Denmark to Get 4 Additional Coradia Lint Trains

Danish train operator Nordjyske Jernbaner A/S has ordered four Coradia Lint DMUs from Alstom. This will bring their total fleet of Coradia Lint regional trains to 17. Alstom says it will manufacture the rolling stock at its facility in Salzgitter, Germany and deliver the units by mid-2021. Coradia Lint Specifications for Danish

£26m to rescue Island Line

THE uncertain future of Island Line has been secured by a new rolling stock deal as well as a Network Rail commitment to renew the pier at Ryde, which carries the line into the town. The investment will total £26 million. The five two-car Class 484 sets will be D-Trains from

RegioJet Launches Double Deckers in Slovakia

Czech rail company RegioJet operates ‘public service obligation’ regional trains between Bratislava and Komárno (Slovakia). RegioJet has now begun running double-decker trains on this line. The double-decker coaches will increase capacity during peak hours – the morning and afternoon services. The addition of double-decker coaches on this line is significant. Just

Rolling Stock Highlights at TRAKO 2019

Event Stadler will stage an official unveiling event for this EMU on Thursday, 24 September, at 3pm, outdoor area TZ 06. Did You Know? This order is the largest single order for rolling stock in the history of the railways in Poland. Manufacturing Site Stadler has three sites in Poland. Its headquarters in Warsaw, a

This year at TRAKO

Where: AmberExpo Exhibition and Congress Center, Gdańsk. When: 24–27 September 2019 23 Sep (Pre-TRAKO Day): 10am–6pm: technical conferences & seminars requiring pre-registration 24 Sep: 10am–5pm: open hours 11am–12:30pm: opening ceremony 3pm–3:30pm: Stadler presentation of its FLIRT for Poland; location: TZ 06 25 Sep: 10am–5pm: open hours 3pm–5pm: feature event: ‘State of Railway Safety’ debate; location: room 1A 26 Sep: 10am–5pm: open hours 11am–noon: feature event: ‘Digitalisation in

Lineas to Take 5,300 Containers from Road to Rails

Brussels: Rail freight operator, Lineas, is doubling capacity on its trains in and out of Antwerp. An increase in capacity on the Antwerp to La Louvière, Genk and Zeebrugge lines and the newly established connection to Terneuzen and Gent, will allow 2,600 to 5,300 containers per week to be moved from

Greater Anglia Celebrate the Launch of 38 Stadler Trains

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, too lauded the arrival of the new trains and reaffirmed the Government’s pledge to prioritise a passenger-focused railway which sees trains running on time. Joint Venture Greater Anglia put the first four-carriage Class 755 into service on 29 July, running on the Wherry Line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth,

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

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

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

Trains for Blackpool | Northern Continues Fleet Roll-Out

Northern Trains for Blackpool Launch Event To mark this introduction, Northern held an event in Blackpool. Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Under-Secretary of State for Transport attended along with community leaders. Paul Maynard MP said: “The rollout of new, modern trains across the Northern network is a landmark moment in delivering

Hamilton – Auckland commuter service funded

NEW ZEALAND: Daily commuter services are to be introduced on the northern section of KiwiRail’s North Island Main Trunk line between Hamilton and Auckland from mid-2020, following the approval of an NZ$92·4m funding package by the NZ Transport Agency. Combining NZ$79·8m from the national government with NZ$12·6m from local authorities, the

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

Turkey: Stadler Wins EURODUAL Locomotives Contract

Stadler Co’Co’ Hybrid EURODUAL Locomotives A single EURODUAL locomotive is capable of hauling up to 2000 tons. Stadler’s EURODUAL has a power output of 2.8 megawatts when operating in diesel mode. When operating electrically with OLE the output is 6.15 megawatts. Thanks to six powered axles and a cutting-edge adhesion control

Alstom Delivers First Five Léman Express Trains

SNCF has received the first five Coradia Polyvalent Léman Express trains from Alstom. Delivered to the SNCF Technicentre in Annemasse, these trains will operate on the CEVA railway line between France and Switzerland around the south of Lake Geneva. Alstom says it will start delivering five trains a month between

SOB and SBB in Co-operation Agreement | Traverso Presentation

Schweizerische Südostbahn (SOB) and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) will co-operate on two long-distance routes starting in 2020. SOB will use its Stadler Traverso trains for these services. From December 2020 onwards SOB will operate an hourly service across the Gotthard mountain route to Locarno, alternating between Zurich and Basel at the

Vossloh to sell Locomotives business to CRRC

GERMANY: On August 26 Vossloh AG announced its intention to sell its Locomotives business unit to Chinese state-owned rolling stock group CRRC. Vossloh Locomotives is based in Kiel, where a new production facility was completed in March 2018. The business specialises in producing small and medium sized diesel and dual-mode locos

Changsha Maglev Express 2.0 in Final Testing Phase

CRRC says that on 2 August, the speeding-up tests for Changsha’s second-generation maglev train began. The maglev has been developed in four stages: conceptual designcomponent testingassembly integrationtest verification The speeding-up tests are the final aspect of the ‘test verification’ phase. Changsha Maglev Express Huanghua Airport station In June 2018 the research team under CRRC

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

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

Flat Cars for Deutsche Bahn Sent for Testing

Tikhvin Freight Car Building Plant, a subsidiary of United Wagon Group, has sent a number of flat cars it is manufacturing for Deutsche Bahn for testing. The flat cars, model Sggrs80, will transport heavyweight containers. Deutsche Bahn signed a contract with United Wagon Company for 160 units. Chief Procurement Officer at

SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness of climate

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

Steelmaker orders broad gauge EffiShunter locos

UKRAINE: ArcelorMittal has awarded Czech manufacturer CZ Loko a contract to supply four 1 520 mm gauge EffiShunter 1600 Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotives for heavy shunting at its Kryvyi Rih steelworks. The order is being financed by OTP Leasing, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2020. The locos will have CAT

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

Keolis Opens New Section of Songjiang Tram Network

French public transport operator Keolis opened a new stretch of the Songjiang light rail network on 10 August. The total tram network, consisting of two lines, now measures 27km, with 40 stations. The first 13.9km of the network opened in December 2018. This tram network in the suburban Songjiang district of

Wabtec Delivers 5 PowerHaul Locomotives to Turkey

Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş. has received 5 new diesel-electric locomotives from the American company Wabtec Corp. – which recently merged with GE Transportation – to accompany their existing fleet of 5 leased diesel locomotives. Körfez Ulaştırma A.Ş. is a subsidiary of Tüpraş, Turkey’s largest oil refinery operator. The order for the new locomotives was

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

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

Italy: CAF to Supply Metro Trains to Naples

CAF has signed a contract with the City Council of Naples, the body managing public transport in the city, for the supply of an additional seven metro trains. This order adds to the twelve metro trains CAF is already manufacturing for Naples. Once ready, Azienda Napoletana Mobilità will be the

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

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

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

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

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

ČD Cargo Effishunter locomotives unveiled

CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD Cargo has taken delivery of the prototype Class 742.71 EffiShunter 1000M Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive which CZ Loko has produced by extensively rebuilding a ČKD-built Class 742. ČD Cargo ordered 50 of the locomotives for shunting and light main line duties in a KC2·1bn contract signed in November 2018.

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

Industry Insider Week 30 – 10 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 30 for 22–26 July 2019: Current Westbahn KISS interior © Westbahn Rolling Stock Siemens, Bombardier and DB reach an agreement about the ICE 4 trains © www.siemens.com/press Deutsche Bahn Will Resume Acceptance of ICE 4

Stadler Berlin Expansion Plans on Track

Stadler is expanding its Berlin location. The works, which will cost around 70 million euros, include the construction of an additional production hall as well as new offices and a modern canteen for its employees. Stadler says it wishes to start using the phase 1 premises starting in early 2021.

Greater Anglia: New Intercity Train Completes Test Run

In October 2016 Swiss company Stadler signed a contract with Greater Anglia to replace their fleet of intercity trains. One of the new trains has now successfully completed a daylight test run between Norwich and Liverpool Street. Greater Anglia intercity train © Greater Anglia Test Run & Training The train underwent extensive testing

Low-Emission Locomotives Enter Service on California Northern Railroad

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) have announced that two new US EPA Tier 4 compliant low-emission locomotives are now in service with subsidiary company California Northern Railroad Company (CFNR), after successfully completing trials. Built by Knoxville Locomotive Works in Tennessee, the 2,400-horsepower diesel locomotives use selective catalytic reduction technology to meet

Rail Minister Reaffirms Commitment to Zero-Emission Technology

UK: Rail Minister Andrew Jones has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to greener rail journeys. The pledge was made while visiting Steamology, a Hampshire-based company, which received £350,000 in government funding this year to invest in its ‘Water to Water’ (W2W) system. As a zero-emission compact steam generator that works using oxygen and

Alstom completes first Class 175 DMU refurbishment

UK: Alstom's Technology Centre at Widnes has rolled out the first of 27 Class 175 long-distance 160 km/h regional diesel multiple-units to be refurbished in a £6·7m programme which is being undertaken for Transport for Wales. The Alstom-built Class 175 has received TfW’s exterior branding, with interior changes including fitting USB

Electrification, batteries and hydrogen trains should replace DMUs, says study

GERMANY: Electrification, battery power and fuel cells are the most sensible options for replacing diesel multiple-units, according to an environmental and value-for-money study undertaken by the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies. The Alternatives to DMUs in Rail Passenger Transport study was undertaken by VDE with funding from the Federal

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

Gautrain seeks second-hand EMUs from the UK

SOUTH AFRICA: Gautrain Management Agency is planning to obtain second-hand rolling stock from the UK. This follows an abortive tender called in February 2016 for a fleet of 12 new four-car trainsets. Despite three bidders being shortlisted, none of the bids was compliant. After evaluating its options, GMA decided in May

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

Hungarian Railways Gets Its First Stadler KISS

Stadler and Hungarian state railway company MÁV ceremoniously celebrated the roll-out of the first new KISS train. The train will now undergo the necessary testing before it can enter commercial service. The date set for this is from February 2020 onwards for both this train and ten additional units. The

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

Unipart Rail Engineering Director Awarded Professorship

Steve Ingleton, Unipart Rail Engineering Director, has been appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Huddersfield, within the Institute of Railway Research. Steve Ingleton, Engineering Director © Unipart Rail This achievement is in recognition of the hard work and commitment that Steve has demonstrated within the University, supporting projects and

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,

Stadler to Supply 80 TRAMLINK Trams to Milan

Milan: Stadler is to supply Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) with up to 80 of its TRAMLINK trams. A Stadler TRAMLINK tram for Gmunden, Austria © Stadler Having submitted the winning bid, Stadler and ATM will sign a six-year framework agreement after the objection period comes to a close. The losing bidders have

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

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

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

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 © www.siemens.com/press 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

Munich Orders 73 Additional Avenio Trams from Siemens

Germany: Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered 73 additional Avenio trams from Siemens Mobility. This contract is worth 200 million euros (225 million USD). SWM is taking advantage of existing options of a previously agreed framework agreement. Siemens Mobility will begin delivering the new vehicles in 2021. These Avenio trams will

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

Coach kits delivered to Kazakhstan

KAZAKHSTAN: Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works is supplying Tulpar-Talgo with kits for the assembly of Type 61-4447 coaches in Nur-Sultan. The Russian factory has supplied 137 complete coaches of various types to Kazakhstan over the past decade, and this is its first contract to supply kits for local assembly.  The contract signed on

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

Finnish passenger tendering plan put on hold

FINLAND: Recently-appointed Minister of Transport & Communications Sanna Marin has suspended plans to call tenders for the operation of regional passenger services in southern Finland. On June 27 the ministry said that the preparatory process had shown that it would not be possible to proceed as planned. A fair and competitive

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