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Railway Gazette International - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 06:16
On May 23 the Department for Transport said that ‘tackling poor performance’ at the Northern franchise was its ‘top priority’. A combination of factors, stemming largely from delays to Network Rail...
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Wollongong training centre inaugurated

Railway Gazette International - Thu, 2018/05/24 - 02:47
AUSTRALIA: The Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in Rail Track Infrastructure at the University of Wollongong was officially opened by...
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Lehrte MegaHub construction launched

Railway Gazette International - Wed, 2018/05/23 - 06:41
GERMANY: Work to build the automated MegaHub intermodal terminal at Lehrte, about 20 km east of Hannover, was formally launched on May 15. Speaking at a midday ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary...
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Transmashholding and Hitachi form joint venture

Railway Gazette International - Wed, 2018/05/23 - 03:24
RUSSIA: Transmashholding and Hitachi signed an agreement on May 21 to form a joint venture to manufacture traction inverters for the CIS market. Transmashholding will own 51% of the 375m rouble...
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KeolisAmey selected as Operating & Development Partner in Wales

Railway Gazette International - Wed, 2018/05/23 - 02:23
UK: In a written statement issued on May 23, the Welsh government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Transport Ken Skates announced the award of a contract for KeolisAmey to ‘operate and develop...
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Wunderline looks beyond replacement of the Friesen Bridge

Railway Gazette International - Wed, 2018/05/23 - 01:00
EUROPE: Irreparable damage caused to the Friesen Bridge over the River Ems when it was hit by a freight ship in in December 2015 has disrupted the EU-backed Wunderline project’s ambitions to boost...
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A ride on TransPennine Express Nova 3 coaches

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 23:00
UK: Railway Gazette went to the Velim test circuit in the Czech Republic for a ride on a set of the Mark 5A locomotive-hauled coaches being built by Spanish company CAF for TransPennine Express...
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University alliance to promote high speed rail

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 08:32
INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has moved to strengthen its nascent network of academic institutions which are intended to work together to promote the development of high speed...
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SKM Warszawa signs Pesa Elf2 order

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 07:41
POLAND: Suburban operator SKM Warszawa signed a contract with Pesa on May 21 for the supply of up to 21 Elf2 electric multiple-units. Deliveries of the base order of eight five-car and five...
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Trenitalia signs Sicily operating contract

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 06:38
ITALY: Sicily regional President Sebastiano Musumeci and Trenitalia CEO Orazio Iacono signed an operating contract on May 17. This is the first operating agreement since the transfer of...
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Spanish regulation in breach of EU rules, Commission says

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 04:00
SPAIN: The European Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to Spain saying it has failed to correctly transpose Directive 2012/34/EU establishing a single European railway area. The...
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High speed line tunnel breakthrough in China

Railway Gazette International - Tue, 2018/05/22 - 03:22
CHINA: Boring on the Qifengshan tunnel was completed on May 16. China Railway No 5 Engineering Group was responsible for boring the 5·2 km tunnel in Fangcheng county in Henan province, which...
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Greater Anglia electro-diesels under construction

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 23:00
UK: Swiss manufacturer Stadler is producing a total of 58 Flirt UK electric and electro-diesel multiple-units for use by Greater Anglia. The order placed in August 2016 as part of a programme to...
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Celebrations as Brightline trains reach Miami

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 09:30
USA: A weekend of celebrations entitled ‘Welcome to the 305!’, referencing the city’s historic telephone code, marked the launch of Brightline inter-city services to Miami on May 19. Brightline’s...
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Wabtec to merge with GE Transportation

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 07:15
INDUSTRY: Wabtec Corp has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with GE Transportation, the companies announced on May 21. The transaction is expected to close in early 2019, subject to...
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Škoda becomes sole owner of Transtech

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 07:06
FINLAND: Škoda Transportation Group signed an agreement to purchase the remaining shares in Transtech on May 21. With the purchase of the 25% stake from Sinituote Oy, Škoda becomes the 100% owner of...
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Lagos – Kano standard gauge contract signed

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 04:33
NIGERIA: China Civil Engineering Construction Corp is to complete the long-planned 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Lagos and Kano, under a U$6·68bn contract signed in Abuja on May...
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Providing ‘pertinent, targeted and predictive’ information to operating staff

Railway Gazette International - Mon, 2018/05/21 - 01:00
UK: ‘If it works for CrossCountry it will work for any operator’, the inter-city operator’s Duty Control Manager Matthew Reeves told Railway Gazette International at the unveiling of Arrakis, a...
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World rail freight news round-up

Railway Gazette International - Sun, 2018/05/20 - 23:05
Jan Kilström announced on May 15 that he would be stepping down as CEO of Green Cargo in the autumn, having ‘received an exciting offer that I could not refuse, the details of which I am unable to...
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Record number of exhibitors from Berlin-Brandenburg at InnoTrans 2018

Railway Gazette International - Sun, 2018/05/20 - 23:00
INNOTRANS: Almost 70 companies from Berlin and Brandenburg will be joining forces to exhibit at InnoTrans 2018 with their dedicated regional area of the City Cube hall covering more than 1 000...
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