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Testing underway on Porto Maravilha LRT THE first trial runs with passengers on the 28km Porto Maravilha light rail network took place on November 21, when the mayor of Rio de Janeiro Mr Eduardo Paes boarded an Alstom tram for trip over the city centre section of the line.
Italy's Council of Ministers approves privatisation of 40% stake in FS PLANS for the partial privatisation of Italian State Railways (FS) took a step forward on November 23 when Italy's Council of Ministers granted preliminary approval for the sale of a 40% stake in the company.
Bulc: embrace Fourth Railway Package or lose funding IRJ at ERA Moving Towards the Single European Rail Area conference, Luxembourg: European transport commissioner Mrs Violeta Bulc has warned that there will be no more European Union funding for rail investment unless member states and railways embrace the Fourth Railway Package when it comes into force next year.
Indian gauge conversion projects move forward INDIA's Northeast Frontier Railway marked a milestone in its gauge conversion programme on November 21, when the country's railway minister Mr Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first broad-gauge passenger train on the 210km Lumbding - Guwahati - Silchar line in Assam state via a live video link from Delhi.
Eurostar Velaro e320 enters passenger service EUROSTAR's new fleet of Siemens Velaro e320 (class 374) high-speed trains entered passenger service on the morning of November 20, when one of the 16-car sets formed the 10.24 from London St Pancras to Paris Nord.
London Crossrail train design revealed THE mayor of London Mr Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) unveiled the artist's impressions of the Bombardier Aventra EMU for the city's east-west Crossrail link, which is due to open in 2018.
Late braking blamed for TGV Est derailment FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) president Mr Guillaume Pepy confirmed on November 19 that an initial internal investigation into the derailment of a test train on TGV Est Phase 2 on November 14, which killed 11 people, has identifed that the accident was caused by excessive speed following a late brake application.
Canadian pension fund acquires 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation CANADIAN pension fund Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced on November 19 that is has entered into a definitive agreement with Bombardier to acquire a 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation for $C 1.5bn ($US 1.1bn) in a deal which values the company at $US 5bn.

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November 25, 2015
THE first trial runs with passengers on the 28km Porto Maravilha light rail network took place on November 21, when the mayor of Rio de Janeiro Mr Eduardo Paes boarded...
November 25, 2015
TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland (TII) signed a €36.5m contract with Alstom on November 17 for seven additional Citadis low-floor LRVs for Dublin's Luas light rail network, which will expand the existing...
November 25, 2015
TRANSTECH, Finland, rolled out the first production Artic low-floor LRV for Helsinki City Transport (HKL) at its Otanmäki plant in central Finland on November 19. The vehicle is also the first...
November 25, 2015
POLAND's largest railfreight operator PKP Cargo is set for further expansion after reaching an agreement to acquire the rail assets of oil company PKN Orlen and securing Zlotys 1.1bn ($US...
November 25, 2015
IRJ at ERA Moving Towards the Single European Rail Area conference, Luxembourg: Mr Leos Novotny, CEO of Czech open-access private passenger operator Leo Express, says his company is proof that...
November 25, 2015
RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) subsidiary RZD International has signed a contract with Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) to electrify the existing 495km railway between Garmsar, on the Tehran - Mashhand main...
November 25, 2015
THE extension of the European standard-gauge network through Lithuania to Latvia and Estonia took an important step forward on November 24 with the signing of a €734m European Union (EU)...

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