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Rolling Stock: Independently accessible M7 coach unveiled

Railway Gazette - Jue, 05/23/2024 - 09:00
The first of SNCB’s multi-functional M7 push-pull coaches with a 760 mm entrance for level boarding has been presented at Alstom’s Brugge works. Dr Harry Hondius reports.
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Afghan railway extension surveys underway

Railway Gazette - Jue, 05/23/2024 - 07:00
AFGHANISTAN: The Afghanistan Railway Authority has announced that surveys have been completed, are underway or will be commissioned for a series of railway extension projects.
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Train ferry shunting locos supplied

Railway Gazette - Mié, 05/22/2024 - 16:00
ITALY: Vossloh Rolling Stock has supplied FS Group’s Mercitalia Shunting & Terminal subsidiary with five DE18 diesel locomotives for shunting trains onto Strait of Messina train ferries and three for hauling maintenance trains around Napoli and Torino.
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€1·7bn rail freight support scheme approved

Railway Gazette - Mié, 05/22/2024 - 13:00
GERMANY: A government scheme to provide grants to encourage modal shift of road freight to more sustainable rail transport has been approved by the European Commission under EU state aid rules.
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Indonesian locomotive maintenance services agreement signed

Railway Gazette - Mié, 05/22/2024 - 12:00
INDONESIA: National railway PT KAI and Progress Rail have signed a six-year maintenance services agreement covering 35 EMD GT38AC diesel locomotives which were delivered in 2022 to haul coal trains in south Sumatra.
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Shunting robot deployed at Finnish port

Railway Gazette - Mié, 05/22/2024 - 07:00
FINLAND: Vollert Anlagenbau has supplied a Tandem DER 150 radio-controlled shunting robot to move trains being loaded with iron sulphate at the port of Pori in Finland.
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US announces federal rules on certification of dispatchers and signalling employees

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 16:00
USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has announced two final rules that will require railways to develop certification and training programmes for dispatchers and people who install and maintain signalling systems.
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Tri-mode tunnel rescue train designed for the ‘worst-case scenario’

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 14:00
AUSTRIA: Stadler and Austrian Federal Railways have unveiled the first Servicejet multifunctional firefighting and rescue train, which the manufacturer says is tailor-made ‘for the worst-case scenario’ of a fire in a tunnel.
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Locos modernised for African lease fleet

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 13:01
SOUTH AFRICA: Leasing company Traxtion has completed a major overhaul of five Class 39 diesel locomotives which it acquired from South Africa’s Transnet Freight Rail as part of a strategy of expanding its fleet to meet a growing demand for rail freight services in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Commuter trains to be repainted and repaired

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 13:00
UK: Trenitalia-owned Essex to London commuter operator c2c has awarded Alstom an £8·8m contract to repaint and repair its Class 357 Electrostar EMU fleet.
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Vossloh to acquire Scandinavian Track Group

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 12:15
SWEDEN: Vossloh has signed an agreement to acquire Scandinavian Track Group, which provides rail infrastructure maintenance services in the ‘fast-growing and strategically important’ Swedish market.
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Velaro EGY high speed train for Egypt on test

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 10:00
EGYPT: The first of the Velaro EGY high speed trainsets which Siemens Mobility is to supply to Egypt is undergoing dynamic testing at the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit in Germany ahead of delivery later this year.
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Wabtec opens Indian rail component manufacturing campus

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 07:00
INDIA: Wabtec Corp officially opened a US$18m rail component and subsystem manufacturing campus at Rohtak northwest of New Delhi in Haryana on May 20.
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Rail industry holds first national safeguarding conference

Railway Gazette - Mar, 05/21/2024 - 06:00
UK: A national conference dedicated to safeguarding staff and customers on the rail network was hosted by South Western Railway at Lloyd’s of London on May 10.
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Virgin plans return to rail as an open access operator

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 16:17
UK: Virgin Group has applied to the Office of Rail & Road for train paths which would enable it to return to the rail network as an open access operator.
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CRRC to establish rail vehicle production facilities in Hungary

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 15:01
HUNGARY: IT, logistics and energy company Acemil has signed a co-operation agreement with CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co covering the purchase of locomotives and the joint establishment of production capacity in Hungary.
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Buckland Rail brings together three rolling stock engineering businesses

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 15:00
UK: Buckland Group has brought together its wagon manufacturing subsidiary WH Davis and support services businesses Davis Wagon Services and Yellow Rail under the Buckland Rail brand.
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Škoda Group acquires Cegelec

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 13:30
CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group has acquired 100% of the shares of tram, metro and trolleybus electrical component supplier Cegelec from Vinci Energies. Cegelec will operate under the name Electric Components as part of the Škoda Electric business.
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Asia-Pacific: ‘We need 20 000 new staff in the next five years’

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 11:01
The Philippine Railways Institute in the Manila area is training staff to support the expansion of the city’s rail network. But as PRI Managing Director Anneli Lontoc explains to Benjámin Zelki, there are wider ambitions for the centre to become a training hub for the Asia Pacific region.
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Network Rail appoints Eastern Routes Partnership contractors

Railway Gazette - Lun, 05/20/2024 - 11:00
UK: Network Rail has appointed 15 contractors to its Eastern Routes Partnership framework, which is designed to enable it to directly award key infrastructure contracts worth £3·5bn during Control Period 7, with the option to extend for CP8.
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