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European governments still fund 88% of rolling stock procurement DESPITE the expansion of the number of private rail operators in Europe, state funding still makes up 88% of rolling stock procurement.
teething-problems-discovered-on-german-ic2-trains
GERMAN Rail (DB) has announced delays to the introduction of further new IC2 double-deck trains being supplied by Bombardier following problems with the vehicles swaying from side-to-side at speed on some lines on which they...
nishi-nippon-railway-orders-kawasaki-emus
JAPAN's Nishi-Nippon Railway has awarded Kawasaki Heavy Industries a contract to supply 18 1067mm-gauge EMU cars for the 75km Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line in Fukuoka prefecture. The 19.5m-long stainless-steel-bodied 9000 series vehicles will be formed into...
emilia-romagna-outlines-plans-for-new-trains
PLANS for investment in new trains for the Italian region of Emilia Romagna were outlined in Bologna on January 29 by Italy's infrastructure and transport minister Mr Graziano Delrio, regional president Mr Stefano Bonaccini, Emilia...
chicagos-metra-issues-rfp-for-double-deck-coaches
NORTHEAST Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad (Metra) issued a request for proposals (RFP) on February 2 for a contract to supply up to 367 double-deck coaches as part of its 10-year $US 2.4bn plan to modernise...
eu-approves-sale-of-bombardier-transportation-stake
THE sale of a 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation took an important step forward on February 1, when the European Commission (EC) approved the acquisition of joint control over the newly-created holding company Bombardier Transportation...
bls-shortlists-four-suppliers-for-emu-tender
SWITZERLAND's largest private railway BLS confirmed on February 2 that it has shortlisted four suppliers to bid for a contract to supply 60 EMUs for S-Bahn and regional services. Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler have been...
interpanter-emus-enter-service-on-prague-brno-line
CZECH Railways (ČD) introduced its new class 660 InterPanter EMUs on Prague - Česká Trebová - Brno semi-fast services on January 27, replacing locomotive-hauled trains dating from the 1970s and 1980s. ČD placed an order with...
sncb-orders-custom-lifting-beams-for-locomotive-roof-panels
DEMAN, Belgium, has designed and supplied a batch of custom lifting beams to Belgian National Railways (SNCB) to simplify handling of roof panels on its fleet of Siemens class 18 electric locomotives during maintenance. SNCB faced...
alstom-signs-iranian-rail-development-mou
ALSTOM signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation of Iran (IRDO) in Paris on January 27, which is intended to pave the way for the supplier to re-enter the...
sbb-orders-firefighting-and-rescue-trains
SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has exercised an SFr 38m ($US 37.3m) oprion with a German consortium of Windhoff and Dräger Safety for three additional self-propelled firefighting and rescue trains (LRZs), which will be delivered by...