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INDIA LOOKING AT BULLET TRAINS

Narenda Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which won a landslide victory in the recent Indian election, is to accelerate plans to create a “bullet train network”. In speeches at the start of the election campaign, Modi made much of his support for bullet trains “similar to those in Japan.” Bullet trains, he said, could become […]

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RECORD INDIAN COACH PRODUCTION

The Rail Coach Factory (RCF) Kapurthala is Indian Railways’ second coach manufacturing unit. To date, the factory has turned out more than 25,000 passenger coaches of more than 50 different types including diesel and electric motor coaches. In the year to March 2014, it delivered 1,701 vehicles altogether – the highest number since the facility […]

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CONTROL CONTRACT: SINGAPORE DRIVERLESS TRAINS

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has contracted GE Transportation to supply control and signalling equipment for fully automated driverless trains on the Thomson and Eastern Region Lines. GE is to provide its Tempo communication-based train control (CBTC) and computer-based interlocking systems. The contract includes the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the signalling […]

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CHINA’S HEFEI-FUZHOU HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY

China Railway Corporation aims to complete another high-speed railway before the end of 2014. The new 806km Hefei-Fuzhou line, running through the Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian provinces, will have trains operating at speeds up to 300km/h. Travel time from Hefei to Huangshan will be cut to an hour. It will take three hours to Fuzhou.

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TAIPEI-YILAN DIRECT RAILWAY

A project previously rejected by Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration’s Environmental Impact Assessment Committee (because the route passes through the area from which water is pumped to supply greater Taipei) has now obtained government approval. The new $US1.6 billion, 53km railway will provide a direct link from the capital to Toucheng in the north-eastern Yilan county. […]

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JAPANESE MAGLEV TECHNOLOGY FOR USA

According to the Japan Times, the Central Japan Railway has offered its maglev technology to the US government free of licensing fees, the objective being to further prospects for an envisaged 730km maglev line between Washington DC and Boston via New York. Reports suggest that the Japanese government is prepared to finance the projected cost […]

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LONGEST RAIL IN THE WORLD

Since 2002, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal in Japan has been manufacturing 150-metre rails, said to be the longest made in the world. To export the rails to customers overseas, they had to be cut to lengths of 25 or 50 metres. The firm recently devised and built a system by which rails as long […]

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SINGAPORE LINK STUDY

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called for tenders to study the engineering feasibility (within Singapore) of the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed railway, which aims to reduce travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes. The study is to report by early 2015 on the impact on existing transport facilities and is to consider […]

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ELEVATED URBAN LINE IN VIETNAM

An 8.5km elevated urban railway is to be built in downtown Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. A construction contract worth $US84 million has been awarded to the Daelim Industrial Company of South Korea. Work on the project is to start in May and be completed in about 30 months. According to Daelim, quoted by the Yonhap […]

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CATENARY-FREE LIGHT RAIL FOR BEIJING

In 2012, Italy’s AnsaldoBreda licensed its Sirio light-rail design to CNR Dalian. In terms of a recently signed contract, the manufacturer is to build 31 low-floor trams for Beijing’s 9.4km Xijiao light rail line in the city’s western suburbs, due to open in 2015. More than 4km of the route – serving the tourist destinations […]

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