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Talgo ships first HS train to Saudi Arabia THE first 13-car Talgo 350 train for the 450km Mecca – Medina Haramain high-speed line was loaded onto cargo vessel the Jolly Quarzo at Barcelona docks on the morning of December 11 in readiness for its sea voyage to Saudi Arabia.
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THE first 13-car Talgo 350 train for the 450km Mecca – Medina Haramain high-speed line was loaded onto cargo vessel the Jolly Quarzo at Barcelona docks on the morning of December 11 in readiness for...
PROSPECTIVE bidders for the contract to execute the 207km segment one of Oman's 2235km railway network from Sohar to Buraimi have been granted a one month extension to submit their bids by Oman Railway Company...
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SAUDI transport minister Mr Jabara Al-Seraisry confirmed on November 24 that trial operation will begin "early next year" on the first completed section of the 450km Haramain high-speed line from Medina to Jeddah and Mecca. Testing...
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SHEIK Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, has officially opened the emirate's first light rail line. Passenger services will start at 06.30...
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PLANS to build the first metro line in Oran, Algeria's second city, have been completed and it is hoped to launch a tender for the first phase in the first quarter of 2015.Algerian Metro Enterprise...
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ISRAEL Railways (IR) announced on October 28 that it has shortlisted five prequalified suppliers for a design-supply-build-maintain contract for the first stage of its electrification programme. The $US 3.2bn project involves the installation of 25kV 50Hz...
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FINAL designs for the Riyadh metro Orange Line train fleet have been presented to the governor of Riyadh and chairman of Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) by Bombardier, which is supplying 47 two-car Innovia Metro 300...
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ISRAEL's national electrification programme moved a step closer yesterday after the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Internal Affairs, Services, and Local Government approved the plan developed by the transport minister Mr Israel Katz to electrify 420km of...
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PUBLIC services began on October 11 on the first phase of the metro network in the Iranian city of Shiraz. The initial section of Line 1 links Ehsan Square with Namazi in the city centre and...
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THE final breakthrough of the second bore of the 11.6km tunnel on the Tel Aviv - Jerusalem A1 fast rail link took place on October 6, marking completion of tunnelling on the project. The holing...