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The Penang LRT will be well worth the trouble

02 Apr 2024 (George Town, Penang, Malaysia) The  final  cost  is  approximately  RM10.5  billion. According  to  Penang  Chief  Minister  Chow  Kon  Yeow,  the  Penang  LRT  Mutiara  Line  project  has  completed  all  required  procedures,  and  its  cost  can  only  be  assessed  once  proposals  and  terms  have  been  finalized. Although  there  may  be  some  inconveniences  during  the  construction  phase,  the  finished  project  will  benefit  the  state  in  the  long  run  in  a  number  of  ways. Source https://gamuda.com.my/2024/04/penang-lrt-will-be-worth-the-hassle/news/

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Alstom's railway bogie frame plant in Mátranovák, Hungary, will use a development program of HUF six billion to boost manufacturing capacity

11 April 2024 (Hungary) Alstom's  railway  bogies  manufacturing  facilities  in  Mátranovák  will  increase  its  production  capacity  as  part  of  the  Mátranovak  2030  development. The  location  plans  to  modernize  the  equipment,  restructure  the  production  processes,  and  hire  150  new  employees. The  corporation  implements  the  job-creating  investment  with  the  assistance  of  the  Hungarian  government. Source https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2024/4/alstoms-railway-bogie-frame-factory-matranovak-hungary-increase-its-production-capacity-huf-six-billion-development-program

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The £4 billion train control systems framework by Network Rail will transform signaling in the United Kingdom

10 April 2024 (UK) With  a  combination  of  conventional  signalling  and  digital  control,  contemporary  equipment  will  increase  nationwide  reliability  on  Britain's  railways  from  Carlisle  to  Brighton  as  part  of  Network  Rail's  £4  billion,  ten-year  signalling  strategy. Under  its  Train  Control  Systems  Framework,  contracts  for  the  supply  of  traditional  and  digital  signaling  services  have  been  given  to  six  organizations. The  £4  billion  framework  will  be  in  place  from  2024  to  2034  (£3  billion  will  go  toward  digital  signaling  and  £1  billion  for  conventional  signaling). Conventional signalling (Alstom,AtkinsRealis,Hitachi,Siemens) Digital signalling (using European Train Control System technology)(Alstom,AtkinsRealis and CAF,Siemens,Thales and VolkerRail) Source https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/network-rails-gbp-4bn-train-control-systems-framework-to-revolutionise-signalling-across-britain

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Amtrak Chooses Wilmington Unified Operations Center Construction Contractor

4 April, 2024 (Wilmington, Delaware, US) Wohlsen  Construction  Company,  a  Wilmington,  Delaware-based  company,  was  chosen  by  Amtrak  to  be  the  recipient  of  the  Unified  Operations  Center  (UOC)  Facility  Project  award. The  procurement  was  competitive  and  started  in  August  2023,  leading  to  the  award. Wohlsen  Construction  Company  and  Amtrak  will  work  together  to  develop  the  Renaissance  Center's  build-out  and  build  conference  rooms,  workspaces,  an  operations  center,  a  Tier-3  data  center,  video  wall  systems,  and  modifications  to  the  building's  mechanical  and  electrical  systems. Source https://media.amtrak.com/2024/04/amtrak-selects-construction-contractor-for-wilmington-unified-operations-center/

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In Ortenau, the first trains to enter passenger service relied on batteries rather than fuel

8 April ,  2024 ( Germany ) On  April  8,  2024,  Siemens  Mobility's  first  four  battery-powered  trains  go  into  regular  operation,  making  their  debut  in  Germany. A  private  inaugural  excursion  from  Offenburg  to  Oberkirch  and  back  marked  the  formal  start.  Winfried  Hermann,  the  state  of  Baden-Württemberg's  minister  of  transportation,  was  among  the  many  invited  guests  who  joined  the  trip. Trains  running  in  the  Ortenau  region  that  use  the  battery  hybrid  drive  of  the  Mireo  Plus  B  are  more  environmentally  friendly  than  those  that  run  on  diesel. Source https://press.siemens.com/global/en/pressrelease/batteries-instead-diesel-first-trains-passenger-service-ortenau

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TRU extends gratitude to customers following ten days of Huddersfield upgrading work

8 April 2024 (UK) Passengers  traveling  through  Huddersfield  on  the  Transpennine  Route  Upgrade  (TRU)  are  being  thanked  for  their  understanding  and  cooperation  during  the  ten-day  closure  of  a  portion  of  the  train  line. Major  rail  upgrades  between  Huddersfield  and  Ravensthorpe  were  finished  between  Friday,  March  29  and  Sunday,  April  7. Replacement  bus  services  and  diversion  routes  were  used  to  keep  passengers  moving  while  the  upgrades  were  being  completed. Source https://www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk/news/tru-thanks-passengers-after-10-days-of-upgrade-work-in-huddersfield

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First METRONET train built in the region sets out on the inaugural trip

7 April 2024 ( Western  Australia ) A  significant  first  for  local  manufacturing,  the  first  passenger  train  built  in  Western  Australia  in  over  30  years  has  made  its  inaugural  trip. 246  new  C-series  railcars  in  total  will  be  produced  locally  in  Western  Australia. After  a  50-minute  return  trip  on  the  Joondalup  Line  from  Stadium  Station,  hundreds  of  workers  and  community  members  boarded  the  new  METRONET  C-series  train  with  Premier  Roger  Cook  and  Transport  Minister  Rita  Saffioti. Source https://www.wa.gov.au/government/media-statements/Cook-Labor-Government/First-locally-made-METRONET-train-makes-maiden-journey-20240407

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Traxx Universal: Alstom's European locomotive continues to grow

25 March 2024 (Romania) The  TraxxTM  locomotives  from  Alstom  are  in  demand  in  Europe. For  its  third-generation  locos,  Alstom  signed  a  number  of  significant  contracts  in  2023.  ARF,  Romania,  then  placed  an  order  in  January  2024  with  a  20-year  maintenance  service  agreement. Strong,  dependable  locomotives  with  enhanced  technical  performance  and  maintenance  are  available  with  the  Traxx  Universal  platform. Source https://www.alstom.com/press-releases-news/2024/3/traxx-universal-alstoms-locomotive-europe-goes-strength-strength

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AD Alliance has been selected for the High-Capacity Signalling Project in Perth

5 April 2024 (Perth, Western Australia) AD Alliance has been selected for the High-Capacity Signalling Project in Perth, marking the beginning of Australia's Public Transport Evolution.   The Public Transport Authority has named the AD Alliance as its preferred contractor for the design, supply, construction, and management of the High-Capacity Signalling (HCS) project. The consortium comprises Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd and DT Infrastructure Pty Ltd.   Funding for the HCS project is provided by both the State and Commonwealth governments.   "The announcement of the preferred proponent for the High-Capacity Signalling project is a significant milestone in the ongoing expansion of Perth's passenger rail network. "This brings us closer to upgrading our rail network's signalling and train control systems, enhancing the reliability and safety of our trains. "Substantial upgrades to our signalling and train control systems will enable more frequent train services, benefiting current passengers and meeting future demands." Hon Rita Saffioti, Minister for Transport   This strategic initiative will involve the upgrading of existing signalling and control systems to an integrated Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) system. The primary objective is to optimize the utilization of Perth's rail network, enabling increased train frequency and efficiency.   As part of this transformative initiative, a state-of-the-art METRONET Public Transport Operation Control Centre (PTOCC) is under development in East Perth.   With four narrow-gauge lines, a spur line, and a dual-gauge line covering a total of 178 kilometers, Perth's urban passenger rail network is poised for a significant transformation. The transition from the existing 'fixed block' signalling system to the 'moving block' system signifies a new era of efficiency and safety. High Capacity Signalling will dynamically enforce train speed limits, optimize train spacing, and allow for simultaneous operation of more trains.   The new signalling system promises not only increased service frequency but also enhanced reliability, faster recovery times from disruptions, reduced maintenance costs, and improved safety measures.   The High-Capacity Signalling Project is expected to span approximately ten years.   About Consortium AD   Consortium AD is a joint venture between Alstom and DT Infrastructure.   Alstom, a leading multinational corporation, is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and maintaining railway systems and equipment worldwide.   Specializing in advanced signalling solutions for railway networks globally, Alstom's Signalling division leads the way. This division offers cutting-edge systems encompassing train control, traffic management, and interlocking systems.   DT Infrastructure's (the infrastructure projects division of Downer) transportation and rail capabilities will receive a significant boost through the utilization of Gamuda's Asia-Pacific expertise (DT Infrastructure and Gamuda collaborate closely). Source https://www.wa.gov.au/government/media-statements/Cook-Labor-Government/Preferred-proponent-announced-for-signalling-and-train-control-systems-upgrade-20240405

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Europe's first battery train is now available in long-distance form thanks to Hitachi Rail

3 April 2024 (Italy) Innovative  hybrid  battery  train  develops  for  Southern  Italy's  intercity  market This  summer,  a  new  intercity  hybrid  battery  train  will  go  into  operation  in  Southern  Italy. Seven  intercity  hybrid  battery  trains  will  be  provided  by  Hitachi  Rail  to  Trenitalia  as  part  of  a  larger  €1.23  billion  framework  deal. A  hybrid  train  reduces  CO2  emissions  by  83%  by  utilizing  diesel,  electric,  and  battery  power. Source https://www.hitachirail.com/press/#/pressreleases/hitachi-rail-unveils-long-distance-version-of-europes-first-battery-train-3314460

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DB Cargo: Customer use of the digital freight train

02 April 2024 (Germany) Approximately  500,000  freight  wagons  are  currently  traveling  along  Europe's  rails. Currently,  freight  wagons  are  not  able  to  establish  continuous  data  connections  or  electricity;  instead,  they  must  be  connected  manually. The  adoption  of  a  Digital  Automatic  Coupling  (DAK)  as  a  new  system  standard  throughout  the  EU  will  greatly  increase  the  capacity  and  effectiveness  of  environmentally  friendly  rail  freight  transportation. DB  is  involved  in  the  development  and  introduction  of  the  DAK  throughout  Europe  along  with  many  other  railway  industry  partners  and  other  European  rail  freight  firms. Approximately  20,000  freight  trains  are  operated  by  DB  Cargo  each  week  across  17  EU  nations,  with  60%  of  all  trips  involving  at  least  one  border  crossing. A  mechanical  screw  coupling,  which  has  been  in  use  for  about  200  years,  is  used  to  couple  freight  wagons  traveling  from  Spain  to  Scandinavia. Employees  at  DB  Cargo  alone  must  physically  fasten  the  30-kilogram  couplings  to  the  iron  hangers  of  the  wagons  up  to  50,000  times  every  day. A  freight  train  can  save  80–100%  of  CO2  emissions  in  exchange  for  replacing  up  to  52  trucks. Source https://www.deutschebahn.com/en/presse/press_releases/DB-Cargo-Digital-freight-train-goes-into-customer-use-12780552#

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CrossCountry announces intentions to change the client experience by May 2025 with a larger fleet and more seats

25 March 2024 (UK) In  a  major  capacity  increase,  rolling  stock  supplier  Beacon  Rail  has  agreed  to  supply  five  more  Voyager  trains  to  long-distance  train  operator  CrossCountry. The  additional  seven  Voyager  trains  that  were  secured  in  October  are  supplemented  by  these  five  trains. Beginning  in  May  2025,  12  additional  trains,  or  60  additional  carriages,  will  bolster  CrossCountry's  long-distance  services,  adding  more  than  36,000  seats  weekly  to  the  capacity  on  north-south  lines. In  addition,  rail  customers  will  benefit  from  longer  trains  and  increased  services  throughout  the  network,  especially  on  CrossCountry's  busy  Reading  to  Newcastle  route,  starting  in  May  2025. Source https://www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk/about-us/press/bigger-fleet-more-seats-crosscountry-reveals-plans-to-transform-customer-experience-by-may-2025

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