Traction & rolling stock news

  • LKAB iron ore wagon (Photo: Kiruna Wagon/Runar Gudmundsson)

    LKAB orders 100 ore wagons


    SWEDEN: Mining company LKAB has awarded Kiruna Wagon a contract to supply a further 100 high-capacity iron ore wagons and refurbish 92 of its existing vehicles. The 92 rebuilt wagons will be fitted with stiffened load baskets and bottom hatches with sliding doors. This is intended ...

  • ATO tests in GoA4

    Autonomous shunting loco copes with the unexpected


    NETHERLANDS: Alstom, infrastructure manager ProRail and Belgian freight operator Lineas have completed testing of an automated shunting locomotive near Breda. The Lineas diesel-hydraulic locomotive was fitted with Alstom’s automatic train operation system supporting Grade of Automation 4 unattended starting, movement and stopping. ...

  • EAV Stadler battery-diesel multiple-unit (3)

    Diesel-battery multiple-units enter service in Napoli


    ITALY: The first two diesel-battery multiple-units that Stadler has supplied for Campania regional operator EAV entered service on the Napoli – Piedimonte Matese line on November 24. EAV ordered five Stadler diesel-battery multiple-units in May 2019 at a cost of €35m plus ...

  • IE Alstom DART+ multiple-unit impression

    Iarnród Éireann battery-electric train order approved


    IRELAND: National railway Iarnród Éireann has been given the go-ahead to place a firm order for a further 18 five-car Alstom battery-electric multiple-units as part of the DART+ programme to expand Dublin commuter services. The order was approved by the cabinet on November 29 and is ...

  • Pakistan Railways CRRC coach

    CRRC delivers coaches to Pakistan


    PAKISTAN: CRRC Tangshan has delivered a batch of 46 broad-gauge long-distance coaches for Pakistan Railways. CRRC Tangshan was awarded a Rs31bn contract in November 2021 to supply 230 long-distance coaches and spare parts to Pakistan Railways. Arriving in Karachi by ship on ...

  • PriestmanGoode has unveiled Green Carriage, a collection of train interior design concepts developed to 'push boundaries for greener systems and processes across the entire interior, rethinking what a future interior can be’.
    Rail Business UK

    Holistic design concepts rethink train interiors for sustainability


    UK: PriestmanGoode has unveiled Green Carriage, a collection of train interior design concepts developed to ’push boundaries for greener systems and processes across the entire interior, rethinking what a future interior can be’. The transport design consultancy’s ‘reductive, modular and circular’ approach takes a holistic view ...

  • VR Stadler Flirt EMU impression

    Commuter trains to combine Finnish design with Swiss engineering


    FINLAND: National operator VR has awarded Stadler a €250m contract to supply 20 electric multiple-units for entry into service on commuter routes from spring 2026, with options for 50 more and full maintenance. VR’s three priorities when tendering the contract were energy efficiency, a proven track ...

  • Paris RER NG EMU interior (Photo: Jérémie Anne)

    Novel interior layout in next-generation Paris RER fleet


    FRANCE: Paris regional transport authority Ile-de-France-Mobilités and Alstom unveiled the first RER NG EMU at Valenciennes Petite-Forêt on November 22.

  • CRRC Ziyang rack train

    Chinese panoramic rack train rolled out


    CHINA: CRRC Ziyang has unveiled a rack trainset for a 129 km metre-gauge railway being built to link Dujiangyan with a panda reserve and the Mount Siguniang scenic tourist area in Sichuan province. The four-car 1·5 kV DC electric multiple-unit which was rolled out on November ...

  • CD Skoda Cityelefant

    ČD calls tenders for long-distance and suburban EMU fleets


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy has called bids for two framework contracts covering the supply of up to 150 dual-voltage electric multiple-units. Both the tender for up to 90 four-car EMUs to operate suburban services issued on November 18 and that for 60 long-distance trainsets ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies

    Greenbrier expects wagon deliveries to remain high for next financial year


    INTERNATIONAL: The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 24 600 wagons with a total value of $2·9bn and delivered nearly 20 000 units in the year to August 31 2022. The company expects to deliver between 22 000 to 24 000 vehicles in its 2023 financial year, ...

  • Berlin U-Bahn Stadler JK metro car (6)
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    Stadler unveils Berlin’s JK small-profile U-Bahn cars


    GERMANY: The first small-profile Type JK metro trainset for the Berlin U-Bahn network has been unveiled at Stadler’s Velten plant northwest of the capital. Operator BVG finalised a €3bn framework contract with Stadler in March 2020 for the supply of up to 1 500 vehicles, with ...

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    Nestlé Waters to use hydrogen last-mile freight trains


    FRANCE: As part of a strategy to decarbonise its supply chain, Nestlé Waters is to use a high-power fuel cell generator wagon to enable electric locomotives to haul trains on non-electrified tracks. This will be the first application of fuel cell and renewable hydrogen ‘last mile’ ...

  • Lausanne Stadler Tramlink tram impression
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    Lausanne orders 10 trams for Line T1


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler announced on November 10 that it had signed a contract with operator TL Lausanne to deliver 10 standard gauge Tramlink trams plus spare parts and maintenance equipment for the city’s future T1 tram line which is currently under construction. Stadler had been selected as ...

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    Aarhus IC5 depot contract awarded


    DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB has selected MT Højgaard Danmark to construct a depot and workshop complex near Aarhus to maintain its future fleet of Alstom Coradia Stream EMUs.

  • Wabtec hydrogen loco conceptual impression

    Wabtec launches hydrogen traction research partnership


    USA: Citing greater awareness of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Wabtec has entered into collaborative research and development agreements with the Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories to identify potential options for applying hydrogen in the rail industry. Although it expects ...

  • Drax wagons
    Rail Business UK

    Drax orders UK-built biomass wagons


    UK: Drax Group has awarded WH Davis a contract to supply a further 30 high-capacity biomass wagons, which the generator says will reduce emissions on the route from the Port of Tyne to its power station in North Yorkshire by more than 25%. Drax has a ...

  • Alstom Chennai metro
    Metro Report International

    Alstom to supply 312 cars for Delhi metro extensions


    INDIA: Delhi Metro Rail Corp has awarded Alstom a €312m contract to design, manufacture and commission 312 cars as part of the network’s Phase IV expansion programme.

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    More Ivolga EMUs ordered to work Moscow Central Diameter lines


    RUSSIA: Moscow Metro has signed a contract with Metrowagonmash for the supply of 35 electric multiple-units to operate the capital’s next two Central Diameter regional express lines.

  • First TfW Rail CAF Class 197 DMU in passenger service (Photo Tony Miles) (3)
    Rail Business UK

    Soft launch for Transport for Wales Class 197 DMUs


    UK: The first of the 77-strong fleet of Class 197 diesel multiple-units entered service with Transport for Wales Rail on November 14. Without any pre-announcement or ceremony, unit 197 004 carried its first passengers on the 05.30 from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, spending the rest ...