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RZD launches Moscow - Berlin Talgo services RUSSIAN Railways (RZD) marked the launch of variable-gauge Talgo trains on Moscow – Berlin overnight services with an inauguration ceremony at Moscow Kursk station on December 17, which was attended by Russian transport minister Mr Maxim Sokolov, RZD president Mr Oleg Belozerov, and Talgo president Mr Carlos Oriol.
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A 10-year contract for the operation of conventional inter-city services and overnight trains in Italy was signed in Rome on January 19 by Trenitalia CEO Mrs Barbara Morgante and Italy’s minister of transport and infrastructure...
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THE long-running privatisation of Greek national train operator Trainose took an important step forward on January 18, when Italian State Railways (FS) CEO Mr Renato Mazzoncini and Mr Antonis Leousis, CEO of the Hellenic Republic...
THIRTY years after France introduced the Regional Express Transport (TER) brand to reflect the decentralisation of regional passenger operations, French regions are looking to expand their role in the specification and procurement of local rail...
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AFTER a hugely challenging year in 2015, German Rail (DB) witnessed a return to growth in its long-distance passenger business during 2016 and has also enjoyed success in the German regional rail market, retaining several...
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2016 was a challenging year for Transdev Germany employees. The accident at Bad Aibling, resulting in 12 fatalities, four of whom were Transdev train drivers, demanded a lot of strength. Colleagues across the Transdev group...
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ABELLIO has reached an agreement to sell a 40% stake in Britain’s Greater Anglia franchise to Mitsui. Abellio has held the franchise, which operates commuter, regional and inter-city services in eastern England since 2012 and following...
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THIS year Austria will celebrate the 180th anniversary of its railways, and while many will pause to reflect on the many historical achievements that shaped the modern network, it is also a good opportunity to...
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NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) has never strayed far from controversy in recent years. In January 2013 Fyra high-speed services on HSL South collapsed following the withdrawal of the AnsaldoBreda V250 trains procured specifically for the route....
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FOLLOWING an international tender, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Energy and Transport of the German state of Saarland announced on January 9 that DB Regio and Netinera subsidiary Vlexx have been awarded contracts to...
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THE Philippines government announced on January 12 that construction of the 38km Manila - Malolos line, which is part of the Phillippines president, Mr Rodrigo Duerte’s plan to upgrade the ageing infrastructure network, will start...