All articles by Railway Gazette International

  • Whoosh opening

    Whoosh opens as the fastest railway in southeast Asia


    INDONESIA: The 142·3 km Jakarta – Bandung high speed line, now branded as Whoosh, was officially inaugurated by President Joko Widodo on October 2. This follows the launch of a limited free trial service during September, which the President said would continue until the start of ...

  • Nightjet sleeping car (Photo: ÖBB/Harald Eisenberger)

    Nightjet unveiled as the ‘flagship of European night train traffic‘


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has unveiled the first of its next generation of Nightjet fixed-formation loco-hauled trainsets for overnight trains, calling it ‘the new flagship of the European night train traffic’. The unveiling took place in the former Wien Nordwest station on September 30 as part ...

  • DB ICE passes freight train on Hannover to Hamburg line

    German infrastructure manager InfraGO to be launched in January


    GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn’s supervisory board has endorsed the decision to merge DB Netz AG and DB Station & Service AG into a single infrastructure management business to be known as DB InfraGO AG with effect from January 1 2024. The decision was taken at the board’s regular ...

  • MerMec

    Bank backs digital railway R&D


    ITALY: The European Investment Bank is providing MerMec with a €30m loan to finance research and development of digital railway technology, including signalling for driverless trains, and diagnostic and management technology for rolling stock and infrastructure assets. An agreement covering the first €20m was signed by ...

  • Aurizon container train at Glenlee, Sydney (Photo Aurizon)

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.

  • Alstom and Saudi Railway Polytechnic

    Rail training programmes developed for young Saudis


    SAUDI ARABIA: Alstom and Saudi Railway Polytechnic have formed a partnership to provide Saudis aged 18 to 26 with Rolling Stock & Traction and Signalling & Telecom technical and vocational training. The programme will begin with 20 trainees. Male participants will have six months of intensive ...

  • MRCE Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotive

    Beacon Rail completes MRCE acquisition


    EUROPE: Beacon Rail announced on September 29 that it had completed the acquisition of locomotive leasing business Mitsui Rail Capital Europe from Mitsui & Co. The transaction had been agreed on August 7. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in the Netherlands, MRCE has a fleet of ...

  • BLS Cargo Vectron (Photo Toma Bacic)

    BLS Cargo orders XLoad Vectron locomotives


    SWITZERLAND: BLS Cargo has ordered 10 Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotives for use on north-south routes from Belgian and Dutch ports to Italy. The multi-system locos ordered on September 25 will be equipped for operation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. They will ...

  • Fenniarail Vectron

    Private operator’s Vectron locomotive arrives in Finland


    FINLAND: What future operator Fenniarail says is the first electric locomotive to be acquired by a private operator in Finland arrived at the port of Hanko from Germany on September 17. Fenniarail ordered the Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotive in September 2022. The 1 524 mm ...

  • Armenian train (2)

    Gyumri – Vanadzor passenger service restarts after 13 years


    ARMENIA: South Caucasus Railway has restarted local passenger services between Gyumri, Shirakamut and Vanadzor with the launch of a trial daily train each way. The Russian Railways subsidiary operates the Armenian network under a long-term concession agreement. The 65 km route forms ...

  • Pesa Newag

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    This week’s news from the global railway supply chain.

  • A groundbreaking ceremony on September 21 marked the start of construction of Norfolk Southern’s First Responder Training Center in East Palestine, Ohio.

    Norfolk Southern begins construction of East Palestine safety training centre


    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony on September 21 marked the start of construction of Norfolk Southern’s First Responder Training Center in East Palestine, Ohio. The centre is intended to provide free training for emergency responders from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, building on the railway’s existing Operation ...

  • EFE Parral

    EFE extends Chillán – San Carlos service to Parral


    CHILE: National railway EFE has extended its Chillán – San Carlos regional passenger service north to Parral, using part of the electrified main line that connects Chillán with Santiago. EFE launched the Chillán – San Carlos trains at the end of last year, and the four ...

  • Siemens Mobility Metro North Locomotive

    MTA Metro-North Railroad orders electro-diesel locos


    USA: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a firm order to supply six more Charger electro-diesel locomotives for use on MTA Metro-North Railroad commuter services between Connecticut and New York. The order announced on September 26 has been placed by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on behalf ...

  • Wabtec and President Tokayev

    Kazakh hydrogen loco co-operation


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a framework agreement for the production of hydrogen locomotives and the creation of an engineering centre at the LKZ loco factory in Astana. It was signed on September 17 when Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed plans for the ...

  • RENFE freight train

    RENFE Mercancías selects strategic partner


    SPAIN: The board of national operator RENFE has selected Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co’s inland logistics subsidiary Medlog as strategic partner to help it develop freight business RENFE Mercancías into an integrated logistics business. The search for a strategic partner for RENFE Mercancías has been underway for ...

  • Tesla Berlin Gigafactory shuttle train

    Tesla shuttle train launches


    GERMANY: A free shuttle train has been launched to serve Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg site to the east of the capital. Giga Berlin now has its own train shuttle, capable of moving 400 people per ride 🚆 — Tesla Europe (@teslaeurope) September 4, 2023 ...

  • Ampfz_2

    First ComfortJet on test


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The first of the ComfortJet rakes of push-pull coaches which ČD has ordered from a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Škoda Group arrived at the Velim test centre on September 11 for an extensive testing and approval programme. In April 2021 the national operator ...

  • Strasbourg station

    Grand Est invests in secondary routes


    FRANCE: Rural railways and branch lines in the Grand Est région are to receive a funding injection worth more than €52m to ensure continuity of service over the next few years. The funds are destined for 14 routes where little or no maintenance has been carried out ...

  • Euro money notes and coins

    Applications invited for €7bn of Connecting Europe Facility funding


    EUROPE: The European Commission has issued its latest call for proposals for funding under the Connecting Europe Facility, making available €7bn to support new or upgraded infrastructure on the Trans-European Transport network. CE funding can be used to support projects on the Core and Comprehensive TEN-T ...