PKP Intercity orders Flirts as ridership grows

POLAND: National long-distance train operator PKP Intercity has signed a contract for Stadler to supply a 12 eight-car Flirt electric multiple-units and maintain them for 15 years. Stadler and a consortium of Pesa Bydgoszcz with its subsidiary ZNTK Mińsk Mazowiecki submitted bids in response to the operator’s December 2017 call for

Production of paired coaches approved

RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Tver plant is to produce a pilot batch of 61-4517 and 61-4516 passenger coaches which will operate in coupled pairs, a concept which the manufacturer said was being implemented in Russia for the first time. Shipments are planned to start in September. One coach from each pair will have

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

Consultation on trans-Pennine route modernisation

UK: Network Rail is to begin public consultation this summer on plans to rebuild and electrify a 13 km section of the trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and York via Leeds. The plans form part of the infrastructure manager’s £2·9bn Transpennine Upgrade programme, which is intended to modernise the route by adding capacity,

20 August: news in brief

Franchising is ‘set to continue’ according to industry chief THE future of franchising is likely to change, but not be scrapped, according to Abellio UK managing director Dominic Booth. His company took over the East Midlands franchise on Sunday and held an official launch yesterday, and the contract may be the

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

Droning on: Drones bring new dimension to rail photography

Words: Chris Milner, Photography: Geoff Griffiths The availability and affordability of a ‘drone’ for the average person has brought a new dimension to all types of photography. Until a few years ago the use of a drone was usually limited to military applications, but miniaturisation, coupled with portability, affordability and

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

Northern Takes First Pacer Train Out of Service

UK rail franchise operator Northern has taken its first Pacer ‘train’ – British Rail Class 142 – out of service. The unit in question, 142005, has been in service since 1987 and has completed more than three million miles. On its final journey it carried passengers between Manchester Victoria and

Inquiry launched into power cuts

AN inquiry has been launched by the government after widespread power cuts brought many trains to a stand, particularly in the London area. Tyne & Wear Metro was also disrupted by the widespread outages, on Friday afternoon. The problems were caused by the failure of two generators according to National Grid,

nVent SCHROFF: Modernizing Aging Equipment for Rolling Stock

Modernizing aging equipment for rolling stock presents unique challenges such as installing more electronics in on-board locations where space is at a premium. Installing a greater number of IIoT devices and interconnected electronic systems on board is a balancing act to maximize space while creating rider and operator friendly interiors. This eBook will

Understanding noise propagation

NOISE: Baden Württemberg-based software specialist SoundPLAN has developed a noise mapping tool intended to help railways better understand and mitigate lineside noise emissions. This takes information on the types of rail and rolling stock on a given route, as well as operating parameters including train frequency, size and speed. It then

Scottish line to reopen in £70m project

THE disused line to the Levenmouth area of Fife is to be reopened to passenger trains at a cost of around £70 million. Transport secretary Michael Matheson said there would be stations at Leven and Cameron Bridge. The revived link would take passengers to Edinburgh in around 70 to 75 minutes. He

Levenmouth reopening moves forward

UK: The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the 6·5 km railway serving Levenmouth at an estimated cost of £70m, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure & Connectivity Michael Matheson confirmed on August 8. The rail link had been identified as one of

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

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

Westbahn to operate RegioJet’s Wien – Praha trains

EUROPE: Open access operators Westbahn and RegioJet have signed an agreement under which Westbahn will take over the ‘technical operation’ in Austria of RegioJet’s international trains which link Wien, Brno and Praha. Since their launch in December 2017, these trains have been operated between Wien Hbf and the Czech border station

West Coast launches regular Stratford steam

STRATFORD-upon-Avon will gain its second regular steam operation later this month when West Coast Railways launches its ‘Merchant of Avon’ trains on July 28.  Five summer Sunday trains are planned initially, starting from Burton-on-Trent and calling at Tamworth, Coleshill Parkway, Henley-in-Arden, Tyseley, Dorridge and Stratford on July 28, August 11/25 and

Feature articles in the August 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 Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail Market Industry Innovations Pointers Analysis Safety crisis prompts reform in Taiwan, ERA’s cross-authorisation of rolling

CDG Express trains ordered

FRANCE: The Hello Paris consortium selected to operate the CDG Express airport rail link has ordered 13 electric multiple-units to run the service at a cost of €160m, Alstom confirmed on August 1. CDG Express will run for 32 km between Paris-Est and Charles-de-Gaulle airport Terminal 2, using a mix of new

Passenger trains start to serve Yakutsk

RUSSIA: Regular passenger trains have started running on the northern section of the Yakutia Railway, following celebrations on July 27 attended by State Counsellor Vyacheslav Shtyrov, on behalf of the President of the Sakha Republic Aisen Nikolayev. Formal approval of the line for passenger operation was granted on July 19, allowing

Talgo signs Egyptian co-operation agreement

EGYPT: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has signed a framework co-operation agreement with the Arab Organization for Industrialization for the joint development of capacity and performance improvement projects on the Egyptian rail network. Signed in Madrid by Talgo CEO Jose Maria Oriol Fabra and the Chairman of AOI’s SEMAF rolling stock

UK railway news round-up – August 1

On July 25 TransPennine Express accepted the first of the Nova 2 branded Civity EMUs which are being supplied by CAF and Eversholt Rail. The five-car Class 397 units will enter service later this year on TPE’s services from Manchester and Liverpool to Edinburgh and Glasgow via the West Coast

Ridership surge prompts SNCF to order more TGVs

FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités announced an order for 12 double-deck TGVs on July 31 as part of its fleet renewal strategy.  Branded TGV Océane by the operator, the Avelia Euroduplex trainsets are to be supplied by Alstom for use on routes between Paris and Metz and Nancy in eastern France, and from

Son dakika! DenizBank’ın Emirates NBD’ye devrinde imzalar atıldı – Habertürk

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London’s newest station opens at Meridian Water

Meridian Water station in north-east London opened on June 3, serving a huge regeneration scheme on former industrial land.  The £46million, three-platform interchange will be served by Greater Anglia trains on the Lea Valley route, and replaces nearby Angel Road, one of inner London’s least-used stations.  A 5.5km third

25 More Light Rail Vehicles for San Diego

Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract for 25 S700 low-floor Light Rail Vehicles (LRV’s) from San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). The first Siemans S70 from the 2011 order, departs the San Diego Train Station © Paul Sullivan under license Changing Standards The new vehicles, which will replace the existing Siemens Mobility

Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet

UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new East Midlands Railway franchise, where Abellio is due to take over from incumbent operator Stagecoach on August 18. The NS subsidiary announced on July 30

Merseyrail top of punctuality charts

Merseyrail was the UK’s most punctual passenger train operator in 2018/19 with an average of 95.51% of trains running on time – well above the national average of 86.3%. Overall national punctuality during March was steady at 89%, but Merseyrail topped the charts with an impressive 98.1%. Close

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

Dawlish sea wall rebuild begins

Work started at Dawlish on June 1 to construct a new higher and wider sea wall to protect the railway and the town from the sea. Teignbridge District Council approved Network Rail’s £30million plans to increase the height of the sea wall in April. Contractors start work

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

Locos retrieved from Sierra Leone

AFRICA: Diesel locomotives which South African freight and financial services company Grindrod Ltd supplied for use at a mine in Sierra Leone which has now ceased operating have been recovered for use elsewhere. Grindrod delivered a total of 34 S30SCC locomotives to haul iron ore from African Minerals Ltd’s Tonkolili mine

İSO Başkanı Bahçıvan: TCDD bir an önce özelleştirilmeli

İstanbul Sanayi Odası Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Bahçıvan, Türkiye’nin karayolu ve havayolu taşımacılığında elde ettiği başarının deniz ve demiryolu ulaşımında kendini gösteremediğini belirterek, “Demiryolu taşımacılığının gelişmesi için Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları’nın özelleştirilme sürecinin bir an önce tamamlanması gerekiyor” dedi.

24 July: news in brief

Hot weather slows down trains TRAIN operators in England are warning that very hot weather is expected to slow down their trains, particularly tomorrow, when temperatures in the London area are forecast to reach 37C. Network Rail says rail temperatures can be 15C higher than the air temperature, which means the

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23 July: news in brief

All night trams for Edinburgh TRAMS will run all night for the first time in Edinburgh during August. The special 20-minute service between 00.01 and 05.30 will be provided on Fridays and Saturdays during the city’s festivals, which will be taking place between 3 and 25 August. Visitors to the capital

Industry Insider Week 29 – 11 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 29 for 15–19 July 2019: Refurbished interior of the Class 175 with new carpets and upholstery © Transport for Wales Policy Rail Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2019 © Network Rail Report Shows Progress on

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

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

East Kent’s growing attractions…

THE standard-gauge East Kent Railway (EKR), near Dover, continues to develop the attractions on offer to visitors.  These include the 7¼in-gauge Knees Woodland Miniature Railway, opened in 2015, sited next to Shepherdswell station.  Locos used are petrol, diesel and battery, with the main traction on March 24 provided by

European Commission Says Yes to Latvian Railway Electrification

The Latvian rail network electrification project has received the go-ahead from the European Commission. The European Commission’s independent technical assistance experts published positive results about both the project and its economic feasibility. In 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers also said it was in favour of the Latvian Railways project. Electrified railway line

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

16 July: news in brief

ORR warns industry it must ‘refocus’ efforts on safety THE Office of Rail and Road has warned that the rate of improvement in railway safety is showing signs of slowing down. In its Annual Report on Health & Safety, published today, it points to recent deaths of workers on the railway,

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

Train test: Overnight sensation?

Caledonian Sleeper’s new Mk5 stock has rarely been out of the headlines since it was introduced. Ben Jones takes a ride on this new generation of Spanish-built overnight stock to see if it delivers on its promises of a quality hotel experience. Having been in decline for decades, killed off by

Heritage profile: The Wensleydale Railway

Running through some of the best scenery North Yorkshire offers, the Wensleydale Railway is a relative newcomer to the heritage and tourist railway sector. Graeme Pickering finds out more about its growth and expansion plans. A train ride is undoubtedly the main highlight of a trip to a heritage line, but

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

Uber Transit Gives Denver Residents Integrated Mobility

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver has partnered with Uber and software developer Masabi to create Uber Transit, allowing passengers in the US city to use the Uber app to plan, book and pay for end-to-end transportation, including public transit.  Uber Transit in Denver gives passengers integrated ticketing © RTD What

CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s preparations to launch a

Cleethorpes gala to host visiting locos

The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is to welcome two visiting locomotives when it hosts its Summer Steam & Beer Extravaganza event. The July 13-14 event will see two Exmoor-built locomotives visiting the railway for the first time – 0-4-0STT St Egwin from the Evesham Vale Light Railway and 0-6-0 Sandy

Trenitalia Receives Last Alstom Jazz Train

Alstom has delivered the last ‘Jazz’ train for Trenitalia. The total order comprised 136 units from Alstom’s Coradia platform. Alstom has been manufacturing the regional trains in its factory in Savigliano.  136th Trenitalia Jazz train © Alstom Marco della Monica, Director of the Regional Passenger Division of Trenitalia Piemonte, Michele Viale, General Director

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 © Infrastructure DART station on the Blue Line © Michael Barera under licence Dallas Light Rail Gets 60 Million Grant from FTA

Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing

The 111 British Rail Class 720 electric multiple units Bombardier has been building for Greater Anglia have entered the testing phase.  British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Bombardier Aventra Testing Comprised of 665 vehicles in total, the first of the Bombardier Aventra trains will run at 110mph

First track laid on Crimean railway bridge

EUROPE: Tracklaying is underway on the railway which Russia is building to link the mainland to the eastern end of the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. A bridge across the Kerch Strait has been proposed for many years. Following the annexation, the Russian government awarded Stroygazmontazh a

Practice & Performance: ScotRail progress

Scotland’s railways are undergoing a transformation. John Heaton FCILT assesses the performance of ScotRail’s new traction. Standing on the concourse of Glasgow Central it is easy to assess how well the service is performing. There are no anxious groups waiting for departure platforms to be announced and arriving commuters march confidently

Safety plea in wake of Margam fatalities

THE chief executive of Network Rail has made a safety plea in the wake of the deaths of two track workers.  Gareth Delbridge, 64, and Michael Lewis, 58, were killed by a Swansea to London Paddington train on Wednesday morning near Margam in south Wales. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has begun

Çorlu tren faciası davasından çekilen mahkeme heyetine ret – Diken

Tekirdağ’ın Çorlu ilçesinde 25 kişinin yaşamını yitirdiği tren kazası davasının dün görülen ilk duruşmasında çıkan olayların ardından 1’inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi heyetinin davadan çekilme kararı, 2’nci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından reddedildi, dosyadan çekilme kararı kaldırıldı. Çorlu faciasının ilk davasında aileler mahkeme salonuna alınmamış, polis cop kullanmıştı. Fotoğraf: DHA Tekirdağ’ın Çorlu ilçesinde,

Son dakika haberi: Çorlu tren kazası davasında yeni gelişme – Habertürk

Tekirdağ'ın Çorlu ilçesinde, 25 kişinin öldüğü, 328 kişinin yaralandığı tren kazası davasının ilk duruşmasının görülmesine, dün Çorlu Adalet Sarayı'nda, 1'inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi olarak düzenlenen 130 kişilik konferans salonunda başlandı. Salonun dolmasının ardından bazı aileler, içeri giremeyince kapı önünde arbede çıktı. Arbedenin ardından aileler içeriye alınmasının ardından avukatları, duruşmanın başlamasıyla

Tren faciasında sıcak gelişme – Odatv

Tekirdağ Çorlu ilçesinde 25 kişinin yaşamını yitirdiği tren faciasının davasının dün görülen ilk duruşmasında çıkan olayların ardından 1'inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi heyetinin davadan çekilme kararı, 2'nci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından uygun bulunmadı, dosyadan çekilme kararı kaldırıldı. Tekirdağ'ın Çorlu ilçesinde, 25 kişinin hayatını kaybettiği, 328 kişinin yaralandığı tren kazası davasının ilk duruşmasının

Track workers were wearing ear defenders

TWO Network Rail track workers who were killed by a train in south Wales were wearing ear defenders, it has emerged, and may not have heard warnings of an approaching train. The two men were working on the line near Margam when they were struck yesterday by the 09.29 GWR intercity

Avukat Can Atalay: Kazada yakınlarını kaybedenler darp edildi, bu insanlara hak mıdır, …

Geçen yıl 8 Temmuz'da meydana gelen 25 kişinin hayatını kaybettiği Çorlu tren kazası davasının ilk duruşması bugün gerçekleşti. Duruşma öncesi mahkeme salonu önünde bazı aileler ve basın mensupları 'salonun küçük olması' nedeniyle içeri alınmadı. İçeri alınmayan ailelerin protestosuna polis müdahale etti. Duruşmanın başlamasının ardından kısa bir süre sonra mahkeme heyeti

Cisalpino Pendolinos to work Athens – Thessaloniki line

GREECE: Following its acquisition of national passenger operator Trainose, Italy’s FS Group has decided to deploy its 200 km/h ETR470 tilting trains to accelerate inter-city services on the Athens – Thessaloniki main line. This follows trials with one of Trenitalia’s multi-system ETR485 trainsets last year. The first of five ETR470 Pendolino