Traction & rolling stock news

  • NordWestBahn Alstom Coradia Continental EMU refurbishment (7)
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    Prototype refurbished Coradia Continental EMU rolled out

    2021-07-28T12:54:00Z

    GERMANY: ‘This is a prime example of how tried and tested rolling stock can be upgraded and refurbished to provide passengers with a level of convenience similar to that of new trains’, said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Europa, when Talbot Services unveiled a ...

  • Los Angeles CRRC Changchun metro car (1)
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    CRRC unveils Los Angeles metro cars

    2021-07-28T11:00:00Z

    USA: The first of the HR4000 metro cars which CRRC Changchun is building for Los Angeles have been unveiled at the manufacturer’s Springfield plant in Massachusetts. Los Angeles County MTA and CRRC Changchun signed a framework agreement in April 2017 for ...

  • Trains in Portugal.
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    CP set to acquire 117 EMUs in ‘largest ever’ procurement

    2021-07-27T15:30:00Z

    PORTUGAL: The Council of Ministers has approved investment worth €819m to enable national passenger operator CP to call tenders for 117 regional and suburban EMUs, of which €617m would come from EU grants.

  • Stadler announced the Akku battery-powered version of its Flirt family at InnoTrans 2018, with a prototype demonstrated shortly afterwards.
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    ‘Enormous potential’ to cut CO2 emissions with battery traction

    2021-07-27T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: A strategy for widespread adoption of battery-electric trains for local and regional passenger services has been put forward by Germany’s Railway Industry Association. With academic input from the technical universities of Berlin and Dresden, the report is presented as a background and position paper ...

  • Transport for Wales Stadler Flirt trainset (5)
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    Transport for Wales Flirts on test in Switzerland

    2021-07-26T11:30:00Z

    UK: Testing has begun in Switzerland of the first of the Flirt multiple-units which Stadler is building for Transport for Wales, ahead of delivery for further testing on the Wales Borders network and entry into passenger service from the end of 2022. Stadler ...

  • DB Regio IdeenzugCity mock-up concept train (14)
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    Suburban train of the future concepts on show

    2021-07-26T09:30:00Z

    GERMANY: DB Regio has unveiled IdeenzugCity, a full-scale mock up built to showcase ideas to improve the comfort, capacity and reliability of future suburban trains. Developed at DB Regio’s own initiative and assembled by Hubl Hubl, the mock-up incorporates technologies from more than 40 specialist ...

  • Pesa hydrogen loco impression
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    Modular rolling stock and technology partnerships in Pesa’s 2025+ strategy

    2021-07-26T08:46:00Z

    POLAND: Modular and ‘hydrogen ready’ rolling stock and technology partnerships are included in a five-year development strategy set out by rolling stock manufacturer Pesa Bydgoszcz. The company said it aims to achieve stable development, strengthen its position in the domestic market and expand internationally by ...

  • New flat wagon PG-1 (2021)
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    Narrow gauge flat wagon launched

    2021-07-24T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Kambarka Machine Building plant has introduced its PG-1 narrow gauge flat wagon for transporting track panels, rails, sleepers, wheeled and tracked vehicles, timber and other lengthy single-piece and bulk loads. Suitable for gauges between 750 and 1 067 mm, the ...

  • KTZ Alstom Prima M4 KZ4AT loco (1)
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    Kazakh-built passenger locomotive commissioned

    2021-07-23T14:39:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: National railway KTZ has commissioned the first Alstom Prima M4 KZ4AT electric passenger locomotive to be assembled locally rather than imported from France. KTZ has ordered a total of 302 Prima T8 KZ8A freight locomotives and 119 Prima M4 KZ4AT passenger locomotives since 2010. ...

  • Elga-Trans TMH 3TE25K2M loco
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    Private operator takes delivery of three-section diesel locomotives

    2021-07-22T08:40:00Z

    RUSSIA: The first 3TE25K2M three-section main line freight diesel locomotives to be ordered by a private operator rather than by Russian Railways have been delivered from Transmashholding’s Bryansk plant. Six of the 9·3 MW locomotives were ordered in May by Elga-Trans, which operates the 321 ...

  • HybridFLEX Train
    Rail Business UK

    HybridFLEX prototype battery-diesel multiple-unit launched

    2021-07-21T15:14:00Z

    UK: Chiltern Railways has unveiled its prototype HybridFLEX multiple-unit fitted with a hybrid traction system which can offer zero emissions and near silent operation at stations and in other sensitive locations. Developed by the operator, leasing company Porterbrook and MTU PowerPack supplier Rolls-Royce, the HybridFLEX ...

  • Wabtec Flxdriver battery loco on a bridge
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    Traction: Road trials showcase battery loco potential

    2021-07-21T13:11:00Z

    A three month trial of a Wabtec battery-electric loco hauling freight trains over a 585 km route in California has highlighted the potential for battery traction to reduce emissions from US rail freight, as project leader Alan Hamilton explains to Dave Lustig.

  • Sao Paulo CPTM Series 9000 train (Photo: Leonardo Vncs/CC BY-SA 3.0)
    Metro Report International

    Suburban trains ordered for São Paulo operating concession

    2021-07-21T09:48:00Z

    BRAZIL: The ViaMobilidade joint venture of CCR and RuasInvest has selected Alstom to supply 36 eight-car Metropolis trainsets for São Paulo suburban lines 8 and 9, which it is to take over from CPTM in January 2022 under a 30-year operating and maintenance concession. The ...

  • Stegosaurus
    Rail Business UK

    Stegosaurus wagon conversion project underway

    2021-07-20T11:05:00Z

    UK: DB Cargo UK is converting surplus BYA bogie covered steel wagons into open hot coil wagons, with the design nicknamed ‘stegosaurus’ because of the profile. The operator’s maintenance depot in Stoke is undertakeing the series conversion of 29 BYA wagons following trials with Tata ...

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    Talgo and Repsol to develop fuel cell trains powered by renewable hydrogen

    2021-07-19T16:18:00Z

    SPAIN: Rolling stock builder Talgo and petrochemical group Repsol signed an accord on July 19 to develop fuel cell trainsets powered by hydrogen generated from renewable sources.

  • Delhi - Meerut RRTS train impression (Image: Alstom)
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    Production of Delhi – Meerut RRTS trains begins

    2021-07-19T13:57:00Z

    INDIA: Alstom has begun production of the electric multiple-units ordered for the 82 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transport System commuter line. The Rs25·77bn rolling stock contract awarded by National Capital Region Transport Corp in May 2020 covers 30 six-car 25 kV ...

  • Kosice tram.
    Metro Report International

    Preferred bidder for Košice tram contract

    2021-07-19T10:25:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: Košice operator DPMK has selected Pesa Bydgoszcz as preferred bidder for a coontract to supply up to 30 trams. The operator specified low-floor trams with doors on each side, and the Polish manufacturer offered a three-section design from its Twist family which would be ...

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    Clean air funding for Magnitogorsk tram order

    2021-07-16T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: UKVZ is to supply 10 single-section Type 71-623-02.01 partly low-floor trams to the city of Magnitogorsk. The company was the only bidder for the contract, which is being financed by the national government’s Clean Air programme. The order is worth the 370m roubles, ...

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    Gold Coast Stage 3 trams ordered

    2021-07-15T09:07:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Gold Coast light rail concessionaire GoldLinQ has ordered a further five Flexity 2 low-floor light rail vehicles from Alstom to operate the Stage 3 extension now in development.

  • TMH Tver double-deck coach (1)
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    Double-deck coaches certified

    2021-07-15T05:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Tver plant has obtained certification for the latest version of the double-deck sleeping cars which it is supplying to Federal Passenger Co under a February 2019 framework agreement. This covers the delivery of up to 3 730 coaches of various types by 2025. ...