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Bulgarian Development Bank announces sealed-bid auction for 500 BDZ freight wagons

Bulgarian Development Bank AD (BDB) is selling 500 freight wagons, owned by Holding BDZ, pledged in favor of BDB. The goods wagons are divided in 500 lots and are being offered in their present condition. The starting price for all units is EUR 4.6 million. More


Mitsubishi Electric tests SiC power modules on Shinkansen trains

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it has completed the installation of railcar traction converter/inverter systems with all-silicon carbide (SiC) power modules on N700 Shinkansen bullet trains for Central Japan Railway Company (JR-Central) and begun testing. These are the first 3.3kV, 1500A traction systems to be installed on a high-speed train line, according to the company’s own research. More


Alstom hands over a H3 hybrid locomotive to Volkswagen

Alstom handed over a H3 hybrid locomotive to Volkswagen (VW) during a ceremony at Alstom’s Stendal site in Scaxony-Anhalt, Germany, where the locomotives were built. More


Stadler EMUs enter service in Serbia

Serbian Railways has introduced into regular service the first Stadler Flirt III EMUs. The ICS (Inter City Serbia) train will operate on a regular basis on Belgrade – Novi Sad – Subotica route. More


Hyundai Rotem signs maintenance-contract extension in Ukraine

Hyundai Rotem and Ukraine Railway Speed Company (URSC), the operator of the state-run Ukrainian Railways, have signed a maintenance-contract extension under which the South Korean rolling stock manufacturer will provide maintenance and repair works for the HRCS2 EMUs that run in Kiev until 2022. More



MAV inaugurates GSM-R monitoring and control center

MAV has inaugurated the GSM-R monitoring and control center in Budapest. In a first phase, the GSM-R system is being installed on 935 km of the Hungarian national rail network. Works are due for completion at the end of 2015. More


EIB lends EUR 180 million to ADIF Alta Velocidad

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 180 million loan to ADIF Alta Velocidad ??to finance the installation of signalling, telecommunications and safety equipment, as well as the introduction of ERTMS on 810 km of lines, during 2014 – 2018. More


Free WiFi in 108 public transport stations in Moscow

Mosgortrans has launched its project to offer free WiFi in public transport stations. Starting with the 24th of June, Moscow has WiFi connection in 108 tramway, bus, railway and metro stations located in different districts of the city. By the end of the year the number of transport stations offering the service will increase to 450. More


Contract signed for design of Moscow – Kazan High Speed Line

OJSC High Speed ??Lines, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, and a consortium formed of Mosgiprotrans, Nizhegorodmetroproekt and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd, have signed the 20 billion roubles contract for the development of the design documentation for the construction of Moscow – Kazan section, of Moscow – Kazan – Yekaterinburg high-speed railway line. More


Declaration on the implementation of Rail Baltica project signed

The Transport ministers of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland have signed a declaration on the implementation of the ‘Rail Baltica’ project, in the framework of ‘TEN-T days 2015’ event, organised in Riga on 22-23 June. More



World Bank seeks consultants for Azerbaijan Railways’ asset management system implementation

The Republic of Azerbaijan has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Rail Trade and Transport Facilitation Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consulting services for Establishment of the Asset Management System for Azerbaijan Railways (ADY). More