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Aubagne opens tramway Tuesday 2 September 2014 10:37:00
FRANCE: The Aubagne tramway entered commercial service on September 1. The 2·7 km line runs from Le Charrel to the main railway station with seven stops.
Aubagne is the first city to use...
Challenging and frustrating year hits KiwiRail Tuesday 2 September 2014 10:00:00
NEW ZEALAND: KiwiRail has had a ‘challenging’ and ‘frustrating’ financial year, the national railway announced on August 29, adding that it is ‘cautious about the outlook for 2015’, particularly in...
One-year postgraduate metro programme Tuesday 2 September 2014 08:00:00
INDIA: The Secunderabad-based Institute of Metro & Rail Technology has welcomed its first intake of 17 students for a one-year postgraduate programme in metro and rail technology.
Organised in...
Reclassification nationalises Network Rail Monday 1 September 2014 17:36:00
UK: National infrastructure manager Network Rail has been formally designated as a part of central government with effect from September 1. This coincides with a change in European accounting rules...
Besançon’s low-cost tramway opens Monday 1 September 2014 14:56:00
FRANCE: A weekend of ‘modest celebrations’ marked the inauguration of Besançon’s 14·5 km tram line on August 30-31, with local residents attending wearing turquoise-blue to match the trams’ colour...
Network Rail awards buildings and civils framework contracts Monday 1 September 2014 14:50:00
UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail announced the award of building and civil works framework contracts worth a total of £250m to seven suppliers on August 28.
The agreements cover more than...
Le Mans launches second tram route Monday 1 September 2014 13:06:00
FRANCE: The light rail network in Le Mans was extended on August 30 with the opening of a 3·6 km branch through the northeast of the city.
The city’s 15·4 km starter line opened in 2007, consisting...
ARG Transportation selected to revive central Washington line Monday 1 September 2014 08:00:00
USA: Washington State Department of Transportation has selected San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad and Coos Bay Rail Link operator ARG Transportation to revive freight services on the 40 km...
Roller bearings for 40 tonne axleloads Monday 1 September 2014 07:00:00
SKF: A compact tapered roller bearing unit for 45 tonne axleload wagons will be launched by SKF at InnoTrans 2014.
The CTBU was developed as a result of requests from operators seeking to move...
Trans-Siberian Handbook Sunday 31 August 2014 08:00:00
Book review.
Vocational training in Castilla Saturday 30 August 2014 08:00:00
SPAIN: The national government, the regional authority for Castilla y León and national operator Renfe have signed an agreement covering the establishment of a vocational training scheme for railway...
Bombardier Transportation inaugurates Kuala Lumpur hub Friday 29 August 2014 16:42:00
MALAYSIA: Bombardier Transportation has formally opened a regional centre of expertise for system engineering and integration in Kuala Lumpur.
The office will accommodate more than 100 engineering,...
Reading viaduct ready for tracklaying Friday 29 August 2014 15:00:00
UK: The structure of a £45m viaduct which is being built as part of the £895m remodelling of the Great Western Main Line through Reading has been handed over to infrastructure manager Network Rail by...
São Paulo monorail Line 18 concession signed Friday 29 August 2014 13:33:00
BRAZIL: Sole bidder ABC Integrado has been awarded a 25-year PPP concession to build, operate and maintain São Paulo monorail Line 18.
The consortium is made up of local firms Primav, Encalso and...
Ceneri base tunnel delay warning Friday 29 August 2014 10:39:00
SWITZERLAND: Opening of the 15·4 km Ceneri base tunnel could be delayed by two years to December 2021 as result of tendering disputes, AlpTransit Gotthard warned a supervisory committee of the...
Kirow cranes shipped to China Friday 29 August 2014 08:00:00
CHINA: Six Kirow Multi Tasker KRC 2880 construction and accident recovery cranes are being delivered from Germany to China, and a further 20 KRC 1680 cranes are to follow next year.
Kuehne &...
Jerusalem fast line tunnel holed through Thursday 28 August 2014 14:58:00
ISRAEL: The first bore of the 11·6 km twin-bore tunnel for the A1 fast line to Jerusalem was holed through on August 26. The tunnel between Yittla Creek and Mevaseret Zion in the suburbs of...
FRA funds Short Line Safety Institute Thursday 28 August 2014 11:39:00
USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has awarded grants of $250 000 to the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association and $100 000 to the University of Connecticut to...
More Transperth multiple-units wanted Thursday 28 August 2014 09:37:00
AUSTRALIA: Western Australia’s Public Transport Authority is to issue a request for information to gauge manufacturers’ interest in supplying at least 50 six-car electric multiple-units to double the...
Oman Rail Co invites civil works bids Thursday 28 August 2014 08:00:00
OMAN: The government’s railway project promoter Oman Rail Co has formally invited 18 pre-qualified international consortia to bid for the civil works contract for the Sohar – Al Buraymi first phase...
Warszawa orders tram track maintenance vehicles Wednesday 27 August 2014 17:00:00
POLAND: Tramwaje Warszawskie has selected ZPS to supply eight maintenance vehicles for use on its tram network. Under the 21·7m złoty deal, ZPS will also provide servicing.
Six will be 12·5 m...
Chengdu metro train unveiled Wednesday 27 August 2014 14:30:00
CHINA: CNR Changchun unveiled the first trainset for Chengdu metro Line 4 on August 21.
CNR Changchun is supplying 27 six-car trainsets for metro Line 4, as well as 24 for Line 3, at a cost of...
First Addis Abeba tram rolls out Wednesday 27 August 2014 11:54:00
ETHIOPIA: The first of 41 trams being built for the two-line network under construction in Addis Abeba was unveiled at CNR Changchun’s plant in China on August 26.
The trams were ordered in March...
SRO signs Dammam – Riyadh upgrading contracts Wednesday 27 August 2014 09:23:00
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Railways Organization has awarded China Railway Construction Corp a 123m riyal contract to renew 78·4 km of the Dammam – Riyadh freight line within 21 months, and local...
Haydarpaşa station modernisation approved Wednesday 27 August 2014 08:00:00
TURKEY: The historical monuments section of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism has approved plans for Istanbul’s Haydarpaşa station to be modernised for use by high speed services.
The landmark...
DSB sets out long-term rolling stock requirements Tuesday 26 August 2014 17:30:00
DENMARK: National passenger operator DSB has supplied the Ministry of Transport with an assessment of the rolling stock needed under the government’s Togfonden DK strategy. This aims to use taxes on...
Trans-Kazakhstan railway opens Tuesday 26 August 2014 14:21:00
KAZAKHSTAN: President Nursultan Nazarbayev gave the signal to launch operations on east-west and north-south lines totalling 1 200 km on August 22.
Speaking to staff at stations along the...
Nagpur metro foundation stone laid Tuesday 26 August 2014 12:03:00
INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the two-line Nagpur metro August 21.
A 19·7 km north-south line is planned to connect Automotive Square with Mihan City on a...
Olsztyn selects new tramway contractors Tuesday 26 August 2014 10:58:00
POLAND: Skanska signed a 150m złoty contract with the city of Olsztyn on August 19 for the construction of 6 km of tram route by September 2015.
Construction of the standard gauge network...
Temperature control on China - Europe trains Tuesday 26 August 2014 08:00:00
CONTAINER: UNIT45 has developed a 45 ft diesel-electric temperature-controlled container designed for China - Europe rail journeys of up to 20 days.
'By incorporating a specially designed 800 litre...
 
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