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June 5, 2016

The first official freight train crosses the Gotthard tunnel

The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT), Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Canton of Uri have run the first official freight train though the recently inaugurated Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest and deepest rail tunnel. More

USD 5.9 bn Chinese loan for Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail construction project

China will provide a 400 bln rubles ($5.9 bln) 20-year loan for Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway project, informed Alexander Misharin First Vice-President of Russian Railways. “RUB 52 bln rubles (aimed for the section) through Nizhny Novgorod will be allocated to the equity capital (of the project company – TASS) and 250 bln rubles will be granted as a 20-year loan while the second section implies USD1 bln (to be allocated) to the equity capital and a 20-year loan worth RUB 150 bln rubles,” he said. More

ELL orders 50 additional Siemens Vectron locomotives

Siemens and European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a provider of full-service leasing of locomotives, have again signed a framework agreement for the delivery of 50 Vectron locomotives. More

Bulgarian road transport leader establishes rail freight operator

The Bulgarian road transport market leader PIMK Holding Group has entered the rail freight business by establishing PIMK Rail, Bulgaria’s newest rail freight operator. With a planned EUR 9 million for capital investments, PIMK Rail will start operations this autumn. The rail freight operator will run company trains, aiming to take part of its containerised cargo off the road and shift it to rail, informs Capital. More

Open access operator Locomore signs two rolling stock contracts

Crowdfunded German operator Locomore has signed two rolling stock contracts for its Stuttgart- Berlin regular service to be launched in December 2016. The open access operator has signed with SRI Rail Invest a rental contract for eight passenger coaches which will be will be fundamentally modernised. More

EUR 4 bn contracts for the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel signed

Femern A/S signed four major construction contracts worth almost DKK 30 billion (EUR 4 bn) with the international contractor consortia that will be responsible for the construction of the 18 km Fehmarnbelt tunne, the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel, connecting Denmark and Germany. More

Plans for Free WiFi in St. Petersburg Metro starting with 2017

St. Petersburg Committee for Investments and MaximaTelecom are negotiating the launch of free WiFi in St. Petersburg metro starting with Autumn 2017, reports TASS. The projects foresees to roll out wireless network coverage to 67 stations on five lines and 1,600 metro cars. More

European railway companies to improve cross-border collaboration

The CEOs of the European railway companies met on the 30th of May in Lugano to discuss the challenges of the mobility of the future which they plan to address as a collective effort. The representatives of European railways have signed a Declaration on mutual cooperation in the development of railway transport. More

Ingeteam to supply equipment for Talgo high-speed trains in Uzbekistan

Ingeteam has signed a contract with Talgo for the supply of equipment for four high-speed tractor units for Uzbekistan, thereby helping to extend the country’s fleet of electric traction vehicles. The Ingeteam supply comprises the engineering of the electric system, traction chain equipment, battery chargers, control systems and high voltage switch-gear. Ingeteam will also be responsible for the control electronics, to be adapted to comply with the country’s signalling and communication regulations. More