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    Passenger Rolling Stock: Avril moves from vision to reality


    More than a decade after the company unveiled its concept for a wide-bodied articulated trainset, Talgo’s first production Avril high speed trains are now on test in northern Spain before entering service with national operator RENFE.

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    Rail Business UK

    Northern’s CAF multiple-units return to service


    UK: All but two of Northern’s CAF Class 195 diesel and Class 331 electric multiple-units are now back in service, after analysis of the causes of the cracks discovered in April and the development of a modification that is being rolled out across the Class 195 fleet.

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    Alstom starts assembling Perth EMUs


    AUSTRALIA: Alstom officially began train manufacturing at the Metronet Bellevue assembly plant in Western Australia on June 7, describing the occasion as ‘a watershed moment’ for the local rail sector.

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    CAF Oaris EMUs enter service with Flytoget


    NORWAY: The first CAF Oaris high speed EMUs entered traffic with Oslo airport express operator Flytoget on June 3.

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    CRRC Zhuzhou rolls out double-deck Westbahn EMU


    AUSTRIA: The first of four double-deck electric multiple-units being built for use by open access operator Westbahn GmbH has been rolled out for testing by CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co in China’s Hunan province.

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    Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopens after $100m modernisation


    USA: The Broadmoor Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopened on May 20, following a $100m modernisation programme which has included the delivery of a new fleet of push-pull trainsets and conversion from the Abt to the Strub rack system. The 14·3 km standard ...

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    Tren Maya rolling stock supplier selected


    MEXICO: National tourism promotion fund Fonatur has selected a consortium led by Alstom’s Bombardier Transportation México subsidiary as preferred bidder for a contract to supply rolling stock, communications systems and depots for the Tren Maya project, The contract announced on May 26 covers the supply ...

  • RENFE has awarded Talgo a €281∙5m framework contract for the supply of 26 gauge-convertible dual-system 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz high speed train power cars.

    RENFE orders high speed power cars to haul rebuilt sleeping cars


    SPAIN: RENFE has awarded Talgo a €281∙5m framework contract for the supply of 26 gauge-convertible dual-system 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz high speed train power cars.

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    First TGV M power car completed


    FRANCE: The first completed power car for SNCF’s future TGV M trainsets was unveiled at Alstom’s Belfort workshops on May 26.

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    Dual-mode Vectron delivered


    GERMANY: Captrain Deutschland subsidiary ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft has taken delivery of the first of two Vectron Dual Mode electro-diesel locomotives that it ordered from Siemens Mobility.

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    Rail Business UK

    Class 769 bi-mode trainsets enter service with Northern


    UK: Considerably later than envisaged, Northern’s first Class 769 bi-mode multiple-units entered service with the start of the new timetable on May 17.

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    Autonomous train begins GoA2 testing


    FRANCE: Test running with an automated train in attended ATO mode is underway in northern France as the latest phase of a pan-industry programme to develop autonomous trains for regional passenger services.

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    Victoria to buy updated X’Trapolis EMUs


    AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has announced plans to order 25 X’Trapolis 2.0 electric multiple-units from Alstom to continue the renewal of the Melbourne suburban fleet.

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    Rail Business UK

    Services ramp up as 80x inter-city trainsets return to service


    UK: Both LNER and Great Western Railway have been able to reinstate many of their inter-city services after the Office of Road Rail reached agreement with Hitachi and the train operators over how the cracking problems with the Class 80x fleets are to be managed. ...

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    Bidders vie for Tren Maya rolling stock contract


    MEXICO: National Tourism Fund Fonatur has confirmed that two groups have submitted tenders to supply up to 42 diesel, electro-diesel and electric trainsets for the Tren Maya project, with a winning bidder due to be announced on May 26. The contract covers maintenance of the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Class 80x recovery plan takes shape


    UK: Industry insiders report that progress is being made towards the reinstatement of some of the Class 80x Hitachi units currently out of service following the discovery of cracks ‘behind the lifting (jack) pocket bolster’.

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    Sotetsu orders Hitachi EMUs to work Tokyo through services


    JAPAN: As part of its ¥15∙7bn capital investment plan for the 2021 financial year, Yokohama-based Sagami Railway is to order four eight-car Series 21000 EMUs from Hitachi.

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    Rail Business UK

    ​Mass cancellations as Hitachi trains grounded by cracks


    UK: A significant number of train services were cancelled over the weekend of May 8-9 after cracks were discovered in electric and electro-diesel trains constructed by Hitachi Rail for several operators.

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    Rail Business UK

    NI Railways targets zero emissions by 2040


    UK: Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an ‘ambitious’ target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to ...

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    Regulations agreed for Luxembourg Protocol rolling stock registry


    INTERNATIONAL: Draft regulations have been approved outlining the operation of the international rolling stock registry that is being established under the Luxembourg Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. The regulations have been drawn up by a Preparatory Commission which ...