Railway Gazette

X’trapolis 2·0 suburban trains ordered

AUSTRALIA: Victoria’s Department of Transport has formally awarded Alstom a €300m contract to supply 25 six-car X’trapolis 2·0 electric multiple-units to increase capacity on the Melbourne suburban network.

CargoNet leases electro-diesel locos

NORWAY: National fright operator CargoNet has signed a long-term full-service lease agreement for European Loc Pool to supply it with two Stadler EuroDual six-axle electro-diesel locomotives at the end of October 2022.

National ETCS test lab under development

UK: Atkins is developing a National ETCS Test Verification Validation & Integration Laboratory under a 10-year contract awarded by Network Rail as part of plans for the deployment of ERTMS across the network.

Brno – Blansko upgrading starts

CZECH REPUBLIC: Infrastructure manager SŽ has launched a long-planned modernisation of a section of Corridor 1 from Brno northwards along the River Svitava to Blansko.

Cockerill to build locos in Brazil

BRAZIL: Belgian locomotive manufacturer John Cockerill is to set up an assembly plant in the Novo Cavaleiros district in the city of Macaé in Rio de Janeiro state.

On-train air quality standards to be reviewed following RSSB research

UK: The Department for Transport has ordered a review of regulations governing exposure to air pollution on trains and at stations, after research commissioned from the Rail Safety & Standards Board found that air quality was ‘poorer than desired’ on some trains using diesel power.

New leasing company targets non-electrified routes with SmartHybrid locos

EUROPE: Private equity infrastructure investor InfraVia Capital Partners has formed Nexrail Lease to supply low-emission locomotives for unelectrified routes. The new leasing company has placed a framework order for up to 50 Vossloh Locomotives DE18 Stage V SmartHybrid locos, and taken over 53 existing locos.

Alstom awarded Sydney ETCS contracts

AUSTRALIA: Transport for New South Wales and Sydney Trains have awarded Alstom two contracts to design, supply and support ETCS Level 2 trackside equipment.

Three and four section electric locomotives approved

RUSSIA: Ural Locomotives has obtained Customs Union approval for its 3 kV DC 3ES6 and 4ES6 locomotives, which are based on the 2ES6 twin-section design with one or two intermediate sections added to provide additional power.

Gabon railway concession extended as investors fund expansion

GABON: Sociéte d’Exploitation du Transgabonais’ concession to operate the 650 km railway linking Franceville with the capital Libreville and the port of Owendo has been extended, and a new investor has committed to providing finance and expertise to support a modernisation to increase capacity on the line

Iron ore miner orders heavy–haul battery locomotive

AUSTRALIA: Mining company Roy Hill has ordered a Wabtec FLXdrive battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive. This will replace one the four ES44ACi diesel-electric locos used to haul its 2 700 m long iron ore trains, and is expected to reduce fuel costs and emissions by ‘double digit’ percentages while also cutting ...

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