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THE WORLD’S 51 BUSIEST STATIONS

Somebody has listed the world’s 51 busiest railway stations – and all except six are in Japan. The calculations were based on the number of people who pass through the facilities each year. Topping the list are three stations in Tokyo – Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. Then come Umeda (in Osaka) and Yokohama. The first […]

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SURFACE LINE CONVERTED TO SUBWAY

On 15 March, Tokyo’s above-ground Shibuya (Toyoko Line) station was closed permanently and replaced – in a matter of hours – with a new section of subway track connecting Shibuya with the nearby Daikanyama station. The massive undertaking involved 1,200 people. The last train arrived at Shibuya surface station at 01:00 and the first train […]

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CHINA-SPAIN ROUND TRIP

The first through train from China to Spain completed its return journey at the end of February. The forward trip began in November 2014 in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, where 82 containers were packed with Christmas goods. Countries traversed included Kazakhstan, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. Madrid was reached on 14 December. On […]

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PROPOSALS FOR EXTENDDING BANGKOK “SKYTRAIN”

Bangkok assigned the Team Consulting Engineering & Management Company to undertake feasibility studies into extending the existing “skytrain” line. Three possible routes have been submitted for consideration. The first would be about 8km in length with six stations, following Ratchaphruek Road. The second – 10km with eight stations – would head west along Phran Nok-Phutthamonthon […]

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JAKARTA METRO ROLLING STOCK ORDER

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta has awarded the seventh of eight contracts covering building of its 15.7 km first metro line. Contract 7 is for the supply of 16 six-car trainsets by Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Nippon Sharyo. Previously, in 2013, three civil works contracts were awarded for underground construction and three for elevated sections […]

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ALSTOM SETS FOR KOCHI

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has contracted Alstom to supply 25 three-car, 975-passenger trainsets for use on the 25.6km fully elevated new 1,435mm gauge Kochi metro rail network. With 22 stations, it is expected to carry up to 15,000 passengers per hour. Alstom is to be responsible for the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing […]

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LIGHT RAIL IN MANILA

The Philippino Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has contracted DM Consunji Inc (DMCI) to build the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) system in Manila for $US51.5 million, for completion in 18 months. The elevated line is to run 3.9km from the existing terminus at Santolan in Pasig City to Masinag in Cainta, Rizal […]

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STANDARD GAUGE FOR THAILAND

Thailand, reliant until now on a metre-gauge railway, will probably begin construction of two double-track, 1,435mm gauge lines with a total length exceeding 800km, in September 2015. The Bangkok Post quotes transport minister Prajin Juntong saying the government’s decision on the matter is “tentative” for the moment. The project is to be divided into four […]

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HUNGARY NATIONALISES BOMBARDIER PLANT

Most of the 370 people employed at the Bombardier Transportation MÁV Dunakeszi coach plant near Budapest in Hungary, have been working reportedly only two days a week since 2012. There has been so little to do that the staff complement has fallen from more than 1,000 in 2010. For an outlay of $US 7.8 million, […]

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TRAIN AUTOMATION IN HYDERABAD

Test running of the first automatic train operation (ATO) in India commenced on 30 December in Hyderabad. The trial took place between Nagole and Mettuguda on the 8km eastern portion of the city’s metro Line 3. Altogether three lines – 72km in all with 66 stations – are being equipped with the Thales SelTrac CBTC […]

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