Railway engineering for the next generation

Professor Simon Iwnicki began his railway career at the National Coal Board, improving the performance of locomotives with rubber tyres. In the subsequent 30 years, he has played a substantial[...]
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The executive now departing from platform one…

Marc Johnson reports on Phil Hufton’s valedictory address to the Rail Exec Club in London. Speaking to a packed room of rail industry professionals last month, London Underground’s chief operating[...]
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No additional funding for Irish rail operator in 2015

The Irish Government will not make further cuts to rail funding in 2015, Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has announced. The news that public funding for rail and bus services will be maintained[...]
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Siemens to automate line 14 extension of Paris Métro

Siemens has been awarded the contract to supply the driverless train control system for an extension of line 14 on the Paris Métro. Having supplied the CBTC system for the original[...]
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Tata Steel to sell European rail manufacturing business

Tata Steel has announced its intention to sell off a number of its European assets including rail manufacturing sites in Scunthorpe and Hayange. The Mumbai-headquartered steel manufacturer has signed a[...]
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Keolis to be awarded new Bordeaux tram operating contract

Keolis has been tipped to continue operating Bordeaux’s light rail system. President of the Urban Community of Bordeaux (La Cub) Alain Juppé confirmed to city officials that Keolis was the frontrunner[...]
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British government moves forward with Eurostar sale

The UK government has confirmed its intention to sell its 40 per cent stake in high-speed rail operator Eurostar. In a bid to raise £20 billion in asset sales by[...]
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November launch for Metrolink airport line

Manchester Metrolink’s new line to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport is to open to passengers from November 3. A final phase of trial runs is set to begin on October 20,[...]
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DB to close two maintenance centres

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is to close maintenance facilities in Eberswalde and Zwickau, citing a decline in the demand for maintenance services within the freight sector. The German rail company has said there[...]
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Usual players to compete for $2.8bn intercity train order

Alstom and Bombardier are among several international rolling stock manufacturers to submit expressions of interest for New South Wales’ $2.8 billion intercity train project. The NSW Government is looking for[...]
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CNR bidding for Shanghai metro order

CNR has declared it is bidding to supply 36 new trains for Shanghai Metro Line 9. The manufacturer is hoping to land the 1.696 billion yuan (€219 million) order for a[...]
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Swedish freight operator adopts stop-start technology

Sweden’s state-owned rail freight operator Green Cargo is to trial stop-start technology on its fleet of modernised T44 locomotives. Bombardier is to deliver the pilot programme, equipping 62 locomotives with[...]
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