Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

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.

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Sweden’s proposal to build a new Y-shaped high-speed network between its major cities continues to progress, albeit very slowly. But could the project be about to take a significant step forward? Kevin Smith reports.

A double handover ceremony was held at Bombardier’s plant in Kassel, Germany, on November 30 to mark the delivery of the first three Bombardier Traxx AC locomotives from an order for up to 52 AC and MS units for European leasing company Akiem. Akiem subsequently transferred the locomotives to its client, German private operator HSL Logistics.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:40

CRRC and Rolls-Royce agree strategic partnership

CRRC and Rolls-Royce Power Systems have signed a strategic partnership agreement, which includes a commitment by CRRC to consider MTU engines from Rolls-Royce for its locomotives and diesel trains, and for the two companies to collaborate on future power solutions, including hybrid and gas engines.

FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) and the French Development Agency (AFD) will sign a 12-month agreement with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to provide expertise and training, and in particular to assist with the deployment of a new fleet of trains.

HONG Kong’s 17km Shatin to Central Link metro project took some major steps forward in the past week as the new east-west line remains on course to open in mid-2019.

Railways are increasingly embracing new and smart methods to maintain their assets, which is placing new demands on suppliers. Members of Voestalpine’s management team explain to Kevin Smith how the company is responding by redefining its role in the market.

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a contract with Alstom for the supply of communications-based train control (CBTC), which will support driverless operation on the 4km stage six and final extension of the Circle Line.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 06:01

Serbia’s upgraded Resnik - Valjevo line opens

A ceremony was held at Valjevo station in Serbia on November 15 to mark the official opening of the upgraded Resnik - Valjevo section of the Belgrage - Bar (Montenegro) railway, a project that was conducted by RZD International, a subsidiary of Russian Railways (RZD).

EGYPT National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise the signalling and telecommunications system used on the 180km Asyut - Nagh Hammadi line on the north-south Alexandria - Cairo - Aswan rail corridor.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:00

Renfe to trial LNG on passenger train

SPANISH operator Renfe is set to begin pilot tests next month of a self-propelled passenger train powered with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in what the operator says are the first such trials in Europe.

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