All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2015 – Page 3

  • Land Transport Authority has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang a S$136·8m contract to supply a further 12 six–car trainsets.

    Singapore orders more North-South and East-West rolling stock


    SINGAPORE: Land Transport Authority has awarded a consortium of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and CSR Qingdao Sifang a S$136·8m contract to supply a further 12 six–car Type C151B metro trainsets to increase capacity on the North–South and East–West lines. The latest contract announced on September 22 takes the total order to ...

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    Kilybai Nurdaulet Igilikuly


    Kilybai Nurdaulet Igilikuly has been named Chairman of state railway Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, having served as Managing Director & Chief of Staff since August 2013.

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    NS takes over Delaware & Hudson South Line


    USA: Norfolk Southern Corp completed its acquisition of Canadian Pacific’s Delaware & Hudson Railway South Line between Sunbury, Pennsylvania and Schenectady, New York, on September 18. Operations under the new ownership started at 00.01 the following day The transaction was announced on November 14 2014 and approved by the Surface ...

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    Cubic to modernise BART fare collection equipment


    USA: San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit District has awarded Cubic Transportation Systems a $12·6m contract to update its revenue management systems. The state-of-good-repair project covers ticket vending and top-up machines, ticket gates and parking validator devices. As well as extending the life of the equipment, the project will ...

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    Mohammed Al-Hinai


    Mohammed Al-Hinai has been named Chief Corporate Support Services Officer at Oman Rail.

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    Bernadette Kelly


    Bernadette Kelly has succeeded Clare Moriarty as Director General for the Rail Executive at the UK’s Department for Transport.

  • The depot which will maintain Morocco's high speed trains was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President François Hollande.

    Tanger high speed train depot inaugurated


    MOROCCO: The rolling stock depot in Tanger which will maintain and service the country’s fleet of high speed trains was officially inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President François Hollande on September 20, at a ceremony attended by ONCF Director-General Mohamed Rabie Khlie and SNCF President Guillaume Pepy. Two ...

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    Addis Ababa light rail opens


    ETHIOPIA: The first light rail line in Addis Ababa was opened for revenue service on September 20, following several months of test running. Hundreds of residents queued for hours ahead of the opening to sample the new service. Designed to relieve growing road congestion as the city’s population passes 5 ...

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    Vinnytsia presents modernised tram


    UKRAINE: Vinnytsia tram operator VTTU has unveiled a KT4SU tram which it has modernised at a cost of €160 000. New features include streamlined cabs and interior LED lightning. According to VTTU, the modernised tram will reduce energy consumption up to 40%. VTTU purchased 80 KT4SU trams from ...

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    Rail industry news in brief - September 2015


    To improve links between the Trans-Siberian and BAM routes, Russian Railways has opened the 3·4 km Avda – Gromadsk spur, built at a cost of 1·7bn roubles and including a 550 m curved viaduct with a 4 m height difference between the ends. A twice-weekly intermodal service from ...

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    World rail market September 2015


    Iran: In partnership with Garivekan and Zitron, Indra is to supply its Horus tunnel monitoring and control package for Mashhad metro Line 2. Luxembourg: Luxtram has awarded a consortium of Transdev, Transamo and Nantes operator Semitan a three-year contract to provide operational assistance for the Luxembourg light rail line ...

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    Railroads warn of worst-case scenario if PTC deadline is not extended


    USA: Congress must act to extend the 'unattainable' December 31 2015 deadline for the roll-out of Positive Train Control, rail industry associations reiterated in response to the release on September 16 of a Government Accountability Office report which says the Federal Railroad Administration needs to develop an adequate and comprehensive ...

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    Iași completes tram line modernisation


    ROMANIA: The latest section of the Iași tram network to be modernised reopened on September 1. Trams on the 10 km east-west route between Pasaj Nicolina and Tătărași Sud can now run at up to 35 km/h, up from 25 km/h previously. The upgrade work cost €10m. On October ...

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    US-Chinese joint venture to develop Las Vegas high speed line


    USA: Private-sector California to Nevada high speed rail project promoter XpressWest and a consortium of Chinese rail industry companies announced on September 17 that they had agreed to create a joint venture to develop, finance, build and operate a 370 km line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The Southwest ...

  • A court has instructed Bayern railway authority BEG to review of the planned award of two Nürnberg S-Bahn contracts to National Express Rail.

    Court orders review of Nürnberg S-Bahn contract award


    GERMANY: On September 17 the Higher Regional Court in München instructed Bayern railway authority BEG to undertake a review of the planned award of two Nürnberg S-Bahn operating contracts to National Express Rail. On February 2 BEG had named the German subsidiary of UK-based National Express Group as its preferred ...

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    Swiss government funds more maintenance


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has secured a 15% increase in infrastructure funding from the government for the next three-year performance contract covering 2017-20. Due to be submitted to parliament after a hearing in September, the increase is justified by a predicted 9% rise in gross tonne-km and additions to the ...

  • Inland Rail would carry 1 800 m long double-stack container trains (Photo: ARTC).

    Inland Rail delivery plan released


    AUSTRALIA: The final report of the Inland Rail implementation group was delivered to the federal government on September 11, along with a business case developed by Australian Rail Track Corp. The delivery plan outlines a 10-year timeframe for developing the proposed 1 700km corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane via Wagga ...

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    Beijing to start metro expansion work


    CHINA: Construction is due to start this month on five metro expansion projects in Beijing, including three new lines. The east-west Line 3 would connect Dongcheng with Chaoyang on a 22 km alignment with 14 stations. The 29·6 km Line 12 would follow an east-west route to the ...

  • Côte d’Ivoire Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan launches rehabilitation of the Abidjan to Ouagadougou railway on September 9 (Photo: Bolloré Africa Logistics).

    Abidjan – Ouagadougou enhancement launched


    AFRICA: Work to rehabilitate the 1 260 km metre-gauge railway from Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire to Ouagadougou and Kaya in Burkina Faso was launched by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan with a ceremony at the renovated Treichville station in Abidjan on September 9. Duncan said the aim of ...

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    FTA announces TOD grants


    USA: The Federal Transit Administration announced grants totalling $19·5m from its Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program on September 14. The funding will go towards detailed planning in 17 metropolitan areas. ‘Transit-oriented development is critical to the success of new projects and to the economy of the local communities they ...