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Auckland rows back on battery train plan AUCKLAND Transport (AT) has retreated on a plan to order 17 Independently-Powered Electric Multiple Units (IPEMUs) to replace DMUs on suburban services to Pukekohe, opting instead to exercise an option with CAF for 15 additional AM class EMUs.
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Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has awarded contracts with a total value of $A 30m ($US 22.6m) to three companies for technical and approvals consultancy services for the Inland Rail project. Federal minister for infrastructure and...
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After years of indecision, Australia’s $A 10bn ($US 7.7bn) Inland Rail project to create a shorter rail link between Melbourne and Brisbane is finally getting underway, as Mark Carter reports.THE idea of an inland rail...
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The government of the Australian state of Victoria is spending big on public transport projects, both urban and regional, but it remains to be seen whether it will be enough to meet Melbourne and the...
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FAIVELEY Transport announced on November 7 that it received orders with a total value of more than $US 150m from the RailConnect NSW consortium of Hyundai Rotem, UGL and Mitsubishi Electric Australia to supply equipment...
auckland-rows-back-on-battery-train-plan
AUCKLAND Transport (AT) has retreated on a plan to order 17 Independently-Powered Electric Multiple Units (IPEMUs) to replace DMUs on suburban services to Pukekohe, opting instead to exercise an option with CAF for 15 additional...
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THE newly-elected Labour-New Zealand First coalition government has announced a $NZ 800m ($US 546.8m) funding commitment to build a new railway line to Marsden Point port in Northland and to upgrade the line between Auckland...
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SIEMENS has made what it describes as a “strategic equity investment” in predictive locomotive maintenance specialist Wi-Tronix, United States. While both companies have agreed not to release details of the transaction, Wi-Tronix will remain a...
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GLOBAL mining company Rio Tinto announced on October 2 that it has successfully completed its the first fully-autonomous trip on its heavy-haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Rio Tinto is introducing driverless...
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THE first of 22 six-car driverless Alstom Metropolis trains for Sydney’s North West Rail Link automated metro project has arrived at Sydney Metro Trains depot in Rouse Hill.   Sydney Metro says the train will be prepared...
australia-seeks-ideas-for-improved-regional-rail-links
THE Australian government is seeking high-quality proposals for the development of business cases to bring faster rail links between urban and regional areas. The federal government has launched its Faster Rail Prospectus (PDF link), which will...

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