STRATHCLYDE Partnership for Transport (SPT) has appointed Systra to act as technical advisor for the turnkey contract to supply new trains, signalling and train control systems, and an upgraded control room as part of the £287.5m modernisation of the Glasgow Subway.
WABTEC subsidiary MotivePower has received an order for 10 standard-gauge MP33C diesel locomotives from Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA Rail). The locomotives will be delivered next year.
CFCLA Rail is a joint venture between CFCL Australia (49%) and Marubeni Corporation, Japan (51%), and operates the largest independent locomotive lease fleet in Australia. The company also leases wagons and provides rolling stock maintenance services.
MotivePower's plant in Boise, Idaho, is currently supplying a fleet of 22 diesel locomotives to CBH, a subsidiary of Watco, United States, for use on grain trains in Western Australia.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) has appointed Amadeus to deliver a new indirect distribution system for travel agents.
SNCF is the launch customer for Amadeus Agent Track, which allows agent’s to access the train operator’s timetables and inventory, providing a single view of fares and availability on a single screen. Amadeus says the solution will give SNCF full integration with travel agents’ back-office systems and help it to drive sales in the indirect channel.
SNCF-accredited agents in France, and Rail Europe-accredited agents in other countries will be able to access full SNCF content, including fares, departure and destination points, and products including ancillary services on Eurostar, Thalys, and Lyria.
COMMERCIAL operations began on Sunday on the 3.5km extension of Melbourne’s suburban rail network from Epping to South Morang.
The $A 498m ($US 515m) project also involved track-doubling on the 5km Keon Park – Epping section, construction of a new station at Thomastown, upgrading and expansion of the depot at Epping, and relocation of Epping station.
The extension was delivered by an alliance between the Victoria State Department of Transport, Metro Trains Melbourne, VicRoads, Aecom, and John Holland. Major construction began in October 2010, and work between Keon Park and Epping, including the second track and new stations at Thomastown and Epping, was completed by the end of 2011.