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Korea opens Olympic high-speed line Korea marked the completion of a key transport project for the 2018 Winter Olympics on December 22, with the opening of the 120.7km Wonju - Gangneung section of the Gyeonggang Line.
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SEOUL Metro, the operator of metro lines 1-8 in the Korean capital, has signed an agreement to support the construction and operation of an urban rail line in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang. Under the...
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PASSENGER operations began on January 18 on the two-line Optics Valley Tramway network, which serves the Donghu New Technology Development Zone southeast of Wuhan. The 45-station network comprises the 16.8km north-south Line T1 from Huazhong University...
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KAZAKHSTAN Railways (KTZ) has signed two contracts worth more than $US 900m with GE Transportation for 300 shunting locomotives and an 18-year service agreement to manage maintenance and repair of KTZ’s 175 GE Evolution series...
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Tatsuo Kijima, president and executive officer of JR West, talks to David Briginshaw.WEST Japan Railway (JR West), which operates a 4196km conventional 1067mm-gauge rail network in western Honshu and two standard-gauge Shinkansen lines totalling 812.6km, recorded...
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Wilhelm Patzner, CEO of Far East Land Bridge, talks to Keith Barrow.ONE of the defining rail freight trends of recent years has been the spectacular rise in the volume of intermodal traffic between China and Europe....
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A bilateral agreement setting the terms for the development of a cross-border urban rail link between Singapore and Johor Bahru, Malaysia, was signed by the transport ministers of the two countries on January 16 in...
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Ashwani Lohani, chairman of Indian Railways, talks to Srinand Jha.IF anyone has the chance to yank Indian Railways (IR) out of its current troubles, it is its current chairman, Mr Ashwani Lohani. Unlike his predecessors,...
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JAPAN’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) have agreed to study the feasibility of raising the maximum line speed in the world’s longest undersea tunnel in a bid...
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CHINA Communications Construction Company has awarded Aecom a Ringgits 83m ($US 20.7m) contract to provide site supervision services for Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link. The Ringgits 55bn project involves building a 538.5km electrified main line linking...
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METRO-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (Mega) has awarded Siemens a €76m contract to provide electrification systems for Phase 1 of the metro network in Ahmedabad, India. In addition to the 750V dc third rail electrification...

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