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Südostbahn unveils Traverso EMU

Südostbahn unveils Traverso EMU SWITZERLAND: The first of 11 electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply to Südostbahn for Voralpen-Express services was unveiled in Erlen on June 6.  Part of the Flirt family, the six eight-car and ...

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GE completes first of 200 CN locomotives

GE completes first of 200 CN locomotives CANADA: The first of 200 diesel locomotives which are to be supplied to CN under a multi-year purchase agreement has been completed at GE Transportation’s plant at Fort Worth in Texas. GE said the deal...

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Assembly of first Siemens Mireo EMU underway

Assembly of first Siemens Mireo EMU underway GERMANY: Siemens has begun final assembly of the first of its first Miro electric multiple-units. The Mireo concept for a lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient successor to the Desiro Main...

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ETCS onboard contracts signed

ETCS onboard contracts signed NORWAY: Infrastructure manager Bane NOR has finalised the contracts for Alstom to supply, install and maintain ETCS onboard equipment for use across the national rail network. Alstom had been selected as preferred bidd...

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Bimodes in Norway’s next Flirt order

Bimodes in Norway’s next Flirt order NORWAY: Funding for the purchase of a further 25 Stadler Flirt multiple-units to accommodate growing ridership was confirmed by Minister of Transport & Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen on May 15, following...

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National plan backs 320 km/h target

National plan backs 320 km/h target SWEDEN: The government intends to develop future high speed lines for a top speed of 320 km/h, Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth and Environment Minister Isabella Lövin confirmed on June 4. Presenti...

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Stern & Hafferl expands its diesel fleet

Stern & Hafferl expands its diesel fleet AUSTRIA: Regional operator Stern & Hafferl Verkehr, which runs rail, bus and boat services in Oberösterreich, has put into service a 2·4 MW Vectron diesel locomotive following a naming ce...

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Hyundai Rotem to supply 52 EMUs to Taiwan

Hyundai Rotem to supply 52 EMUs to Taiwan TAIWAN: Taiwan Railways Administration has selected Hyundai Rotem to supply 52 10-car electric multiple units for suburban services on the 1 067 mm gauge national network, the manufacturer announce...

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Pesa share purchase agreed

Pesa share purchase agreed POLAND: An agreement for Polish state-backed investment fund PFR to take over rolling stock manufacturer Pesa was finalised on May 25. The terms of the takeover have been agreed, and financial close is due in mid-June. Pe...

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Too much, too quickly

Too much, too quickly Implementation of a national timetable recast has led to major disruption to some of Britain’s largest passenger operators, with routes in northern England especially acutely affected.  UK: It was supposed to be a...

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Agreement in principle to revive Hudson Bay Railway

Agreement in principle to revive Hudson Bay Railway CANADA: Agreement in principle has been reached for the transfer of ownership of the Hudson Bay Railway and the reinstatement services to Churchill in northern Manitoba by winter 2018, the fed...

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World rail freight news round-up

World rail freight news round-up Sinara Transport Machines’ Lyudinovo diesel locomotive plant has begun delivering TGM8KM diesel locomotives to the José Martí steel plant in Cuba. The steelworks currently uses TGM4 locos supplied...

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Rail freight information portal to be expanded

Rail freight information portal to be expanded EUROPE: After a successful pilot phase, the European Commission has backed the further development of Railfreightlocations.eu, a web portal designed to provide shippers and operators with easy access to...

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Three bids for Ferrocarril Central project

Three bids for Ferrocarril Central project URUGUAY: The Ministry of Transport & Public Works has received three bids for the Ferrocarril Central contract. The public-private partnership deal would cover the upgrading and subsequent maintenance ...

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Newag signs inter-city locomotive contract

Newag signs inter-city locomotive contract POLAND: PKP Intercity signed a contract with Newag on May 29 for the supply and maintenance of 20 Griffin electric locomotives. PKP IC selected Newag as preferred bidder in January. Deliveries of the 160&n...

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Amber Train agreement signed

Amber Train agreement signed EUROPE: An agreement for the regular operation of the Amber Train branded container service linking the Baltic States was signed by Lithuanian Railways, Latvia’s LDZ Logistika and Estonia’s EVR Cargo at a mee...

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Volkswagen components switch to rail

Volkswagen components switch to rail GERMANY:  The SmartRail Logistics joint venture of LIT Speditions and Captrain Deutschland began delivering automotive components to Volkswagen’s factory at Emden in Niedersachsen on June 1. The compo...

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