All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2015 – Page 5

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    The Digital Future is now arriving


    RG:TV: Digital technology is set to play an increasing role in all aspects of the rail sector, according to panellists participating in the Railway Gazette TV interactive debate on The Digital Future. Broadcast from London’s Tower Bridge Studio on September 9, the discussion attracted almost 500 registered viewers from 50 ...

  • Urban Transportation Development Corp light rail vehicle refurbished by Siemens for Sacramento Regional Transit District.

    San Jose LRVs return to service in Sacramento


    USA: The first of 21 light rail vehicles to be refurbished by Siemens for Sacramento Regional Transit District is scheduled to re-enter service during September, operating on the Blue Line extension to Cosumnes River College which opened in August. The high-floor LRVs were originally built by Canada’s Urban Transportation ...

  • Crossrail Class 345 bodyshell at Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant.

    Crossrail EMU bodyshell on test


    UK: A test bodyshell for the Class 345 electric multiple-units ordered for London’s Crossrail project has been assembled at Bombardier Transportation’s Derby plant, where it is being used to refine the design and manufacturing techniques ahead of full production of the 594 cars for 66 nine-car trainsets. 'This assembled body ...

  • Toronto light rail vehicle.

    Finch West light rail RFQ issued


    CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and regional transport authority Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications seeking interest in the estimated C$1bn contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit project in Toronto. The project includes 11 km of segregated light rail line along Finch Avenue West ...

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    Bertram Kiswaga


    Bertram Kiswaga, Deputy Director at the National Institute of Transport of Tanzania, has been appointed Deputy Managing Director of Tazara, succeeding Saidi Sauko.

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    Merseyrail EMU fleet to be replaced


    UK: Liverpool regional transport authority Merseytravel is to procure a new fleet of electric multiple-units to replace the 59 three-car Class 507 and 508 EMUs used on Merseyrail services which are now approaching 40 years old. The higher availability and improved reliability of modern EMUs is expected to enabling a ...

  • Transport Minister Hans Christian Schmidt has inaugurated the second track between Vamdrup and Vojens (Photo: Banedanmark/Robert Attermann).

    Vojens – Vamdrup double-tracking completed


    DENMARK: Transport Minister Hans Christian Schmidt inaugurated the second track between Vamdrup and Vojens in Jylland on September 7, marking the official completion of a two-year project to remove one of the last sections of single track on the route through Jylland to Germany. The 20 km section has ...

  • Transnet has selected Sun International to develop aa marketing strategy for The Blue Train.

    Sun International to revitalise The Blue Train


    SOUTH AFRICA: Following an open tender, national freight operator Transnet has selected tourism, leisure and gaming group Sun International to develop and implement a marketing strategy for The Blue Train luxury train service. The agreement with Sun International was signed on September 8 and will run for up to ...

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    Railway supply industry news in brief


    Polish track and bridge supplier KZN Bieanów has established a German subsidiary. Curry Rail Services has received an AAR wagon builder’s licence following an inspection of its facilities in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. EP Cargo has acquired a majority stake in LokoTrain. EP Cargo Chairman Tomáš Novotný said LokoTrain’s portfolio ...

  • MTR is to operate the Stockholm metro for a further six years.

    MTR’s Stockholm metro contract extended


    SWEDEN: Stockholm transport authority SL exercised an option on September 8 for MTR Stockholm to continue to operate the city’s metro network for a further six years. The subsidiary of Hong Kong’s MTR Corp began operating the network in November 2009 under an eight-year contract. This has now been extended ...

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    Rocla to build Florida sleeper plant


    USA: Rocla Concrete Tie announced a long-term sleeper supply agreement with Florida East Coast Railway and passenger rail project promoter All Aboard Florida on September 8. Construction of a concrete sleeper plant in Fort Pierce, Florida, is set get underway immediately, with production scheduled to begin in early 2016. ...

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    Landbridge design contract extended


    SAUDI ARABIA: The Public Investment Fund has extended Italferr’s contract to undertake design work for the planned Landbridge. The Landbridge project comprises a 950 km double-track mixed traffic line running from the Port of Jeddah to Riyadh, where it would connect with the existing railway which would be upgraded ...

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    Russian signalling R&D agreement


    RUSSIA: An agreement to establish a signalling R&D centre by the end of the year was signed by Alstom, Transmashholding and the NIIAS and Skolkovo Foundation research organisations during the Expo 1520 trade fair. The R&D centre is to be located at the Skolkovo technology cluster near Moscow. According ...

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    Thales adopts open-source ERTMS testing tool


    GERMANY: Signalling and train control supplier Thales Deutschland has agreed to use the ERTMSFormalSpecs open-source modelling tool to test braking curves in the development of its onboard unit for the ETCS Baseline 3 specifications. Tool developer ERTMS Solutions announced on September 9 that it had signed an agreement with Thales ...

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    Urban rail news in brief - September 2015


    Istanbul Ulam has called tenders for 75 four-car trainsets to operate on the future Line M7. The first three sponsors for Kuala Lumpur’s Station Naming Rights Programme are AirAsia, Bank Rakyat and Suez Capital. Nippon KOEI has carried out a feasibility study for a 35 km metro ...

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Model 330 automated trainset for Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Nippori-toneri Liner.

    Tokyo peoplemover to receive lightweight train


    JAPAN: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has completed a five-car Model 330 automated rubber-tyre light metro trainset which is expected to enter service on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Nippori-toneri Liner peoplemover next month. The cars have an unpainted double-skin aluminium body structure which is designed to be around 1·5 tonnes lighter ...

  • Alstom has overhauled 26 Citadis 402 trams used on Dublin’s Luas light rail Green Line.

    Alstom completes Dublin tram overhaul


    IRELAND: Alstom has completed the 300 000 km overhaul of 26 Citadis 402 trams supplied in 2009 for Dublin’s Luas light rail Green Line. This follows completion last year of the 600 000 km overhaul of the original batch of Citadis 401 trams which are now concentrated on the Red ...

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    Edmonton opens northern Metro Line


    CANADA: Revenue services on the second light rail route in Edmonton began running on September 6, when the capital of Alberta inaugurated the Metro Line serving the north of the city. Built at a cost of C$665m, around $90m below budget, the 10 km Metro Line diverges from the existing ...

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    Tickets with a flick of the wrist


    PAYMENT: NFC contactless payment devices for public transport applications have been launched by FEIG Electronics and PureWrist. FEIG's cVEND plug is designed for seamless integration into validation terminals, and cVEND box for mounting in a kiosk, terminal or ticket gate, with or without a display. 'cVEND is ideal for ...

  • The first of 21 three-car metro trainsets for Bangkok’s Purple Line was shipped on September 7.

    Purple Line trains set sail for Bangkok


    THAILAND: The first of 21 three-car metro trainsets being built by East Japan Railway’s J-TREC business for Bangkok’s Purple Line was shipped from Yokohama on September 7. The entire fleet is scheduled to arrive in Thailand by January, and revenue services on the 23 km Purple Line running from ...