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Russian-Japanese JV to produce traction inverters

The deal between the two parties was signed on May 21. Photo: Hitachi."We expect products of the JV to be in high demand."
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Government urged to establish Crossrail 2 timetable and funding plans before 2019

One of the tunnel boring machines used as part of Crossrail. Photo: Crossrail.National Infrastructure Commission chair Sir John Armitt said that firm decisions on the megaproject's timetable and funding should be made by the end of 2018.
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Warsaw operator SKM orders second generation ‘Elf’ trainsets

Photo: SKM.Warsaw deputy mayor Renata Kaznowska said that the contract, which is valued at €72.4 million, is the largest purchase in SKM's history.
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Škoda Transportation completes takeover of Finnish rolling stock manufacturer Transtech

Photo: Škoda Transportation.Based in Finland, Transtech was founded in 1985 and produces specialist trams and other rail vehicles that can operate in extreme climates, such as those in the Nordic country.
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Welsh Government awards Wales and Borders rail franchise

The Wales and Borders franchise has been operated by Arriva Trains Wales since 2003. Photo: W. C. Johnston.Further details for the next franchise and the South West Metro will be shared "at the earliest possible opportunity" following the standstill period.
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Mechan to ship first order to the Americas

Photo: Mechan.UK rail depot equipment specialist Mechan is preparing to ship its first order to the Americas.
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US Federal Railroad Administration announces $250m to support PTC rollout

Photo: Doran J Clark.The United States’ Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced grants worth $250 million in support of the implementation of positive train control (PTC). Certain Class I railroads and any railroad main lines that provide regularly scheduled intercity or commuter rail passenger services have to implement PTC by the end of 2018. This deadline was initially […]
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VolkerRail’s on-track tamping contract renewed by Network Rail

Photo: VolkerRail.In support of the contract, VolkerRail said that it will continue to invest in new specialist plant and will be introducing new tamping machines in 2019 and 2020.
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Network Rail appoints successor to chief executive Mark Carne

Andrew Haines, the current CEO of the Civil Aviation Authority. Photo: Network Rail.Andrew is expected to take up his new role in early autumn following a period of handover with Mark Carne.
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GE Transportation reaches agreement to merge with Wabtec

Photo: GE.The announcement comes six months after General Electric (GE) confirmed it was looking to sell the "non-core" transport division to become "simpler, stronger and to drive more growth.
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How the Asian Development Bank is helping to persuade citizens to ride the Hanoi Metro

Photo: ADB.Jason Rush, a communications specialist covering Southeast Asia at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), writes about the development of Vietnam’s first metro system, which is set to launch its first phase later this year.  In the popular 1980s movie Field of Dreams, a rural American corn farmer, played by the dashing Kevin Costner, hears a voice […]
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