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Bombardier wins order to supply 12 commuter trains for Adelaide, Australia


Mobility solution provider Bombardier Transportation has received a contract variation from the Government of South Australia for 12 three-car A-City electric multiple unit (EMU) trains. This latest order will increase Bombardier’s fleet of A-City EMUs to a total of 34 trains and provide a much-needed capacity increase on Adelaide’s suburban rail network.

Wendy McMillan, President, South East Asia and Australia Region, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Since 2005, Bombardier has been supporting Adelaide’s mobility needs with its diesel and electric commuter trains and this contract variation is another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products designed, built and maintained here in Australia.” 

She added, “We are proud to deepen our long-term partnership in this important market, built on a strong track record of delivery performance, best-in-class rail technology and value-adding long-term solutions; which has laid the foundation to further support South Australian Government’s great efforts to meet a higher demand for public transport that will ensure the comfort and ease of every passenger’s journey.”

source: Bombardier

Alstom to supply 32 additional DT5 metros for Hamburg

Hamburg Metro

Alstom, in consortium with Bombardier Transportation, will supply 32 further DT5 metro trains to Hamburger Hochbahn AG (Hochbahn) for a total amount of 186 million euros. Alstom’s share of the contract amounts to over 100 million euros. As part of this contract, Alstom will supply the mechanical part, the bogies and the mechanical braking system, while Bombardier will supply the electrical equipment, the driving system, the passenger information system and the vehicle control system. The trains will be assembled at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony. The new trains are to be put into service from January 2021 onwards.

“For many years now, our vehicles have been shaping mobility in Hamburg. This order confirms that customers and passengers are satisfied with our vehicles and will continue to rely on the DT5 trains in the future. With this order we will have delivered a total of 163 vehicles to Hamburg. This is a proof of our long-standing, trusting and sustainable cooperation with Hochbahn”, says Dr. Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director for Alstom in Germany and Austria.

The DT5 metro fleet has been in operation in Hamburg since autumn 2012. The Hochbahn has now ordered a total of 163 metro trains of this generation in order to cope with the increasing number of passengers in the city. In the past, Alstom had already delivered the DT2, DT3 and DT4 fleets – a total of 462 trains – to the Hamburg subway system.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the eighth largest city in the European Union. In order to meet the needs of such a large urban population, the DT5 was designed as a modern, spacious subway with wide corridors, a continuous interior and multi-purpose areas adapted to new passenger needs. Each of the 40 meter long three-car trains has 96 seats, 240 standing spaces and two additional wheelchair spaces. The DT5 also offers high passenger comfort, such as air conditioning, passenger information and monitoring systems as well as automatic door closing.

The DT5 subways are environmentally friendly. Their lightweight stainless steel car bodies and regenerative braking system contribute to improving energy efficiency. The vehicles are very quiet, which makes the Hamburg subway one of the quietest in the world. 

As part of the Hamburg Senate’s bidding offensive, Hochbahn is expanding its range of services by an average of around five percent per year over the next three years. The new services include significantly tighter metro intervals and a massive expansion of the bus service with new express and area buses. The latest subway generation (DT5) is now to be increased by 32 vehicles and up to 163 vehicles at a later stage.

source: Alstom

EIG Inspects Corridor II stations of Hyderabad Metro

EIG inspection

The inspection of 33kV/415V indoor auxiliary substations installed in three Hyderabad Metro Rail stations from JBS – Parade Ground to Gandhi Hospital of Corridor-II (JBS – Parade Ground to MGBS – Green Line) of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project has been completed.

The inspection is a part of the process for according the sanction for energization of these stations which will facilitate the testing and commissioning activities of Railway Systems like Signalling, Tele Communication and Automatic Fare Collection in this section.

DVS Raju, Chief Electrical Inspector to Government of India, said, “Commissioning of these auxiliary substations would boost the progress and hasten the completion of Hyderabad Metro Rail section between JBS – Parade Ground and MGBS of Corridor-II.” The aforementioned Hyderabad Metro Rail stations receive power at 33kV voltage through ring main fed from 132/33/25 kV Receiving Substations (RSS) located at MGBS and Uppal.

source: thehansindia

Sydney Metro: TBM Kathleen prepares for historic dig under the Harbour

Sydney Metro

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Kathleen has passed its final inspection and is now ready to launch from Barangaroo next month to dig the historic rail crossing deep under Sydney Harbour.

The 975 tonne tunnel boring machine was assembled deep under Barangaroo and will soon start digging the first of twin one-kilometre tunnels, 40 metres below the Harbour at its deepest.

After building the first tunnel, TBM Kathleen will have her giant cutter head and main section lifted out at Blues Point and placed on a barge to return to Barangaroo. The machine’s support trailers will be pulled back to Barangaroo inside the first tunnel.

Kathleen will then build the second tunnel under Sydney Harbour after that, the whole TBM will be retrieved at Blues Point and taken away by barge. The machine is expected to tunnel through clay, silt and sediment and will use state-of-the-art tunnelling technology to safely make its way under the harbour.

This specialised TBM is named after Kathleen Butler, who played a vital role in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the technical advisor to legendary engineer John JJC Bradfield.

TBM Kathleen will join the four borers currently digging from Marrickville and Chatswood towards the harbour’s edge.

Together, all five TBMs will deliver twin 15.5 kilometre rail tunnels for Australia’s biggest public transport project.

source: sydney metro

Metro Man E Sreedharan resigns as principal advisor of Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation


Padma Vibhushan E Sreedharan aka the Metro Man, has submitted his resignation as the Principal Advisor to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) on Monday. The former Chief of Delhi Metro handed his resignation citing health issues. The LMRC has forwarded the resignation letter to the state government for approval.

Sreedharan who was appointed as LMRC’s Principal Advisor on February 2014 is known for his experience in handling big Metro projects in the country.

LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav said: “Sreedharan personally monitored the construction work of the North-South Corridor. His valuable guidance was crucial in construction of the underground section. I requested him not to resign but he said his health was not supporting him at this point of time.”

The former Chief of Delhi Metro advised Chief Engineers to implement austerity measures and cut expenses on maintenance and operations.  

Sreedharan is known for supervising the construction work of elevated tracks on the East-West Corridor to be built on a single pillar using lightweight technology. It brought down the total budget of the project by 15.9 per cent from Rs 5,396 crore to Rs 4,538 crore.

Separately, following Delhi CM’s proposal of giving free rides to women on Delhi Metro, Sreedharan wrote to PM Modi and made it clear that he was not in favour of such a proposal. In his letter to the Prime Minister on June 10, Sreedharan wrote, “One shareholder cannot take a unilateral decision to give concession to one section of community and push Delhi Metro in to inefficiency and bankruptcy.”

source: BT

Bombardier to supply 30 additional FLEXITY trams to Brussels Transportation Company


Mobility technology leader Bombardier Transportation has received an order to supply 30 additional BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams to the Brussels Intercommunal Transportation Company (STIB) in Belgium. This second call off order is part of a framework contract for up to 175 trams with an initial call off of 60 trams signed in April 2018. The order is valued at approximately 67 million euro ($75 million US). First deliveries of the 30 additional five-car, 32-meter trams are planned from December 2020.

Thomas Ryckalts, President of the STIB Board, said, “After a first order for 60 new trams, the STIB board took a decision in favor of our passengers by ordering 30 additional trams. These new vehicles will reinforce our mobility offering to the benefit of all.”

Laurent Bouyer, President of Bombardier Transportation France and Benelux, said, “We are proud to be a key player in the ongoing mobility improvements for the city of Brussels. This additional order shows the confidence STIB has in our FLEXITY platform. The public showed much enthusiasm as they explored their new tram mockup that was on display in early May in Brussels.”

His Majesty the King of the Belgians unveiled a 1:1 model of the new FLEXITY trams during STIB’s 150-year tram anniversary celebration held over the first week of May at the Place Royale in Brussels.

Like the 60 trams STIB previously ordered, the new FLEXITY trams will feature a bright and spacious interior with comfortable seats, more capacity and additional space for passengers with limited mobility as well as better inside fluidity at peak hours. A high-contrast, LCD information display system will keep passengers informed while an intelligent climate system with smart sensors will maintain the trams’ internal temperature. BOMBARDIER FLEXX bogies will offer a smooth ride.

Brussels’s FLEXITY trams also have cutting-edge safety features. The driver’s cab is more comfortable with a better field of vision. The driver will be assisted by the Bombardier Obstacle Detection & Assistance System (ODAS) with cameras and sensors that detect pedestrians and other vehicles moving near the tram. The new trams will also improve safety for passengers and pedestrian thanks to soft nose installed at the front.

To date, Bombardier has delivered over 400 trams to STIB including the older PCC series 7000 high floor trams delivered in the 70s, the T2000s delivered in the 90s and the most recent order for 220 T3000 and T4000 trams delivered between 2005 and 2015.

source: Bombardier

Alstom to deliver eight Coradia Lint regional trains to ODEG in Germany


Alstom has received an order for the delivery of eight Coradia Lint regional trains from Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG). The trains are the world’s first diesel multiple-unit trains with a Stage 5[ Powerpack and are therefore particularly environmentally friendly. They will be built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, and delivered in the second half of 2022. In December 2022 they will start operation on the Netz-Elbe-Spree. The value of the contract is close to €45 million.

“Parallel to the development of new emission-free technologies, we at Alstom are also consistently developing the proven diesel technology in an environmentally friendly manner. The Coradia Lint regional trains for ODEG comply with the EU Stage 5 emissions standard. This makes them the most environmentally friendly diesel trains in the world,” says Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom in Germany and Austria.

The modern and environmentally friendly vehicles are powered by three 400 kW engines, which for ecological and economic reasons can be switched off individually by a novel engine management system, and reach a maximum operating speed of 140 km/h. The vehicles are equipped with a new engine management system. The two-part trains have a network-tailored boarding height and seating capacity for a total of 140 passengers as well as 12 bicycles or 6 pushchairs for children. Four doors on each side of the vehicle with automatic boarding aids enable fast passenger changeover times.

People with reduced mobility benefit from spaces for wheelchairs and universally accessible toilets. Passengers will also be offered additional features such as WLAN, increased seat spacing, seat sockets, luggage racks, tables between face-to-face seats and extra-large, real-time information displays.

Alstom’s Coradia Lint trains have been operating in more than 30 networks in Germany, Europe and Canada since the year 2000. Thanks to continuous improvements, they offer the highest standard of safety, noise reduction and low emissions and can boast very high availability. The trains belong to Alstom’s Coradia range of modular trains, which benefits from over 30 years of expertise and proven technical solutions and includes the world’s first hydrogen passenger train, the Coradia iLint. More than 2,900 Coradia trains have been sold so far and around 2,400 are currently in service.

[1] European emission standards define the acceptable limits (Stages 1-5) for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union and EEA member states.

source: Alstom

Jindal Steel delivers first ever rail order to Indian Railways


Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) Tuesday said it has completed delivery of its one lakh tonne first-ever rail order, which the firm had bagged from the Indian Railways.

In July last year, JSPL had received from the national transporter an order of one lakh tonne rails, to be supplied within a year.

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“In a significant development, JSPL has completed delivery of first ever rail order to supply rails to Indian Railways. The company had bagged 20 per cent of the Rs 2,500 crore global tender by the Railways to supply long rails,” JSPL said in a BSE filing.

The order, which was to be completed over a period of one year, has been completed ahead of the scheduled time, JSPL Joint Managing Director N A Ansari said.

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He also said that recently JSPL bagged an additional order of 30,000 tonne long rails from the Indian Railways.

“We are proud to contribute to government’s Make In India initiative. These achievements are testament to the capability of our team as well as our valued partnership with Railways. We continue to stay committed to developing Infrastructure needs,” he said.

The railways had invited the global tender for procuring around 4.87 lakh metric tonnes of rails to meet the shortfall of supply from the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

Part of the USD 18-billion OP Jindal Group, JSPL has presence in steel, power, mining and infrastructure sectors.

It is the only private steel company that produces long rails in India.

The company operates a one million tonne per annum (MTPA) rail mill at its steel plant in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.

source: BT

Stadler wins a contract to deliver multiple unit trains in Canada


Stadler wins the contract for seven four-unit trains for the City of Ottawa. The trains are being specifically designed to run in extremely cold climates. For Stadler this is already the second project in Canada – currently Stadler is building double-deck dome cars for Rocky Mountaineer, which will be operating on scenic routes northeast of Vancouver.

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The City of Ottawa and SNC Lavalin Group have declared Stadler as the winner of the contract for seven four-unit diesel electric FLIRT trains, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Trillium Line extension project. The contract is valued at approximately 80 million Swiss Francs (106 million Canadian Dollars). Canada is now the 18th country to purchase Stadler FLIRT trains. According to the contract, Stadler will deliver the vehicles starting in mid-2021 to Ottawa, where they will undergo extensive testing. This is Stadler’s second contract in Canada. Stadler is currently building double-deck dome cars for Rocky Mountaineer, which will take passengers on scenic routes northeast of Vancouver.

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The seven four-unit trains for Ottawa are equipped with four 480 kW diesel engines. Parts of the traction equipment system and the diesel engines are housed in power pack units. With the current design the trains comply with the emission standard Tier4 final, with the North American Track Class IV, with ADA and are fully compliant with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) standards as well as with the North American fire safety standard NFPA 130.

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With speeds up to 120 kilometres per hour, the Stadler FLIRT trains will service the extended Trillium Line. The Stage 2 Trillium Line extension is a public-private-partnership project which will extend the existing Trillium Line by adding 16 kilometres of rail and 8 new stations, including a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. TransitNEXT, a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, will design, build, finance and maintain the Stage 2 Trillium Line Extension.

The Stadler site in Bussnang, Switzerland is building and assembling the FLIRT trains for Ottawa. Here, Stadler has ample experience with projects for countries with requirements for extreme winter weather conditions. In Estonia, Norway, Finland and Sweden the Stadler FLIRT trains are already in service with high operational availability, even under tough cold-weather conditions.


UTLC ERA signs cooperation agreements with two European partners


JSC United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA) has signed cooperation agreements with two European partners while taking part in the TransRussia 2019 international transport and logistics services and technologies expo on April 16.

UTLC ERA and the Slovak public railway company ZSSK Cargo have agreed to facilitate information and technological collaboration in organizing container cargo shipments by rail on China – Slovakia – China routes. The Parties have agreed upon establishing transportation and logistics services through the implementation of transit technologies for Eurasian container shipments.

Alexey Grom, UTLC ERA President, and Martin Vozar, Chairman of BoD ZSSK Cargo, have signed a road map providing for an implementation plan that would include the exchange of information on the current cargo flow between Slovakia and China with route scheduling, prospective amounts of cargo export from Slovakia and neighboring countries to China and the competitive environment of railway container traffic in the region. The companies also intend to conduct a detailed analysis of their potential customer base and its needs. 

The signed agreement is another step forward in the continued business dialogue between UTLC ERA and ZSSK Cargo regarding the development of transit container traffic which was started earlier this year. The Parties had signed a Memorandum on Cooperation calling for the expansion of services and traffic volume increase on Europe – China – Europe routes back in March, 2019, while participating in the International Railway Congress in Vienna. 

UTLC ERA and Lithuanian Railways, JSC (Lietuvos geležinkeliai) have agreed to arrange postal container traffic from China to Lithuania. Alexey Grom, President of UTLC ERA, and Mantas Bartuska, General Manager of Lithuanian Railways, have signed an agreement facilitating such cooperation. 

In line with this agreement the partners intend to jointly develop the shipment of postal packages (deliveries and e-commerce goods) by cargo trains on China – Europe – China routes on a regular basis. UTLC ERA will provide containers loaded with postal items at the platforms of Dostyk and Altynkol stations operated by Kazakhstan Railways. In their turn, Lithuanian Railways will be responsible for handling container trains at the Kena border railway station near Belarus, subsequently delivering postal packages to Vaidotai railway station in Vilnius intermodal terminal, wherefrom the cargo will be distributed to the warehouses of the Lithuanian public post, Lietuvos pastas. 

“I am perfectly confident that the agreements signed with our partners will contribute to the active growth of the transit transportation market, thus enabling UTLC ERA to strengthen its leading positions in cargo shipments on Europe – China – Europe routes. 

This is the first time that we have fixed in writing the intention to build a direct transit transportation technology process: UTLC ERA will be solely responsible for its part of the 1520 gauge, whereas ZSSK Cargo will be in charge of the 1435 gauge. That is how we will be able to offer our customers the end product – a comprehensive shipping service solution. 

In collaboration with Lithuanian Railways we are ready to offer a service that is high in demand – the railway transportation of postal packages with maximum cargo safety,” – said UTLC ERA president Alexey Grom speaking after the agreement signing ceremony.

source: UTLC



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