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By Frédéric de Kemmeter – Railway signalling and freelance copywriter
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Private operator Le Train chooses Talgo for its future rolling stock
24/01/2023 – Of the four candidates who wanted to operate train services in France, it is finally the company Le Train that is the first to take action. On 23 January, the Bordeaux-based company announced the acquisition of 10 Talgo Avril trainsets. In France, one of these trainsets – not intended for Le Train – is currently…


Siemens Mobility receives major order for 65 locomotives from Akiem – 01/09/2022 – Akiem, the leasing rolling stock specialist company for rail vehicles, has ordered 65 Vectron AC and Vectron MS locomotives from Siemens Mobility. The order was placed as part of a framework agreement for the purchase of locomotives that was signed in December 2021. The first locomotives from this call are to be delivered in mid-2024. Akiem previously ordered 20 Vectron locomotives…


Alstom unveils its Coradia Stream ICNG trainset in the Netherlands – 05/07/2022 – French rolling stock manufacturer Alstom and Netherlands-based national railway operator NS have unveiled the Coradia Stream Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) trains at Rotterdam Central Station. Earlier, Alstom received a contract from NS for the delivery of 79 Coradia Stream trains, which are anticipated to operate on the Dutch national network by the end of 2022. NS also…


Class 99 electro-diesel locomotive order confirmed
01/05/2022 – GB Railfreight, leasing company Beacon Rail and Stadler have signed an agreement for the supply of 30 Class 99 six-axle electro-diesel locomotives for entry into service from 2025. The operator said they would the first electro-diesel locomotives capable of hauling heavy freight at main line speeds on the UK network. Stadler said the Class 99s would be a ‘versatile’ design, building…


British Intercity trains: an original financial acquisition
27/02/2022 – Little known in Europe, Azuma trains are a popular feature of the British railway landscape. Short presentation. The Azuma trainsets are Class 800 dual-mode multiple unit trains built by Hitachi for the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the London North Eastern Railway (LNER, East Coast line).


Amtrak to order 50 more long-distance Siemens Chargers
10/02/2022 – On the day Amtrak placed its first Siemens ALC42 locomotives into revenue service — although not without some problems — the company announced it will acquire more of the locomotives. In a event at Chicago Union Station, Amtrak Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer George Hull used the operating debut of the two long-distance Charger diesels to announce the company’s…


ICE 3neo trainsDeutsche Bahn orders 43 new ICE 3neo trains
02/02/2022 – Siemens has bagged an order for 43 ICE 3neo trains to the tune of 1,5 billion euros. The Deutsche Bahn contract was announced earlier on Tuesday in Berlin and brings the total number of ICE 3neo trains ordered to 73. The first units are expected to be entered into service by the end of this year…


Transmashholding, the Russian company that is starting up a maintenance business in Europe
23/01/2022 – Transmashholding, Russia’s leading rail supplier, is expanding into Europe with the ambition of developing the maintenance market for electric and diesel railcars operated by operators throughout Europe. Regardless of the manufacturer…


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…


SnälltågetPublic operator SJ places order for 25 trainsets
20/12/2021 – Alstom, via the former Bombardier Sweden, has just been awarded the contract for at least 25 new trainsets capable of reaching speeds of 250km/h. However, these trains are not high-speed trains in the strict sense of the word but will be used for long-distance rail traffic between Sweden’s major cities and also for cross-border traffic to Denmark and Norway. The new trains are part of…


SnälltågetSwiss diesels locomotives resold in Sweden?
17/12/2021 – According to online magazine Järnvägar.nu, a large number of Swiss diesel locomotives may end up in Sweden in a few years. The company Nordic Re-Finance would have started negotiations with the Swiss state railway company SBB. Nordic Re-Finance has already signed a contract to bring 26 Danish ME diesel locomotives back to Sweden, to be used in Sweden and Norway by Railcare…


StockholmSweden: operator SJ reintroduces refurbished X2000s
11/11/2021 – Swedish national passenger operator SJ has announced that it will reintroduce its first refurbished X2000 tilting trains on the Stockholm – Gothenburg route on 16 November. The X2000 is a tilting train designed by the swedish industry in the late 1980s. Although originally designed to increase speed by 15% compared to conventional trains, the increase in track…


ORR issues recommendations for opening up railway-signaling market
09/11/2021 – The U.K.’s Office of Rail and Road said Tuesday that it has found that the current railway signaling market isn’t competitive enough, and that it is publishing recommendations aimed at more opening up this market. The ORR expects the signalling sector to expand “significantly” thanks to digitisation. But lack of competition also means high prices, which is a bad thing for the Treasury…


Fret_NOR_02German couchettes cars for a Norwegian night train
03/11/2021 – Vy Tog, the former Norwegian state operator NSB, had never used couchettes cars on domestic night train services in Norway, but used only sleeping and seating cars. This lacked an intermediate level of comfort, as on the Austrian Nightjets. This will change. Due to the lack of new cars for sale, Vy Tog picked up two vehicles of German origin in Oslo and bought six more in Crailsheim,…


Europe-RailwaysDownload ETCS upgrading or national interface as an app?
29/08/2021 – This is being seriously considered by The Signalling Company, a joint venture created in 2019 between two Belgian companies – ERTMS Solutions and freight operator Lineas. It is developing a new mobile application that will offer the Belgian Class B system (TBL1+) to be downloaded according to the needs of a rail operator. And also an upgrading of ETCS.


Laview_3This is the new commuter train
22/09/2019 – Are you afraid of the Asian railway? Then this is for you. Hitachi Rail, a Japanese company present in Italy and Great Britain, delivered a rather new suburban train for a local network in Tokyo. An inspiration for future European trains? Let’s dream. The new train « Laview », Class Seibu 001( 西武 001 ), is a Emu operated by Seibu Railway’s private operator on express services in the…


Voss_2Chinese group CRRC buys Vossloh Locomotives
27/08/2019 – This time, it’s going to work: the Chinese CRRC really come in Europe. CRRC acquires Vossloh ‘railway vehicles’ business, a company known for having developed the G2000, G1206, G6, DE18 and many other diesel locomotives. In a statement, the Supervisory Board of Vossloh AG said…


PKP_1_Adam Kilian-wikiStill success for Intercity Stadler trains
21/08/2019 – Stadler railcars are known on the regional train segment. But the Swiss company meets more and more success with its main lines, which can be found at WESTbahn (KISS), MTR in Sweden, at Leo-Express in the Czech Republic and…