PowerRail Awarded Major Contract with New Jersey Transit

PowerRail, Inc., a certified AAR M-1003 Quality Company, was recently awarded a multi-year $1.9M contract with New Jersey Transit to manufacture new Passenger Car Class F Journal Adapter Boxes. Paul Foster, President and CEO of PowerRail, stated: “This is a fabulous opportunity for PowerRail, and our bearings and journal box facility, Cooper

Australian investment group FSI to buy Patriot Rail

USA: Australian investment group First State Investments announced an agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of short line group Patriot Rail & Ports from SteelRiver Infrastructure Partners on August 26.  Terms were not disclosed. Formed in 2006 and acquired by SteelRiver in 2012, Florida-based Patriot now has 12 lines totalling

World rail infrastructure market – August 2019

Australia: ARTC has appointed Turner & Townsend and SNC-Lavalin to provide programme management office services for the Inland Rail project. Canada: Thales is to supply SelTrac CBTC signalling for Toronto’s Finch West light rail line and Stage 2 of the O-Train Confederation Line in Ottawa. Croatia: HŽ Infrastruktura, the Port of Rijeka

World rolling stock market – August 2019

Australia: The UGL Unipart 70:30 JV has been awarded a five-year extension to its contract to maintain Sydney Trains’ fleet of more than 1 050 vehicles. The contract runs for five years from July 1, replacing a two-year extension announced in January. South Australia has awarded Bombardier a contract to supply

Alstom to supply 252 multiple-unit cars to Western Australia

AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia announced on August 19 that it had selected Alstom Transport Australia as preferred bidder to supply the next generation of electric multiple-units to operate on the Transperth network serving the state capital. Details of the A$1·6bn contract are expected to be finalised by late

MIRA and PGGM to acquire all of Genesee & Wyoming Australia

AUSTRALIA: Existing shareholders Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets and PGGM have agreed to assume full ownership of the Genesee & Wyoming Australia business. This announcement on August 6 follows an agreement for GWA’s parent company Genesee & Wyoming Inc to be acquired by Brookfield Infrastructure and GIC in a transaction which

LED Bulbs – Are They Worth the Investment?

As we all know, there is no shortage of lightbulbs on and in a locomotive. With multiple applications that require a luminary, whether it be headlights on the outside, cab-lighting within, or even safety switches, the sizes and options seem to be endless. And let’s not forget the technology that

Loram to acquire Aurizon’s rail grinding business

AUSTRALIA: Loram Maintenance of Way has agreed to purchase Aurizon’s rail grinding business, along with its contracts to serve four customers. ‘Loram recognises substantial opportunities in the Australian rail market’, explained Stephen Mannix, Managing Director of local subsidiary Loram Pty Ltd, when the agreement was announced on August 12. ‘This acquisition

Sunbury line upgrade package

AUSTRALIA: The Victoria state government has approved the first package of civil works to upgrade the 39·5 km Sunbury suburban line, which forms the electrified suburban section of the Melbourne – Bendigo main line. The upgrading will pave the way for enhanced services following completion of the Metro Tunnel project in 2025.

New Infrared Technology to Reduce Dwell Times in Sydney

Downer has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney, in collaboration with the Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, to develop Dwell Track. This technology is an infrared digital imaging system that aims to optimise customer flow and safety on platforms. Wynyard Station was the first to get the new technology. The

Vossloh sales up as rationalisation progresses

VOSSLOH: Reporting its half-year results on July 25, Vossloh Group announced that sales had increased by 4·6% to €437·1m from €418·1m for the first six months of 2018. An 18·6% increase in orders received to €568·9m had helped to lift the group’s order backlog by 33·7% to €726·9m at the

Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only customer switched its

World rail infrastructure market – July 2019

Australia: Laing O’Rourke, Jacobs and Metro Trains Melbourne have signed a A$89m contract to elevate the line at Toorak Road in Melbourne to eliminate a level crossing. e+ Architecture is to plan the refurbishment of Bendigo station in Victoria. Bangladesh: Pandrol is to provide Larsen & Toubro with VIPA DRS rail fastenings

Unipart Joint Venture Wins Five-Year Contract Extension

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

Eliwana mine and railway project launched

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

Industry Insider Week 27 – 9 Must-Read Rail Stories

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

Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an excellent outcome for all

Last of 30 B-Series Trains for Transperth Delivered

The Bombardier-EDI Downer joint venture, EDI Rail Bombardier Transportation Pty Ltd, has delivered the last of 30 B-Series electric multiple units to Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA). Bombardier-EDI Downer JV celebrates delivery of final B-Series EMU © Bombardier Transportation The contract for the 30 railcars dates back to 2016. The Minister

From the archive: The big bird that flew too far

Words: Nick Pigott As the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotive in the world at the time, Kestrel promised a motive power revolution… but it turned out to be ‘too good for its own good’! Shunned by BR despite its 125mph speed potential, it vanished behind the Iron Curtain where it became the

Camira: Made for Travelling in Style

With the ever-increasing demand on rail networks and operators striving to design trains that offer more for passengers, suppliers are being put to the test and asked to up their game in what they can provide to the rail sector. It all comes down to what defines a good train journey

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

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

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

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

Industry Insider Week 22 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 22 for 27–31 May 2019: Alstom metro for Lyon Line 2 © Alstom/Mobylette Jaune Infrastructure Sydney Metro Rouse Hill Station © MDRX under licence Sydney Metro North West Enters Commercial Service Sydney Metro North West

Sydney Metro North West Enters Commercial Service

Sydney Metro North West entered commercial service on Sunday, 26 May.  The operator, Metro Trains Sydney, will run the new trains every four minutes during peak times. This volume could be increased in the future, if needed. However, during the first six weeks, the operator will run trains every five minutes

Colombia: Alstom Installs Incremental Train Control System

Alstom has set up a new phase of its ‘incremental train control system‘ (ITCS) for tracks used by Ferrocarriles del Norte de Colombia (FENOCO). This system will optimise the performance of the company’s freight trains.  The Incremental Train Control System – satellite-based train control © Alstom / A. Février Delivered two months ahead

Faster track stripping

AUSTRALIA: John Holland has developed a rail springer excavator attachment which, it says, makes the traditionally labour-intensive and high-risk process of track stripping both safer and up to five times faster. ‘The springer is designed to attach to an excavator via a quick hitch, the road-rail excavator then moves along the

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

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

Melbourne grade separation contract awarded

AUSTRALIA: The Southern Program Alliance consortium of Acciona Geotech subsidiary Coleman Rail, Lendlease and WSP has been awarded a A$536m contract for grade separation works in southeast Melbourne. The contract announced on April 1 is an extension of a A$588m contract to remove level crossings which had been won by the

World rolling stock market – March 2019

Australia: NSW is to ‘fast-track’ the delivery of a further 17 Downer EDI/CRRC Changchun Waratah Series 2 double-deck EMUs for use on the Sydney Trains network from 2020, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance announced on February 6. Meanwhile, the UGL Unipart JV’s contract to provide heavy maintenance and logistics services

World rail infrastructure market – March 2019

Australia: The federal government has committed A$15m towards the construction of park-and-ride facilities at Mango Hill and Ferny Grove stations on the Brisbane suburban network. Brazil: Teltronic is to supply Tetra telecoms to Porto Alegre metro operator Trensurb. Colombia: Siemens has won a €42m contract to upgrade signalling on Line

Melbourne airport rail link accord

AUSTRALIA: Development of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is set to move forward following the signing of Heads of Agreement between the federal government and the state of Victoria on March 13. Announced jointly by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews, the agreement sets out

NSW inter-city fleet order increased

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government has awarded the RailConnect consortium a A$130m contract to supply a further 42 double-deck electric multiple-unit cars, taking its New Intercity Fleet order to a total of 554 vehicles. The additional vehicles will enable peak services on the South Coast Line to be increased

African rail summit sets out digital future

AFRICA: The first UIC African Rail Digital Summit which was held in Cape Town on February 25-27 set out an agenda for the digital transformation of railways across the continent. Taking as its theme ‘Africa: the continent of the digital future for rail’, the event was organised by the International Union

World rail infrastructure market – February 2019

Argentina: The Ministry of Transport has awarded a consortium of Alstom (58%) and POSE (42%) a €90m contract to modernise signalling on sections of the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires. Australia: The NSW state government has awarded Lendlease a A$476m contract to build Victoria Cross station as part of

CAF to replace New South Wales regional train fleet

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government signed a contract for 117 multiple-unit cars to replace its entire regional train fleet on February 14. The Momentum Trains consortium of CAF, Pacific Partnership and DIF Infrastructure V has been awarded an availability-based PPP contract to design, build, finance and maintain the new regional

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