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China approves rail links to Myanmar and Laos CHINA's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved plans for the construction of the country's first rail links to Laos and Myanmar, together with a major project to increase capacity for coal traffic from Inner Mongolia.
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STATE Railway of Thailand (SRT) signed a contract with CNR Corporation for 115 metre-gauge long-distance coaches at a ceremony in Bangkok on October 17. The order for stainless steel-bodied coaches includes first and standard class sleeper...
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MALAYAN Railway Corporation (KTMB) is considering measures to reduce its mounting losses and reliance on government subsidies, which could include discontinuing services on unprofitable routes, introducing higher tariffs for railfreight services and increasing passenger ticket...
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CHINA's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved plans for the construction of the country's first rail links to Laos and Myanmar, together with a major project to increase capacity for coal traffic from...
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THE President of Sri Lanka Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa officially reopened the penultimate section of the island's 339km Northern Railway on October 13, restoring train services to the town of Jaffna 24 years after it was...
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WORK on the Klang Valley MRT 2 project, a 56km line from Selayang via Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, could start next year following an announcement by Malaysian prime minister Mr Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak...
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CHINA's premier Mr Li Keqiang and Russian prime minister Mr Dimitry Medvedev have overseen the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two countries for Russia's proposed Moscow - Kazan high-speed project, which could...
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ANSALDOBREDA has delivered the first two Sirio LRVs to the Chinese city of Zhuhai, with the remaining eight set to be assembled in China by its domestic partner CNR Dalian. Sirio is a bidirectional five-car standard-gauge...
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LIGHT Rail Manila, the joint venture of Ayala and Metro Pacific investments, which was awarded the public-private partnership (PPP) contract for the extension of the city's LRT 1 in September, has appointed RATP Dev to...
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This month JR Central will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen, the world's first purpose-built high-speed railway. David Briginshaw explains the significance of this event and charts the development of...
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MTR has a global reputation for operating highly efficient metro services. But how much consideration is given to station design when attempting to move large numbers of passengers effectively? Kevin Smith spoke with MTR's chief...