PKP Cargo Vectron in cross-border service

EUROPE: One of PKP Cargo’s Vectron MS electric locomotives has completed a cross-border journey from Poland to Germany and back, the operator announced on July 11. The loco hauled a passenger service from Chojnów in Dolnośląskie voivodship to Horka in the German Land of Sachsen. PKP Cargo has ordered 20 Vectrons

Tren penceresinden başını uzatıp ölen yolcu için demiryolu şirketine 1 milyon sterlin …

İngiltere’de bir demiryolu şirketi, bir yolcunun trenin penceresinden başını uzatıp ölmesinden sorumlu tutularak 1 milyon sterlin (7 milyon TL) para cezasına çarptırıldı. Şirket, pencereden dışarıya sarkılmaması yönündeki uyarıyı yeterince görünür bir şekilde sergilemediği için genel güvenlik önlemlerini ihlal ettiğini kabul etmişti.

ICE4 deliveries to resume

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation announced on July 17. The national operator had stopped accepting delivery of further ICE4 trainsets in April after Bombardier’s quality management procedures determined that some coach body welds had not been carried out

Unipart Joint Venture Wins Five-Year Contract Extension

UGL Unipart Rail Services Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Australian company UGL (a member of CIMIC Group), and Unipart has secured an approximate $900 million, five-year contract extension with Sydney Trains. Replacing the original two-year contract extension, UGL Unipart will continue the delivery of maintenance and logistics services for

Industry comments on Williams Rail Review

UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to Keith Williams’ speech in Bradford on July 16 during which he provided an update on the strategic review of the rail sector which he is undertaking for the government. Rail Delivery Group ‘Businesses, communities and passengers across the country have told us

Track Maintenance & Construction: Still in Search of It’s Place in the 4.0 World

On the 17th September 2018 the World Economic Forum made the prediction that “Machines will do more tasks than Humans by 2025…”. According to this report, within the next 6 years, 52% of all working hours will be done by robots. As a result, productivity in the affected industries has

Czech Republic: RegioJet Announces Increase in Passengers

Czech Republic: During the first half of this year RegioJet has seen a 12% increase in passengers travelling on their long-distance trains. This is around a quarter of a million new passengers compared to the first six months of the previous year. The trains which operate in Czech Republic, Slovakia

Railtours remembered: The Metropolitan Special

In the first of an occasional new series, Andrew Royle looks back to a forgotten railtour over London Transport’s Metropolitan line in 1954. SIXTY-FIVE years ago it was possible for an enthusiasts’ special train to attract the attention of the wider public – even at a time when steam traction reigned

Electrification goes live in northern Portugal

PORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto – Pocinho Douro

Unipart Rail Engineering Director Awarded Professorship

Steve Ingleton, Unipart Rail Engineering Director, has been appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield, within the Institute of Railway Research. Steve Ingleton, Engineering Director © Unipart Rail This achievement is in recognition of the hard work and commitment that Steve has demonstrated within the University, supporting projects and

Grayling indicates support for Keith Williams

TRANSPORT secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for reducing the railway responsibilities of the DfT, as set out in principle by Rail Review chairman Keith Williams over the past couple of days. Mr Grayling is giving evidence to the Transport Committee. He said: ‘I think the Department should do much less.

European Commission Says Yes to Latvian Railway Electrification

The Latvian rail network electrification project has received the go-ahead from the European Commission. The European Commission’s independent technical assistance experts published positive results about both the project and its economic feasibility. In 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers also said it was in favour of the Latvian Railways project. Electrified railway line

ADLINK Launches New Embedded Graphics Products for Edge Computing Applications

ADLINK Embedded Graphics Increases Performance, Life Cycle, and ROI for Embedded Applications ADLINK Technology, a global provider of leading edge computing solutions and NVIDIA® Quadro® Embedded Partner, has introduced the latest additions to its new series of embedded graphics products for edge computing applications, the EGX-MXM-P1000 and EGX-MXM-P2000 Mobile PCI Express

Malmbanan resignalling to support ETCS

SWEDEN: Trafikverket has started work on a three-year project to resignal the Malmbanan heavy haul line between Boden and Riksgränsen with digital interlockings and ETCS at an estimated cost of SKr3bn. According to the infrastructure manager, most of the existing interlockings on the iron ore corridor are more than 50 years

Williams reiterates call for UK franchising changes

UK: Greater accountability and a clear customer focus are the principal requirements for reform of the UK rail sector, according to Keith Williams, the independent chairman of the rail review established by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the wake of the May 2018 timetable change debacle. Ahead of

Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a significant share

Stadler to Supply 80 TRAMLINK Trams to Milan

Milan: Stadler is to supply Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) with up to 80 of its TRAMLINK trams. A Stadler TRAMLINK tram for Gmunden, Austria © Stadler Having submitted the winning bid, Stadler and ATM will sign a six-year framework agreement after the objection period comes to a close. The losing bidders have

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley at Hertford on April 5, deprives the railway mechanical engineering profession of one of its most distinguished personalities, and one whose career has no parallel in the locomotive history of this country. For nearly 30 years he held the chief executive position on the

Wales: 60 New Jobs as Part of 5 Billion Investment

Transport for Wales says it is creating sixty new jobs as part of its 5 billion GBP (5.56 billion euros | 6.27 billion USD) investment programme. Transport for Wales wishes to upgrade the entire Wales and Borders network. A key area of the plans is the South Wales Metro. This

EU to fund Latvian electrification programme

LATVIA: The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support the electrification of the main east–west corridor and the replacement of diesel locomotives. Only around 14% of Latvia’s 1 860 km network is currently electrified, well below the EU average of 55%, with electric traction currently only used for passenger

RegioJet to strengthen overnight trains

EUROPE: RegioJet has bought 18 couchette cars from Deutsche Bahn, which it intends to use to lengthen its night trains on the Praha – Košice  route to up to 18 vehicles with a capacity of up to 1 000 passengers per train. The fleet expansion follows a successful bond issue in June

Train test: Overnight sensation?

Caledonian Sleeper’s new Mk5 stock has rarely been out of the headlines since it was introduced. Ben Jones takes a ride on this new generation of Spanish-built overnight stock to see if it delivers on its promises of a quality hotel experience. Having been in decline for decades, killed off by

Industry Insider Week 28 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 28 for 08–12 July 2019: Jazz train for Trenitalia © Railway-News Rolling Stock British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing The first of the

DB Regio awarded E-Netz Main­fran­ken operating contract

GERMANY: Incumbent DB Regio has been awarded the E-Netz Mainfranken passenger train operating contract following a European tender conducted by Bayern railway agency BEG,  Rhein-Main transport authority RMV and Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Transport. The contract running for six years from December 2021 covers the operation of around 4·35 million train-km/year using

Report Shows Progress on Diversity in Transport

DfT: Published on 11 July a report has shown strong progress is being made in boosting the number of apprenticeships in under-represented groups within the transport industry. Rail Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2019 © Network Rail Transport & Rail Sector Diversity The Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce’s (STAT) 3-year progress report shows BAME representation in

BREAKING NEWS: Austrian Zillertalbahn engine to visit Welshpool for 2 years!

A narrow gauge steam locomotive from Austria is to go on hire to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway (WLLR) for two years. The Zillertalbahn’s newly overhauled U-class 0-6-2T No. 2 Zillertal is expected to star in the mid Wales 2ft 6in gauge line’s August 30-September 1 steam gala. The Krauss-built

Austrian Zillertalbahn engine to visit Welshpool for 2 years!

0-6-2T No. 2 Zillertal is seen at the Zillertalbahn during testing following overhaul. WLLR A narrow gauge steam locomotive from Austria is to go on hire to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway (WLLR) for two years. The Zillertalbahn’s newly overhauled U-class 0-6-2T No. 2 Zillertal is expected to star in the

Swanage Railway launches £350,000 ‘T3’ restoration appeal

DORSET’S Swanage Railway has launched a £350,000 appeal to return London & South Western Railway (LSWR) ‘T3’ 4-4-0 No. 563 to full working order. The 563 Locomotive Group, under the umbrella of the Swanage Railway Trust, hopes to raise the money in a suitable time window to allow the 1893-built former National

Double-headed ‘Manors’ help WSR mark 40 years of steaming to Bishops Lydeard

A FOURTEEN-coach train hauled by a pair of Collett ‘Manor’ 4-6-0s was the undoubted highlight of the West Somerset Railway’s 40th Anniversary gala on June 8-9. The event celebrated four decades since the ‘Wizzer’ returned steam to Bishops Lydeard on June 9, 1979, and was a strong illustration that the worst

Heritage profile: The Wensleydale Railway

Running through some of the best scenery North Yorkshire offers, the Wensleydale Railway is a relative newcomer to the heritage and tourist railway sector. Graeme Pickering finds out more about its growth and expansion plans. A train ride is undoubtedly the main highlight of a trip to a heritage line, but

15 Temmuz’da Marmaray ücretsiz olacak

Ulaştırma ve Altyapı Bakanı Cahit Turhan, 15 Temmuz Demokrasi ve Milli Birlik Günü dolayısıyla 15 Temmuz günü saat 06.00’dan 16 Temmuz saat 05.59’a kadar tüm Marmaray trenlerinin ücretsiz olacağı müjdesini verdi.

Point machine built for winter on the steppe

KAZAKHSTAN: In co-operation with national railway KTZ, the KazElektroPrivod equally-owned joint venture of Alstom and SOP Trade has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station. The locally-manufactured P80 has a design life of 20 years and is suitable

Fertiliser producer orders stainless steel tank wagons

RUSSIA: United Wagon Co’s TikhvinChemMash plant is supplying fertiliser producer PhosAgro’s Apatit business with 87 chemical wagons with stainless steel tanks. The Type 15-6900-01 design has 25 tonne axleload bogies and a capacity of 54·5 m3 or 76·5 tonnes, up to 8·5 tonnes more than older designs. The stainless steel tanks

Harsco Rail Partners with Möser Maschinenbau to Launch UK-Based Grinding Machine

There’s a new weapon in the UK rail industry’s armour to keep tracks in good condition and provide passengers with a smooth, reliable journey. Railway equipment manufacturer and track maintenance company Harsco Rail has entered into a partnership with railway equipment manufacturer Möser Maschinenbau, which includes the distribution of road/rail grinding

Return of the Brighton Belle

Restoring a 1930s all-electric Pullman train for use on the mainline is a project where the 5BEL Trust has faced and overcome numerous challenges. With the luxury train now being prepared for testing, Andy Coward brings us up-to-date with this ambitious restoration. Work on the restoration of four ‘Brighton Belle’ coaches

Mobile Rail Welding Systems Supra Multiflex and Supra Roadflex

For mobile welding of continuous welded rails, these machines are normally integrated into an autonomously operating rail welding system. These systems are equipped with diesel-generator set, hydraulic unit, cooling unit and lifting device. Supra Multiflex Container-Based Rail Welding System Container-based rail welding systems are especially suitable for welding continuous welded rails directly

Network Rail Launches Track Worker Safety Task Force

Following the deaths of two track workers in Wales on 3 July, Network Rail has launched a new track worker safety task force. The new scheme will help improve the safety of employees that work on the railways. Network Rail is funding this initiative with 70 million GBP (78 million

Ikea furnishing for BDZ sleeping cars

BULGARIA: As part of its onboard advertising programme, national operator BDZ has worked with furniture and household goods company Ikea to fit sleeping cars with ‘colourful accessories giving the compartments home comforts and an additional summer mood’. The cars with Ikea furnishings are now operating on services from the capital Sofia

PKP Intercity selects Stadler to supply EMUs

POLAND: PKP Intercity has selected Stadler as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 12 eight-car 160 km/h Flirt electric multiple-units and maintain them for 15 years. Formal award of the contract announced on July 11 is subject to the standard 10-day regulatory standstill period. The EMUs are intended for use on

DfT concedes that franchising is reaching the end of the line

A NEW and much reduced rail franchising schedule published by the Department for Transport appears to concede that franchising in its present form is coming to an end. In past years, the schedule, first produced in 2013, showed timelines for all present and future franchises, together with the dates when ITTs,

Stadler Wins Tender for 12 FLIRT Trains in Poland

Stadler says it has won a tender for the supply of 12 electric multiple units for PKP Intercity’s long-distance routes. A Stadler FLIRT 3 for PKP Intercity in Poland © Jakub Murat under licence Competitors who did not submit the winning bid now have a ten-day appeals period. Following this period, Stadler

DfT: 150 Million GBP for Gatwick Airport Station Upgrades

UK: The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced upcoming renovation works to Gatwick Airport train station. It says it will make 150 million GBP (167 million euros | 188 million USD) available for the works. The funds will go towards upgrades such as 5 new lifts, 8 escalators and widening

Pakistan’da tren kazası: 18 ölü

❮❯Pakistan'da yolcu treniyle yük treninin çarpışması sonucu ilk belirlemelere göre 11 kişi öldü, 85 kişi de yaralandı. Belucistan eyaletinin başkenti Kuetta'dan Pencap eyaletinin başkenti Lahor'a giden yolcu treni, Sadıkabad kentinde kendi hattından çıkarak paraleldeki hatta geçip burada park halinde bulunan yük trenine çarptı. Olay yerinde arama kurtarma çalışması başlatıldı. (

‘P2’ construction makes progress behind the scenes

THINGS may appear to have gone quiet in Darlington, but the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) continues to make what it described as “a lot of essential but relatively unspectacular” progress on the construction of new-build Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The £181,000 order for the Mikado’s motion

Preservation focus: Forgotten gems

Mark Smithers considers several important examples of narrow gauge and industrial steam locomotives which are not currently in the forefront of public attention. One of the more sobering aspects of the current domestic heritage railway scene is the large number of historic steam locomotives that can for one or more reasons

Humphrey Platts, the railway photographer

Nick Pigott meets Humphrey Platts, who began photographing trains just after the Second World War, capturing a fascinating transitional period on the railways. It is rare these days to come across a ‘Big Four’ cameraman whose work has not been published widely in books or magazines. Such a photographer is 90-year-old

Iowa Northern Railway orders integrated PTC package

USA: Iowa Northern Railway has awarded Wabtec a contract to provide integrated I-ETMS Positive Train Control, LDRS-V digital video recording and data transfer and analytics capabilities across its entire locomotive fleet by late 2020. The order announced on July 10 is the first such contract won by Wabtec since its

Alstom Training at Ajman University a Success

UAE: In February this year Ajman University (AU) and Alstom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster mutual exchange. As part of the agreement Alstom said it would provide technical training to students. Alstom has now provided an update, saying it has delivered training to 15 students to date. Applied skills:

Open tube train doors incident may have been caused by stress

A COMBINATION of fatigue and low blood sugar may have been behind the failure of an Underground train driver to make sure all the doors were closed before he left a station. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has also said poor training could have been another factor. The incident happened on 1

SBB halts court battle with BLS

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has asked the Federal Administrative Court to suspend its appeal lodged in July 2018 against the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to allocate two routes in the national long-distance passenger service concession to BLS. The Bern – Biel and Bern – Burgdorf – Olten routes

UK: Cutting-Edge Experimental Rail Facility Gets Funding

The British government has confirmed funding for a research facility covering conventional and high-speed rail in Leeds.  The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration has set itself the goal of revolutionising how railway systems are invented, developed and put into service in the UK and globally.

Funding agreed for cutting-edge experimental rail facility in Leeds

The images show an artist’s impression of the IHSRSI. Please note the plans are subject to detailed planning approval. Credit: Atkins, artist’s impression. The Government has confirmed funding to create one of the most advanced conventional and high speed rail research facilities in the world, in Leeds. The University of

‘Drone train’ completes first trial

FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. Describing the test

DB Starts 3D Printing Heavy Metal Components

Deutsche Bahn has begun producing heavy components made of metal in a 3D printer. This will reduce wait times during vehicle maintenance works.  Deutsche Bahn can now use 3D printing for heavy metal components for its ICE trains © DB AG The Berlin-based company GEFERTEC has developed an innovative process that allows Deutsche

Bender UK Among Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers

Bender UK is recognized as “Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers – 2019” by CIO Applications Europe. Even the smallest service outage is not acceptable to data center operators and their customers; it can lead to major service issues and undermine confidence in the resilience of the services they provide. Tier 3

Eliwana mine and railway project launched

AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony on July 5 to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia. The US$1·275bn project includes the construction of 143 km of railway to connect the Western Hub mining area to the Solomon Hub on the existing 620 km rail network

Uber Transit Gives Denver Residents Integrated Mobility

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver has partnered with Uber and software developer Masabi to create Uber Transit, allowing passengers in the US city to use the Uber app to plan, book and pay for end-to-end transportation, including public transit.  Uber Transit in Denver gives passengers integrated ticketing © RTD What

Wheel boots approved

WHEEL PROTECTION: Protective boots designed to protect wheel treads and flanges while bogies and wheelsets are in transport or storage have been officially endorsed by UIC and included in its latest shipping guidelines. Developed by Swiss manufacturer Rex Articoli Tecnici, the moulded boots are intended as a reusable alternative to the

‘Demiryollarındaki farklı ray genişlikleri, Türk-Rus ticaret hacminin artmasını engelliyor’

Türk-Rus İş Konseyi Başkan Yardımcısı Ali Galip Savaşır, Türkiye ve Rusya’daki demiryollarında ray genişliklerinin farklı olmasının iki ülke arasındaki yatırım işbirliğinin ve ticaret hacminin artmasını engellediğini söyledi.

Mobility+ brings the last mile to InnoTrans 2020

INNOTRANS: A new addition to the Public Transport section of the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair in Berlin will be Mobility+,  an area of the exhibition focusing on the increasingly important ‘last mile’ of passengers’ journeys. Mobility+ will provide exhibitors with the opportunity to highlight shared mobility including electric scooters, hire bicycles

Encouraging Levels of Interest in Purchase of British Steel

A number of bids have been made for British Steel following encouraging levels of interest in the sale of the business. Although the company is in liquidation, it continues to operate as normal and the Official Receiver’s focus remains on finding a buyer for the whole company. Gerald Reichmann, British Steel’s CEO,

Unipart Rail – Supporting the Devolved Railway

A devolved railway needs a new way of thinking. It needs to be underpinned by a robust supply chain that is agile, delivers effective planning and sourcing and places the requirements of the digital railway at its core. Through this time of change, the supply chain needs to align itself to

Oberösterreich railway investment programme agreed

AUSTRIA: The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30. This agreement includes the retention of all branch lines, and the roll-out of new singalling and safety systems. ÖBB is to retain ownership of all lines in the region,

Nomad-Alstom Consortium Win Multi Million-Pound On-Board Passenger WiFi Contract

Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry, will supply, design and deliver in cooperation with DSB a complete on-board Passenger WiFi solution and provide maintenance and operation services to the system. The contract is a 6-year agreement which was awarded in September

Alstom to Supply Traction Systems to Xian Metro’s Line 5

Alstom will supply the Xian metro in Shaanxi province, China, with traction systems for 222 metro cars, equalling 37 trains. These are for phase one of Line 5. The French transportation solutions provider will also provide traction systems for 180 metro cars – 30 trains – for phase two of

9 July: news in brief

Government urged to electrify more railways as well as cars THE government has announced investment of £37 million in electric vehicle charging points, but the Campaign for Better Transport has responded by calling for more investment in rail electrification as well. The group’s chief executive Darren Shirley said: ‘We welcome the

Westermo acquires Neratec

SWITZERLAND: Beijer Group company Westermo has acquired 100% of Neratec Solutions, which supplies wireless communication products for on-train and trackside applications. Bubikon-based Neratec has 25 employees and recorded sales of SFr6·5m in 2018. ‘The acquisition of Neratec will strengthen Westermo’s offering to the rail industry to include a strong wireless portfolio that

Ever wondered how the Harry Potter rail scenes were made?

Have you ever wondered how the Harry Potter rail scenes were made? There are events which have a profound effect on one’s life or business — from West Coast Railway’s point of view, the Harry Potter film is one of them.  My mobile rang early one morning in June 2000 as

Cleethorpes gala to host visiting locos

The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is to welcome two visiting locomotives when it hosts its Summer Steam & Beer Extravaganza event. The July 13-14 event will see two Exmoor-built locomotives visiting the railway for the first time – 0-4-0STT St Egwin from the Evesham Vale Light Railway and 0-6-0 Sandy

Passenger services revived on freight line

GERMANY: Passenger services were reintroduced on the 28 km Bad Bentheim – Neuenhaus route in Niedersachsen on July 6, following a €21m project to upgrade Bentheimer Eisenbahn’s previously freight-only line. Discounted preview fares were offered on the first day, with the full revenue service beginning on July 7. The line’s passenger services

Trenitalia Receives Last Alstom Jazz Train

Alstom has delivered the last ‘Jazz’ train for Trenitalia. The total order comprised 136 units from Alstom’s Coradia platform. Alstom has been manufacturing the regional trains in its factory in Savigliano.  136th Trenitalia Jazz train © Alstom Marco della Monica, Director of the Regional Passenger Division of Trenitalia Piemonte, Michele Viale, General Director


The RM backs public transport initiative to protect children at risk Readers are likely to be familiar with the work of the Railway Children charity in India and East Africa, helping and supporting vulnerable youngsters. Lesser known is the fact the charity now provides vital support for children

Industry Insider Week 27 – 9 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 27 for 01–05 July 2019: Siemens Mobility Avenio tram for Munich © Infrastructure DART station on the Blue Line © Michael Barera under licence Dallas Light Rail Gets 60 Million Grant from FTA

South Coast Rail groundbreaking ceremony

USA: A groundbreaking ceremony at East Freetown in Massachusetts on July 2 officially marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project. The $1·047bn project will extend Boston’s Middleborough Line commuter rail services to Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River, the only major cities within

Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing

The 111 British Rail Class 720 electric multiple units Bombardier has been building for Greater Anglia have entered the testing phase.  British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Bombardier Aventra Testing Comprised of 665 vehicles in total, the first of the Bombardier Aventra trains will run at 110mph

A1 Trust orders TWO new boilers from DB Meiningen

GERMAN steam locomotive works Dampflokwerk Meiningen has been awarded the contract to construct the new Diagram 118a boiler for new-build LNER ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The £1million order by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) covers not only the boiler for the Gresley Mikado, but also a second identical

HDP: Merkez Bankası ile Devlet Demiryolları arasında bir fark kalmadı

HDP Grup Başkanvekili Hakkı Saruhan Oluç, Türkiye Cumhuriyet Merkez Bankası Başkanı Murat Çetinkaya’nın görevden alınmasıyla ilgili, “Merkez Bankası’nın bağımsızlığı vitrinlikti, şimdi vitrinden de kaldırıldı. Kararla birlikte Merkez Bankası ile Devlet Demiryolları arasında bir fark kalmamış oldu” ifadesini kullandı.

£20 million fund to help disabled rail passengers

Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a £20 million fund to boost accessibility, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. Railway station operators will be able to bid for a share of the investment for small-scale improvements such as textured paving, handrails and raising platform heights. Disabled rail passengers will benefit from a

First track laid on Crimean railway bridge

EUROPE: Tracklaying is underway on the railway which Russia is building to link the mainland to the eastern end of the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. A bridge across the Kerch Strait has been proposed for many years. Following the annexation, the Russian government awarded Stroygazmontazh a

Bogie turntable redesigned for easier installation

TURNTABLE: Depot equipment specialist Mechan has revised the design of its bogie turntables, following 18 months of research into ways of overcoming common problems with pit construction. ‘As turntable pits need to be round, they are difficult to cast and don’t always end up level’, explains service engineer David Blagg. ‘This

Porterbrook wins hydrogen race as converted ‘319’ makes public debut

By Ben Jones THE UK’s first hydrogen-powered main line train moved under its own power for the first time at the ‘Rail Live’ event in June.  Porterbrook ‘HydroFLEX’ demonstrator No. 799001, extensively modified from dual-voltage EMU No. 319001, has been fitted with a hydrogen power pack, allowing it to run as

LMS Patriot – new contractor selected to complete The Unknown Warrior

The LMS-Patriot Company Board has announced that the successful bidder for the contract to complete its new-build locomotive, The Unknown Warrior, is the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT), based at West Shed at the Midland Railway – Butterley, in Derbyshire. <img data-attachment-id="10843" data-permalink="" data-orig-file="" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IMG_7187"

Munich Orders 73 Additional Avenio Trams from Siemens

Germany: Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered 73 additional Avenio trams from Siemens Mobility. This contract is worth 200 million euros (225 million USD). SWM is taking advantage of existing options of a previously agreed framework agreement. Siemens Mobility will begin delivering the new vehicles in 2021. These Avenio trams will

Axminster Carpets Supply Sustainable Flooring for 825 SWR Vehicles

Axminster Carpets supplied carpet to 825 vehicles for South Western Railway (SWR) Class 450, 444, 442, 158 and 159 fleet. This marks Axminster’s largest contract to date, a pivotal moment for the company – one for the archive! The world-famous Devonshire factory overlooks the South Western line from Waterloo to Exeter

Practice & Performance: ScotRail progress

Scotland’s railways are undergoing a transformation. John Heaton FCILT assesses the performance of ScotRail’s new traction. Standing on the concourse of Glasgow Central it is easy to assess how well the service is performing. There are no anxious groups waiting for departure platforms to be announced and arriving commuters march confidently

Schaltbau Solves Customer Problems by Designing and Making Accessories

Schaltbau is a supplier of contactors, switches, connectors and train controls for OEMs, system suppliers and operators in the UK and globally. The company also solves customer problems by designing and making accessories. For example, we produced this portable 96V DC train battery booster pack for a UK rail operator. 96V