Decrease in German rail freight

Unlike in the UK, where the growth in rail freight seems only to be limited by network capacity, the sector seems to be struggling in Germany. Figures released on 17 February 2017 by the Federal Office of Statistics show that, while the total volume of freight grew in 2016, the portion transported by rail fell […]
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Regional resilience for West Midlands

In anticipation of congestion caused by future major construction projects, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has approved its Regional Resilience Plan. Major rail projects don’t only affect train passengers, they can also cause disturbance to surrounding roads, interfering with traffic flows. Road construction, sewer works and telecommunication improvements can all have the same effect. […]
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Caltrain electrification in limbo as decision on government grant is deferred

The US Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has deferred a decision on whether to award a $647 million grant to fund the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) in California. Caltrain announced on February 17 that the decision would not be made until after the new administration’s 2018 budget had been outlined. Caltrain said the delay would “jeopardise” the […]
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High Output’s new ballast cleaner

Network Rail’s high output track renewals (HOTR) project has recently taken delivery from Plasser & Theurer of some significant new additions to its fleet, the largest of which is its fifth high output ballast renewal system (BCS5). This is unique as it is designed to work on the third rail network. Other equipment procured includes […]
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Siemens confirms order for DB Regio’s Rhine Valley fleet

DB Regio has confirmed an order with Siemens for two new fleets of electric trains for regional services in Germany’s Rhine Valley. From 2020, DB Regio will run regional express services on the Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Basel route and regional services on the Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel/Neuenburg (Switzerland) route. Today, Siemens has confirmed an […]
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SNCF Logistics acquires 45 per cent stake in BLS Cargo

SNCF Logistics has bought a 45 per cent share in rail freight operator BLS Cargo. The deal, which still needs to be approved by competition authorities, will leave BLS with a 52 per cent majority stake in the business. Ambrogio Group (IMT) will retain its 3 per cent shareholding. BLS Cargo said the acquisition would […]
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Stadler announces multiple traction equipment orders with ABB

Stadler has agreed orders totalling US $70 million with ABB for traction and power equipment for its trains. ABB will supply integrated onboard power supplies and traction transformers for 80 Stadler trains bound for operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. Stadler will install ABB traction converters and traction transformers on 11 new FLIRT EMUs for Schweizerische […]
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Northern line extension TBMs lowered into position

The two tunnel boring machines that will excavate the twin-bore tunnels for London Underground’s Northern line extension have been lowered into the ground. When tunnelling work begins next month, the two TBMs will begin a 3.2km journey from Battersea Power Station to Kennington, via Nine Elms. The new link will extend the Charing Cross branch […]
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Rail industry Capability Delivery Plan

It is four years since the rail industry signed up to a vision of the future, set out in a document called the Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) 2012. That strategy is now accompanied by a Capability Delivery Plan (CDP), which sets out the steps and a road map needed to be taken in order to […]
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Bernese Oberland railway inaugurates first train of new fleet

Berner Oberland-Bahn AG (BOB) has welcomed the first of six new EMUs built by Stadler. BOB has invested around CHF 112 million in the new train sets and a renovation of its Zweilütschinen depot. BOB has ordered six three-car ABDeh 8/8 321 trains from Stadler. Deliveries will continue until the autumn. Having received approval from the Swiss Federal […]
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Battery power for Spanish trams

A Midland Metro tram, in Spain, is currently being fitted with hi- tech batteries allowing it to run over stretches of track with no overhead power cables. Tram 18 was split in two and loaded onto flatbed lorries to make the journey from Wednesbury to the factory in Zaragoza, Spain, where it was made. Tram […]

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A lesson in virtual reality

While augmented reality is finding its place in the construction of new railways, virtual reality is becoming an important tool in the training of new staff. In fact, teachers and trainers have been looking for ways to introduce virtual reality – in its various different guises – into the classroom for some time. Better equipment […]

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