Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.
WABTEC has purchased Aero Transportation Products (ATP), a manufacturer of engineered freight wagon components, for an undisclosed fee.
GERMAN Rail (DB) is expected to appoint current chief financial officer (CFO) Dr Richard Lutz as its next CEO, succeeding Dr Rüdiger Grube who resigned in January. According to German media reports, DB’s supervisory board is expected to confirm the appointment at a meeting next week.
CONNECTICUT Department of Transport (CTDOT) has awarded NRE a contract to overhaul six GP40-2H locomotives, which date from the 1970s, and are set to begin operating commuter services on the new Hartford Line from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts, next year.
DUBAI's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and Alstom, leader of the Expolink consortium, has awarded Thales a contract to provide systems for the Red Line metro extension and upgrade project.
RZD Logistics, the logistics arm of Russian Railways (RZD), processed more than 56 million tonnes of freight in 2016, a 5% increase year-on-year, with intermodal traffic in particular experiencing significant growth.
MTR Corporation, Hong Kong, reported an 8.4% increase in revenues in 2016 as the company successfully opened new metro lines and extensions in its domestic market and continued to expand its international operations.
DESPITE reporting a 6.7% increase in passenger traffic to 117.9 million trips in 2016, turnover at Finland’s VR Group decreased by 3.6% year-on-year to €1.187bn, according to the company’s annual results announced on March 6. This resulted in an operating profit of €45.3m, down from €65.4m in 2015.
ALSTOM has successfully handed over the first of 69 driverless metro trains it is delivering to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) for use on lines 4, 5 and 6 of the Saudi capital’s metro network.
AZERBAIJAN officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge (1520mm and 1435mm gauge) bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries.
THE City of Istanbul has issued a tender for 50 new four-car metro trains for Istanbul Metro.