THE busy Gotthard line through Switzerland reopens today after a break of four weeks caused by a rock fall at Gurtnellen. Freight trains will be able to run to their normal schedule from this evening, followed by passenger services from tomorrow.
THE first of 31 Link II dmus being supplied by Pesa, Poland, to Czech Railways (CD) was unveiled at the Velim test track on June 28. The first four trains will enter service on regional services in the Czech Republic in September.
ITALIAN open-access operator Arenaways is to launch two overnight services between northern and southern Italy on July 10 using Talgo coaches. Tickets for the new services go on sale on July 2 and can be purchased online or at stations.
CANADIAN National President and CEO Mr Claude Mongeau has commended the Canadian government’s three-year Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR), saying it "provides the impetus for CN and the rail industry to re-engage with customers", but warns that powerful customer interests advocate an “intrusive” regulatory approach.
BANGLADESH Railways (BR) has signed a $US 74m contract with Rites, India, for the supply of 16 1676mm-gauge diesel locomotives.
Deliveries will begin within 18 months. The deal forms part of a $US 1bn credit granted recently to Bangladesh by India, under which India will provide $52 million of the total cost of the purchase, leaving the Bangladeshi government to cover the balance.
In January, Bangladesh Railways also signed a $US 42m contract with Rites for an initial batch of 10 broad gauge locomotives.