The Railway-News Industry Insider for the week of 12–16 November:
Akiem, a subsidiary of SNCF Logistics, has ordered 33 TRAXX locomotives from Bombardier in a set of two orders. Delivery is expected between 2019 and 2021. Together the contracts are valued at approximately 112 million euros. The order includes AC, DC and MS (multi-system) locomotives.
Alstom-Bombardier have signed an updated contract with the transport authorities in Montreal for the supply of 17 additional nine-car trainsets, which together will consist of 153 metro cars. The total value of this new order is around 299 million euros.
The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai ordered 50 Metropolis trainsets from Alstom for its Red and Green lines. Manufactured in Poland and shipped via Germany, the first of these trainsets has now arrived in the city, and can now undergo static and dynamic testing.
Germany will get its second digital interlocking after the first one became operational earlier this year. This new digital interlocking will replace two existing ones in 2020 and be built in two phases. Points and signals will be installed and the digital interlocking will be prepared for digital control.
Stephen Lemon, Programme Director, Digital Systems, Transport for New South Wales, explains how digitalisation will improve the safety and efficiency of the rail network in Sydney and the surrounding area. Implementing ETCS Level 2 technology is a key component.
Germany issues a mobility award every year to celebrate digital ideas and innovations for sustainable transport. This year, first prize in the ideas competition category went to CountryCab, gyro-stabilised monocabs to run on the historical single-track network in the rural location of Lemgo and Extertal.
The Sydney Metro project is one of the biggest railway infrastructure projects on the Australian continent. In total it will use five tunnel burning machines. The second, Mum Shirl, has just entered service, following the deployment of TBM Nancy three weeks ago.
Deutsche Bahn has announced that it plans to intensify its working relationship with China Railways in a number of different areas. This strategy was agreed on 13 November as part of a co-operation agreement between the two organisations. Deutsche Bahn sent its first train to China in 2008.
For 15 years now Deutsche Bahn has been offering passengers the service of accompanying minors on intercity rail journeys on nine routes throughout the country. Offered on Fridays and Sundays, the service has seen around 100,000 children use the service since 2003.
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