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TICKETS IN INDIA ON LINE

From a book review in the British weekly The Spectator: These days “you can buy a ticket online for Indian Railways…. in seconds. It used to take days, and a lot of bribes.”

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DELHI METRO BRIBE PROBE

According to International Business News, allegations of bribery relating to a major contract at the metro rail authority in Delhi are being investigated by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO). It is believed that a French company paid bribes worth $US5 million to get the contract. A Mumbai resident is suspected of involvement.

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2022 WINTER OLYMPICS BID: NEW H-S LINE

A new 174km high-speed railway linking China’s capital Beijing and the northern city of Zhangjiakou is to begin construction this year for completion in 2017. It would be advantageous to the two cities, which plan launching a joint bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Beijing, host city of the 2008 Summer Games, will […]

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DELHI METRO GETS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARD

The Gold Standard foundation – a globally accepted certification standard for carbon mitigation projects – has been awarded to the Delhi Metro in India. It is the first railway in the world to be so honoured. “The energy efficiency measures have been undertaken primarily in the heating, venting and air conditioning systems, lighting system and […]

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SNOWSTORMS DURING CHINA’S TRAVEL PEAK

Lunar New Year, the most important traditional holiday in China, ended on 6 February, when tens of millions of people returned from their hometowns to work. The China Railway Corporation (CRC) expected more than 8 million train trips would be made that day. CRC said 768 extra trains would run on 6 February. Travel peaked […]

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MUMBAI MONORAIL OPENS

Line 1, the first $US480 million section of Mumbai’s new monorail, opened to the public on 2 February. The seven-station, 20.21km elevated system, owned and operated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (Mmrda) connects Jacob Circle in South Mumbai with Chembur in the east of the city. It is the world’s third longest monorail […]

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VOITH TRANSMISSIONS IN HS INSPECTION VEHICLES

The world’s currently fastest special rail vehicle for overhead wire inspections, type BR 711 CN, is now entering production in China. With a Chinese manufacturer as a partner, the prototype of the German rail vehicle manufacturer GBM (Gleisbaumechanik randenburg) has granted a licence for China. The first 26 vehicles ordered by CRC (China Railway Corporation) […]

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SHANGHAI METRO NOW WORLD’S BIGGEST

Two new metro lines (lines 12 and 16) have opened in Shanghai, bringing total track length to an incredible 567km, with 331 stations. Shanghai claims it has the biggest metro system in the world. Line 12 runs from Tiantong Road in the Hongkou district to Jinhai Road in the Pudong New Area. Line 16 runs […]

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HIGH-SPEED RAIL FOR LAOS

Giant Consolidated of Malaysia is to build and operate a 220km “high-speed” railway in landlocked Laos. The project, linking the country’s western border with Thailand and Vietnam, is to be funded by Rich Banco Berhad of Malaysia, which is owned by Rich Ban-Corp Holding based in Hong Kong. Construction of the line, which will link […]

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HYBRID HIGH-SPEED IN CHINA

According to the Xinhua news agency, CNR Corporation Limited in Chins is to launch a prototype hybrid 160km/h high-speed train in September 2015. CNR’s Changchun Railway Vehicle is to integrate two or three power sources – electricity, battery pack or diesel engine – into the trainsets. The power sources will form two-in-one or three-in-one power […]

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