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SNCF acquires 45% stake in BLS Cargo BLS, Switzerland, announced on February 16 that it has agreed to sell a 45% stake in its rail freight subsidiary BLS Cargo to SNCF Logistics.
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CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) says that itself and railway authorities from Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Russia have signed an agreement to deepen their levels of cooperation on China-Europe intermodal rail freight services.   The agreement...
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SWITZERLAND’s second-largest railway BLS says it is still pushing for a concession to operate long-distance services beyond its own network, despite the recent failure of talks with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) on the future of...
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AN alliance has been formed in Brussels which brings together open-access operators in the passenger and freight sectors with the aim of collectively addressing issues affecting non-incumbent rail companies. The Alliance of New Rail Operators (Allrail)...
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China-Europe intermodal freight is a major success story of recent years. Kevin Smith considers the factors driving continuing development and the challenges that trans-Eurasian services face to realise their full potential. RAIL freight trains rarely generate...
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TANZANIA’s president Mr John Magufuli officially launched construction on April 12 of the first phase of the country’s 2561km standard-gauge railway project which will eventually link the Indian Ocean port of Dar es Salaam with...
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CBH Group, Australia, has awarded a contract to Wi-Tronix, United States, to equip its fleet of 25 diesel-electric locomotives, which are used to haul grain trains, with Wi-Nostix, a predictive fault diagnostics and monitoring system.Wi-Nostix...
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COAL services operated by Australian rail freight operator Aurizon have suffered severe disruption following heavy rain and flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie which made landfall on the Queensland coast during the last week of March.Aurizon...
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TRANSMASHHOLDING (TMH), Russia, says it increased turnover by 22% in 2016 to Roubles 120bn ($US 2bn) thanks mainly to strong growth in the sale of passenger vehicles. Sales of EMUs rose by 49% from 174 units...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) made a profit of Shekels 77m ($US 21m) from current activities in 2016, a 10% increase on its Shekels 70m profit in 2015.However, net profit for 2016 was slightly lower than in...
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IN a major policy reform initiative, India’s cabinet approved a proposal on April 5 to establish an independent rail regulator, which will be responsible for setting Indian Railways’ (IR) freight and passenger tariffs and ensuring...

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