German authorities approve testing of high-speed slab track

Germany’s Federal Railway Authority (EBA) has certified Alstom’s NBT high-speed slab track solution for testing. EBA has given NBT “Approved for operating testing” status, which means the solution can now be trialled in an operational setting. NBT has been designed for use on a mixed-traffic railway up to speeds of 360 km/h. It is based […]
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NSW orders more Waratah trains to ease Sydney congestion

Extra eight-car Waratah trains and a programme of infrastructure upgrades have been promised by Transport for NSW to meet the predicted growth in passenger numbers in Sydney. Announcing its ‘More Trains, More Services’ programme, the authority said it plans to order 24 new Waratah-style trains, due on the network in 2018, and deliver a series […]
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Consortium retained to deliver Metrolink’s Trafford Park line

MPT, a Thales, VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke consortium, has been retained by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to design and build the city’s Trafford Park line. The consortium will work with the authority’s delivery partner, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, to deliver the extension which will serve the intu Trafford Centre shopping mall. MPT and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff are currently […]
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Control & Communications in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Crossing the Alps in Central Europe has been a challenge for centuries and no more so than for the early railway pioneers. In 1882, after a 10 year construction, the first rail tunnel through the Saint Gotthard Massif opened, being 15km long and connecting Gőschenen with Airolo in Switzerland. It provided a route from Zurich […]
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Control & Communications in the Gotthard Base Tunnel

Crossing the Alps in Central Europe has been a challenge for centuries and no more so than for the early railway pioneers. In 1882, after a 10 year construction, the first rail tunnel through the Saint Gotthard Massif opened, being 15km long and connecting Gőschenen with Airolo in Switzerland. It provided a route from Zurich […]
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Electrification of London Overground’s Gospel Oak-Barking line 80% complete

Network Rail and its main contractor, J Murphy & Sons, are close to completing the £133 million electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line. Work on the London Overground line is 80 per cent complete and on schedule to reopen in February 2017 following a lengthy closure. From 2018, the two-car Class 172 diesel […]
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Hitachi Rail Italy lands multiple fleet maintenance contracts

Hitachi Rail Italy has been awarded three contracts worth around €108 million for the maintenance of high-speed and regional train sets for Trenitalia and Trenord. The first contract is for the maintenance and supply of spare parts for the Frecciarossa 1000 fleet, which the company built in collaboration with Bombardier. The service will be in […]
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SNCF to trial robot bin at Paris station

Ever struggled to find a bin at a station? A futuristic pilot project led by France’s national rail operator, SNCF, could make it a problem of the past. An autonomous robotic bin on wheels is to begin a week-long trial at Gare de Lyon station in Paris this month. The prototype, known as B.A.R.Y.L – ‘la […]
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Implementation contract signed by Tampere tramway alliance

Construction of Tampere’s new tram network is on course to begin next year following a contract signing earlier this week between the city council and the alliance delivering the project. Phase one of the project will extend south from Tampere’s city centre to the Hervanta suburb and the city’s hospital. It will involve the construction […]
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Sir Peter Hendy on the future of Britain’s railways

When I was Transport Commissioner for London, we used to talk about what transport did for London. Not about transport itself, but what it did, how it created growth, jobs, and housing. But, in the industry it’s very, very easy to talk about how it works and not what it does. The railway makes a […]
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Crossrail – approaching the final stages

As autumn approached, Crossrail announced that, following a very intense and busy period, the project had reached yet another milestone – declaring that 75 per cent of the work was now complete. To understand better just what “75 per cent complete” actually means for the engineers involved, Rail Engineer caught up with Chris Binns, chief […]
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Midland Metro – an alliance for the long term

The Midland Metro Alliance came into effect on 4 July this year with the ambitious remit to expand the Midland Metro network still further. It is a partnership of nine organisations that aims to “transform the West Midlands by delivering the best integrated transport system for the future” and to contribute to both the social […]
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