Shaw Savill to steam again after restoration begins at Heywood

ONE of preservation’s forgotten locomotives – ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacific No. 35009 Shaw Savill – is being restored for main line operation by owner Ian Riley at his Heywood works, near Bury.  Mr Riley bought the rebuilt Bulleid 4-6-2 from Richard Stone in 2003, but other than stripping it down little work was

160 years since the death of Robert Stephenson

This weekend marks 160 years since the death of Robert Stephenson, one of the greatest railway and civil engineers of all time. Through cutting-edge transport technology, Robert and his father George Stephenson reshaped the Britain of their day. Here are a few facts you may not have known about ‘the

Rail Baltica Announces Notified Body Tender

“Involvement of NoBo at an early stage of the project is an important step to ensure that Rail Baltica infrastructure, energy, control-command and signalling subsystems will be interoperable, function safely and uninterrupted. As an independent and accredited organisation, NoBo will provide a conformity assessment against the relevant requirements of the

Mogul and ‘Wells’ join the ‘Q’ at Severn Valley autumn spectacular

A DISTINCT Southern Region atmosphere surrounded the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) Autumn Steam Gala on September 19-22, with five of the participating locomotives having a BR(S) pedigree. East Lancashire Railway Bulleid ‘West County’ No. 34092 City of Wells was surprisingly making its first visit to SVR metals. The air-smoothed Pacific proved to

Classic stations: Newcastle Central

Newcastle Central is a listed building, the city’s major transport hub, and acts as both a terminus and a through station. Graeme Pickering recalls the station’s impressive past and assesses plans recently outlined for the future. NEWCASTLE Central station is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. Its

First Stadler Train for Merseyrail Begins Dynamic Testing

The new trains for the Merseyrail network in the UK have reached a manufacturing milestone. The first train has travelled to Germany for dynamic testing. This follows the successful static testing and signing off at Stadler’s factory in Switzerland at the beginning of October. Stadler signed the contract to build and

Salini Impregilo to Deliver Vestfold Line Upgrade Works

Engineering company Salini Impregilo says it has won its first project in Norway. The contract with Bane NOR is for upgrade works to a 13.6km stretch of railway line between the villages of Nykirke and Barkaker on the Vestfold Line, which connects Drammen with Skien via Tønsberg. The contract is

Frequentis Rail Emergency Management Solution Prepares Sydney Trains for Future Passenger Demand

When streamlining multiple operation centres, an initial concern is often the loss of local knowledge. However, the Frequentis ICM solution ensures that this is not the case by centrally capturing such information, including emergency contact numbers for local contractors and emergency services. Based on the underlying responsibility model, staff have

Ryde Rail: A History of Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight

By Richard C Long ONE of the quirkiest and most interesting parts of the UK rail network is the line from Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight.  Since 1967, the line has been operated using second-hand London Transport Tube trains, and this new book provides a

Matt Byrne New Head of Bombardier Transportation UK

26 Nov 2018 | InnoTrans 2018 The Future of Rail: A Panel Discussion with the Heads of Sie... A panel discussion with the heads of Siemens Mobility, Michael Peter, Alstom, Henri Poupart-Lafarge, and Bombardier, Laurent Troger. They discuss automation, mu... source=

Leo Express Receives First Sirius EMU from CRRC

CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd signed a contract with private rail operator Leo Express for three EMUs in December 2016. The contract includes an option for an additional 30 units. The total contract value lies at 5 billion CZK (190 million euros | 210 million USD). Sirius EMU Features Sirius is able

HS2 ‘will not solve the problems facing rail travellers today’

“HS2 should be scrapped”, say a free market think tank. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire HS2 should be scrapped in favour of upgrading existing rail routes and building new rail links between mainlines, according to a free market think tank. A report by the Adam Smith Institute argues that alternatives to the

Railway industry prepares to honour fallen of WW1

THE railway industry is preparing to honour all those railwaymen who lost their lives in the First World War at a special service in London next month. The service will be held at Southwark Cathedral on 6 November at 15.00, and is supported by Network Rail, the Rail Delivery Group,

Railway Accidents: Lamentable Failures

Thirty-one people lost their lives on Tuesday, October 5, 1999, when a Thames Trains Class 165 ‘Turbo’ collided with a First Great Western InterCity125 at a combined speed of 130mph at Ladbroke Grove, two miles from London Paddington. Fraser Pithie looks back 20 years to one of Britain’s worst post-Privatisation

Henrik Hololei Talks Shift2Rail at Digital Transport Days

The Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, Henrik Hololei, spoke at Digital Transport Days in Helsinki, Finland, about the aims and successes of Shift2Rail (S2R) and its role in combating climate change and managing increasing congestion. Climate Change Goals In his speech he began by outlining the Commission’s

Alstom to Supply 42 Metropolis Trains for Barcelona

Focus on Sustainability To be as environmentally friendly as possible, the trains will feature light car bodies, low energy consumption and high levels of recoverability and recyclability. Furthermore, they will be reliable and easy to maintain. To optimise maintenance further, Alstom is equipping the Metropolis trains with remote sensors. source=

UK: CAF to Supply Catenary-Free Trams to Birmingham

In addition to avoiding the need for on-site infrastructure installations, which could be disruptive and which would impact the architectural aesthetic negatively, the rechargeable batteries also make the trams substantially more energy efficient. West Midlands Metro Network The metro network currently features one line, which runs from Grand Central (Birmingham New Street)

GB Railfreight celebrates 15 years of Locomotion

GB Railfreight Class 66 No. 66788 was named Locomotion on September 21 as part of the celebrations to mark a decade and a half since the National Railway Museum opened its outstation in Shildon, County Durham. Bob Tiller, GBRf engineering director, said: “The work Locomotion does to showcase the history of the

DAMM Delivers Infrastructure for Mauritius Metro Express

The second and final phase of the metro is planned for 2021 and will then provide a total connectivity of 26 km from Curepipe to Immigration Square. About DAMM DAMM is a world-leading provider of scalable, flexible and user-friendly digital radio infrastructure systems to industrial, commercial and public safety customers. Built for

Engadine Line Reopens Following Infrastructure Works

As of today, Rhaetian Railway (RhB) has reopened the closed section between Susch and Scuol-Tarasp on the Engadine Line. RhB had closed the Engadine line on 11 March 2019 in order to implement numerous infrastructure works efficiently, while keeping costs down. Rhaetian Railway has invested around 90 million franks (82.56 million

The Infrastructure Progress Report

Spanish rail infrastructure manager Adif is investing more than 45 million euros in refurbishing the Recoletos Tunnel in Madrid. The original tunnel construction works began in 1933 but it wasn’t until 1967 that it entered service. These renovation works, which began in June this year, will affect the route, electrification and

The Policy Update Europe

Greece & Ireland The European Commission has written to Greece and Ireland to encourage them to enact EU law that requires them to open up the market for domestic passenger rail services. EU Member States agreed to transpose the EU rules in the 4th Railway Package by 31 December 2018. Following

RPSI cuts frames for new-build LMS-NCC ‘W’ class Mogul

THE first steps in the re-creation of one of H P Stewart’s LMS-NCC ‘W’ class 2-6-0 have been taken by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) with the cutting of the locomotive’s 33ft-long main frame plates. The machined plates were delivered to Whitehead on August 29 from Cooke Bros Engineering

The Next Generation of Locomotive Driving

The Challenge: In a competitive and complex world where the focus is shifting towards efficiency and economical gain, dreams are often not enough. With an increasing number of side constraints, the transport network becoming more and more complex, and limited rail infrastructure it is getting harder to dispatch and steer drivers

No Greater Anglia ‘Aventras’ before 2020

By Ben Jones GREATER Anglia (GA) has confirmed it will not be able to introduce its Class 720 ‘Aventra’ EMUs before the end of 2019.  Production and testing of the new trains is running significantly behind schedule after Bombardier experienced delays with the introduction of Crossrail Class 345s and

TfW: 6500 More Spaces to Improve Capacity in Wales

Passengers travelling between Cheltenham and Maesteg, and between Cardiff and Ebbw Vale will see the introduction of Bombardier Class 170 DMUs. Constructed between 1998 and 2005, they feature on-board passenger displays, accessible toilets, air-conditioning, wifi and power sockets. Transport for Wales is taking on the Class 170 fleet from Greater

LTA: We Want More Local Train Maintenance Expertise

When electronic cards go wrong, however, it can be both time-consuming and expensive to repair them. And this task often takes place at the OEM’s facilities. In Singapore’s case, most of these are overseas. The result is long downtimes. Encouraging Local Railway Maintenance Capabilities The LTA has been making substantial investments to

GTR Completes 5-Year Transformation Programme

“Today is a landmark moment for both GTR and its passengers as we continue to deliver on the industry’s hugely ambitious modernisation programme for our network. “This £2bn programme of modernisation, much of which formed part of the Thameslink Programme, has transformed services for our passengers. With over 1500 new carriages

NCHSR Rebrands to Reflect Broader Transport Remit

“We were delighted with the response to our consultation earlier this year, and I’m thrilled to be able to unveil our new name. “As an employer-led college, it’s key that we ensure that the skills we equip our learners with meet the demands and the skills shortages of the broader advanced

Five things you may not know about the Big Boy

This year, a ground-breaking five-year landmark project to restore a Union Pacific Railroad Big Boy 4-8-8-4 to working order was accomplished, with No. 4014 making a star-studded appearance at the 150th anniversary of the linking the USA’s two coasts by rail. The world has waited six decades to see a Union

Stadler and FNM Present FLIRT Mock-Up in Milan

The mock-up is true to size. Stadler will deliver the actual vehicles for regional operations in Lombardy at the end of 2021. The contract, worth 1.6 billion euros, is footed by the Regione Lombardia. Stage V European Union Emissions Standards Despite using diesel, Stadler says it designed the trains with sustainability in

Harsco Rail Unveils New TX16 Tamper at Railway Interchange 2019

About Harsco Corporation Harsco Corporation is a global market leader providing environmental solutions for industrial and specialty waste streams, and innovative technologies for the rail sector. Based in Camp Hill, PA, the 11,000-employee company operates in more than 30 countries. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P SmallCap 600

Industry Meets at ROBEL In-House Exhibition

Open House to the Future – ROBEL In-House Exhibition 2019. For four days, more than 500 rail infrastructure experts have used the in-house exhibition at the ROBEL premises to engage in the current topics of track maintenance. As a consequence, the conversations at product demonstrations, presentations and workshops have been all about

5 facts you may not know about the ‘Azuma’ train

LNER launched its first passenger services on the East Coast Main Line on May 15, using the Hitachi-built Class 800 ‘Azuma’ express trains as part of a rolling programme to replace both its Class 91 and Mk4 and HST fleets. The ‘Azuma’ will replace LNER’s entire fleet of trains The

Manchester Mayor Publishes Vision to Transform Rail

“We need a fully integrated transport network that allows people to travel seamlessly between modes with simple, affordable ticketing – and Our Prospectus for Rail underpins the transformational change we need on the local rail network to support growth. This is one of two major milestones in the Our Network

GB Railfreight’s pride as it unveils Class 66

GB RAILFREIGHT marked Brighton Pride when Class 66 No. 66773 was named Pride of GB Railfreight by The Times columnist Matthew Parris at the South Coast resort on August 2.  Sporting rainbow colours along its bodyside, GB says the loco recognises LGBT+ employees across the wider rail industry, and celebrates its on-going commitment

Northern withdraws first batch of ‘Pacers’

NORTHERN has withdrawn the first its Class 142 ‘Pacer’ units – 11 months later than planned.  The first was scheduled for retirement in September 2018, but late delivery and acceptance of replacement units gave the ‘Pacers’ a stay of execution.  Class 142 ‘Pacer’ No. 142005 being sent off for its

Stanier pair celebrate Conwy Valley reopening

NETWORK Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services hosted a special main line steam trip on August 3 to celebrate the reopening of the Conwy Valley line in North Wales. ‘The Conwy Quest’, double-headed by West Coast Railways’ Stanier ‘8F’ No. 48151 and ‘Jubilee’ No. 45690 Leander, ran from Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog. 

Chicago’s Metra adds diesel locos

CHICAGO commuter rail operator Metra is buying 24 former Amtrak California diesel locos, and has ordered 15 rebuilt freight locos to replace older diesels.  Metra bought 24 F59PHI locos from Amtrak in 2018 and is currently overhauling and repainting them into its livery. They have entered service in 2019, mainly operating

Battery-fitted trams for Oklahoma

THE new light rail system in Oklahoma City opened on December 14, 2018, and is operated as two loops: a 7.8km north-south Downtown Loop, which also shares tracks with almost all of the route used by the 3.2km Bricktown Loop in the Bricktown entertainment district.  Oklahoma Streetcar 201804 leaving the Memorial Museum

Stadler ‘FLIRTs’ in service in Texas

TEXAS gained a new commuter railway in January, which is operated using eight Stadler-built ‘FLIRT’ DEMUs, incorporating central diesel power pack units. Stadler assembled the trains at its new factory in Salt Lake City, Utah.  TEXRail Stadler DEMU No. 105 arriving at Grapevine, Texas on June 27 with a Fort Worth to

Stadtwerke Augsburg to Buy 11 Stadler TRAMLINK Trams

Augsburg, the third-largest city in Bavaria after Munich and Nuremberg, is to get eleven new Stadler TRAMLINK trams. Stadtwerke Augsburg, the municipal utility provider, has signed a contract with Stadler for the trams that also includes a 16-year maintenance period. Stadler says this is the first light rail maintenance contract it

Industry Insider Week 39 – 18 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Railway-News spoke to Ted Greener and Ian Jefferies from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) about the future of rail freight and the association’s activities at Railway Interchange 2019. The ARR represent major freight railroads in the US, Canada and Mexico as well as Amtrak and regional commuter railroads. AAR

High Speed 1 rail line ‘to cost companies £26 million a year’

Rail companies will have to pay £26 million per year to keep the High Speed 1 train line operational. The numbers are more than quadruple the amount they were paying a decade ago, according to new figures. Analysis from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) shows that operators should

Rail Baltica Addresses Impact of Climate Change

Climate Change Mitigation Measures Severe weather events such as heavy rain and winds, storms and snow, freezing rain and glazed frost can all suspend or disrupt rail traffic. They can also damage railway infrastructure. Operational safety and additional asset damage are further concerns. There are also financial considerations. For example, insurance

Classic Viennese trams fading away as new stock takes over

ONE of Europe’s most numerous tram designs is fast disappearing.  Vienna tram operator Wiener Linien bought more than 500 Type E trams, based on the German Duewag articulated design, between 1959 and 1990.  Soon to be history: Two ‘E2’ trams outside Wien Praterstern station on April 30. The E-type

Rare trip for ‘spruced-up’ East Somerset two-colour DMU

CLASS 108 DMU DMBS No. M51909 and DTCL No. M56271 has received considerable attention, including reupholstered seats and re-flooring within the interior.  The driving trailer has been repainted in BR blue but not yet lettered. The driving motor will be repainted over the coming winter. The pair are owned by the Mendip Traction

Rail Delivery Group: Reform Rail Fares to Combat Climate Crisis

The Rail Delivery Group says the best way to maximise passenger numbers in any given train is to make rail fares easier to understand; by providing better walk-up fares; and by smoothing out the ‘cliff-edge’ between peak and off-peak prices that has come about as a result of existing regulations.


Britain’s best-selling rail title 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 a look back at Longmoor Military Railway with October 31 marking the 50th anniversary of its closure. Gary Boyd-Hope accompanies the feature with

Bespoke footbridge for South Downs park site

A UNIQUE new footbridge has been designed to provide safer access across the railway at Tide Mills, near Seaford, in the South Downs National Park.  Planning permission has been granted for the bespoke design, which is intended to blend with the local landscape and the old village of Tide Mills. 

Art project lights up Cannon Street bridge

A £45MILLION project to illuminate 15 bridges over the River Thames in central London is underway, with four of the city’s most famous crossings now completed.  Network Rail’s Cannon Street bridge is one of the initial quartet featuring multi-coloured lighting, as the result of a collaboration between London-based and international creative

NR annual report highlights delivery successes – but debt grows again

NEW and expanded stations, electrification schemes and capacity for an additional 3,000 trains a week are all highlighted as successes in Network Rail’s 2018/19 annual report.  The year to March 31, 2019, saw £7billion invested in targeted improvements to the British rail network, and although many of those were delayed, the

Victa Peak Forest ‘super shunters’ bow out – but new hoppers come on stream

REPORTS suggest Victa Railfreight has replaced its hired Class 56 ‘super shunters’ at Peak Forest in Derbyshire with Class 66s.  No. 66732 GBRf The First Decade – John Smith MD hauls a fully laden rake of DB Cargo MMA box wagons out of Dove Holes Quarry, bound for Peak Forest Long Sidings,

Delay to Birmingham’s eastern £137m extension

GOVERNMENT approval for the West Midlands Metro’s £137million Eastside extension to Digbeth, which would serve the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, is being delayed by uncertainty over the high-speed rail project. The extended tramline, which would connect Curzon Street with New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, may not

Pilgrim returns to service at Watford Miniature Railway

MUCH-travelled 0-6-0T Pilgrim (D King 1980) is visiting the 10¼in-gauge Watford Miniature Railway (WMR) for the railway’s 60th anniversary season (RM July, p84). It arrived on August 6 following boiler work at Denver Light Railway, Birmingham. Pilgrim was built for the Wells & Walsingham Railway, Norfolk, running there from the line’s opening

Copenhagen Cityringen Metro Line Opens Sunday

Each station has two elevators. The goal is to make the stations easier to use for passengers in wheelchairs or with strollers. Overall, access is important. With the opening of Cityringen 85 percent of Copenhagen residents will live within 600m of a metro or train station. To bring the existing system

Three Katie’s booked for Kirklees gala!

THE Friends of Kirklees Light Railway’s Annual Steam & Diesel Gala Weekend on September 14-15 will feature two visiting locos and a resident – all named Katie. The event theme is Estate Railways, with visiting locos comprising resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie and 0-8-2 River Irt, from Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway;

Ringing the loco changes at Richmond as Pixie arrives

OPERATIONAL O&K 0-4-0WT – identified as 3136/1908 and named Susan –has left Jeremy Martin’s Richmond Light Railway.  It is now at Hollycombe Steam in the Country (formally Hollycombe Working Steam Museum), following its acquisition by a Hollycombe trustee.  O&K 0-4-0WT (identified as 3136/1908) pilots ex-Dinorwic Hunslet 0-4-0ST Jerry M

Official Kick-Off for Robel North America Corporation

Robel machines are working on the railroad tracks of around 100 countries worldwide. Now the time has come for the next step on the company’s path to strategic internationalisation. Robel is establishing close proximity to the market and the customer by setting up a separate company in North America. At the


RN: In 2017 then chief executive of Network Rail (UK) Mark Carne said to The Guardian newspaper that he had secured a pledge from the government that toilets on trains allowing raw sewage to be dumped on to the tracks were to be phased out by 2019 in favour of

Alstom to Equip ICE 3 Trains with Atlas ETCS

Alstom will work with the manufacturer of the ICE 3, Siemens, to integrate the ETCS system into the on-board control technology. Homologation will take place step by step in Germany, for cross-border routes into Switzerland, in Belgium and in France. Two of Alstom’s sites in Germany – Braunschweig and Salzgitter (both

NEWAG to Deliver 5 Dragon 2 Locomotives to RCP

Polish rolling stock manufacturer NEWAGO S.A. has signed a framework agreement as well as five individual delivery contracts and service contracts with Rail Capital Partners. NEWAG will now deliver five Dragon 2 electric locomotives to RCP. Once NEWAG delivers on this order Rail Capital Partners will have a total of 50 locomotives

Brigitte Zypries Joins Bombardier Transportation Supervisory Board

06 Aug 2019 | Infrastructure Cairo Region to Get Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 System Bombardier, as part of a consortium, has won a contract to design, build, operate and maintain two monorail lines in the Cairo region. source=

Merseyrail strikes called off as union claims progress in talks

Strikes planned on Merseyrail in the long running dispute over guards on trains have been called off so talks can continue. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union were due to walk out on September 30 and October 2 and 4. A series of meetings and safety workshops have been held,

ScotRail to Harness GSM-R for Passenger Information

Scotland: ScotRail has successfully trialled using GSM-R, the international wireless communications standard for railways, as a tool to give passengers more detailed information. Up until now ScotRail had used the digital communications system to allow train drivers and signallers to communicate with each other. Now, however, ScotRail is using GSM-R on

Northern Fleet Refurbishment Two Thirds Complete

The trains in the Northern fleet that are undergoing refurbishment works, as per the franchise agreement are: Sprinters: Class 150/1 & 150/2 Super Sprinters: Class 155 & 156 Express Sprinters: Class 158/0 & 158/9 Turbostars: Class 170/4 Class 319, 323 & 333 EMUs Improved Passenger Facilities The refurbishment programme will make the trains more comfortable and provide

RMT to stage industrial action over tube track noise

A TRACK fastening system which is alleged to be the source of excessive noise on parts of London Underground has sparked industrial action by the RMT on four deep tube lines. Pandrol Vanguard is described by its manufacturer as ‘a unique rail fastening system with very low vertical dynamic stiffness that

Ground-Breaking for Dallas Area Rapid Transit Silver Line

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and local dignitaries broke ground on the Silver Line on 19 September. This new 26-mile regional railway line will connect Plano to Dallas Forth Worth International Airport. Events to mark the ground-breaking took place in five cities – Addison, Plano, Dallas, Carrollton and Richardson, as well

Paris-Lyon High-Speed Line to Get Atlas ERTMS Level 2

Demand for capacity increases are only set to rise, however. The rail passenger transport market will open up for competition in 2019, meaning that new operators can make additional train path requests. With the technology as it currently stands, the line is already running at capacity. This is why upgrading

Deutsche Bahn Tests White Rails to Reduce Overheating

DB has been investigating the efficacy of white paint on its tracks since last year. As a result of climate change, creating long, hot summers in Germany, this solution is an option for Deutsche Bahn. High temperatures can put the rails and track bed under stress, since steel expands in

Third open train doors error in just over a year

THE Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been notified of another incident of doors being opened wrongly – the third in just over a year. In this case several passengers jumped down on to the line, because the doors involved were not next to a platform. This incident was reported at Hockley

BLS Halts Roll-Out of New Planning Software

The private Swiss rail operator BLS is halting the introduction of a new resource planning system. BLS has aborted the roll-out of the new software, which would allow BLS to plan the deployment of trains and personnel, because important requirements cannot be met. Consequently the risk would be too high

Changzhou Metro Line 1 Commences Passenger Service

Changzhou Metro Co. Ltd awarded the contract for the CITYFLO system to BNS in 2016. BNP acted as sub=contractor to NUG to provide the propulsion and control equipment. This aspect of the contract has also included the engineering, manufacturing, testing, commissioning and initial delivery of spare parts for traction converters. Future

The Future of Rail Freight

Speaking about his own role at the AAR, Ian Jefferies had a positive view: “I am privileged to help lead this industry as the President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). What’s particularly exciting to me is not just what freight rail has achieved throughout our nation’s history, but

Kent & East Sussex gives green light to Restaurant Car restoration at Eastleigh

A 1961-BUILT BR Mk1 unclassed Restaurant Car left the railway on July 30 for full restoration by Arlington Fleet Services at Eastleigh. It had stood in the open at the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR) since 2003. The £200,000 refurbishment will see No. 1987 transformed into a new kitchen

‘Hall’ meets ‘Saint’ in Didcot photography event

IT WAS a case of ‘before and after’ at Didcot Railway Centre on August 17 when newly completed Churchward ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend came face to face with Collett ‘Hall’ No. 5900 Hinderton Hall.  The meeting of the two 4-6-0s was significant: Collett’s ‘Halls’ were a direct derivative of the ‘Saints’

The Policy Update North America

Canada, Vancouver In January 2019 the Canadian Transportation Agency opened an investigation into whether BNSF, CN and CP breached their level of obligations in the Vancouver, BC, area between October 2018 and January 2019. It has found that neither BNSF nor Canadian Pacific breached their level of obligations, but that Canadian

Industry Insider Week 37 / 38 – 20 Must-Read Rail News Stories

After Poland’s accession to the EU, the country received massive economic investment as well as investment in its railway infrastructure and rolling stock. Some of the new rolling stock for the Polish market will be unveiled at this year’s TRAKO. Bombardier, a co-organiser of TRAKO, will present its new TRAXX DC3

Caledonian Sleepers to be hit by industrial action

THE troubled Caledonian Sleeper franchise is set to be disrupted again – this time by industrial action, after talks to settle a long-running dispute with the RMT broke down yesterday. A walkout will be staged between midday on 29 September until the same time on 1 October, followed by a ban

MBTA Orders 80 Commuter Rail Double-Decker Coaches

Phase 1: Double-Decker Coaches from Hyundai-Rotem The 80 new double-decker coaches are to replace single-decker coaches. This approach is an effective way of adding capacity (without, for example, having to lengthen platforms or reduce train headways). Hyundai-Rotem will fit these coaches with additional features such as LED lighting and positive train

Parker Hannifin: Transforming Ancillary Systems

Everything discussed so far has cost implications both in terms of system procurement cost and indirect costs for engineering. However, there are other less visible impacts such as the training requirements for different bespoke systems, the different maintenance requirements and activities and even installation methods and time. The transformational new approach

Deutsche Bahn Establishes Digital Railway Company

Starting in January 2020, DSD GmbH will organise the establishment of digital rail operations and prepare the industrial roll-out of this future technology. A launch packet that includes three projects will begin in 2020: The entire north-south TEN-T corridor is to have ETCS Cologne-Frankfurt will be a high-speed connection The S-Bahn project in Stuttgart According