Hitting the right note: the Ordsall Chord

In a tandem lift using the UK’s largest crawler crane, contractor Skanska BAM, working for Network Rail, installed a pair of steel arches over the River Irwell to form the UK’s first network arch railway bridge. Set to become an instantly recognisable part of the Greater Manchester skyline, the bridge is the centrepiece of the […]
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Draft RFP published for Boston Green Line Extension

A draft Request for Proposal (RFP) has been released for the design/build contract to deliver Boston’s Green Line Extension (GLX). The draft RFP includes a budget limit of $1.319 billion – in respect of the overall $2.3 billion cost of the project – and references required weekend closures of the Lowell and Fitchburg commuter rail lines. MBTA plans […]
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Mechan goes French

Mechan, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of depot equipment such as jacking systems, bogie drops and traversers, has been acquired by the French CIM Group. CIM’s products and services include the design and management of railway infrastructure supply and construction projects. The group operates in more than 90 countries worldwide in the fields of rail and public […]
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Shipping rails to Thurso

Recently, 1,100 new rails, each 60 feet long, were shipped to far north of Scotland by – ship! The railway is one of its own best customers. Network Rail moves ballast around the network in big open-topped wagons, while steel rails also travel by train – which can be quite an interesting article when those […]
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SJ targets Norwegian operating contracts

Sweden’s state-owned rail operator, SJ, has established a new Norwegian subsidiary as it looks to pursue rail operating contracts over the border. Berit Kjøll, former executive vice president of Huawei Norway and CEO of Flytoget, has been appointed as the chairman of SJ Norge AS. SJ already operates a number of services in Norway, includes […]
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Tesmec maintenance vehicle gets Italian main line approval

For the first time in Italy, a maintenance vehicle designed for working on overhead catenary will be allowed to run on the national rail network as a ‘normal’ train. Built by Tesmec Service for Italian infrastructure owner Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI), the model OCPC400 multipurpose maintenance vehicle has been fitted with an SCMT/SSC BL3 automatic […]
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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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Manchester seeks station devolution

Greater Manchester’s transport authority has submitted proposals which, if supported, could see it assume ownership of the county’s railway stations. Under the plans, entitled ‘Case for Change’, the ownership and management of Greater Manchester’s stations would transfer from Network Rail and individual train operators to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) by the mid 2020s. TfGM says […]
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San Jose LRT electrification modernisation awarded to Siemens

Siemens is to upgrade electrification equipment on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s Guadalupe Corridor light rail line. The project includes new traction power substations, protection communication devices and circuit breakers and controllers. Adof Daaboul, senior transportation engineer at Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), said: “VTA is pleased that Siemens is on board to upgrade our […]
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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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Intelligent power converters

To operate lighting, electronics and communication devices, both on trains and in control rooms, power converters such as inverters, battery chargers and power supplies are often installed to convert available DC or AC to the appropriate power outputs required. Complicating matters, both the power source (DC in varying voltages from battery banks) and the outputs […]
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