Argentina: Under an agreement signed by Trenes Argentinos Operaciones, CRRC and Caterpillar, turbochargers are to be replaced within three months on all 24 locomotives supplied for the San Martín commuter route in Buenos Aires. This will be at no cost to Trenes Argentinos as the equipment is still under guarantee.
Australia: Through its local subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric Corp is to supply VVVF inverters, traction motors, train monitoring and passenger information systems for the New South Wales New Intercity Fleet EMUs (RG 9.16 p17) at an estimated value of A$300m.
Canada: Ontario’s Metrolinx has selected CH2M as its vehicle technology consultant for the Regional Express Rail programme.
Chile: Ferronor has taken delivery of 12 diesel locomotives from Australia for its metre gauge network.
Czech Republic: The first EffiLiner 3000 electric locomotive produced by CZ began trial operation on the SŽDC network at the end of August, following trials hauling coal trains on the Tušimice – Bezno and Tušimice – Prunéov industrial lines.
Germany: Voith’s Kiel rail service centre has won its first bogie overhaul contract, covering 21 Stadler Flirt EMUs operated by Cantus in Hesse.
Faiveley Transport is to supply HVAC systems for the 106 trainsets which Stadler Pankow is building for the Berlin S-Bahn. A framework agreement covers potential future orders.
Hungary: Following an open tender, GySEV has awarded Stadler a €68·5m EU-funded contract to supply 10 four-car TSI-compliant Flirt3 regional EMUs between March 2018 and January 2019. Bodyshells and bogies are to be manufactured at Szolnok in Hungary, with final assembly at Siedlce in Poland.
International: Ural Locomotives has obtained certification for the operation of its 2ES6 DC electric freight locomotive across the five members of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Bombardier Transportation has appointed Huber+Suhner as preferred supplier for the majority of its rolling stock cables under a five-year agreement.
Latvia: Pasazieru Vilciens has taken the delivery of the last of of six DR1AC DMUs to be modernised by Rgas Dzelis in co-operation with Rgas Vagonbves Rpnca, Daugavpils Lokomotvju Remonta Rpnca and VRC Zasulauks. The €22m project included fitting new front ends and interiors, retention toilets and accessibility improvements, and repowering with MTU engines, Voith transmissions and Deutz auxiliary generators.
Netherlands: Amsterdam city transport operator GVB Activa has selected CAF as preferred bidder to supply 63 trams, with options for 60 more.
Poland: Stadler beat Newag and Pesa to be selected to supply 14 three-car Flirt3 suburban EMUs to ódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna for 260·9m złoty in 2018-19, plus 12 years of maintenance at 2·214 złoty/km.
Opolskie voivodship has exercised an option for a further two three-car Newag Impuls EMUs for delivery in 2018.
Russia: UKVZ submitted the best bid for a contract to supply 19 trams to St Petersburg by May 2017. The price of 900m roubles was lower than that submitted by PK Transportnye Systemy and Belkommunmash.
TMH’s Tver Carriage Works has won a 600m rouble contract to supply Sakhalin with 10 stainless steel coaches including sleeping cars, restaurant cars and second class cars convertible for overnight use, with options for six more.
TMH’s Demikhovo plant is testing a Class EP3D 25 kV 50 Hz version of the EP2D 3 kV DC EMU.
Transmashholding’s Oktyabrsky Electric Railway Car Repair Plant in St Petersburg is to supply 27 six-car trainsets to the city’s metro for 13·4bn roubles.
Switzerland: Siemens is to supply seven Vectron last-mile locomotives to the Railcare subsidiary of retail group Coop for use on intermodal trains in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. The contract announced on September 22 includes Siemens’ first full-service deal in the country, running for eight years.
Rhätische Bahn AG has issued nine and 15-year SFr100m bonds to finance the procurement of 27 EMUs ordered from Stadler in June.
Ukraine: On August 17 Ukrainian Railways and Newag signed a letter of intent to explore locomotive modernisation options; UZ has signed similar agreements with Bombardier and GE.
UK: GB Railfreight is to lease 41 Greenbrier Wagony Swidnica 101·6 tonne hopper wagons from Nacco Leasing for a minimum of five years. This will support a five-year extension to a contract to haul silica sand from Sibelco’s King’s Lynn quarry to Yorkshire.
Tarmac has taken delivery of 53 hopper and 48 open wagons built by Astra Rail which it is leasing from Ermewa for use on trains from its Mountsorrel quarry to terminals across the midlands and southeast of England. The wagons have a capacity of more than 77 tonnes, a 15% increase on previous vehicles.