Local firm wins $1.9 billion railway contract in Tanzania

02/10/2017 (Sabah - Turkey): Turkey's Yapı Merkezi, which is ranked 78th on the list of world's largest contractors, has been awarded a $1.9 billion contract for a mega project in Tanzania. Having undertaken a $1.2-billion high-speed train project with its Portuguese partner in February, Yapı Merkezi has now single handedly won the contract for the second stage of the same project. It is now set to become the sole contractor for the second phase of construction in the project...


Train to Bring Tourists From 11 Countries to Iran

21/10/2017 (Financial Tribune - Iran): Tourists from 11 countries are expected to arrive in Iran on September 23 by the newly-launched tourism train named "1001 Nights", an official of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways said. Almost a week ago, a group of 59 foreign travelers started their train tour from Tashkent in Uzbekistan, crossing Samarkand and Bukhara cities, and later Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, Tin News website reported. "The train will continue its path to Iran, through Sarakhs border city in North Khorasan Province," Ali Kazemi Manesh, IRIR's director for planning and monitoring of rail services, said. "Carrying travelers from Algeria, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Australia, England, India, France, Belgium, Austria and Russia, the train will pass through Yazd, Isfahan, Fars and Tehran in a week."


Saudi Railway Polytechnic, Siemens launch training programme

21/10/2017 (GDN - Bahrain): Saudi Railway Polytechnic (SRP) in Qassim, Saudi Arabia, and Siemens, a technology leader, recently launched a three-year ‘Rail Technician’ training programme with the first batch of 40 local talents. The students will be trained in rail signalling, electrification, communication systems and operations, said a statement. The customised training programme incorporates aspects of Siemens rail curriculum from Germany, and combines theoretical and practical components in a dual education approach, it said. The launch of the training programme follows the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed earlier this year by the technical and vocational training corporation and Siemens, in the presence of HM King Salman and Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Saudi high-speed rail to start service in Q1 2018

21/10/2017 (GDN - Bahrain): Saudi authorities have successfully completed field work on the high-speed Haramain Express Train connecting the cities of Makkah and Madinah, said a report.The 450-km-long electric railway project will be ready before the year-end and the new train service is likely to begin in the first quarter of 2018, reported Arab News, citing the Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA).The project is in its final stages with 35 trains, boasting a capacity of 417 seats per train, ready for operations as per global standards, said the report. This serves as a qualitative addition to the transportation system in the kingdom. It aims to provide a fast, convenient, reliable and safe way of transport between Makkah and Madinah, as well as the cities of Jeddah and Rabigh, it stated.


Siemens Wins $1 Billion Contract for Israel Railway’s New Self-propelling Train Cars

27/09/2017 (Haaretz - Israel): The German industrial conglomerate Siemens is the successful bidder that will supply 330 electric passenger train cars to Israel Railways, the state-owned rail company informed the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Siemens will receive 3.2 billion shekels ($907 million) for supplying the rail cars themselves, roughly 400 million shekels for maintenance services and another 230 million shekels for building a maintenance facility in Israel. All told, the German company’s contract will be worth 3.83 billion shekels.