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  • Nizhniy Novgorod UTM retro-styled tram (2)
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    Nizhniy Novgorod orders retro-style trams


    RUSSIA: The city of Nizhny Novgorod has ordered 11 UTM Type 71-415R (R for ‘retro’) vintage-style trams. The 75 km/h, four-axle, single section cars will be 15 m long. They will have wooden bench seating for 36 passengers and a total capacity ...

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    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks


    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

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    Industrial espionage concerns raised over third-party train maintenance contract


    GERMANY: Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has raised concerns about the potential for industrial espionage after Go-Ahead awarded the international subsidiary of Transmashholding a contract to maintain a fleet of electric multiple-units ordered for use on E-Netz Allgäu services in Bayern. Stadler is worried that ...

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    NI Railways targets zero emissions by 2040


    UK: Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an ‘ambitious’ target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to ...

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    Wabtec awarded Delhi – Meerut RRTS train subsystems contract


    INDIA: Wabtec Corp has been awarded a US$15m contract to provide braking systems, pantographs, roof disconnector switches and passenger information systems for the 40 electric multiple-units which Alstom is to build for the 82 km Delhi – Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System. Wabtec said its ...

  • Chelyabinsk Sinara UKVZ tram exterior impression
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    Chelyabinsk orders 30 trams


    RUSSIA: Sinara Transport Machines has signed a 1·6bn rouble contract to supply 30 trams to the city of Chelyabinsk, enabling the replacement of about 20% of the fleet. Production of the trams at manufacturing partner UKVZ’s plant will start in May, with the first 10 ...

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    Regulations agreed for Luxembourg Protocol rolling stock registry


    INTERNATIONAL: Draft regulations have been approved outlining the operation of the international rolling stock registry that is being established under the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The regulations have been drawn up by a Preparatory Commission which ...

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    Kyrgyzstan Railways ‘keeping pace with the times’ at modern wagon servicing centre


    KYRGYZSTAN: Russian company United Wagon Co has opened an authorised service centre in Bishkek to provide warranty and post-warranty maintenance for modern wagons it has supplied. Repairs will be undertaken by national railway KTJ, which will maintain a warehouse with stocks of components. UWC ...

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    Progress Rail locomotive on test in Russia


    RUSSIA: Yakutia Railway has taken delivery of a Progress Rail EMD 2TE3250 twin-section diesel locomotive for testing in the region’s extreme environment. The locomotive was transported to the US west coast by rail and then by sea to Vladivostok and to Yakutia. ...

  • GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet.
    Rail Business UK

    ‘Revolutionary’ wagons join GB Railfreight fleet


    UK: Following prototype testing and approval, GB Railfreight has taken delivery of the first of 84 Ecofret2 close-coupled triple-wagon sets which it described as the ‘latest innovation in maritime container transport’ and ‘a revolutionary addition’ to its fleet. The wagons were ordered in two batches ...

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    Taiwan Railway Administration Class 900 EMUs enter service


    TAIWAN: National operator Taiwan Railway Administration has put into service the first of 52 Class 900 suburban EMUs ordered from Hyundai Rotem in June 2018 at a cost of 908·9bn won. The 10-car trainsets for the 1 067 mm gauge national network are being assembled ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Fatigue cracks sideline GWR Class 800s


    UK: Great Western Railway has taken some of its Class 800 inter-city trains out of service following the discovery of fatigue cracking in the yaw damper bolsters on a number of vehicles.

  • Stadler is to supply metro rolling stock to Atlanta from its factory in Salt Lake City.
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    Atlanta metro car braking systems ordered


    USA: Knorr-Bremse’s local subsidiary has been awarded a contract ‘in the lower double-digit million euro range’ to supply braking systems for the metro cars which Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has ordered from Stadler. The $600m rolling stock contract awarded to Stadler in early 2019 ...

  • MTA Long Island Rail Road and Alstom are to test the use of battery power with a view to enabling enable trains to run though from New York to the network’s diesel-worked branches.

    Long Island Rail Road to test battery train


    USA: MTA Long Island Rail Road and Alstom are to test the use of battery power with a view to enabling enable trains to run though from New York to the network’s diesel-worked branches. ‘People have been talking about extending electrification to various segments of ...

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    Keikyu banks on rotating seats


    JAPAN: Yokohama-based Keihin Express Electric Railway Co has unveiled the two additional Series 1000 EMUs that are expected to enter service from May 6.

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    Twist trams delivered to Tramwaje Śląskie


    POLAND: PESA Bydgoszcz has completed the delivery of 35 Twist low-floor trams ordered by Tramwaje Śląskie. The 221m złoty EU co-financed contract placed in June 2018 covered 27 Type 2017N trams which are 25 m long and designed specifically for Tramwaje ...

  • A 3D view of plans for the Harrier Hydroshunter from the University of Birmingham
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    Harrier HydroShunter fuel cell locomotive to be converted from Class 08


    UK: A Class 08 diesel-electric shunting locomotive is being converted to fuel cell power by the Severn Valley Railway heritage line, the University of Birmingham and hydrogen technology specialist Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions. ‘Vanguard has developed the HydroShunter to enable cost-effective retrofitting of diesel locomotives ...

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    Chicago’s first Series 7000 metro cars enter passenger service


    USA: Chicago Transit Authority has begun testing its 10 prototype Series 7000 metro cars in revenue service on the Blue Line between Forest Park and O’Hare International Airport. Out-of-service testing began last year to evaluate the vehicles’ performance in a wide range of weather and ...

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    Siemens preferred bidder to supply Amtrak with bi-mode trainsets


    USA: Amtrak has selected Siemens Mobility as preferred bidder to supply a fleet of 83 electro-diesel trainsets for use on medium-distance inter-city services in the Northeast Corridor, the Cascades corridor in the Pacific Northwest and on various state-supported routes.

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    CAF confirms Lisboa Route 15 tram contract


    PORTUGAL: Lisboa operator Carris has finalised a €43m contract for CAF to supply 15 metre-gauge Urbos trams and provide five years of maintenance. Announcing the contract award on April 21, CAF said the 28·5 m long, five-section unidirectional low-floor vehicles would have a maximum speed of ...