It’s Friday again and in this week’s International Rail News Roundup we see an African expansion for Alstom who purchase a stake in a South African rolling stock company, the revival of a Glasgow airport link, learn of reports of a chilling hack of the Moscow Wi-Fi by hackers claiming to be linked to ISIS, share an excellent detailed interview with Trainline's Clare Gilmartin (online seller of train tickets for British train services), see a step forward for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, read plans for Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) to open its first international procurement office in Shanghai and of course our rail video of the week which today shows a train ploughing through deep drifts in New Zealand. Think of this next time your train is cancelled due to snow…
Rolling Stock: Alstom buys stake in South African rolling stock business (Railway Gazette) - pictured above.
Alstom announced on November 26 that it had signed an agreement to buy a 51% stake in rolling stock refurbishment company Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering from Commuter Transport Engineering and Industrial Development Corp, which will remain as minority shareholders. An employee benefit scheme will also be created. Alstom said the acquisition would give it a stronger industrial and commercial base in the region.
Metro Projects: Tram-train and light rail plans for Glasgow Airport link (BBC)
Plans for a rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre have been revived with two options in the frame. One scheme, costing £144.3m, would see tram-train carriages run from Glasgow Central to the airport via Paisley. The other £102m option would see a new light rail system installed between Paisley Gilmour Street and the airport. A previous £120m plan was scrapped in 2009. Any new scheme will be paid for through the £1.13bn city deal fund from the UK and Scottish governments. Glasgow City Council leader Frank McAveety said a rail link was essential to the economic prosperity of the area.
ISIS supporters have issued a new warning of an imminent Paris-style terror attack on Moscow - with a chilling message on the city's underground WiFi network. The network, which is available on Moscow's underground rail system, was named: "Paris was yesterday, Moscow is today". And once users tried to log on, they were shown an ISIS flag which reiterated the warning of a fresh terror attack. It is thought that the network was renamed following the hack of an internet system earlier this week, which only emerged once members of the public began noticing the chillingly-named Wi-Fi network and alerted authorities.
Rail Business: 'You don't have to stay at work till midnight' - Trainline's Clare Gilmartin (Management Today)
Clare Gilmartin is a rarity, and not only because of the rather obvious fact that she is a female chief exec in the very male business of rail. It's a sector where the big cheeses apparently prefer to spend their time lobbying politicians or playing with their life-size train sets rather than worrying about the poor old passenger, who often seems to be regarded as an unwelcome intrusion on the boardroom agenda. So it makes a change to come across a rail company boss who pays more than lip service to the needs of their customers, welcoming emails from Trainline customers and even choosing to hook into the call centre to hear tales of woe and frustration from the frontline of the UK's creaking and overcrowded rail network.
High-Speed Rail : 98 submissions received for KL-Singapore High Speed Rail project (Channel News Asia)
European companies and consortia dominated the Request for Information (RFI) exercise for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project, according to Singapore and Malaysian transport authorities.A total of 98 submissions were received, including 14 from East Asia firms and 13 from Malaysian firms. The companies and consortia ranged from those in the civil and construction and operator sectors to advisory and technical consultancies, according to a joint press release by Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Malaysia’s Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam (SPAD).
Rolling Stock: Chinese rail technology rolls into Germany (CCTV)
An old saying goes, "the trains always run on-time in Germany," which defines the nation's spirit that favors schedules, precision and technical expertise above all else. While in recent years, China's train industry has achieved remarkable results; introducing more-advanced technologies to the market. Accordingly, Germany's largest state-owned railways corporation, Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) plans to open its first international procurement office in Shanghai.
Rail Video of the Week: Spectacular footage Train ploughing through deep snow at Arthurs Pass, New Zealand.
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