Sunday, January 29, 2012

Rio Tinto Alcan employee dies in Quebec railway accident

MONTREAL - A Rio Tinto Alcan employee was struck and killed by a rail car today in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Que.
... The accident occurred this morning at the Roberval-Saguenay railway, which is owned by Rio Tinto Alcan. Continued

Cuban Railroad Increases Transfer of Goods

Havana, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) As part of a strategy to improve railroad services in Cuba, that means of transportation carried over 25 percent of cargo last year.
With 5.5 million tons of cargo transported in 2011, it was possible to increase the cargo transfered last year by 27 percent, the general director of the Union of Railroads of Cuba, Miguel Acuña, told Granma newspaper. Continued

Karachi to Premnagar Dry port: Railways restores freight train service

Pakistan Railways (PR) administration has restored freight train service between Karachi seaports to Premnagar Dry port Lahore for container service after the span of six months suspension.The sources in the Railway Headquarter told Business Recorder here on Saturday.
The officials at Premnagar Dry port claimed that some 600 wagons loaded with oil, containers, phosphate, railway material and other commercial items had reached at Premnager Dry port and second train will reach on Sunday (today). Continued

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The Eilat railway is of strategic, national, and international importance

"The Eilat Railway will be a passenger railway with a travel time of two hours," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his opening remarks at today's cabinet meeting.
"This will also be a line for the shipment of goods from Asia to Europe. This will create a very great interest on the part of the rising powers - India and China - and others, in Israel. It therefore has strategic, national, and international importance to build this line." Continued

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Haramain Railway deals are transparent: Minister

RIYADH: Transport Minster Jabara Al-Seraisry said Saturday the SR30.8 billion contract for Phase II of the Haramain High Speed Rail Project (HHSRP) linking the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah was awarded with total transparency and fairness.
“Formalities in (the award of contracts) for the HHSRP were completed strictly adhering to internationally followed principles of transparency and fairness and with the aim of achieving the highest standards in the world,” Al-Seraisry, who is also chairman of the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO), said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.
In order to guarantee the best bid in terms of finance, technology and standards, the ministry invited global bids from companies specializing in high-speed railways, Al-Seraisry said. Continued

Railways may finish Mumbai Central plan ahead of time

MUMBAI: The Western Railway (WR) administration has begun work on extending the length of platforms at Mumbai Central (Main line) to accommodate 24-coach trains.
The project may be completed by May 2012 and will increase the carrying capacity of the long-distance trains by 33%. Continued

Friday, January 27, 2012

Stark divide revealed in levels of railway passenger satisfaction

NORTHERN Rail scored one of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in the country in a national survey which revealed stark regional differences for passengers.
Passenger Focus, which surveyed 30,590 rail travellers for its annual study, said the satisfaction scores for individual routes provided by different firms varied from 72 per cent to 95 per cent.
Nationally, the percentage of passengers satisfied with their journey overall remained the same, at 84 per cent. However, satisfaction with value for money fell from 49 per cent to 46 per cent. Continued

Plans for Afghan-Turkmenistan railway under way

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) Afghan officials say they have finalized designs with neighboring Turkmenistan for Afghanistan's second international rail link.
President Hamid Karzai's office says in a statement Thursday that construction is expected to begin soon.
The railroad to Turkmenistan would link landlocked Afghanistan to a regional transport network, increasing the country's export potential. Continued

Two prototype railway wagons sent to Kota for trials

Two prototype wagons-BOXN 25M and BLC 25M-manufactured by Golden Rock Railway Workshop (GOC) have been sent for oscillation trials to the railway workshop, Kota.
The work was entrusted to the GOC by Research Design and Standards Organisation, Ministry of Railways.
These wagons with higher capacity axle load of 25 tonnes have been provided with swing motion bogies, P.Mahesh, Chief Workshop Manager, GOC, Tiruchi, said on Thursday, during the 63 Republic Day celebration.
Likewise, the second NMR steam loco was ready for trial run and likely to be despatched during this month-end. Continued

Railway project could link up tourist attractions

A RAILWAY project, which could eventually see tourist spots along the banks of the River Severn linked up, is going full steam ahead.
Volunteers involved with the Beaver line, which stands for Berkeley Vale Railway, have said they are optimistic about the project’s success now local companies and Stroud MP Neil Carmichael have jumped on board.
It is hoped that eventually the Beaver Line will run from Sharpness, where a new station, restaurant and museum are planned to be built, past Berkeley, where another station will be opened, along the River Severn to Oldbury. Continued

Take the train - on your own dime

This summer, my family and I spent nearly two weeks in Germany following our national women's soccer team around during the Women's World Cup.
Most of the time, we drove from place to place in a rented Peugeot, watching as Mercedes, Audis and Porsches whizzed past us on the Autobahn. But once we got set up in a Berlin hotel for our final five days, we became committed train passengers. Continued

Railways workers seek action against corrupt officials

Lahore—Rail Mazdoor Ittehad Senior Vice President Sheikh Mohammad Anwar has demanded the government to award exemplary punishment to corrupt officials of Pakistan Railways who were involved in heinous crime of eating up billion of rupees in the name of overhauling of 36 locomotives and supplying contaminated diesel that ruined over 95 locomotives. He expressed these views while talking to media men at union office here.
Sheikh Anwar said that not only corrupt officials of PR have ruined locomotives because of their sheer negligence but spare parts of points crossing worth over Rs 250 million are lying useless in stores as these parts have been purchased just for the sake of kick-backs. Continued

Commission requests Netherlands to completely implement railway interoperability directive

Brussels- The European Commission has today asked the Netherlands to fully implement a directive concerning railway interoperability, which is aimed at enabling the rail sector to compete more effectively with other transport modes.
The Netherlands have so far failed to notify the Commission of all measures taken to fully implement directive 2008/57/EC into national law. The Commission’s request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures.
If the Netherlands fails to inform the Commission within two months of the measures it has taken to ensure full compliance with EU law, the Commission could refer the case to the European Court of Justice. Continued

157 years old and still chugging steady

CHENNAI: It may be 157 years old, but it is still the darling of Chennai as people jostled with one another to have a glimpse of the oldest steam locomotive in the world as it embarked on its third heritage journey to mark India’s 63rd Republic day.
It was a festive atmosphere at platform number four with policemen trying to keep away the crowd as VIPs tried to squeeze in to enjoy the 10-km journey from Egmore to Guindy.
The locomotive East Indian Railways (EIR) 21, created by Kitson Thomson and Hewitson of England in 1855, was attached to a 25-year-old compartment that also completed its shelf life in 2010 and was converted into a heritage special. Continued

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Trains could return to Portishead railway line within five years

Trains could be running on the Portishead railway line again within five years.
That is the view of a rail industry insider who says plans to reopen the line from Bristol Temple Meads to the North Somerset town are already at an advanced stage.
The expert, who has asked to remain anonymous, believes the reopening of both the Portishead and Henbury Loop lines will be included in the new franchise agreement for the Great Western rail network. Continued