SPAIN’s development minister Mr Iñigo de la Serna and minister of energy, tourism and digitalisation Mr Álvaro Nadal visited Asturias on January 8 to officially launch trials of what is claimed to be the first main line passenger train in Europe to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).
BRITISH franchise operator First MTR South Western Railway has awarded Kiepe Electric UK a contract to conduct a traction upgrade and refurbishment on 18 class 442 trains, which were previously used on Gatwick Express services, ahead of their transition to the South Western Railway fleet.
AUCKLAND Council’s Finance and Performance Committee agreed in principle on July 26 to go ahead with the purchase of 17 Independently-Powered Electric Multiple Units (IPEMUs), which will replace DMUs on Auckland Transport (AT) suburban services to Pukekohe and expand the fleet as ridership grows.
CHINA’s first metro train fitted with permanent magnet direct-drive traction motors has entered trial passenger service on Line 1 of the Changsha Metro, which opened on June 28, following two years of research and development by Zhuzhou CRRC Times Electric.
BRITISH rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail has awarded Vossloh Kiepe a contract to equip 30 four-car class 321 regional EMUs dating from the late 1980s with ac traction motors, new auxiliary systems and new braking systems as part of its Renatus upgrading programme.