First Aarhus Variobahn tram to begin testing

Stadler and Aarhus Letbane I/S held a presentation ceremony at InnoTrans to unveil the first completed light rail vehicle for the Danish city of Aarhus. Stadler was displaying the first of 14 Variobahn trams it is supplying to Aarhus. Its contract with Aarhus Letbane I/S also includes 12 Tango tram-trains and future maintenance. The Variobahn vehicles are […]
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First XRL high-speed train arrives in Hong Kong

MTR is set to receive the first of nine new high-speed trains for the Guangzhou Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). CRRC Qingdao Sifang has delivered the first EMU to Hong Kong from its facility in Qingdao following a period of static and dynamic testing in China. Testing included completing more than 5,000 kilometres of running […]
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CRRC high-speed ‘intercontinental’ train combines passengers and freight

China’s CRRC has presented a concept intercontinental high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) which it hopes will “open up new markets” for the company. The double-deck train will carry passengers on the upper level and freight below. In promotional material presented at this year’s InnoTrans trade fair, CRRC said the EMU is “adapted to suit various […]
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PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe and DB Netz renew cross-border partnership

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA and DB Netz AG have signed an agreement in Berlin to improve cooperation on cross-border train movements. Primarily the agreement, which builds on a set of principles established in 2012, will seek to create common rules for the construction and maintenance of facilities linked with cross-border rail infrastructure. It will […]
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PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe and DB Netz renew cross-border partnership

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA and DB Netz AG have signed an agreement in Berlin to improve cooperation on cross-border train movements. Primarily the agreement, which builds on a set of principles established in 2012, will seek to create common rules for the construction and maintenance of facilities linked with cross-border rail infrastructure. It will […]
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Bombardier launches two new train products

Bombardier has launched its new metro product, Movia Maxx, and next-generation regional train platform, Talent 3, at InnoTrans this week. The latest in its line of Movia metro trains, the Maxx is a new high-capacity train concept for the urban rail market. Bombardier will supply Maxx trains in three to eight-car configurations. Talent 3 is […]
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Strukton and John Holland launch asset monitoring and performance business

Strukton and John Holland have used InnoTrans to announce the creation of Acuit.Systems – a new joint venture which will help businesses improve the performance and maintenance of assets. Aimed at railways in Australia and New Zealand, Acuit.Systems will capture and analyse performance data, enabling companies to get the most out of their assets and […]
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InnoTrans debut for first low-floor high-speed train

Stadler’s EC250, believed to be the world’s first mass produced low-floor high-speed train, has been presented at InnoTrans 2016. From the end of 2019, the EC250 will begin operating between Basel/Zürich and Milan, and has been designed to meet the challenges of operating through the world’s longest rail tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Swiss Federal […]
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Getting up to speed: rail asset information hits the fast track

Robust and timely rail asset data is essential for effective decision-making in the management of rail infrastructure – from trackbed evaluation, flood risk assessment and tunnel/bridge monitoring, to track renewal, electrification work and station modernisation. With these and many more network management processes hungry for information, there is pressure for quicker and more flexible acquisition of […]
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ScotRail Class 385 hits 160 km/h on Velim test track

ScotRail’s new Class 385 has completed its first 160 km/h (100 mph) tests on the Velim test circuit in the Czech Republic. As well as achieving this testing milestone, Hitachi has delivered the second train, a four-car unit, to Scotland from its factory in Japan, where it will undergo dynamic testing later this year. Work […]
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Landfill journeys

Here at Rail Engineer, we’ve made occasional mention of alternative track support materials. But, time and again, the industry reverts back to traditional materials such as timber and concrete. They do the job. There is an established supply chain. They are a safe option and there’s plenty of plant and equipment designed to cope with them. […]
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DB and SNCF to work together to advance railway’s digital future

The leaders of Deutsche Bahn (DB) and SNCF have signed a memorandum of understanding promoting the development of digital technology on the railway. Dr Rüdiger Grube, chief executive of DB, and Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF, signed the memorandum of understanding in Berlin at the InnoTrans trade fair yesterday (September 20). Grube said: “When we look […]
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