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When the trains get longer the hose won’t reach!

The new Hitachi Class 800 trains, due to be introduced on the East Coast route, can be quite long. They come in a variety of lengths, of course, but ten coaches are what is planned. They will be able to operate using electric traction under the wires – where they exist – and under diesel […]

Bombardier and Hartasuma to build more metro trains for Malaysian LRT line

Bombardier and Hartasuma are to supply 27 additional Innovia Metro 300 trainsets for the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Malaysia's Klang...

FirstGroup and MTR awarded South Western franchise

First MTR South Western Trains has beaten the incumbent operator, Stagecoach, to the new South West Trains franchise. The new contract, which runs for seven...

Funding for Ely North Junction remodelling study

Local enterprise partnerships in East Anglia have joined forces to fund a feasibility study into capacity improvement works around Ely, including the remodelling of...

Los Angeles places order for CRRC metro trains

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), the operator of the city's subway system, has ordered 64 new rail cars from CRRC. The new cars...

IEP tested in Wales

Hitachi's Class 800 intercity train has completed its first test run in Wales. 800 002 has completed a test service through the Severn Tunnel to Newport,...

DB returns to profit

Germany's Deutsche Bahn (DB) bounced back into profit in 2016, the company's new chief executive, Richard Lutz, has announced. Last year, the company reported its first...

Tandem tamping

After the success at Belford last year, where newly relaid switches and crossings (S&C) were handed back at 125 mph line speed using 928001, a Plasser & Theurer Unimat 09-4×4/4S Dynamic Tamper, Swietelsky/Babcock Rail (SBR) has continued its innovative collaboration with the S&C North Alliance to deliver another 125mph handback of an S&C renewal, this […]

New Melbourne tram rolls of production line

Construction of the first of 20 newly ordered E-Class trams for Melbourne has been completed at Bombardier's Dandenong factory. It is the 51st E-Class tram to...

ScotRail’s ‘new’ HSTs

In 2012, Transport Scotland published the results of its rail passenger service consultation. This considered how the railway should develop and the types of passenger services required. Its results were incorporated into the specification for the ScotRail franchise which was renewed in 2014. One conclusion from this consultation exercise was that passengers traveling from central […]