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International Rail News Roundup (21st August 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Aug 21, 2015

Dubai_MetroIn this week's rail news roundup we bring you an update on the tender situation for the much anticipated Jeddah Metro in Saudi Arabia, a big birthday for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) in the UK, a peak at the first locomotive produced by the Bombardier backed joint venture in Russia - First Locomotive Company, get a behind the scenes look at a major overhaul on the Dubai Metro, learn the latest development in the troubled Compass smart-card system in Vancouver, see how passengers can charge their devices with Metra in Chicago, watch drunk passengers kept safe in Japan by a smart CCTV and take an early morning ride on an Alaskan railroad in our Rail Video of the Week...

Metro Projects: Tenders for Jeddah Metro's first phase issued soon (Arabian Supply Chain)

Tenders for Jeddah Metro's first phase will be issued this year, and the rest in 2016, an official from Jeddah Metro Company has revealed. The system, due to be established by 2022, will comprise light trains, such as trams, along the Corniche and Al Dawai trains, reports Saudi Gazette. Jeddah Metro will also serve Al Muntalaq Station, due to be connected with Haramain train to provide a seamless journey to Makkah. The project, which is expected to cost $11.9 billion, is expected provide transport to 30% of Jeddah's commuters by the year 2040.

Transport Safety: ORR marks 175 years of rail safety in Britain (European Railway Review)

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) celebrates 175 years of the Railway Inspectorate (RI) and its work improving rail health and safety in Britain. The Railway Inspectorate, now part of the ORR, has helped promote rail safety in Britain for 175 years via its safety inspectors. In 1840, through the Railway Regulation Act, the Board of Trade appointed the first Railway Inspector to inspect construction and equipment of new railways. The Regulation of Railways Act 1871 is generally regarded as the founding legislation of the modern inspectorate.

Rolling Stock: Russia’s First Locomotive Company unveils new loco (International Rail Journal)

The first locomotive produced by First Locomotive Company, the joint venture of Zavod Metallokonstrukcii and Bombardier, was unveiled at a ceremony held at the joint venture's Engels plant in Saratov region, Russia, on August 19. The multi-system 1520mm-gauge locomotive, named Prince Vladimir, is based on Bombardier's Traxx platform and has a top speed of 120km/h. It is suitable for operation with 25kV ac 50Hz and 3kV dc traction and has a diesel engine for last mile operations. The unit is designed for operations in temperatures ranging from -55°C to 45°C and can haul 7000-9000-tonne trains.

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Preventative maintenance: Dubai Metro: Dismantled and reassembled – behind the scenes of a major overhaul (Gulf News)

At least 16 trains of the Dubai Metro have clocked more than 600,000 kilometres and are up for a major maintenance overhaul that will see all the underlying parts of the trains completely dismantled and serviced. Gulf News got an exclusive access to the Al Ghusais Depot, the biggest of the three depots that are dedicated for the maintenance of Dubai Metro trains. The fully air-conditioned depot, located near the Etisalat Metro station on the Green Line, houses a stabling shed, a light repair workshop and a heavy repair workshop as well as washing facilities and testing tracks.

Metro ticketing: Metro Vancouver’s Compass transit smart-card system to run in fall (Globe and Mail)

The Vancouver region’s transit authority says its Compass smart-card system will be fully deployed by this November, launching the troubled $194-million project after years of delays that angered the public and fuelled opposition to a failed plebiscite on transportation funding. Cathy McLay, chief financial officer for TransLink and acting CEO for the organization as of next week, announced the timetable Thursday during a news conference at the transit system’s Waterfront Station.

Future Rail: Metra Installing Free Charging Stations (Mass Transit)

Metra in Chicago announced Aug. 18 that it is installing charging stations at Millennium Station, Van Buren Street Station, LaSalle Street Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center to provide its customers with a convenient and free place to recharge electronic mobile devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Charging stations at Millennium Station were installed last week and all four stations are expected to be complete by September. Metra also anticipates installing charging stations in the coming months in its ticketing area at Chicago Union Station.

Rail CCTV: Drunk Japanese rail passengers to be kept safe by smart CCTV system (SmartRail World)

Hard-drinking Japanese commuters who over-indulge will be now be automatically detected via smart cameras as part of a campaign to cut down on alcohol fuelled accidents which account for 60% of the overall total. The initiative believed to be the first in the world is currently being trialled by West Japan Railway Company at Kyobashi station, which is located near one of Osaka’s entertainment districts, a popular area for late-drinking salarymen who are well-served by their extensive urban train networks.

Rail Video of the Week: Alaskan Railroad in the Morning Timelapse

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:

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7th August 2015

31st July 2015

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17th July 2015


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