Passenger car plant in Ganja at design stage
14/07/2014 (Azernews - Azerbaijan): The process of the construction of a passenger car plant in Azerbaijan's second largest city, Ganja is currently at the design stage, Azerbaijan Railways told Trend Agency last week.The passenger cars of Azerbaijan Railways are currently repaired abroad, particularly in Ukraine and Russia, due to lack of necessary infrastructure.The construction of the passenger car plant is being conducted by the Swiss company Stadler. "At this stage, the company is working on the project, addressing the issues of supply of equipment and estimated capacity of the new facility. This is an important project and its development takes time," Azerbaijan Railways said. Azerbaijan Railways and Swiss company Stadler signed an agreement in Baku on June 11 to purchase 30 new railroad passenger cars. Touching on this agreement, Azerbaijan Railways said delivery of the passenger cars will be realized by 2015.
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India's ‘semi-bullet train’ sets national speed record
03/07/2014 (Arab News - KSA): NEW DELHI: An Indian passenger train set a new national speed record of 160 kilometers an hour (100 miles an hour) on Thursday during a test between the capital and the Taj Mahal city of Agra.The introduction of high-speed links and bullet trains were one of the key poll campaign promises of India’s new right-wing prime minister, Narendra Modi, who won elections in May. Thursday’s test, part of the government’s plans to upgrade the ageing rail network, saw the train complete the 200 kilometers between New Delhi and Agra in around 90 minutes. The top speed clocked at 10 kilometers more than the previous record. “This is now the fastest train in India,” Delhi divisional railway manager Anurag Sachan told AFP from inside the train. “We are recording all technical parameters during the trial run and hope to introduce it to the public by this November
New India rail minister seeks foreign investment
08/07/2014 (Arab News - KSA): MUMBAI: India’s new rail minister has proposed allowing foreign investment to modernize the country’s cash-strapped state railways.Sadananda Gowda also outlined plans for a network of high-speed trains, with the first project slated to connect the financial capital, Mumbai, with the home state of new Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The ambitious proposals unveiled on Tuesday as part of the annual rail budget indicated Modi’s government intends to move quickly to follow through on reform promises. Investors have been looking for signs as to how bold the new government, which swept to power in May, will be in implementing its agenda to revive economic growth. Some of its changes could be politically unpopular. Another test will come Thursday when the government unveils its first national budget.
SRO sets new policies on safety and environmental protection
28/07/2014 (Arab News - KSA): The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has come up with new policies to achieve the benefits of rail transportation for the national economy as well as to provide a work environment that enables upgrading behavioral practices by contributing in increasing the productivity, reduce costs and raise the level of quality.The apex railway organization has issued an official circular to all its sectors, which includes the SRO’s new policies for health, safety, environment and quality as part of its efforts for the development of work systems so as to provide safe, efficient and reliable services, and ensure the adoption of administrative and technical effective methods to drive continuous improvements in health, safety and protection of the environment within the scope of operation.
Turkish highspeed train crashes on test drive
03/07/2014 (Arab News - KSA): ISTANBUL: Turkey’s long-awaited high-speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara suffered a setback on Tuesday when a test train crashed only days before its official opening by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.Turkish State Railways said nobody was hurt when the test run ended with the new train smashing into the rear of a work vehicle on the tracks.The line between Turkey’s two largest cities, its financial center Istanbul and capital Ankara, is one of a number of ambitious projects embarked upon by the government. The 250 km/h trains are due to cover the 450-km (280 mile) distance in 3-1/2 hours.
Etihad Rail, Newport Tank sign MoU
20/07/2014 (Emirates 24/7 - UAE): Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's national railway, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NewPort Tank Containers, a leading global tank container operator with substantial operations in all major trade lanes.The agreement, signed by Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, Acting CEO of Etihad Rail , and Pim van den Doel, General Manager Middle East & India of NewPort Tank Containers, will allow NewPort to adopt rail as a transport solution for its shipping and logistics services in the region.The MoU represents yet another successful partnership with an organisation that recognises rail as the preferred means of cargo transport in the MENA region. "Etihad Rail is committed to supporting business and economic growth in the region," commented Faris Saif Al Mazrouei.
China faces major challenges in developing high speed rail sector
19/07/2014 (Want China Times - China): China's high speed rail sector is still facing major challenges in several areas, such as the development of original technology, manufacturing processes, brand image and intellectual property, before it distinguishes itself in the market, Guangzhou's Time Weekly reports. Chinese firms have acquired several overseas projects over the recent years but the projects are not really for the construction of high speed railways but general railways, lite rail, subways and diesel locomotives, said Wang Lan from the China Academy of Railway Sciences. But Wang Mengshu, a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, expressed optimism, saying that China has been in talks regarding high speed rail construction with 20 to 30 countries. China can obtain local strategic resources in exchange for the construction and repair of high speed rail.
HIGH-SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN ANKARA, ISTANBUL INAUGURATED
26/07/2014 (Daily Sabah - Turkey): ISTANBUL – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inaugurated the a highspeed train link between Ankara and Istanbul on Friday, his latest ambitious grand project to bring the country's infrastructure up to European standards. The project has been repeatedly delayed because of sabotages but Erdogan on Friday traveled on the first train from Ankara to Istanbul with the line open to the general public from Saturday. "We made a promise. We worked hard. We crossed the mountains, and passed over rivers," said Erdogan at Eskisehir, one of several stops the train was making on its way to Istanbul. "Despite all the attempts to sabotage, blockade, and slowdown, we completed the line and opened it for service today."
'More talks needed on China-Turkey high-speed railway'
05/07/2014 (Hurriyet - Turkey): Further negotiations on issues including geopolitics, technological standards and funding are needed for a high-speed railway China is planning between the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and Eastern Europe, according to experts who were interviewed by China Daily.The 6,000-km link will start in Xinjiang and pass through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Turkey to Bulgaria, said Zhao Xiaogang, former chairman of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co (CSR), a leading Chinese industrial manufacturer and exporter.Zhao is also an adviser to the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy.Passenger train speeds will reach 200 kph and freight trains 160 kph, Zhao told the daily.Investment in the line will be about $150 billion, Zhao said, adding that it could be largely finished in 2020 and fully completed by 2030."It can be regarded as a new Silk Road," he said.