All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2015 – Page 2

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    Orange County awards streetcar design contract


    USA: California’s Orange County Transportation Authority has selected HNTB Corp to design the OC Streetcar project, which is intended to provide easy ‘last mile’ connections from Metrolink trains and buses to employment, retail and recreational areas. The line would run 6·6 km from Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center through ...

  • The demonstrator locomotive will be based on Newag’s existing Dragon design.

    Newag to build TSI-compliant multi-system freight loco


    POLAND: The Natio­nal Cen­tre for Rese­arch & Deve­lop­ment has awarded Newag a 10·9m złoty grant to support the development of what the company says would be Europe’s first TSI-compliant six-axle multi-system electric freight locomotive. This programme is expected to cost a total of 27·2m złoty. Announcing the grant on September ...

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    ICx test running begins


    GERMANY: Test running of an ICx trainset on the public rail network began on September 25, Siemens has announced. In May 2011 Deutsche Bahn signed a framework agreement for up to 300 ICx trainsets, with an initial order for 130 to replace its locomotive-hauled inter-city fleet. Entry into service ...

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    First Kansas City Streetcar on test


    USA: The first tram for the Kansas City Streetcar project has started dynamic testing at CAF’s test track in Elmira, New York. It is due to be delivered to Kansas City on October 29. Testing is then due to be carried out by the rail activation workgroup comprising the ...

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    Alstom to supply Panamá City Line 2 trains


    PANAMA: Alstom Transport announced on September 24 that it is to supply 21 five-car Metropolis trainsets to operate Panamá City metro Line 2. A consortium led by Alstom and including TSO-CIM, Thales and Sofratesa was awarded the contract to undertake E&M work in July. The contract is worth US$128·5m ...

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    Northern extension of Tehran metro Line 3 opens


    IRAN: An 18 km extension of Tehran metro Line 3 opened by President Hassan Rouhani and Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf on September 22, bringing the southwest-northeast route to 37 km. The new section runs northeast from Shahid Beheshti, where interchange is provided with Line 1, to Ghaem. Of the ...

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    EFE unveils US$7∙5bn masterplan


    CHILE: Grupo EFE President Jorge Inostroza unveiled a US$7⋅5bn investment masterplan on September 23, which aims to increase traffic on the state railway from 30 million to 100 million passenger-journeys a year by 2022. ‘No predecessor of mine has ever presented a plan like this’, said Inostroza, noting that EFE ...

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    Maryland approves Siemens locomotive order


    USA: Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved the Department of Transportation’s planned $58·1m purchase of eight Siemens Charger diesel-electric locomotives to replace electric locomotives currently used on MARC commuter services. The approval granted on September 16 enables Maryland Transit Administration to enter into a ‘cost-effective co-operative purchasing agreement’ ...

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rode on an inaugural train on the Ashqelon-Be'er Sheva‘ line (Photo: Government Press Office).

    Ashkelon – Be’er Sheva’ railway completed


    ISRAEL: Israel Railways launched passenger services from Netivot to Be’er Sheva’ on September 19, two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Israel Katz joined VIPs on an inaugural train marking the completion of the through route between Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva’. There are 25 ...

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    Standard gauge to serve Naivasha


    KENYA: The 1 435 mm gauge railway now under construction between Mombasa and Nairobi is to be extended by 120 km to serve a new economic development zone at Naivasha in the Rift Valley. An agreement to develop Phase 2A of the standard-gauge project was signed between Kenya Railways Managing ...

  • Rail Cargo Group has acquired EBM Cargo GmbH.

    Rail Cargo Group buys German operator


    EUROPE: Austrian Federal Railways’ Rail Cargo Group announced its acquisition of German freight haulage, shunting and locomotive hire services business EBM Cargo GmbH on September 23. Founded in February 2010 and based in Gummersbach east of Köln, privately-owned EBM Cargo has an annual turnover of €5m and ‘extensive knowledge ...

  • Bombardier has appointed Panattoni Europe to build a new manufacturing hall at its Wrocław plant.

    Bombardier to expand Wrocław factory


    POLAND: Bombardier Transportation has awarded industrial property developer Panattoni Europe a contract to build a new manufacturing hall alongside the existing facilities at its Wrocław plant. Completion is scheduled for June 2016, with the new hall to be used to manufacture passenger rolling stock bodyshells for projects including Deutsche Bahn's ...

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    High Speed 2 civil works tendering begins


    UK: The government launched the bidding process for the construction of High Speed 2 on September 24, with the issuing of a pre-qualification questionnaire for the Tranche 1 main civils works contracts. The seven contracts with a total value of £11·8bn cover construction of the surface route and tunnels ...

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    Jamie Miller


    GE Transportation has named Jamie Miller as President & CEO. She succeeds Russell Stokes, who will lead GE’s Energy Management business.

  • CAF passenger train for Saudi Railway Co’s North–South line arrives in Riyadh.

    North–South passenger trainset arrives in Riyadh


    SAUDI ARABIA: The first of six trainsets being supplied by CAF for passenger services on Saudi Railway Co’s North–South line is undergoing trials on the 1 130 km route between Na’ariyah and Riyadh, with entry into service planned for early 2016. The passenger fleet is being supplied under a 533m ...

  • Amtrak has selected Alstom to supply the next generation of trains for the Northeast Corridor.

    Amtrak selects Alstom for Northeast Corridor train order


    USA: Senator Charles E Schumer said on September 21 that the Amtrak board would approve the next day the start of exclusive negotiations with Alstom for a contract to supply the next generation of trains for the Northeast Corridor between Washington DC, New York and Boston. The contract ...

  • PKP Cargo has ordered 15 Siemens Vectron multisystem electric locomotives.

    PKP Cargo orders 15 Siemens locomotives


    POLAND: PKP Cargo announced an order for 15 Siemens Vectron multisystem electric locomotives at the Trako trade fair in Gdańsk on September 23. The €75m contract includes the provision of spare parts and maintenance for eight years, and there is a fixed-price €26m option for a further five locomotives to ...

  • The €3bn DART Underground project is to be redesigned to reduce costs.

    DART Underground to be redesigned to reduce costs


    IRELAND: The €3bn DART Underground project in Dublin ‘will not proceed as currently designed’ but will instead be ‘redesigned to provide a lower cost technical solution’, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe announced on September 22. DART Underground is a proposed tunnel which would link the existing line ...

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    Triple Crown Services to focus on automotive sector


    USA: Norfolk Southern Corp has announced a restructuring of its Triple Crown Services subsidiary to focus on the transport of automotive parts, with other business to be transferred to its intermodal network. TCS said on September 18 it would continue to operate its RoadRailer trains between Detroit and ...

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    ADIF awards €164m ETCS contract


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a consortium of Bombardier (€77m), Alstom (€62m) and Indra (€25m) a contract to supply and maintain signalling on the 164 km Plasencia – Cáceres – Badajoz high speed line being built as part of the corridor from Madrid to the Portuguese border. ...