Czech Republic: Czech Railways (ČD) has awarded a Koruna 700m ($US 31.9m) framework contract to Velký Šenov-based company Tratec for the modernisation of up to 52 Bdmtee coaches, including an initial batch of 16, which operate on the Pardubice regional network. The updated coaches will be redeployed next year.
Argentina: The government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Argentine Chamber of Railroad Industries (CIFRA) for the manufacture of 1000 freight wagons and 300 containers to increase the operational capacity of Argentine Freight Trains (TAC).
France: Alstom has delivered the first two sets of Coradia Polyvalent Régiolis trains from an order of five to French National Railways (SNCF) for use on the Sud Region’s ‘Zou!’ regional network. The new trains, worth €40m, will supplement the region’s existing fleet of 10 Régiolis trains, which entered service in 2016.
Russia: Transmashholding’s (TMH) newest diesel freight locomotive, 2TE25K2M, has completed tests on the Baikal-Amur main line. The tests compared the two-section locomotive’s fuel consumption with the three-section 3TE10MK when hauling a 5600-tonne train. The 2TE25K2M showed a 10% fuel saving compared with the 3TE10MK.
Russia: Rolling stock leaser Railgo has awarded United Wagon Company a contract to supply 200 15-9993 tank wagons to transport petroleum products. The new wagons will have a tank volume of 88m3 and a load capacity of 73.3 tonnes.
Italy: Rail freight operator Captrain Italia has signed a contract to lease six Bombardier E494 locomotives with last-mile functionality from Railpool Italia. The new locomotives will enter operatiion on Captrain’s domestic services in January. The contract includes an option for another two locomotives.
Poland: PKP Intercity has received 10 modernised restaurant cars following an overhaul by Poznań-based H Cegielski FPS under a contract awarded in 2019. The cars are now equipped with improved catering facilities with 12 tables and 36 seats, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and Braille signage.
Hungary: State operator MÁV-Start has received the first of 60 refurbished Flirt EMUs from Stadler, which is modernising the fleet under a contract awarded in 2018. Interior work is scheduled for completion at the end of 2022, followed by exterior work by the end of 2023. MÁV acquired the fleet between 2006 and 2010.
France: Private operator Transdev has begun tendering for a fleet of 110m-long trains worth €260m for use on the Marseille - Toulon - Nice corridor. The trains will have a top speed of 200km/h, have at least 275 seats per vehicle, and will be compatible with both 1.5kV dc and 25kV 50Hz ac electrification. The full fleet must be delivered by June 2025.
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