By the end of 2019 DB Cargo had fitted 58,000 of its 63,000 freight cars with quiet, composite brakes. By the end of 2020 its entire fleet will have received them.
This is the finishing straight for DB Cargo: by the end of the year its entire fleet of freight cars will feature modern composite brake shoes. DB Cargo will have invested a total of 200 million euros (222.5 million USD) from its own budget in the upgrade programme.
The main source of noise in rail operations is the wheels running on the track. Conventional brakes cause the surface of the wheels to become rougher, which makes them louder. By switching to composite brake shoes, noise levels are reduced by 10 decibels, which the human ear perceives as being half as loud.
“More freight traffic and less noise – that's not a contradiction in terms. Quiet brakes will bring about quieter rail traffic. 58,000 freight cars already have the composite brakes – that's 90 percent of the fleet. We're now entering the final leg so that resident will be able to sleep more soundly in the future.”
These efforts by DB Cargo fulfil the German Schienenlärmschutzgesetz – the law governing rail noise, based on Commission Regulation 1304/2014. It comes into effect in Germany at the end of 2020. The European Commission has identified rail noise as one of the barriers towards a shift to rail.
Transport for London (TfL) has opened the new extension to the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea Power Station.
Alstom and Plastic Omnium have signed a MoU to work together on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.
Trading House STM has supplied 19 track maintenance vehicles to Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat (NMMC) in Uzbekistan.
Alstom has signed a €300m contract with to supply 25 X’trapolis trains for Melbourne’s suburban rail network.
The Connecting Europe Express, one of the feature activities of the European Year of Rail 2021, is visiting TRAKO in Poland today.
Issue 4 of our e-magazine is here! Centred around TRAKO in Poland, read about the Connecting Europe Express as well as industry updates!
TfL's recent ad campaign to get passengers back using its trains and buses is a symptom of its underlying funding woes, writes Jonn Elledge.
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları (TCDD) has received the first of 26 Alstom locomotives equipped with ETCS level 1 and 2.
A new report showcases UK rail as a major economic sector that’s driving growth, investment and jobs right across the United Kingdom.
Network Rail has completed upgrades at Hayes & Harlington station ahead of the Elizabeth line opening in the first half of next year.
Alstom has been awarded contracts to design, deliver and provide long-term service support for ETCS Level 2 trackside signalling technology.
Alstom’s first two Innovia 300 monorail trains for the Cairo Monorail project have arrived in the city marking a major milestone.
Metrolink will pilot a new technology designed to ensure the safe and rapid slowing and stopping of trains in the event of an earthquake.
Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) Board of Directors has deemed Canadian Pacific’s (CP) proposed merger agreement a ‘company superior proposal’.
One year on from the start of phase one's construction, HS2 has announced that 20,000 people are now working on the high-speed rail project.
Alstom and S-Bahn Hamburg have signed a contract for the delivery of an additional 64 Class 490 S-Bahn trains.
New research by the Rail Delivery Group has highlighted the negative effect new commuting habits could have on city centre economies.
Railtex/Infrarail detail the success of the 15th International Exhibition of Railway equipment, systems and services held this week.
Alstom has conducted a technical demonstration journey of its latest battery-powered train in Saxony, Germany.
HS2 has confirmed the shortlist of bidders to build its control centre and rolling stock maintenance depot.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its interim report into the cracks found in Hitachi's Class 800 trains.
RAIB has made recommendations to London Underground in its report into a fatal accident that took place at Waterloo Underground station.
Network Rail's completed signalling work on new track near Peterborough that will divert freight trains under the East Coast Main Line.
Alstom has run its Coradia iLint hydrogen train in France for the first time. The event took place at a railway test centre.
New open access operator Lumo will offer direct, fully electric rail services between London and Edinburgh starting at £14.90 for a single.
The NEC Birmingham will play host to Railtex/Infrarail, a total of 220 exhibitors will present a variety of the latest railway equipment.
The upgrade works at Bristol East Junction have been completed with full train services at Bristol Temple Meads having been resumed.
Canadian Pacific is back in the running in its desire to merge with Kansas City Southern, following the STB's voting trust ruling for CN-KCS.
Network Rail has chosen Thales Ground Transportation to develop and trial fibre-optic acoustic sensing technology.
During its first year of operation, it's predicted that 6.6 million people will choose to travel on the MCD D3 line rather than by car.
Workers in Schwanau, Germany, have been busy manufacturing t the Scarborough Subway Extension’s tunnel boring machine (TBM).
HS2 Ltd has published revised images of the Adelaide Road headhouse in Camden, after changes were made to the design.
Alstom has received an option exercise order from SYTRAL, Lyon's public transport authority, for 35 Citadis trams.
Skoda Transportation has chosen Knorr-Bremse to supply brake systems and other equipment for rolling stock contracts in the Czech Republic.
National Rail has launched Alert Me by WhatsApp, which gives passengers real-time personalised travel information via the messaging app.
Images of HS2’s Chesham Road rural headhouse, which will provide emergency access to the 10-mile-long Chiltern tunnel, has been unveiled.
Siemens Mobility will deliver an Egyptian rail system featuring the country’s first high-speed, electrified main and freight rail line.
Network Rail is delivering works to prevent the tracks between Crewe and Chester from flooding as part of the Great North Rail Project.
The Surface Transportation Board has unanimously decided to reject a voting trust as a mechanism in the proposed CN-KCS merger.
Siemens Mobility's battery hybrid S700 streetcars have entered service in Charlotte, North Carolina. They were ordered in 2016.
23 new signals and 109 pieces of associated signalling equipment have been installed around Trafford Park under the Great North Rail Project.
The companies shortlisted to build HS2's Interchange Station in Solihull have been named by HS2 Ltd. The contract is to be awarded in 2022.
UWC's model 13-6724 flat car has been certified and it's begun supplying Laude Smart Intermodal with 1,000 freight cars.
Alstom is working closely with transportation authorities in MENA, showcasing sustainable mobility solutions including its hydrogen train.
Sinara Transport Machines Center of Innovation Development (STM CID) and DB Systemtechnik sign a MOU to share knowledge and experience.
Network Rail’s southern region has invested over £1.8bn in the railway to support the UK’s mission to ‘build back better’.
The 13-mile electrification project between Wigan and Bolton has been given the go-ahead by the British government.
Banedanmark is rolling out a new digital signalling system between South Zealand and Falster, a section of which it will test this autumn.
Specialist divers are pouring underwater concrete to protect two major West Coast main line railway viaducts in Carlisle.
Data from the UK rail industry shows bank holiday weekend ticket sales to seaside destinations have surpassed pre-pandemic levels.
Leaders from across Yorkshire and the North East of England have contributed to a report demonstrating the importance of HS2's Eastern Leg.
Alstom has run its Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered regional passenger train in Sweden for the first time in Östersund.
Nearly ten years after bringing the city’s first tramway line into service, SYSTRA has returned to Brest to oversee a new transport project.
Alstom has won a contract with CRRC Tangshan to supply 200 MD523 broad-gauge bogies for rail operator Bangladesh Railway.
A consortium led by Siemens Mobility and ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam has demonstrated its Autonomous Tram in Depot research project.
Alstom signs contract to manufacture, supply and commission eight new three-car Metropolis trainsets for Line 1 of the Santo Domingo Metro.
Austrian Federal Railways has ordered a further 21 Siemens Desiro ML multiple units, this time in a four-car version.
WOF Expo is an innovative event, bridging the entire supply chain, seeking to create business opportunities within the “New Europe” region.
Russian Railways plans to introduce unmanned trains in Moscow and is testing an ATO system on its high-speed electric train Lastochka.
Siemens Mobility has converted Alpha Trains’ Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH- (ODEG) leased train units from three- to four-car trainsets.
A SYSTRA and KBR joint venture has been awarded an independent certification services contract for the Sydney Metro West project.
California High-Speed Rail Authority has approved the final EIR/EIS for the 80-mile Bakersfield to Palmdale project alignment section.
A new section of the MTA Coney Island Yard Complex is being fortified against extreme weather to make it more resilient to climate change.
Savage is partnering with Kansas City Southern (KCS) to construct a multi-commodity railport in Louisiana.
European rail vehicle rental company Railpool has ordered 20 Vectron MS multisystem locomotives from Siemens Mobility.
Russia’s new high speed railway (HSR) line, linking Moscow and Saint Petersburg, will connect to the Moscow Central Diameter – D3.
A revised agreement in principle has been signed finalising the scope and vision of Toronto's SmartTrack Stations program.
Major railway upgrades have now been completed in Manchester as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU).
Renfe has joined the US High Speed Rail Association as a global VIP member, as part of its internationalisation strategy.
A SYSTRA-led joint venture has been awarded the Surat Metro Rail Project Phase 1 contract for Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation Limited.
The last in an order of 36 new GO train coaches from Alstom has now arrived at Metrolinx’s Willowbrook facility in Etobicoke, Canada.
The Railway-News Magazine issue 3 2021 is here. With a feature on Railtex and Infrarail as well as the latest rail industry updates!
A Swiss news broadcaster has accused the FV-DOSTO trains operated by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) of being 'covid catapults'.
Kansas City Southern Board of Directors says the new Canadian Pacific offer is not superior to that made by Canadian National in May.
UK: The Department for Transport, Network Rail and the Office for Rail and Road have developed a Better Value Rail toolkit.
Special rail services have run between Newcastle and Morpeth in advance of the reintroduction of passenger trains on the Northumberland Line.
The track upgrade works at Bristol East Junction have reached their halfway point. Work is scheduled to be completed on 3 September 2021.
Canadian Pacific has increased its offer to Kansas City Southern to bring it closer to Canadian National's rival offer.
During a media announcement Brightline President Patrick Goddard confirmed services would resume in the first half of November.
Austrian Federal Railways has ordered a further 20 seven-car Nightjet trains from Siemens Mobility, bringing the total to 33.
Transport for Wales has signed an agreement with Colas Rail UK for the purchase of Pullman Rail Ltd, which operates from its Cardiff depot.
NordWestBahn has modernised the first of its trains ahead of the start of its new regional S-Bahn transport contract
Alstom has signed a framework agreement to supply Trenitalia with 150 Coradia Stream regional trains in deal valued at 910m euros.
SCS JV has signed the first of two contracts for the production of tunnel segments that will be used to construct HS2’s London tunnels.
Work begins to link the South Wales Metro Control Centre to the rail network ahead of the arrival of the new fleet of metro tram-trains.
Deutsche Bahn continues to ramp up its green power supply by completing its first cross-border, long-term green electricity contract.
Thales and Hitachi Rail have entered into exclusive negotiations regarding Thales’s Ground Transportation Systems Global Business Unit.
Webuild has constructed the third steel-arched railway bridge on the Naples‐Cancello section of the Naples‐Bari high speed/capacity rail line.
In a UK first, on-site 3D reinforced concrete printing will be deployed by HS2's London tunnels contractor SCS JV.
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have developed an algorithm that can cut train delays, allowing services to recover faster.
The MCD-3 is expected to raise the value of real estate in the district of Zelenograd by 15% and lower passengers’ travel costs by 82%.
The first Alstom light rail vehicle has arrived at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) from Alstom’s plant in Brampton.
CP has urged KCS shareholders to vote against approving a merger between KCS and CN before the STB decision on a voting trust is made.
Silkway Transit, Kazakhstan's biggest freight operator, has taken possession of four diesel shunting locomotives, type TEM14.
From 7 – 9 September 2021, Railtex/Infrarail will gather the whole railway industry together in Birmingham.
Hybrid cars built in the Midlands will soon be carried to continental Europe via an eco-locomotive that runs on hydro-treated vegetable oil.
This week the second Baikal tunnel on the Baikal-Amur Mainline was officially opened to rail traffic by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Etihad Rail has completed the excavation of the longest rail tunnel on the Gulf Railways project, measuring 1.8km under the Hajar Mountains.
A special event has taken place to mark 20 years of operation by the Voyager and SuperVoyager Intercity fleets.
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