Increased freight train traffic from Xinjiang to Europe

The Horgos Port and the Alataw Pass, two major railway ports in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, have handled more than 4,000 China-Europe freight train trips since the beginning of 2024, accounting for over 40% of the national total. Xinjiang has adopted paperless operations for information exchange between customs and railway departments, effectively streamlining…

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RFP begins for California high-speed train contract

California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors decided to request proposals from Alstom Transportation and Siemens Mobility shortlisted for high-speed train contract. The “board action continues our urgent march to put federal dollars to work, creating new industries and economic opportunity around high-speed rail. By the end of this year, we will know who will…

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CN purchases first hybrid locomotive

The Canadian National Railway Company (CN) has purchased its first hybrid diesel-battery locomotive from Progress Rail which will be tested to analyse the opportunity for retrofitting a larger portion of its fleet. “CN is committed to supporting the transition to a net-zero economy and proud of the progress we’ve made so far on our decarbonisation…

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North American Rail Solutions acquires Condor Signals

North American Rail Solutions through its Canadian subsidiary Universal Rail Systems, acquired the Canadian signal company Condor Signals and Communications, based in Oakville, Ontario. “We are thrilled to have Condor join our Signals team and look forward to continuing to grow together. This acquisition also adds a line of quality Condor signals products, now available…

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Seville metro Line 3 construction begins

The officials of Spain Government and of the Regional Government of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucía) officially launched the construction works of the northern section of Seville metro Line 3 from Pino Montano Norte to Los Mares. The event took place on April 8, 2024, attended by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the Minister…

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Bulgaria could buy from Talgo the 20 trains towed by CRRC China

Bulgaria could buy the 20 trains from Talgo that are run with CRRC China. Talgo on Friday began negotiations with the Bulgarian government to convince it of its offer to supply 20 electric trains for EUR 625 million. The Spanish manufacturer involved in the takeover bid launched by Hungarian group Ganz-MaVag (Magyar Vagon) has begun…

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DB Cargo’s DAC system enters customer use

DB Cargo’s DAC (Digital Automatic Coupling) system entered customer use which will make climate-friendly rail freight transport significantly more powerful and efficient. “A digital freight train has successfully completed its two-year practical tests. Now the first customers in rail freight transport are set to benefit from the new technology. Our joint experience will then flow…

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EUR 3 billion for Anglia rail route improvement

Network Rail will improve the Anglia rail route with a GBP 2.6 billion (EUR 3 billion) funding under the Control Period 7 five-year programme which will deliver “the best level of train performance possible.” Improvements will be delivered at London Liverpool Street station, now Britain’s busiest station, to improve the passenger experience. These include doubling the number…

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Partner selected for Frederick Douglass Tunnel

Amtrak has selected the Advance joint venture to deliver the USD 6 billion Frederick Douglass Tunnel programme. The Advance joint venture comprises Aecom and Jacobs that will establish an integrated programme management team alongside Amtrak’s in-house Capital Delivery department to advance the programme through completion. Amtrak says that the joint venture has a demonstrated track…

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USD 2.4 billion for US freight and intercity rail network

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that makes available over USD 2.4 billion to improve America’s freight and intercity rail network. The funding opportunity includes funding for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024 provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and builds on more than USD…

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