Electro-diesel train financing approved

SPAIN: The European Investment Bank approved a €100m loan on June 13 to part-finance the planned €201m procurement of 26 electric and five electro-diesel trainsets for use by RENFE on suburban and rural services on the former FEVE metre-gauge network in northern Spain. EIB said the replacement of life-expired rolling stock

Stadler receives first Flirt Akku battery train order

GERMANY: Schleswig-Holstein transport authority NAH.SH has selected Stadler to supply 55 Flirt Akku battery multiple-units to operate regional services and provide 30 years of maintenance. Announcing its selection as preferred bidder on June 19, Stadler said that it will reveal more details when the contract is signed, which is expected after

Rail, metro and tram spending in New South Wales budget

AUSTRALIA: Several rail projects have been allocated funding in the 2019-20 New South Wales budget, which was presented on June 18. The state government is providing A$812m as part of a A$1·8bn package over four years towards the New Intercity Fleet. The RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and

We regret the delay to your train…

For every late train there is a reason. Some are straightforward, others more complex, and each knock-on has an affect around the network, but with each delay comes a cost. Phil Marsh explains the work of the Delay Attribution Board, which adjudicates for the industry on the more complex cases IN

UWC Ships 26 Tank Cars to GATX Rail Vostok

United Wagon Company (UWC) has shipped 26 tank cars to GATX Rail Vostok. The subsidiary of GATX Corporation will use these tank cars to transport molasses and vegetable oils.  UWC stainless steel tank car for molasses and vegetable oils © UWC UWC says this tank car is a new addition to its product

China Railway Corp becomes China State Railway Group Co

CHINA: China Railway Corp was officially restructured as China State Railway Group Co on June 18, with China Railway and CR as its official English-language short name and abbreviation. China Railway is a solely state-owned enterprise with registered capital of 1·74tr yuan, established in accordance with company law. Its responsibilities include

Alstom P80 Point Machine Passes Testing in Kazakhstan

The Alstom-SOP Trade joint venture, KEP – KazElectroPrivod, has successfully tested the P80 point machine. The testing took place over a six-month period at the new turnout (set of points) at Shiderty Station, Ekibastuz, in the Pavoldar region of northeast Kazakhstan.  Alstom P80 point machine at Shiderty train station © Alstom KEP conducted

Bollé Safety – a World Leader in Lens Technology

Life is normally full of compromises but not anymore with a new range of high-tech lens developments from Bollé Safety for the rail industry. For any condition, in any working environment Bollé Safety has the lens for you. BAXTER PLATINUM Bollé Safety has revolutionised eye protection with an innovation that exceeds the requirements of

Cardiff – London open access plan

UK: Grand Union Trains has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for a track access agreement which would enable it to launch a Cardiff Central – London Paddington open access passenger service from late 2020. The proposed hourly service would call at Newport, Severn Tunnel Junction and Bristol Parkway,

Italy: Newag Impuls 2 Electric Trains for FSE

Italian railway company Ferrovie del Sud Est (FSE) says its first electric train is on its way. Built by Polish rolling stock manufacturer Newag, the IMPULS 2 electric multiple unit will enter service in September this year. Up until now FSE has run diesel multiple units only. These new trains

DAMM Launches World’s First VHF TETRA Radio at CCW

DAMM is excited to be launching the world’s first VHF TETRA radio at CCW 2019. With the new VHF FT5 radio, it becomes possible to utilize the extra coverage that can be obtained with VHF and maintain all the industry-leading features offered with TETRA. The VHF FT5 is the result of

Brussels: STIB Buys Additional 30 FLEXITY Trams

FLEXITY tram for Brussels © Bombardier Transportation This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in April 2018. The framework contract covered a maximum of 175 trams. The initial order STIB placed (also in April 2018) was for 60 trams. This current order is worth around 67 million

Brussels: STIB Buys Additional 30 FLEXITY Trams

FLEXITY tram for Brussels © Bombardier Transportation This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in April 2018. The framework contract covered a maximum of 175 trams. The initial order STIB placed (also in April 2018) was for 60 trams. This current order is worth around 67 million

18 June: news in brief

South Western strikes begin THE first of five days of strikes has begun on South Western Railway, after new talks last week failed to reach agreement over on-train staffing and the role of guards. The walkouts have closed the Shepperton branch, and trains on the Hampton Court branch will run only

Nomad Digital Secures Next Generation WiFi Services Contract in California

The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), an intercity passenger train system in California, has formally awarded Nomad Digital with the “Next Generation WiFi Services Contract”. CCJPA has procured, by the selection of Nomad Digital, the future installation, testing, operation, and maintenance of a next-generation WiFi network on board Capitol Corridor trains

Budapest – Beograd corridor upgrading contract signed

HUNGARY: A US$2·078bn contract to implement a major modernisation of the Hungarian section of the Budapest – Beograd route was signed on June 12.  The scope includes doubling-tracking the 150 km route from Budapest Soroksár to the border at Kelebia, installing ETCS Level 2 and work to permit 160 km/h operation. The

London: CAF to Supply 43 Metro Trains for DLR

CAF has signed a contract with Transport for London (TfL) for the design and manufacture of 43 new driverless metro trains for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). CAF to supply new metro trains for London – DLR Stratford International extension © Transport for London The Spanish rolling stock manufacturer will deliver 43

SJ wins north Norway operating contract

NORWAY: The SJ Norge subsidiary of Sweden’s national passenger operator has been selected for the Lot 2 Nord operating contract, national railway agency Jernbanedirektoratet announced on June 17. The contract covers long-distance passenger services on the Dovrebanen and Nordlandsbanen routes from Oslo to Trinbdheim and Bodø, as well as the Rørosbanen,

The Network in Transit(ion)

Global Demand for Transportation is on the Rise Co-authored by: Kyle Connor, IoT and Transportation Industry Principal, at Cisco &Dani Schrakamp, Global Government Market Manager, at Cisco The past year turned out to be a success for the rail industry – outperforming the original projected growth rate, rail traffic grew at 2.9

Bombardier to Open Rail Car Assembly Site in California

US: Bombardier will open a new rail car assembly plant in Pittsburg, California. It has a contract with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) for 775 ‘Fleet of the Future’ cars. Bombardier is currently manufacturing these rail cars in New York state. Opening this new assembly plant on the US west coast

Unipart Rail: Value through Innovation

Innovation for innovation’s sake is not a good position to take. It’s critical that innovation delivers value, helping the railways to improve and deliver a better service to operators and passengers. Our value in innovation is added though: Increasing safetyOptimising costReducing riskImproving performanceIncorporating digital solutionsIncreasing corporate responsibility At Unipart Rail we carefully assess both

South Western strikes set to go ahead

FIVE days of strikes are set to go ahead on South Western Railway from tomorrow, after new talks failed to reach agreement over on-train staffing and the role of guards. The walkouts will close the Shepperton branch, and trains on the Hampton Court branch will run only when passengers will be

Industry Insider Week 24 – 7 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 24 for 10–14 June 2019: Bombardier MITRAC solution © Bombardier Transportation Policy ICE 4 train in Germany © Deutsche Bahn AG / Georg Wagner ERA Set to Become the THE Railway Authority in Europe Following the

Transforming the Rail Industry with AI and IoT Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by all industries to drive efficiency, improve productivity and reduce costs. The rail industry is no exception. Fuelled by intelligence from AI-driven systems and applications, railway operations are becoming safer, smarter and more reliable, significantly enhancing the passenger travel experience and freight logistics

Stäubli: Strong Connectors for Swissloop

Swissloop once again calls upon Stäubli’s performance and know-how. A new round of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Competition for high-speed transport systems in evacuated tubes will soon take place, following the pre-qualifications that were held in fall last year. The technical concept of the newly formed young Swissloop team from the Zurich

São Paulo airport EMU unveiled

BRAZIL: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM’s Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport under a contract awarded in September 2017. The 12·2 km Line 13 was inaugurated in June 2018, and is currently operated using

GB Railfreight to reopen March sidings

UK: GB Railfreight has secured a lease for the disused March Up Yard rail sidings in Cambridgeshire in eastern England. The operator plans to use the site for the stabling and maintenance of rolling stock which is used on freight trains between Middleton Towers and Yorkshire, to carry aggregates between the

The Belt & Road Initiative: 7 Considerations for CEE & Europe

The Poland & CEE: Co-Building the Belt & Road conference took place in Warsaw this week. Its primary focus was to look at the Chinese-led Belt & Road Initiative (formerly One Belt One Road) from a Central and Eastern European standpoint. How can the CEE region benefit? What are the

Unipart Agrees Five-Year Sicut Deal in Australia and NZ

Sicut Composite Railway Sleepers deliver superior performance, longer life and better value for rail track asset owners. They also offer a truly sustainable option where the use of recycled and recyclable materials and carbon reduction are important factors. The unique technologies used in Sicut’s sleepers have been developed by the globally-renowned polymers research

UK: New Greater Anglia BMUs Receive ORR Approval

UK: The Office of Rail and Road, the regulatory authority for rail in Britain, has given its approval for the 24 four-car bi-mode FLIRT trains Stadler has been manufacturing for Greater Anglia. Stadler says these are the first FLIRT trains in the country to get this ‘authorisation for placing into

Next generation Acela trainsets take shape

USA: Alstom invited guests to its Hornell factory in New York state on June 12 to showcase the progress it is making in producing the next generation of Acela high speed trainsets for Amtrak. Amtrak says that ‘significant progress’ is being made in production of the fleet, which is expected to

14 June: news in brief

FLIRT accepted NEW trains being built for Greater Anglia by Stadler have received their first approval from the Office of Rail and Road. The ORR has authorised the use of four-car bi-mode FLIRT units, although they can only start to carry passengers after a testing and commissioning programme has been completed.

Southeastern franchise extension confirmed

UK: The Department for Transport and the Govia joint venture of Go-Ahead (65%) and Keolis (35%) have agreed a short-term extension to the current South Eastern passenger franchise until November 10, the operator confirmed on June 13, with an option for a further extension to April 1 2020. The franchise extension

16 New Stadler FLIRT Trains for NordWestBahn

Stadler has won a contract with Transdev GmbH for 16 FLIRT trains. The electric multiple units will run on the Regio S-Bahn Bremen/Lower Saxony network. The contract is worth around 100 million euros (113 million USD). Transdev GmbH, a German subsidiary of the French Transdev Group, has commissioned Stadler to

PPP partners to develop Utah freight railway

USA: Proposals for the construction of a 160 km freight railway to serve the Uinta Basin region of Utah state are to be taken forward under a public-private partnership, with the aim of starting construction in 2022. The Uinta Basin Railway is being promoted by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, which was

13 June: news in brief

Southeastern rescue deal THE Southeastern franchise has been extended until 10 November at least, after two months of talks between Southeastern’s owner Govia and the Department for Transport. Time had been running out for the negotiations, and without an agreement the DfT would have been forced to take over as ‘operator

TAZARA seeks opportunities with the private sector

AFRICA: The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority board is seeking to develop open access operations to increase traffic on its network, ‘in view of the good performance by the private operator so far’. Following its meeting in Dar es Salaam on June 1, the board directed the railway’s management to appoint a contracts

1960s Railtours with a difference

For this month’s Practice & Performance , Keith Farr takes a nostalgic look at some notable steam rail tours from the 1960s One fine June evening in 1967, a friend and I were enjoying dinner in the restaurant car of the 17.05 Euston-Carlisle. During the soup course we were discussing our

Ferrocarril Central modernisation project gets underway

URUGUAY: Passenger services in the Montevideo area and freight services from the capital to the north are to be suspended for at least two years from June 15, following the official launch in May of the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km Montevideo – Paso de los Toros line. The

CAF wins order for new DLR trains

CAF has won a Transport for London contract to supply 43 trains for Docklands Light Railway. The contract will include a Fleet Support Agreement, which will guarantee technical support and spares. The new five-car trains are due to enter service in 2023, replacing the 33 oldest examples in the present fleet. Although

12 June: news in brief

Floods disrupt train services FLOODS have been disrupting train services in many parts of the country after torrential rain during the past 24 hours. Some London lines were badly affected last night, and for a while passengers were advised to avoid the south London area. The situation is improving now, but

nVent ERICO – Railway Electrical Protection

Lightning strikes can cause catastrophic damage to critical rail infrastructure and equipment. Unexpected transient events or momentary bursts of extremely high voltages can occur even during normal operations. That’s why railway electrical protection is a vital part of safe, reliable operations. nVent ERICO offers a comprehensive portfolio of products that

Fleet Focus: Britain’s new trains

Exciting times are ahead as the first trains of two new fleets entered service during April and May. A total of 22 new or fully refurbished fleets are due for introduction by 12 train operators over the next three years, and The RM will be taking a closer look at

May timetable brings more seats and trains – but no repeat of 2018 chaos

New timetables came into force across the UK network on May 19, adding around 1,000 additional services. However, many of the promised new trains have still not materialised.  Highlights of the new timetable include the introduction of an hourly Transport for Wales (TfW) service linking Liverpool and Chester/Wrexham via the revived

Blatant trespass incidents mar ‘Great Britain XI’ finale

Some of the worst trespass incidents seen since ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman returned to the main line in 2016 occurred on May 5 as the Pacific was returning from York to London Paddington on the final day of the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Great Britain XI’ nine-day tour.  Trespass was most evident

Alstom to Supply 18 Coradia Lint DMUs to Baden-Württemberg

The train operator in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, SFBW, has ordered 18 Coradia Lint trains from Alstom. The manufacturing site for these regional trains will be in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. This is the same site that has also manufactured this train’s hydrogen-powered sister version, the iLint, for operation

Brazilian line reopens after safety shutdown

BRAZIL: Mining giant Vale resumed regular operation of freight services on the Belo Horizonte branch of Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas on June 6, after confirmation that the railway would not be affected by the possible collapse of tailings at a nearby abandoned iron ore mine in Minas Gerais

Bombardier Launches Updated MITRAC Solutions

Bombardier launched its latest version of its MITRAC solution at UITP in Stockholm.  Bombardier’s TALENT 3 Battery Electric Train © Bombardier The mobility provider has updated its MITRAC solution to reduce life-cycle costs. This reduces both investment and running costs for operators. Further, the new solution will have a smaller negative impact

Sign language app for deaf passengers

UK: ScotRail and InterpreterNow have introduced an app designed to make it easier for railway staff to communicate with deaf people using British Sign Language. The app can be installed on staff or customer smartphones, and provides immediate access to online British Sign Language interpreting via a video call. Customers sign to

Bombardier presents fastest interlocking

INTERLOCKING: Bombardier Transportation presented what it says is the fastest computer-based interlocking at UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. Speaking exclusively to Railway Gazette at the company’s Liljeholmen office in Stockholm on June 11, Bombardier said that EBILock950 will be officially presented at the Nordic Rail trade show in Jönköping in

Thales presents big data software at UITP

THALES: Thales has presented two tools for big data analytics at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. Thales’ NAIA software captures data on passenger flow, platform crowding, train occupancy and intervals between trains. It then analyses this to help operators to understand how passengers behave and respond appropriately. Using the number

Dodoma commuter rail study commissioned

TANZANIA: Tanzania Railways Corp has awarded an international consortium a €2·5m nine-month contract to undertake feasibility and preliminary design studies for a commuter rail network in the capital Dodoma. The consortium is led by Spanish consultancy Ardanuy Ingenieria and includes Intercontinental Consultants & Technocrats from India and South Korea’s Soosung Engineering. The

Go-Ahead, Abellio and National Express take over German operating contracts

GERMANY: A number of passenger services transferred to new operators on June 9, including routes in Baden-Württemberg which are the first in Germany to be managed by UK-based rail and bus group Go-Ahead. Go-Ahead In 2015 the Land of Baden-Württemberg selected Go-Ahead for the Stuttgart Netz 1 Lot 2 (also known as 1b or

Goldschmidt Thermit Group Convinces with Innovative Railway Infrastructure Solutions

The Goldschmidt Thermit Group continues its successful expansion. In the financial year of 2018, the leading global company in the area of rail welding, maintenance of railway systems and the THERMIT® business increased its global sales revenue by 17 percent to reach 185 million euros. At the same time the

Virgin Trains open access service to ‘show the rest of the industry how it can be done’

UK: A partnership of Virgin Group, Stagecoach, SNCF and Alstom has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for permission to operate open access trains between London and Liverpool from May 2021, which it says would be ‘the UK’s most advanced and customer-focused’ rail service. The announcement on June 11

Virgin TrainS to make open access bid

FOLLOWING the shock announcement Virgin Trains (VT) and its partner Stagecoach had been disqualified from bidding from the West Coast Partnership franchise and were likely to exit railways, VT has surprised everyone by announcing it will make a bid to become an open access operator. Virgin has lodged an application with

Industry Insider Week 23 – 13 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 23 for 3–7 June 2019: Eurodual six-axle locomotive © Stadler Rolling Stock FLIRT train for Dallas, Texas © Stadler Stadler to Deliver 8 FLIRT Trains to Texas Swiss train manufacturer Stadler has entered into a

Bombardier Presents Light Rail Vehicle Safety System

Sweden – Bombardier Transportation unveiled its COMPAS light rail vehicle safety system at UITP 2019 today.  Bombardier’s COMPAS system © Bombardier Transportation COMPAS: Collision and Overspeed Monitoring and Prevention Assistance System Bombardier Transportation chose the UITP Global Public Transport Summit taking place in Stockholm 9–12 June to unveil its new safety system for

Russian rolling stock innovation centre planned

RUSSIA: An agreement to establish a rolling stock engineering innovation centre was signed by Russian Railways, Sinara Group and technology partner Siemens Mobility at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. The partners said the centre would consolidate existing experience and acquire new expertise to provide engineering consultancy, design, and documentation services

Stadler sees success on six axles

EUROPE: Stadler says that its family of six-axle diesel, electric and bi-mode Eurodual locomotives are ‘30 to 40% better in terms of track forces’ than ‘most of the four-axle locos in use around Europe today’. Pascal Cantin, Stadler’s Head of Product Sales Locomotive and Sales Director Western Europe, told the Transport

Tambo Springs terminal ‘will change the face of Gauteng’

SOUTH AFRICA: The Southern Palace Joint Venture Consortium has won a 20-year concession to design, finance, build and operate a major intermodal terminal serving Gauteng province. Announcing the ‘historic public and private sector partnership’ on June 5, Transnet said the R2∙5bn terminal forming part of the Gauteng Integrated Transport Master Plan

Passengers prevail over freight in capacity allocation dispute

SWITZERLAND: The need to provide a minimum level of network capacity for freight operators should not be understood in absolute terms, but instead all relevant interests need to be weighed up, the Federal Administrative Court has ruled in a dispute about train paths. As a result, its says the needs

ERA Set to Become the THE Railway Authority in Europe

Following the adoption of the 4th Railway Package in May 2016, the ERA will get new powers starting 16 June 2019, following a three-year transposition period for Member States. The ‘technical pillar’ of the Fourth Railway Package gives the ERA a key role in making sure that European railway legislation

Made of Stone: Tunstead Quarry, Derbyshire

Construction traffic is the biggest growth area for UK railfreight, with millions of tonnes of material being moved every year – much of it to London and the south-east of England. Ben Jones visits one of the country’s most important locations – Tarmac’s Tunstead Quarry in Derbyshire. Less than three miles

£25million support for for Scottish rail freight industry

The Scottish Government has allocated £25million to support the country’s rail freight industry over the next five years. Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson announced the ring-fenced funding during a visit to Freightliner’s Coatbridge Terminal on May 9. Rail freight operators, Network Rail and Transport Scotland can now put forward proposals

ZSSK RegioPanter EMU rolled out

SLOVAKIA: Škoda Transportation has rolled out the first of the Class 660 electric multiple-units ordered by national passenger operator ZSSK for use on regional services around Žilina. The €160m contract for 25 dual-voltage 3 kV DC/25 kV AC EMUs with a maximum speed of 160 km/h was signed in March 2018,

Russian Railways orders high speed trains

RUSSIA: Russian Railways has signed a €1·1bn order for a further 13 Velaro RUS high speed trains for use on the 650 km Moscow – St Petersburg route, Siemens Mobility announced on June 7. The 10-car trainsets will be supplied by Siemens Mobility and the Ural Locomotives joint venture of Siemens

Southeastern deal unresolved as deadline approaches

THE Department for Transport remains locked in talks with Govia over another extension to the Southeastern franchise, barely two weeks before the present contract is due to end. It was in June 2017 that the DfT announced that four bidders had been shortlisted for South Eastern. They were Govia, Stagecoach, Trenitalia

Israel Railways Buys 74 TWINDEXX Vario Coaches

Bombardier Transportation and Israel Railways (ISR) have signed a contract for 74 additional TWINDEXX Vario double-decker coaches. This order is part of a framework agreement that the two parties signed in October 2010. It is worth around 147 million euros (166 million USD). Bombardier says it will deliver all 74 coaches

Changes signalled for HS2 route in North

THE government is reconsidering the route of HS2 between Crewe and Manchester and also between Birmingham and Leeds, which are jointly known as Phase 2b. A consultation has been launched on proposals to use HS2 as a regional route, by providing two new junctions so that Northern Powerhouse Rail services could

7 June: News in brief

Frankenstein A second rail union has called for privatisation to be reversed in the wake of a Transport Focus survey of how much passengers trust the railway industry, which left Southern trailing the list. However, the percentage of users who do trust Southern has risen from 17 per cent to

Poland – Luxembourg rail motorway service to launch this year

EUROPE: Polish freight terminal operator CLIP and Luxembourg’s CFL Multimodal are to launch a ‘rail motorway’ service between Swarzędz near Poznań and Bettembourg-Dudelange by end of this year. There will initially be four round trips per week, each with a capacity of 37 intermodal units. The Lohr piggyback system will be

Swanage Railway prepares to undertake governance review

Dorset’s Swanage Railway is following in the steps of the West Somerset Railway by undertaking a complete governance review of both the Swanage Railway Trust (SRT) and Swanage Railway Company (SRC). A letter signed by SRT chairman Gavin Jones and his SRC counterpart Liz Sellen was sent to members during May.

Bombardier to supply 74 more double-deck coaches to Israel

ISRAEL: Bombardier Transportation has singed a contract to supply 74 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to Israel Railways. The €147m order announced on June 6 is an option on a framework agreement signed in October 2010 and will take ISR’s total fleet of Bombardier double-deck coaches to 586. The order covers 11

Siemens Mobility Joins Competition to Win HS2 Bid

HS2 train design as submitted by Siemens Mobility Ltd © Siemens Siemens Mobility’s Experience in the High-Speed Sector Siemens wanted to highlight its experience in the high-speed sector for both rolling stock and infrastructure. It said its Velaro platform was used in several countries, such as Spain, China, Russia, Germany, France and

Infrastructure managers must do more to help freight, warns Mercitalia

EUROPE: Mercitalia Logistics Chief Executive Marco Gosso strongly criticised the performance of European infrastructure managers at the Transport Logistic trade show in München on June 6. Insisting that the FS subsidiary would ‘increase the pressure on infrastructure managers’, Gosso said that freight operators were still not being adequately compensated for day-to-day

First Kiss for DB Regio

GERMANY: DB Regio has placed its first order for Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units, signing a €220m contract on June 5 for 18 four-car units for use in Schleswig-Holstein. This follows the award in April of a contract for incumbent and sole bidder DB Regio to continue to operate Elektronetz Ost services

New Generation of Six-Axle Locomotives on Display at Transport Logistic

Stadler and companies within the SNCF group are presenting the latest generation of six-axle locomotives at Transport Logistic, which is currently taking place in Munich (4–7 June). VFLI and ITL (two of SNCF’s subsidiaries) and Stadler are presenting projects centring around the new six-axle locomotives. Stadler is manufacturing twelve EURO4001 locomotives

RMT ballots for strike after Underground talks fail

PAY talks between London Underground and the RMT have collapsed, and the union is preparing strike ballot papers for its 10,000 London Underground members. Transport for London said it is now asking the conciliation service ACAS to help with the next stage of negotiations. The union claimed that there had been no

Critical Communications for Australian Railways

With the increased number of passengers using rail as their mode of transport Frontline Safety Critical Communications becomes ever more vital and also challenging. Getting safety communications accurate, brief, clear and professional will help ensure the safe travel of billions of customers. In this article, Anton Abrahams, Chairman, Australasian Critical

High Speed 2 rolling stock bids submitted

UK: The deadline to submit bids for the estimated £2·75bn contract to design, manufacture and maintain the High Speed 2 train fleet passed at midday on June 5. Project promoter HS2 Ltd will now evaluate the five bids received and expects to announce the winner in early 2020, with entry

HS2 rolling stock bids submitted

UK: The deadline to submit bids for the estimated £2·75bn contract to design, manufacture and maintain the High Speed 2 train fleet passed at midday on June 5. Project promoter HS2 Ltd will now evaluate the five bids received and expects to announce the winner in early 2020, with entry

DB Regio Orders 18 Stadler KISS Trains

Germany: DB Regio and Stadler have signed a contract for the design, manufacture and delivery of 18 double-decker KISS trains. DB Regio will put them into service on the ‘Elektronetz Ost’ (Hamburg metropolitan area) route. DB Regio once again won the franchise in March this year. The contract is worth

SBB Cargo makes progress in wagonload automation

SWITZERLAND: SBB Cargo plans to trial automated brake tests for freight trains by the end of the year as it makes headway in its efforts to digitalise its wagonload business. The operator has been trialling autocouplers on 130 wagons used on dedicated intermodal shuttles for more than a year, Project Manager

Bombardier and Hitachi Reveal Proposed HS2 Train Design

Not to be outdone by Alstom and its unveiling of its proposed design for the new HS2 trains, Bombardier and Hitachi also reveal their first image of their proposed HS2 train design.  Bombardier-Hitachi HS2 train design © Bombardier Bombardier-Hitachi Joint HS2 Rolling Stock Bid Bombardier and Hitachi announced in July last year that they

UK: Alstom Reveals Its Design for HS2 Trains

The race to win the contract for the HS2 rolling stock is an intense one. Now Alstom has revealed its proposed design for the new UK high-speed train.  Alstom’s proposed HS2 design © Alstom Design & Styling 2019 HS2 Ltd has said it needs a train that can operate equally on the

FirstGroup investor war gathers strength

THE internal battle in FirstGroup, which operates Great Western Railway, South Western Railway and TransPennine Express, is becoming a war of words between the board and what it sees as a rogue investor. Ahead of an Extraordinary General Meeting later this month, First has launched a determined counter attack on US-based

Stadler Traverso Enters Regular Passenger Service

The new copper-coloured Stadler Traverso entered regular passenger service for SOB (Schweizerische Südostbahn AG) in the beginning of June. SOB has deployed it on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and Lucerne.  The eight-car electric multiple unit Traverso has entered regular passenger service on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and

Trenitalia to Get 14 New ETR1000 Very High-Speed Trains

Hitachi and Bombardier have signed a contract with Trenitalia for 14 Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR1000) very high-speed trains. The contract also comprises maintenance services for a period of ten years.  Hitachi and Bombardier will design and manufacture 14 ETR1000 trains for Trenitalia © BombardierThe partnership split between Hitachi Rail SpA and Bombardier Transportation

Two Unipart Rail Leaders Named Everywoman Awards Finalists

Two Unipart Rail leaders have been named as finalists for awards celebrating remarkable women in the transport and logistics sector. Kelly Pepper (left) and Karen Beardsley Karen Beardsley and Kelly Pepper are shortlisted in the Supply Chain category at the 12th annual Everywoman Awards (Transport & Logistics), to be held in June. Managing

Trenitalia orders 14 high speed trainsets

ITALY: Trenitalia has confirmed an order for a partnership of Hitachi Rail (60%) and Bombardier Transportation (40%) to supply 14 more Frecciarossa 1000 high speed trainsets and maintain them for 10 years. The €575m deal announced on June 4 follows the publication in May of FS Group’s business plan for 2019-23. The

Record Jack Numbers Boost Mechan Order Book

Rail maintenance equipment specialist, Mechan, is enjoying record-breaking demand for its flagship lifting jacks, securing orders for more than 160 already this year. Most of the jacks specified so far are being built by the Sheffield-based manufacturer for UK rail depots, although sets will also be heading to France and New

Visit Unipart Rail at Africa Rail 2019

Unipart Rail are exhibiting at Africa Rail 2019 on 19th & 20th June at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. We are exhibiting alongside our partner Gear Rail – leaders in railway safety and control solutions in Africa. Visit our team on the Gear Rail stand to understand more about how we deliver

US Supreme Court Rules against the AAR

In a battle that formally began in the courts in 2011 but that has its roots in the 2008 Passenger Railroad Investment and Improvement Act, the US Supreme Court has sided with Amtrak and against the Association of American Railroads (AAR).  Amtrak train © Jerry Huddleston under licence The AAR was seeking