Russian Railways signs MOU with Serbia for Belgrade – Budapest works

The contract was signed in Belgrade during a meeting between Russian president Mr Vladimir Putin, RZD director general and chairman of the board, Mr Oleg Belozyorov, and Serbian vice chairman of the government and minister of construction, transport and infrastructure, Mr Zorana Mikhailovich. The MOU covers the supply of materials and

DB sign second framework contract for 100 Siemens Vectron locomotives

German Rail (DB) says the locomotives will be used for cross-border operation in several European countries. The framework agreement follows a similar agreement signed for 100 locomotives in August 2017, which included an initial call for 60 locomotives. A spokesperson for Siemens Mobility said the option for 40 additional locomotives has

Voith and Pilotfish announce strategic partnership

Pilotfish has installed systems in more than 10,000 buses, trains and trams, and provides applications, hardware and consulting services. Its portfolio includes eco-driving, an open standard vehicle communication platform, tachograph download, automatic fault report, navigation and automatic vehicle data transfer directly into cloud-based analytics. Pilotfish generated approximately €6m in revenue in

Network Rail awards Scotland and North East CP6 contracts

BAM Nuttall has been awarded a renewals and enhancements framework contract valued at £320m, the most significant work-bank for SNE. The framework contract covers a wide range of projects including replacing and refurbishing structures across the route and delivering improvements at stations. Two Geotech framework contract worth a combined £147m have

Strukton increases stake in Italian infrastructure firm

CLF is active in the design, construction, maintenance and modernisation of railway infrastructure and operates in the main line, light rail and metro sectors. In addition to its main domestic market the company has also carried out work in Algeria, Morocco, Bulgaria and Venezuela. CLF Group subsidiaries and affiliates include Uniferr

ODEG makes major gains in Berlin with new Elbe-Elster regional contracts

While DB Regio and ODEG already operate the services concerned, there are some significant changes in the allocation of service groups, giving ODEG a much greater share of the network. The complete group of services on offer total 28 million train-km annually. ODEG has won the Lot 1 contract for Regional

PT Inka and Stadler to build Indonesian rolling stock plant

Under the collaboration agreement between the two companies, PT Inka will fund the land and buildings while Stadler will provide technology and machinery. An 84-hectare site has been secured for the plant, although only 12 hectares will be required for the initial stage. An investment of Rupiah 500bn ($US 27m) is

Progress Rail locomotives delivered to Tunisia

SNCFT awarded Progress Rail a Dinars 160m ($US 54m) contract in December 2016 to supply 20 of the six-axle metre-gauge locomotives. The locomotives are being built at the Progress Rail plant in Muncie, Indiana. The order is being financed by a consortium of Tunisian and international lenders. For detailed data on locomotive

Stadler to supply additional narrow-gauge DMUs to southern Italy

The new trains, which will be delivered within 24 months, will increase FAL’s fleet of 950mm-gauge DMUs to 23. The latest contract follows an order for 17 of Stadler DMUs which FAL took delivery of in 2012. The vehicles will be used on the 183km network in Apulia and neighbouring Basilicata

US Department of Justice completes review into Wabtec – GE Transportation merger

The boards of General Electric (GE) and Wabtec approved the $US 11.1bn merger on May 21 last year. The merger will make Wabtec a Fortune 500 company and a major player in the railway equipment and services market with operations in more than 50 countries. “The DOJ’s decision to close its

Renfe awards fleet maintenance contracts to Alstom

The contracts encompass preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance on 106 suburban trains used in the Barcelona area and full maintenance services for 15 class 104 Pendolino EMUs, which operate services from Madrid to Ciudad Real, Puertollano, Toledo, Córdoba and Seville. All work will be carried out by Irvia, a joint venture

President of Senegal attends Dakar TER handover

The Dakar TER project is a central component of the government’s Plan for an Emerging Senegal policy framework. The 57km 14-station standard-gauge line from Dakar city centre to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD) near Ndiass largely follows the western stretch of the metre-gauge Dakar – Diourbel line, which is

Brazil sets timetable for renewal of railway concessions

According to the agency, public hearings will be held next month to discuss the renewal of concessions held by MRS Logistics and Central Atlantic Railway (FCA), which is operated by VLI, and MRS Logistics, although specific dates have not been disclosed. In addition, ANTT says final reports will be released on

ÖBB subsidiary plans Athens – Thessaloniki passenger services

Rail Cargo Logistics Goldair (RCL Goldair) CEO, Mr Zak Kiseoglou, says his company has submitted an application to the Greek Regulatory Authority for Railways (RAS) seeking authorisation for the operation of passenger services on the Greek network. According to local media reports, RCL Goldair is also looking to launch direct passenger

Automatic braking system to be installed on Croydon LRV’s following fatal derailment

The installation of automatic braking at high-risk locations was one of 15 recommendations set out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) following a fatal accident on November 9 2016 involving an LRV which derailed and overturned on the approach to Sandilands Junction on the Croydon Tramlink network south of

Brightline celebrates one year of operation

Initial services were launched between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale on January 13 2018, before extending services to Miami in May 2018 and ramping up the frequency to almost hourly in August 2018. Brightline operated more than 8000 services, carried 16,984 children and 1540 pets and hosted passengers from 41

Bengaluru suburban railway project approved

Karnataka and the Indian government will each meet 20% of the Rs 320.9bn ($US 3.3bn) project cost, with an external loan financing the remaining 60%. Largely utilising existing alignments, the four-line network will serve 81 stations, with extra platforms and track doubling or quadrupling to provide additional capacity. The four corridors include: Kengeri

Engineering contract awarded for Bart Silicon Valley Phase 2 extension

The consortium will be responsible for taking the project to the 30% engineering level, supporting cost and scheduling estimates required to demonstrate the integrity of VTA’s management, financial and implementation plans. This will feed into VTA’s application to participate in the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Expedited Project Delivery pilot programme. VTA

Spain to cut high-speed track access charges in bid to boost competition

The proposal will now be submitted to the Ministry of Development for inclusion in the Draft Law of General State Budgets (PGE). The revised tariff, which has already been endorsed by National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC), is intended to align infrastructure charges more closely with costs directly attributable to

Beacon leases dual-mode locomotives to SNCF Captrain Spain

Beacon Rail Leasing says the acquisition of the 120km/h dual-mode locomotives is a natural extension of its strategy as well as its commitment to supporting investment in dual-mode locomotives. “These Bitracs add to our existing portfolio of dual-mode locomotives allowing us to continue leveraging our existing skills, expertise, and experience,” says

KRC to order new DMUs for Nairobi Commuter Rail network

“DMUs are a key part of the NCR revitalisation masterplan and will be important in helping us achieve our goal of moving eight million commuter passengers by 2022,” KRC says. According to KRC around 30,000 passengers a day currently travel on locomotive-hauled trains on the 160km NCR network. Last week KRC introduced

Consortium to deploy next-generation wagon prototype

Ermewa and the consortium partners will draw up an operating and deployment concept for the first application by mid-2019. This will rely on the requirements of existing services and customer relationships, and refer to the concept for the chassis and relevant components, the car body, electrical equipment and wagon intelligence

DB long-distance punctuality well below target in 2018

Three years ago DB Long Distance announced plans to significantly improve the punctuality of ICE and Intercity/Eurocity trains. Long-distance punctuality was 76% at the time, but through its Future Rail programme, DB planned to boost on-time performance to 81% in 2017 and 90% in 2018. DB defines a train as on

France to competitively tender loss-making inter-city services

Both lines are part of the so-called Balance of Territory (TET) network of loss-making inter-city services, which are currently operated by SNCF Mobility. Under the government’s rail reforms, which were approved by the National Assembly and the Senate last June, the state has become the organising authority for the TET network.

RZD records growth in passenger and freight traffic

Overall passenger numbers on RZD infrastructure reached 1.155 billion last year, with volumes increasing 5.2% to 129.3 billion passenger-km. This includes a 5.7% increase in long-distance volumes, which reached 96.2 billion passenger-km, and a 3.7% rise in regional and suburban volumes, which reached 33.1 billion passenger-km. Freight volumes on the RZD

German rail market report highlights continued growth

The BNetzA is responsible for ensuring there is a competitive rail market in Germany and achieves this in part through an annual detailed survey covering a wide variety of companies operating trains, infrastructure and support services. For the 2018 report – which covers the performance of the network in 2017 –

Denmark bans pocket wagons after Great Belt accident

The prohibition notice follows an accident on the Great Belt Bridge on January 2, when a Danish State Railways (DSB) passenger train was struck by debris from a passing freight train, killing eight passengers and injuring 16. Police and accident investigators believe the accident was caused by one or more road

NS plans contactless bank card trial

Under the six-month trial, passengers will be able to use a bank or credit card to activate ticket barriers for travel between Leiden and The Hague. NS has invited passengers travelling regularly between the two stations without a season ticket to participate in the trial. Currently passengers must use the OV-Chipkaart

Adif AV tenders for 22 service locomotives

The tender is budgeted at around €167.8m and the contract includes eight years maintenance from the delivery of the first two locomotives 36 months after the contract is awarded. The remaining units will follow by month 40. The 160km/h locomotives should use proven technologies. Mixing basic technologies from primary components such

Bi-mode trains ordered to develop parcels traffic

Flex trains are former class 319 four-car 750V dc/25kV ac EMUs to which diesel engines have been added to convert them into bi-mode units. The two Flex trains for ROG will be further modified to carry parcels rather than passengers. Porterbrook says increasing road congestion coupled with a shortage of lorry

Alstom and Eversholt Rail unveil Breeze hydrogen train for Britain

The concept, dubbed Breeze, involves reengineering class 321 EMUs originally built by British Rail Engineering Limited in 1988-1991. Most of the fleet of 117 trains is due to come off lease within the next few years due to the delivery of new fleets. Alstom and Eversholt Rail say they are working

Three bidders vie for Buenos Aires EMU contract

Alstom, Transmashholding, and Vermerkiper Engineering, Argentina, which is likely to act as an intermediary for another manufacturer, were confirmed as bidders on December 26. A Bombardier-Siemens consortium, which was reportedly preparing an offer, decided not to submit a bid following a reduction in the contract size. The initial order for 169

Only 10 EU countries will meet 2019 Fourth Railway Package deadline

Norway, which is not an EU member, has indicated it will transpose the 4RP legislation into national law by June 16, while Switzerland, which is also outside the EU, will adopt the 4RP legislation in two stages, transposing the vehicle authorisation and safety element by June 16 and the rest

VR Group establishes maintenance subsidiary

The subsidiary is responsible for maintenance activities such as defect repair, heavy maintenance, freight wagon manufacturing and rolling stock lifecycle management. VR says the goal for the new company is to increase the competitiveness of VR’s maintenance offer to improve competitiveness when bidding for contracts in neighbouring states and in

Hyundai Rotem delivers first Ahmedabad metro train

The former Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad awarded the Won 177.1bn ($US 157.2m) train contract to Hyundai Rotem in November 2017. Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation plans to start trial operation on the initial 6km elevated section of Line 1 between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park on January 15. The 20.7km

Vossloh completes Strabag rail milling business acquisition

Strabag’s business comprises four rail milling machines and around 30 employees. Vossloh says the acquisition, originally announced in November, will complement its High Speed Grinding activities. Vossloh will intergrate the Strabag business with its Berlin-based Alpha Rail Team. The German supplier says it expects rail milling to become more important due