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By Frédéric de Kemmeter – Railway signalling and freelance copywriter
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SNCBAlstom and Infrabel continue to digitise Belgian railway signalling – 30/09/2022 – Infrabel and Alstom signed yesterday, Thursday, for the design and delivery of 100 signalling boxes, sophisticated equipment installed along the tracks and controlling signals and switches. The Managing Director of Alstom Benelux and the CEO of Infrabel formalised on Thursday the order for one hundred signalling boxes for a total value of around 20 million euros. This equipment is…


SNCBSNCB faces high electricity bills
29/08/2022 – The belgian newspaper De Standaard reported this on Friday. . The soaring energy prices are having a major impact on the belgian’s railway company. The energy bill (electricity, gas and oil) of the SNCB could indeed be 100 million euros higher this year than in 2020. Despite the fact that the SNCB is riding increasingly ‘green’ , in the sense that diesel traction has become a minority, electricity…


SNCBBelgian railways need an extra €3.4 billion
06/06/2022 – SNCB and Infrabel are asking the government for €3.4 billion over ten years to finance the ten-year investment and financial plans decided by the two companies in the last few days, newspapers L’Echo, Le Soir, De Tijd and De Standaard reported on Saturday. Infrabel estimates that it needs 200 million euros more per year for investments (the current allocation is 926 million) and 100…


SNCBAlstom to supply SNCB with an additional 98 M7 cars
21/12/2021 – Alstom has received a new order for the delivery of 98 double-deck cars to the Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB). This order, worth a total of approximately €268 million, is part of a framework contract signed in 2015 to supply up to 1,362 Class M7 coaches. To date, SNCB has ordered a total of 747 cars. SNCB is looking to change its train fleet. In 2002, it decided to migrate to as…


Thalys-SNCF-BrusselsThalys: 25 years old and a future to consolidate
06/06/2021 – Since the 1980s, a project for an international high-speed train had been in the making. In October 1987, a political decision in Brussels was made to build a high-speed network between France and northern Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. Now Thalys have 25 years old.