Doncaster hub prepares to maintain Azuma fleet

UK: Hitachi Rail Ltd is ramping up maintenance activity at Agility Trains East’s new Doncaster depot as the roll-out of Class 800/801 Azuma trainsets begins on the East Coast Main Line. The first Azuma entered service on May 15, and four more were being used for driver training in late

Talgo-SYSTRA JV to Refurbish Metrolink Rail Cars

Metrolink (California) has awarded a contract to refurbish 121 Bombardier rail cars to a Talgo-SYSTRA joint venture. This contract is worth 138.9 million USD (124.74 million euros). The initial order is for 50 rail cars, but the contract also includes an option for a further 71 cars. A Metrolink train in

Fahma Orders 27 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains from Alstom

The Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund (RMV) subsidiary Fahma GmbH, which operates the Taunusbahn, has chosen a winner of its Europe-wide tender for 27 fuel cell trains: Alstom. The French rolling stock manufacturer will deliver the Coradia iLint units in time for the timetable change in December 2022. Alstom says this order will

‘World’s largest fleet of fuel cell trains’ ordered

GERMANY: Following a European tender, the Fahma rolling stock subsidiary of Rhein-Main transport authority RMV has awarded Alstom a contract to supply and support a fleet of 27 fuel cell multiple-units. ‘RMV will have the world's largest fleet of fuel cell trains in passenger service’, said RMV Managing Director Prof Knut

MOB’s gauge-changing bogies pass test

SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn is on course to launch its long-planned through-service between Montreux and Interlaken on December 13 2020, following the completion of tests with specially-developed dual-gauge bogies and a gauge-changing facility at the break of gauge in Zweisimmen. Announcing the success of the trials during a demonstration of the equipment

Industry Insider Week 20 – 12 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 20 for 13–17 May 2019: Rendering of Siemens Mobility’s Velaro Novo high-speed train © Rolling Stock Alstom Coradia Polyvalent in France © Markus Eigenheer under licence Five Additional Coradia Polyvalent Trains for Région

Hitachi Azuma Enters Service for LNER

The cutting-edge Azuma trains, which Hitachi Rail has manufactured at its site in Newton Aycliffe, have entered service on the East Coast Main Line. The first Hitachi Azuma trains begin operating on the East Coast Main Line © DfT The first Azuma (Class 800) trains will run between London and Leeds. Over the

Metrolink fleet modernisation contract awarded

USA: Southern California Regional Rail Authority has awarded a joint venture of Talgo and Systra  a contract worth up to $138·9m for the refurbishment of up to 121 Bombardier BiLevel coaches used on Metrolink commuter services. There is a firm order for the modernisation of an initial 50 coaches, with work

Alstom Presents Hydrogen Breeze Train Model at Railtex

Alstom Breeze model at Railtex © Railway-News Alstom has chosen Railtex to present a model of its hydrogen train design, the Breeze train. At their stand at Birmingham’s NEC – S41 – Alstom are presenting a to-scale model of their Breeze train. This is Alstom’s hydrogen train design for the United Kingdom,

Breeze hydrogen multiple-unit order expected soon

UK: Alstom Transport is hopeful of confirming an order before the end of this year for its Breeze hydrogen multiple-unit trains being developed in partnership with leasing company Eversholt Rail, suggesting that the first trains could enter service ‘as early as 2022’. Unveiling a scale model of the three-car HMU at

Azuma carries first passengers to Leeds

A HITACHI Azuma train was due to carry passengers on the East Coast Main Line for the first time today The new Intercity Expresses should have started running last December, but the already postponed launch was further delayed by continuing problems with electromagnetic interference, which affected signalling and safety-critical CCTV systems. The

LNER launches Hitachi Azuma trainsets

UK: ‘The launch of the Hitachi Azuma fleet is another step in the history of a route which has long been associated with iconic trains’, LNER Manging Director David Horne told guests on a preview train on May 14, the day before the new fleet is set to enter passenger

Azuma makes demonstration run to Peterborough

THE first LNER Azuma set to carry passengers on the East Coast Main Line has made a demonstration run from London King's Cross to Peterborough and back. Rail minister Andrew Jones was at King's Cross, where he welcomed the 'next step in a significant transformation', while LNER managing director David Horne

Polarteknik: Door System Products and Expert Services

More Safety, Reliability, Availability and Fire Integrity for Your Fleets The Polarteknik Door System products range includes: complete fire barrier wallsautomatic single or double leaf sliding doorstelescopic doors, curved doorsmanual doors All our products are tailored to customers’ specific needs. The service portfolio includes design, installation and commissioning support, maintenance, modernisation, spare parts and

Feature articles in the May 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Bridging the skills gap News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Suburban standoff in South Africa, Austria and Russia make case for

MBTA Overhauls 27 Additional F40 Locomotives

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will overhaul a further 27 F40 commuter rail locomotives.  Overhaul of F40 Locomotive © MBTA The Fiscal and Management Control Board of MBTA voted in favour of a contract option that would see an additional 27 F40 commuter rail locomotives overhauled. MBTA has an existing contract

Industry Insider Week 17 – 8 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 Week 17 for 22–26 April 2019: Crossrail progress: line-wide systems © Crossrail Ltd Rolling Stock Stadler FLIRT train for Ottawa Trillium Line Stadler Wins Contract for Ottawa Trillium Line Trains Stadler has won a contract to

Caledonian Sleeper launches new CAF coaches

UK: London to Scotland overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper put the first of its new fleet of CAF coaches into service on April 28. The Mk V vehicles built in northern Spain are initially being used on the Lowlander route from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Highlander route between London

Co-operative proposes Wessex open access train service

UK: Ambitious plans to launch a network of open access regional passenger services in western England are being developed by independent not-for-profit co-operative society GO-OP Co-operative Ltd, which hopes to start operations in summer 2020. GO-OP is proposing to offer at least three direct trains each way per day between Swindon

Kenya plans to travel 132,000 passengers a day by 2022

Kenya’s government has agreed to buy 11 second-hand DMUs from Mallorca metre-gauge operator Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) for use by Kenya Railways’ Nairobi commuter rail services on five routes radiating from the capital. The deal is worth 1.5 billion Kenyan Shillings ($1.5million) and is reportedly around a tenth of

From Mallorca to Nairobi

KENYA’s government has agreed to buy 11 second-hand DMUs from Mallorca metre-gauge operator Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM) for use by Kenya Railways’ Nairobi commuter rail services on five routes radiating from the capital.     The deal is worth 1.5 billion Kenyan Shillings ($1.5million) and is reportedly around

Rocky Mountaineer expands dome car fleet

CANADA: The first four of 10 custom-designed double-deck dome cars which high-end tourist train operator Rocky Mountaineer has ordered from Stadler are expected to enter service shortly, operating from Vancouver to Jasper, Lake Louise  and Banff during the 2019 tourist season. Rocky Mountaineer said the order placed in May 2016 was

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 –

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

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

Metrans orders Vectron locomotives

EUROPE: Hamburger Hafen & Logistik subsidiary Metrans has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply 10 Vectron MS locomotives for use on cross-border freight service in central and eastern Europe. The order announced on April 10 includes the 900th Vectron to be sold. Deliveries from Siemens Mobility’s München–Allach factory are scheduled

Ghana eastern line concession agreed

GHANA: A US$2·2bn build-operate-transfer concession agreement for the 340 km Accra – Achimota – Koforidua – Bososo – Boankra – Kumasi railway project was signed by the Ministry of Railway Development and Ghana European Railway Consortium on April 4. The agreement must now be approved by the cabinet and parliament. GERC

Feature | Access all areas?

Ben Jones looks at the thorny issue of open access in the UK and Europe, its successes and failures, and the arguments for and against. Grand Central was set up by open access specialist Alliance Rail, but is now part of the Arriva/Deutsche Bahn empire. It operates a fleet of 10

Access all areas?

Ben Jones looks at the thorny issue of open access in the UK and Europe, its successes and failures, and the arguments for and against. ASK someone for their views on open access passenger operations and the response will give you a pretty good idea where they stand on the much

ENR orders 160 km/h Talgo trainsets

EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has selected Talgo to supply and maintain a fleet of six 160 km/h trainsets at a total cost of around €158m, the manufacturer announced on April 7. Intended to operate inter-city services on ENR’s principal routes linking Alexandria, Cairo and Aswan, the trains will be formed of 14

DB stops accepting ICE4 trains after welding issues discovered

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has stopped accepting deliveries of new ICE4 trainsets, after it emerged that bodyshell welding had not been carried out as prescribed. Siemens Mobility is the general contractor for the ICE4 fleet under framework contract awarded in May 2011, with subcontractor Bombardier Transportation responsible around 30% of the overall

On This Day | 20 years ago…

Taken from our huge The Railway Magazine archive, check out what happened in world of railways in April, 20 years ago! 20 years ago: An eye-opening sight as Metro-Vick ‘A’ class No. A39, finished in the silver livery used by CIÉ in the 1950s, waits at Rosslare Europort to return to

Passenger numbers rise on Virgin West Coast

VIRGIN Trains has reported a rise of almost a third in the number of passengers travelling between London and Glasgow over the past six years. The operator, 49 per cent of which is owned by Stagecoach, eased peak restrictions on Fridays last November. Virgin said nearly 2,000 people are now travelling daily

First look inside new Caledonian Sleeper trains

UK: London to Scotland overnight train operator Caledonian Sleeper has unveiled the interiors of its new coaches, which are being built by CAF in northern Spain. Entry into service had originally been scheduled for April 2018 but is now expected by the end of May. The Lowlander route between London and

Talgo committed to UK expansion strategy

UK: Planning for the development of a rolling stock manufacturing plant in Scotland and a research facility in northern England is continuing ‘at full pace’, Talgo Group President Carlos de Palacio Oriol told Railway Gazette in Madrid on April 1. Pointing out that Talgo’s two Spanish plants at Las Matas and

Nomad Digital – Smart Technology

Nomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet-management digital solutions to the rail industry. We offer […] The post Nomad Digital – Smart Technology appeared first on Railway News.

Class 333 refurbishment unveiled by Northern

NORTHERN has begun a refresh and refurbishment programme on its fleet of 16 Class 333 EMUs.  The work continues the refurbishment on Class 158s and 170s. The first unit to be refurbished is No. 333013, completed at the end of February. Following this is 333001 with 333011, due out by the end of

Coming up in the April issue of The RM: New hope for Green Arrow and ‘J52’ as NRM sets out its long-term operating strategy

THE National Railway Museum has published its long-awaited new strategy for operating rail vehicles from the National Collection over the next 15 years.  The 20-page report sets out how the Science Museum Group (SMG) plans to operate its fleet, and which vehicles will be available for main line use, operation within

CAF wins Frecciarossa Maintenance Contract in Italy

Spanish train manufacturer CAF has secured a maintenance contract in Italy for the country’s high-speed Frecciarossa fleet. Trenitalia S.p.A., […] The post CAF wins Frecciarossa Maintenance Contract in Italy appeared first on Railway News.

UWC rolls out ‘revolutionary’ articulated tank wagon

KAZAKHSTAN: United Wagon Co says the design of 400 articulated liquefied petroleum gas tank wagons which it is supplying to company Texol is ‘revolutionary, with no other model on the CIS market able to match its technical and operational standards’. The Type 15-9541-01 was designed by UWC’s All-Union Research & Development

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 market – March 2019

Europe: The European Commission has appointed HaCon and Circle to study options for evolving TAF TSI telematics standards to align with digitalisation initiatives in the logistics sector. Israel: Corys and Elbit Systems are to supply two full and six desktop simulators for the training centre which ISR is building in

Oil instead of coal for Puffing Billy Railway

THE Puffing Billy Railway has converted one of its fleet of ‘NA’ class locos to burn oil instead of coal to reduce fire risk. The move will enable steam operation even in hot summer months.  Oil-fired 14A seen on its first day back in traffic on October 18, 2018 at Gembrook. VAL

First, Hitachi move ahead with East Coast open access

FIRSTGROUP’S plans to run budget-priced open access services on the East Coast Main Line have taken a major step forward with the order of five new trains from Hitachi. The rolling stock deal, worth £100 million, involves train leasing company Beacon Rail. The order is for five electric 5-car AT300 Hitachi sets,

EMUs to increase capacity in eastern Austria

AUSTRIA: National railway ÖBB’s passenger business has awarded Siemens Mobility a firm contract to supply a further 24 Cityjet three-car Desiro ML electric multiple-units for use in Wien, Niederösterreich and Burgenland from mid-2020. These will replace older vehicles, increase capacity to accommodate rising ridership, and support upgrading of the Marchegger Ostbahn, Pottendorf,

Suburban operator orders EMUs

RUSSIA: Central Suburban Passenger Co has awarded Transmashholding’s Demikhovsky factory a contract to supply 21 Class EP2D electric multiple-units, to be financed by Sberbank Leasing. The 11-car 3kV DC EMUs will be 244 m long with a capacity of 2 866 passengers. Three will have folding steps for use at stations with

CAI International sells wagons

USA: CAI International has agreed to sell 2 146 wagons, approximately 30% of its North American lease fleet, for $200m. The sale of 1 946 wagons was completed on February 26, realising a gain of $7m, while the remaining 200 wagons are currently being manufactured and will be sold in

DB unveils details of ECx Talgos

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced further details of the 23 push-pull trains that it ordered from Talgo for €550m in February as part of a framework contract for up to 100 trainsets. At an event in Berlin on March 13 attended by the government’s Commissioner for Rail and Parliamentary Secretary of

What happened on this day…

Taken from our huge The Railway Magazine archive, check out what featured on this day a century ago, what headlined our issue 20 years ago, and more! 100 years ago: A Marylebone to Beaconsfield train leaves London behind Great Central Railway’s superheated 4-6-2T No. 24 (later LNER/BR class ‘A5’). KACR NUNN 100

VR selects Stadler to supply diesel locomotives

FINLAND: Stadler has been selected for a contract to supply 60 diesel shunting locomotives, national railway VR Group announced on March 11. The contract, which is expected to be finalised during April, would be worth approximately €200m, with deliveries scheduled for 2022-25. There would be an option for a further 100

LNER Azuma Class 800 authorised for passenger service

UK: InterCity East Coast operator LNER has finally received approval for its Class 800 ‘Azuma’ trainsets to enter passenger service on the East Coast Main Line, subject to the completion of final testing. In a letter to manufacturer Hitachi Rail Europe, the Office of Road & Rail has authorised the operation

Maintenance vehicles delivered

POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has taken delivery of six maintenance vehicles which it purchased last year. A multi-purpose vehicle purchased for 4·5m złoty is equipped with tools including a welder, grinder and drill, as well as a power generator and a crane. The bidirectional 80 km/h vehicle has capacity for

120 jobs set to be lost as Gemini closes Springburn

THE Springburn rolling stock refurbishment plant in Glasgow is to close, with 120 jobs set to be lost. Its new owners Gemini Rail Services have blamed a fall-off in contracts to upgrade older rolling stock. Thousands of new vehicles are coming into service on Scottish routes and the rest of the National

Gemini confirms Springburn works closure

UK: Gemini Rail has confirmed that it is to close its Springburn rolling stock maintenance works in Glasgow, citing ‘severely adverse market conditions affecting its core business’ and losses of £1m per month throughout 2018. The site has work in place until July, but closure is planned by March 2020

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

Electrification to reach Market Harborough

UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed that infrastructure manager Network Rail has been instructed to design an extension of the Midland Main Line electrification by around 15 km from Kettering to Market Harborough, which would enable a new connection to a power supply at Braybrooke. In a written answer to

TPE’s Liverpool-Scotland service delayed

TransPennine Express has confirmed that it will be unable to introduce its new service between Liverpool and Glasgow as introduction of new trains, originally scheduled to begin during 2018 continues to be delayed. The new three trains a day service was initially due to begin in December 2018 before May

First new Stansted Express trainset delivered

UK: The first of 10 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units which Greater Anglia has ordered for use on Stansted Express branded services between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport was delivered to the operator’s Norwich depot on February 28. It will now undergo safety and performance testing before it is approved for

Nigerian locomotive order signed

NIGERIA: China Civil Engineering Construction Corp has awarded CRRC Qishuyan a contract to supply diesel locomotives and multiple-units for use in Nigeria. The order covers four NDJ3N diesel multiple-units, two DF7GN shunting locomotives, six DF11GN passenger locomotives and nine DF8BN freight locomotives. The first batch of 10 locomotives is scheduled to

No confidence about Crossrail date, admits Mayor

THE Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has admitted that there is no date that can be given ‘with confidence’ for the opening of the critical central London section of Crossrail. The line between Paddington and Liverpool Street should have opened in December, but a controversy is continuing over who knew that

Metra orders rebuilt freight locomotives

USA: A $70·9m contract for Progress Rail to supply 15 rebuilt EMD SD70MAC freight locomotives to haul its commuter trains was approved by the board of Chicago operator Metra on February 20. There are options for up to 27 more if funding is made available. The remanufactured locomotives will be designated