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First private operator awarded subsidised operating contract
CZECH REPUBLIC: The Ministry of Transport awards private company GW Train Regio a 10-year contract to operate Plzeň – Most services.

Trenitalia signs regional EMU contracts with Alstom and Hitachi
ITALY: Trenitalia signs framework contracts for up to 450 regional electric multiple-units with firm orders for 86 units.

In the news this week
HKX and DB end ticketing co-operation
GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn and open access operator Hamburg-Köln-Express end their ticket acceptance agreement.

GWR orders more Hitachi trainsets
UK: Great Western Railway confirms an order for Hitachi Rail Europe to supply an additional seven electro-diesel trainsets.

Akiem buys 44 locomotives
FRANCE: Vossloh Locomotives signs a €140m contract to supply Akiem with 44 Type DE18 diesel-electric locomotives.

Hyperloop Transportation innovation train
GERMANY: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and Deutsche Bahn are to create a prototype ‘innovation train’.

ALE delivers Saudi trainset
SAUDI ARABIA: Specialist heavy-lift logistics company ALE delivers a CAF trainset for Saudi Railway Co.

Metrolinx orders 125 Bombardier BiLevel coaches
CANADA: Greater Toronto transport agency Metrolinx exercises options for a further 125 Bombardier BiLevel coaches.

Vorarlberg passenger agreement signed
AUSTRIA: A unified agreement is signed for the funding of passenger rail services in Vorarlberg.

Carajás Railroad branch completed
BRAZIL: Tracklaying on the 101 km branch from the Carajás Railroad main line to Vale SA’s S11D mining project is substantially finished.

Uncertainty hits Eurostar business
EUROPE: Cross-Channel high speed train operator Eurostar reports a ‘challenging’ second quarter of 2016

TRB Lightweight Structures Unveil Innovative Composite Rail Door at Innotrans 2016
TRB Lightweight Structures will be displaying their innovative lightweight composite rail door at Innotrans 2016. Manufactured using lightweight materials that comply with industry standard regulations, including fire, smoke and toxicity, the composite door will provide a robust solution to OEM’s that reduces energy consumption, journey times and lowers lifecycle costs.
TRB Lightweight Structures have been providing the rail industry with lightweight engineered solutions for rail car applications for over 40 years. Recently the company has embarked on a joint-venture with Austrian based Seisenbacher to better serve their customers across Europe.
Experts in materials, engineering and manufacture the company has worked on iconic projects with major international train manufacturers. These include the manufacture of interior components for Hitachi Rail Europe and Kasado, Japan on the Class 800/801 Intercity Express Programme and a suite of lightweight interior products for the West-Coast Pendolino.
Along with the lightweight composite rail door the company will also be displaying a bike storage unit currently in manufacture for the Hitachi IEP 800/801 trains. The unit is a custom engineered solution, the result of strong collaboration between the two firms.
Speaking of the success TRB and Hitachi Rail Europe shared, Jamie Foster, Hitachi Procurement Director commented “With the class 800/801 trains, Hitachi aims to set the standard for design, quality and weight savings. Once again the TRB designers and engineers have risen to these challenges meeting the demands of the programme. Working with partners who provide collaborative solutions to engineering challenges is essential to the smooth progress of these types of projects”.

You can visit TRB Lightweight Structures at Stand 313 at Innotrans 2016 between 20-23 September.


More news
'Brexit': no rush for change
ANALYSIS: The short-term implications of Brexit for the European railway sector should not be dramatic.

Ammonia tank production begins
RUSSIA: TikhvinСhemMash begins series production of Type 15-6926 ammonia tank wagons.

Grand Hibernian refurbishment
IRELAND: Luxury hotel and cruise operator Belmond is to launch its seventh train this month.

Resignalling contract award
UK: Network Rail awards Siemens Rail Automation the Victoria 2 resignalling contract.

Surbana Jurong acquires SMEC
SMEC: Singapore-based urban development consultancy Surbana Jurong acquires SMEC for S$400m.

Wabtec buys Gerken Group
GERKEN: Wabtec Corp buys carbon product manufacturer Gerken Group.

Loram expands in Europe
UK: Loram Maintenance of Way acquires full ownership of UK rolling stock engineering and operating company RVEL.

Rail freight news in brief
WORLD: Round-up of world rail freight news

International rail tenders
The Supply of Monitoring Systems for Railway Safety
Organisation: Israel Railways
Location: Israel
Deadline: 20 Sep 2016

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