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Malaysia unveils East Coast Rail Link alignment THE preferred route alignment for Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link was revealed on March 8, when prime minister Mr Najib Razak visited the offices of the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) in Kuala Lumpur to officially launch a three month public consultation on the project.
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THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an $US 80m loan for the electrification of the Pap - Namangan - Andijan line in central Uzbekistan. ADB says that the line is part of the Central Asia...
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CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) has awarded a Yuan 543m ($US 79m) contract to Bombardier Sifang Transportation (BST) to supply five eight-car CRH1A-A high-speed trains for the Nanning Railway Bureau, following its order of 18 trains...
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THE Iranian city of Shiraz extended its first metro line on April 20 with the inauguration of the 3km southern section of Line 1 between Namazi and Zandiyeh. The section includes one intermediate station at Emam...
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REVENUES at Russian Railways (RZD) increased by 7.1% to reach Roubles 2.133 trillion ($US 38.08bn) in 2016 helping the company’s Ebidta to soar by 15.4% to Roubles 443bn and net profit to increase from Roubles...
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CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) says that itself and railway authorities from Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Russia have signed an agreement to deepen their levels of cooperation on China-Europe intermodal rail freight services.   The agreement...
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JAPAN’s Tobu Railway introduced a new timetable on April 21 featuring additional limited-express services operated by its 500 series Revaty trains which are entering service at the same time.The new timetable increases the number of...
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THE Korean city of Busan expanded its metro network on April 20 with the opening of the southern extension of Line 1, which connects the previous south-western terminus at Sinpyeong with Dadaepo Beach. The 8km extension...
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THE Uzbek city of Samarkand inaugurated the initial phase of its tram network on April 15, just six months after the start of construction on the first line. The 6.4km north-south line links the city’s main...
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Russian Railways is engaged in a wide-reaching programme of “digitising” its railway network in areas ranging from operations to asset management. Efim Rozenberg, first deputy director general of the railway’s research institute, NIIAS, and Alexey...
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SRI LANKA Railways (SLR) has awarded Rites, India, a Rs 680m ($US 126m) contract to supply 10 1676mm-gauge diesel locomotives and six DMUs. The locomotives will be built at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi...

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