DB Cargo places 100-locomotive framework order with Siemens

DB Cargo has signed a framework agreement with Siemens worth a quarter of a billion euros for up to 100 new Vectron locomotives.
CRRC's suspended monorail. Credit: CRRC.

CRRC tests suspended monorail called the ‘Sky Train’

The Chinese rolling stock manufacturer said the prototype is the fastest of its kind in the country, travelling at speeds of up to 70km/h.
A headrest for a regional DB train service being made by a 3D printer. Credit: DB.

How 3D printing is revolutionising railways around the world

3D printing has been around for decades but has slowly moved towards the mainstream as it becomes increasingly commercialised. A number of sectors have found ways it can benefit them but what use is 3D printing currently having on railways around the world?

UK ditches electrification plans in Wales, the Midlands and the North

The UK government has abandoned plans to electrify the railway between Cardiff and Swansea, the Midland Main Line north of Kettering and the line between Windermere and Oxenholme in favour of bi-mode, or 'alternative-fuel', trains.

HS2 awards £6.6bn Phase One construction contracts

HS2 has awarded construction contracts worth £6.6 billion for the first phase of the high-speed line between London and Birmingham. Four of the nine contractors which bid for the seven construction packages have been successful. A...
The first Elizabeth line train was introduced on June 22, 2017. Credit: TfL.

TfL to order more Elizabeth line trains

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will have to order four extra Elizabeth line trains as it looks to run more services on the line than initially planned. The improved service frequency has been announced...
A CAF tram on the Midland Metro. Credit: Chris Jenner/Shutterstock.

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF to open train production plant in Wales

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF will open a train production plant in South Wales next year, the company has announced. Around 300 jobs will be created at the site near Newport when it opens in the autumn. Previously,...

Testing of RRX prototype train set to begin

Siemens is to begin testing the first train of its Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) fleet. With the first pre-series Desiro EMUs now built, testing is due to begin at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test facility (PCW). Seven test trains will undergo...

DB facing greater competition on regional rail routes

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has reported record passenger numbers on its long-distance rail services but is facing fierce competition on regional routes, a new report has shown. The number of rail companies active in the country...

SNCF launches two new high-speed lines

SNCF celebrated the launch of two new high-speed lines in France at the weekend. In a statement on its website, the state-owned company said the new lines will cut journey times in the west of...