Alstom delivers first cars for Panama metro line

Alstom has delivered the first three cars that will form part of a new fleet for Panama’s Metro Line 1. The fleet was made up of 20 three-car trains but has been reconfigured into 26 five-car units due to increased demand. The Alstom Metropolis trains reach a maximum of 90km/h and are manufactured at the Santa Perpetua […]
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Soviet-era railway track in Uzbekistan to be upgraded

Uzbekistan’s 145km railway between Pap, Namangan, and Andijan will be electrified after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $80 million loan. The project will help improve connectivity for freight and passenger services – including to Tashkent, the capital city – and encourage growth and job creation in the Fergana Valley, an area of the country in which […]
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RegioJet to launch intercity trains from Prague to Vienna

Train operating company RegioJet has announced plans to launch a new Prague to Vienna connection. The Czechoslovakian firm said the inter-city service will be operational from December 2017 and will link the two capital cities, via Břeclav and Brno, four times a day in each direction. Austria’s Graz-Köflach Railway (GKB), which operates passenger and freight trains, will partner […]
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RegioJet to launch intercity trains from Prague to Vienna

Train operating company RegioJet has announced plans to launch a new Prague to Vienna connection. The Czechoslovakian firm said the inter-city service will be operational from December 2017 and will link the two capital cities, via Břeclav and Brno, four times a day in each direction. Austria’s Graz-Köflach Railway (GKB), which operates passenger and freight trains, will partner […]
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Romanian National Railway Company awards €1.6bn contract for Transylvania railway work

Financed by funds from the European Commission, the Romanian National Railway Company (CFR) has awarded FCC Construcción a contract to develop three sections of railway in Transylvania. The new €1.634 billion project is part of the modernisation of the Romanian railway in the Pan European Corridor IV, which runs from Dresden and Nuremberg, Germany, to Thessaloniki, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, […]
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ERTMS Level 3 – A possible way forward

The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing in Autumn 2016 of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the co-operation for the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System. This will ensure the regulatory and design authorities work together […]
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CRRC delivers first new electric locomotive for Serbian power plant

Chinese manufacturer CRRC ZELC has delivered the first of two electric locomotives it is supplying for state-owned Serbian electricity company EPS. The CRRC Zhuzhou locomotives will be used to provide more reliable coal transportation between the Nikola Tesla power station and the Kolubara power station in Belgrade. According to EPS, the new locomotives will have double the power of the […]
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Bombardier secures €73m contract to build high-speed trains for China

Bombardier’s Chinese joint venture, Bombardier Sifang Transportation (BST), has been awarded a contract to supply 40 high-speed train cars for Guangxi’s high-speed railway. The firm announced today (April 25) that it will supply the CRH1A-A new generation high-speed train cars, which are manufactured in Qingdao, to the Nanning Railway Bureau, a regional bureau of the China Railway […]
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Report reinforces financial viability of Rail Baltica

A cost-benefit analysis conducted on Rail Baltica has reaffirmed the project’s economic feasibility. Presented at the Rail Baltica Global Forum by audit firm Ernst & Young Baltic (EYB), the report estimated that the rail project will cost €5.8 billion but will bring about €16.2 billion in socio-economic benefits to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – the main beneficiaries of […]
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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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California High Speed Rail Authority CEO to step down

The CEO of the California high-speed rail project – what would be the USA’s first true high-speed rail network – has announced he is to step down. After five years with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), Jeff Morales has announced his decision to resign in a letter sent to governor Jerry Brown and the […]
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Metra authorises request for proposals to replace ageing fleet

Chicago commuter network Metra has authorised a request for proposals (RFP) to replace its ageing fleet. At least 25 new railcars and 10 locomotives will be designed and produced under two separate RFPs. Metra has said the exact number will depend on finding alternative sources of finance, after $1.3 billion from a state bond programme fell through, and making […]
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