All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2020 – Page 7

All articles published this month.

  • The solar power electronic scarecrow
    Rail Business UK

    Solar-powered scarecrow deployed to keep birds away from electrical equipment


    UK: A solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk is being used to humanely scare away birds which were damaging overhead line equipment and the pantographs of Avanti West Coast Pendolino trainsets at Alstom’s Longsight depot. ‘Birds at Alstom’s depot have become a ...

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    Metro Report International

    Moscow orders 114 trams


    RUSSIA: PK TS was the sole bidder for a contract to supply a total of 114 trams to Moscow operator Mosgortrans. The order announced on September 8 covers a further 74 Type 71-931M Vityaz-M three-section articulated vehicles and 40 single-section 71-911EM Lionet trams, which are intended ...

  • Level crossing

    Automating level crossing inspections


    USA: VisioStack has been awarded funding for two projects to develop automated level crossing inspection technology, as part of the Department of Transportation’s Small Business Innovation Research programme. The Aerial Crossing Inspection System project aims to use unmanned aerial vehicles and machine learning to perform level ...

  • UWC box cars for RailSpetsTrans

    RailSpetsTrans orders 300 wagons


    RUSSIA: RailSpetsTrans and State Transport Leasing Co have placed an order for United Wagon Co to supply 300 vans by the end of the first half of 2021. The Type 11-6874 covered van was developed by UWC’s All-Union Research Development Centre for Transportation Technology ...

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    In depth

    Freight: Unlocking access to Australia’s largest port


    Despite surging growth in in recent years, the port of Melbourne remains heavily reliant on road haulage, causing major impacts in the nearby city centre. So the state government and port operator are redoubling efforts to shift more freight to rail after a number of false starts. John Kirk reports.

  • FreightCar America

    FreightCar America to move production to Mexico under ‘operational realignment’


    NORTH AMERICA: FreightCar America has signed a letter of intent to acquire joint venture partner Fabricaciones y Servicios de México’s 50% stake in the new wagon manufacturing plant at Castaños in Mexico, and will consolidate all of its production there by January 2021. This will mean the ...

  • jp Hiroshima 7000-Series New-Series Carriages for Astram Line (Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co)
    Metro Report International

    Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co orders more rubber-tyre light metro trainsets


    JAPAN: Hiroshima Rapid Transit Co has awarded Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering a contract to supply a further 13 six-car Series 7000 Automated Guideway Transit rubber-tyre trainsets to replace existing vehicles on the 18·4 km New Transit Line 1, known as the Astram Line. The ...

  • Overhead electrification works
    Rail Business UK

    11 700 km of electrification plus battery and hydrogen trains in traction decarbonisation strategy


    UK: Network Rail has published its interim Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy, setting out preliminary recommendations for meeting government ambitions to decarbonise the rail network. The Interim Business Case released on September 10 considers the three main ways of achieving this aim: electrification, ...

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    Metro Report International

    BONNsmart contactless ticketing goes live


    GERMANY: The initial phase of what the partners say is the first contactless ticketing scheme in Germany has gone live in Bonn. Passengers are able to use contactless bank cards or suitable mobile devices to pay for travel on bus routes SB60 to the airport and ...

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    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • CrossCountry train.
    Rail Business UK

    CrossCountry resumes normal seat reservations


    UK: CrossCountry resumed providing reservations for specific seats on all its trains with effect from September 7. Since June, all customers have been requested to reserve a place when travelling with CrossCountry, to help maintain social distancing on board trains during the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

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    BLS unveils ‘modern, innovative, compact, all-round’ trains


    SWITZERLAND: The first of 58 electric multiple-units ordered by BLS was unveiled at Stadler’s Erlen commissioning centre on September 9. The latest members of the Flirt multiple-unit family have been branded MIKA, meaning Moderner, Innovativer, Kompakter Allroundzug (modern, innovative, compact, all-round train). ...

  • Grand Central Class 90 loco (Photo: DB Cargo UK)
    Rail Business UK

    Grand Central drops plans for Blackpool – London open access service


    Rail Business UK understands that after months of work exploring all options, it had become clear that the service would not be financially viable until at least 2024.

  • gb LNER IC225
    Rail Business UK

    Wabtec to overhaul IC225 sets as lease extended


    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail The leasing has awarded Wabtec Faiveley UK a contract to overhaul seven IC225 push-pull trainsets at its Doncaster site. This comes after operate LNER extended it lease until summer 2023, with a possible extension to summer 2024. The deal includes 10 ...

  • Network Rail’s interim report into improving the resilience of its earthworks to extreme weather was published by the government on September 10.
    Rail Business UK

    Interim report sets out earthwork management plans following Stonehaven derailment


    UK: Network Rail’s interim report into improving the resilience of its earthworks to extreme weather was published by the government on September 10. The report was commissioned by Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps following the fatal derailment of a ScotRail train at Carmont near ...

  • Dent
    Rail Business UK

    UK railway news round-up


    This week’s round-up of news from the UK rail industry

  • it-Pisa tramway impression_46
    Metro Report International

    Pisa plans first modern tram route


    ITALY: The city of Pisa has approved plans to build a starter light rail line in the centre of the city, its legacy metre-gauge tram network having closed in 1952. The 4∙4 km route would connect the main line station with the Ospedale di Cisanello medical ...

  • Lineas has decided to equip its diesel locomotives with a new generation of software-based ETCS onboard equipment being developed by The Signalling Company.

    Bringing ‘Silicon Valley best practice’ to ETCS development


    BELGIUM: The Signalling Company has started continuous round-the-clock testing of its ETCS Onboard software, using ‘a well-known Silicon Valley best practice’ from the software industry known as continuous integration. TSC is a joint venture of ERTMS Solutions and freight operator Lineas, and it is developing ETCS ...

  • Chris Burchell
    Rail Business UK

    Chris Burchell to leave Arriva to join the energy sector


    Chris Burchell tells Rail Business UK why he has decided to leave Arriva, and his thoughts on the future of the rail industry.

  • DB Cargo and VTG formally presented their prototype m² wagon in Berlin on September 7.

    Modular wagon concept launched


    GERMANY: Following an 18 month development programme and several months of test running, DB Cargo and VTG formally presented their prototype m² wagon in Berlin on September 7. As with similar concepts under development in Austria and Switzerland, the m 2 ...