Railways and the Russia-Ukraine war

Business news about railways and the Russia-Ukraine war.

  • LTG UZ MoU (Photo LTG)

    Klaipėda – Kyiv rail freight plan


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s national train operator LTG Group and Ukrainian Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an intermodal freight service from the Baltic port of Klaipėda to Kyiv via Poland. Test runs are planned for this year, ahead of regular services. ‘We see Ukraine and ...

  • US loan to Ukrainian Railways (Photo EXIM)

    Ukrainian Railways to order Wabtec locomotives


    UKRAINE: Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved a US$156·6m 15-year loan which national railway Ukrzaliznytsia will use for the acquisition of 40 Wabtec diesel locomotives. Ukrzaliznytsia currently operates TE33AS (ES44ACI) locos supplied by GE Transportation, now Wabtec. The transaction was approved by EXIM on ...

  • Ukraine Spain gauge changing Mou (Photo UZ)

    Spanish gauge-changing technology to integrate Ukrainian railways with the EU


    UKRAINE: The use of automatic gauge-changing wheelsets to speed up the movement of freight wagons between Ukraine’s 1 520 mm broad gauge network and the 1 435 mm standard gauge of neighbouring European Union countries is to be piloted by national railway Ukrzaliznytsia and Spanish infrastructure ...

  • Bern to Lviv
    Metro Report International

    Bern trams donated to Lviv


    UKRAINE: Agreement has been reached for the Swiss city of Bern to donate 11 trams to the city of Lviv, where Switzerland will also support the construction of a 1 km tram route along Mykolaichuka and Shevchenko streets to the emergency hospital.

  • Tanks on flat wagons (Photo Giedrės Maksimovicz, Lithuanian Minstry of Defence)

    Rail projects awarded EU military mobility funding


    EUROPE: Rail freight facility development and capacity enhancement projects are included in 38 schemes to upgrade transport infrastructure for dual civilian and defence purposes which have been selected to receive €807m of Connecting Europe Facility funding.

  • UZ hopper wagon

    Ukrainian Railways produces cross-border grain wagon


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has used mostly domestic components to produce a grain hopper wagon which can operate on both the former USSR’s 1 520 mm broad gauge and the 1 435 mm standard gauge of neighbouring EU countries. The Type 19-8005-U wagon has a capacity ...

  • EIB Global invests €41m in railway infrastructure rehabilitation in Moldova (Photo EIB)

    Moldova railway rehabilitation loan signed


    MOLDOVA: The government has signed a €41·2m loan agreement with the European Investment Bank’s development finance arm EIB Global to finance rehabilitation of the Vălcineț – Ungheni – Chișinău – Căinari rail corridor. Along with a €12m EU grant announced earlier this year, this will improve ...

  • Allegro trainset (Photo VR)

    Finland’s VR takes over Helsinki – St Petersburg Allegro train fleet


    FINLAND: National operator VR has taken over the four Sm6 trainsets which its Karelian Trains joint venture with Russian Railways previously used on Helsinki – St Petersburg services. The seven-car dual-voltage Alstom Pendolino tilting trainsets were used on the international service from 2010 until operations were ...

  • Lviv to Poland map

    USAID backs standard gauge rail link to Lviv


    UKRAINE: The United States Agency for International Development has signed a memorandum of understanding to support national railway Ukrzaliznytsia in the development of a 75 km of standard gauge line from the Mostyska II yard near the Polish border to Sknyliv in the city of Lviv. ...

  • Moskva Pesa Fokstrot trams
    Metro Report International

    Sanctions lead to withdrawal of Moskva’s Polish trams


    RUSSIA: The use of Moskva’s Pesa Fokstrot 71-414 trams was suspended from December 4, because international sanctions imposed as a result of the war against Ukraine have made the vehicles difficult for the operator to maintain. A framework contract for up to 120 trams was agreed ...

  • Lithuania’s LTG Cargo and Ukraine’s Ukrzaliznytsia have operated a trial service transporting lorry semi-trailers by rail from Kaunas to Kyiv via Poland.

    Semi-trailers transported from Lithuania to Kyiv by rail


    EUROPE: Lithuania’s LTG Cargo and Ukraine’s Ukrzaliznytsia have operated a trial service transporting lorry semi-trailers by rail from Kaunas to Kyiv via Poland. The test train ran within two months of LTG Cargo and Ukrzaliznytsia meeting to develop mutually beneficial approaches to international transport. ...

  • UZ coach

    Ukrainian Railways orders replacement night train coaches


    UKRAINE: National railway Ukrzaliznytsia has awarded domestic manufacturer KVSZ a 1·95bn hryvna contract to supply 44 night train coaches over the next two years. The order announced on October 17 includes 20 sleeping cars with four-berth compartments, 12 with two-berth compartments, nine 56-berth platskartny cars and ...

  • First test cargo train from Ukraine

    Trial Ukraine – EU freight train gets semi-trailers off the roads


    EUROPE: A trial freight train has carried semi-trailers from Ukraine to Budapest as ÖBB Rail Cargo Group develops plans to launch a regular TransFER intermodal freight connection between Kyiv, the Hungarian capital and Wien in partnership with Ukrainian national railway Ukrzaliznytsia.

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    CPK Supports Ukraine’s Post-War Recovery

    2023-09-27T11:21:00Z Sponsored by

    Centralny Port Komunikacyjny (CPK), Poland’s major transport infrastructure project, can play a pivotal role in supporting Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction and its path towards integration with the European Union (EU).

  • Rail Partners with Ukraine event
    Rail Business UK

    British railway family comes together to back Ukraine’s railways


    EUROPE: Senior figures from across the UK rail sector came together at the Rail Partners with Ukraine event to hear how national railway Ukrzaliznytsia is keeping trains running under wartime conditions, and to raise money to fund food parcels for Ukrainian railway workers and their families. ...

  • Operail train

    Estonian rail freight operator seeks new opportunities after war slashes traffic


    ESTONIA: State-owned freight operator Operail is developing a comprehensive strategy to restore its profitability, having been hit by a 83% reduction in volumes because of the Russian war against Ukraine. The strategy is expected to be finalised by autumn, and the company says that once its ...

  • Poti TransTerminal

    Georgian freight terminal to support Trans-Caspian International Transport Route


    GEORGIA: Kazakhstan-based logistics group PTC Holding has begun construction of a multimodal freight terminal at the Black Sea port of Poti to support growing traffic on the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route between China and Europe. PTC said the war in Ukraine had seriously affected global logistics, ...

  • Map of the 1 435 mm gauge ‘backbone’ proposed to integrate the rail networks in Ukraine and Moldova with those in the European Union.

    Standard gauge railway ‘backbone’ proposed for Ukraine and Moldova


    EUROPE: The construction of a 1 435 mm gauge railway ‘backbone’ has been proposed as part of a strategy for closer integration of the rail networks in Ukraine and Moldova with those of the European Union.

  • Ukraine railway station (Photo EBRD)

    EBRD lends €200m for Ukrainian rail links to the EU


    UKRAINE: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is to provide national railway Ukrzaliznytsya with a €200m sovereign loan to support the upgrading of rail links with the European Union. The funding will allow UZ to continue to provide vital services, rehabilitate rail corridors to the ...

  • Tbilisi metro
    Metro Report International

    Metro train contract cancelled because of international sanctions


    GEORGIA: The city of Tbilisi has announced that it is to terminate a contract for Metrowagonmash to supply metro trains, because the Russian manufacturer is now subject to sanctions imposed by Georgia’s international partners as a result of the Russian war against Ukraine. ‘Georgia enforces international ...