses

    2020-11-24T16:23:00Z

    USA: Amtrak has used the coronavirus-induced collapse in demand for travel to push ahead with a number of infrastructure and investment projects, despite posting a loss of $801m for the financial year to September 30.

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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator vehicle prepared for testing

    2020-11-24T10:22:00Z

    UK: The prototype Revolution Very Light Rail railcar has been delivered to the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, where final assembly, system integration and performance validation testing will be completed by early 2021 ahead of demonstration to potential railway project sponsors and stakeholders. Revolution ...

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    Stockholm – Berlin night train tickets go on sale

    2020-11-24T09:14:00Z

    EUROPE: Snälltåget has opened ticket sales for the Stockholm – Berlin night train service which it is to launch on March 27 2021. The service will run twice per week in April, May and September, with daily departures in June, July and August. Prices start from ...

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    Amtrak and NJ Transit make Penn Station refurbishment progress

    2020-11-24T06:26:00Z

    USA: The modernisation of New York Penn Station has taken another step forward with completion of a refresh of the pre-boarding waiting area for Amtrak passengers and improved access to the NJ Transit concourse.

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    Iarnród Éireann ticketing systems move to SaaS model

    2020-11-21T05:00:00Z

    IRELAND: As part of ongoing ticketing systems support contract, Cubic Transport Systems and partner Sqills have started the migration of Iarnród Éireann’s Sqills S3 Passenger booking, reservation and revenue management software from on-site hosting to a Software-as-a-Service model. ‘By adopting an ongoing upgrade path, Iarnród Éireann ...

  • Luxury train operator Rocky Mountaineer has announced plans to launch a two-day ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah
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    Rocky Mountaineer announces ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ luxury train

    2020-11-20T16:33:00Z

    USA: Luxury train operator Rocky Mountaineer has announced plans to launch a two-day ‘Rockies to the Red Rocks’ rail journey between Denver in Colorado and Moab in Utah during 2021. Passengers would stay overnight at a hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The new service will be ...

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    Croatian EMU order signed

    2020-11-20T12:01:00Z

    CROATIA: National passenger operator HŽPP has awarded Končar KEV a firm order to supply 11 electric multiple-units for Zagreb suburban services and 10 for regional routes The first is to be delivered in autumn 2022, with the last to arrive by ...

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    Karachi Circular Railway section revived

    2020-11-19T17:10:00Z

    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 ...

  • China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainset
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    BST to supply 250 km/h CR300AF trainsets

    2020-11-19T14:58:00Z

    CHINA: China Railway has awarded the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation joint venture a 1·6bn yuan contract to supply 14 eight-car CR300AF trainsets by January 2021. The BST 50:50 joint venture of Bombardier Transportation and CRRC Sifang Rolling Stock BST was first chosen to supply China Standard ...

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    Pikes Peak rack railway coach ready for commissioning

    2020-11-19T11:39:00Z

    USA: The first of the coaches which Stadler’s Bussnang plant in Switzerland is building for the Broadmoor Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado has been handed over to the commissioning team. The 14·3 km standard gauge mountain railway opened in 1891. Following ...

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    PKP Intercity restaurant cars refurbished

    2020-11-19T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: PKP Intercity has taken delivery of 10 restaurant cars which have been refurbished and modernised at the H Cegielski FPS plant in Poznań. Forming part of a mid-life heavy maintenance programme which also included the modernisation of Type 145Ab compartment coaches, the work has been ...

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    State budget backs Melbourne ring line

    2020-11-18T14:09:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Prequalification will start by the end of 2020 for work on Melbourne’s orbital Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews announced on November 16. The 90 km underground line will run from Cheltenham in the south to Werribee in the west via the ...

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    Amtrak welcomes FRA rule on passenger train performance

    2020-11-17T12:11:00Z

    USA: After a hotly contested process lasting more than a decade, the Federal Railroad Administration published a Final Rule on November 16 establishing metrics and minimum standards to measure the performance and service quality of inter-city passenger trains.

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    Franchise termination negotiations in turmoil

    2020-11-17T11:36:00Z

    UK: Passenger franchise owning groups are reportedly considering legal options including judicial review over the process being followed by the Department for Transport for termination of their existing franchise agreements and the transition to directly awarded contracts.

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    Sydney travel app adds social distancing information

    2020-11-17T05:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales has worked with Amazon Web Services, digital services company Tigerspike and transport software developer AppJourney to add physical distancing and passenger occupancy notifications for Sydney Trains and metro services to the Opal Travel app. Passengers can receive real time alerts ...

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    Hit Rail to provide interoperable European rail ticketing platform

    2020-11-16T12:51:00Z

    EUROPE: The International Union of Railways has awarded railway IT specialist Hit Rail a contract to supply an Open Sales Distribution Model platform to replace its existing PRIFIS international tariff distribution tool. Developed jointly by UIC, train operators and ticket vendors, OSDM provides a ...

  • ČD has signed a framework agreement with Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka covering the supply of up to 60 RegioPanter regional electric multiple-units
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    Framework agreement for up to 60 EMUs signed

    2020-11-13T15:55:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator ČD has signed a framework agreement with Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka covering the supply of up to 60 RegioPanter regional electric multiple-units with a potential value of almost KC9·6bn. One other bid was submitted. Firm orders are to be placed as ...

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    Kenyatta inaugurates Nairobi commuter DMU service

    2020-11-10T15:12:00Z

    KENYA: The five diesel multiple-units procured by Kenya Railways Corp to expand its Nairobi commuter operations were formally launched into service on November 10. The first train was flagged off at Nairobi Central Station by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was joined at ...