Author Archive for: Stewart Thorpe

New traffic control centre for Argentina

Argentina is hoping a new traffic control centre will reduce the risk of accidents and derailments on a major part of its freight railway network. State-owned Trenes Argentinos Cargas has built the centre to monitor the position and speed of trains in real time across 9,000km of its track. By installing technology developed by Brazilian […]
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Section of Bangalore metro’s Green Line opens to the public

The newest section of Bangalore’s Namma metro, India, has entered commercial service. Connecting the northern, central and southern parts of the city, the new opening on the Green Line marks the completion of Phase 1 of the metro system. Alstom manufactured and installed the train control and signalling and telecommunications systems on the line as […]
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Brookville awarded $33m contract for Arizona trams

Manufacturer Brookville Equipment will design, build and deliver a fleet of trams for the Valley Metro Rail, Arizona, USA. The $33 million deal will see the firm deliver six off-wire capable Liberty Streetcars for the Tempe Streetcar – a future extension of the light rail system. The Liberty Streetcars will be fitted with onboard battery energy […]
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RIA concern at government’s failure to commit to Crossrail 2

The Railway Industry Association has spoken of its concern over the government’s failure to commit to Crossrail 2 in the Queen’s Speech. Chief executive Darren Caplan also said that he was disappointed at the lack of a commitment to Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) but welcomed the inclusion of powers to progress HS2 Phase Two – between Birmingham […]
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Construction of Moynihan train station to go ahead after $1.6bn deal struck

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that construction will begin on New York’s new Moynihan station following the closure of a final deal for the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex redevelopment. The agreement between financiers Empire State Development and Related Companies, Vornado Realty and Skanska USA means that work will commence to transform part of the James Farley Post […]
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360 Rail Services acquires Railroad Specialties

Less than six months after it was launched, 360 Rail Services has announced it has acquired Railroad Specialties. 360 Rail Services, which is based in Englewood, Colorado, USA, was established by industry veterans Larry Stockton and Robert Olin in April, 2017. It provides engineering, design, construction, maintenance, logistics and transloading services to the railway industry […]
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Bangladesh Railway awards Indonesian rolling stock firm 200 vehicle contract

Indonesian rolling stock manufacturer Inka has won a contract for 200 metre-gauge train vehicles for Bangladesh Railway following an international tender. Also known as the Indonesian Rolling Stock Manufacturing Corporation, the state-owned company said it will sign the contract in July or August, 2017, after Bangladesh Railway issues a notice of award – the official announcement from […]
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Rail Cargo Operator launches freight link between Romania and Italy

Rail Cargo Operator (RCO) has expanded its network with the opening a new 1,109km freight link between Arad, Romania, and Verona, Italy. Three weekly services will run in each direction in five hours but market demand means that the logistics firm is already working to increase the number of round trips to five. RCO said that the new […]
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Passenger service begins on Singapore’s Tuas West extension

The Tuas West extension of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit system (SMRT) has officially opened for passenger service. Extending the East-West Line from Joo Koon station into the Tuas area, the extension includes four stations: Gul Circle, Tuas Crescent, Tuas West Road and Tuas Link, and is expected to serve 100,000 passengers a day Travel time between Ang […]
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Plans revealed for redesigned Ourense station

Architects Foster + Partners and Juan Cabanelas have released designs for the refurbished and extended Ourense FFCC Station in Galicia, Spain. The existing railway line is due to be upgraded for high-speed services and the re-designed station reflects the expected increase in passengers. Two new platforms will be constructed, the nearby bus station will be relocated […]
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Talgo’s AVE Class 102 reaches 310km/h in Saudi Arabian test

Talgo’s AVE Class 102 has reached a speed of 310km/h in a dynamic test run for Saudi Arabia’s Makkah-Medina high speed railway. The train – which is marketed as the Talgo 350 – has to successfully run at 330km/h (maximum speed + 10 per cent) in order to meet the final approval before it becomes […]
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