‘Deltic’ Alycidon fails on main line charter

THE Deltic Preservation Society reports Class 55 No. D9009 Alycidon suffered a high-voltage power surge while heading the return working of the A1 Trust’s ‘Auld Reekie’ railtour from Edinburgh to Doncaster on March 3.  The train was rescued from Berwick by DB Cargo Class 67 No. 67004. ‘Deltic’ No. D9009 Alycidon failed on the ‘Auld

Tornado returns to action with Scottish adventures

Peppercorn ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado made its return to railtour action with March 3’s ‘Auld Reekie’ from York to Edinburgh, having successfully completed a loaded test run from Ferryhill to Carnforth on March 1. There was disappointment later in the day when Class 55 No. D9009 Alycidon failed on the return

VR orders double-deck dining cars

FINLAND: National railway VR Group has awarded Škoda Transtech a €24m contract to supply a further seven double-deck dining cars. They are to be to be produced at the Škoda Transportation subsidiary’s Kajaani factory for entry into service on the Helsinki – Turku and Helsinki – Tampere routes in 2021-22. The

Stadler Delivers 10 Additional FLIRT Trains to GySEV

Stadler successfully completed a contract it signed with Hungarian railway operator GySEV in September 2016. GySEV ordered ten FLIRT electric multiple units from the Swiss manufacturer, essentially doubling its fleet of FLIRT trains. Stadler is pleased to have delivered on this order on time and in line with the terms

NSB Group rebrands as Vy

NORWAY: State-owned train operator NSB Group relaunched as Vy on April 24, bringing its rail, bus and electric car-sharing activities together under a single brand. ‘The name Norwegian State Railways no longer adequately expresses what we do’, explained Chairman Dag Mejdell. ‘The NSB Group operates rail and bus services in Norway

High-capacity container wagons ordered

RUSSIA: Eurosib SPb - Transport Systems has awarded United Wagon Co’s Tikhvin plant a contract to supply 400 Type 13-6903 container wagons by February 2020. They will have 25 tonne axleload bogies, capacity of 74·5 tonnes and a loading length of 80 ft, enabling them to carry high-capacity containers including refrigerated

Länderbahn confirmed as Ostsachsen II operator for 12 more years

GERMANY: Netinera subsidiary Länderbahn announced on April 1 that it will continue to run Ostsachsennetz II services under its Trilex brand for a further 12 years from December 14 2019. In April 2018 DB Regio subsidiary Start Ostsachsen was selected for the concession by a group of four transport and local

Countdown to Return of Rail Industry’s Leading Showcase

Railtex 2019, the complete showcase of railway equipment, systems and services, is now less than one month away, and professionals from around the world are preparing to come together for the highlight of this year’s industry calendar. Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, Railtex will welcome more than 420 exhibitors from 22

Mechan Celebrates Half a Century

UK rail maintenance equipment specialist Mechan has kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with a donation of £5,000 to a much-loved local charity. The Sheffield manufacturer handed over the proceeds of its fundraising to the city’s Children’s Hospital at a recent open day to mark its half century. Alison Riley from The

Harsco Rail: Safe, Reliable, Cost-Effective Track Maintenance

For over 100 years, Harsco Rail has worked continuously to help railways stay on track by meeting the demands of tomorrow, today. The result: lower operating costs, higher speeds and – most importantly – improved safety. Improving the rail grinding product lines is an on-going process at Harsco, where grinding machines utilise a

The Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry Hand Dryer

Wash and dry hands at the sink. Up to 39% quieter than its predecessor.[i] In 1907, paper towels were introduced to washrooms. The electric hand dryer made its first appearance in 1948. But both can be expensive, unhygienic and harmful to the environment. In 2006 Dyson engineers put a century of

Hauts-de-France starts regional tendering

FRANCE: Proposals to tender the operation of regional passenger services in Hauts-de-France from the end of 2022 were unveiled by the regional council on April 23. Following the lead set by Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur last month, the region is planning to open up local rail services to competition in line with domestic

‘Holly’ and ‘Ivy’ speed up Whiteball Tunnel repairs

A THREE-WEEK closure of the West of England main line between Taunton and Exeter saw essential repairs made to two Victorian tunnels on the route.  Whiteball Tunnel, between Taunton and Tiverton Parkway, was closed from February 18 until March 8 while Network Rail relined its walls with concrete to prevent loose

Virgin Trains proposes airline model for long-distance rail travel

UK: A complete rethink of the way long-distance rail services in Great Britain are operated forms a key part of Virgin Trains’ submission to the government’s Williams Rail Review of the rail industry. Despite the possibility that Virgin Trains will cease operating rail services in the UK within the next year,

Structural PET Foam Core Perfectly Fulfils Rail Industry Needs

Today’s train operators and manufacturers are challenged by the need for even lighter, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly trains without compromising safety and durability. Composite sandwich constructions are increasingly used in the railway industry owing to their combination of light weight, high mechanical strength and long service life. In 2006, Armacell

Rail Industry Certification for Stäubli Electrical Connectors

Stäubli Electrical Connectors has long been a leading supplier of advanced connection equipment to the rail industry, and its commitment to quality has been recognised with its certification to the new rail industry standard ISO/TS 22163. Based on ISO 9001, the standard replaces IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) and defines rules

Siemens Rail Manufacturing Facility Reaches Milestone

United Kingdom: In 2018 Siemens Mobility unveiled its plans for a rail manufacturing facility in Goole, East Yorkshire. The project has now passed a major milestone. Siemens Mobility has submitted its outline planning application. Artist impression of new Siemens rail manufacturing facility in Goole © www.siemens.com/press Wil Wilson, Managing Director, Rolling Stock,

Germany Launches Rail Freight Noise Monitoring

The German Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is launching a new rail freight noise monitoring programme. It is installing measuring stations in nineteen locations along busy railway lines. They will measure the noise caused by passing freight trains using a standardised method. This will make any progress or

Siemens Mobility submits plans for Goole rolling stock plant

UK: Siemens Mobility has submitted an outline planning application for a £200m rolling stock plant at Goole in East Yorkshire which would manufacture and commission vehicles for the UK market. This follows the signing last of November of a £1·5bn contract to supply 94 Inspiro London trainsets for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line.

West Coast takes on ‘Torbay’ and Tornado main line work

West Coast Railway Company (WRCR) has won more high-profile work after DB Cargo decided to reduce its main line steam activities.  WCRC will operate this year’s ‘Torbay Express’ for Pathfinder Tours and Riviera Trains and, for the first time, will run several trains hauled by ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado after agreeing

DB Progress on Reducing Rail Freight Noise Pollution

Rail freight noise pollution is a huge problem for individuals living beside busy rail corridors. In time for International Noise Awareness Day (24 April 2019), Deutsche Bahn has published a progress report outlining how the company is performing with regards to reducing and alleviating noise. Deutsche Bahn says it has

Cambodia – Thailand rail link inaugurated by prime ministers

ASIA: The 1·3 km cross-border rail link connecting Poipot with Arayaprathet  was officially inaugurated by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-Cha with a ceremony on April 22. Public services are expected to start soon. An agreement regulating the operation of international rail services was signed by

Vivarail D-Train enters passenger service

UK: West Midlands Trains put its first Class 230 ‘D-Train’ DMU into passenger service on April 23, working the Marston Vale route between Bletchley and Bedford, which forms part of its London Northwestern Railway business unit. The Abellio-led franchise operator ordered the three two-car units from Vivarail to provide extra capacity

Stadler Wins Contract for Ottawa Trillium Line Trains

Rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has won a contract to deliver seven four-car multiple units for Ottawa. Stadler will adapt these trains, based on its FLIRT platform, to the city’s harsh climate. This contract for the Trillium Line trains is Stadler’s second Canadian project. The company is also manufacturing panoramic carriages

Stadler awarded Ottawa DMU contract

CANADA: The City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT consortium leader SNC Lavalin have formally declared Stadler the winner of a contract to supply seven four-car Flirt diesel-electric multiple-units. The C$106m order confirmed on April 23 has been placed as part of the Trillium Line extension project. Forming part of the city’s O-Train

Welcome to the Defining Event of Public Transport

The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is back and this unmissable edition will continue to provide a global and unique platform where various organisations from across the globe can build long lasting relationships, hear about the latest strategic thinking and case studies, and learn practical guidelines. Artist. Author. Animator. Christoph Niemann

Ironhorse buys Tennessee railways

USA: Shortline group Ironhorse Resources has acquired the Sequatchie Valley Railroad and the Walking Horse & Eastern Railroad in Tennessee, which are to be renamed as the Sequatchie Valley Switching Co and the Walking Horse Railroad. The 18 km Sequatchie Valley Switching Co serves south central Tennessee from a connection with

Tipping wagons expand UWC range

RUSSIA: United Wagon Co is expanding its range with the development of two side tipping wagons for the transport and automated discharge of aggregates and ore. The wagons were designed by UWC’s All-Union Research & Development Centre for Transportation Technology and are currently undergoing certification, ahead of the planned start of

Yapı Merkezı enters signalling market

TURKEY: Infrastructure manager TCDD has begun testing signalling equipment developed by Yapı Merkezı Idis, the industrial controls and communications subsidiary of construction group Yapı Merkezı. The company has installed an interlocking, fixed block signals and level crossing control units compatible with future deployment of ERTMS. The equipment was commissioned on April

Industry Insider Week 16 – 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider for 15–19 April 2019: Rolling Stock The RRX train, a Siemens Desiro HC, at InnoTrans 2018 © Railway-News RRX Train – a Siemens Mobility Desiro HC – a Success Project Partners of the RRX train, which

Ron Buckley, Britain’s oldest railway photographer

Chris Milner met centenarian Ron Buckley, a railway photographer with a fascinating past, who took his first railway picture in the 1930s, but also spent more than 40 years employed by both the LMS and BR. Most of us hope for a long and fruitful life and for centenarian Ron Buckley

World rail infrastructure market – April 2019

Afghanistan: Kazakh company Integra Construction has won a contract to build 43 km of the Khaf – Herat railway. The Aktobe steelworks is to supply 350 000 tonnes of rail. Egypt: Alstom has commissioned a Smartlock 400 computer-based interlocking at Maghagha, its second on the 240 km route from Beni Suef to

World rolling stock market – April 2019

Australia: The NSW government has awarded the RailConnect consortium of Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and UGL Rail a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck EMUs cars, taking its New Intercity Fleet order to a total of 554 vehicles. This will enable peak services on the South Coast

Light monitoring pilot

NORTH AMERICA: A Class 1 railway has ordered a pilot installation of TekTracking's Safety Light Monitor, which is designed to measure and verify the operation of signal, level crossing and other safety-critical lights. The wireless, self-powered and robust multi-sensor devices are designed to operate for more than 10 years without intervention.  ‘With

Gertrude leaves Wales to join Leighton Buzzard fleet

The Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T Gertrude (AB1578/1918) was relocated from Welsh Highland Heritage Railway to Leighton Buzzard Railway in late-February. Sarah Westmacott on the footplate of her Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T Gertrude following its arrival at Leighton Buzzard Railway’s Page’s Park on February 26. Credit: CHRIS WRIGHT Gertrude is a sister loco to

Travel information and adverts at Stansted Airport

UK: The baggage reclaim area at Stansted Airport now has digital screens which show live car, coach and rail journey time comparisons for travel to London Liverpool Street station. The project was jointly devised and created by train operator Greater Anglia, creative agency LIDA and DOOH.com, with ads appearing on media

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Greenbrier to acquire American Railcar Industries in $400m deal

USA: The Greenbrier Companies Inc has agreed to acquire the manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries from ITE Management in a deal worth $400m. The transaction announced on April 18 is expected to close this year, subject to customary regulatory approvals. The gross purchase price is $430m, including $30m for capital expenditures

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Juche Travel: Exploring the mysteries of North Korea

JUCHE Travel Services, a UK-based travel agency specialising in tours to North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), is delighted to announce the return of it’s Grand Rail Tour, departing Sunday, October 27-Wednesday, November 6, 2019 (10 nights in the DPRK + 2 nights on the train). This is a

New locomotive destined for Groudle Glen Railway

A new 2ft-gauge Bagnall  ‘Sipat’-design 0-4-0ST locomotive is set for Groudle Glen Railway after its unveiling last month. It has been built by North Bay Engineering Services Ltd (NBES) and is destined for the Groudle Glen Railway. The loco has been named Otter. When construction of Scarborough North Bay Railway’s 20in-gauge

VR signs contract for ‘top of the line’ Stadler locomotives

FINLAND: VR Group has formally signed a contract for preferred bidder Stadler to supply 60 diesel-electric locomotives, the manufacturer announced on April 18. The contract is worth approximately €220m. There are options for up to 100 additional locomotives, as well as for Stadler to undertake maintenance. The first five locomotives are

Stadler to Supply 60 Locomotives to VR Group in Finland

Stadler and VR Group (Finland) have signed a contract for 60 new diesel-electric locomotives. VR wants to optimise its operations at shunting yards, freight terminals and along non-electrified routes. Non-electrified lines in Finland comprise 45 percent of the country’s rail network. VR Group (Finland) orders 60 diesel-electric locomotives from Stadler

Costs rise as Auckland City Rail Link contract awarded

NEW ZEALAND: Project promoter CRL Ltd has selected the Link Alliance as preferred bidder for the main works package to construct the City Rail Link loop line under central Auckland. Awarded both the C3 contract to build the twin-bore tunnels and three stations and a separate NZ$75m early works contract, the

Londoners will be ‘hugely disappointed’ by new Crossrail delay

Updated 11.00 SOURCES at Crossrail are said to be warning that the new Elizabeth Line might not be open between Paddington and Liverpool Street before 2021, after fresh revelations about dynamic testing. The central section of Crossrail uses automatic train operation, as well as ETCS between Paddington and Heathrow, and most trains

Crossrail opening could face further delay

SOURCES at Crossrail are said to be warning that the new Elizabeth Line might not be open between Paddington and Liverpool Street before 2021, after fresh revelations about dynamic testing. The central section of Crossrail uses automatic train operation, as well as ETCS between Paddington and Heathrow, and most trains will

Croatian infrastructure manager signs MoUs with Chinese companies

CROATIA: Infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura signed memoranda of understanding with two Chinese companies during the latest 16+1 conference of China and 16 central and eastern European countries which was held in Dubrovnik on April 12. The first MoU was signed with China Road & Bridge Corporation. This covers collaboration over the

Eurostar aims to reduce paper ticket use with Google Pay

EUROPE: Eurostar passengers can now save paperless tickets on Google Pay, in what the cross-Channel high speed train operator says is a ‘first for any international rail company’. Travellers using Google Pay on mobile devices with Android L or higher can save their mobile tickets to Google Pay from the Eurostar

Vossloh signs turnout framework deals worth €100m

EUROPE: Vossloh has agreed multi-year framework deals for the supply of turnout components to Sweden and Italy. The agreement with Swedish transport agency Trafikverket runs for four years and has two options each for extensions of two years, which could take the total value to more than €75m. The components are

Dedicated FAdC Training Facility Supports Local Railway Experts

Frauscher India and RailTel Corporation joined hands to establish a training facility for users of the axle counter Frauscher Advanced Counter FAdC. It is situated at RailTel’s office in Delhi. The facility was inaugurated in January 2019 by Mr N. Kashinath, Director General S&T (Signalling and Telecommunications). Mr Puneet Chawla,

Lantal Posts Robust Sales Growth

Despite the difficult competitive situation last year, Lantal was able to generate consolidated sales of CHF 105.1 million. This corresponds to a gain of 15.4% versus the prior year. The main growth contributors were the aviation and the ground transportation segments as well as Parts & Services. This positively reflects last

Transport for the North Chief Executive Visits Hitachi Rail

United Kingdom – The chief executive of Transport for the North, Barry White, visited Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe facility in County Durham. He was interested to learn how Hitachi Rail is investing in the engineers of tomorrow.  A Hitachi Rail Class 800 Azuma at Gleneagles © Chris Watt Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe facility opened

DfT response to Stagecoach ‘vague and incomplete’

Updated 12.50 THE Department for Transport has responded to the demand from Stagecoach Group for a ‘prompt, full and transparent response to help restore public confidence’ after three franchise bids from the Group were rejected on the grounds that they attempted to reduce pensions risk. It had been reported that the deadline

Underground staff to be balloted in jobs dispute

THE RMT has announced a ballot for industrial action by London Underground staff in protest at changes which the union claims amount to ‘attacks on jobs, staffing levels, pay and working conditions as part of a concerted assault on the workforce’. A London Underground process aimed at reducing costs, known as

Amtrak Increases Acela Express Services on NEC Route

In the run-up to the new Acela Express fleet entering service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, Amtrak is increasing the number of services between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Effective as of 4 May 2019, Amtrak will run an additional trip each way between these major conurbations on

Swiss Railway Infrastructure Projects Progressing Well

The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (BAV) has published its progress report on the railway development programmes. It presents updates about important Swiss railway infrastructure projects. Train in the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a major Swiss railway infrastructure project and part of the NRLA © SBB CFF FFS They are: the New

‘National Train’ EMUs on course for delivery this year

TURKEY: State-owned passenger train manufacturer Tüvasaş expects to begin construction of the first of 21 five-car electric multiple-units under the National Train programme ‘within the next two months’. The first trains should be handed to operator TCDD Tasımacılık before the end of the year, the company told Railway Gazette at

Länderbahn awarded first Czech operating contract

CZECH REPUBLIC: The Ústí nad Labem regional authority has awarded Netinera subsidiary Länderbahn its first passenger train operating contract entirely within the Czech Republic. The contract runs for 10 years from December 2019. It covers the operation of local passenger services on routes U12 RB Osek – Most – Louny – Rakovník

Firm orders for Hybrid PowerPacks

EUROPE: Contracts have been signed for Rolls-Royce to supply nine MTU Hybrid PowerPacks to Ireland’s Iarnród Éireann and four to UK leasing company Porterbrook. The firm orders announced on April 16 follows letters of intent announced at InnoTrans 2018. The Hybrid PowerPacks are to be delivered between May 2020 and the end

Warri line cleared for passenger operation

NIGERIA: Federal Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi has instructed Nigerian Railway Corp to start full-scale commercial passenger operations on the 1 435 mm gauge Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri railway, following a three month trial of free services. The announcement followed his inspection of the railway on April 11. Instructing NRC to publish fares

RSBN Franchise Goes to NordWestBahn Again

Germany – NordWestBahn, a TOC that is part of Transdev Group, has succeeded in the Europe-wide tender process. It is the successful bidder for the Regional S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen franchise and will now continue to run services on the line until December 2036. NordWestBahn started running services on the 270km RSBN

Mechan at Railtex: Best of Europe at UK Rail Show

Rail depot maintenance specialist, Mechan, will be adding a continental feel to Railtex this year, showcasing its own expertise alongside some of the European innovations it represents. Sales manager Lindsey Mills (second left) with colleagues at Mechan’s last trade fair. Joining the Sheffield-based firm at Birmingham’s NEC in May will be colleagues

Capricorn EMU unveiled by Rhätische Bahn and Stadler

SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn’s first Capricorn electric multiple-unit was unveiled at Stadler’s Altenrhein factory on April 15. The metre-gauge EMUs are branded with the Romansh name for the Alpine ibex which appears on the arms of canton Graubünden. They are scheduled to be delivered in 2019-22. The SFr361m order for 36 four-car EMUs

Track Warning Systems – The perfect solution to increase safety on railway worksites

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Flex: The go-anywhere train

With so many new trains being delivered and electrification schemes shelved, Porterbrook and Brush Traction are using their engineering expertise to convert surplus Thameslink commuter trains into ‘go-anywhere’ bi-mode trains. Ben Jones visits Loughborough to see how the project is progressing. When you’ve invested millions of pounds in maintaining and updating

Rolling Railway Maintenance to a Digital Destination

In the rail industry time is valuable currency. SKF’s latest digital innovation is proven to extend maintenance levels and keep rolling stock rolling as much as possible. Condition-based maintenance (CBM), which involves measuring and monitoring parameters such as vibration and temperature to spot anomalies at an early stage, has been applied for

DfT franchise pensions statement now awaited

Updated 10.00 17 April THE Department for Transport was reported to have had until 16.00 on 16 April to respond to the demand from Stagecoach Group for a ‘prompt, full and transparent response to help restore public confidence’ after three franchise bids from the Group were rejected on the grounds that

DfT deadline for pensions explanation is just hours away

THE Department for Transport has until 16.00 today to respond to the demand from Stagecoach Group for a ‘prompt, full and transparent response to help restore public confidence’ after three franchise bids from the Group were rejected on the grounds that they attempted to reduce pensions risk. Both Stagecoach and its

Slovenian line reopens

SLOVENIA: The 49 km Grosuplje – Kočevje line reopened to freight traffic on April 12, services having ceased in 2009. Work to eliminate 51 level crossings and install barriers and lights at 30 others is scheduled for completion in 2020, when passenger services withdrawn in 1967-70 are to be reintroduced. The

DB Regio awarded Elektronetz Ost contract

GERMANY: The Land of Schleswig-Holstein has awarded sole bidder DB Regio the Elektronetz Ost passenger operating contract. Running from December 2022 to December 2035, the contract covers services RB86 Lübeck – Travemünde, RE8/80 Lübeck Hbf – Hamburg Hbf and RB85 Lübeck Hbf – Puttgarden, a total of 175 route-km. There will

NordWestBahn retains Niedersachsen contract

GERMANY: Transdev-owned incumbent NordWestBahn has been confirmed as the winner of the next contract to operate Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen passenger services, following an international tender called by the two Länder. The contract runs from December 2021 until December 2036. It covers routes: RS1: Bremen-Farge – Bremen Hbf – Verden/Aller; RS2: Bremerhaven-Lehe –

Stadler and Rhaetian Railway Unveil New Capricorn Train

Train manufacturer Stadler and Swiss operator Rhaetian Railway (RhB) unveiled the new Capricorn train, which will serve Switzerland’s largest […] The post Stadler and Rhaetian Railway Unveil New Capricorn Train appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/stadler-capricorn-train-switzerland/

Search for Sir Vincent Raven relatives for North Eastern Railway celebrations

The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) is searching for relatives of Sir Vincent Raven to join the railway’s celebrations for Q6 63395 locomotive centenary year. Sir Vincent Raven. Credit Richard de Sadeleer. Sir Vincent Raven was an English railway engineer, and was chief mechanical engineer of the North Eastern Railway

RRX Train – a Siemens Mobility Desiro HC – a Success

The RRX train, a Siemens Mobility Desiro HC, which was unveiled to much fanfare at InnoTrans 2018 entered service […] The post RRX Train – a Siemens Mobility Desiro HC – a Success appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/rrx-train-siemens-desiro-hc-success/

East Coast Rail Link back on

MALAYSIA: Construction of the East Coast Rail Link to open up the country’s eastern seaboard is set to resume next month, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced on April 15. Contracts had been awarded in 2017 for China Communications Construction Corp to develop the 530 km ECRL linking Port Klang on the west

Industry Insider Week 15 – 9 Must-Read Rail News Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider […] The post Industry Insider Week 15 – 9 Must-Read Rail News Stories appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/industry-insider-week-15-2019/

Stagecoach demands ‘full and transparent explanation’ over pensions ruling

THE decision by the DfT to reject three franchise bids from Stagecoach Group on the grounds that its proposals were ‘non-compliant’ may have triggered a legal battle. Stagecoach was told that its attempts to reduce the risks it would face over staff pensions were unacceptable, and its bids for East Midlands,

Hupac looks to automate route planning

SWITZERLAND: Intermodal freight operator Hupac is to automate its route planning and traffic management processes using sensor data and analytics provided by ETH Zürich spin-off company Nexiot. Hupac has previously equipped wagons with Nexiot sensors which provide information on their location, impact events, border crossings and mileage every 5 min. Nexiot’s

DB’s Innovative Freight Car Project a Success

After two and a half years the research project ‘Design and Testing of Innovative Freight Cars’ (Aufbau und Erprobung […] The post DB’s Innovative Freight Car Project a Success appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/dbs-innovative-freight-car-project-concludes-successfully/

New Berlin S-Bahn Tested in Siemens Train Test Centre

The new S-Bahn for Berlin, unveiled at InnoTrans 2018, must pass extensive tests before it can enter passenger service. […] The post New Berlin S-Bahn Tested in Siemens Train Test Centre appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/new-berlin-s-bahn-testing/

Brisbane Cross River contractors selected

AUSTRALIA: The Queensland government’s Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has selected preferred bidders for the three main works packages to build and equip Brisbane’s A$5·4bn cross-city rail link. Enabling works are already underway for the 10·2 km line linking Bowen Hills with Dutton Park, and major construction is expected to get underway

RMT threatens strikes and MPs protest as pensions row goes on

Friday analysis THE rejection of three franchise bids from Stagecoach and another from Arriva over pension provisions has ignited new industrial tensions (writes Sim Harris), with the RMT now threatening national action over what it sees as a risk to the rights of staff. Meanwhile, transport secretary Chris Grayling has come under

UN committee backs Luxembourg Protocol

AFRICA: A committee of experts from African finance, planning and economic development ministries has endorsed the adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to encourage private investment in railway assets across the continent. Meeting in Marrakesh, under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the committee called on the UNECA

Zonegreen is Jewel in Crown Point Safety Upgrades

Sheffield-based Zonegreen is equipping Norwich’s Crown Point rail depot with technology that will prevent accidents and provide protection to […] The post Zonegreen is Jewel in Crown Point Safety Upgrades appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/zonegreen-jewel-crown-point-safety-upgrades/

Daktronics to Exhibit Several New Products at ISA Sign Expo® 2019

When International Sign Association’s (ISA) 75th Sign Expo® kicks off April 24-26 in Las Vegas, Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, […] The post Daktronics to Exhibit Several New Products at ISA Sign Expo® 2019 appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/daktronics-exhibit-new-products-sign-expo-2019/

ROREXS Rail Loading Unit Adapts to Customer Needs

How do you integrate a new loading system into the existing fleets of various network operators? In close cooperation […] The post ROREXS Rail Loading Unit Adapts to Customer Needs appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/robel-rorexs-rail-loading-unit/

Linköping high speed line planning contract awarded

SWEDEN: National transport agency Trafikverket has awarded Atkins and Ramboll a five-year contract to plan the Linköping city section of the proposed Ostlänken high speed line between Stockholm and the city. This is the first of three proposed high speed routes, which would form a 440 km Y-shaped network linking the major

Alstom Coradia Polyvalent for Léman Express Unveiled

Alstom and representatives of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region unveiled the first finished commuter Léman Express commuter train for the cross-border […] The post Alstom Coradia Polyvalent for Léman Express Unveiled appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/alstom-coradia-polyvalent-leman-express/

Léman Express cross-border EMU unveiled

EUROPE: The first completed electric multiple-unit for the future Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at Alstom’s Reichshoffen factory on April 10. SNCF has ordered 17 EMUs from Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent family, known as Régiolis by the operator. The order was

Franchises face growing pensions pressure

THE rejection of three franchise bids involving Stagecoach Group has brought a worsening railway pensions crisis into the open. It may have also deepened the divisions between the Government and franchise-holders. The Department for Transport said Stagecoach had tried to change the rules underlying bids for East Midlands, South Eastern and

New Siemens Metros for Bangkok Skytrain System

Thailand – In August 2018 Siemens Mobility and consortium partner Bozankaya (Turkey) delivered metro trains to Bangkok. The first […] The post New Siemens Metros for Bangkok Skytrain System appeared first on Railway-News. https://railway-news.com/siemens-22-metros-bangkok-skytrain/