ROBEL Strengthens Its Position in France

URMA Rail/Maintenance turn into Robel France SAS The Robel Group continues to grow – following Robel North America, Robel France has now gone operational. From 10 July 2019 the Robel Holding GmbH (formerly Deutsche Plasser Holding GmbH) hold 80 percent of the newly founded Robel France SAS in Burhaupt-le-Haut (Alsace). The former

Train Tracking Using Frauscher Axle Counters

Application Options: In DC track circuit-activated crossings, the replacement of only the island circuits with axle counters  Island circuits are the most challenging part of DC track circuit-based crossings, since they easily collect road salt and debris In this application, only the island circuit (middle track section) is replaced with two Wheel Sensors

Leading Rail Expert Marks 20 Years at Zonegreen

Sheffield-based Zonegreen is celebrating the achievements of its technical director, who has been driving up safety standards within the rail industry for the last two decades. Christian Fletcher is marking 20 years with the firm this month, during which time he has become one of the world’s leading experts in depot

What’s in Store at Railway Interchange 2019

RSI Educational & Technical Training Conference The RSI Educational & Technical Training Conference aims to educate participants on new technologies and trends in the rail industry. There will be more than 50 educational sessions on subjects such as railcar maintenance, rail operations, air brake technologies, and leadership in the rail industry. A number

ROBEL. Whatever The Task.

Competent & Certified: The Service One-Stop Shop Robel service delivers support across the full range of small and large railway construction machines with the key European workshop approvals from Germany, France, the UK and Scandinavia. The performance includes training, supply of spare parts, machine fault repair, full maintenance servicing schedule, retrofit

Mechan Adds New Landmark To Liverpool Depot

Sheffield manufacturer, Mechan, is ensuring a newly renovated rail depot in Liverpool has the lifting power to keep its maintenance roads operating efficiently. The lifting and handling specialist has installed a brand-new jib crane at the main doors of the Kirkdale depot, to transfer bogies to storage tracks at the side

Industry Insider Week 36 – 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Trains for Blackpool | Northern Continues Fleet Roll-Out | Rolling Stock Northern will begin operating new electric trains between Blackpool and Liverpool on Monday 9 September. The train operating company says further trains will be launched to serve Blackpool-York and Blackpool-Bolton-Hazel Grove. Northern are replacing their fleet of Pacer trains with

Socomec | The New Breed of Electrical Ecosystem

As a Top 100 supplier, integrated power manufacturer, Socomec, has been invited to take part in the annual CBRE Supply Partner Event on Thursday October 3rd 2019. The event showcases market leading products with an emphasis on delivering demonstrable value and exceptional user outcomes. Participants in the event are carefully selected

Stadler Wins Tram Tender for Swiss Capital

Future Option Should Bernmobil wish to expand its tram fleet further to have rolling stock for the Bern-Ostermundigen line or should it wish to extend services elsewhere, it can request further vehicles from the contract option starting in 2027. In 2018 the people of Bern narrowly voted in favour of a new

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

Alstom Rolling Stock Solutions at Expo Ferroviaria 2019

Railway Infrastructure Alstom has three rail infrastructure solutions for trams it will present at Expo Ferroviaria. They are all catenary-free solutions. Firstly, the APS ground-power system. Inspired by third rail technology in use on metro lines, the APS solution also features a ‘third rail’ between the two guide tracks. However, it

Avon Valley buys a ‘Gronk’ for £1

THE Avon Valley Railway took delivery of fully operational Class 08 No. 08663 on July 8 – being in effect a donation from Great Western Railway (GWR). The loco has been used in recent years at GWR’s St Philip’s Marsh depot, Bristol for moving diesel multiple units and high-speed train carriages

Stoneblower derailment causes chaos at Victoria

GATWICK Express and Southern services suffered severe disruption on July 9 after a Network Rail stoneblower derailed at London Victoria.  The vehicles had been engaged in overnight track maintenance in the station throat when one of the three sections became derailed on pointwork at around 03.00.  GEX services were

CAF Wins LeadMind Solution Contract in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: CAF has signed a contract with Saudi Railway Company (SAR) for its LeadMind solution. Specifically, the system permits real-time remote monitoring and condition-based maintenance. As part of the contract CAF will deliver real-time and advanced analytics functionalities for the trains on the Riyadh-Qurayyat line. Riyadh-Qurayyat Line The Riyadh-Qurayyat line runs

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

Vossloh Sells Locomotives Business to CRRC

German transport technology manufacturer Vossloh says it is selling its locomotives business to CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of CRRC Ltd. Vossloh is currently unable to reveal the purchase price, as various adjustments affecting the balance sheets are still outstanding. However, the anticipated sum lies in the low single-digit

Turkish operator orders Stadler electro-diesel locos

TURKEY: The Körfez Ulaştırma rail transport subsidiary of oil refiner Tüpraş has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven Eurodual electro-diesel locomotives from 2021, along with an eight-year full service maintenance agreement. Stadler said the order announced on August 27 was its first contract in Turkey, and they would be the

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

Red Férrea de Atlántico operational support contract awarded

COLOMBIA: National infrastructure authority ANI has awarded Spanish engineering and technology consultancy Airtificial a €1·5m contract to optimise operations on the Red Férrea de Atlántico. The contract covers operations on the 876 route-km linking Bogota, Belencito, La Dorada and Chiriguná. These 914 mm gauge lines had been out of service between 2010 and

Dresden Picks Bombardier to Supply 30 FLEXITY Trams

The transport authority in Dresden, Germany, has chosen Bombardier to manufacture and maintain 30 FLEXITY trams. Bombardier will also provide maintenance services for this fleet for 24 years. The total contract value is 197 million euros (219 million USD). The contract further includes options for ten more FLEXITY trams and

RTB Cargo to lease Smartron locomotives

GERMANY: Leasing company Northrail has signed a full-service agreement to provide RTB Cargo with three Siemens Mobility Smarton electric locomotives for up to five years. Announcing the contract on August 20, Northrail said the locos would be delivered by spring 2020 for use on automotive trains within Germany. Paribus Group’s Northrail business

Abellio Takes Over East Midlands Franchise

Abellio, which won the East Midlands franchise in April this year has started operating the line, which serves the Midland Main Line. Operating as East Midlands Railway, major calling points include London St Pancras, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Scarborough. The franchise contract is set to run for eight

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

Road-rail shunter delivered

BELARUS: A scrap metal processing company has taken delivery of a TMV-2 road-rail shunter developed by Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod. The contract includes commissioning, staff training and maintenance. UVZ has developed the TMV-2 as part of a policy of diversifying its range and with the aim of producing equipment which at least

Japanese take over Rio suburban network

BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. It has

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

Mediterranean Corridor signalling contract

SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded a consortium of Thales and CAF Signalling a contract to design, supply and maintain signalling equipment for the La Encina – Xátiva – Valencia section of the Mediterranean Corridor. The scope includes the provision of ETCS levels 1 and 2, with interlockings and train detection,

Snowdon Mountain Railway orders battery-diesel locos

UK: Snowdon Mountain Railway has ordered two battery-diesel hybrid locomotives from Clayton Equipment Ltd, which specialises in the production of bespoke designs for specialist railway, metro, mining and tunnelling applications. The 800 mm gauge railway runs steam and diesel locos up the highest mountain in Wales using the Abt rack and

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

HS2 to Trial Augmented Reality Training

United Kingdom: HS2 is using augmented reality to train staff who will work at Old Oak Common station. Once built, it will be one of the busiest train stations in the country. HS2 Ltd is collaborating with SME Pauley, the National College for High Speed Rail and Inventya to create augmented

Slovenian signalling contract awarded

SLOVENIA: The Ministry of Infrastructure has awarded a consortium of CAF Signalling and local company ISKRA a contract to design, supply install and commission electronic interlockings and other signalling equipment to replace relay-based systems on the 117 km route between Zidani Most and Sentilj. The project aims to improve safety and increase

CAF Group Consortium Wins Jerusalem Tram Contract

CAF Group, in a consortium with Saphir, has won the Jerusalem tram project. Jerusalem Light Rail Contract The Jerusalem tram project involves building 27km of new tram lines, 53 stations and a number of depots. The 27km break down as follows: a 6.8km extension to the existing Red Line, which is currently

CAF Wins 120 Million Euro European Signalling Contracts

CAF has won signalling contracts worth more than 120 million euros (134.48 million USD) for Spain, Slovenia and Bulgaria. High-speed train in Spain © Kabelleger / David Gubler under licence CAF Signalling Contract Details for Spain The contract covers the supply of the safety installations for the Nudo de La Encina-Xátiva-Valencia section

Cairo Region to Get Bombardier INNOVIA Monorail 300 System

The consortium comprising Bombardier Transportation, Orascom Construction and Arab Contractors has won the contract to supply and operate two monorail lines in Cairo and the surrounding region. Bombardier Transportation wins monorail contract in Egypt © Bombardier The consortium will design and build the two lines, and then operate and maintain them for

Industry Insider Week 31 – 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 31 for 29 July–02 August 2019: Rail yard behind the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia © Donnie Nunley under licence Business Stadler manufactures the Berlin S-Bahn at its Pankow site © Railway-News Stadler

Trenitalia plans €2·7bn regional EMU spend

ITALY: State-owned passenger operator Trenitalia has invited expressions of interest by October 1 for the supply of up to 250 single-deck EMUs with an estimated total value of €2·7bn. The FS Group subsidiary is looking to award two four-year framework agreements for EMUs to operate regional passenger services on the 3 kV

Zonegreen Begins Major Safety Upgrade for Siemens

Sheffield-based rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is working with Siemens to overhaul the personnel protection systems installed at its UK maintenance depots. Kings Heath Traincare Facility in Northampton is the first to receive an updated version of the firm’s Depot Personnel Protection System, which was installed originally in 2006. © Zonegreen Depot Personnel Protection

Robel takes stake in Vogel & Plötscher

GERMANY: Track maintenance plant supplier Robel has taken a majority stake in Vogel & Plötscher GmbH, which specialises in track measurement systems and electric drives. Based at Breisach in Baden-Württemberg, Vogel & Plötscher will continue to trade as an independent business following the acquisition of a 70% stake in it by

Skoda Vagonka Wins Contract for Electric Trains in Latvia

Škoda Vagonka, a part of the Škoda Transportation Group, has won a 240 million (EUR) contract with Latvian State Railways (Pasažieru Vilciens) to supply 32 single-deck electric trains for suburban transport in the country. © Škoda Fulfilling All the Requirements The 35-year contract, which includes servicing and maintenance, best fulfilled the requirements of

Alstom to Supply 5 Additional Trains to Occitanie Region

The French regions of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée have placed an order for an additional 5 Coradia Polyvalent trains from Alstom. Alstom Coradia Polyvalent train for Régiolis © Alstom The order is worth approximately 30 million euros (27.46 million GBP / 33.45 million USD). The region previously ordered 46 Coradia Polyvalent trains for

Legal row over track safety rule change

BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by an unexpected change

ADLINK Announces New Rugged, Fanless, Real-Time Video/Graphics Analytics AIoT Platform for Railway

ADLINK, a global provider of advanced Edge Computing products, has released its latest rugged, fanless NVIDIA Quadro embedded AIoT (AI and IoT) platform, the PIS-5500, designed for real-time video/graphics analytics applications in the rail industry. ADLINK PIS-5500 AIoT platform © ADLINK Technology Inc. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are being adopted globally by

Government plans €86bn spend to renew German network

GERMANY: A 54% increase in spending on infrastructure renewals will see €86bn invested in the national rail network over the next decade, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer announced on July 26. Unveiling a 10-year plan for 2020-29 which he described as ‘the biggest railway modernisation programme’ in Germany's history, Scheuer said the

Trans-Pennine ETCS procurement begins

UK: Network Rail has begun the process of appointing a contractor to supply and maintain ETCS Level 2 for the line between Stalybridge near Manchester and Cottingley near Leeds as part of the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade Programme. The selected contractor would be expected to maintain the ETCS equipment over its anticipated

New lines go ahead as FS infrastructure spending approved

ITALY: A €28bn package of funding for FS Group infrastructure spending was formally approved by the government’s Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning on July 24, the state railway group has confirmed. CIPE has also approved updates to the programme contracts between the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport and the group’s two

IRCON to undertake Sri Lanka railway upgrade

SRI LANKA: A US$91·3m contract for the modernisation of the 130 km Maho – Omanthai line was signed by the government and Indian Railways subsidiary IRCON International on July 18. The 36-month project will raise the line speed from 60 km/h to 120 km/h and eliminate 40 km/h speed restrictions, while reducing maintenance

Network Rail: Route Directors Appointed for Eastern Region

Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region, recently announced the Route Directors who will form his new senior management team. Several Network Rail employees have been appointed and will be responsible for ‘putting passengers and freight customers first’. Rob McIntosh, managing director of Network Rail’s Eastern Region © Network

HS2 Unveils Designs for Automated People Mover

On July 16 2019 HS2 revealed the designs for its new automated people mover (APM). The 20 metre long driverless people mover will link Birmingham interchange station with a number of new stops. HS2 will present further designs to the public at a number of events throughout July of this

DB buys Westbahn’s Kiss EMUs

EUROPE: Deutsche Bahn has signed an agreement to acquire Austrian open access operator Westbahn’s fleet of 17 Stadler Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units. Announcing the deal on July 22, the German national railway said Westbahn’s four-car and six-car units had ‘achieved the highest levels of customer satisfaction’; some of the vehicles are

22 July: news in brief

Upgrade for Cardiff Central announced by DfT THE Department for Transport has announced that up to £58 million has been allocated for an upgrade of Cardiff Central station, but the work will depend on a business case. Although few details have been given, the DfT said the work would ‘ease

World rolling stock market – July 2019

Belarus: TMH’s Tver works is to supply BC with 14 Type 61-4447.02 platskartny cars, eight Type 61-440.00 sleeping cars and eight Type 61-445.03 sleeping cars with staff compartments. The order is being financed through BelVEBlizing. Europe: Traktionssysteme Austria is supplying traction motors for the 30 three-car M7 metro trains which CAF

Network Rail Investments: New Trains and New Services

UK: Network Rail has published its annual report and accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019. During that twelve-month period train operating companies added almost 3,000 new services a week. This generated vital additional capacity and seats and was the result of record investment in the country’s rail infrastructure. London Bridge

ICE4 deliveries to resume

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation announced on July 17. The national operator had stopped accepting delivery of further ICE4 trainsets in April after Bombardier’s quality management procedures determined that some coach body welds had not been carried out

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

Malmbanan resignalling to support ETCS

SWEDEN: Trafikverket has started work on a three-year project to resignal the Malmbanan heavy haul line between Boden and Riksgränsen with digital interlockings and ETCS at an estimated cost of SKr3bn. According to the infrastructure manager, most of the existing interlockings on the iron ore corridor are more than 50 years

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley at Hertford on April 5, deprives the railway mechanical engineering profession of one of its most distinguished personalities, and one whose career has no parallel in the locomotive history of this country. For nearly 30 years he held the chief executive position on the

EU to fund Latvian electrification programme

LATVIA: The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support the electrification of the main east–west corridor and the replacement of diesel locomotives. Only around 14% of Latvia’s 1 860 km network is currently electrified, well below the EU average of 55%, with electric traction currently only used for passenger

Industry Insider Week 28 – 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 28 for 08–12 July 2019: Jazz train for Trenitalia © Railway-News Rolling Stock British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing The first of the

Point machine built for winter on the steppe

KAZAKHSTAN: In co-operation with national railway KTZ, the KazElektroPrivod equally-owned joint venture of Alstom and SOP Trade has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station. The locally-manufactured P80 has a design life of 20 years and is suitable

Stadler Wins Tender for 12 FLIRT Trains in Poland

Stadler says it has won a tender for the supply of 12 electric multiple units for PKP Intercity’s long-distance routes. A Stadler FLIRT 3 for PKP Intercity in Poland © Jakub Murat under licence Competitors who did not submit the winning bid now have a ten-day appeals period. Following this period, Stadler

Alstom Training at Ajman University a Success

UAE: In February this year Ajman University (AU) and Alstom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster mutual exchange. As part of the agreement Alstom said it would provide technical training to students. Alstom has now provided an update, saying it has delivered training to 15 students to date. Applied skills:

‘Drone train’ completes first trial

FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. Describing the test

DB Starts 3D Printing Heavy Metal Components

Deutsche Bahn has begun producing heavy components made of metal in a 3D printer. This will reduce wait times during vehicle maintenance works.  Deutsche Bahn can now use 3D printing for heavy metal components for its ICE trains © DB AG The Berlin-based company GEFERTEC has developed an innovative process that allows Deutsche

Bender UK Among Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers

Bender UK is recognized as “Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers – 2019” by CIO Applications Europe. Even the smallest service outage is not acceptable to data center operators and their customers; it can lead to major service issues and undermine confidence in the resilience of the services they provide. Tier 3

Unipart Rail – Supporting the Devolved Railway

A devolved railway needs a new way of thinking. It needs to be underpinned by a robust supply chain that is agile, delivers effective planning and sourcing and places the requirements of the digital railway at its core. Through this time of change, the supply chain needs to align itself to

CP and EMEF to merge ahead of market opening

PORTUGAL: The government has approved a €45m capital investment programme for both national operator CP and rolling stock maintenance business EMEF. To be funded from the state budget, the 2019-22 plan approved on June 27 has two parts. The first covers investment of €9m in 2019, primarily to enable EMEF to

Clayton builds hybrid locos for Tata Steel

THE Clayton Equipment has completed the first of a three-loco order from Tata Steel, Port Talbot, which is replacing its ageing diesel locos. Clayton specialises in industrial locos, and is building a CBD90, which is a 90-tonne hybrid Bo-Bo locomotive.  The first of three CDB90 locos was delivered to Tata

Motorola wins Israel Railways communications contract

ISRAEL: Motorola Solutions has won a contract to supply Israel Railways with up to 3 000 push-to-talk over cellular  mobile devices equipped with its WAVE group communication service, and to operate and maintain the network for three years. Hot Mobile will act as the mobile network carrier. There is an option to

China: Testing Successful for CRRC Carbon-Fibre Metro

China’s ‘Future Metro’ CRRC believes the many new technologies and materials in its new metro vehicles are the future of metros worldwide, and will drive upgrades to metro technologies, which will in turn make travelling by metro more enjoyable for passengers. Ding Sansan, Deputy Chief Engineer, CRRC Qingdao Sifang, says these carbon-fibre

Induction Welding System for Rail by Mirage Ltd

Mirage is proud to announce the arrival of its induction welding system for rail. We have developed the process and the mobile induction-welding head to be suitable – initially – for European Norms CEN 56 & 60 rail profiles. Other profiles will follow. We have been working towards Network Rail product acceptance

Bringing a Freight Line Back to Life in Colombia

Colombia is a country that has seen more than its fair share of political struggles. At the same time it is filled with opportunities, including for the rail sector. Railway lines in the country have fallen into disuse. One company, Holdtrade Atlantico, wants to reinstate a freight railway line in

Mechan Transforms Turntable Design

Rail maintenance equipment specialist, Mechan, has reinvented one of its most enduring products, saving depot operators time and money during installation. Mechan’s new turntable for use in rail depots. The Sheffield-based manufacturer has launched a new turntable design, following 18 months’ research and development into ways to overcome common problems with pit

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Our customers tell us that we are their best asset when it comes to protecting critical infrastructure and ensuring power availability with our high performance UPS solutions. The reason? Because you’re our inspiration. For more than 50 years, we have partnered with you to continuously evolve our products and services. Including modular

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