DB launches new high-speed Berlin-Munich service

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has launched a new 300 km/h ICE service between Berlin and Munich which will cut journey times between the two cities by up to two hours.
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West Midlands Trains signs train contract with CAF

West Midlands Trains has finalised a contract with CAF for 26 new DMUs.
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Clearance for Bombardier’s high-capacity signalling in Sweden

The announcement means the system could be used as part of the modernisation of Sweden's 11,000km mainline rail network.
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Uzbekistan and Afghanistan to develop Mazar-i-Sharif-Herat railway line

The governments of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan have agreed to work together to build a railway line from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif to Herat, two of the largest cities in Afghanistan.
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Vivarail to open production site for ex-Tube stock in UK

Rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail has announced it will spent up to £100,000 opening a production site in County Durham, UK.
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Istanbul metro awards Hyundai Rotem €122m vehicle contract

South Korean rolling stock manufacturer Hyundai Rotem has secured a 156.5 billion won order to build 120 electric vehicles for the Istanbul metro. 
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New York’s MTA reveals subway car prototype

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York has unveiled a prototype of its newest class of subway cars, the R211.
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Civil works awarded for Cuenca tram system

The ACTN Consortium has been appointed to complete the civil works for the Cuenca tram, Ecuador. 
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CRRC to produce flat wagons for Hupac

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC has agreed to produce flat wagons for Switz intermodal operator Hupac. 
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Japan’s entry into Britain’s rail franchising

Mitsui and the East Japan Railway Company arrive on the UK franchise scene with different backgrounds but both hope to carve out a reputation on one of the world's busiest railways.
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Sound Transit orders 5 Brookville LRVs

American rolling stock manufacturer Brookville has signed a contract to supply five light rail vehicles to Seattle transport agency Sound Transit, in Washington, United States.
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‘Microsleep’ possible cause of Croydon tram derailment

The driver of a Croydon tram that derailed, resulting in the deaths of seven passengers, may have had a “microsleep” moments before the crash, accident investigators have concluded. The Rail Accident and Investigation Branch (RAIB) made 15 recommendations in its report into the Sandilands junction derailment. On November 9, 2016, an early morning Croydon tram […]
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