DB Cargo Purchases 50 Toshiba Hybrid Locomotives

DB Cargo is purchasing 50 Toshiba hybrid locomotives to make its shunting fleet more sustainable. This will make its overall rail freight operations more environmentally friendly. Following a successful feasibility study on the joint development of a new hybrid locomotive, DB Cargo is now ordering the first 50 vehicles. The freight

Complexity and risks of HS2 were ‘under-estimated’

Photo: HS2/PA Wire HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because its complexity and risks were under-estimated, according to the Whitehall spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) warned that it is impossible to “estimate with certainty what the final cost could be”. It published a report urging the Government and HS2 Ltd

HS2 still faces ‘significant risks’, says Audit Office report

THE project to build high speed lines between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds is falling years behind schedule and costing a lot more than forecast, because both the Department for Transport and the government’s developer HS2 Ltd ‘widely underestimated’ the budgets and completion dates, according to a new report from

24 January: news in brief

Staff vote in favour of more SWR strikes A STRIKE ballot which the RMT was legally obliged to hold again on South Western Railway has returned a vote in favour of continuing the long-running industrial action over on-train staffing and the role of guards. Around four out of five of those

New Australind Railcar Design Unveiled

The current McGowan Government blames the former Liberal National Government for a lack of investment in the Australind rolling stock, saying that this has allowed problems such as a build-up of corrosion to occur, leading to cancelled services. Australind Action Plan In response to passenger feedback, the McGown Government has put into

Coming Soon: The IRFC 2020 Conference

The opening ceremony will be kicked off by the conference organiser, the OLTIS Group Company; by one of the Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, Mrs Dita Charanzova; European institutions representatives; and representatives of the Czech Chamber of Deputies as well as those of the Czech government. The technical programme is

IGW Awarded ZELC Outstanding Supplier of 2018

Our IGW plant in Suzhou is very honoured to be awarded the title of “Outstanding Supplier of 2018” by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. (ZELC). We are very grateful to ZELC for its support and recognition of our work in all aspects. BMT drive solutions employees accepting the ZELC ‘Outstanding Supplier’ award ©

Bob Harvilla Joins PowerRail Board of Directors

PowerRail, an AAR M-1003 quality certified company, has announced the recent appointment of Bob Harvilla, Vice President of Sales, to the PowerRail Board of Directors. Bob started his career with General Electric Company in May of 1973. During the course of his 22+ years at GE, Bob held various Sales and

23 January: news in brief

Channel Tunnel operator’s revenue hit by Brexit and French unrest CHANNEL TUNNEL operator Getlink has estimated that its revenue in 2019 was reduced by about 18 million Euros, because of the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and social unrest in France. Shuttle revenue was down by 2 per cent to 629.9 million Euros,

SWR no longer sustainable, admits transport secretary

TRANSPORT secretary Grant Shapps has admitted that the South Western Railway franchise is ‘no longer sustainable’. There has been an immediate backlash from the rail unions, who are calling for SWR to be renationalised. In a written statement to Parliament Mr Shapps said: ‘South Western Railway’s recent financial statements have indicated

CZ Loko Continues Locomotive Upgrades for Estonian Operail

C30-M Modernisation Packets The modernisation packets include all assemblies above the level of the main frame. CZ Loko will perform all manufacturing associated with this contract in Jihlava. The components it will manufacture include diesel engine blocks with alternators, cabs, hoods, cooling systems, brake systems and control blocks. CZ Loko will

Alstom Delivers First Citadis LRV with Lantal Fabrics for Paris T9 Line

The new Citadis LRV is 45m long and has a maximum capacity of 314 passengers, without sacrificing an open and spacious interior that will allow the exchange rate of passengers to be 20% faster than in previous models. Alstom also says that they have succeeded in improving the tram’s energy

22 January: news in brief

New Veterans’ Railcard to go on sale this year RETIRED HM Forces personnel will be able to take advantage of discounted rail travel when a new railcard goes on sale from Armistice Day in November. Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced the latest railcard at St Pancras International, where he was joined

DB to Feed Solar Power Directly into Its Traction Network

For the first time Deutsche Bahn will feed solar power directly into its traction power network. Deutsche Bahn and solar panel developer Enerparc have signed a contract for a new solar park in Wasbek, in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. The electricity produced by that park will be fed into the

What is Engineered Leather and How to Work With It?

It’s engineered for performance meaning it is scuff and scratch resistant and due to controlled stretch, it maintains its form and shape with no bagging, even after a prolonged period of use. This translates into a longer lifetime and a reduced need for replacements. Our patented production process ensures consistent colour

From The Archive: Sir Allen Sarle

Original article excerpt from The Railway Magazine, January 1898 Illustrated interviews: Sir Allen Sarle, General Manager, London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. The retirement of Sir Allen Sarle in the course of the next few weeks means the disappearance of an old familiar face from the management of the London, Brighton and

Shapps calls more information ahead of HS2 decision

TRANSPORT SECRETARY Grant Shapps has called for more information before a decision is made about HS2. A leaked copy of the Oakervee Review is reported to have given the scheme a ‘lukewarm’ welcome, but it also says the total cost is set to be some £106 billion, compared with the £55.7

Shapps calls for more information ahead of HS2 decision

TRANSPORT SECRETARY Grant Shapps has called for more information before a decision is made about HS2. A leaked copy of the Oakervee Review is reported to have given the scheme a ‘lukewarm’ welcome, but it also says the total cost is set to be some £106 billion, compared with the £55.7

Arriva settles legal dispute with DfT over East Midlands franchise

ARRIVA has come to terms with the Department for Transport over the rejection of its bid for East Midlands on the grounds that its submission was ‘non-compliant’ in its attempt to modify pensions risks. Stagecoach was also refused for the same reason, and the East Midlands contract was awarded to the

21 January: news in brief

Network Rail put on warning over poor performance THE Office of Rail and Road has issued a warning to Network Rail over the level of performance in the North West and Central region. As a national average, Network Rail’s contribution to passenger train delay minutes was 58 per cent, a fall

BST Wins Maintenance Contract in China

Bombardier’s joint venture in China, Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST), has won a maintenance contract for 656 high-speed train cars. BST has won a contract with China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. (China Railway) to provide maintenance services for 656 high-speed train cars, equating to 71 trains. BST previously manufactured

Industry Insider Week 3 2020 · 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Rail Associations Sign Digital Automatic Coupling Charter | Science & Technology VPI, Allianz pro Schiene, NEE, VDB, VDV and UIP signed the Charter on Digital Automatic Coupling in Hamburg on 14 January. These associations are convinced that a strong rail freight sector needs digital automatic coupling. It will encourage a shift

Rail passengers urged to start conversations on Blue Monday

Dame Julie Walters supports the campaign start conversations on Blue Monday. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire More than 150 events are being held at railway stations across the UK to encourage people to talk to each other on Blue Monday – described as the most depressing day of the year. The Samaritans’ Brew Monday

Construction Starts on TfW Metro Control Centre and Depot

The new Taff’s Well depot will be the base for around 400 train crew, 35 train maintenance staff and 52 control centre staff. [Ken Skates, Minister for Economy and Transport, said:” text=”This is yet another major development in Transport for Wales’ plans to deliver the South Wales Metro for the people

Cost of HS2 could rise to £106bn, according to leaked report

A LEAKED copy of the forthcoming Oakervee Review into HS2 is reported to be warning that the costs of the project could rise again, to £106 billion. The original budget still being confirmed by ministers last summer was £55.7 billion, including substantial contingency margins. The total then rose to around £78

Rejected franchise claims move to High Court as firms sue DfT

LEGAL action threatened by Stagecoach, Virgin, SNCF and Arriva over the cancellation of their bids for three franchises last April is about to start in the High Court. The court is to hear claims that the Department for Transport ‘mismanaged’ the competitions for Intercity West Coast, East Midlands and South Eastern

First Fully Modernised OEBB Double-Decker in Cityjet Design

The Head of Local and Regional Rail at OEBB, Roman Miklautz, and OEBB’s Regional Manager Michael Elsner presented the first new double-decker together with Ludwig Schleritzko, Government Member in charge of Mobility for Lower Austria. OEBB Double-Decker Modernisation Programme To keep up with passenger expectation, the double deckers are all being fitted

From the Archive: A Dales delight

In 1965, the Skipton to Ilkley line was closed by Dr Beeching. The line reopened 16 years later as the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and has gone from strength to strength. It is now bidding to reach Skipton. Mark Smithers tells the story.  IN less than four decades of

17 January: news in brief

Bombardier shares plunge as costs rise PROBLEMS with European rail projects have contributed to a one-third fall in Bombardier shares. Parts of its aviation business are also struggling, and the plane-builder is ‘reassessing’ its minority stake in the A220 jet programme, according to Reuters. Bombardier is shedding unprofitable parts of its

Rail Associations Sign Digital Automatic Coupling Charter

The associations’ central goal is for all European freight wagons to couple automatically by 2030 at the latest. Freight trains must be digitally connected throughout, from the locomotive to the last wagon. The associations recognise, however, that a Europe-wide rollout of Digital Automatic Coupling is both complex and expensive. The

Schaltbau Invests in New Optical Measuring System

Schaltbau Machine Electrics have recently invested in a new optical measuring system to improve productivity and quality, particularly for parts used in the latest C310 AC & bidirectional DC contactors. The Keyence system combines the speed and flexibility of a vision system with the accuracy of a double telecentric lens and

PALFINGER Develops Wheelchair Lifts for Regional Trains in Germany

Palfinger develops wheelchair lifts for the modernization of the regional train VT612 of Deutsche Bahn. Palfinger Tail Lifts in Germany was awarded from Deutsche Bahn for the redesign project of the VT612 series. In total 70 vehicles will have wheelchair lifts, so called Trainlifts. There were several challenges: the entry-level situation in

HS2 is bad for the environment?! A Rant.

“The Wildlife Trusts report is inaccurate and misleading. The fight against climate change needs to be based on facts. [...] “All leading wildlife organisations agree climate change is the biggest threat to wildlife and habitats in the UK. By providing a greener way to travel, HS2 will help cut the number

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway going from strength to strength

Words: Mark Smithers In 1965, the Skipton to Ilkley line was closed by Dr Beeching. The line reopened 16 years later as the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and has gone from strength to strength. It is now bidding to reach Skipton. In less than four decades of operation during the

Doubts grow over future of HS2 between London and Birmingham

THERE are renewed concerns from council leaders that Boris Johnson could be poised to scrap Phase 1 of HS2 between London and Birmingham, diverting the money to other transport projects further north. The eastern spur from Birmingham to the East Midlands and Leeds could also be at risk. A meeting of

ERTMS: 200km/h Tests on Warsaw-Gdansk Line

With speeds of 200km/h, rail journeys between Warsaw and the port city of Gdynia will become shorter from mid-2020 onwards. A further benefit will be the increase in capacity on the line. Experts from PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. and the Polish Railway Institute ran dynamic tests to ensure the

Riyadh Prepares for the Highly Anticipated Railway Forum

Locally, the forum aims to shed light on the development and growth of the railway industry and to provide excellent investment opportunities while highlighting the Kingdom’s role as a key player in regional logistic services. This is one of the main objectives and pillars of Saudi Vision 2030. Globally, the

Management Change at Robel Business Unit Service & Support

Service as Vocation – the Career Steps of Karl Oberreiter 2018 – 2019: Emco GmbH, Head of Global Service 2011 – 2017: Palfinger Marine GmbH, Managing Director 2008 – 2010: Palfinger Platforms GmbH, Managing Director 2004 – 2007: Palfinger Europe GmbH, Head of Service 2001 – 2003: Palfinger Produktionstechnik GmbH, Head of Spare Part Supply 1992

HS2 could destroy irreplaceable natural habitats, report warns

Glyn Davis Wood in Warwickshire, more than half of which will be lost to HS2 development. HS2 risks destroying “huge swathes” of irreplaceable habitats, including 108 ancient woodlands. The Wildlife Trusts have said HS2 will damage the ecosystems that could solve the climate emergency. The organisation said in its new report – which

Union threatens national rail strike as pensions row flares

TRAIN operators have been warned by the white collar rail union TSSA that a national rail strike is on the cards if any changes are made to the Railways Pension Scheme. The RPS was set up in 1994 as part of railway privatisation and is still open to new members but

Government may tackle ‘shortcomings’ of rail fare-setting RPI

THE Government is placing the highly controversial Retail Prices Index or RPI under the microscope, the Chancellor has confirmed. The RPI each July is used as the basis for rail fare changes the following January, but it has been criticised because the Office of National Statistics no longer recognises it as

Report claims HS2 would cause ‘vast destruction’ to wildlife

A REPORT from the Wildlife Trusts published today claims that HS2 would cause destruction to natural habitats in England on a ‘vast scale’. The report, entitled ‘What’s the damage? Why HS2 will cost nature too much’, alleges that ‘HS2 will divide and destroy huge swathes of irreplaceable natural habitat and important protected

Deutsche Bahn and UK to Be Official Partners of Greentech Festival 2020

Starting today, the public can vote online for the Green Awards 2020 in the categories Start-Up, Youngster, Innovation, and Impact. Voting will remain open until 14 February. Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen train is one of the innovations that has made it into the Greentech Festival’s Hall of Fame as it

Electrification Between Bristol and Cardiff Complete

Balfour Beatty deployed more than 750 people over the Christmas period to perform the works. The final installation of overhead lines took place at Cardiff Central Station. In total, Balfour Beatty installed more than 4,200 masts and booms, which support 643km of electric cabling associated with the 77km section of

Handheld Nautiz X6 Certified on Major Canadian Cellular Carrier

The Nautiz X6 rugged phablet features an 8-core processor, Android 8.0 (Oreo), a built-in u-blox NEO-M8N receiver, a high-speed 2D imager (optional), and 13-megapixel/5-megapixel dual cameras. It’s IP67-rated for waterproof, dust-tight performance, plus a broad operating temperature range. Its 6-inch sunlight-readable capacitive touchscreen is both beautiful and functional, featuring super-hardened

14 January: news in brief

Chaudhry-van der Velde to leave troubled West Midlands THE managing director of West Midlands Trains Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde is leaving the troubled company at Easter ‘to take a career break’. His replacement has been named as WMR director Julian Edwards, who is joining now and will work alongside Mr Chaudhry-van

Industry Insider Week 2 2020 · 8 Must-Read Rail News Stories

South Wales Metro Infrastructure Hub Opens | Infrastructure Transport for Wales has opened the South Wales Infrastructure Hub in Treforest. The hub, which contains both distribution facilities and management offices, will help deliver the next phase of transforming the valley railway lines as part of the South Wales Metro project. This

Siemens Unveils Plans for Rail Innovation Centre

A network of partners from the UK rail industry and higher education is in support of the innovation centre. It will place a central focus on providing R&D support. The centre will also contain a facility for start-ups and and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are focused on rail

Emergency windows on Caledonian Sleeper locked shut

ONE of the vehicles in a new Caledonian Sleeper train is reported to have emergency windows that cannot be opened. Serco, which owns the franchise, has attributed the problem with the high-tech windows to a ‘circuit fault’, but added that ‘guest and staff safety is always our number one priority’. The windows

Ten handy gadgets for rail travellers

For the regular commuter or avid traveller, trains are not always the most convenient of places. Seats can be uncomfortable, amenities are often limited and long journeys can be boring. Here’s a selection of handy gadgets to make those tiresome train journeys just a bit more manageable. 1. Rest in comfort with

LNER says farewell to HST sets as ‘Azumas’ sweep in

THE curtain came down for scheduled HST services on the East Coast Main Line  on December 15. LNER is changing many services to become ‘Azuma’ operated, and the move brings to an end 41 years of sterling HST service on the ECML. Since early November, the number of HST

South Wales Metro Infrastructure Hub Opens

South Wales Metro Project The South Wales Metro aims to integrate heavy rail with light rail and bus services in south Wales and around Cardiff. It is a revitalisation of rail transport in the region following the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. The initial procurement for the project started in July

Northern franchise ‘can only continue for a number of months’

Arriva’s Northern franchise ‘will only be able to continue for a number of months’, transport secretary Grant Shapps has warned. In a written statement to Parliament published today, Mr Shapps says: ‘On 16 October 2019 I informed the House, through the Transport Committee, that I had issued a request for a

Avanti West Coast secure £642m deal with Alstom to upgrade Pendolinos

Avanti West Coast have secured a major seven-year deal worth £642 million with Alstom to upgrade all 56 of their electric Pendolino trains on the West Coast Mainline. As well as covering a £127m upgrade of the Pendolinos, which is believed to be the biggest train upgrade programme ever undertaken in

Franchising crisis deepens as West Midlands joins the doubtful list

THE rail franchising crisis has deepened in the past 24 hours, with West Midlands Trains now joining the list of contracts in doubt. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also confirmed that contingency plans are being developed to replace Northern. The Prime Minister was answering a question about WMT from West Worcestershire

Avanti West Coast Pendolinos to Undergo 642m GBP Refurbishment

The Alstom Pendolino fleet operating for the West Coast Partnership franchise will undergo a major refurbishment. There are currently 56 electric Pendolinos in passenger service on the West Coast Mainline. All of them are to undergo an overhaul in a contract worth 642m GBP. This is the deal Alstom signed with

WINDHOFF Schweiz GmbH Certified According to DIN EN ISO 9001-2015

With this certificate, we are proud to be able to give our customers the certainty that the defined standards and the strict standard of DIN EN ISO 9001-2015 certification now also apply to the quality assurance of all our services. WINDHOFF Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH WINDHOFF provides optimised technical solutions for any

Caledonian Sleeper train has a number of major shortcomings

I HAD to travel to Glasgow at short notice and decided to try out the new Caledonian Sleeper stock. As there were no cabins available, I had to travel on one of the new ‘reclining’ seats. My first impression was how fabulous the train looked, and inside the seating car layout

TranPennine introduces ‘Nova 2’ into service

SATURDAY, November 30 saw the third and final TransPennine Express (TPE) train fleet finally entering passenger service, when Class 397 ‘Nova 2’ set No. 397007 worked the 08.10 departure from Manchester Airport to Edinburgh.  An incident-packed journey saw the train finally arriving at Edinburgh significantly behind time because of an overhead

From the archive: Restoring an armoured Simplex

Greensand Railway Museum Trust (GRMT) was formed in 2000 and completed restoration of Baldwin 4-6-0T WDLR No. 778 to steam in 2007 – the only operational Baldwin class 10-12-D in Britain, indeed the world, in as-built steam locomotive form. Now, the GRMT has its eyes firmly fixed on another ‘war veteran’

Stadler sets spread their wings in the east

GREATER Anglia introduced Class 755 units on Ipswich to Felixstowe services from November 19. The move is part of the expansion of operations of Stadler bi-mode units. Greater Anglia is in the process of cascading its remaining Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ units to Transport for Wales, and the rollout of

Class 90 visits Swindon for electrical testing

ONE of the most unusual movements this year has seen freshly painted Class 90 No. 90035 move from Crewe to Swindon.  The train has been put together by Network Rail’s electrification project team in order to carry out mechanical and electrical testing of the OLE between Bristol and Cardiff, although initial tests

Locomotive Services buys Class 86 and 87 from ETL

TWO former West Coast AC electric locomotives have been bought by Locomotive Services Limited from Electric Traction Ltd (ETL). The last mainline Class 87 – No. 87002 Royal Sovereign – along with 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS had been hired by ETL to GB Railfreight for working empty stock from the Caledonian

‘Pacers’ to work with PRM compliant units

GWR and Northern have indicated how they will combat restrictions placed on the use of Class 142-144 ‘Pacer’ units from January 1, 2020. Both will run a non-compliant ‘Pacer’ with a compliant unit of another type to provide accommodation for passengers with limited mobility and also access to a fully accessible

‘Black Fives’ back in the Hope Valley

IAN Riley’s Stanier ‘Black Five’ duo of Nos. 44871 and 45407 pass through the remains of the old Masborough station with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘South Yorkshireman’ on November 3.  The tour, which replaced a previously advertised but cancelled ‘Tin Bath’, took the two Class 5s from Blackburn to Manchester Victoria, then

Survival of South Western Railway franchise in ‘significant doubt’

THE South Western Railway franchise could be nationalised this year, after new accounts revealed a loss of £137 million in the year to March 2019. The directors have also warned that cash support of £146 million from SWR’s owners FirstGroup and MTR would probably run out this year. The accounts conceded that

Alstom and Avanti West Coast sign Pendolino deal

A CONTRACT to refurbish the 56 Class 390 Pendolinos on Avanti West Coast has been agreed with Alstom, which will carry out the work at its centre in Widnes. The refurbishment deal is worth around £127 million, but Pendolino-builder Alstom will maintain the fleet until 2026, also taking care of the

Stadler Wins First Maintenance Contract in the US

17 Jul 2018 | InnoTrans 2018 Stadler’s 7 Innovations at InnoTrans 2018 Having already been one of the biggest rolling stock exhibitors at InnoTrans 2016 Stadler, which manufactures in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, B... source= https://railway-news.com/stadler-wins-first-maintenance-contract-us/

OEBB Cityjet Eco to Be Deployed in Greater Vienna

Since September 2019 OEBB has been testing the Cityjet Eco in passenger operations to gain insights in order to develop a series-production version. Starting on 13 January 2020 OEBB will test the prototype train in the Vienna area for a period of two months. OEBB and Siemens Mobility have been investing

New Hakel Headquarters in Russia Under Construction

The new headquarters of HAKEL in Gorelov, Russia, is starting to get its shape. The completion of the construction is planned for October 2020 and everything is going according to that plan so far. Construction of the new Hakel headquarters in Russia started in mid-August. The building will be located in the

New cylinders delivered for Gloucs-Warks’ No. 3850

THE new cylinders for ex-GWR ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3850 were delivered to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on December 6 following machining by Roach Precision of Brierley Hill. The delivery followed the arrival of the new front-end extension frames in mid-September, which had also been completed by the Brierley Hill firm. 

Hitachi wins £350million order for new West Coast trains

HITACHI’S Newton Aycliffe factory will deliver a new fleet of 23 trains for Avanti West Coast in 2022.  The completion of Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and ScotRail Class 385 EMU orders are on the horizon, and the £350million deal is a further boost for the County Durham facility after securing the

January 2020 issue on sale!

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features an insight into the retro look for LNER’s HST finale! Plus, Pacers and Mk4s are scrapped and we have

Stadler to Deliver Further 21 KISS Trains to Hungary

MÁV-START placed the first order under the framework agreement – for eleven units – in August 2011. The second – for a further eight units – then came in December 2018. The final order for 21 EMUs is to be completed by Stadler by the end of 2022. Stadler KISS for

Tornado’s 2020 tour diary takes shape

PEPPERCORN ‘A1’ Pacific No. 60163 Tornado looks set to have another busy year on the national network in 2020 as more dates are added to the locomotive’s main line calendar. The first confirmed booking is the ‘Fen & Fells Flyer’ on April 4, which starts diesel-hauled in Cambridge, running via Ely, March

Canadian National celebrates centenary

CANADA’s largest rail operator – Canadian National (CN) – celebrated its centenary in 2019 and gave some of its locos a special ‘CN100’ livery. Here, ‘CN100’ livery GE ET44AC No. 3217 leads another GE-built loco (No. 3811) with an eastbound intermodal train north of Kamloops on September 28.  CN

Retro livery for rebuilt Canadian Pacific locos

CANADIAN Pacific (CP) has given several recently rebuilt locomotives its original original Tuscan red, grey, and gold livery, the first locos appearing in mid-October. The ‘new’ SD70ACU locos are rebuilds of earlier EMD SD9043MAC locos, retaining an overhauled EMD 16-cylinder 710 engine, uprated to 4,500hp, but with new electronics, cabs,

New GE and EMD locos for FCAB in Chile

CHILEAN mining railway Ferrocarril de Antofagasta (FCAB) has received the first of five new General Electric (GE) C23 EMP locos, having already taken delivery of seven brand new ‘EMD’ GT42 locos (numbered 3201 -3207) built by Progress Rail in Muncie, Indiana.     The ‘GE’ locos, ordered before GE

Unique Austrian line to lose passenger services

THE 21.2km-long Feldbach to Bad Gleichenberg line, east of Graz, in south-eastern Austria, is closing in December 2020.  The line is owned and operated by regional rail operator Steiermärkische Landesbahnen (STLB) and has used 1,800V DC electrification since it opened in 1931.  The two single-car EMUs used to operate

Last few months for Polish scheduled steam?

SCHEDULED steam passenger trains on the Polish main line may cease completely from mid-2020.  The last remaining public passenger mainline steam services anywhere in the world are in Poland, operating from the famous museum depot at Wolsztyn, west of Poznan.  The end of Polish steam has been reported previously,

Crossrail delays lengthen again as costs rise

THE continuing delays to Crossrail are set to cost Transport for London more than £1.3 billion, and the central section under the West End and City is not how expected to open before the autumn of 2021. The admissions came as the outgoing transport commissioner Mike Brown disclosed that the total

7 January: news in brief

TPE season ticket holders get 3% rebate COMPENSATION for poor performance is to be paid to TransPennine Express season ticket holders that the operator said ‘cancels out the annual regulated fare increase’. TPE passengers who held a season ticket between 1 October and 31 December last year will be eligible for

HS2 costs ‘completely out of control’

Those in charge of the HS2 project have been been accused of “fiddling the figures” by the deputy chairman of the project’s review panel. Parliament was “seriously misled” over the costs of HS2, which would be poor value for money and bad for the environment, the former Labour transport spokesman

New platform at Dunbar as Robroyston and Warrington West stations open

TWO new stations opened for the start of the winter 2019/20 timetable, with a new platform at a third. Robroyston, between Stepps and Springburn on the former Caledonian Railway line to Cumbernauld, has been built close to the site of its predecessor, which closed on June 11, 1956.  It

West Coast looks forward with Avanti

By Ben Jones NEW trains, more services and a better customer experience are the priorities for Avanti West Coast (AWC), which replaced Virgin Trains on December 8.  First-Trenitalia’s West Coast Partnership joint venture will operate the country’s busiest inter-city railway until March 31, 2031, during which time it will

Alstom Wins Components Contracts in China

Two Alstom joint ventures – Shanghai Alstom Transport Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd (SATEE) and Xi’an Alstom Yongji Electric Equipment Co., Ltd (XAYEECO) – will fit the metro cars and trams with the OptONIX and ONIX 850 traction systems respectively. These systems include VVVF (variable voltage/variable frequency drive), CVS (static converters)