Railway Gazette

Tatra Electric Railway EMU modernisation

SLOVAKIA: Following the delivery of five new Stadler Class 495.95 electric multiple-units for the metre-gauge Tatra Electric Railway network, ŽOS Vrútky has begun work to modernise the 15 older Class 425.95 GTW2/6 units which a consortium of Stadler, ŽOS Vrútky and Adtranz supplied in 2000–02 and 2006.

Bi-mode diagnostic trains ordered

ITALY: Infrastructure manager RFI has awarded a consortium of Stadler and Mermec a contract to design, manufacture and supply five electro-diesel multiple-units which will be used for real-time inspection of track and overhead electrification equipment.

Research, market access and demand form three pillars of UNIFE advocacy strategy

EUROPE: UNIFE’s general assembly has approved the European rail supply industry association’s 2021-22 advocacy strategy, through which it aims to continue to raise awareness of the strategic importance of the sector from both an industrial and a sustainable transport point of view, and highlight the challenges of growing protectionism, restricted ...

Swiss narrow gauge railways merge

SWITZERLAND: Metre gauge railway operators Appenzeller Bahnen and Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn have merged following approval by their respective boards on June 11 and June 17.

Govia Thameslink Railway contract extended to March 2022

UK: The Department for Transport has extended Govia Thameslink Railway’s Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement from September 20 2021 until March 31 2022 on the existing terms, and laid the ground for a directly-awarded contract which could run up to a further six years.

Prototype modular footbridge unveiled

UK: The prototype Flow modular footbridge built from lightweight, cost-effective and high strength fibre-reinforced polymer and designed to meet current technical standards while also creating a ‘welcoming, enjoyable and safe’ crossing has been unveiled by Network Rail.

Rack railcars ordered for the Dolderbahn

SWITZERLAND: Zürich public transport operator VBZ has awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr10·6m + VAT contract to supply two rack railcars for the metre-gauge Dolderbahn, which starts at Römerhof in the city suburbs and climbs 162 m in 1 328 m.

German operating contracts awarded

GERMANY: Rhein-Main-transport authority RMV has awarded Hessische Landesbahn a contract to operate Lahntal, Vogelsberg and Rhönbahn regional passenger services for 15 years from December 10 2023, and with its Rheinland-Pfalz Nord counterpart has awarded VIAS the next contract to operate Rheingau services.

Cross-border line to be electrified

SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has awarded Reming Consult a €427 650 contract to draw up plans for the modernisation of the cross-border bridge over the River Morava/March in preparation for the long-planned 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the 2·4 km single-track line from Devínska Nová Ves in Slovakia to ...

Europe: Reviving the overnight network

An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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