Amtrak chooses Alstom for new high-speed rail fleet

Photo: Alstom/Meconopsis.Amtrak has announced a $2 billion deal with Alstom to build its fleet of new high-speed trains for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Boston and Washington. The majority of the[...]
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Bombardier opens South Africa factory and HQ

Traxx South AfricaBombardier Transportation has opened its new South African production facility in Isando, Johannesburg. The 6,000 square-metre site will be used for the production of Mitrac high-power propulsion equipment for the[...]
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London Underground maintenance to be brought back in-house

Photo: Amey.The last vestige of the old Tube Lines PPP (Public-Private Partnership) is set to disappear as maintenance work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines is taken back in-house by[...]
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Class 707 breaks cover

DG248261. 707002. Wildenrath. Germany. 15.7.16You might have read about the Siemens Class 700 Desiro City trains that are under construction for Thameslink. A total of 1,140 of the vehicles are being built at the Krefeld factory in Germany. These vehicles will form 55 twelve-car units, each capable of carrying 1,754 passengers, and 60 eight-car units. The first of these […]
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HS2 publishes shortlist for Phase Two design and development contracts

Rendering of HS2 platforms at Leeds station.HS2 has released the shortlist of suppliers it will invite to tender for design and environmental assessment services contracts for Phase 2 of the high-speed railway. The shortlist (see below)[...]
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SL orders Stadler trains for Roslagsbanan

Photo: kaffeeeinstein/ CC BY-SA 2.0.Stockholm County Council has awarded Stadler the contract to manufacture 22 new trains for SL’s Roslagsbanan. The Swiss train builder was chosen ahead of the likes of Bombardier, CAF and[...]
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Bombardier to give new life to Graz’s oldest trams

Photo: DeymosHR / Shutterstock.com.Graz’s public transport operator, Holding Graz Linien, has enlisted the help of Bombardier to extend the life of its series 500 trams. The series 500 trams are the oldest on[...]
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Fresh state funding for Muni Metro fleet renewal

New Trains 2San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has been awarded $45 million by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to help fund its new fleet of Siemens-built Muni Metro trains. Altogether[...]
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Subway Revival – Glasgow to introduce UTO

Tunnel-A4Glasgow’s Subway is the world’s third-oldest underground railway (after London and Budapest). When it opened in 1896, there was no rail connection to the surface so cars were lowered into the tunnels from the depot above. Although trains were steam-powered, there was no smoke in the tunnels. Instead, a stationary steam engine moved a 10.5 […]
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SBB boosting 3G/4G signal on Zurich S-Bahn

Image: SBB.SBB is continuing a national programme to boost mobile phone coverage across the Swiss rail network by now installing amplifiers on the Zurich S-Bahn The signal amplifiers, which have already[...]
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DSB board approves electric locomotive procurement

Photo: Phil Richards/CC BY-SA 2.0.The board of directors for Denmark’s DSB has approved plans to procure 26 electric locomotives to replace its class ME diesel locomotives. As well as replacing the ME locomotives, which[...]
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Crossrail awards final contract

Photo: Crossrail.It may be a couple of years before commuters can ride on Crossrail (Elizabeth line) trains running under London, but one phase of the project is now complete. The award[...]
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