All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2015 – Page 4

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    München orders more Avenio trams


    GERMANY: München utility body SWM has selected Siemens as preferred bidder to supply 22 low-floor trams. The €70m contract is to be signed following a 10-day standstill period. Starting in mid-2017, Siemens is to deliver nine two-section, nine three-section and four four-section Avenio trams. Operator MVG envisages that on ...

  • East Midlands Trains.

    New East Midlands direct award franchise agreed


    UK: The Department for Transport and incumbent operator Stagecoach Group announced the agreement of a new directly-awarded East Midlands franchise on September 16. The current franchise covering inter-city services on the Midland Main Line and regional services across the East Midlands has been operated by Stagecoach subsidiary East Midlands Trains ...

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    Yaroslavl plans fast tram lines


    RUSSIA: Yaroslavl tram operator Yargorelektrotrans has announced plans for two fast tram lines. A feasibility study is expected to be completed soon. One route would link the main line station to the airport, southeast of the city. The other would be a north-south route intended to serve the city’s ...

  • The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has signed a €39·9m senior loan with Infrakos.

    EBRD signs Kosovo infrastructure upgrading loan


    KOSOVO: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has signed a €39·9m senior loan with infrastructure manager Infrakos to finance a three-stage modernisation of the 148 km railway linking Macedonia with Serbia via Fushë Kosovë and Mitrovicë. EBRD will also support improvements to asset management, track access charges and workforce ...

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    US$4∙8bn for freight renaissance


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on September 8 that China Machinery Engineering Corp had signed a letter of intent to double the amount of funding it is providing to revive Argentina’s rail freight network. ‘It is a second tranche of US$2⋅4bn which we will entirely ...

  • Similar overhead gantries were installed on Köln Line 16. (Photo: Powerlines Group)

    Vorgebirgsbahn electrification contract


    GERMANY: Häfen & Güterverkehr Köln has awarded SPL Powerlines Germany a contract to install electrification equipment as part of the doubling of 2·1 km of single track line between Brühl and Badorf on the Vorgebirgsbahn inter-urban light rail Line 18 between Köln and Bonn. The work began this month ...

  • Nahverkehr Rheinland has selected incumbent Rurtalbahn GmbH to operate service RB21 between Düren and Linnich for four years from 2016.

    Quality improvements in new Rurtalbahn contract


    GERMANY: Following the first competitive tender for the route, on September 9 transport authority Nahverkehr Rheinland selected incumbent Rurtalbahn GmbH for a contract to operate hourly local passenger service RB21 on the 26 km Düren – Linnich northern branch of the Rurtalbahn network for four years from 2016. The ...

  • Nine of NSB’s Class 74 Flirt EMUs have been equipped with ETCS.

    Østfold ETCS pilot line goes live


    NORWAY: Services on an 80 km section of the Østfoldbanen southeast of Oslo are now running under ETCS Level 2, following the formal commissioning of the first phase of Jernbaneverket’s national ERTMS roll-out. The ETCS installation on the plot line between Ski and Sarpsborg was inaugurated by Transport Minister Ketil ...

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    Paris Line 18 contract awarded


    FRANCE: Société du Grand Paris has awarded the Linéov Group consortium of SNC-Lavalin, Algoé and Transamo a project management assistance contract for Paris metro Line 18. The contract covers both the construction and operation phases. Linéov Group will advise SGP on project management, and oversee all the contractors and ...

  • The agreement was signed in Windhoek by Hippy Tjivikua, Acting CEO of TransNamib, and Thomas Konditi, President & CEO of GE Transportation for Africa.

    TransNamib orders GE locomotives


    NAMIBIA: National railway TransNamib signed a US$22·7m purchase agreement for six GE Transportation C23EMP locomotives on September 11. The 1 067 mm gauge diesel locomotives are scheduled to be delivered to Walvis Bay within the next 18 to 20 months. They will be used to haul sulphuric acid ...

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    Portland opens Orange Line


    USA: Portland light rail operator TriMet inaugurated the MAX Orange Line between Portland and Milwaukie on September 12. The 11·7 km route is operated as a southern extension of the existing Yellow line. Startling at SE Park Avenue in north Milwaukie, the route runs north to OMSI before crossing ...

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    New York opens Subway Line 7 extension


    USA: New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority inaugurated an extension of the Subway’s 7-Flushing Line on September 13. The 2·4 km extension runs west from 42 Street/Times Square before turning south to reach a new station at 34 St-Hudson Yards. ‘This station is the centrepiece of an ambitious plan to ...

  • Robel Mobile Maintenance Train for Network Rail.

    Mobile Maintenance Train enters service


    UK: The first of eight self-propelled Mobile Maintenance Trains which Robel is supplying to infrastructure manager Network Rail has entered service. The key feature of the MMT is the extendable cover over the floodlit working area, which provides staff with protection from the weather and from trains passing on ...

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    Railmark forms Transit Services business unit


    USA: Railmark Holdings Inc has announced the formation of a Railmark Transit Services business unit, consolidating its lubrication, equipment heating and rolling stock component activities alongside its train operations, rolling stock maintenance, marketing, accessibility modification and other passenger rail support services. Railmark plans to ‘significantly’ expand the range of ...

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    World rail infrastructure market September 2015


    Algeria: EMA has awarded a three-year contract to extend the Constantine tram line to a consortium of Alstom, Corsan, Corviam and Cosider. Austria: ÖBB-Infrastruktur has awarded Hochtief, Implenia and Thyssen Schachtbau a €457m contract for NATM construction of the 7·4 km twin bore eastern section of the Semmering base ...

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    World rolling stock market September 2015


    Australia: UGL and Unipart Rail have won an A$131m contract to modernise Sydney Trains’ 446 Tangara EMU cars by July 2018. Mitsubishi Electric will upgrade the traction systems. Interfleet supported the tendering process. Bulgaria: A Siemens-Newag consortium submitted the lowest bid to supply 20 three-car trainsets for the future ...

  • Stockholm commuter train operator Stockholmståg is using a 'commuter prognosis' algorithm to forecast potential delays.

    Commuter prognosticator avoids delays which haven’t happened yet


    SWEDEN: Mathematician Wilhelm Landerholm of Queue AB and Stockholm commuter train operator Stockholmståg have developed an algorithm which can be used to forecast potential delays, helping network control staff to make decisions which will minimise the potential impact and also prevent ripple effects before they would have occurred. Real-time feeds ...

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    Metrolinx orders computer-based integrated control system


    CANADA: Regional transport agency Metrolinx has awarded Alstom a €113m contract to provide a computer-based integrated train control system covering the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area. Commissioning is scheduled for late 2018. Announcing the contract on September 10, Alstom said its Iconis technology would provide a single control centre ...

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    DfT seeks ideas to secure Island Line’s future


    UK: The Department for Transport announced on September 11 that it would undertake public consultation on proposals to secure the future of the 13·5 km isolated line on the Isle of Wight by turning it into ‘a separate and self-sustaining business’ during the life of the next South Western franchise, ...

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    Turkish GSM-R interoperability testing completed


    TURKEY: Italian certification group RINA has successfully completed interoperability testing of the GSM-R base station sub-system access network supplied to national railway TCDD by Huawei, and the GSM-R network switching sub-system core network supplied by Nokia. Huawei said TCDD has typical multi-vendor GSM-R infrastructure, with Nokia, Kapsch and Huawei elements. ...