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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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FASTER DELHI-AGRA SERVICE

Principally with tourists visiting the Taj Mahal in mind, Indian Railways are to introduce a special 12-coach fast train to Agra from Delhi. The service will run at 160km/h from December, reducing journey time from over two hours to 90 minutes. Similar express trains are planned from Delhi to Kanpur and Chandigarh. At present, no […]

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SLOW! LIONS CROSSING LINE

India’s Western Railway has imposed speed restrictions on trains running past Gir forest in Gujarat’s Amreli district because of roaming lions. The Gir national park and wildlife sanctuary in Western Gujarat is now the only habitat for Asiatic lions. There are between 100 and 150 of the animals left in the area. Train drivers are […]

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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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