A computer generated image of how trains operating only in the West Midlands could be branded under the franchise. Credit: West Midlands Rail.

West Midlands franchise award a ‘step towards golden era for local trains’

The DfT has awarded the West Midlands franchise to West Midlands Trains, a joint venture between Abelio and its minority partners East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui.

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...
Credit: Texas Central.

High-speed deal between Texas Central and Houston

The mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner and Texas Central have reached an agreement to collaborate on the economic development of the planned Texas Bullet Train.
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.
Three XPT trains wait at Central Station, Sydney. Credit: PomInOz/Shutterstock.

New South Wales to replace 130-vehicle train fleet

In total, 60 XPT passenger carriages, 19 locomotives, 23 XPLORER passenger cars and 28 Endeavour passenger cars will be replaced.
Credit: William Bickers-Jones.

A legacy for hope: Sierra Leone’s National Railway Museum

Devastated by more than a decade of civil war and the Ebola virus epidemic, the government of Sierra Leone has placed a group of 14 non-functioning locomotives and carriages at the front of its strategy to become a middle-income country by 2035.

Final HS2 route published

The UK government has revealed its finalised route for the final two phases of HS2. Notable changes include adopting the new 'M18/Eastern route' between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire and proposals for a new hub station...

Design error delays Gospel Oak to Barking line electrification

Electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground line has been delayed because of "incorrectly designed" overhead line equipment. Although the line will reopen as planned at the end of this month, Network Rail...
A stock photo of a railway in Maputo. Credit: Doctoresa/Shutterstock.

New Zealand trains find new lease of life in Mozambique

A fleet of trains that were originally built for British Rail in the early 1970s are getting a new lease of life in Africa.

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...

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