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Rail on the up in Australian federal budget THE Australian federal government published its 2016-17 budget on May 3 and while transport investment is heavily skewed towards road projects, a decline in future funding for rail foreshadowed in the 2015-16 federal budget appears to have been reversed, albeit marginally.
Alstom chosen for Dakar TER rolling stock contract SENEGALESE investment agency Apix has selected Alstom as preferred supplier for a contract to provide rolling stock for the Dakar Express Regional Rail (TER) project.
Oman suspends railway project OMAN's plans to build a railway to connect with its neighbouring Gulf states has been put on hold, according to the director of the Minister for Transport and Communications' office Mr Mohammed Al Shuaili.
First Škoda 109E locomotive for DB on test THE first of six Škoda Transportation type 109E electric locomotives ordered by German Rail (DB) subsidiary DB Regio in June 2013 for high-speed regional services in Bavaria has begun dynamic testing at the VUZ Velim test track in the Czech Republic.
Sweden introduces 730m-long freight trains REGULAR operation of 730m-long freight trains began in Sweden on April 28 following the completion of a multi-annual project by infrastructure manager Trafikverket to lengthen loops and double-track sections to accommodate longer trains.
Crossrail orders Linsinger rail milling train CROSSRAIL has awarded Linsinger, Austria, a contract worth around £12m to supply an MG31 rail milling train for the Elizabeth Line east-west link across central London.
European Parliament approves Fourth Railway Package technical pillar THE European Union moved an important step closer to harmonised safety approvals for railway equipment and operators on April 28, when the European Parliament approved the European Council's common position on the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package.
Shinkansen demand drives JR Group to record profits INCREASING ridership on Shinkansen services helped the three Japan Railways Group (JR Group) companies listed on the Tokyo stock exchange to achieve record consolidated sales and operating profits for the 2015 financial year, according to their annual results, which were published on April 27.

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May 04, 2016
HYUNDAI Rotem signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) in Tehran on May 3 which will provide a basis for formal negotiations for a contract...
May 04, 2016
POLISH rolling stock supplier Newag has begun production of the first of 12 Impuls regional EMUs for the region of Lesser Poland at its plant in Nowy Sacz. Deliveries are due...
May 04, 2016
CROATIAN infrastructure manager HŽ Infrastruktura signed contracts with two domestic consortia on April 29 for the upgrading of the 38.2km Dugo Selo - Križevci section of the line from Zagreb...
May 04, 2016
KIRUNA Wagon, Sweden, is building a demonstrator dry-bulk freight wagon and unloading station for Iberpotash salt traffic in Catalonia as part of the European Union-funded Hermes project, which seeks to...
May 04, 2016
THE Australian federal government published its 2016-17 budget on May 3 and while transport investment is heavily skewed towards road projects, a decline in future funding for rail foreshadowed in...
May 04, 2016
THE technical supervisory authority in the German state of Hessen has approved a new tram collision avoidance system with automatic emergency braking developed by Bosch Engineering, clearing the way for...
May 04, 2016
THE head of the government of the City of Buenos Aires Mr Horacio Rodriguez Larreta and Argentina's minister of urban development Mr Franco Moccia confirmed at the unveiling of the...

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