DB sets five-point strategy for 2019

The plan comes against a backdrop of declining profitability in many of DB’s German activities due to competitive pressures, especially for regional train operation and long distance services, plus ongoing losses at freight subsidiary DB Cargo. Overall profitability declined in the first half of 2018 and is forecast to deteriorate

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

First Hohhot metro train revealed

CRRC says the 80km/h six-car train for Hohhot Line 1 features the lightest aluminium alloy bodyshell of any metro train in China, with a weight saving of 10 tonnes across each six-car set. In another Chinese first, each car is equipped with a single air-conditioning unit, which has been configured specifically

Testing of SNCB M7 coaches begins at Velim

SNCB signed a framework contract with Alstom and Bombardier in December 2015 for up to 1362 M7s, with an initial order for 445 vehicles including 65 unpowered driving cars, 290 intermediate trailers and 90 powered driving cars. A single Bombardier-built intermediate coach is currently at Velim, where traction is being provided

Denmark lifts pocket wagon ban

The ban was issued following 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. Trafikstyrelsen has now allowed CFL Cargo and TX Logistik to resume the transport

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

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

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

Jinan opens first metro line

The 26.3km Line R1 from Fangte to Gongyanyuan is a north-south express line serving the western suburbs of Jinan. The line serves four underground and seven elevated stations. Services are operated by a fleet of 24 four-car type B metro trains. Line R1 is part of the three-line first phase of the

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

Plasser wins Polish tamper order

Under the contract PKP PLK will receive three 09-3X Dynamic Tamping Express units and a Unimat 09-4×4/4S Dynamic plain line and switch/crossing tamper. The order is part of a Zlotys 250m investment in PKP PLK’s infrastructure maintenance fleet. Last year PKP PLK awarded ZPS, Poland, a Zlotys 125m contract to supply 36

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

Non-compliant bids delay Gautrain EMU procurement

In October 2016, Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Bombela Concession Company shortlisted Bombardier Transportation South Africa, CRRC E-Loco Supply (CRRC Zhuzhou South Africa and Matsete Basadi), and Egoli Rail Consortium (Alstom South Africa, EOH Intelligent Infrastructure and Ubumbano) for a contract to supply 12 four-car EMUs to supplement the

US still short of full PTC implementation

According to the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015, which was signed into law on October 29 2015, the original statutory deadline for railways to complete the full implementation of PTC systems was extended from December 31 2015 to December 31 2018. However, by December 31, USDOT says

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