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SINGAPORE EASTREN REGION STATIONS

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has named the stations planned for the 13km Eastern Region Line, all of which will be underground: Tanjong Rhu, Katong Park, Amber, Marine Parade, Marine Terrace, Siglap, Bayshore, Bedok South and Sungei Bedok. The facilities are to be ready for use by 2024

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TIBETAN RAILWAY SECOND PHASE

The new 253km, 13-station line linking the Tibetan capital Lhasa to the city of Xigaze is now open, the inauguration taking place on 15 August. The $US2.16 billion scheme, designed for speeds up to 120km/h, represents phase two of the Tibetan rail network construction. It includes a bridge across the Yarlun Zangbo river, 875 metres […]

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INDIAN OFFICIALS’ “IRREGULARITIES”

Answering a question raised in the Indian parliament, railway minister D V Sadananda Gowda said 38,000 employees were punished after probing 42,000 complaints received by the railway ministry from various parts of the country. He said instances of irregularity involving corrupt practices were unearthed during the course of regular preventive and decoy checks and investigation […]

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WOMEN-ONLY THAI TRAINS

According to the Bangkok Post, the State Railway of Thailand intends to reintroduce an earlier discontinued facility of rail coaches reserved for the use of women only. Boys younger than 10 and shorter than 150cm will be permitted. Female staff will supervise the vehicles. The provision of the facility is to take place on main […]

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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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