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Doha metro train and Lusail LRV designs revealed QATAR Railways (QR) has unveiled the designs for the Doha metro and Lusail light rail vehicles, which are due to enter service in 2020.
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) and the Israeli transport and finance ministries are considering a recommendation by Louis Berger Group to construct a 26km twin-bore rail tunnel beneath Tel Aviv to double rail capacity through the city.Passenger...
doha-metro-train-and-lusail-lrv-designs-revealed
QATAR Railways (QR) has unveiled the designs for the Doha metro and Lusail light rail vehicles, which are due to enter service in 2020. Kinki Sharyo is supplying 75 three-car metro trains, dubbed Al Faras, which...
etihad-rail-db-exceeds-customer-expectations
Commercial operations officially began on the UAE's inaugural main line railway at the start of the year. Kevin Smith spoke exclusively with Shadi Malak, acting CEO of Etihad Rail DB, and Niko Warbanoff, CEO of...
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ISRAEL Railways celebrated a milestone in the construction of the $US 1bn Valley Line from Haifa Lev Hamifratz to Beit Shee'an on April 3, when contractor Leisco completed tracklaying on the 60km line. The project includes...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) reported a net profit of Shekels 265m ($US 70m) in 2015, following a 9% increase in passengers using the network to 52.8 million during the year. IR's profit from current activities was Shekels...
israel-railways-to-order-more-double-deck-trains
ISRAEL Railways (IR) published a international tender on March 20 for a contract to supply a fleet of 160km/h double-deck EMUs, and also confirmed it will exercise an option with Bombardier for additional locomotive-hauled double-deck...
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Rolling stock using Saudi Arabia's North-South Railway has suffered from severe wheel-wear issues since the line opened in 2011. Success in overcoming this problem provides lessons for the design of future desert heavy-haul networks as...
israel-railways-prepares-its-staff-and-facilities-for-the-future
Israel's network expansion programme and technological upgrades are set to revolutionise rail transport in the country in the next four to five years. Kevin Smith visits facilities in Haifa and Lod to see how the...
extending-israel-railways-reach
Three major new line construction projects are underway in Israel which will extend the network to new areas and improve connectivity. Kevin Smith profiles the A1 Link, the Valley Line, and Acre - Carmiel line...
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Once the butt of jokes for its poor reliability and slow journey times, Israel Railways is undergoing a radical transformation which promises to turn it into a competitive and viable means of transport for more...