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CHINA RAILWAYS FIRST-HALF LOSS

According to reports on the China bond market official website www.Chinabond.com.cn, China Railways Corporation (CRC) tabled a loss equivalent to $US870 million after tax for the first six months of 2014, compared with a profit of $417bn in the same period last year. CRC revenues declined 2.4% year-on-year.

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THAILAND PLANS

Thailand’s ministry of transportation is planning two new standard gauge lines – one from Nong Khai to Mab Ta Phut on the eastern seaboard, the other from Chiang Khong in Chiang Rai to Ban Phachi railway junction in Lopburi. The proposed routes replace the previously planned high-speed train project.

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NEW LINES FROM TOKYO TO HANEDA AIRPORT

Three new lines connecting Haneda Airport to stations in central Tokyo are to be constructed in about 10 years. One of these will reduce the journey time from 28 minutes to 18. The East Japan Railway Company (JR East) aims to begin operating parts of the routes that will connect the airport to the Olympic […]

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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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