Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail has called for the reintroduction of the railway police to stem rising levels of vandalism. CEO Pier Eringa said that ProRail employs around 150 special officers and has installed cameras to monitor hotspots on its 7,000km network but that it remains a big problem. In 2016, there were 608 delays as
GERMANY: Proposals to significantly reduce the use of diesel traction in favour of low-emission alternatives have been presented to the Bayern cabinet by Land Transport Minister Joachim Herrmann. The Bayerische Elektromobilitäts-Strategie Schiene (BESS) is intended to support the federal government’s climate 2050 climate targets, and to make rail a more attractive option for passenger and freight transport.
ETHIOPIA: Work is to start later this year on the construction of a railway training academy, Ethiopian Railways Corp announced on January 13. When fully operational, the academy is expected to employ around 250 teachers and administrative staff, training up to 1 00 students at a time in seven different railway-related disciplines. The Chinese-built electrified railway
The first freight service has been launched on Kenya’s 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa. The 52-wagon train carried 104-containers, which is almost the equivalent cargo to that which is transported daily between the two cities by trucks, according to president Uhuru Kenyatta. Departing Mombassa at
A draft 30-year Strategic Transport Plan for northern England was published by Transport for the North (TfN), marking the start of a 13-week consultation on the proposals, which include the first detailed vision for the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) link between the region’s six largest cities. The plan aims to tackle the economic imbalance between
Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with Israel Railways (ISR) to supply 54 Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches. The new coaches will be used on ISR’s first electrified line, the A1, which connects Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. The €104 million deal was signed on December 31 as part of a framework agreement made in October 2010. Consisting of
CHINA: Beijing Suburban Railway Co inaugurated two services on December 31 linking the capital with its outer suburbs. The Sub Central Line links Beijing Xi with the sub-administrative centre of Tongzhou to the east of the city. Services run from Beijing Xi to Beijing main station through the 9·2 km cross-city tunnel which opened in 2015,
Hitachi has announced that work has begun on TransPennine Express’ new fleet of intercity trains. Production has begun on two test trains, which are being made in Japan and will arrive in the UK in the summer of 2018 for testing ahead of them entering passenger service in December 2019. The bullet train-inspired fleet is
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]This first ever MOOC on railway systems engineering is delivered by the renowned experts of TU Delft and leading professionals working in the industry. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical examples, with the main objective to maintain a high degree of reliability under predictable and unknown circumstances. What you’ll learn: Identify the name
Although many of Japan’s older night trains are being phased out, the Japan Railways are looking towards the future of travel by rail, and are getting inspiration from trains of the past such as the Orient Express. Japan Railways (JR) West will launch on June 17 2017 its new luxury train, the Twilight Express Mizukaze.