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Stadler wins a contract to deliver multiple unit trains in Canada

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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.

Also Read: UTLC ERA signs cooperation agreements with two European partners

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.

source:Stadler

UTLC ERA signs cooperation agreements with two European partners

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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


Delhi Metro introduces permanent bicycle stands at Stations

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In a bid to encourage the use of bicycle and to address issues of last-mile connectivity for the Delhi Metro commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started a service of giving its commuters a healthy and eco-friendly option of riding a bicycle to their destination from the station.

The DMRC has set up permanent bicycle stands. “With a view to encourage use of bicycles and propagate environment-friendly mode of transportation among metro commuters for covering smaller distances, DMRC has introduced permanent space for bicycle stands at its Metro stations which have provision of dedicated parking lots,” the DMRC said in a statement.

The stations where this new facility will be available are Seelampur, Shahdara, Welcome, Rithala, Saket, Arjangarh, Chattarpur, Dwarka Mor, Dwarka, Dwarka Sector 21, Mundka, Nangloi, Peeragarhi, Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Sarita Vihar and Okhla Bird Sanctuary.

The parking lots at Nawada, Uttam Nagar (E) and Vishwavidayala metro stations have also been identified for permanent bicycle stands which will be installed within few days, the DMRC said. “This facility will be further extended to more stations in a phased manner. These permanent bicycle stands have the capacity of parking multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles,” it added.

The DMRC said that in association with some private operators, it had been operating 20 bicycle sharing service stands covering 19 stations across its network and 13 more stations have been identified for these bicycle sharing service (through private operator) which will be functional in few weeks.

Delhi Metro starts receiving power from REWA MEGA solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has started receiving solar power from the Rewa Solar Power Project from today onwards. Today, DMRC received 27 MW power from the project based in Madhya Pradesh and the same will gradually increase to 99 MW. 

The power received from Rewa will be utilised for the operational as well as auxiliary requirements of the Delhi Metro. Till now, the solar power generated by the roof top solar plants installed in DMRC premises were utilised for the auxiliary requirements such as lighting & air conditioning of stations, depots etc. 

On an average about 345 MU of power will be received from Rewa in a calendar year. In 2018-19, Delhi Metro consumed about 1092 million units (MU) of power for its operations. 

To mark the beginning of this new arrangement, DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh today travelled on a Metro powered by solar energy along with Sh. Manu Srivastava, Chairperson, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar, Sh. Upendra Tripathi, Director General, International Solar Alliance and other senior officials from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Station to Central Secretariat on the violet line.  

Apart from the power received from Rewa, the Delhi Metro generates about 28 MW of solar power through a number of roof top solar power projects which have been installed on Delhi Metro’s stations, residential colonies and depots. The Delhi Metro is a pioneer in terms of creating solar power generation infrastructure in the country today.

Rewa Ultra Mega Solar is a solar power plant in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh, with a total solar plant capacity of 750 MW. It is one of the largest single-site solar power plants in India and the world.

It is to be noted that in 2017, DMRC had signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to procure 345 Million Units per annum from Rewa Solar Plant at Rs. 2.97 per unit in the first year and at Levelised Tariff of Rs. 3.30 for 25 years. DMRC will be the first metro to procure Solar Power on RESCO basis as Inter State Open Access Consumer, where the complete installation cost of solar plant will be borne by the solar developer and DMRC will have to only pay for the energy generated by these plants at a rate as agreed in power purchase agreement.

source: DMRC

Italferr signed contracts of € 4.8 million with RZD for railway development in Serbia

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The Director of Market and Foreign Development of Italferr Admir Nocaj, in the presence of the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Aldo Isi, signed two important contracts with RZD International (a subsidiary of RZD) for technical assistance, design verification and line supervision of works Stara Pazova-Novi Sad and the “New Central Command and Control Post” of the entire Serbian railway network, located in Belgrade.

The two contracts, for a total value of approximately € 4.8 million, consolidate the portfolio of Italferr in Serbia, which will follow the project with the support of its subsidiary IES doo.

A new result for the Engineering Company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Group which on April 10th took part in the periodic meeting of the Transport Working Group of the Italian-Russian Council for Economic, Industrial and Financial Cooperation to take stock of the cooperation between FS and RZD (MoU July 2016 and MoU February 2018) which includes: the development of freight traffic – logistics and transport transported to Italy – along the Italy-Russia-China route, the commercial development of Russian railway stations and cooperation within countries third.

source: Italferr

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‘Mandatory parameters’ for metro rail systems under ‘Make in India’ scheme

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The Centre on Sunday issued mandatory parameters for electric components used in metro rail system like lifts, escalators, tunnel ventilation and environmental control system with an aim to achieve standardisation and indigenisation.

An official from the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said that if the state goverments seek Centre’s financial assistance in executing metro projects, they have to follow these parameters.

According to the ministry, the parameters intend to achieve uniformity among technical specification of electrical items used by different metro rail systems for having standardised procurement and indigenisation.

The official said electrical systems used in metro rail systems include lifts, escalators, tunnel ventilation and environment control system, power supply and traction system and electrical and mechanical system (underground and elevated.

“All state governments will have to follow these parameters if they want central government’s financial assistance in executing metro rail systems.

“These specifications have been issued under ‘Make in India initiative’,” official also said.

As per the ministry’s parameters, various types of lights depending on the location of installation should be provided at underground metro stations.


“All Lights being provided at underground stations and parking shall be of LED type for energy efficiency…

“Distribution of the Lighting shall be such that up to 50 per cent of the lighting is fed by UPS System with a back-up of not less than 30 mins in case of power supply failure,” it stated.

About lifts in metro rail system, it stated that minimum 13 passengers (1000 Kg) capacity should be preferred.

“Procurement shall be governed by ensuring minimum 50 per cent local content in compliance to public procurement (Preference to Make in India),” it also stated.

The ministry said environment control system (ECS) constitutes the air-conditioning system, ventilation system and station smoke management to ensure supply of fresh air for the physiological needs of passengers and authority staff under standardised specifications.

Source: India tv


From tomorrow you can demand bill for food at Railway Stations

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Starting from tomorrow, customers can demand for bills at the catering stalls situated at railway stations. The Central Railway authorities have asked all static catering stalls to install point of sale (POS) and/or electronic billing machines and issue bills, by August 31.

Not just this, these stalls will also need to paste stickers stating ‘Food Free, Without Bill’ to inform the customers about it. This would mean that one can demand bills even for simple food like bhel, samosa/vada pav, tea or flavoured drinks etc. served at these stalls at railway stations.



If the stall owner refuses or fails to give bills then the customer would not be charged for the food.

“These stalls cannot refuse bills if demanded by a customer. We know it is difficult to monitor all stalls but then it’s a beginning. This way, there will be no question of overcharging,” said a CR official.

The CR officials claim that the customers can also complain to the authorities. Already, these food stalls have begun keeping swiping machines for those who use debit/credit cards for transactions. The officials added that they will initiate action against stall owners who do not comply with this rule.

Sources said that at many stations like Kurla, Matunga, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), Kalyan etc, stalls have installed electronic billing machines. There is already a provision for having e-wallet modes of payment plus QR codes at these catering stalls.

Passenger associations have welcomed the move and have stated that the electronic billing will reduce corruption. “This is a welcome move as there will be transparency, and it’ll reduce corruption drastically. The railways should address complaints at the earliest to make this a success,” said Subhash Gupta, president, Rail Yatri Parishad.

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These stalls will also need to paste stickers stating ‘Food Free, Without Bill’ to inform the customers about it.
This would mean that one can demand bills even for simple food like bhel, samosa/vada pav, tea or flavoured drinks etc If stall owner refuses or fails to give bills then the customer would not be charged.

Source:DNAINDIA

Indian Railway, Shipping ministries sign pact for Rs 9000-cr Indore-Manmad rail project

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The shipping and railway ministries along with Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments today entered into a pact to implement around Rs 9,000 crore Indore-Manmad rail project. “We are starting a very big railway project from Indore to Manmad. Indore is a commercial hub and from here the containers by using Central railways will come to Manmad and from Manmad they (containers) will go to JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust),” Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

JNPT, Railways & states to sign MoU

The tribal sectors of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, he said, will benefit from the railway line which will cost around Rs 9,000 crore, he said after the signing of the MoU. The project will reduce the distance from Mumbai/ Pune to key central India locations by 171 km. Gadkari said that due to this line the existing route of 815 km will be reduced to 644 km.

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Besides Gadkari, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were among those present during the MoU signing. Stating that Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor will be connected with the project, Gadkari said the railway line will also be used for the passenger trains.




“In this also the time will be saved and distance of around 215-250 km will be saved. This will be used for the development of the backward area,” he added. Stating that JNPT will invest money in this line, Gadkari said that state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Maharshtra have assisted in the land acquisition work. Ministry of Shipping or its nominated PSUs including JNPT, will be the main promoter of the project with the equity share of 55 per cent. Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh will have share of 15 per cent each in the project among others.

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The project passes through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar, Pune and Khed, and Dhule and Nardana. The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first 10 years of operations. The project will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in Northern India such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore?Dhule? Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai.

It will be an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and will reduce congestion on the over utilised existing railway network. In addition, it will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs.

Source: Zeebiz


6000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in next 6 months: Piyush Goyal

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Around 6,000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in the next six-eight months, Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Smart Railways Conclave organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, Mr. Goyal said that the railways was focusing on smarter project implementation.

Rail Conclave-2018
Rail Conclave-2018

“We believe that if we have to leverage digital technology, the basic ingredient is to ensure access to technology in the remotest part of the country. The railways is working on a programme to ensure the last mile connectivity wherever we do not have fibre optics in our network. We are hopeful that in the next six-to-eight months, all railway stations, other than the halt stations, about 6,000 stations will be WiFi-enabled,” he said.

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He said that the national transporter will have to start thinking, planning, and working smartly. “I think that’s the change that you would have seen the last four years,” he added.




On punctuality of trains, the minister said that between April 1 and today, punctuality has improved to 73-74 per cent as the railways has made a change by replacing the manual recording of time by station masters with data loggers placed at interchange points across the network that ensure computer generated time.

“We are working on putting a GPS device on every locomotive so that we will have every train marked on mobile phone, knowing exactly where they are.”

He also said that the railways was embarking on making itself efficient in a big way which will save USD 2 billion every year, which otherwise would have to be passed on to the passengers.

“With efficient railways, we won’t have to burden the poor,” he said.

On the occasion, the minister and other dignitaries released two knowledge papers, namely ‘FICCI-EY Report on Make in India in Railways Sector’ and ‘FICCI-AT Kearney Report on Technology: Transforming Railways Transportation’.

Source: PTI


JNPT, Railways & states to sign MoU for Rs 8,574 cr rail project

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The government today said that JNPT, Railways and state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will enter into a pact tomorrow for implementing Rs 8,574.79 crore Indore- Manmad Railway Line Project.

“An MoU will be signed tomorrow between JNPT- Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Railways, Govt of Maharashtra and Govt of Madhya Pradesh for implementation of 362 km Indore- Manmad New Railway Line Project,” the shipping ministry said in a statement.

The project will reduce the distance from Mumbai, Pune to key central India locations by 171 km. “The project passes through the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor nodes Igatpuri, Nashik and Sinnar; Pune and Khed; and Dhule and Nardana,” it said.
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The project is estimated to result in cumulative net economic benefits of Rs 15,000 crore in the first 10 years of operations. Its logistic advantages include providing a shorter route for passenger as well as the freight traffic originating from, terminating or crossing through the region.

The project will reduce the logistics cost for the cargo centres located in north such as Lucknow, Agra, Gwalior and Kanpur belt as well as Indore – Dhule – Bhopal region to the gateway ports JNPT and Mumbai.

It will be an alternate route to the existing central and western railway lines and will reduce congestion on the over utilised existing railway network.

In addition, it will help in employment generation, reduction in pollution, fuel consumption and vehicle operating costs. The Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited (IPRCL) carried out the feasibility, traffic and bankability for the project. Railway Board approved the implementation of the project through IPRCL on Joint Venture SPV model.

“The proposed SPV would be in the form of a Joint Venture Company between Shipping ministry or its nominated PSUs including JNPT (which will be the main promoter), Government of Maharashtra or its nominated PSUs/Entity, Government of Madhya Pradesh or its nominated PSUs/Entity, and others,” it said.


Source: Moneycontrol

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