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DB-VTG publish Innovative Freight Wagon interim report GERMAN Rail (DB) and VTG have released the interim results of the “Innovative Freight Wagon” research project to construct and test lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient freight wagons, with four types of test vehicles completing more than half of the 150,000 test kilometres since coming into operation in March.
Malaysian PM moves to scrap East Coast Rail Link MALAYSIA’s prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed on August 13 that he is seeking to cancel a contract for the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a year after his predecessor officially launched civil works on the Ringgits 55bn ($US 13.4bn) project.
Amtrak previews next-generation Acela Express interiors AMTRAK has unveiled artist’s impressions of interiors for its forthcoming Alstom Avelia Liberty high-speed trains, which will replace the current Acela Express fleet on the Boston - New York - Washington DC Northeast Corridor (NEC) from 2021 onwards.
RFI fined for discrimination in planning for 360km/h operation THE Italian Transport Authority (ART), headed by Mr Andrea Camanzi, issued infrastructure manager Italian Railway Network (RFI) with a €620,000 fine on August 2 for discriminatory behaviour in the sanctioning of operation at speeds exceeding 300km/h on the country’s high-speed network.
MTR CEO to stand down as police investigate Shatin - Central Link project THE project director of Hong Kong’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) has resigned and MTR CEO Mr Lincoln Leong Kwokkuen is to retire early in the wake of recent issues with the construction of the 17km, $HK 97.1bn ($US 12.3bn) project.
Go-Ahead to operate Allgäu Electric Network FOLLOWING a European tender, Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) and Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport have awarded Go-Ahead Transport Germany a contract to operate the Allgäu Electric Network for 12 years from December 2021.
Ten years, 27,000km: China celebrates a decade of high-speed CHINA marked a decade of high-speed rail development on August 1, when celebrations were held to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the country’s first railway designed for operation at speeds of more than 250km/h.
FS appoints new board including Battisti as CEO ITALIAN State Railways (FS) confirmed the appointment of a new board of directors during its shareholders meeting on July 30, including Mr Gianluigi Vittorio Catelli as chairman, while shareholders have recommended that the board appoint Mr Gianfranco Battisti as CEO.

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THE head of Britain’s Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents operators and infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR), has called for major changes to the role of the private sector in…
HUNGARIAN State Railways (MAV) has awarded a Forints 58.8bn ($US 212m) contract for the second phase of its national GSM-R rollout to a consortium of construction contractor R-Kord and telematics…

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