First Sirio tram unveiled in Zhuhai

AnsaldoBreda and CNR Dalian have held a presentation ceremony for the first new Sirio tram for the Chinese city of Zhuhai’s Line 1 light rail line. The Italian manufacturer is[...]
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T8 tram commissioned in Ile-de-France region

RATP and Alstom have commissioned the T8 tramway in the Ile-de-France region. The 8.45-kilometre line connects Saint-Denis – Porte de Paris station to Villetaneuse-University and Epinay-sur-Seine station via two branch lines. Twenty trams an hour[...]
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NS and ProRail sign 10-year railway concession

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and ProRail have been granted a ‘license to operate’ the Dutch rail network for the next 10 years. Dutch Transport Minister Wilma Mansveld has signed a new[...]
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New Rio de Janeiro commuter trains commissioned

Rio de Janeiro’s commuter rail operator SuperVia has commissioned its 50th new Chinese-built train. Two more CNR 3000 Series trains entered passenger service on December 4. Twenty new four-car units[...]
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Basel cross-border tram inaugurated

Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) has inaugurated a cross-border extension of Line 8 to Germany from Kleinhüningen to Weil am Rhein. The 2.8-kilometre extension was officially opened on December 14 by Baden-Wuerttemberg Transport Minister Winfried[...]
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Start date set for Gotthard Base Tunnel rail services

The first timetabled trains will travel through the Gotthard Base Tunnel on December 11, 2016, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has announced. SBB is planning to hold an official opening ceremony[...]
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PKP Intercity Pendolinos carries first passengers

Polish train operator PKP Intercity has launched its EIC Premium service using its new fleet of high-speed Pendolinos. On December 14, nine trains entered passenger service between Warsaw and Tricity,[...]
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Rolling out the black carpet

The Eastern Union Railway was not the first railway to reach Norwich. It had been beaten to the post by the Eastern Counties Railway Company in 1845. It wasn’t until[...]
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Final section of track laid for Nottingham tram extension

Track laying has been completed on a 17.5-kilometre extension of Nottingham’s tram network. More than 3,800 sections of track have been laid using Alstom’s automated Appitrack system, extending Nottingham’s light[...]
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Bombardier opens Crossrail Aventra test centre

Bombardier has launched its new ‘Iron Bird’ integration test facility for the 65 new Aventra trains it is manufacturing for London’s Crossrail network. Mayor of London Boris Johnson opened the new[...]
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Preferred bidder chosen to build California high-speed rail Central Valley section

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has announced its preferred bidder for the next phase of construction work between Fresno and Bakersfield. In a statement, the authority said it had identified a[...]
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High times for rail freight

For too long rail freight has been treated as the poor relation of the railway, writes Andy Milne. Freight drivers have long raged at the ignominy of being held in passing loops as sleek passenger trains speed by. Passengers are given a peculiar priority over the economic cargoes that sustain them. New rail freight depots […]
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