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Government approves EUR 163.5 million loans for Croatian railways

The Croatian government has approved the loan agreements between the companies within the national rail operator Hrvatske Zeljeznice (HZ) and the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). The government approved a EUR 79 million loan for HZ Infrastruktura, a EUR 41.5 million loan for HZ Cargo and a EUR 43 million loan for HZ Putnicki Prijevoz (Passenger Transport). More

 

Kapsch, Algerian Railways SNTF to sign Rail-Telecom jv contract

Kapsch CarrierCom and the Algerian railways operator SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) signed a contract on the joint venture Rail-Telecom. Rail-Telecom is under joint ownership of SNTF (51%) and Kapsch CarrierCom (49%) as shareholding partners. More

 

KfW IPEX-Bank provides financing for Scottish railway network

KfW IPEX-Bank has provided structured financing for the Scottish railway network together with SMBC Leasing and Finance Inc. and RBS/Lombard. KfW IPEX-Bank’s contribution amounts to GBP 140 million (around EUR 190 million) More

 

Eesti Raudtee financial results for 2014

Estonian state-owned railway infrastructure company, AS Eesti Raudtee reported revenues of EUR 55.5 million and a net loss of EUR 0.26 million for 2014. The company’s operating income decreased by EUR 12.7 million (-18.6% y.o.y). More

 

Rolling stock

HXN3B, China’s most powerful shunting locomotive

CNR Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company has presented two units of the country’s most powerful AC drive shunting locomotive. HXN3B shunting locomotive is a 4400 hp AC Drive Electric Locomotive, providing a maximum speed of 100km/h. More

 

Siemens Vectron locomotive authorized for Czech Republic and Turkey

he Czech Rail Authority has granted final and full authorization for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate on all sections of the Czech network without any restrictions. As well, Turkish State Railways (TCDD) has authorized the multi-system version of the Vectron locomotive. More

 

Trenitalia orders additional Vivalto double-deck coaches

Trenitalia has placed an EUR 98 million order for 70 Vivalto regional double-deck coaches manufactured by Finmeccanica – AnsaldoBreda. The Italian passenger operator has exercised the option included in the previous contract signed in March 2010. More

 

Uzbekistan Railways annual freight wagon production to triple by 2019

“Liteyno-mehanicheskiy zavod” (“Casting and mechanical plant”), a subsidiary of Uzbekistan Railways, plans to increase its freight wagon production to 1200 units by 2019. The plant underwent extensive modernisation, the amounts invested reaching USD 120.2 million. More

 

Bombardier awarded EUR 196 million fleet maintenance contract

Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with National Express Group to provide maintenance for the new Essex Thameside franchise. The contract, which is for a ten-year period with the option to extend another 5 years, covers maintenance and spare parts on 74 four-car Class 357 ELECTROSTARtrains and is valued at approximately £143 million GBP (196 million euro, $213 million US). More

 

Infrastructure

Sofia inaugurates airport metro extension

Sofia metro line extension to the airport was inaugurated today. The new section is 5 km long and has 4 stations: Drujba, Iskarsko Shose, Sofia Sveta Gora and Sofia Airport. More