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US railway legend Hunter Harrison dies THE death was announced on December 16 of Mr E Hunter Harrison, president and CEO of US class 1 railway CSX due to unexpectedly severe complications following a recent illness.
Trudeau inaugurates Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension THE first extension of the Toronto subway network outside the city’s municipal boundary, and the first addition to the system in 15 years, was inaugurated by Canadian prime minister Mr Justin Trudeau on December 15.
Competitive tendering and automation planned for Copenhagen S-Train network A majority in the Danish parliament, including the government and two other parties, has decided that the operation and maintenance of the Copenhagen S-Train network will be put out to tender in a public-private partnership.
First section of Luxembourg tramway opens PASSENGER operations began on the first completed stretch of Luxembourg’s light rail line on December 10 with the opening of the eight-station northern section along John F. Kennedy Avenue between LuxExpo and Rout Bréck-Pafendall (Pont Rouge).
Merkel inaugurates final section of Berlin - Munich HSL TWO special trains were operated on December 8 and a ceremony was staged in Berlin attended by Germany’s chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, and federal transport minister Mr Christian Schmidt to mark the completion of the final section of the 623km Berlin - Erfurt - Nuremberg - Munich high-speed line.
Bombardier hands over Traxx Africa locomotive to Transnet A handover ceremony was held at Transnet Engineering’s assembly plant in Durban on December 7 to mark the acceptance of the first class 23E Traxx Africa electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).
French-Qatari JV to operate Doha metro and Lusail LRT QATAR Rail has awarded a €3bn contract to RKH Qitarat to operate and maintain both the Doha metro and the Lusail light rail network north of the Qatari capital for 20 years.
Alstom consortium to complete Cuenca LRT THE Autonomous Municipal Decentralised Government of Cuenca, Ecuador, has selected the ACTN Consortium to complete the civil works for a 10km light rail line with 27 stations in this Unesco world heritage city.

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