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Hitachi Rail Italy begins production of Class 802 bi-mode trains for GWR

Hitachi Rail Italy’s site in Pistoia has begun work on the Class 802 bi-mode train fleet for Great Western Railway (GWR) after receiving the first bodyshells from Japan. The Class 802 intercity trains will primarily operate services to Devon and Cornwall. They are being built in addition to the Class 800 IEP fleet which are being […]
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Crossrail innovation – The future?

‘It’s a bit like RoboCop or Minority Report’ said Rav Kugananthan, a project engineer working at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station, as he squeezed his head into one of the project’s most radical innovations. Although still at the development stage, the smart helmet Rav was modelling provided a glimpse into what will very likely be a […]

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Solely solar: Renewable energy to power Melbourne trams

The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender […]
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KeolisAmey becomes new Manchester Metrolink operator

KeolisAmey is to become the new operator of Manchester’s Metrolink light rail network when the current contract with RATP Dev and MPT ends in the summer. The joint venture already operates London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and will take over Metrolink in July. In the UK, Keolis also operates Nottingham’s tram network, NET. RATP Dev, […]
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Sir Peter Hendy on the future of Britain’s railways

When I was Transport Commissioner for London, we used to talk about what transport did for London. Not about transport itself, but what it did, how it created growth, jobs, and housing. But, in the industry it’s very, very easy to talk about how it works and not what it does. The railway makes a […]
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Final S Stock train delivered to London Underground

The last train of the new S Stock fleet has been delivered from Bombardier’s site in Derby to London Underground’s Ruislip depot. The new fleet is one of the components of a major upgrade of the sub-surface lines, known as the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project. As well as the S Stock fleet – the first Underground’s […]
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Vision for stations

Towards the end of the 19th century, Joseph Pulitzer ran a campaign in his newspaper, the New York World, to raise money for the base of the Statue of Liberty after the US government had failed to raise the funds itself. In return for a few dollars, readers received a miniature souvenir statue – an […]
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And now Hydrogen Power – Alstom’s new fuel cell powered train

I first saw a hydrogen fuel cell locomotive four years ago, at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. A team from Birmingham University had entered a fuel cell powered one-fifth scale locomotive in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway challenge. If someone had told me then that a full-sized fuel cell train […]
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Hull Trains confirms £60m bi-mode train order

Hull Trains has confirmed a £60 million order for five new bi-mode intercity trains from Hitachi. Financed by Angel Trains, the new units are due to enter passenger service in 2019. Earlier this year, Hull Trains, an open access operator owned by FirstGroup, was awarded a new 10-year track access deal by the ORR taking […]
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Twin Cities LRV order for Siemens

Siemens is to supply 27 light rail vehicles for an extension of the Twin Cities’ Metro Transit Southwest line. The Metropolitan Council is adding to the 59 S70 trams already operating on the system’s Green and Blue lines. Siemens is currently building five more S70s for Metro Transit and the first of the new vehicles will […]
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Eighth wonder

Liverpool has two Caverns. Well, for the purpose of this contrived introduction it does. One bills itself as the cradle of British pop, having claimed legendary status in the Sixties courtesy of John, Paul, Ringo and George; the other, half-a-mile across the city, has temporarily hosted the Eighth Wonder of the World in 2016 thanks to a […]
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