Railway Gazette

Benguela railway handover

ANGOLA: Construction company China Railway 20 Bureau Group has formally handed over further sections of the 1 301 km Benguela Railway to the government of Angola. Events marking the...

Kishon Port rail link inaugurated

ISRAEL: A rail connection to the Kishon area at the eastern end of Haifa Port was inaugurated on August 17, enabling freight trains to run directly to destinations across the Israel Railways...

Railway supply industry news round-up

Stadler has announced SMILE (Schneller Mehrsystemfähiger Innovativer Leichter Expresszug, or fast multi-system innovative light express train) as the brand name for its EC250 high speed train design....

UK railway news round-up

Govia Thameslink Railway has offered jobs to 10 young people from Luton, Cambridge, Stevenage, Brixton and Bedford after they completed the Prince's Trust‘s four-week Get into Railways course. This...

LEO Express to relaunch Locomore service

GERMANY: Czech operator LEO Express is to relaunch the Berlin – Stuttgart open access service which was suspended when Locomore began insolvency proceedings, the companies confirmed on August 16. The...

Ferrocarril Central PPP project launched

URUGUAY: President Tabaré Vázquez joined Minister of Transport & Public Works Victor Rossi on August 15 to officially launch the Ferrocarril Central project, a public-private partnership to...

Elron rolls out Ridango ticket sales system

ESTONIA: This month passenger operator Elron will begin its transition to a ticketing system developed by Tallinn-based Ridango to replace the current system dating from 2010. The new system...

NSK receives first bearing order from SNCF

FRANCE: NSK has received its first order for wheelset bearings as a qualified supplier to SNCF, following a five-year process to obtain approval for their use on TGV trainsets. NSK worked closely...

Trenitalia agrees to acquire V250 trainsets

ITALY: Trenitalia has agreed to acquire 17 of the former Fyra V250 trainsets to expand its high speed train fleet. The contract includes five years of ‘full-service’ maintenance with an optional...

NSW regional train fleet to be replaced

AUSTRALIA: The entire New South Wales regional train fleet is to be replaced and a new maintenance depot built at Dubbo, state Deputy Premier John Barilaro announced on August 14. Plans to replace...

Aurizon to quit intermodal freight

AUSTRALIA: Aurizon Holdings Ltd has announced its intention to withdraw from the intermodal market, with the closure or sale of its activities in the sector. The decision announced on August 14...

Penn Station co-ordination review

USA: Amtrak announced on August 9 that it had commissioned an independent review of the way in which the three railroads serving New York’s Penn Station work together. The objective is to improve the...

World rail freight news round-up

The Russian government has allocated 5·1bn roubles to buy three new train ferries for the route from Ust-Luga to Baltiysk in Kaliningrad. They will be 200 m long with a capacity of up to 66 wagons....

How to launch a new passenger train operator

Sven Gossel is Managing Director of München-based Trans-Metropolitan Railway Lines GmbH. This article is based on his presentation to the Amadeus Rail Innovation Forum in Praha on June 13. A year...

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