All articles by Railway Gazette International – Page 9

  • Plasser and Theurer Unimat 09-2X-4x4 4S Dynamic E3 tamping machine

    Bi-mode tamper ordered


    NORWAY: State-owned rail engineering contractor Baneservice has placed the first Scandinavian order for a Plasser & Theurer Unimat 09-2X-4x4/4S Dynamic E³ tamping machine equipped for electric and diesel operation. The tamper will use the 15 kV 16⅔ Hz overhead electrification to provide power for both movement ...

  • DB ICE passes freight train on Hannover to Hamburg line

    German government promises more rail funding


    GERMANY: The coalition government has reached agreement on a package of transport and climate protection-related reforms that includes streamlining the planning process for road and rail projects. After three days of debate, on March 28 the leaders of the Social Democrat, Green and Free Democrat parties, ...

  • Alstom_Delivers_300th_Electric_Locomotive_Indian_Railways

    Railway supply industry news round-up


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

  • Leclanche INT-53 Energy pack for rail applications

    Cummins and Leclanché to collaborate on lower-emissions traction


    INTERNATIONAL: Engine manufacturer Cummins and lithium-ion battery technology company Leclanché have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a range of hybrid, battery and fuel cell products for rail and marine applications. The two companies plan to offer customer an integrated package which will include ...

  • Deutsche Bahn trains at Leipzig Hbf (Photo: DB/Max Lautenschläger)

    Audit Office warns of ‘chronic crisis’ at Deutsche Bahn


    GERMANY: The Federal Audit Office has strongly criticised Deutsche Bahn and the federal government for failing to deal with the national railway’s ‘permanent crisis’, its ongoing financial failings and its inability to cope with operational problems. In a 33-page report published on March 15, the Office ...

  • Beacon Rail Prima loco

    Beacon Rail buys SNCF electric locomotives


    FRANCE: Leasing company Beacon Rail has purchased 12 surplus Alstom Prima BB27300 electric locomotives from SNCF. Built in 2004-09 to operate Transilien push-pull suburban services, the dual-system 1·5 kV DC/25 kV 50 Hz locomotives are being modified them for use by the RegioRail subsidiary of Railroad ...

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    Boston South Station track and signalling contract awarded


    USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Middlesex Corp a $98m contract to renew track, turnouts and signals at Boston’s South Station. The upgrading programme is expected to improve the reliability and resilience of the nine MBTA commuter rail routes that use the station, which also ...

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    First tunnel completed for Bulgarian route upgrade


    BULGARIA: Construction of a 1 km twin-bore tunnel has been completed as part of the upgrading of the 20 km Elin Pelin – Vakarel section of the Sofia – Plovdiv line. This section is the most complex part of a 498·8m lev EU-backed project to modernise ...

  • Iarnród Éireann DART+ Alstom multiple-unit pushchair space

    DART+ train mock-up unveiled in Dublin


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the electric and battery-electric multiple-unit cars which Alstom is to supply for the DART+ programme to enhance rail services into Dublin. The units from Alstom’s X’trapolis modular commuter train platform will ...

  • JR Central N700S train

    Taiwanese high speed train contract approved


    TAIWAN: Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp has approved a NT$28bn contract for a consortium of Hitachi and Toshiba to supply 12 N700S high speed trainsets to augment the Series 700T sets that have been used since the line opened in 2007.

  • RENFE CAF Cercanias Civia (Photo RENFE)

    RENFE orders commuter trains


    SPAIN: National operator RENFE has awarded CAF a contract to supply 29 electric multiple-units for use on Cercanías suburban passenger services. The contract announced on March 27 is worth €192·7m, including 15 years of maintenance and the supply of spare parts. There are options for a ...

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    Tanzanian training academy planned


    TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp has been granted approval to build a training institute on a 74 ha site in Tabora, according to local media reports. TRC will use the facility to focus on developing engineers with railway skills as it continues to develop the country’s 1 ...

  • CFM TE33AC loco

    Moldovan rail upgrades to handle Ukrainian export traffic


    MOLDOVA: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has approved a €23m crisis response loan which national railway CFM will use to part-finance the modernisation of two sections of railway for use by Ukrainian transit traffic. The total cost of the work to increase capacity and ...

  • Euro 4000 Portren locomotives have been left Stadler Valencia factory

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market.


    Six 8E locos to receive HVAC upgrade


    SOUTH AFRICA: Booyco Engineering has been commissioned to update the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system fitted to the driver’s cabs of six Class 8E locomotives operated by a South African coal producer. The HVAC systems are designed and manufactured at Booyco Engineering’s Germiston facilities. However, the ...

  • Orient Express La Dolce Vita impression

    Knorr-Bremse to equip La Dolce Vita luxury trains


    ITALY: Arsenale Express has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking, climate control, door and sanitary systems for two rakes of 11 coaches which are being modernised for use on La Dolce Vita luxury ‘slow travel’ services La Dolce Vita is being developed by luxury travel ...

  • 10 000 motors produced in Hyderabad

    Railway supply industry news round-up


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  • Impression of the modernised Santiago – Melipilla line.

    Consortium selected to renovate Santiago suburban lines


    CHILE: National railway EFE has selected a 50:50 consortium of Systra and domestic engineering company Zañartu to modernise the Santiago – Melipilla and Santiago – Batuco lines to enable the launch of dedicated suburban services.

  • Generic railway track (Photo Martin Winkler from Pixabay)

    Goiás seeks private investors in rail schemes


    BRAZIL: Goinfra, the agency responsible for infrastructure and transport within the state of Goiás, has put forward legislation designed to facilitate the construction of rail projects by private sector companies. The draft bill was unveiled at a workshop on railways held on March 8 in Goiânia ...

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    Blockade plan confirmed to equip Wien cross-city core with ETCS


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB Infra announced plans on March 17 to rebuild the infrastructure on Wien’s 11·3 km cross-city S-Bahn core that links Floridsdorf with Meidling through the heart of the city. The route is to be fitted with ETCS Level 2 and several stations are to be ...