Live CBTC trial launched on Singapore’s North-South Line

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT have begun operational trials of a new CBTC signalling system on the North-South Line (NSL). Testing is taking place with the new signalling system, which will replace the existing fixed block signalling system, in the final hour of service. Using CBTC signalling, headways between trains will be shortened […]
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GWML electrified to Maidenhead

Network Rail has completed the electrification of 19 km of the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead. As well as allowing Great Western Railway (GWR) to extend its electric services – which currently terminate at Hayes & Harlington – to Maidenhead in May, the project is central to the rollout of Elizabeth […]
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Construction of Paris T4 tram-train extension finally gets underway

The first section of rail has been laid for an extension of the T4 tram-train route in Paris. It marks the beginning of the project’s construction phase – five years since work first started on the new branch line. The 6.5 km route will extend the T4 line east from Gargan station to Montfermeil. The line currently […]
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When the trains get longer the hose won’t reach!

The new Hitachi Class 800 trains, due to be introduced on the East Coast route, can be quite long. They come in a variety of lengths, of course, but ten coaches are what is planned. They will be able to operate using electric traction under the wires – where they exist – and under diesel […]
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Bombardier and Hartasuma to build more metro trains for Malaysian LRT line

Bombardier and Hartasuma are to supply 27 additional Innovia Metro 300 trainsets for the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Malaysia’s Klang Valley. The two companies will add the 1.7 billion Malaysian ringgit (€359 million) order to their existing workload for Prasarana Malaysia Berhad. Bombardier and Hartasuma are currently delivering 14 new trains under […]
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New South West Trains franchise awarded

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven years from August 2017, promises to add tens of thousands of extra peak-time seats into and out of London Waterloo, free Wi-Fi on all trains and at all stations, smart […]
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Funding for Ely North Junction remodelling study

Local enterprise partnerships in East Anglia have joined forces to fund a feasibility study into capacity improvement works around Ely, including the remodelling of Ely North Junction. The study itself will be completed by Network Rail but funding is being provided by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, New Anglia LEP and the Strategic Freight Network. […]
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Los Angeles places order for CRRC metro trains

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the operator of the city’s subway system, has ordered 64 new rail cars from CRRC. The new cars will be used on the Metro Red and Purple lines. CRRC will deliver a test vehicle by spring 2020, Metro has said. All 64 metro cars will be delivered by […]
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IEP tested in Wales

Hitachi’s Class 800 intercity train has completed its first test run in Wales. 800 002 has completed a test service through the Severn Tunnel to Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend and Port Talbot before arriving at Hitachi’s Swansea depot. The bi-mode units are scheduled to begin operating commercial services out of London Paddington this autumn. Karen Boswell, managing director at […]
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Siemens restructures

Siemens Rail Automation is re-organising its UK structure to better develop the rail industry’s digital revolution while at the same time maintaining focus on main line and light rail work. Says Rob Morris, Siemens’ director of operations, ‘In making these changes, we are ensuring that our regional delivery teams remain strong, focused and sufficiently resourced […]

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DB returns to profit

Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB) bounced back into profit in 2016, the company’s new chief executive, Richard Lutz, has announced. Last year, the company reported its first loss since 2003 even after recording annual sales of more than €40 billion for the first time. The €1.3 billion net loss was down to special write-downs in its rail freight business, […]
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Tandem tamping

After the success at Belford last year, where newly relaid switches and crossings (S&C) were handed back at 125 mph line speed using 928001, a Plasser & Theurer Unimat 09-4×4/4S Dynamic Tamper, Swietelsky/Babcock Rail (SBR) has continued its innovative collaboration with the S&C North Alliance to deliver another 125mph handback of an S&C renewal, this […]
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