Metra authorises request for proposals to replace ageing fleet

Chicago commuter network Metra has authorised a request for proposals (RFP) to replace its ageing fleet. At least 25 new railcars and 10 locomotives will be designed and produced under two separate RFPs. Metra has said the exact number will depend on finding alternative sources of finance, after $1.3 billion from a state bond programme fell through, and making […]
Read more

ARTC to rebuild bridges in New South Wales in support of Inland Rail freight line

Australia’s minister for transport has announced plans to replace two timber bridges in preparation of the new Inland Rail freight line. The federal government will invest $1.3 million on building two new concrete bridges at Tomingley West and Narwonah, New South Wales, on the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) national rail network. Work will begin in May […]
Read more

Stadler to build narrow-gauge EMUs for Stockholm’s Roslagsbanan

Stadler has won a contract worth around CHF 232 million (€215 million) from Stockholm’s public transport body, SL, to supply 22 custom-built EMUs for the city’s narrow-gauge Roslagsbanan network. The new three-car EMUs will be designed specifically for the 891 mm track gauge and 1500 V DC overhead electrification system found on the Roslagsbanan – a […]
Read more

Four generations of trains travel side by side on ECML in world first

Railway enthusiasts enjoyed a historical first over the weekend as four generations of trains travelled side by side on the East Coast main line. The Flying Scotsman was joined by Virgin’s new Azuma Class 800, an HST Intercity 125 and an Intercity 225 in making the journey from Tollerton, North Yorkshire, to York station on April 23. Although […]
Read more

Alstom awarded €17m contract for Buenos Aires underground line

Subterráneos de Buenos Aires (SBASE) has awarded Alstom a €17 million contract to renew the power supply for Line B of the city’s metro network. Line B already serves around 250,000 passengers a day and the project is expected to increase this capacity. The project will cover the design, assembly and commissioning of medium voltage ring cables, third rail […]
Read more

Next step for £2.75bn HS2 train contract

HS2 has submitted a contract notice to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), formally launching the £2.75 billion contract for the design, manufacture and maintenance of around 60 new high-speed trains. Hundreds of jobs will be created by the contract, says HS2, which went on to say it would be working closely with suppliers and […]
Read more

Thameslink signalling update

The complex Thameslink capacity upgrade programme includes the very visible civil engineering works in the London Bridge area and the introduction of Class 700 trains through the central London ‘core’ using European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2. In-cab signalling is required to allow trains to be driven automatically between Kentish Town, Blackfriars, and London […]
Read more

India’s Minister for Railways launches glass-roof scenic rail cars

Special glass-roofed coaches that will allow ‘tourists to enjoy scenic beauty along [their] journey’ have been launched in India. The country’s Minister for Railways, Suresh Prabhu, inaugurated the Vistadome coaches on April 16 between Visakhapatnam, just off India’s east coast, and Araku, which is more than 128km away. Featuring double-glass windows in the ceiling that can be turned […]
Read more

Powerlines Group awarded Kaiserstuhl railway electrification contract in Germany

The Powerlines Group has been awarded a contract to electrify the 120-year-old Kaiserstuhl line in Germany. Contracted by state-owned operating company SWEG, Powerlines’ German and Austrian divisions will work together to deliver the project in the state of Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany. Electrification of the 37.6km line is required to enable trains on the Kaiserstuhl line to link up […]
Read more

Japan’s Musashi-Mizonokuchi railway station to use off-grid hydrogen energy system

Toshiba’s hydrogen energy system will now provide power to the Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station in Japan. The system, H2One, is now operational and generating electricity to light part of the station, which is based on the JR Nambua Line in the city of Kawasaki. Should a disaster cut the energy supply to the station, Toshiba’s off-grid system will […]
Read more

European open access operators form alliance to promote rail competition

The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has launched Europe’s latest rail association, the Alliance of Rail New Entrants (ALLRAIL). The organisation will bring together private companies and open access operators from the European freight and passenger rail market who favour greater competition and liberalisation across the sector. The group says that customers will benefit from greater competition and […]
Read more

Seattle’s Sound Transit to run on ‘clean energy’ from 2019

Seattle’s public service operator, Sound Transit, has signed a deal to use wind energy to power its light rail network. From the start of 2019, the authority’s Link light rail services will begin using carbon neutral energy sources following the signing of an agreement with Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Under the 10-year agreement Sound Transit will purchase wind energy directly […]
Read more
© Copyright - Rail-News.com - Articles and Images by Rail Media are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.