Welcome to our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 4 2020, covering all the important rail news of the past week:
Siemens Mobility and Tisséo, the metro operator in the French city of Toulouse, have worked together to double capacity on Line A of the metro network. This has been achieved by doubling the length of the rolling stock, from two to four cars, or from 26 to 52 metres. The rolling stock on the line, VAL metros, was also originally built by Siemens.
Read more | Capacity Doubles on Toulouse Metro Line A
In an effort to make its fleet more sustainable, DB Cargo is purchasing 50 hybrid shunting locomotives from Toshiba. In addition to this purchase, DB Cargo will also lease a further 50 units. The acquisition will allow the freight operator to make energy savings of 30 percent and one million litres of diesel per year.
Read more | DB Cargo Purchases 50 Toshiba Hybrid Locomotives
The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti unveiled the new design of the Australind railcars in Burnaby. Alstom is manufacturing two three-car trainsets for the service, operated by Transwa. The Australind line has been plagued by delays and cancellations due to ageing and obsolescence of the rolling stock.
Read more | New Australind Railcar Design Unveiled
Estonian railway company Operail has been modernising its fleet of C30 locomotives with the help of CZ Loko. They were originally manufactured by GE Transportation for the North American market. CZ Loko says it will deliver on this contract in full by the first quarter of 2021.
Deutsche Bahn says it will feed solar power directly into its traction network for the first time. The German state-rail operator has signed a contract with Enerparc for a new solar park measuring around 70 football pitches in size. 60 percent of the electricity DB currently consumes comes from renewable sources. The company hopes to make this 100 percent by 2038.
Transport for Wales is building a new metro control centre and depot at Taff’s Well for the South Wales Metro project. Costing 100 million GBP, the centre will oversee metro operations, while the depot will be home to a maintenance facility that will service new tram-train metro vehicles. The entire South Wales Metro project is receiving an investment of around 750 million GBP.
One of Bombardier Transportation’s joint ventures in China, BST, has won a maintenance service contract in China. The contract, with China State Railway Group, covers 656 high-speed train cars, totalling 71 trains. BST will complete the contract by the end of 2020. It is worth 321 million euros (357 million USD).
Read more | BST Wins Maintenance Contract in China
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