All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2020 – Page 9

All articles published this month.

  • at-oebb-TransANT-wagon-blur

    ÖBB and Voestalpine joint venture to commercialise innovative wagon design


    AUSTRIA: ÖBB-Technische Services and Voestalpine Stahl have agreed to establish a 50:50 joint venture to manufacture and market a range of lightweight modular freight wagons under the TransANT brand.

  • ua Lviv Elektron tram
    Metro Report International

    Lviv opts for local manufacturer’s trams


    UKRAINE: Local manufacturer Electron Concern signed a contract to supply 10 low-floor trams to the city of Lviv on September 2. This follows an international tender supported by the European Investment Bank’s urban public transport programme for Ukraine. The five-section metre-gauge trams costing €1·2m each ...

  • Cargounit locomotive handover

    World rail freight news round-up


    News from the world rail freight market

  • gb GTR Key Smartcard 3
    Rail Business UK

    Railcard discounts now available on GTR smart cards


    UK: Railcard discounts can now be obtained for pay-as-you-go travel when using Govia Thameslink Railway’s Key smart cards. Key smart card holders enter their Railcard details onto their online keyGo account. Any journeys made are then automatically assessed at the end of each day, and if ...

  • Railway track

    Silver IRIS certification now available with Gold on test


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Railway Industry Standard certification programme for the rail supply chain has been expanded, with companies now able to obtain the Silver quality performance level during their next audit. This follows the completion on September 1 of a one-year test of the standard, which ...

  • Bangkok cityscape (Photo: Phong Bùi Nam/Pixabay)

    Bangkok's Three Airports rail link delayed


    THAILAND: The project to built a 220 km fast rail line connecting Bangkok and its three main airports has been delayed for financial reasons. ‘The budget to demolish infrastructure to make way for the new high speed system has not been approved’, said State Railway of ...

  • The Prime Minister and High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd marked the symbolic start of the main works for the 225 km Phase 1 of the project.
    Rail Business UK

    High Speed 2 main works construction officially begins


    UK: High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd marked the symbolic start of the main works for the 225 km Phase 1 of the project on September 4, noting that its contractors were moving from enabling, design and preparatory works to full construction. The announcement followed ...

  • The 15·4 km Ceneri Base Tunnel between Bellinzona and Lugano was formally inaugurated on September 4,

    Ceneri Base Tunnel inaugurated


    SWITZERLAND: The 15·4 km Ceneri Base Tunnel between Bellinzona and Lugano was formally inaugurated on September 4, with President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga cutting a ribbon before the inaugural freight train ran south. This was followed by special passenger trains carrying guests in each ...

  • BLS train

    BLS CEO steps down after Federal Audit Office finds flaws in accounting processes


    SWITZERLAND: The country’s second largest railway has an overly complex accounting process which needs improvement, according to an investigation of flawed reporting for public funding by BLS which was published by the Federal Audit Office on September 3. Following the publication of the report, BLS announced ...

  • RegioJet has bought 18 couchette cars from Deutsche Bahn, which it intends to use to lengthen its night trains on the Praha – Košice  route to up to 18 vehicles with a capacity of up to 1 000 passengers per train.

    RegioJet takes on MÁV-Start by offering intra-Hungarian fares


    RegioJet’s Hungarian service links Budapest with Wien twice daily. HUNGARY: RegioJet has begun selling tickets for journeys within Hungary on its Praha – Wien – Budapest services, becoming the first private operator to challenge incumbent MÁV-Start on domestic journeys. On August 26 the open access ...

  • Smiths Detection HCVT

    X-ray train inspection systems ordered for US border crossings


    USA: The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs Border Protection agency has awarded Smiths Detection a framework contract for the supply of X-ray scanners for use at railway checkpoints on the borders with Canada and Mexico. The side-view high-energy X-ray inspection scanners will be used ...

  • au NSW Tamworth Intermodal announcement

    Tamworth Intermodal Rail Line funding announced


    AUSTRALIA: The government of New South Wales has announced A$28m of funding for the Tamworth Intermodal Rail Line to reinstate a section of non-operational railway between West Tamworth and Barraba. This will provide a rail route to a planned intermodal facility at Westdale near Tamworth. Construction ...

  • Stadler Rail's Bussnang factory.

    Railway supply industry news round-up


    News from the global railway supply chain

  • 02_Metamorphosis_Adaptable Train Interior
    Metro Report International

    Design agency showcases post-Covid metro train concept


    INTERNATIONAL: Design company Tangerine has developed a concept for a ‘post-Covid’ metro train, designed to help operators plan for future pandemics by enabling them to readily adapt the interior to minimise the risk of transmission during local outbreaks. The ‘Metamorphosis’ concept has ...

  • gb TfW Class 158
    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales selects 11 ideas for virtual innovation lab


    UK: More than 100 companies applied to take part in the second phase of the Lab by Transport for Wales innovation and accelerator programme, and 11 have been selected to develop their ideas to proof of concept or minimum viable product stage in a virtual programme which ...

  • Transdev operates the Guingamp - Paimpol branch line as a subcontractor to SNCF.

    Rail receives €4·7bn in French recovery spending package


    Photo: Christophe Masse FRANCE: The government announced on September 3 its intention to provide a financial support package for the rail sector worth €4·7bn as part of a post-pandemic recovery plan. Transport Secretary Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said that the funding package, which forms part of ...

  • Wabtec 3D printed parts

    Wabtec opens additive manufacturing centre in Bengaluru


    INDIA: Wabtec Corp has collaborated with 3D printing equipment supplier HP and supply chain specialist Redington to open an additive manufacturing centre at its Bengaluru site The Wabtec India Additive Manufacturing Centre is focused on accelerating the design and production of components for prototyping and short ...

  • us Amtrak coronavirus measures (2)

    Amtrak works with Reckitt Benckiser to increase cleaning


    USA: Amtrak is to work with cleaning, health and household products manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to strengthen its disinfection protocols for trains, stations and lounges. RB is to supply disinfection equipment for use across high-touch and high-traffic areas, including products which Amtrak said were proven to be ...

  • Cairo Metro Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations (Photo: Alstom).
    Metro Report International

    RATP Dev aims to make Cairo Line 3 ‘a world reference’


    EGYPT: The government’s National Authority for Tunnels has awarded RATP Dev a €1·1bn contract to operate and maintain Cairo metro Line 3 for 15 years and commission future extensions. Opened in phases from 2012, the east–west Line 3 is currently 22·9 km long with 19 stations. ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies factory

    Freight RAILCAR bill aims to support US wagon industry


    USA: The Railway Supply Institute which represents more than 200 companies has welcomed the bipartisan introduction to the House of Representatives of the Freight Rail Assistance Investment to Launch Coronavirus-era Activity Recovery Act, which would offer a time-limited 50% tax credit for purchasing ...