Railway Gazette

Katowice airport rail link planned

POLAND: Infrastructure manager PKP PLK has selected Egis Poland for a 18·7m złoty contract to plan the rehabilitation and electrification of the out-of-use Tarnowskie Góry – Zawiercie line to enable...

Strategic partner sought for RENFE freight

SPAIN: Unveiling on December 14 the government’s 2017-23 rail freight development plan, Development Minister Íñigo de la Serna announced that a ‘strategic partner’ is to be sought for RENFE’s freight...

NJ Transit to buy more electro-diesel locomotives

USA: New Jersey Transit has decided to exercise an option for a further 17 dual-powered ALP-45 locomotives from Bombardier Transit Corp, in order to replace more of its oldest diesel locos. The NJ...

Railway supply industry news round-up

The European Commission announced on December 8 that the final discussions for the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement had concluded. The Commission said the EPA ‘guarantees EU companies access...

Bombardier to supply Aventra EMUs to c2c

UK: Leasing company Porterbook has awarded Bombardier Transportation a £105m contract to supply 10 six-car Aventra 160 km/h electric multiple-units for the c2c rail franchise, and provide eight...

Wabtec awarded Santos yard control contract

BRAZIL: Freight operator RUMO has awarded Wabtec Corp a US$5m contract to design, install and commission a train management and dispatching system to improve safety and efficiency at its yard serving...

UK railway news round-up

Passenger services began using Manchester’s Ordsall Chord on December 10. ‘This is a historic day for the north and for rail travel in the UK because Manchester’s three main stations are linked for...

More Tunis RER funding

TUNISIA: The European Investment Bank has agreed a funding package worth €83m to support the acquisition of rolling stock and development of infrastructure for the Tunis RER programme. The funding...

Crack found in Shinkansen trainset bogie

JAPAN: The Japan Transport Safety Board has begun an investigation following the discovery of a crack in a West Japan Railway N700 trainset bogie, in what is the first incident affecting a high speed...

SNCF relaunches web distribution portal as oui.sncf

FRANCE: Described as ‘a new shop window’, the voyages-sncf.com website was rebranded as ‘oui.sncf’ on December 6. The rebranding marks the third and final pillar in SNCF’s revamp of its passenger...

Russia adopts piggyback wagon standards

RUSSIA: The Ministry of Transport has approved technical standards for the piggyback transport of lorries, trailers and cars by rail, including the adoption of a standard floor height of...

Kraków cut-off line opens

POLAND: Passenger services began using a recently-completed elevated chord linking Kraków’s Zabłocie and Krzemionki stations with the December 10 timetable change. The chord removes the need for...

ICE4 enters regular service

GERMANY: After nearly 12 months of trials in commercial service on the Hamburg – München route, Deutsche Bahn has put the first of its fleet of ICE4 trainsets into regular operation. From the...

World rail freight news round-up

China Railway Express Co has launched a parcels delivery service using space on Fuxing high speed trainsets operating on the Beijing – Shanghai Passenger-Dedicated Line, Alstom's Belfort site has...

Hupac orders Chinese wagons

SWITZERLAND: Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to manufacture flat wagons for the intermodal freight operator and obtain Swiss wagon registration and EU...

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