All Railway Gazette International articles in September 1998

All articles published this month.

  • News

    Taken by storm

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    GERMAN RAILWAY is set to open the Hannover - Berlin high speed line on September 15. Among the finishing touches required is installation of additional lineside wind barriers following the discovery that ICE2 driving trailers may be at risk of derailment in high winds if they are leading the formation. ...

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    Publications

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    New Trains for New Railways and Fault-Free Trains - A Reality? The proceedings of these two IMechE seminars have been published as good quality casebound books. £77 (New Trains for New Railways) or £42 (Fault-Free Trains) from Professional Engineering Publishing, Northgate Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP326BW, Great Britain. Fax: ...

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    PEOPLE

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    Herbert H Steffen takes over as President of Siemens Transportation Systems from September 1. He replaces Dr Wolfram O Martinsen, who is leaving the company by mutual consent on October 1. Mr Steffen joined Siemens Schuckertwerke in Saarbrücken in 1960, but spent most of his career in Latin America, ...

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    PKP picks Pendolini

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    POLISH State Railways is due to sign a contract with Fiat Ferroviaria this month for the supply of 16 tilting trainsets at a cost of 380bn lire. Fiat was selected as preferred bidder at the end of July, ahead of shortlisted proposals from Siemens and Adtranz, which lodged a protest ...

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    NEWS

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: Taking shape at the Adtranz works in Nürnberg are the first driving vehicles for German Railway’s third-generation Inter-City Express. A pre-production ICE-3 trainset is to start running on the Siemens test track at Wegberg-Wildenrath this autumn, with the eight-car multiple-units entering revenue service next summer

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    PRODUCT NEWS

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    Standard high-speed turnouts UNDER a co-operation and technical assistance agreement, the Infrastructure Maintenance Business Unit of Spanish National Railways ( Renfe ) and JEZ Sistemas Ferroviarios have developed the DSP turnout for high-speed applications. Tested at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, the DSP can be traversed at speeds ...

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    NEWS

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division has rolled out two demonstrator SD90MACs fitted with the 6000hp H-265 engine. One is understood to be joining the pre-series fleet on Union Pacific, and the other will begin its tour with trials on CSX

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    MARKETPLACE

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    Brazil: Engineered Magnetics Inc of the USA has won a contract to supply impedance bonds to Alstom Transporte Ltda (formerly CMW Equipamentos SA) for extensions to Lines 1, 2 and 3 of the São Paulo metro. Bosnia: Koncar Elektricne Lokomotive of Croatia has overhauled and modernised 10 Bo-Bo electric locomotives ...

  • News

    Line sales off

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    THE PROPOSED break-up and sale of parts of the Czech Railways network has been cancelled following election of a Social Democratic government and the appointment of Antonin Peltr

  • News

    KLM partners NS

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    NS Reizigers is working with Royal Dutch Airlines on an air and rail ticketing agreement. This could see some passengers switch from planes to trains under certain circumstances. In the longer term trains may replace planes on some short-haul journeys from Schiphol to destinations such as K

  • News

    No trips to Jerusalem

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    Israel Railways has been unable to resolve the problems posed by its Tel Aviv - Jerusalem line. Expensive to operate and maintain because of tortuous curves and severe grades, neither the infrastructure nor rolling stock is exactly state of the art. There were six derailments alone last year. The main ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: The first of 17 Integral ID5 units for Bayerische Oberlandbahn was rolled out of the Jenbacher Energiesysteme AG works on June 18. The 53·4m long five-section articulated trains have three motored modules and two low-floor passenger sections with two doors each per side. They will replace older stock on ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    CAPTION: German Railway Infrastructure Director Dr Ulf Häusler and Sachsen Minister of Economics & Employment Dr Kajo Schommer turned the first sod for a new S-Bahn station at Dresden Airport on July 30. A 1·3 km extension of an industrial spur to a new underground terminus will carry a 20 ...

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    INTELLIGENCE

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    Argentina: Buenos Aires suburban concessionaire Metropolitano is to invest 38m pesos in upgrading the Pereyra - La Plata and Avellaneda - Ezpeleta sections of the Roca network. As well as track renewal, the work will include renovation of nine level crossings. Australia: Victrack is to call tenders for resleepering the ...

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    Innovative hiccup

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    THIRTEEN consortia which submitted bids for the Briztram light rail line in Brisbane (RG 6.98 p371) had their applications returned unopened at the end of July. Incoming Queensland Premier Peter Beattie feels that light rail is ’19th century technology’ and he wants something ’futuristic’ to celebrate the next millenium. What ...

  • News

    Timetable revamp heralds network speed-up

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    INTRO: A radical restructuring of Chinese Railways’ timetable paves the way for faster services and quality improvements over the next few years. Chris Jackson discussed the technical advances and research projects underpinning CR’s next five-year investment plan with Ju Jiaxing, Executive Vice-President of the China Academy of Railway Sciences ON ...

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    Funding shortage

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    INDIAN Railways’ plans to modernise and expand will have to be reined in. Sanctions in the wake of the country’s detonation of atomic bombs earlier this year look likely to force the abandonment or deferral of numerous projects as credit agencies withdraw funding. No surprise then that a parliamentary committee ...

  • News

    V/Line Freight sale starts

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    EXPRESSIONS of interest were due to be submitted by August 14 for the sale of Australian operator V/Line Freight Corp. Bids were called on July 31 by Victoria’s Transport Minister Robin Cooper and Treasurer Alan Stockdale, who said privatisation would give Victoria ’a vibrant, competitive railfreight industry so that farmers ...

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    Multi-gauge freight

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    SPANISH National Railways and Patentes Talgo unveiled a freight derivative of the Talgo gauge-convertible wheelsets at a presentation in Sevilla on July 30. Renfe has formed a partnership with French National Railways and German Railway to develop the technique for cross-border applications throughout Europe. The Talgo concept, where individual ...

  • News

    NRZ updates inter-city fleet

    1998-09-01T10:00:00Z

    THIS MONTH National Railways of Zimbabwe will take delivery of the first of 58 main line coaches for its two principal routes: Bulawayo - Harare and Bulawayo - Victoria Falls. A radical departure from the familiar clerestory roofs and brown livery, the new stock will transform NRZ’s long-distance overnight and ...