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INDIA LOOKS TO FRANCE FOR HS TRAINS

Indian Railways are keen to collaborate with French companies in their planned introduction of high-speed passenger trains. The Times of India quotes officials saying: “There are premium commuters who are ready to pay a high price and want to reach their destination faster. They want better amenities and they are ready to pay for it. […]

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INDIAN HIGH SPEED PLANS

Indian minister for railways Suresh Prabhu is planning the world’s second-longest, high-speed rail corridor between Delhi and Chennai (1,754km) with trains running at 300km/h, covering the distance in six hours. The corridor will be developed jointly with China. A team is currently in Beijing to complete formalities with their Chinese counterparts in preparation for the […]

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CHINA-LAOS-THAI RAILWAY

A proposed new railway connecting Southern China with Bangkok in Thailand would run by way of Laos, and really put it on the map. The existing railway in Laos – with a total length of 3.5km – only began operations in 2009. Its main purpose is carrying tourists between Nongkhai, a Thailand border town, and […]

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SRI LANKA’S COLOMBO-JAFFNA LINE REOPENS

Closed 24 years ago during Sri Lanka’s 1983 to 2009 civil war, the railway linking the capital Colombo to Jaffna in the country’s north has been reopened. Renovated and rebuilt, Jaffna station was decorated for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s inauguration of the restored line.

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MALAYSIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL

Construction of the new 325km high-speed line from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is expected to start in 2015. It will reduce travel time from six or more hours to 90 minutes. There are to be intermediate stations at Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat and Nusajaya. Singapore is currently working on its own feasibility […]

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CHINESE TRAINS FOR THAILAND

According to the authoritative Man in Seat Sixty-one: “Thailand has one of the best metre-gauge rail systems in the world, and train travel is easily the best way to get around and see the country. Train travel in Thailand is comfortable, safe, cheap, environmentally friendly”. It’s about to get even better. It has been announced […]

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FIRST INDIAN DOUBLE-DECK TRAIN

Coaches seating 110 people characterise India’s first double-deck passenger train, to be introduced between Lucknow and Delhi in the second week of November. Test runs will be completed by the end of October. The train comprises 12 coaches.

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CHINA TO BUILD RUSSIA’S FIRST HS LINE

Chinese firms are to construct a 770km high-speed line linking Moscow and Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan. The existing journey duration of 11.5 hours will be reduced to 3.5 when trains begin public service at a reported speed of 400km/h. The project forms part of an agreement involving the National Development and Reform Commission […]

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CYCLONES DISRUPT TRAINS IN JAPAN AND INDIA

During the weekend of 11 and 12 October, high-speed “bullet trains” were halted in Japan when Typhoon Vongfong made landfall with winds up to 180km/h. On the island of Kyushu, 150,000 people were evacuated. Strong winds knocked out power lines and traffic signals. Train services in central Japan were curtailed on 13 and 14 October. […]

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KAZAKHSTAN EQUIPMENT PURCHASE

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of €121 million to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ – the Kazakhstan State Railways) to finance the purchase of equipment for logistics and infrastructure maintenance. The project will serve the main priorities at KTZ, ie to increase Kazakhstan’s transit potential and strengthen the security […]

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