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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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SIEMENS GETS SEOUL SIGNALLING

Siemens is to supply its Trainguard MT ATP system with automatic train operation function, Airlink radio transmission system and Sicas ECC type electronic interlocking for use on the new 23km Sosa-Wonsi electrified line, currently under construction in western Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The line is to be equipped for ETCS Level 1 operation for use by […]

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SHINKANSEN TURNS 50

The Shinkansen is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways (JR) group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4km) in 1964, exactly 50 years ago, the network currently operates trains with maximum speeds of 240–320km/h. The privately-owned JR group acquired the former government-run Japanese railways in 1987. It proudly […]

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CHINA TO BUILD RAILWAYS IN MALI

Reuters reports that Mali has signed accords with China worth some $US11 billion, most of which is connected with rail projects. No detail has been divulged, other than indicating that major new connections with “the coast” are envisaged and that the agreement includes the provision of loans. Aid to Mali from the International Monetary Fund […]

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SPANISH LRVs FOR TAIWAN

In 2012, a consortium of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF) and construction company Evergreen was awarded a $US190 million turnkey contract to build and equip the initial 8.6km (14-station) phase of a catenary-free light rail system in Taiwan’s second-largest city Kaohsiung. CAF’s share of the contract includes rolling stock, signalling, electrification and fare […]

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CARE ZONES AT SINGAPORE STATIONS

According to the Straits Times, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) has created “Care Zones” at several stations. Passengers who do not feel well and those with special needs are able to wait at specially marked blue boxes with emergency telephones on platforms where station staff can observe them through closed-circuit television cameras. Trial care-zones have […]

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GE LOCOS FOR INDONESIA

General Electric (GE), which has supplied 100 of its CM20-EMP 1.67MW six-axle locos to PT Kereta Api (the government-owned 1,067mm gauge railway in Indonesia) since 2012, has been contracted to deliver a further 50. The first 15 locomotives are due by September 2015, followed by a further 15 in October. All 30 are to be […]

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