Stadler enters the signalling market

STADLER: Consolidation in the supply sector including the planned Siemens-Alstom merger and CRRC’s expansion has spurred Stadler to develop its own signalling and automation systems. The Swiss group wants to avoid the need to purchase important components from its competitors in the rolling stock market, and also sees an opportunity to

Temporary Windermere service introduced

UK: Charter operator West Coast Railway Co began running a temporary passenger service between Oxenholme and Windermere on June 18, after franchised operator Northern suspended all services on the route with effect from June 4. This was a result of difficulties encountered in delivering the new timetable introduced network wide

Class 04 leaving Italy for new home at Peak Rail

IT HAS been confirmed former BR Class 04 No. D2289 has been secured for preservation in the UK, following several weeks of speculation. No. D2289 has been bought from Lonato S.p.A. and ends 46 years affiliation of ex-BR locos sold to steel-processing companies in the northern Italian town of Brescia. Class 04 No. D2289

Chris Grayling survives confidence challenge

THE transport secretary Chris Grayling has survived a motion of ‘no confidence’ which was tabled in the House of Commons yesterday. The Labour Party’s motion had noted ‘the failed implementation of the May rail timetables which has left thousands of commuters without services and has drastically affected their everyday lives; believes

Stadler and Mermec form AngelStar ETCS joint venture

STADLER is entering the signalling business through a joint venture with Mermec, Italy, with the Swiss company saying it is already running field tests and has started the approval process in Switzerland. Stadler says the move was in response to the upcoming merger between Siemens and Alstom, which will give the

Hyundai Rotem develops bogie for 15m-radius curves

HYUNDAI Rotem says it has developed a bogie which enables low-floor LRVs to operate on tracks with a 15m curve radius, purportedly the tightest in the world. The Korean company says the bogie was developed over five years as part of the 'Development of low-depth urban railway system technology' national research

BT Cables On Track for Significant Business Growth

Over the last 12 months BT Cables, the specialist cable manufacturing division of the BT Group, has been steadfastly developing its railway infrastructure product offering. In this article, Commercial Director, Paul Farrell, outlines some of the positive developments and new projects currently in the pipeline: “With our origins dating back to 1895,

Alstom signs €100m contract to supply Frankfurt trams

FRANKFURT Transport (VGF) has signed a contract worth around €100m with Alstom for the supply of 38 Citadis trams with special adaptations for the German market, including an option for 15 additional vehicles. Alstom will also provide training, repair equipment and warranty services. The first two vehicles will be delivered in

First Inspiro for Bangkok unveiled

SIEMENS unveiled the first Inspiro metro train for Bangkok at its consortium partner Bozankaya’s factory in Ankara on June 19, the first of 22 new four-car sets for the Thai capital’s Green Line extension. Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) awarded contracts in May 2016 worth a total of Baht 10.9bn ($US

PSO funding increase drives Irish rail growth

IRELAND’S Public Service Obligation (PSO) services saw an increase in both funding and passenger numbers last year, the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) statistical bulletin shows, with rail accounting for a third of passenger journeys. Overall state funding for PSO rail, tram and bus services increased by 12% last year from €249m

Connecticut regional passenger service launched

USA: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy joined federal, state, and local officials on June 16 to mark the launch of CTrail commuter rail services along a 100 km route linking New Haven and Hartford in Connecticut with Springfield, Massachusetts.  The line is shared with Amtrak services, and the national passenger operator owns

Grayling faces confidence challenge

TRANSPORT secretary Chris Grayling faces a motion of no confidence in the House of Commons today. Labour MPs will try to force a vote on the matter, which is an established Parliamentary procedure to test the extent of support in the House for ministers like Mr Grayling, particularly his recent handling

Bearing and wheelset monitoring partnership

SKF: The Insight Rail wireless condition based-maintenance technology from bearing and seal supplier SKF can be integrated with Siemens’ Railigent application suite and MindSphere internet of things operating system following the signing of a co-operation agreement announced on June 13. The agreement is intended to support condition-based maintenance by facilitating the

Internet of Things improves train door safety in France

FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) has begun the fleet rollout of an Internet of Things (IoT)-based solution for monitoring the status of passenger train doors. The Avisé system has been developed as part of the DigitalSNCF programme to automatically notify traincrew if the doors of Corail coaches are not properly secured when

EU: European Commission Presents Action Plan to Protect Rail Passengers from Terrorist Attacks

The European Commission has presented an Action Plan to protect rail passengers and staff in Member States from terrorist attacks and other security threats by establishing an EU Rail Passenger Security Platform. The plan includes recommendations to improve cooperation between security services and rail operators across the Union. © Romaine (Licence) The security

Orbital line opens in Seoul

SOUTH KOREA: The Seohae Line orbital suburban railway serving Seoul was inaugurated on June 16. The 23·4 km route runs north-south from Sosa to Wonsi to the southwest of Seoul. The 12 stations include interchange with metro Line 1 at Sosa and Line 4 at Choji. All stations are equipped with platform

Helsinki orders more Transtech Artic LRVs

HELSINKI City Transport (HKL) has exercised an option to order another 10 ForCity Smart Artic trams from Transtech Oy, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, in addition to the 60 it had previously ordered. The new €30m delivery comes on top of the 99 trams Helsinki has ordered in recent years, worth

Cross-border upgrade plan

 EUROPE: North-south rail services between Belfast and Dublin could be upgraded over the coming years, under a three-stage development strategy agreed by Irish national operator Iarnród Éireann and its Northern Irish counterpart Translink. Launched in Belfast as part of Northern Ireland’s Bus+Train week initiative, the plan envisages investment in both rolling

Bombardier opens new final assembly hall at Bautzen

BOMBARDIER Transportation opened its new final-assembly hall in Bautzen, Germany, on June 15 after investing €30m in the site. The new hall can produce up to 600 cars per-year ranging from regional and inter-city trains to suburban and metro trains, and trams. Three different vehicle types can be produced simultaneously and

New Bombardier Assembly Hall Opens in Saxony, Germany

© Bombardier Transportation The German division of Bombardier Transportation has opened a new final assembly hall at its Bautzen site in Saxony. The new hall can manufacture up to 600 carriages per year and its production spectrum ranges from trams to regional, intercity, suburban and underground trains. It is the company’s most advanced

NS and ÖBB plan revival of overnight trains to Amsterdam

AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Netherlands Railways (NS) are developing plans to reintroduce sleeper trains to Amsterdam, which was severed from the European night train network by the contraction and eventual abandonment of German Rail's (DB) City Night Line services. ÖBB took over most of DB’s overnight services when the German

DB shelves plans for London – Frankfurt ICE services

GERMAN Rail (DB) has reportedly shelved its planned high-speed service between London, Cologne and Frankfurt, citing changes in the economic environment for its cancellation of the proposed service. In March last year, DB said it was considering an ICE service between the three cities in the medium-term and had already been

Discuss the latest trends at InnoTrans 2018 supporting events

INNOTRANS: The programme of supporting event alongside the InnoTrans 2018 exhibition will provide a wide range of opportunities to find out about the latest trends in products, services and user experiences. On September 19 the International Design Forum organised by the International Design Centre Berlin will hold an event called ‘From

Bergama İzban Hattında İstsayonları İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Yapacak

İzmir Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Aziz Kocaoğlu Bergama ziyaretinde yaptığı konuşmada, İZBAN hattının Aliağa'dan Bergama'ya uzatılması ile ilgili açıklamalarda bulundu. İlçe ziyaretlerini sürdüren İzmir Büyükşehir Belediye Başkanı Aziz Kocaoğlu, bu kez Bergama'ya  giderek hem köylü ve üretici, hem de işçi ve patronlarla buluştu. İlçede vatandaşların büyük ilgisi ile karşılaşan  Başkan Kocaoğlu, Bergama'nın

Grain wagons enter service

GERMANY: Captrain Deutschland company ITL has put into service the first 37 of 74 grain hopper wagons which it has ordered from Tatravagónka through leasing company Ermewa. The remainder of the fleet is scheduled for delivery later this year.  The Tagnpps hoppers have a capacity of 101 m3. They will used exclusively

200km/h Régio 2N authorised for operation in France

THE French Railway Safety Board (ESPF) has granted an authorisation for the operation of the 200km/h variant of Bombardier’s Régio 2N double-deck EMU for operation on the French main line network. The Authorisation to Place in Service (APS) applies to the dual-voltage Régio 2N ZL V200 (class Z56500) and includes multiple

Puglia awards 15-year regional rail concession to Trenitalia

ITALY’s Puglia region signed a concession agreement with Trenitalia in Bari on June 13 to operate regional rail services. This is Italy’s first 15-year regional rail concession. The event was attended by Mr Michele Emiliano, president of the Puglia Region, Mr Orazio Iacono, CEO of Trenitalia, Mr Gianni Giannini, Puglia’s infrastructure

Tunnelling milestone for Mexico City – Toluca line

THE interurban passenger line under construction between Mexico City and Toluca has reached a milestone with the first of two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) breaking through the 4.7km long twin-bore Vía Derecha tunnel on June 14. TBM S-948 broke through the 4740m-long right tunnel, while work on the second 4719m-long left

Beleaguered Thameslink chief steps down

THE managing director of Govia Thameslink Railway is leaving. Go-Ahead Group said that Charles Horton had tendered his resignation. The news has followed a troubled period during which GTR attempted to introduce a completely revised timetable on 20 May with more than 3,000 retimed trains, only to find that the new schedules

Danish parliament approves DKr 11bn rolling stock purchase

A MAJORITY in the Danish parliament has approved an earlier agreement allowing Danish State Railways (DSB) to proceed with its DKr 11bn ($US 1.7bn) new rolling stock procurement plan. The original plan has been altered to include a “fully outsourced” maintenance contract with the manufacturers, after DSB learnt an expensive lesson

Siemens wins major London tube train order

SIEMENS has been named as preferred bidder to build new trains for the Piccadilly Line of London Underground, and the award has boosted Siemens’ plan to build a new train factory at Goole in Yorkshire. Transport for London said the Goole project will create thousands of jobs. The new trains will allow

Pesa Link DMUs receive German safety approval

GERMAN Rail (DB) presented one of the first Pesa Link DMUs to the public at the DB Regio depot in Dortmund on June 14, two years later than scheduled. The two-car variant, which was supposed to be in service in 2016, received an authorisation to place in service from the German

Coupler condition monitoring agreement

VOITH: Voith Turbo and Siemens have agreed to develop condition monitoring technology for Voith’s Scharfenberg couplers, with the aim of reducing inspection and maintenance costs while increasing availability. Voith will lead development, with Siemens integrating the application into its Railigent suite and MindSphere internet of things operating system. The companies plan to

Danish fleet renewal goes ahead

DENMARK: State passenger operator DSB has been authorised to start the procurement of a new electric train fleet, the Ministry of Transport announced on June 12. The government has reached agreement with a majority of parliamentary parties to press ahead with the fleet renewal strategy unveiled in February. This would see

Budapest metro Line 3 fleet upgrades complete

THE last of Budapest’s six-car metro sets has been returned to the Hungarian capital after being refurbished in Metrowagonmash, Russia, in a €220 million deal which included parts and service. The first set left Hungary in January 2016 and returned in May 2016. Since then, 37 sets (222 cars) were stripped

SNCF reform legislation adopted

FRANCE: The consolidated version of the government’s railway reform legislation was formally adopted by the Sénat in a 245:83 vote on June 14, having been approved by the Assemblée Nationale 452:80 on the previous day. The text had been agreed by a joint committee of MPs and senators on June 11,

Passenger figures down again

THE number of passengers on National Rail has continued to fall, driven mainly by fewer season ticket sales. In contrast, the number of people using other forms of ticket has risen to some extent, although the total of all journeys was down again in the fourth quarter of 2017-18. The industry

French Senate approves SNCF reform bill

THE French Senate approved the government’s bill on the reform of French National Railways (SNCF) in its second reading on June 14, less than 24 hours after the finalised proposal was endorsed by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly. The amended bill on the “new railway pact” was approved by

Strukton InnoTrans 2018’de Tanıtılacak

  Strukton Rail InnoTrans 2018'de altyapıda meydana gelen olası kusurların otomatik video tanıma teknolojisi ile  önceden tespit ederek bakım birimlerine ileten teknolojisini tanıtacak. Bu Siemens' Railigent veri analizi teknolojisi ile Strukton video izleme ve takip sistemi birleştirilerek geliştirilen sistem bakım maliyetlerini azaltmanın yanında sistem güvenliğini de arttırmaya yönelik olarak tasarlandı.    

African supply chain partnership

AFRICA: Unipart Rail and Gear Rail signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Rail event in Johannesburg on June 13. Unipart said the two companies would benefit from bringing together Gear Rail’s reach in Africa and Unipart Rail’s expertise in modernising supply chains, with the aim of reducing costs and risks

North Korean railway line opens

NORTH KOREA: The Koam – Tapchon railway viaduct has opened, crossing Sokjon Bay on the east coast to connect a fishing port development on the Songjon peninsula to the national rail network. The opening ceremony was held on May 30, five days after national leader Kim Jong Un had inspected the

SBB to retain most Swiss long-distance services

SWITZERLAND’s Federal Office of Transport (BAV) announced on June 12 that it will award a concession to run almost the entire Swiss inter-city network to the current operator, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), with effect from 2019, with just two inter-regional lines - Bern - Biel and Bern - Burgdorf -

Siemens Velaro Novo

  Siemens, 13 Haziran tarihinde, yüksek hızlı Tren, yeni nesil için Velaro Novo konsepti tanıttı. Novo'nun 2023'te Hizmete girmesi bekleniyor. 8 MW Velaro Novo 360 ila 250 km/h çalışma hızları için tasarlanmış, verimlilik ve sürdürülebilirlik için yeni standartlar ortaya koyuyor. Novo sınıfındaki diğer setlere nazaran 300 km/s hızda çalışırken %30 daha az

Work starts on single-chimney ‘9F’ at Grosmont

STAFF at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Grosmont MPD have wasted no time in getting to grips with the restoration of newly arrived BR ‘9F’ No. 92134, which arrived from the East Lancashire Railway (ELR) on April 23. The 1957-built 2-10-0 is owned by Howard Self, and relocated from Bury to

Rapid completion sees ‘J27’ enter service at the Moors

THE North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s ‘J27’ 0-6-0 No. 65894 entered revenue-earning service at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on May 20, just four months after arriving at Grosmont for the completion of its overhaul.The 1906-built loco ran ‘light engine’ to Goathland early that morning, which was followed by an afternoon

Federal funding to relieve Chicago bottleneck

THE United States Department for Transport has allocated a $US 132m grant through its Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (Infra) programme to help fund the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP), which will eliminate Belt Junction, one of the most congested rail bottlenecks in the Chicago region. The 75th Street CIP is

Siemens reveals Velaro Novo high-speed train concept

SIEMENS has revealed details of a concept for its next-generation high-speed train, the Velaro Novo, which it will present at the InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin in September. Siemens says the new design will offer a 30% reduction in energy consumption at 300km/h, compared with previous Velaro models, based on a simulation

Swiss long-distance concession split confirmed

SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport announced on June 12 its final decision to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services from the December 2019 timetable change. Most routes and the whole of the inter-city network will be run by incumbent SBB, but BLS will operate Interregio services on the

DB and Georgian Railway sign cooperation agreement

GERMAN Rail (DB) and Georgian Railway (GR) are looking to strengthen the European and Asian multimodal transport corridors with the signing of an agreement in Berlin on June 12 which lays the foundation for future joint projects in the rail freight sector. The agreement was signed by Mr Alexander Doll, member

DB(Deutsche Bahn) ve Gürcistan Demiryolu İşbirliği Anlaşması İmzaladı

ALMAN Demiryolu ve Gürcistan Demiryolu demiryolu taşımacılığı sektöründe gelecekteki ortak projeler için 12 Haziran tarihinde Berlin'de anlaşma imzaladı. İmzalanan anlaşma ile Avrupa ve Asya taşıma koridorları güçlendirmek ve Deutsche Bahn'ın Asya Lojistik pazarındaki payının arttırılması amaçlanıyor.. Anlaşmanın bir parçası olarak DB, AB içinde demiryolu yük taşımacılığının organizasyonunu yerine getirmek için bir iştirak

The Proposed Alstom-Siemens Merger Presses Ahead

French railway company Alstom and German conglomerate Siemens proposed a merger between the two companies’ rail operations in September 2017. On Friday, 8 June 2018, Siemens and Alstom filed an application for merger control clearance with the European Commission. © Ting Chen under licence Much preparatory work must be conducted and there

Taiwan establishes Railway Bureau

TAIWAN has officially launched its new Railway Bureau, which will supervise the construction and oversight of the nation’s railways, as well as generate opportunities to export its railway expertise and technology to other nations. The bureau, established by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), was formed by merging the Railway

Open access track charges set to rise

THE Rail Freight Group has broadly welcomed the new five year budget for Network Rail which has been announced by the Office of Rail and Road, but is less happy about an increase in track access charges for biomass cargoes. New open access operators may be paying some fixed access charges

Continuing disruption boosts compensation demands

TRAIN operators are under pressure from the official transport watchdog to pay more compensation in the wake of disruption on Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern. Transport Focus says Delay Repay is not enough, because ‘existing compensation schemes don’t adequately reflect the difficulties’. It is calling for a lump sum payment to

CAF to supply Wales & Borders regional train fleet

UK: Incoming Wales & Borders franchisee KeolisAmey has selected CAF as preferred bidder for a contract to supply regional diesel multiple-units for the franchise’s rural and suburban services. CAF is in final negotiations to supply and maintain 44 two-car and 26 three-car Civity DMUs to be in service by September 2022,

Paris’te tren raydan çıktı: 7 yaralı

Fransa'nın Başkenti Paris'te yolcu treninin raydan çıkması sonucu 7 kişi yaralandı. Edinilen bilgiye göre, son günlerde bölgede etkili olan yağışlar sonucu demiryolu hattı üzerine toprak kayması meydana geldi. Demiryolu yetkililerinin meydana gelen toprak kaymasını fark edememesi sonucu yolcu treni olay yerinde raydan çıktı. Meydana gelen kazada yolcu treninin 3 vagonun raydan çıktığı

Victorian regional and airport links make progress

THE Australian and Victorian governments have provided an update on the construction timeframes for the $A 1.75bn ($US 1.3bn) jointly-funded Regional Rail Revival programme, which will upgrade predominantly passenger rail lines across the state of Victoria. The programme includes $A 80m to duplicate track and other upgrades as a precursor complementing

GE Transportation holds Ukrainian supplier day

UKRAINE: GE Transportation held an industry day in Odesa on June 5 to highlight the opportunities for Ukrainian companies to participate in its supply chain. As part of the event, the US company signed a co-operation agreement with Ukrainian rolling stock manufacturer KVSZ. The industry day follows the signing in February of

DfT indemnifies GWR against Heathrow Express risks

UK: In a written statement to Parliament on June 11, Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said the Department for Transport had agree to provide indemnities in relation to risks that airport owner Heathrow Airport Ltd, Heathrow Airport Operating Co and Great Western franchisee First Greater Western Ltd were

Oslo awards €200m LRV contract to CAF

SPORVEIEN, which operates a six-line tram network in the Norwegian capital Oslo, has awarded a contract worth in excess of €200m to CAF for a fleet of 87 LRVs with an option for another 60 vehicles. “This marks one of the largest tram contracts that CAF has been awarded to date,

Eversholt joins Revolution ‘very light’ consortium

LEASING company Eversholt Rail will join an industry consortium that will develop, manufacture and market the Revolution VLR (very light rail) vehicle. The consortium, led by Transport Design International Ltd (TDI), includes the University of Warwick, Cummins and other companies from the automotive and rail sectors. The DfT, through RSSB (Rail Safety

New hope for Tralee line revival

HOPES of a revival for the beleaguered 3ft-gauge Tralee & Blennerville Railway on the west coast of Ireland have been raised after Kerry County Council (KCC) announced it is applying for funding for the restoration railway this autumn. No trains have operated over the abandoned heritage line since 2008, and in

Vivarail battery powered train ready for Long Marston launch

By Keith Fender          VIVARAIL has developed a new battery powered version of its Class 230 train. The new two-car train – No. 230002 – has battery modules, each containing 60 24-volt lithium-ion batteries, replacing the diesel power-packs used on the earlier diesel version. The battery train has no diesel fuel tanks, but otherwise uses

Royal wedding crowds flock to Windsor by train

South Western Railway (SWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR) got into the Royal Wedding spirit on May 19, providing additional services for well-wishers heading to and from Windsor. Around 45,000 passenger journeys were made on SWR services to Windsor & Eton Riverside, which were doubled to four direct, 10-car trains per

Kenilworth rejoins national network after 53-year gap

KENILWORTH station opened for business on April 30, services being a hourly Class 153 DMU shuttling between Leamington Spa and Coventry. Kenilworth station frontage on May 30 contrasts with the derelict station in the 1980s. Pictures: STUART WINSOR and CHRIS MILNER In a project costing more than £13million, the new station design


Before the construction of powerful Pacifics and 4-6-0s by the ‘Big Four’, pre-Grouping 4-4-0s handled large swathes of passenger traffic. Keith Farr looks at performances of such locos under British Railways in the 1950s and ‘60s. This year will see numerous articles about the end of regular BR standard-gauge steam working

Not the best month for railways

IT’S BEEN a bad month for our railways. In fact a very bad month, with so much adverse publicity stemming from a variety of problems – some of them self-inflicted. The big news was the Government’s decision to pull the plug on the Virgin/Stagecoach joint operation of the East Coast franchise,