Category: Railroad & Mass Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit Puts New Train Cars Into Service

11 June, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein A major improvement to the interior of the new cars is the new seats and seating arrangement. There are wider handholds on top of each seat and smooth new seat coverings. In addition, the new seats have more room underneath for service animals or carry-on luggage. Although there are fewer seatsRead More

Stadler’s New Battery-Operated Train

8 April, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein The prototype of the new battery-operated FLIRT completed its demonstration trip from the Stadler grounds in Berlin’s Pankow borough to Schildow, Germany, in Brandenburg state without an external power supply. The FLIRT Akku is a full-fledged FLIRT that combines proven components with an innovative drive concept. While the traction equipment andRead More

SNCF Buys New High-Speed Trains

12 March, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 26 July 2018, the board of directors of Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) Mobilités approved a firm order for 100 next-generation Avelia Horizon very-high-speed trains from Alstom. SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company, believes this new generation of very-high-speed trains will make the company more profitable and competitiveRead More

Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide up to 50 TRAXX MS3 Locomotives to CD Cargo

12 February, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 21 August 2018 Bombardier Transportation and CD Cargo, the freight subsidiary of Czech Railways, announced the signing of a purchase agreement for up to 50 of the newest generation of Bombardier TRAXX Multisystem (MS) locomotives. MS series locomotives can operate using more than one source of overhead electric power orRead More

Keolis to Continue Operating the Bergen Light-Rail Network for Another Eight Years

9 January, 2019 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 29 June 2018, the Keolis’ Norwegian subsidiary, Keolis Norge, was awarded a contract by Bybanen AS, the local transport authority, to continue operating the Bergen, Norway, light-rail network. The new contract is for an additional eight years and to also manage the maintenance of the trams. This renewed contract, whichRead More

First Low-Floor Passenger Train Powered by Hydrogen-Fuel Cell in Europe

18 December, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 6 February 2018, Alstom was awarded the Europe 1 Mobility Trophy for the Alstom Coradia iLint. The Coradia Lint is a single-unit or two-unit articulated railcar manufactured by Alstom, offered in diesel and hydrogen models. Lint is short for leichter innovativer Nahverkehrstriebwagen, or light innovative local transport rail vehicle. ItRead More

Automated Trains in The Pilbara

5 November, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 18 May 2018, Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, announced that the autonomously operated iron ore trains that have been tested in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as described in the March 2018 issue of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine have passed their tests andRead More

Sound Transit to Build Light-Rail Maintenance Facility

7 October, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein Sound Transit in the Seattle, Washington, area held an open house on 17 May 2018 at its site for a new light-rail Operations and Maintenance Facility in Bellevue, Washington. The Operations and Maintenance Facility East (OMF East) is needed to support expansion of the region’s light-rail system in the city ofRead More

New Reversible Substation for Milan

7 August, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 18 December 2017, Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM), Milan’s subway operator, put into service its first 1,500-V bidirectional substation on the Yellow Line of the Milan Underground. The Yellow Line is a standard-gauge line fed from a dc overhead line. The manufacturer of the new unit, Alstom, calls their line ofRead More

NJ Transit Orders More Dual-Power Locomotives

10 July, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 2 January 2018, Bombardier Transportation announced that New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit) had exercised an option for 17 additional Bombardier ALP-45 dual-power locomotives. This order is valued at approximately US$160 million (€133 million) and is based on a contract for 26 locomotives signed in 2008. NJ Transit exercised aRead More

California High-Speed Rail Authority Announces Early Train Operator Contract

13 June, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

Article by Harvey Glickenstein On 15 November 2017, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors approved the awarding of a contract for early train operator services to DB Engineering and Consulting USA. The early train operator will assist the CHSRA with planning, designing, and implementing the nation’s first true high-speed rail program. TheRead More

Rio Tinto Completes First Fully Autonomous Rail Journey

15 May, 2018 | Railroad & Mass Transit

By Harvey Glickenstein Rio Tinto completed a 60+ mile pilot run on 10 October 2017 without a driver on board, making it the first fully autonomous heavy-haul train journey to ever take place in Australia. The journey was closely monitored in real time by Rio Tinto teams and representatives of the Office of the NationalRead More