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Thailand pushes ahead with new main line projects THAILAND's government has approved construction of the 187km metre-gauge line from Chira junction to Khon Kaen, which is part of the Transport Ministry's new infrastructure development plan.
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CONTINUING its policy of seeking "best in class products from all over the world," East Japan Railway Company (JR East) launched an international tender on May 19 for a contract to supply diesel-electric multiple units...
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MYANMAR Railways signed a $US 19.9m contract with Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi on May 15 for resignalling of the 140km Yangon – Pyuntasa section of the Yangon – Mandalay line. The project is being funded through...
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CHINA's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) confirmed on May 18 that it has approved the next phase of the metro network in Chengdu, which encompasses the construction of 79.1km of new lines by 2020. Line...
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JAPAN's Railway Technology Research Institute (RTRI) is claiming a world first after successfully completing trials with superconducting wire in the overhead electrification system of an operational passenger line.  The tests were carried out on the Izuhakone...
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A memorandum of cooperation between China and Russia was signed in the Kremlin on May 9 which Russia's Tass news agency says will result in China investing Roubles 104bn ($US 2bn) in the Roubles 1...
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THAILAND's government has approved construction of the 187km metre-gauge line from Chira junction to Khon Kaen, which is part of the Transport Ministry's new infrastructure development plan. The line is expected to cost Baht 26bn ($US...
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INDIAN Railways' Rs 240bn ($US 4.5bn) project to construct a 63km elevated rail corridor linking Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai has been abandoned following a lack of response from private parties. Eight infrastructure giants including CAF,...
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CONSTRUCTION of the first phase of Hyderabad's metro network reached a milestone on May 8 with the first trial run on the 4.4km northern section of Line 1 between the depot at Miyapur and Kukatpally. According...
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SRI LANKA's minister of internal transport Mr Ranjith Madduma Bandara confirmed on May 5 that a feasibility study is underway into the electrification of Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) suburban lines around the capital Colombo. The study,...
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THE prime ministers of Singapore and Malaysia announced on May 5 that a revised timeline will be drawn up for the 330km Singapore – Kuala Lumpur high-speed line as the scale and complexity of the...