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Indian cabinet approves capacity enhancement projects INDIA’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) granted approval on August 24 for nine projects representing an investment of around Rs 243.5bn ($US 3.6bn) to increase rail capacity in nine states.
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MALAYSIAN prime minister Mr Najab Razak officially launched construction on Kuala Lumpur metro Line LRT3 in a ceremony at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam on August 24. Running largely on an elevated alignment, the 37km line...
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INDIA’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) granted approval on August 24 for nine projects representing an investment of around Rs 243.5bn ($US 3.6bn) to increase rail capacity in nine states. Three of the projects involve...
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INDIAN Railways (IR) is exploring options to extricate itself from a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) precondition that binds it to acquire rolling stock and systems equipment from Japanese companies, after talks with a Kawasaki-led...
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MALAYSIAN high-speed rail authority MyHSR Corporation and Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) confirmed on August 19 that they will launch a tender on August 22 to appoint a joint development partner (JDP) to support the...
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MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, has awarded Mechan, Britain, two contracts to supply lifting jacks, bogie turntables and a bespoke bogie drop. Mechan has been working with a local agent, Associate Engineers, to supply 24 20-tonne jacks...
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CHINA’s first metro train fitted with permanent magnet direct-drive traction motors has entered trial passenger service on Line 1 of the Changsha Metro, which opened on June 28, following two years of research and development...
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ZIYANG Iran Rail Pardaz Group, a subsidiary of Iran’s Rail Pardaz Seir, signed a contract with CRRC Ziyang, China, on August 9 for 30 main line diesel locomotives. The contract is the first Iranian locomotive order...
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THE Japanese government announced on August 12 that it will provide a $US 2.4bn loan for a new railway in the Philippines in order to ease Manila’s traffic difficulties. Japan is the Phillippines’ top trading partner,...
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CHINA Railways Corporation inaugurated its new standard high-speed EMU, which has been under development since 2012, on the Dalian – Shenyang line on August 15. The train has a maximum design speed of 350km/h and achieved...
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RUSSIAN Railways subsidiary, RZD Logistics, launched a test of a refrigerated container train carrying fruit and vegetables between Russia and China on August 8 in what hopes will become a regular service. The first shipment of...