Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.

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“YOU need to think like you are the Google of transport, or you will be dead.”

MANUFACTURING is now in full flow at Vossloh Locomotives’ new factory at Kiel-Suchdorf with the plant on course to produce its full quota of 40 locomotives this year, and according to managing director, Mr Thomas Schwichtenberg, it is well-placed to serve the Western European diesel locomotive market for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 04:46

Kuala Lumpur LRT3 signalling contract awarded

KUALA Lumpur operator Prasarana has awarded a consortium of Siemens and Rasma Corporation a contract for the supply and installation of signalling and train control equipment for LRT3, a planned 38km automated light metro in the Malaysian capital.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 06:16

Orders up, turnover down at Talgo in 2017

SPANISH rolling stock manufacturer Talgo signed new orders worth €700m in 2017, the highest figure since 2011 as the company’s order backlog reached €2.8bn.

THE German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is set to provide Siemens and RWTH Aachen with €12m to support research into a next-generation of fuel cells.

EUROSTAR operated its inaugural service between London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam on February 20, an event which outgoing CEO Mr Nicolas Petrovic described as historic for the international high-speed operator as it finally expanded east beyond its core London - Paris/Brussels network.

VOSSLOH has announced that group sales from continuing operations increased from €822.5m to €918.3m in fiscal 2017. However, the company is set to end the year with a negative net income due to losses incurred from Locomotives, the remaining unit of its Transportation division, which the company says with a sale now close, it can class as discontinued operations from December 31.

EUROSTAR will launch its first direct London - Amsterdam passenger service on April 4, initially offering two trains per day in one direction only.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 12:44

CDPQ Infra awards contracts for Montreal REM

CDPQ Infra says construction will begin in April on Montreal’s Metropolitan Electric Network (REM), a new 67km automated light metro, following the announcement of the winners of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and rolling stock, systems, operation and maintenance (RSSOM) contracts on February 8.

A new express rail freight service which promises delivery times of 28 hours between the Latvian capital Riga and the Belarussian capital Minsk completed a second test journey this week following an inaugural trip between Minsk and Riga in January.

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