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Locos in Poland – infrastructure remains the greatest obstacle

modernized SM42 by Newag

Most locos travelling on Polish tracks are still ‘oldies’, kept in service for at least 25-30 years. Those operators that have adequate funds and resources are planning to purchase new units or modernise the battle-weary veterans. However, a long-standing problem is the condition of the railway infrastructure – modern locos …

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Overview – Polish rolling stock manufacturers

Overview - Polish rolling stock manufacturers

For several years, Polish manufacturers of rolling stock have been paying close attention to the terms of tenders for supply of new trains and trams abroad. Manufacturers such as Pesa Bydgoszcz and Solaris are managing to sell their products beyond the borders of Poland, and Newag Nowy Sącz (listed on …

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EUR 1 bn for Bulgaria’s major rail infrastructure project

Over EUR 1.6 bn in EU funding for Bulgaria's railway infrastructure during 2014-2020 programming period

The major railway project estimated at EUR 1 bn and included the Operational Programme “Transport and Transport Infrastructure” 2014 – 2020 is the Modernization of Sofia – Septemvri railway section, declared Hristo Alexiev, Deputy Director of the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC).  According to him, the complexity of the project is generated by severe terrain. The procedure for selecting a contractor …

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Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO: We support a trusting relationship with Russian companies

Wartung der Sapsan-Züge im Depot Metallostroy

Siemens is under no pressure from German authorities in regarding its cooperation with Russia, stated Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There was no pressure, when the head of a major German company, which has worked in Russia for 160 years, came to meet with the Russian …

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Growth prospects for private railway passenger operators in Central and Eastern Europe


With a new approach to operating a railway passenger business, focusing on constantly improving customer experience and increasing customer satisfaction, private undertaking companies in Central and Eastern Europe are growing and expanding their activities within their home countries or beyond national borders. Leo Express started operations on the Czech railway …

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