Tag Archive for: electrification

Major upgrades planned for Ontario’s Barrie line

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has announced a wave of major upgrades for the Barrie line in order to ease congestion. Plans include the electrification of the line, a double track expansion and an upgrade to track and signalling. Noise and retaining walls will also be installed. The number of services will be increased […]
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Electrification – an alternative approach from Siemens in Denmark

With rail electrification projects very much in the news recently, and a particular scrutiny on the cost and funding of major programmes, it’s worth looking at the approach taken by infrastructure owners in Europe to see how the introduction of electrification systems already operating on the continent could bring significant installation and operational benefits to […]
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Alstom launches CLever cantilever for UK railway electrification

Alstom has launched a new cantilever specifically for the UK rail network. The CLever (a shortened version of cantilever) has been designed by Osvaldo Cariboni Lecco – an Alstom company –  in northern Italy for 25kV railway electrification and allows for speeds of up to 300km/h. According to Alstom, the product is safer to handle, has minimal […]
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US budget includes $100m investment in Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

The United States’ federal budget could be approved this week with a $100 million investment into the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) included. The project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernisation programme and has already had $73 million in funding set aside. PCEP will electrify the Caltrain commuter rail line from San Francisco’s 4th and King Street station to […]
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US budget includes $100m investment in Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project

The United States’ federal budget could be approved this week with a $100 million investment into the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) included. The project is a key component of the Caltrain Modernisation programme and has already had $73 million in funding set aside. PCEP will electrify the Caltrain commuter rail line from San Francisco’s 4th and King Street station to […]
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Soviet-era railway track in Uzbekistan to be upgraded

Uzbekistan’s 145km railway between Pap, Namangan, and Andijan will be electrified after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $80 million loan. The project will help improve connectivity for freight and passenger services – including to Tashkent, the capital city – and encourage growth and job creation in the Fergana Valley, an area of the country in which […]
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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 […]
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Third facility for overhead line electrification opens in Crewe

A new facility for pre-assembling overhead line equipment for electrification has opened in Crewe. Developed by Unipart and VolkerRail, it is the third fabrication facility of its kind and will support Network Rail’s North West Electrification Programme – phase 3 (NWEP3) project. The new facility has resulted in the hiring of five new fabricators and apprentices, and follows the opening […]
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Network Rail begins £15m Bath Spa station upgrade

Work on the £15 million upgrade of Bath Spa station has begun. Network Rail started the modernisation works, which will see the platforms widened and track realigned, on April 8. It will continue until April 23 to allow the new, longer IEP trains to use the station later in 2017. This will also reduce the stepping […]
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RailBaar – Rapid Charge Station

As the rail industry explores the use of battery-powered trains, there comes a need to consider how traction batteries are recharged and generally managed. Battery-powered trains are not new, there were various early examples. Experiments with accumulator railcars, as they were initially called, were conducted from around 1890 in Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. Between […]
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GWML electrified to Maidenhead

Network Rail has completed the electrification of 19 km of the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead. As well as allowing Great Western Railway (GWR) to extend its electric services – which currently terminate at Hayes & Harlington – to Maidenhead in May, the project is central to the rollout of Elizabeth […]
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