by Josephine Cordero Sapién
30 Jul 2020
Spanish rolling stock manufacturer has won maintenance contracts worth 40 million euros.
The public entity that manages transport in the city of Palermo, Sicily – AMAT S.p.A. – has selected CAF Italia to maintain the 17 trams that operate on the city’s four tram lines. The contract has a runtime of four years. The fleet in question has been carrying passengers in Sicily’s capital since 2015. CAF will perform the maintenance works at AMAT’s workshops in Roccella and Leonardo.
CAF won the tender as part of a joint venture with EDS Infrastrutture S.p.A. CAF Italia is the lead partner in the joint venture and will be in charge of maintaining the rolling stock, while EDS Infrastrutture will maintain the track infrastructure.
In Brazil CAF has won a contract to maintain eight suburban trains, also for a four-year period. The contract is with Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (CPTM) in São Paulo. CAF manufactured the trains between 2011 and 2012. They currently operate on line 10 of the São Paulo metropolitan network.
CAF Brazil will perform the maintenance works at CPTM’s facilities in Lapa, which is situated west of São Paulo. CAF has a number of maintenance contracts with CPTM.
CAF has won the long cycle maintenance reviews of 35 trains that CAF delivered to Medellín Metro in recent years. This contract has a runtime of 2+ years and will be a continuation of activities already in place since these metro trains were commissioned.
CAF has also signed an agreement with the Metro de Málaga. It extends the maintenance contract already in place by a further five years. CAF is to maintain its URBOS 3 fleet, which consists of 14 trams. CAF started working with Metro de Málaga in 2010 when it delivered the first trams to this operator.
Rolling stock owner and operator RB Group has ordered 3,600 flat cars from Russian freight car manufacturer United Wagon Company (UWC).
Finland has introduced a new 7,000 ton freight train hauled by two Siemens Vectron locomotives, topping its previous 6,000 ton record.
Polly Trottenberg has been sworn in as Deputy Transportation Secretary, following her Senate confirmation (82-15) on 14 April 2021.
Ferrovienord (Italy) has ordered 20 Alstom Coradia Stream regional electric trains under a framework agreement signed in 2019.
Czech Railways has signed a framework agreement with a consortium comprising Siemens Mobility and Skoda for 180 Viaggio passenger rail cars.
Austrian Federal Railways and Deutsche Bahn have presented the overall best route for the northern approach to the Brenner Base Tunnel.
Toyota Motor Europe will supply the fuel cell modules for the CAF-manufactured CIVIA EMU that will be the prototype for the FCH2RAIL project.
France: members of parliament in the National Assembly have voted on the climate and resilience bill which bans short-haul domestic flights.
Four French regions have placed their first order for dual mode electric-hydrogen trains from Alstom, via co-ordinating party SNCF Voyageurs.
RegioJet is partnering with Dutch start-up European Sleeper to provide night train services connecting Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Following its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation in January, Alstom has obtained a five-year services contract for Dubai Airport's APM.
Freight manufacturer UWC has delivered 50 box cars to rail operator Locotrans.The parties signed the contract for the railcars in early 2021.
Alstom has installed and commissioned its electronic interlocking system on another section of the Beni Suef-Asyut line in Egypt.
Almost 260 shippers and railroads have submitted letters of support to the STB for the proposed Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger.
The University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility have signed an MoU for a centre of excellence for rail research and innovation in Goole.
HS2 has presented its design of the Oxford Canal Viaduct that will measure 62.5m and span the canal and towpath between Banbury and Daventry.
Alstom has acquired Helion Hydrogen Power and Flertex to expand its expertise in the hydrogen and braking system markets respectively.
Us President Biden has laid out his American Jobs Plan that will see more than $600 billion of spending on infrastructure, including rail.
Hitachi Rail has completed its acquisition of digital technology company Perpetuum, giving it a broader digital portfolio.
Following Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, Alstom has won the contract to supply 234 metro cars for Mumbai's Line 4.
After a three-year test period Stadler's FLIRT Akku battery-powered train has demonstrated a range of 185km, exceeding expectations.
Spain: Renfe has signed a contract with Alstom for 152 high-capacity X'Trapolis commuter trains worth in excess of 1.4 billion euros.
HS2 Ltd has published its shortlist of companies it has asked to tender for the high-speed railway's high-voltage power supply systems.
Metra, Chicago's rail operator, has ordered 200 push-pull railcars from Alstom. The board approved a procurement of 500 units in total.
Hitachi Rail has contracted Knorr-Bremse and two of its subsidiaries to provide braking, entrance and HVAC systems for 30 trams for Turin.
Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern, two Class 1 railroads, have agreed on a merger deal worth 29 billion USD.
Greenbrier will build 100 60' intermodal twin wagons for GB Railfreight. Porterbrook will purchase the units and lease them to GBRf.
The Transport Committee has published a report, Trains Fit for the Future?, which calls for a 30-year rolling programme of electrification.
Siemens Mobility and VTG Rail Europe will test the Brake Monitoring System which can perform automated brake testing for freight trains.
We've published our first issue of 2021 with a new, intuitive look and more interactive features such as embedded videos.
HS2 has cast the first of 112,000 wall segments for the high-speed railway's 10-mile Chiltern tunnel outside of London.
Webuild has won a railway contract in Sicily worth €1 billion. The contract is for doubling the railway line between Messina and Catania.
Siemens Mobility has been awarded two contracts by the New South Wales Government to upgrade the signalling technology on the Sydney metro.
Network Rail has published an updated report on the resilience of the railways following the Stonehaven derailment.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has awarded Hitachi a contract for 256 8000-series railcars with options for 544 more.
Work has begun on what will be the UK's longest rail viaduct – the Colne Valley Viaduct to the northwest of London, measuring 3.4km.
The Sydney Metro West project has received two major planning approvals in readiness for the TBMs to start working by the end of 2022.
United Wagon Company (UWC) will manufacture and deliver 1,000 large-capacity container flat cars to intermodal operator Trans Synergy LLC.
The German Centre for Rail Transport Research (DZSF) has a positive outlook on its activities during the European Year of Rail.
HS2 will use retired wind turbine blades originally destined for the incinerator to make reinforced concrete that is carbon-friendly.
Following increased demand and with the help of Congressional funding, Amtrak will restore daily services to 12 long-distance services.
Train operating company ODEG (Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH) has been awarded the contract to run services on the Ostseeküste II network.
Italy: Trentialia has awarded an integrated logistics support contract to Hitachi Rail for its high-speed Frecciarossa fleet.
Germany: Siemens Mobility will digitalise Finnentrop interlocking, which controls around 60km of railway line, by the end of 2021.
Alstom will supply 34 Coradia Stream High-Capacity electric multiple units to Lower Saxony, Germany, to enter into service in December 2024.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a specialist contractor to deliver the high-speed railway's engineering management system (EMS).
Following the formal handover of the Heathrow Express depot to Network Rail, NR will begin its decommissioning work in preparation for HS2.
Deutsche Bahn, the federal government and the state governments will invest a total of 12.7 billion euros in Germany's rail network in 2021.
Stadler Deutschland has contracted Knorr-Bremse to supply the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the new Berlin metro vehicles.
Following an 8.5 million GBP investment at its site in Newton Aycliffe, Hitachi Rail has started welding and painting UK passenger cars.
Transport for London and Siemens Mobility have unveiled the detailed design for the new trains for the London Underground Piccadilly line.
Webuild has been chosen as the best bidder for a Brenner Base Tunnel rail extension project. It will be the majority leader in a consortium.
The contract for the construction of the Rail Baltica Riga International Airport station and associated infrastructure has been signed.
Transport for New South Wales has extended Network Rail Consulting's digital systems integration contract until 2024.
Deutsche Bahn and SCNF have signed a cooperation agreement on digitalisation and technology to help drive ahead the European rail sector.
Railway staff in Britain are receiving disability awareness and equality training as part of requirements in the ORR accessibility guidance.
The USDOT and DART have agreed a refinancing of a $908 million loan for the Silver Line that will save DART $190 million in interest payments.
Hitachi Rail is to deploy its ERTMS technology on 140km of the Malmbanen line in Sweden, a single-track line that crosses the Arctic Circle.
Collins Earthworks has completed the preparation of the HS2 site in Warwickshire in readiness for tunnelling to start this summer.
ARCT has awarded a 30 million AUD signalling contract to Arcadis for the Inland Rail freight project that will connect Melbourne to Brisbane.
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MSC launches a new rail freight connection between Antwerp and Terminal Wien Süd, one of Austrian Federal Railways' terminals in Vienna.
Czech rolling stock manufacturer CZ LOKO has sold an EffiShunter 1000 shunting locomotive to Trainpoint Norway. It will be delivered in 2021.
The European Commission has officially proposed the successor to Shift2Rail – Europe's Rail JU – to the European Council and Parliament.
Network Rail completes the Southampton Freight Train Lengthening project, allowing freight trains of up to 775m to Southampton.
Transfesa Logistics has added regular weekly services to Dourges, France to its portfolio and is hoping to expand the number of services.
Austrian Federal Railways and Siemens Mobility have unveiled the exterior design of the new generation of Nightjet trains in Vienna.
Alstom has completed the installation of its interlocking system on 328km of the mainline railway between Eskisehir and Balikesir in Turkey.
Downer EDI has won the contract to upgrade stations on the Bankstown Line, which will become part of the Sydney Metro network.
EMR is retiring its fleet of InterCity 125 trains, comprising Class 43 power cars and Mark 3 coaches, in May 2021.
HS2 Ltd has started its search for a contractor to build the rolling stock depot and control centre at Washwood Heath in Birmingham.
Deutsche Bahn's head of digitalisation and technology, Prof. Sabina Jeschke, is leaving the railway company in May 2021.
CZ LOKO has won a contract with Poland's national carrier for long-distance services, PKP Intercity, for 10 EffiShunter 300 locomotives.
Škoda Transportation has won a contract to supply 24 trams to two towns and a city in Germany's federal state of Brandenburg.
Germany has suffered some severe winter weather in February, with heavy snowfall across much of the country, affecting the railway too.
HS2 Ltd has revealed the design of the Euston tunnel headhouse that will sit alongside the West Coast Main Line in London.
The Route 2020 metro line in Dubai, United Arab Emirates has entered revenue service. It connects Jabal Ali Station with the World Expo site.
Alstom has completed a further section of the 240km Beni Suef-Asyut railway line in Egypt. 100km of the line are now commissioned.
Tottenham Court Road station has reached a major milestone: works are sufficiently progressed for final commissioning activities to begin.
Coca-Cola is partnering with DB Cargo to transport its goods for all long-distance journeys in Germany to become a greener business.
HS2 Phase 2a, connecting the high-speed line from London to Crewe via Birmingham, has received royal assent in parliament.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued its revised draft business plan, which will go to the California Legislature in April.
Network Rail to begin works at London King's Cross station at the end of February as part of the 1.2 billion GBP East Coast Main Line.
The University of Extremadura in Spain will work with Talgo to develop the visual identity of the TPH2 hydrogen test train.
The first of 270 Bombardier Electrostars has been overhauled and returned to passenger service for train operator Govia Thameslink Railway.
Skoda Transporation has won a contract to supply six electric multiple units (EMUs) to Estonia, to be delivered by the end of 2024.
Following its annoucement of this plan in October 2020 the Welsh government has now taken the Wales & Borders franchise into public ownership.
The German government will provide more financial assistance to businesses wishing to connect their facilities to the rail network.
Finland's state railway company VR Group has started producing energy. It has installed solar panels on Pendolino Hall at its Helsinki depot.
HS2 has revealed its final design for the headhouse and vent shaft at Chalfont St Giles which will provide ventilation to the Chiltern tunnel.
Talgo has started the dynamic testing of its very high-speed train, the Talgo Avril. All 30 units will go to Spain's national operator Renfe.
TMH has shipped two shunting locomotives, type TEM18DM, to Mongolia. TMH signed the contract with Ulaanbaatar Railway in 2019.
CAF will supply four 4-car electric multiple units to Euskotren over the next two years in a contract worth almost 32 million euros.
Albanian State Railways has signed a contract for the rehabilitation of the Durrës-Tirana line and the construction of a new 5.7km line.
The rail link to Bucharest's airport is complete. There is a new station at T1, connecting passengers to the city centre in 20 minutes.
The US Senate has confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration, with 83 votes in favour, 13 against.
Alstom is to equip 13 DB Cargo locomotives, type EG3100, with its ETCS solution. They will operate in Germany, Denmark and Sweden.
Siemens Mobility will supply 31 regional trains for the passenger network in Bavaria. The order comprises 25 Desiro HC and 6 Mireo trainsets.
Amtrak Midwest has been testing the new Siemens Mobility Venture railcars, which are being manufactured in Sacramento, California.
Hitachi Rail has successfully trialled its first battery-powered tram in Italy. Battery-powered trams can make do without overhead lines.
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