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International Rail News Roundup (20th November)

Posted by Luke Upton on Nov 20, 2015

Alstom in Melbourne (SmartRail World)It’s Friday again and in this week’s International Rail News Roundup we see another project coming online for Alstom, this time in Melbourne, in a tough week for France learn that excessive speed was the cause of deadly TGV derailment on Saturday, get the inside track on Nomad Digital’s new deal with Austrian Railways, see a boost for ASEAN rail with the Thai government approving their section of the China-Singapore railway, learn how a move from Canadian Pacific (CP) to buy US rail company Norfolk Southern (NS) for $28.4bn, would create the largest rail company in North America and of course our rail video of the week which today shows a relaxed approach to travelling with Irish Rail

Rolling Stock: Alstom delivers ahead of schedule new trains for Melbourne (Alstom) - Pictured Above.

Alstom has delivered the latest batch of eight X’Trapolis for Melbourne’s suburban network to Public Transport Victoria (PTV) ahead of schedule. The trains, which have been tested at Alstom’s regional manufacturing centre in Ballarat, will provide a boost to the busy and growing suburban rail networks. The new trains will expand the operating fleet of X’Trapolis trains to 82 trains, all of which have been delivered on time and on budget. The fleet has proven to be the most reliable and best performing trains on the Melbourne network. This delivery milestone follows an additional order for a further five X’Trapolis trains announced by the Victorian state government in March 2015, expected to start operating on the network by late 2016.

High-Speed Rail: Excessive Speed Caused TGV Derailment, Says SNCF (Mass Transit)

SNCF released an initial report on the fatal derailment near Strasbourg on November 14 of a TGV during commissioning trials for Phase 2 of LGV Est-Européene. There were 37 people injured and 11 fatalities. The initial conclusions in the report include:

  • No abnormalities in the condition and operation of the infrastructure
  • No issue in the maintenance of the train
  • No significant issue in traffic management

Passenger Wi-fi: Nomad Digital Established 10-Year Partnership with OBB (Austrian Federal Railways) (Nomad Digital)

Nomad Digital has announced a 10-year framework agreement with the primary Austrian rail operator, ÖBB, forming a strategic partnership which will see Nomad Digital provide fully-integrated enhanced passenger solutions for the majority of the ÖBB train fleet and Postbuses. The initial phase of the strategic agreement includes the deployment of improved Passenger WiFi, portal, and multi-media services on the entire ÖBB Railjet fleet of 51 trains, plus 9 brand new multi-country trains which serve Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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Metro Projects: ASEAN rail boost as China and Thailand reach deal for new 873km line (SmartRail World)

With just a few days until SmartRail Asia opens its doors in Bangkok, ASEAN rail has received a huge boost with an approval of responsibilities for all involved with the transnational railway from southern China to the Gulf of Thailand. The 873km standard gauge railway is set to cost Baht 400bn ($US 11bn) and is one of the most ambitious projects to come to the region. This agreement is a key stepping stone for China’s plan for a line running approximately 3,000km from Kunming in the south-west of the country through to Singapore. A foundation stone-laying ceremony for the project is scheduled for 19 December with construction is due to begin in mid-2016.

Rail Business: Norfolk Southern considering Canadian Pacific's merger offer (Railway Technology)

Canadian Pacific (CP) has made an offer to buy US rail company Norfolk Southern (NS) for $28.4bn, which would create the largest rail company in North America. CP said that the proposed business combination would lead to a transcontinental railroad that will deliver enhanced levels of service to customers and communities, as well as improve competition and create significant shareholder value. Norfolk termed the offer 'low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional' and noted that their board of directors, in consultation with its financial and legal advisers, would carefully evaluate the offer. However, it said that any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles.

Rail Video of the Week: Relaxed Fares - Irish Rail


What is the International Rail News Roundup? There’s never a shortage of global rail news stories, but keeping track of those launches, announcements, innovations, take-overs and developments that are crucial to your business can be a challenge. So the team here at SmartRail World bring you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources.For the latest news, as it happens subscriber for free to SmartRail World.


Recent Editions of the International Rail News Roundup:

13th November 2015

6th November 2015

30th October 2015

23rd October 2015

16th October 2015


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Luke Upton

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