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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Analysis: Discussions continue but Class 707s face uncertain future

FirstGroup and MTR have today confirmed an order with Bombardier for 90 new Aventra EMUs. Their arrival in the middle of 2019 will bring an end to the Class 707’s short spell on the South Western main line. The First/MTR joint venture announced its intention to replace the Class 707s earlier this year – the […]
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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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Plans submitted for Midland Metro’s Brierley Hill extension

Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) has submitted planning documents for a proposed £200 million extension of the Midland Metro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. The seven-mile extension would serve Great Bridge, Horseley Heath, Dudley Port, Dudley town centre, the Waterfront, Merry Hill and Brierley Hill town centre. Much of the route will make use of […]
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SJ becomes first to trial microchip train ticket

Sweden’s SJ believes it is the first train operator in the world to trial a microchip implant ticket on its services. Passengers signed up to the company’s loyalty scheme, SJ Prio, will be among the first to use the new system. The idea came from SJ’s innovation partner, Epicenter, which gives its members the option […]
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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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FirstGroup and MTR place £895m order with Bombardier for new South Western trains

New South Western franchise operators FirstGroup and MTR have signed an £895 million contract with Bombardier for the supply and maintenance of 90 new Aventra trains. The new trains, which will be supplied in five and 10-car configurations, will be manufactured in Derby and later operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. […]
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RZD begins laying track in Serbia’s Bela Reka tunnel

RZD International has started laying track in the Bela Reka tunnel as part of a $80 million repair works contract. Making use of sub-ballast mat technology – which is being used to modernise Serbian railways for the first time – the engineering firm has begun track laying in the tunnel which sits on the Resnik–Valjevo section of the Belgrade–Bar […]
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United Wagon Company to open carriage service centre in Estonia

United Wagon Company (UWC) is set to open a carriage service centre in Estonia. An agreement has been reached so that the company’s Baltic States cargo fleet can now be serviced at Skinest Rail’s depot in Valga. Depot staff have undergone a UWC course for carriage maintenance and repair and the facility already stocks the necessary […]
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