Lobito Atlantic Railway orders 275 container wagons
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by Robert Preston
1h ago
LOBITO Atlantic Railway has ordered 275 container wagons from Galison Manufacturing of South Africa for delivery over a period of 30 months. The value of the contract has not been disclosed. In July 2023 Lobito Atlantic Railway began to operate and maintain the 1067mm-gauge line running for 1744km from the port of Lobito in Angola to Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under a 30-year concession agreement signed in November 2022. Lobito Atlantic Railway is a consortium of Trafigura, Mota-Engil, and Vecturis. It is planning to invest $US 455m in Angola, including the procurement ..read more
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Wabtec opens new $US 18m plant in India
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by Robert Preston
1h ago
US manufacturer Wabtec officially opened its new manufacturing campus at Rohtak in Haryana state in northern India on May 20. Built at a cost of Rs 1.5bn ($US 18m), the new plant will manufacture components and subsystems for rolling stock, including metro cars, wagons and locomotives for Indian Railways (IR). Wabtec says that initial production at 10,000m2 site will focus on products for the passenger market, including axle-mounted disc brake systems, distributor valves, brake calipers and actuators, and friction materials. Manufacturing products for the mining and industrial sectors as well ..read more
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Kenya secures more Chinese funding for Standard Gauge Railway
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by Robert Preston
6h ago
THE government of Kenya has secured a commitment from the Export-Import Bank of China (Exim Bank) to fund construction of the remaining sections of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Malaba on border with Uganda. “The financing of the proposed project will be done under a government-to-government arrangement between the Republic of Kenya and the People’s Republic of China through the Exim Bank of China and syndicated loans from commercial banks,” says Mr Kipchumba Murkomen, cabinet secretary of roads and transport. The government of Kenya will fund the project through its Railwa ..read more
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Hanze line ERTMS high-speed testing abandoned
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by Quintus Vosman
20h ago
THE Dutch government has cancelled plans for high-speed testing of ERTMS equipment on the Hanze line between Zwolle and Lelystad. The trials approved in 2022 would have required closure of the line, plus a further section to Almere, to regular traffic for four months. Testing at speeds of 200km/h or more was planned to support faster rail connections between the west and northeast of the Netherlands. Currently Netherlands Railways (NS) is the only passenger operator to benefit from higher line speeds through ERTMS. NS, freight operators, passenger groups and regional governments had all oppose ..read more
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Danish ERTMS project delayed again
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by Kevin Smith
20h ago
DANISH infrastructure manager Banedanmark has confirmed that the rollout of ETCS on the eastern portion of its network will now not be completed until 2033, three years later than previously envisaged. Banedanmark says it has agreed an alternative schedule for the delivery of works with Alstom, which is working under a contract originally worth €300m signed in December 2011 to equip around 800km of lines with ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3. Issues with equipping Danish fleets with onboard ETCS equipment ultimately led to a rethink of the original schedule of the project, work on which started in 2012 ..read more
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Thales and Nokia to renew London Underground’s communications network
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by Robert Preston
20h ago
TRANSPORT for London (TfL) has awarded Thales and its transmission network technology partner Nokia a contract to renew the Connect communications network that transmits radio messages and CCTV images on the London Underground (LU) network. The value of the contract has not been revealed. The fiber optic Connect multi-services network (MSN) was funded and installed by a consortium including Thales under a 20-year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract. This ended on November 21 2019, when the assets transferred to TfL. Thales Ground Transport Systems (GTS) has continued to operate and maint ..read more
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ÖBB Infrastructure unveils Stadler rescue train
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by Mark Simmons
3d ago
AUSTRIAN infrastructure manager ÖBB Infrastructure has unveiled the first of 18 Servicejet tri-mode rescue trains. Stadler is supplying the new rescue and firefighting fleet, which will be stationed at tunnel portals and deployed to assist firefighters anywhere on the network. The contract is worth €230m. Each 68m Servicejet three-car multiple-unit has a top speed of 160km/h and an electric hybrid drive system that can run on power supplied by overhead electrification (2.98MW), batteries (280kWh) and diesel engines (0.79MW). It can rescue up to 300 people or move a loaded train weighing up to ..read more
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Five bidders shortlisted for Southeastern commuter fleet
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by Robert Preston
4d ago
BRITISH operator Southeastern has issued an invitation to negotiate to five manufacturers shortlisted in its tender for a new commuter fleet to replace its Networker EMUs. The five shortlisted bidders are: Alstom CAF Hitachi Siemens, and Stadler. As well as new trains, the tender specifies a range of options that include existing trains cascaded from elsewhere or upgrading the existing Networker fleet that operates Southeastern Metro commuter services in southeast London and Kent. Taking traction current at 750V dc, the Networkers first entered service in 1992. Ordering a fleet of new trains ..read more
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Mercitalia buys more Traxx locomotives
International Railway Journal
by Kevin Smith
4d ago
ITALIAN state-owned freight operator Mercitalia has signed a contract with Alstom for the supply of 70 Traxx Universal DC locomotives. The deal is worth €323m. The contract includes maintenance of the locomotives for 12 years and an option to purchase another 30. Alstom will supply a mix of electric locomotives and others equipped with diesel engines for last-mile capability although the precise breakdown has yet to be confirmed. All of the locomotives will be used to haul domestic freight services in Italy. Deliveries are planned to start at the end of 2025. The agreement was signed during a ..read more
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Government provides over $A 1bn to upgrade Australia’s national network
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by Tony Duboudin
4d ago
THE Australian federal government and the government-owned infrastructure manager Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) confirmed in this week’s 2024-25 budget announcement that they will invest more than $A 1bn ($US 670m) to upgrade critical sections of the national rail network during the next financial year. The funding is part of $A 13.2bn allocated for nationally significant rail projects under the Infrastructure Investment Programme over the next four years. The federal government will commit $A 540m together with $A 500m from ARTC specifically to improve the reliability of the 8500km ..read more
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