All Railway Gazette International articles in September 2023

All articles published this month.

  • Alstom and Saudi Railway Polytechnic

    Rail training programmes developed for young Saudis


    SAUDI ARABIA: Alstom and Saudi Railway Polytechnic have formed a partnership to provide Saudis aged 18 to 26 with Rolling Stock & Traction and Signalling & Telecom technical and vocational training. The programme will begin with 20 trainees. Male participants will have six months of intensive ...

  • Palace of Westminster
    Rail Business UK

    Rail leaders court Labour as fears of ‘managed decline’ grow


    UK: Amid mounting concern about potential cuts to rail provision, senior leaders in the passenger and freight markets have begun to engage more closely with the Labour Party ahead of a likely general election in 2024.

  • MRCE Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotive

    Beacon Rail completes MRCE acquisition


    EUROPE: Beacon Rail announced on September 29 that it had completed the acquisition of locomotive leasing business Mitsui Rail Capital Europe from Mitsui & Co. The transaction had been agreed on August 7. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in the Netherlands, MRCE has a fleet of ...

  • BLS Cargo Vectron (Photo Toma Bacic)

    BLS Cargo orders XLoad Vectron locomotives


    SWITZERLAND: BLS Cargo has ordered 10 Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotives for use on north-south routes from Belgian and Dutch ports to Italy. The multi-system locos ordered on September 25 will be equipped for operation in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. They will ...

  • HS2
    Rail Business UK

    Rail suppliers and unions call for clarity on High Speed 2


    UK: Ahead of the Conservative party conference on October 1-4 the Railway Industry Association has set out ‘key asks’ to provided clarity on the future of the rail industry, while trade unions have called for a High Speed 2 project summit. Industry asks Supply industry association ...

  • New York robot police
    Metro Report International

    Police robot to patrol New York Subway station


    USA: A police security robot is being trialled at the New York Subway’s Times Square station. The K5 robot has been supplied by Knightscope, which develops autonomous security robots and emergency communication systems. The manufacturer said the K5 was designed to provided ‘force multiplying physical deterrence’, ...

  • Fenniarail Vectron

    Private operator’s Vectron locomotive arrives in Finland


    FINLAND: What future operator Fenniarail says is the first electric locomotive to be acquired by a private operator in Finland arrived at the port of Hanko from Germany on September 17. Fenniarail ordered the Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotive in September 2022. The 1 524 mm ...

  • Armenian train (2)

    Gyumri – Vanadzor passenger service restarts after 13 years


    ARMENIA: South Caucasus Railway has restarted local passenger services between Gyumri, Shirakamut and Vanadzor with the launch of a trial daily train each way. The Russian Railways subsidiary operates the Armenian network under a long-term concession agreement. The 65 km route forms ...

  • Pesa Newag

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  • Korea Railroad Research Institute has developed a train which can remove fine dust from metro tunnels to improve the air quality for passengers.
    Metro Report International

    Tunnel dust collection train designed to clear the air


    SOUTH KOREA: Korea Railroad Research Institute has developed a train which can remove fine dust from metro tunnels to improve the air quality for passengers. The train was unveiled at KRRI’s research centre in Osong on August 31, at an event which included representatives of 50 ...

  • NR and SVR in Kidderminster signal box
    Rail Business UK

    Heritage railway to support Network Rail training


    UK: Network Rail’s Central Route has signed a memorandum of understanding with the heritage Severn Valley Railway for support, training and facilities to help its staff operate and maintain traditional technology such as mechanical signalling. In return NR will provide professional skills, advice and redundant materials ...

  • A groundbreaking ceremony on September 21 marked the start of construction of Norfolk Southern’s First Responder Training Center in East Palestine, Ohio.

    Norfolk Southern begins construction of East Palestine safety training centre


    USA: A groundbreaking ceremony on September 21 marked the start of construction of Norfolk Southern’s First Responder Training Center in East Palestine, Ohio. The centre is intended to provide free training for emergency responders from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, building on the railway’s existing Operation ...

  • EFE Parral

    EFE extends Chillán – San Carlos service to Parral


    CHILE: National railway EFE has extended its Chillán – San Carlos regional passenger service north to Parral, using part of the electrified main line that connects Chillán with Santiago. EFE launched the Chillán – San Carlos trains at the end of last year, and the four ...

  • Siemens Mobility Metro North Locomotive

    MTA Metro-North Railroad orders electro-diesel locos


    USA: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a firm order to supply six more Charger electro-diesel locomotives for use on MTA Metro-North Railroad commuter services between Connecticut and New York. The order announced on September 26 has been placed by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on behalf ...

  • Maryland metro train
    Metro Report International

    Next-generation Baltimore metro car unveiled


    USA: Maryland Transit Administration has unveiled the first of 78 metro cars being supplied by Hitachi Rail to replace the existing fleet on the Baltimore Metro Subway Link. MTA said on September 14 that the new vehicles would represent ‘a significant leap forward in our mission ...

  • Wabtec and President Tokayev

    Kazakh hydrogen loco co-operation


    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ and Wabtec have signed a framework agreement for the production of hydrogen locomotives and the creation of an engineering centre at the LKZ loco factory in Astana. It was signed on September 17 when Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev discussed plans for the ...

  • RENFE freight train

    RENFE Mercancías selects strategic partner


    SPAIN: The board of national operator RENFE has selected Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Co’s inland logistics subsidiary Medlog as strategic partner to help it develop freight business RENFE Mercancías into an integrated logistics business. The search for a strategic partner for RENFE Mercancías has been underway for ...

  • Tesla Berlin Gigafactory shuttle train

    Tesla shuttle train launches


    GERMANY: A free shuttle train has been launched to serve Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg site to the east of the capital. Giga Berlin now has its own train shuttle, capable of moving 400 people per ride 🚆 — Tesla Europe (@teslaeurope) September 4, 2023 ...

  • Chelyabinsk tram
    Metro Report International

    Chelyabinsk orders more trams


    RUSSIA: Sole bidder UKVZ has won a contract to supply 11 fully low-floor single-section trams to Chelyabinsk at a maximum price of 814m roubles. The first seven cars, expected to be Type 71-628-01 vehicles, are to be delivered by November 1, and the remainder by May ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
    Rail Business UK

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