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Industry Insider Week 15 – 9 Must-Read Rail News Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider for 8–12 April 2019:

Rolling Stock

Siemens and Bombardier manufacture Deutsche Bahn's flagship ICE 4 train
Siemens and Bombardier manufacture Deutsche Bahn’s flagship ICE 4 train © Deutsche Bahn / Siemens AG

Siemens & Bombardier Must Improve ICE 4 Car Bodies

Not all is well with the ICE 4 trains that Siemens and consortium partner Bombardier are manufacturing for Deutsche Bahn. There are problems with the welding seams and as a result Deutsche Bahn will not take any more ICE 4 trains until the problem has been resolved. DB stresses, however, that there are no safety issues with the ICE 4 trains currently in service so they will remain operational. Bombardier and Siemens discovered the problems when fulfilling their quality management service.

Read: Siemens & Bombardier Must Improve ICE 4 Car Bodies

Skoda to Supply 31 Electric Trains to Czech Railways

Skoda Transportation and its consortium partner Skoda Vagonka have signed a framework agreement with Czech Railways for 50 electric multiple units. The parties then signed a contract for the supply of 31 units, worth 3.6 billion Czech korunas (160 million USD / 140 million euros). The trains in question are RegioPanters. Skoda says it will deliver the first four units within 25 months. The framework agreement will run for eight years from signing.

Read: Skoda to Supply 31 Electric Trains to Czech Railways

Alstom Joint Venture Gibela X'Trapolis Mega train
Alstom Joint Venture Gibela X’Trapolis Mega train © Alstom

PRASA Presents Alstom JV Gibela Trains to Cape Town

The Alstom joint venture in South Africa, Gibela, has a contract to manufacture 600 trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Gibela delivered the first three X’Tropolis Mega trains between December 2018 and March 2019. Now PRASA presented the first two of these to the residents of Cape Town at an event attended by more than 1,000 guests.

Read: PRASA Presents Alstom JV Gibela Trains to Cape Town

Siemens Service Centre Overhauls 100th Eurostar Bogie

In November 2018 Siemens opened its Bogie Service Centre in Lincoln, UK. It has now reached the milestone of having serviced its 100th Eurostar (Velaro e320) bogie. The other train for which the service centre is providing bogie and wheelset overhaul and maintenance for is the Desiro City.

Read: Siemens Service Centre Overhauls 100th Eurostar Bogie

New Siemens metros for the Bangkok Skytrain
New Siemens metros for the Bangkok Skytrain © Siemens Mobility

New Siemens Metros for Bangkok Skytrain System

Siemens, together with its Turkish consortium partner Bozankaya, holds a contract with the Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company (BTSC) to deliver 22 four-car trains. The consortium won the contract in May 2016. The first seven of these metros have now started running on the Bangkok Skytrain (BST).

Read: New Siemens Metros for Bangkok Skytrain System

Alstom Coradia Polyvalent for Léman Express Unveiled

French company Alstom is manufacturing the rolling stock for the CEVA rail link, which will connect Geneva, Switzerland, to Annemasse in France. Alstom will deliver these trains, which will operate under the name Léman Express, starting this summer. This follows two years of extensive testing in the Czech Republic. The CEVA rail link is scheduled to open in mid-December 2019.

Read: Alstom Coradia Polyvalent for Léman Express Unveiled

New Berlin S-Bahn InnoTrans 2018
New Berlin S-Bahn at InnoTrans 2018 © Railway-News

New Berlin S-Bahn Tested in Siemens Train Test Centre

The new S-Bahn for Berlin, which manufacturer Stadler unveiled at InnoTrans 2018, is undergoing extensive testing in the world’s largest rolling stock test centre, Siemens Mobility’s Test and Validation Centre (PCW) in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Following this, the S-Bahn will complete its first test runs on Berlin’s S-Bahn network.

Read: New Berlin S-Bahn Tested in Siemens Train Test Centre

DB’s Innovative Freight Car Project a Success

DB Cargo AG and VTG have completed their research project into innovative freight cars. They have now presented the results to the German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The innovative freight cars include an automobile transport car and a multi-functional flat car for steel transports (BraCoil).

Read: DB’s Innovative Freight Car Project a Success

Infrastructure

feature image for the Industry Insider Week 15 - the interior of the ECx
Interior of the ECx, which will service the Berlin-Amsterdam link from 2023 © DB AG

Improve Berlin-Amsterdam Link Say Transport Ministries

The transport ministries of Germany and the Netherlands have expressed their desire for the rail link between Berlin and Amsterdam to be more attractive. As the environmentally friendly option, they want both more goods and more people to travel on this route by rail. The results of a study have shown that by using multi-system locomotives and cutting out some stops, travel times can be cut by 20 minutes without the need for additional infrastructure.

Read: Improve Berlin-Amsterdam Link Say Transport Ministries

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