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Dutch plan 'driverless' freight train trial DUTCH infrastructure manager Prorail confirmed at this week's TEN-T Days conference in Rotterdam that it is planning to trial automated operation of freight trains on the Betuweroute dedicated freight line, which links Rotterdam with the German border near Emmerich.
norfolk-southern-achieves-record-operating-ratio
NORFOLK Southern (NS) reported an operating ratio of 68.6% for the second quarter of 2016 despite a 10% drop in revenue, and expects to sustain its operating ratio at this level for the remainder of...
test-running-starts-on-israel’s-valley-line
TEST running started on July 24 on the 60km Valley Line linking Haifa Lev Hamifratz with Beit Shee'an while Israel’s transport minister Mr Israel Katz has announced plans for two more new lines. The Valley line...
hybrid-locomotive-enters-service-in-port-of-hamburg
THE first of two Alstom H3 hybrid shunting locomotives for Metrans, the open-access rail freight subsidiary of Hamburg Ports and Logistics (HHLA), has entered service in the Port of Hamburg. The three-axle 100km/h H3 is powered...
china-to-invest-$us-418bn-in-rail
CHINA’s premier Mr Li Keqiang has approved plans to invest Yuan 2.8 trillion ($US 418bn) to build 23,000km of new lines during the 13th five-year plan which runs from 2016 to 2020.The plan, which was...
russia’s-united-grain-company-orders-1500-wagons
UNITED Grain Company, Russia, has awarded a contract to United Wagon Company for the supply of 1500 grain hopper wagons as part of a plan to establish an 8500 wagon fleet.The grain wagons will be...
transnet-increases-capacity-on-south-african-coal-line
SOUTH Africa’s public enterprises deputy minister, Mr Buleani Magwanishe, marked the completion of the first phase of Transnet’s project to increase capacity on the heavy-haul coal line between the Waterberg district of Limpopo province and...
germany-expands-largest-container-terminal
HAMBURG Ports and Logistics (HHLA) has completed a project to expand Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) in Hamburg, increasing capacity from 140,000 to 930,000 TEU per year. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and...
austria-tops-eu-rail-passenger-mileage-rankings
AUSTRIANS travelled further by rail than the citizens of any other European Union member state in 2015, according to figures released by the country's rail regulator Schienen-Control on July 13, which show the average distance...
german-rail-network-poorly-funded-says-study
GERMANY's per capita investment in rail infrastructure ranks poorly alongside that of other major European economies, according to a study published on July 12 by German transport consultancy SCI Verkehr and Allianz pro Schiene, a...
irish-rail-tests-longer-freight-trains
IRISH Rail (IE) operated a 440m-long container freight train between Dublin North Wall and Claremorris on June 27 as part of trials to introduce longer freight trains later this year to boost its competitiveness.The trials...