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  • South Shore Line groundbreaking (Photo: Governor Eric J Holcomb)

    South Shore Line double tracking project gets underway


    USA: Indiana Governor Eric J Holcomb has officially launched work to provide a double-track alignment along the whole 41 route-km section of the South Shore Line between Michigan City and Gary. This involves 29 km of double tracking, including a new 3 km segregated alignment to ...

  • SBB confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck EMUs in commercial service during 2018.

    Consultation starts on Swiss Bahn 2050 programme


    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has put forward proposals for a further long-term programme of investment in the national rail network. Enhancement of the existing network to allow more intensive use is now seen as preferable to starting more major infrastructure projects.

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    ‘Shake and brake’ earthquake safety system on test


    USA: An earthquake early warning system that uses Positive Train Control to apply train brakes automatically is being tested by Los Angeles commuter operator Metrolink, California Department of Transportation and the US Geological Survey.

  • Central Japan Railway is among the backers of the Texas Central project, which is intended to use Shinkansen technology.

    Texas Supreme Court backs high speed rail land acquisition


    USA: The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that Dallas to Houston high speed railway project promoters Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure and Integrated Texas Logistics do have the right to acquire land for the proposed line under the state’s eminent domain process.

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    Amtrak President appointed


    USA: Amtrak President & CEO Stephen Gardner has announced the separation of the roles, with Roger Harris to become President from July 5. Gerhard Williams will become Executive Vice-President, Service Delivery & Operations. ‘Amtrak has entered an exciting new era of growth and development, with more ...

  • Impression of Siemens Mobility Mireo Plus H hydrogen train for NEB's Heidekrautbahn at station

    Heidekrautbahn hydrogen trains to be supplied with full maintenance package


    GERMANY: Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn has confirmed an order for Siemens Mobility to supply and maintain seven two-car Mireo Plus H hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units for use on Heidekrautbahn service RB27 from December 2024. Designed to provide zero-emission operation on non-electrified routes, the units will have a 1·7 ...

  • Operail DF7G locomotive in Estonia (Photo: Operail/Romet Liivamägi)

    COTIF uniform rules applied across Estonian network


    ESTONIA: The Convention concerning International Carriage by Rail’s CIV rules for international passenger traffic and the CIM equivalent for freight apply to the entire Estonian network with effect from June 16. Estonia acceded to the COTIF convention in January 2009, the last of the then EU ...

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    Go-Ahead condemns quality of rail infrastructure in southern Germany


    GERMANY: Private operator Go-Ahead Deutschland has issued a strongly-worded statement criticising DB Netz for the quality of the railway infrastructure in Bayern and Baden-Württemburg, where the company has train operating contracts.

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    Train toilet waste treatment system awarded funding


    UK: Innovation agency Innovate UK has awarded rolling stock maintenance equipment supplier GBR-Rail a SMART grant to support the development of its Cleartrak train toilet treatment system which is designed to reduce whole life costs and environmental impact. Cleartrak recycles waste water for reuse in hand ...

  • Siemens Mobility Charger loco (Photo: Amtrak)

    Amtrak orders 50 locomotives


    USA: Amtrak has placed a firm order for Siemens Mobility to supply a further 50 Charger locomotives. The order announced on June 23 has been placed as an option on a $850m contract awarded in December 2018. This covered an initial 75 locomotives and 20 years ...

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    South Korea: Medium speed network takes shape


    Development of a ‘medium high speed network’ is now in full swing in South Korea, along with the upgrading of other corridors for both high speed and suburban traffic. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

  • CAF and Etihad Rail sign passenger train contract

    Etihad Rail awards UAE passenger train contract


    UAE: National railway project promoter Etihad Rail has signed a 1·2bn dirham contract for Spanish company CAF to design, supply and maintain fleet of push-pull passenger trainsets designed to European standards and equipped with ‘the latest cutting-edge technologies’ that suit the UAE’s topography and climate. The ...

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    Double-deck trains considered for Moscow Central Ring


    RUSSIA: The use of double-deck trains on the 54 km Moscow Central Ring line is being studied, as ridership has reached 550 000 passengers/day and the infrastructure is now at maximum capacity. Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said the domestic production of double-deck electric trains ...

  • CRRC has delivered the final three of 10 four-car diesel multiple-units ordered by INCFA for use on services between Luanda and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.

    CRRC completes Angolan DMU deliveries


    ANGOLA: CRRC has delivered the final three of 10 four-car diesel multiple-units ordered by INCFA for use on services between Luanda and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport. Each of the 1 067 mm gauge 100 km/h DMUs has a capacity of 696 passengers, and up to ...

  • CN-Consult wins ÖBB's PIS 2 complete system contract

    CN-Consult wins ÖBB passenger information contract


    AUSTRIA: National passenger operator ÖBB-Personenverkehr has awarded CN-Consult a framework contract for the modernisation of its onboard passenger information systems. The rolling programme will see existing information systems converted to a new real-time audio visual platform based on CN-Consult’s DiLoc|Motion technology. This collates information from various ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail CEO says productivity changes are essential as strikes begin


    UK: Talking to Rail Business UK the day before the first day of strikes by RMT union members at Network Rail and 13 train operating companies, NR Chief Executive Andrew Haines reflects on the causes of the dispute and how far the infrastructure manager may be from finding a resolution. 

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    High speed: New line plans revisited as Macron promises more


    President Macron has promised ‘a decade of the TGV’ in the 2020s, and work is due to start soon on three more high speed lines. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Roma ring service restarts after 32 years


    ITALY:·Regular passenger services on the 7 km Valle Aurelia to Vigna Clara section of Roma’s orbital ring railway began running with the summer timetable on June 13, 32 years after a service was provided for eight days during the Italia 90 FIFA World Cup. There are ...

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    Mont-Blanc Express trains ordered


    EUROPE: Stadler is to supply seven rack-equipped electric multiple-units for Mont-Blanc Express services on the 1 000 mm gauge line between Martigny in Switzerland and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet in France. The two-car EMUs will be equipped for 850 V DC overhead and third rail power supplies. They ...

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    Driverless regional train research gets underway


    GERMANY: Work has started on a project to develop and test technology for the driverless operation of regional passenger trains, and to identify the regulatory changes which would be needed to permit future use. The project is being undertaken by Alstom, the DLR aerospace research centre ...