It’s a new year and a new decade and we’re back with our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 1 2020, covering all the important rail news of the past week:
Over the past five years Deutsche Bahn invested 3 billion euros into maintaining its bridges, promising to renew 875, but exceeding that target by 25. Now, the German state rail operator says it wants to increase the number of bridges it overhauls per year, bringing the total to 2,000 by the end of the decade. This is an increase of 20 additional bridges every year. Deutsche Bahn is responsible for more than 25,700 bridges.
Bombardier, which has been operating the automated people mover system at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York since its opening in 2003 has just won a five-year renewal contract for the continued operation and maintenance of the system. The contract, which is worth in the region of 309 million USD, was awarded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Alstom signed a contract with Morocco’s national railway operator ONCF in 2018 for the delivery of 30 electric Prima locomotives. On 30 December Alstom delivered the first of these. They will have a top speed of 160km/h and run on 3KV DC. To date Alstom has sold more than 3,000 Prima locomotives.
One of Bombardier’s joint ventures in China, Bombardier Sifang Transportation Ltd, has been awarded a contract by China Railway for the supply of 160 CR400AF train cars. This is the joint venture’s third contract for CR400AF high-speed train cars, having previously received two orders in 2018. Bombardier says it will deliver on this current order by mid-2020.
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