Archive for category: Rolling Stock and Components

Los Angeles places order for CRRC metro trains

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the operator of the city’s subway system, has ordered 64 new rail cars from CRRC. The new cars will be used on the Metro Red and Purple lines. CRRC will deliver a test vehicle by spring 2020, Metro has said. All 64 metro cars will be delivered by […]
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IEP tested in Wales

Hitachi’s Class 800 intercity train has completed its first test run in Wales. 800 002 has completed a test service through the Severn Tunnel to Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend and Port Talbot before arriving at Hitachi’s Swansea depot. The bi-mode units are scheduled to begin operating commercial services out of London Paddington this autumn. Karen Boswell, managing director at […]
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ScotRail’s ‘new’ HSTs

In 2012, Transport Scotland published the results of its rail passenger service consultation. This considered how the railway should develop and the types of passenger services required. Its results were incorporated into the specification for the ScotRail franchise which was renewed in 2014. One conclusion from this consultation exercise was that passengers traveling from central […]
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New trains in their thousands

Over £10 billion is being invested in the current orders for 5,670 new rail vehicles. Some of these are already in service with almost all due to be by 2020. This equates to the delivery of 25 vehicles a week, compared with the four vehicles a week supplied over the previous control period. This unprecedented […]
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Stadler awards Merseyrail depot construction and refurb contract

BAM Nuttall has been awarded a contract by Stadler to construct a new depot and refurbish another to support the commissioning and ongoing maintenance of its new Merseyrail fleet. The multi-million contract includes a brand new depot in Kirkdale and an upgrade of the existing depot in Birkenhead North. Kirkdale will include washing and stabling facilities […]
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First NS Sprinter leaves CAF factory

The first new NS Sprinter train from CAF has left the manufacturer’s factory in Spain to begin testing on the Velim test track in the Czech Republic. Following testing in Velim, the next-generation Sprinter EMU will undergo climatic testing in Vienna before final testing and commissioning in the Netherlands. CAF is building 118 Sprinter units […]
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Ground broken on CRRC factory in Chicago

Ground has been broken on a new assembly facility on Chicago’s Southeast Side for CTA’s new 7000 Series trains. Last year, transport body CTA awarded CRRC Sifang America, a subsidiary of China’s CRRC, the contract to supply up to 846 new rail cars, with an initial firm order for 400 carriages. They will be the […]
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Video: Alstom’s hydrogen train on test

Alstom’s iLint hydrogen fuel cell train has successfully completed its first trial run at 80 km/h. Video courtesy of Alstom
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Hector Rail orders 15 Vectron AC locomotives

Sweden’s Hector Rail AB has exercised an option for 15 Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotives. The locomotives, which will operate using ETCS signalling and ATC2-STM train control equipment, are an option on an order placed in July 2016. As well as a power output of 6,400 KW, the locomotives will be equipped with a diesel power module […]
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HVLE orders dual-mode Stadler locomotives

Stadler’s Spanish division, what was formerly Vossloh Rail Vehicles, is to supply 10 six-axle Eurodual locomotives to German rail freight operator Havelländische Eisenbahn (HVLE). The dual-mode locomotives have both 15kV AC and 25 kV AC electric and diesel operating modes. The order will be financed by Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe through an asset-based leasing structure provided by DAL Deutsche […]
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Brightline announces September launch

Florida’s Brightline has said it plans to formally launch the new intercity service in September. A trial service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July. This will be followed by a Miami service at the end of August and the full official launch in September. The announcement on March 10 included a […]
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