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DB-VTG publish Innovative Freight Wagon interim report GERMAN Rail (DB) and VTG have released the interim results of the “Innovative Freight Wagon” research project to construct and test lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient freight wagons, with four types of test vehicles completing more than half of the 150,000 test kilometres since coming into operation in March.
Malaysian PM moves to scrap East Coast Rail Link 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.
Amtrak previews next-generation Acela Express interiors 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.
RFI fined for discrimination in planning for 360km/h operation THE Italian Transport Authority (ART), headed by Mr Andrea Camanzi, issued infrastructure manager Italian Railway Network (RFI) with a €620,000 fine on August 2 for discriminatory behaviour in the sanctioning of operation at speeds exceeding 300km/h on the country’s high-speed network.
MTR CEO to stand down as police investigate Shatin - Central Link project THE project director of Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) has resigned and MTR CEO Mr Lincoln Leong Kwokkuen is to retire early in the wake of recent issues with the construction of the 17km, $HK 97.1bn ($US 12.3bn) project.
Go-Ahead to operate Allgäu Electric Network 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.
Ten years, 27,000km: China celebrates a decade of high-speed 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.
FS appoints new board including Battisti as CEO ITALIAN State Railways (FS) confirmed the appointment of a new board of directors during its shareholders meeting on July 30, including Mr Gianluigi Vittorio Catelli as chairman, while shareholders have recommended that the board appoint Mr Gianfranco Battisti as CEO.

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NORWAY’s Railway Directorate has submitted a plan for improved mobile phone coverage to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which shows that the price of improving in-train network connection around…
RUSSIAN prime minister Mr Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on August 15 to conclude a concession agreement to build the Northern Latitudinal Railway (NLR), with the contract awarded to SPC…
TRENITALIA has dispatched an ETR 485 Pendolino tiliting inter-city EMU to Greece, where it will undergo tests on the Athens - Thessaloniki line.
NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) says it is satisfied with its results and performance in the first half of 2018, with more trains operating and passenger numbers continuing to increase. Financial results…
SANTO Domingo’s metro network was extended into the municipality of Santo Domingo Este on August 8, when the Dominican president Mr Danilo Medina inaugurated the 3.6km eastern section of Line…
BRITISH train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) launched its new fleet of Hitachi class 802 bi-mode trains on August 17 with a media run from Penzance to Exeter.
PASSENGER numbers on London’s Night Tube service grew to 8.7 million customers in its second year, up from 7.8 million in 2016-17. A report released by London First and EY…

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August 01, 2018
ATTENDANCE at the UIC’s sixth Global Rail Freight Conference in Genoa, Italy, in June, was below that of previous events, which is a shame because the content was excellent. In...
July 27, 2018
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July 02, 2018
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