Traction & rolling stock news – Page 2

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    ŽSSK fleet renewal plans

    2020-12-31T05:00:00Z

    SLOVAKIA: Several rolling stock renewal projects are being planned at national operator ŽSSK. This includes the procurement of 20 electric multiple-units for the Košice region, along with the modernisation of 35 coaches and procurement of 17 new coaches; modernisation of 15 Stadler EMUs for the Tatra ...

  • The Zero Emission Train Project will see a withdrawn Class 314 electric multiple-unit made available by ScotRail converted into a ‘deployment-ready and certified’ development platform for hydrogen technology providers and academics.
    Rail Business UK

    Hydrogen train demonstrator project consortium appointed

    2020-12-30T11:45:00Z

    UK: An industry consortium has been appointed to produce a hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit for demonstration in Scotland.

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    Magnetic wedges to boost motor efficiency

    2020-12-29T05:00:00Z

    JAPAN: A low-cost enhancement to improve the efficiency of three-phase traction motors has been developed by Toshiba Corp.

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    Metro Report International

    Vinnytsia to get Swiss Tram 2000 cars

    2020-12-28T15:27:00Z

    UKRAINE: The city of Vinnytsia is to receive a batch of second-hand Tram 2000 vehicles from Zürich, under a co-operation agreement signed on December 23.

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    Locomotives on the way to Guinea

    2020-12-26T05:00:00Z

    GUINEA: CRRC Qishuyan has begun delivering eight DF8B twin-cab diesel locomotives and six CDA5A1 single-cab locomotives which the SMB-Winning bauxite mining consortium ordered in two batches in November and December last year. The locomotives will be used on a 125 km line ...

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    Taxirail lightweight vehicle demonstrator with AI to start trials in 2021

    2020-12-25T05:00:00Z

    FRANCE: Trials with a self-propelled ultra-lightweight rail vehicle intended for rural railways or lightly-used lines are due to commence towards the end of 2021.

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    CRRC Tangshan unveils high speed freight train

    2020-12-24T10:53:00Z

    CHINA: Rolling stock builder CRRC Tangshan has unveiled a prototype 350 km/h trainset aimed at the premium logistics market, derived from its China Standard passenger EMUs.

  • OptiFuel Systems has announced that it is ready to manufacture freight locomotives of 1 200 to  400 hp fuelled by biomethane and natural gas.
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    OptiFuel Systems announces natural gas freight locomotive

    2020-12-24T05:00:00Z

    USA: Rail, marine and generator product supplier OptiFuel Systems has announced that it is ready to manufacture freight locomotives of 1 200 to 2 400 hp fuelled by biomethane and natural gas. The South Carolina company is using a proprietary EPA rail-certified KOFSG11.9400 engine based on ...

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    Hauts-de-France orders more double-deck EMUs

    2020-12-22T16:26:00Z

    FRANCE: Acting on behalf of the Hauts-de-France region, SNCF has awarded Bombardier Transportation a €565m firm contract to supply 33 Omneo Regio2N double-deck regional electric multiple-units from its Crespin plant in 2024-25. The order announced on December 22 has been placed under a 2010 framework agreement ...

  • ČD has acquired 22 RegioShuttle RS1 railcars from HEROS Helvetic Rolling Stock at a cost of € 15·5m.
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    ČD buys Hohenzollernische Landesbahn RegioShuttle railcars

    2020-12-21T16:37:00Z

    CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD has acquired 22 RegioShuttle RS1 railcars from HEROS Helvetic Rolling Stock at a cost of €15·5m. Built in 1997, the MAN-powered low-floor single-car DMUs were previously operated by Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs AG’s Hohenzollernische Landesbahn on Zollernalbbahn services 1 and 2, but have now been ...

  • Final preparations are in hand for a programme of tests to determine the feasibility of regular operation of long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology.
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    DB Cargo to test operation of long trains using distributed power with LTE

    2020-12-21T13:29:00Z

    GERMANY: Final preparations are in hand for a programme of tests to determine the feasibility of regular operation of long freight trains with distributed power using LTE technology. To be carried out in February 2021 on the steeply graded line between Probstzella and Hochstadt-Marktzeuln near Lichtenfels, ...

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    Metro Report International

    Next generation of Vancouver SkyTrain cars ordered

    2020-12-21T12:34:00Z

    CANADA: Vancouver transport agency TransLink has awarded Bombardier Transportation a C$722·6m contract to supply 205 automated light metro cars for the SkyTrain network. The order announced on December 17 includes 125 cars to replace first-generation vehicles which entered service in 1985 and to support the Broadway ...

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    SNCB orders multifunctional double-deck coaches with improved accessibility

    2020-12-21T12:31:00Z

    BELGIUM: National operator SNCB has ordered a further 204 Type M7 double-deck coaches, placing a contract for multifunctional vehicles adapted to improve accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility. Awarded to a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom, the €445m contract announced on December 21 has ...

  • Canadian Pacific has announced plans to develop what it says will be North Amercia’s first hydrogen-powered main line locomotive.
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    CP to test hydrogen fuel cell freight locomotive

    2020-12-18T16:02:00Z

    CANADA: Canadian Pacific has announced plans to develop what it says will be North Amercia’s first hydrogen-powered main line locomotive. This will involve retrofitting fuel cells and batteries to an existing locomotive, which will then be used for testing to evaluate the technology’s readiness for the ...

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    MFD Rail aims to build leading intermodal wagon business

    2020-12-17T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The management team and funds advised by Oaktree Capital Management have invested in MFD Rail, a start-up which aims to become one of Europe’s leading intermodal wagon leasing company over the next few years. MFD Rail says building a business from scratch ‘without having ...

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    Västtrafik Zefiro Express EMU completed

    2020-12-16T15:31:00Z

    SWEDEN: Bombardier Transportation has completed assembly of the first of 45 three-car Zefiro Express 200 km/h electric multiple-units ordered by Västra Götaland regional transport authority Västtrafik.

  • ‘A semi-autonomous train’ has run ‘under real operating conditions’ on the 16 km Longwy – Longuyon line in eastern France
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    Automated locomotive completes first trip

    2020-12-16T12:08:00Z

    FRANCE: ‘A semi-autonomous train’ has run ‘under real operating conditions’ on the 16 km Longwy – Longuyon line in eastern France, national operator SNCF announced on December 16.

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    ČD’s RegioPanter fleet grows further

    2020-12-16T05:00:00Z

    CZECH REPBLIC: National operator ČD has awarded a consortium of Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka firm orders for 48 additional RegioPanter 3 kV DC/25 kV 50 Hz dual-voltage regional EMUs. The orders confirmed on December 11 comprise 19 two-car units with 140 seats, procured ...

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    Rail Business UK

    GWR to test Hitachi battery hybrid inter-city train

    2020-12-15T11:22:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail and Hitachi Rail Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an underfloor battery powerpack to be trialled on a Class 802 electro-diesel inter-city trainset operated by Great Western Railway on the London – Penzance route.

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    Metro Report International

    Wabtec’s Metroflexx braking certified ahead of use on Grand Paris Express trains

    2020-12-15T05:00:00Z

    BRAKING: Tüv Süd has provided safety, quality and performance standard certification for Metroflexx, Wabtec’s ‘next-generation’ braking system for metro trains. Designed to significantly reduce the weight, energy consumption and life-cycle cost of a train, Metroflexx communicates with the train computer and traction equipment to optimise use ...