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LIGHT RAIL IN MANILA

The Philippino Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has contracted DM Consunji Inc (DMCI) to build the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) system in Manila for $US51.5 million, for completion in 18 months. The elevated line is to run 3.9km from the existing terminus at Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal […]

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STANDARD GAUGE FOR THAILAND

Thailand, reliant until now on a metre-gauge railway, will probably begin construction of two double-track, 1,435mm gauge lines with a total length exceeding 800km, in September 2015. The Bangkok Post quotes transport minister Prajin Juntong saying the government’s decision on the matter is “tentative” for the moment. The project is to be divided into four […]

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HUNGARY NATIONALISES BOMBARDIER PLANT

Most of the 370 people employed at the Bombardier Transportation MÁV Dunakeszi coach plant near Budapest in Hungary, have been working reportedly only two days a week since 2012. There has been so little to do that the staff complement has fallen from more than 1,000 in 2010. For an outlay of $US 7.8 million, […]

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TRAIN AUTOMATION IN HYDERABAD

Test running of the first automatic train operation (ATO) in India commenced on 30 December in Hyderabad. The trial took place between Nagole and Mettuguda on the 8km eastern portion of the city’s metro Line 3. Altogether three lines – 72km in all with 66 stations – are being equipped with the Thales SelTrac CBTC […]

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CSR DIESELS FOR THAILAND

Two metre-gauge SDA3, 120-tonne diesel-electric locomotives out of an order for 20 from CSR Qishyuan in China have arrived in Thailand. A 16-cylinder Caterpillar C175-16 power unit, compliant with European Union Stage 3A emissions standards, generates nominal output of 2.8MW and a maximum starting tractive effort of 460kN.

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LOCO BIDS IN BANGLADESH

Bids closing on 18 February have been invited for the supply of 70 metre-gauge diesel-electric locomotives to the railways of Bangladesh. The successful tenderer will be required to deliver, commission and test-run the units and also train local service technicians. It is understood that the locos are to be based at depots in Dinajpur and […]

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CHINA RAIL BUILDERS’ MERGER CONFIRMED

The merging of China’s CNR and CSR railway manufacturing companies, each said to be worth about $US13 billion was confirmed on 30 December, the Xinhua News Agency reported. According to one newspaper story, as yet unverified, the new entity is to be known as the “China Railway Rolling Stock Group”. In effect, the move serves […]

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YIWU (CHINA) TO MADRID IN 21 DAYS

Not quite round the world, but at nearly 13,000km, not doing badly at all. On 10 December, a train carrying Christmas retail goods in 40 containers arrived in Madrid, Spain, 21 days after leaving the east China manufacturing city of Yiwu. This was 10 days faster than sea freight, achieved at a tenth of the […]

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CHINA LAUNCHES 32 HIGH-SPEED ROUTES

The most significant of 32 new high-speed rail routes inaugurated in China links the important city of Shanghai with the Guangzhou manufacturing hub near Hong Kong. Journeys over the new 1,770km line take just under seven hours, compared to around 16 hours previously. Travellers heading from Shanghai to Guilin in Guangxi province will save ten […]

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CHINA OPENS LINE TO VIETNAM BORDER

On 1 December, a 142km section of a new railway from China to the border of Vietnam at Hekou was opened. This forms part of a 468km project that began in Kunming in December 2008. The section from Yuxi to Mengzi was inaugurated in April 2014. In all 36 bridges and 32 tunnels have been […]

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