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    ELL orders up to 200 more Vectron locos


    EUROPE: European Locomotive Leasing has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 60 Vectron locomotives with an option for 140 more. The framework agreement, announced on November 30, covers a range of multi-system locomotives, including the Vectron Dual Mode, for use on both passenger and freight ...

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    ERA authorises Nightjet coaches for international operation


    EUROPE: An initial batch of Siemens Mobility-built Nightjet coaches ordered by Austrian Federal Railways has been approved by ERA for use in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

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    Toronto streetcars enter service


    CANADA: The first of 60 Alstom streetcars ordered by Toronto Transit Commission in 2021 have entered service, with an inaugural run on the 504 King route on November 17. The 1 495 mm gauge low-floor trams and associated alternations to Hillcrest depot have been ...

  • Mireo Smart  EMU (Photo Siemens Mobility)

    Multiple-unit with an 18-month delivery time unveiled


    GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has unveiled its first Mireo Smart multiple-unit. This has been developed to offer an affordable price and a short delivery time, with a train able to be in service with a regional or commuter rail operator within 18 months of an order being ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou battery loco

    CRRC sets out cost savings from high-power battery shunting loco


    CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou has rolled out a lithium iron phosphate battery powered industrial shunting locomotive ordered by Lianyang Iron & Steel Group. The manufacturer said the 1·5 MW locomotive unveiled on November 16 is the most powerful battery-only shunting locomotive in China, with the ...

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    CRRC wins Argentina DMU order


    ARGENTINA: China’s CRRC has announced what it says is the largest diesel multiple-unit order in Argentina’s history, covering the supply of 50 trainsets. The order announced by CRRC on November 13 includes 25 broad gauge DMUs, 15 metre-gauge trainsets and 10 standard-gauge trains. ...

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    Technology: Innovation must come faster


    Wheel-rail interaction and the need to accelerate the pace of innovation were hot topics at the 48th Conference on Modern Rolling Stock held in Graz on September 17-19. Reinhard Christeller reports.

  • London Underground Piccadilly Line Siemens Mobility train on test at Wildenrath (Photo Tony Miles) (3)
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    London Underground's Piccadilly Line train on test


    UK: The first of 94 trainsets that Siemens Mobility is to supply for London’s Piccadilly Line is now undergoing intensive dynamic testing at the Wegberg-Wildenrath Test & Validation Centre in Germany. 

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    Napoli Arcobaleno line fleet renewal starts


    ITALY: CAF has delivered the first of 10 six-car Inneo metro trainsets ordered by Napoli regional transport EAV for use on the 10·5 km Arcobaleno line between Piscinola Scampia and Aversa Centro in the north of the city. An order for ...

  • Novotroitsk municipality has awarded PK Transportnye Systemy a 1bn rouble contract to supply 13 trams.
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    Novotroitsk tramway renaissance


    RUSSIA: Novotroitsk municipality has awarded PK Transportnye Systemy a 1bn rouble contract to supply 13 trams. Mayor Denis Menshikov announced on November 10 that the first of the trams was ready for delivery, and all are due to be delivered by March 2024. The ...

  • Newag is to supply locos to Akiem (Image: Newag)

    Newag signs its highest value locomotive order


    POLAND: Leasing company Akiem has awarded Newag a contract to supply and maintain 30 Dragon 2 six-axle electric freight locomotives with options for 50 more. Chair of the Newag management board Zbigniew Konieczek said the order signed on November 16 is the largest ...

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    One bidder for PKP Intercity locomotive contract


    POLAND: PKP Intercity has announced that Newag was the sole bidder for a contract to supply and maintain 63 multi-system electric locomotives with an option for 32 more. Requirements include operation under 3 kV DC, 15 kV 16·7 Hz and 25 kV 50 Hz electrification, ...

  • Skoda Forcity trams in Praha photos BZ (1)
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    Škoda preferred bidder for 200-tram framework contract


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport operator DPP has selected Škoda as preferred bidder for a KC16·6bn framework contract to supply up to 200 trams, with a firm order for an initial 40. Škoda’s bid based on its ForCity Plus design was announced as the most economically advantageous ...

  • Paris RER NG EMU (Photo: JP Masse)

    RER NG enters service in Paris


    FRANCE: Transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and operator Transilien SNCF Voyageurs have put the first Alstom RER NG electric multiple-units into passenger service.

  • Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram is seeking compensation from train manufacturer Stadler following continued poor performance of Merseyrail’s new fleet of Class 777 electric multiple-units.
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    Liverpool Mayor seeks compensation for poor Class 777 performance


    UK: Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram is seeking compensation from train manufacturer Stadler following poor performance of Merseyrail’s fleet of Class 777 electric multiple-units.

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    Centre-Val-de-Loire fleet modernisation supports increase in train services


    FRANCE: The Centre-Val-de-Loire région has funded a €145m firm order for a further seven Alstom Omneo Premium double-deck electric multiple-units.

  • WMT Alstom Class 730 unveiling at Milton Keynes (Photo: Tony Miles)
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    Class 730 EMUs enter service with London Northwestern Railway


    UK: West Midlands Trains has put its first Alstom Class 730 Aventra electric multiple-units into service on London Northwestern Railway-branded services on the West Coast Main Line. The first passenger service was the 06.04 from Bletchley to London Euston on November 13. Class 730s will initially ...

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    Poland’s CPK sets out plans to buy more than 100 trainsets


    POLAND: The government has approved high speed rail and airport project promoter Centralny Port Komunikacyjny’s rolling stock strategy, which envisages the purchase of more than 100 electric multiple-units. CPK’s expenditure on rolling stock in 2024-30 is estimated at 8·7bn złoty at H1 2023 prices, and 16-20bn ...

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    København metro trains head for refurbishment


    DENMARK: Specialist logistics company Van der Vlist is organising the multi-modal transport of 34 København metro trains by sea to Zeebrugge and then to Rotterdam, where Alstom is to undertake a €30m mid-life refurbishment programme over three years.

  • MGBahn Orion order (Photo MGBahn)

    Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn orders more Orion EMUs


    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has awarded Stadler a firm contract to supply a further 25 ABeh 8/12 Orion rack electric multiple-units. ‘This order represents a milestone in Stadler’s history and is the largest single order for rack trains that we have ever received’, said ...