Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 04:20

Gotha acquires former Basle trams

BASELLAND Transport (BLT), the Swiss light rail operator serving the greater Basle area, has sold six redundant trams to Gotha Tramways (TWSB) for use on the German city’s recently-reprieved tram network.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 09:03

LNVG launches double-deck train procurement

LOWER Saxony Transport Authority (LNVG) published a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union on August 14 for a tender for a new fleet of double-deck EMUs, which will be used on regional services in the German states of Lower Saxony and Bremen.

BULGARIAN State Railways (BDZ) subsidiary BDZ Passenger Transport has invited four rolling stock suppliers to bid for a contract to supply at least 42 EMUs following the approval of the operator’s fleet renewal programme by Bulgaria’s council of ministers on July 20.

MALAYSIA’s prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed on August 13 that he is seeking to cancel a contract for the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a year after his predecessor officially launched civil works on the Ringgits 55bn ($US 13.4bn) project.

Friday, 10 August 2018 10:55

Nippon Sharyo to close US plant

NIPPON Sharyo announced on July 24 that its US subsidiary will close its rolling stock assembly plant in Rochelle, Illinois, at the end of this month due to a lack of orders.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 07:54

More EP2D suburban EMUs for Moscow

RUSSIA’s Central Suburban Passenger Company (CSPC) has placed an order with Transmashholding subsidiary Demikhovsky Machine Building Plant (DMZ) for 10 additional type EP2D EMUs for use on suburban services in the Moscow area.

THE first of 14 Stadler Rail metre-gauge EMUs for Bern Solothurn Regional Transport (RBS) arrived at the operator’s Worblaufen depot north of Bern on August 7.

AMTRAK has unveiled artist’s impressions of interiors for its forthcoming Alstom Avelia Liberty high-speed trains, which will replace the current Acela Express fleet on the Boston - New York - Washington DC Northeast Corridor (NEC) from 2021 onwards.

CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) shaved five minutes off the Beijing - Tianjin journey time on August 8 with the restoration of 350km/h operation on the 117km high-speed line between the two cities.

THE creation of customs zones at British rail freight terminals could help to mitigate the impact of Brexit on international rail freight operations, according to proposals unveiled by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) on August 8.

RUSSIAN Railways’ (RZD) GT1h-002 prototype liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled turbine-electric locomotive has completed a series of test runs on the Surgut - Korotchaevo line in western Siberia hauling trains with a gross weight of up to 9000 tonnes.

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:58

Plasser wins Egyptian measuring car order

EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded Plasser & Theurer a contract worth around €6.8m to supply an EM100U track recording car.

TEL AVIV Metropolitan Mass Transit System (NTA) has issued an invitation to prequalify for tenders for the LRT Green and Purple Lines.

CZ LOKO has completed the delivery of an order for five EffiShunter 1000 four-axle diesel shunting locomotives to Mercitalia Shunting & Terminal (Mist), Italy, including the Czech manufacturer's 1000th locomotive.

GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Network has completed a €100m project to renew signalling systems in the 6km Frankfurt City Tunnel, which is used by Rhine-Main S-Bahn services.

FOLLOWING a successful pilot, City Transport (HKL) has awarded Transrail, Sweden, and Welado, Finland, a contract to implement a Connected Driver Advisory System (C-DAS) on the city’s metro network.

Friday, 03 August 2018 04:56

Testing milestone for Cuenca tram line

HUNDREDS of residents lined the streets of the historic city centre of Cuenca on July 27 to witness the inaugural test run on the Ecuadorian city’s first light rail line.

FOLLOWING a European tender, Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) and Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport have awarded Go-Ahead Transport Germany a contract to operate the Allgäu Electric Network for 12 years from December 2021.

THE Thai cabinet has approved funding for the construction of a 326km double-track line linking Den Chai on the Bangkok - Chiang Mai line with Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong on the Mekong River, which forms part of the border between Thailand and Laos.

CHINA marked a decade of high-speed rail development on August 1, when celebrations were held to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the country’s first railway designed for operation at speeds of more than 250km/h.

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