Archive for category: Rolling Stock and Components

Plzeň orders 22 Škoda trams

Photo: Škoda Transportation.Including future options, training and maintenance, the total value of the contract is around €39 million.
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Aberdeen reveal for Scotland’s HSTs

Photo: ScotRail.Named Inter7City – a reference to the fact that they will ultimately link Scotland’s seven cities – the revamped HSTs are part of ScotRail’s grand plans to improve services around the country.
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First Citadis tram for Caen la Mer

Photo: Alstom.Around 45 per cent of the tram will be covered in large windows. Six passenger information screens will feature inside as will USB charging points - a first in France. 
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Caledonian Sleeper delays introduction of new fleet

Brand new carriages will no longer be coming to the Caledonian Sleeper's Lowland service between London, Glasgow and Edinburgh this month as originally planned.
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Russian-Hungarian consortium secures mammoth rail car contract in Egypt

Photo: Transmashholding.The deal, valued at more than €1 billion, is the largest such deal in the history of Egypt's railways, according to Transmashholding.
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Iowa Interstate Railroad orders Evolution Series locomotives from GE

Photo: GE Transportation.The locomotives, to be produced in early 2020, will be used to transport grains, ethanol, metals and other goods across the railroad's network between Chicago and Omaha.
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China Railway Corp awards €280m high-speed train contract

Photo: Yiu Cheung.The cars have an operating speed of 350km/h and will be configured into five eight-car trainsets and five 16-car trainsets.
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Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s Class 319 Flex conversions. A total of 32 units are currently on order, more than half of which will be the UK’s first tri-mode trains (AC, DC and diesel).
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Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

Intended to be lighter and more efficient than its predecessors, the longer cars will, as standard, be coupled into seven-car formations, eliminating both the weight and maintenance requirements of a pair of bogies.
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Production of Merseyrail’s new fleet progresses

Photo: Stadler.Stadler project manager Fadi Khairallah said it is entering an exciting stage now with the trains "really starting to look like trains".
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Powercar bodyshell of Amtrak’s first Avelia Liberty trainset assembled

Photo: Pete Hudeck/Merrill.The power car bodyshells are made from 100 per cent US steel and have been specifically painted to reflect the Amtrak blue and white colours.
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