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

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,

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

ProRail Increases Capacity for 2020 Timetable

The Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail has determined its 2020 timetable. This is a major logistical feat, taking into account 7,000km of track, 400 stations and the wishes of 34 freight and passenger train operators. Creating the new timetable, which always comes into force in December in European countries, is a

West Highland Line re-opens after flooding

West Highland Line re-opens after flooding. Photo: Network Rail Network Rail has announced that the West Highland Line has fully re-opened for start of service today, after repair works finished following flash floods. The line had been closed by ‘wash-aways’ and landslips at multiple locations around Crianlarich and Tyndrum as a

New Electronic Interlocking at Linz Station

Austrian Federal Railways (OEBB) says the new electronic interlocking at Linz Station has successfully entered service. It has been connected to the railway network for ten days now. OEBB implemented the major project without a hitch. The infrastructure arm of Austrian Federal Railways, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, connected the new electronic interlocking (signal

Russia’s Busiest Airport to Get New Railway Line

Sheremetyevo International Airport, which is located 30km from Moscow, is to get a new railway line, Russian Railways has said. The new line will extend to the Northern Terminal Complex (NTC), which comprises Terminals B and C. The goal of the project is to increase the airport’s accessibility while taking

VIDEO: Unboxing Hornby’s Harry Potter modelling collection

Harry Potter continues to captivate one generation after another and now Hornby has created its own little piece of magic for fans. Muggles and magic folk of all ages will love recreating the adventure of travelling on the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross station’s iconic Platform 9¾ to Hogsmeade station… And you can bring your

Bombardier sees ‘positive market outlook’ for rail

BOMBARDIER: ‘The positive market outlook for the rail industry remains unchanged’, said Bombardier when it presented its second quarter results on August 1. ‘At Transportation, we have made significant progress and remain on track to complete the transformation by 2020’, said, Bombardier Inc President & CEO Alain Bellemare. ‘As we simultaneously

DB invests in mobile data analytics company

SWITZERLAND: A company which uses mobile phone data to obtain information on travel demand has raised US$17·5m in a funding round with participants including Deutsche Bahn’s technology investment fund DB Digital Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Innogy Ventures, LBBW Venture Capital, Liil Ventures and existing investors Atomico and Lakestar. Teralytics was

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

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

RegioJet Adds Budapest to Its Destinations

RegioJet says it will add Budapest, Hungary, to its list of destinations starting in June 2020. Last week RegioJet announced that it was terminating its contract with GKB and instead collaborate with WESTbahn, who will operate all RegioJet services in Austrian territory starting 15 December 2019. This affects RegioJet services that

Bombardier Transportation Appoints New EMEAI Region President

Bombardier EMEAI region president Andy DeLeone In his role as regional president, Andy DeLeone will report directly to company president Danny Di Perna. He will be wholly in charge of Bombardier Transportation’s business in the EMEAI region. For example, he will oversee customer relationship management, sales, services and project management. As EMEAI

New Infrared Technology to Reduce Dwell Times in Sydney

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

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

6 August: news in brief

Second station funding boost for West Midlands TWO stations in the West Midlands which were closed in January 1965 have moved a significant step closer to being reopened, with news of a £10 million grant from the Department for Transport. Darlaston and Willenhall were closed as part of the Beeching cutbacks,

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

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

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

Azuma launches on Flying Scotsman

UK: East Coast Main Line operator LNER launched its Hitachi-built Class 800 Azuma trainsets on Anglo-Scottish services on August 1, deploying one of the electro-diesel units on its flagship 05.40 Flying Scotsman service from Edinburgh to London King’s Cross and the 17.30 return working. Class 800s have been operating between London

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

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

Nine recommendations for rail in northern England

UK: Nine recommendations are set out in a review of the Rail North Partnership between the Department for Transport and Transport for the North which manages the Northern and TransPennine Express passenger franchises. Published on July 19, the review had been commissioned by Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake and Rail

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

Work begins on Ankara suburban rail extension

TURKEY: Construction has started on an extension of Ankara’s Başkentray suburban railway from the current western terminus of Sincan to Yenikent. The 8 km northwestern extension is being funded from public sources. Completion of the TL353m project is due by the end of June 2022. From Yenikent a single-track line is to be

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.

Government Sets out Strategy for Biodiverse Railway Lineside

UK: The Department for Transport has produced guidelines of how it expects Network Rail to manage lineside vegetation while continuing to ensure the safety of passengers and services. Engineers help clear overgrown vegetation © Network Rail Lineside Vegetation Management Following the recommendations from an independent review chaired by John Varley, a non-executive director

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

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

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

Sheffield City Region rail vision launched

UK: An ‘ambitious’ Integrated Rail Plan for the Sheffield City Region was launched by Mayor Dan Jarvis on July 18. The plan was produced by the region’s local authorities supported by organisations including Transport for the North. The proposals include a Barnsley Dearne Valley station in Goldthorpe on the Northern Powerhouse

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

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

Mendip Rail orders aggregate wagons

UK: Touax Rail UK has signed a contract to supply 55 Greenbrier Europe JNA open wagons and 40 HOA hoppers to Mendip Rail for use on aggregates traffic. Announcing the order on July 22, the leasing company said this was its first order for new wagons for the UK market and

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

Construction of Uttar Pradesh line approved

INDIA: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of an 81 km line between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat in Uttar Pradesh. The government said the railway would support socio-economic development in the economically underdeveloped area, which is densely populated but lacks roads. Conversion of the existing Indara – Dohrighat line from

Industry comments on Williams Rail Review

UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to Keith Williams’ speech in Bradford on July 16 during which he provided an update on the strategic review of the rail sector which he is undertaking for the government. Rail Delivery Group ‘Businesses, communities and passengers across the country have told us

Electrification goes live in northern Portugal

PORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto – Pocinho Douro

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,

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

Mobile Rail Welding Systems Supra Multiflex and Supra Roadflex

For mobile welding of continuous welded rails, these machines are normally integrated into an autonomously operating rail welding system. These systems are equipped with diesel-generator set, hydraulic unit, cooling unit and lifting device. Supra Multiflex Container-Based Rail Welding System Container-based rail welding systems are especially suitable for welding continuous welded rails directly

UK: Cutting-Edge Experimental Rail Facility Gets Funding

The British government has confirmed funding for a research facility covering conventional and high-speed rail in Leeds.  The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration has set itself the goal of revolutionising how railway systems are invented, developed and put into service in the UK and globally.

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

Oberösterreich railway investment programme agreed

AUSTRIA: The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30. This agreement includes the retention of all branch lines, and the roll-out of new singalling and safety systems. ÖBB is to retain ownership of all lines in the region,

Westermo acquires Neratec

SWITZERLAND: Beijer Group company Westermo has acquired 100% of Neratec Solutions, which supplies wireless communication products for on-train and trackside applications. Bubikon-based Neratec has 25 employees and recorded sales of SFr6·5m in 2018. ‘The acquisition of Neratec will strengthen Westermo’s offering to the rail industry to include a strong wireless portfolio that

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

South Coast Rail groundbreaking ceremony

USA: A groundbreaking ceremony at East Freetown in Massachusetts on July 2 officially marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project. The $1·047bn project will extend Boston’s Middleborough Line commuter rail services to Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River, the only major cities within

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

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

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

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

Vivarail Battery Train Wins Environment Award

Vivarail’s converted Class 320 battery train and its fast-charge system have won the Rail Industry Innovation Environment Award. Vivarail’s Class 320 battery train wins environment award © Railway-News As a major industry event, Vivarail says it is proud to be recognised for its work. Not only will a battery-powered train allow trains to

BART Begins Traction Power Substation Upgrade Works

San Leandro station is the first on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) network to get a new traction power substation.  Train at San Leandro station © Pi. 1415926535 under licence In November 2016 Californians voted in favour of Measure RR. The question put to voters was: “To keep BART safe; prevent accidents/breakdowns/delays;

Stadler to Supply 55 FLIRT Akku Trains to NAH.SH

On 21 June Stadler announced it had won the contract to supply 55 FLIRT Akku trains to Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (NAH.SH) pending a ten-day appeal period. This period has now passed and Stadler remains the winning bidder.  FLIRT Akku for NAH.SH © Stadler Receiving this contract, which contains an option for a

ROMITAMP – New Robel Tamping Machines for the UK

Over the past 20 years the Robel ROMITAMP (formerly called the GWS 75) has proved to be an extremely effective and reliable machine in tackling localised track quality issues. The machine’s light weight and compact design allows for easy transport and delivery from a low loader, making it ideal for

Midlands Hub plan to boost east-west connectivity

UK: The Midlands Connect consortium of local authorities and regional transport bodies has unveiled proposals for a £2bn package of targeted improvements to boost rail services in the East and West Midlands. The group is seeking £25m in government funding to develop the business case for its Midlands Rail Hub programme,

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

Switzerland approves SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament (Ständerat) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 (Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur) covers around 200 large and

Swiss approve SFr13bn infrastructure investment package

SWITZERLAND: The upper house of Parliament (Ständerat) voted unanimously on June 21 in favour of a further phase of rail infrastructure expansion to eliminate bottlenecks, allow more frequent services and make stations more accessible. Worth SFr12∙89bn, the investment package known as STEP 2035 (Strategische Entwicklungsprogramm Bahninfrastruktur) covers around 200 large and

Virgin Trains breaks ground on Orlando extension

USA: Virgin Trains USA held a ‘Red Spike’ groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport on June 24 to launch construction work on its 275 km Phase 2 extension from West Palm Beach. Contracts were awarded in May for construction of Phase 2, which represents a private-sector investment of $4bn. The project

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