Traction & rolling stock news

  • Green Cargo Golden Bullet 2 timber wagon
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    Golden Bullet 2.0 wagon unveiled

    2021-10-21T05:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: ‘Wagons that seemed new and innovative a few years ago already feel dated. They pale in comparison’, said Johan Roswall, Roundwood Sales Executive at Green Cargo, as the operator announced the first customer for Golden Bullet 2.0, ‘the market’s most efficient timber wagon’. The wagon ...

  • South Korean hydrogen fuel cell tram project
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    Hydrogen fuel cell tram development project launched

    2021-10-21T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH KOREA: A hydrogen-electric tram demonstration project has been launched by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, which aims to adapt existing automotive hydrogen technologies for rail use to develop a strong position for South Korean suppliers in the global light rail market. ‘While we ...

  • Müglitztalbahn DMU (Photo: VVO GmbH)
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    Battery rather than hydrogen trains suggested in Sachsen study

    2021-10-20T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The use of battery rather than hydrogen traction is recommended in a study into options for replacing diesel multiple-units on regional routes around Dresden where electrification is unlikely in the short to medium term. The study found that hydrogen and battery power would each be ...

  • STM 2ES7 Black Granite Electric Locomotive
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    SilkWay Transit orders Black Granite locomotives

    2021-10-18T13:35:00Z

    KAZAKHSTAN: Freight operator SilkWay Transit has ordered 22 twin-section 2ES7 Black Granite electric locomotives from Sinara Transport Machines’ Ural Locomotives plant. The 8·8 MW locomotives with asynchronous traction motors are designed to haul heavy freight trains of up to 9 000 tonnes on AC electrified lines ...

  • TCDD Hyundai Rotem electric loco with Skoda Transportation equipment
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    Tanzanian electric locomotive contract finalised

    2021-10-18T13:15:00Z

    TANZANIA: Hyundai Rotem has awarded Škoda Transportation a Kc580m contract to supply the electrical equipment for 17 passenger locomotives which Tanzania Railways Corp has ordered for use on the 546 km 25 kV 50 Hz electrified standard gauge line under construction between Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Makutopora.

  • Black 5 steam locomotive (Photo: West Coast Railways)
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    Steam locomotive ETCS testing contract awarded

    2021-10-15T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has appointed Atkins and Thales to carry out design and trial fitment to determine whether it is a viable to fit ETCS onboard equipment to steam and heritage diesel locomotives, enabling them to continue operating on routes where ETCS is to be rolled ...

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    Pacific National orders UGL Evolution diesel locomotives

    2021-10-14T09:05:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Pacific National has awarded UGL a framework contract to design, manufacture and supply up to 123 C44 Evolution diesel locomotives, with a firm order for 50 in the first tranche.

  • Stuttgart Stadler ZT4.2 rack tram (3)
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    Stuttgart rack railway tram and bicycle wagon delivered

    2021-10-14T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: The first of first of three light rail vehicles and bicycle carrying trailers for the 2·2 km metre-gauge Riggenbach rack line which climbs 200 m up a valley in Stuttgart has been delivered to operator Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen. These are the fifth generation of cars for ...

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    Porto unveils CRRC LRV design

    2021-10-13T11:00:00Z

    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has unveiled the design of the 18 Class CT light rail vehicles it has ordered from CRRC Tangshan. The styling has been developed jointly by the manufacturer and external consultants, supported by a multidisciplinary team from the operator. ‘We wanted to keep ...

  • Grand Paris Express Line 18 Alstom train impression
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    Alstom awarded Grand Paris Express Line 18 rolling stock and automation contract

    2021-10-12T11:36:00Z

    FRANCE: Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply rolling stock and automation systems for the future Grand Paris Express driverless metro Line 18. The €230m contract announced on October 11 includes automation, data transmission and supervisory equipment and systems integration, with a firm order for ...

  • Imprerssion of Stadler diesel locomotive for KiwiRail
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    KiwiRail orders 57 Stadler diesel locomotives

    2021-10-12T09:17:00Z

    NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has selected Stadler to supply its next generation of main-line diesel locomotives, placing a framework contract with an NZ$403m firm order for an initial 57 to be deployed on freight and passenger services on the South Island’s ‘challenging’ routes. Announcing the order on ...

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    Revolution Very Light Rail demonstrator offers options for branch line revival

    2021-10-11T10:40:00Z

    Rail Business UK takes a ride on the Revolution Very Light Rail vehicle, which is designed to provide an attractive, low-cost option to facilitate the reopening of disused branch lines and extending existing lines.

  • Operail Stargate Hydrogen fuel cell locomotive impression
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    Diesel locomotives to be converted to hydrogen power

    2021-10-07T14:02:00Z

    ESTONIA: National freight operator Operail and technology company Stargate Hydrogen have signed a letter of intent for the conversion of diesel-electric shunting locomotives to fuel cell power. The project is to be undertaken in two phases, starting with the completion of a prototype by the end ...

  • Alstom's Belfort factory
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    Digitalisation, sustainability and localisation offer opportunities for rolling stock manufacturers

    2021-10-07T09:38:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Rolling stock manufacturers are optimistic about the future, and the merger of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation could create a European heavyweight able to compete with China’s CRRC, according to the latest Worldwide Rolling Stock Manufacturers market study from SCI Verkehr. Rolling stock manufacturers generated total ...

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    RM Rail develops the people’s bogie

    2021-10-06T12:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: Rolling stock manufacturer RM Rail has developed a 25 tonne axleload bogie in conjunction with St Petersburg State Transport University. The Type 18-9891 Type 3 GOST 9246-2013 bogie is designed to have less impact on the track than a 23·5 tonne design, while minimising flange ...

  • Dresden Alstom NGT DX DD Flexity tram (Photo: DVB AG)
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    Dresden unveils its wider trams

    2021-10-06T11:39:00Z

    GERMANY: Dresden transport operator DVB and Alstom have unveiled the first NGT DX DD Flexity tram, with 2 500 people visiting Gorbitz depot over the weekend of October 2-3 to take a look at the vehicle. Built to Dresden’s unusual 1 450 mm gauge, with a ...

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    Automated brake test system development completed

    2021-10-06T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Austrian company PJM has completed the technical development of an automated brake testing system which it envisaged could save up to 45 min when preparing a 500 m long freight train. The system has been extensively tested on 200 SBB Cargo wagons, and approvals are ...

  • Paris tramway T1 stop (Photo: RATP)
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    Paris tram framework contract awarded

    2021-10-05T14:04:00Z

    FRANCE: Paris transport authority Île-de-France Mobilités and operator RATP have selected Alstom for a framework contract to supply up to 120 trams worth €310m. There will be a firm order for 37 to replace the current Route T1 fleet which entered service from 1992. The 83 ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for SBB
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    Stadler selected to supply up to 510 EMUs to Swiss operators

    2021-10-05T10:59:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Stadler has been selected as the winner of the ‘largest tender in Swiss rail history’. The framework contract covers the supply of up to 510 Flirt electric multiple-units to Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps, with a firm order for an initial 286 units worth ...

  • Impression of Stadler tram for Darmstadt
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    Aircraft component supplier wins Stadler tram order

    2021-10-05T05:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Lightweight aircraft materials supplier Elbe Flugzeugwerke has announced its first contract to supply rolling stock components to Stadler Rail, saying the order is a milestone in the expansion of its activities in the rail sector. The initial order covers the supply of durable floor panels ...