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NEW CHINESE TRAINS IN BUENOS AIRES

South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency frequently explains shortcomings by pointing out it has trains in service between 30 and 40 years old. Admittedly older rolling stock tends to need more maintenance but 40 is not all that exceptional when one examines suburban fleets around the world. Late in July, Buenos Aires in South America brought […]

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DRIVERLESS IN SINGAPORE

Twenty-four new driverless trainsets from Alstom’s Metropolis range have been delivered to Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTSA) for use on the Circle Line, together with 18 sets for the North East Line. They will have the effect of increasing capacity by an estimated 60-70% when they go into service in 2015. Supply of the rolling […]

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CHINA SELLING BULLET-TRAIN NAMING RIGHTS

According to the South China Post, the naming rights for China’s bullet trains are being sold to commercial sponsors. A recent example was a train in the south of the country which has been named after China Unicom, a telecom service provider. Other trains have been named after The Bank of China and the Luziyao […]

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NEW STATION IN TOKYO

In advance of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, the East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is to build a new station on the Yamanote loop in Tokyo. The first new station to be added to the line in more than 40 years, it will be located roughly halfway between the existing Shinagawa and Tamachi stations, […]

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IRANIAN ELECTRIFICATION

The 926km Iranian main-line connects the capital Tehran with Mashhad – the holy city in the north-east. Rahahane Djjomhouriye Eslami Iran (RAI – the Islamic Iranian Republic Railways) aims to have trains running at 200km/h which could cut journey times to six hours. A 42-month contract to electrify the line has been awarded to the […]

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TAIWAN’S HUALIEN-TAITUNG ELECTRIFICATION OPENS

The opening of Taiwan’s Hualien-Taitung electrification late in June has cut journey times to three hours, 30 minutes. The project took five years to complete instead of seven, originally being scheduled for completion in 2016. This was despite construction facing a number of difficulties, including ‘complicated geological conditions’ and bad weather.

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CHINA STARTS ON ADDITIONAL HS LINE

Construction has started on the new 265km Huangshan-Hangzhou railway connecting Anhui province with the Yangtze River Delta region. The line will begin at Hangzhou East Station, then run south through Zhejiang’s Xiaoshan, Fuyang, Tonglu, Jiande and Chun’an to Jixi in Anhui province. It will end at Huangshan North Station. Budgeted at $US5.45 billion, construction is […]

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CHINA TO SUPPLY TRAINS TO MACEDONIA

Makedonski Zeleznici (MZ), the national railway of Macedonia, has ordered six trainsets from the China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR). This is the first sale by CSR in Europe. The trains will have a maximum speed of 140km/h. MZ has a total route length of 925km on 1,435mm gauge, of which 315km are […]

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MANILA LRT EXTENSION

The existing 20.7km Roosevelt-Baclaran light rail line in Manila is to be extended 11.7km southwards. All except 1,2km, which will be surface lines, are to be elevated. The extension is to be built, operated and maintained by a joint venture of Ayala and Metro Pacific Investments.

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NEW JAPANESE LUXURY SLEEPER TRAIN

To cater for affluent sightseeing travellers, the Yomiuri Shimbun East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is to introduce luxury 10-coach sleeper train services with upmarket dining facilities. The target launch date is spring 2017. JR East says it intends to develop and create travel products for foreign visitors to Japan in cooperation with Japan Airlines.

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