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    Gauge-convertible articulated pocket wagon for Iberia


    INNOTRANS: Tatravagónka and Swiss company Ferriere Cattaneo have developed a six-axle TEN GE articulated pocket wagon for the transport of semi‑trailers, swap bodies and containers. The wagon is equipped with hooks for lifting the bogie frame in order to swap between 1 435 mm and Iberian ...

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    Ex-RENFE coaches enter service with CP


    PORTUGAL: The entry into service of CP’s first ex-RENFE ARCO locomotive-hauled coaches was marked by a ceremony at Valença on July 28, attended by Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos and CP Vice-President Pedro Moreira.

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    Next phase of Portuguese coastal railway upgrading underway


    PORTUGAL: Work is set to start on rebuilding and electrifying the central section of the Linha do Oeste corridor between Torres Vedras and Caldas da Rainha following signature of a contract between Infraestruturas de Portugal and the construction consortium on June 28.

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    GTS Rail targets Iberia


    ITALY: GTS Rail has announced a €74m order for Alstom to supply 20 Traxx DC3 locomotives, which will take its fleet to 48 locos, and has said it is looking to enter the Spanish and Portuguese freight markets. GTS Iberia has been established to develop new ...

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    Freight priority in Beira Alta route modernisation


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal and national operator CP have updated local residents, policymakers and other stakeholders on progress with the €550m modernisation of the Beira Alta railway between Pampilhosa and Guarda.

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    Portugal: Algarve electrification gets up to speed


    Award of the second main contract for the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of IP’s east-west Algarve Line should see the wires stretching from one end of the country to the other by the end of 2024, explains Andre Pires.

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    Local assembly required in CP fleet renewal


    PORTUGAL: National operator CP expects to award a contract before the end of the year for the supply of 117 suburban and regional electric multiple-units which will include a requirement for construction of a local production facility.

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    Ticketing: Fair play for fare payers


    Automatic detection of fare dodgers has been evaluated on metro networks in Delhi and Lisboa.

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    Captrain buys Takargo in Iberian expansion drive


    PORTUGAL: Rail Logistics Europe has purchased private freight operator Takargo from the Mota-Engil construction group, subject to formal approval by the competition authorities. Founded in 2006 as part of Mota-Engil’s diversification strategy, Takargo was the first independent operator to apply for paths on the Portuguese network ...

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    €45m EIB loan to fund Medway expansion


    PORTUGAL: The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide Medway ROSCO with a €45m loan to finance its acquisition of 16 electric locomotives and 113 intermodal wagons. Medway ROSCO is a subsidiary of Medway Operador Ferroviário de Mercadorias, which is procuring the new stock to facilitate ...

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    IP calls tenders to restore narrow-gauge missing link


    PORTUGAL: Rail and road network manager Infraestruturas de Portugal has called tenders for the renovation and reopening of the central section of the 1 000 mm gauge Vouga line between Oliveira de Azemeis and Sernada do Vouga.

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    Portuguese wagon production plan


    PORTUGAL: A consortium of 10 organisations led by private operator Medway is to invest €82m to develop a local freight wagon manufacturing capacity in the Médio Tejo region.

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    Work starts on Algarve electrification


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has formally launched a €20∙4m electrification scheme covering the 56 km route between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António on the Algarve coast in the south of the country.

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    Medway orders more locos and wagons


    PORTUGAL: Private freight operator Medway is to invest €93m in the acquisition of 16 new Stadler electric locomotives and 113 Tatravagónka wagons under a procurement supported by the European Investment Bank.

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    Thales awarded Lisboa signalling contracts


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has awarded Thales three contracts to modernise the signalling systems at Lisboa’s Santa Apolónia station and on the Cascais and Oeste lines. The contracts include the supply of PIPC Generation 3 electronic interlockings, ETCS Level 2 for the standalone Cascais suburban ...

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    Porto unveils CRRC LRV design


    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has unveiled the design of the 18 Class CT light rail vehicles it has ordered from CRRC Tangshan. The styling has been developed jointly by the manufacturer and external consultants, supported by a multidisciplinary team from the operator. ‘We wanted to keep ...

  • CP has a fleet of 10 six-car Alfa Pendular tilting trainsets that were supplied by a consortium led by Fiat Ferroviaria in 1999-2000.

    Cross-border high speed corridor proposed in northern Portugal


    PORTUGAL: As part of the work feeding into the country’s upcoming National Railway Plan, the Vale d’Ouro Association has put forward proposals for a new line through the Trás-os-Montes region to link Porto with Zamora in Spain.

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    Lisboa metro and tram extensions funded


    PORTUGAL: The national government, municipality and operator Metropolitano de Lisboa have signed the contracts to fund the southwestern extension of the metro Red Line from São Sebastião to Alcântara, as well as the planned Odivelas/Loures light rail corridor.

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    Freight: Medway takes on the trucks


    Portuguese rail freight operator Medway was launched five years ago when MSC acquired the incumbent CP Carga. President Carlos Vasconcelos explains to Andre Pires  that electrification, longer trains and a focus on intermodal traffic are key to future Iberian rail freight growth.

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    CP set to acquire 117 EMUs in ‘largest ever’ procurement


    PORTUGAL: The Council of Ministers has approved investment worth €819m to enable national passenger operator CP to call tenders for 117 regional and suburban EMUs, of which €617m would come from EU grants.