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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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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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Brightline prepares for imminent launch of Miami service

Photo: Brightline.At 07:00 on Saturday May 19, the first Brightline train service will depart West Palm Beach for Miami Central station.
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UK’s InterCity East Coast franchise to return to public ownership

Photo: Stephen Craven.On June 24, Virgin Trains East Coast's contract will end and the Department for Transport-owned operating company, London North Eastern Railway, will take over the running of services.
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Hyperloop: Prospects and Challenges

The much-vaunted Hyperloop, sometimes described by its proponents as the ‘fifth mode of transport’, uses the premise of pods travelling through evacuated tubes to offer high-speed inter-city transport. The concept was first attributed to US-based technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, and independent backers are popping up across the globe, amid huge amounts of publicity. On paper, […]
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Alstom unveils plans to develop hydrogen-powered Class 321s in the UK

Photo: Alstom.Rail minister Jo Johnson announced ambitious plans to phase out diesel trains by 2040 in February and Alstom believes that its hydrogen technology can help to meet this challenge.
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Governments agree to fund $133m Lac-Mégantic rail bypass

In one of Canada's worst rail disasters, 47 people died and more than 40 buildings were destroyed when an unattended runaway train carrying oil derailed and exploded into the town.
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There are now more than 1,000km of fully automated metros in the world

Haw Par Villa MRT station in Singapore. Photo: Win Horse.In total, there are 63 fully automated operations (FAO) in 42 cities across 19 different countries.
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Plans for $400m platform reconstruction project in Washington

Photo: Andrew Bossi.The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – better known as Metro – has revealed major plans to address structural deficiencies on 20 of its Metrorail station platforms. Decades of exposure to the elements has forced engineers to install temporary measures to stabilise the platforms and ensure the safety of passengers until reconstruction work can take […]
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Great Northern’s Class 717s under test

Siemens engineers in Germany have begun testing Great Northern's new fleet of Class 717 EMUs.
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