All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2012

All articles published this month.

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    Amtrak deploys Ensco chart management system


    USA: Amtrak is using Ensco’s web-based TrackIT Track Chart Management System to host its track maps, which can be produced in PDF or paper format. TrackIT allows easy updating from Amtrak’s asset database, and automated inspection data can be shown alongside the charts. ‘On-line access to current infrastructure and ...

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    Compliance software for Danish ETCS roll-out


    DENMARK: Comply Serve’s ComplyPro e-collaboration project software is to be used by all partners in the Danish national ERTMS programme, including Banedanmark, Siemens, Thales, Alstom and project consultants. To be supplied in English, ComplyPro will integrate all of the project’s requirements, including sponsor, system and design in one open ...

  • News

    Eickholt takes over rail role


    Dr Hans-Jörg Grundmann , Rail Systems Chief Executive at Siemens Infrastructure & Cities division, is to become Siemens Chief Compliance Officer with effect from October 1. Grundmann s position at the Rail Systems business unit will be taken by Dr Jochen Eickholt (photo), who previously headed the ...

  • Impression of Siemens Avenio tram for München (Image: Stadtwerke München/ergon3).

    München orders Siemens Avenio trams


    GERMANY: Siemens announced its first order to supply Avenio trams to Germany on September 28, an €29m contract awarded by München utility body SWM. The 100% low-floor four-section trams will be 36·85 m long and 2300 mm wide, with eight doors and a capacity of 220 passengers. Top speed will ...

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    Sumitomo selected for four-state coach contract


    USA: The California, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri state departments of transportation have selected Sumitomo Corp of America for a jointly-awarded contract to supply 130 double-deck coaches. Sumitomo Corp submitted a bid of $352·3m, and was named the preferred choice on September 26. The contract is expected to be finalised in ...

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    Natural gas fuelled locomotives on test


    CANADA: Canadian National is testing two Electro-Motive Diesel locomotives which have been converted to use natural gas for 90% of their fuel needs, with diesel used for ignition. CN is also working on a long-term project to develop a natural gas locomotive and a standardised gas tender. The two 3000 ...

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    Siemens enters Positive Train Control market


    USA: Siemens has decided to enter the market for Positive Train Control equipment with a version of its Trainguard communications-based train control system. The company announced on September 24 that the Trainguard PTC equipment had successfully completed field trials at the Transportation Test Center in Pueblo. Developed ...

  • JR Central Series N700-1000 high speed train for the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen.

    JR Central unveils N700A high speed train


    JAPAN: JR Central has unveiled its next generation of high speed trains to operate on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, which is expected to enter revenue service from February 8 2013. Unveiled at the railway's Hammamatsu depot on September 18, the new trains are officially designated Series N700-1000, but are ...

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    CSR to open Malaysian rolling stock plant


    MALAYSIA: The Ministry of Transport and CSR Zhuzhou have signed a memorandum agreeing to establish a rolling stock plant at Batu Gajah in Perak. Prime Minister Najib Razak attended the signing ceremony on September 24. He said the facility would strengthen Malaysia's position as a player in the rail industry, ...

  • News

    Abelardo Círico


    Abelardo Círico has succeeded Maurício Querino Theodoro as interim President of Brazilian freight railway Ferroeste.

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    José Viegas


    José Viegas has been elected Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, a global transport policy body based at the OECD in Paris.

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    InnoTrans 2012 sets new records


    INNOTRANS: Growing international participation helped drive a 19% growth in the number of trade visitors at this year's InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. Well over half of the extra visitors came from abroad, with attendees from 30 more countries than at InnoTrans 2010. 'This year InnoTrans successfully represented itself ...

  • Bombardier Transportation double-deck coaches for Israel Railways.

    Israel Railways orders double-deck coaches


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways has awarded Bombardier Transportation a firm order to supply a further 72 double-deck coaches between March 2014 and February 2015. The €122m contract announced on September 26 was placed within a framework agreement signed in October 2010. ISR has now ordered a total of 222 vehicles under ...

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    ABB to support CPTM capacity expansion


    BRAZIL: ABB confirmed on September 26 that it had won a US$50m contract from São Paulo suburban operator CPTM for upgrading and reinforcement of the power supply network on two of the city’s busiest routes. The work will support increased train frequencies on Lines 8 and 9 serving the western ...

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    Rebuilt Ådalsbanan officially reopened


    SWEDEN: Minister for Infrastructure Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd officially opened the upgraded Ådalsbanan between Sundsvall and the southern end of the Botniabanan on September 14. The minister marked the event by inserting the last piece in a jigsaw puzzle map of the Stockholm – Umeå route. During the course of the SKr6·6bn ...

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    Casablanca – Kénitra upgrading starts


    MOROCCO: A ceremony on September 25 attended by King Mohammed VI marked the start of modernisation of the Casablanca – Kénitra main line to increase capacity by around 50%. National railway ONCF has cited strong growth in passenger numbers on the Tanger – Marrakech axis in recent years, driven by ...

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    Turkey - Luxembourg intermodal shuttle launched


    EUROPE: In conjunction with Mars Logistics Group of Turkey, CFL Cargo and CFL Multimodal have launched an intermodal shuttle service between Trieste in Italy and Bettembourg in Luxembourg, operating three return trips a week. Aimed at 'mega trailers' arriving in Trieste by sea from Turkey, the new service is expected ...

  • Impression of Solaris Bus & Coach Tramino tram for Olsztyn in Poland.

    Trams ordered as Olsztyn starts construction


    POLAND: Representatives from the city of Olsztyn signed a €30m contract with Solaris Bus & Coach on September 21 for the supply of 15 low-floor trams to operate on Poland's first new tram system in 55 years. Due for delivery in 2014, the bidirectional Tramino cars will be 29·3 m ...

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    Lyon tram-train service launched


    FRANCE: SNCF began operating tram-train services from Lyon Saint-Paul to Sain-Bel on September 24, following an official opening ceremony two days before. On weekdays there is now a service every 30 min, increasing to every 15 min between Lyon and L'Arbresle during the peaks. It is hoped that ridership ...

  • News

    Dr Georg Kasperkovitz


    Dr Georg Kasperkovitz has joined the board at Rail Cargo Austria along with Arnold Schiefer , who also retains his place on the board at Rail Cargo Hungaria. Andreas Fuchs has stepped down from the RCA board to become Chairman of its freight forwarding subsidiary Express-Interfracht Internationale Spedition. ...