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SHINKANSEN TURNS 50

The Shinkansen is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways (JR) group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4km) in 1964, exactly 50 years ago, the network currently operates trains with maximum speeds of 240–320km/h. The privately-owned JR group acquired the former government-run Japanese railways in 1987. It proudly […]

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CHINA TO BUILD RAILWAYS IN MALI

Reuters reports that Mali has signed accords with China worth some $US11 billion, most of which is connected with rail projects. No detail has been divulged, other than indicating that major new connections with “the coast” are envisaged and that the agreement includes the provision of loans. Aid to Mali from the International Monetary Fund […]

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SPANISH LRVs FOR TAIWAN

In 2012, a consortium of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF) and construction company Evergreen was awarded a $US190 million turnkey contract to build and equip the initial 8.6km (14-station) phase of a catenary-free light rail system in Taiwan’s second-largest city Kaohsiung. CAF’s share of the contract includes rolling stock, signalling, electrification and fare […]

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CARE ZONES AT SINGAPORE STATIONS

According to the Straits Times, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has created “Care Zones” at several stations. Passengers who do not feel well and those with special needs are able to wait at specially marked blue boxes with emergency telephones on platforms where station staff can observe them through closed-circuit television cameras. Trial care-zones have […]

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GE LOCOS FOR INDONESIA

General Electric (GE), which has supplied 100 of its CM20-EMP 1.67MW six-axle locos to PT Kereta Api (the government-owned 1,067mm gauge railway in Indonesia) since 2012, has been contracted to deliver a further 50. The first 15 locomotives are due by September 2015, followed by a further 15 in October. All 30 are to be […]

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ANOTHER CHINESE HIGH-SPEED LINE

Another 350km/h high-speed railway is to be built in China – from Zhengzhou, capital of the central Henan province, to Hefei, capital of Anhui province in the east of the country. A feasibility study currently in progress is due to be completed in 2014. The existing 11 hour travel time between the two cites will […]

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HAMBURG- ZHENGZHOU FREIGHT SERVICE LAUNCHED

The DB Schenker rail company has launched a new rail freight service linking Hamburg in Germany with the Port Authority of Zhengzhou in China. The journey takes around 17 days for the 10,214km journey through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. This is about 20 days faster than by sea. DB Schenker has been running regular […]

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CNR AND CSR MERGER

According to Caixin, the Chinese business news website, China’s state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) has confirmed that the government’s planned merger of the two large rolling stock suppliers China North Railways (CNR) and China South Railways (CSR). The objective is to create “a more competitive market player” and thereby “boost the international presence” […]

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CHINA RAILWAYS FIRST-HALF LOSS

According to reports on the China bond market official website www.Chinabond.com.cn, China Railways Corporation (CRC) tabled a loss equivalent to $US870 million after tax for the first six months of 2014, compared with a profit of $417bn in the same period last year. CRC revenues declined 2.4% year-on-year.

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THAILAND PLANS

Thailand’s ministry of transportation is planning two new standard gauge lines – one from Nong Khai to Mab Ta Phut on the eastern seaboard, the other from Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai to Ban Phachi railway junction in Lopburi. The proposed routes replace the previously planned high-speed train project.

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