Welcome to our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 5 2020, covering all the important rail news of the past week:
ADIF, the rail infrastructure manager in Spain, has become the eighth member to partner with Eress, the European Partnership for Railway Energy Settlement Systems. Its technology, Erex, allows trains fitted with meters to calculate their exact electricity consumption, including on cross-border services. This technology means infrastructure managers no longer have to estimate consumption and train operators are encouraged to run their trains as efficiently as possible.
In October 2019 Skoda Transportation announced it had won a contract to supply up to 45 six-car trains for the Warsaw metro, beating other rolling stock manufacturers such as CAF, Alstom and Stadler. The agreement has now been formalised as the two parties signed the contract, worth almost 317 million euros, in Warsaw last week. The initial order is for 37 metro trains.
Read more | Skoda Signs Warsaw Metro Train Contract
The German government has passed a new funding package for rail, meaning that Deutsche Bahn will invest 12.2 billion euros in its infrastructure in 2020. Works will include the renewal of 1,800km of track and 1,900 points, the modernisation of 160 bridges and the upgrade of 800 stations. The infrastructure budget is 1.5 billion euros higher than in 2019.
Following Talgo’s establishment of Talgo UK and its aims to open facilities in Chesterfield, England, and Logannet, Scotland, Talgo has gifted a 250km/h coach to Chesterfield as part of its knowledge transfer to the country. The coach is fitted with Talgo’s ‘Rodal’ technology, a running gear component on Talgo trains.
Read more | Talgo Gifts 250km/h Coach to Chesterfield
The Bombardier-manufactured R179 cars on the New York Subway were taken out of service following two separate incidents involving the train doors. Bombardier inspected, calibrated and tested the door locking mechanism on all units and performed new software upgrades. With all testing, both static and dynamic complete, all R179 cars have entered service on the subway again.
Read more | New York Subway Cars Returned to Service
Queensland, Australia, ordered 75 six-car commuter trains, branded ‘New Generation Rollingstock’ from Bombardier. The last of these trains has now entered service. The first started carrying passengers in December 2017 and they have since then completed more than eight million in-service kilometres. Bombardier will also maintain the fleet for 32 years.
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