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British engineering company Ricardo will oversee the conversion of the Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ diesel multiple unit into the first UK hybrid vehicle. The train will be equipped with MTU Hybrid PowerPacks that combines diesel and battery-powered traction. The conversion should be completed by 2020. Ricardo’s rail division was chosen by the UK-based rolling stock owner Porterbrook to provide engineering expertise for...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Siemens S70 tram in Houston, source: Wikipedia

Siemens to deliver more trams to Texas

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) has ordered 14 low-floor trams for the light rail system in Houston, Texas. After finalising the deal, the number of S70 Siemens-made trams on the Houston streets...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
ForCity Alpha tram in Prague, source: Wikipedia

Škoda finalises 250-tram supply to Prague

Škoda Transportation Group has delivered the 250th ForCity Alfa low-floor tram to Prague. The Czech manufacturer finalised the long-term order to Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) in 2005. The first tram of this type became...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Talgo train, source: Talgo

23 Talgo-made trains for Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has ordered 23 new long-distance trains to be produced by the Spanish manufacturer Talgo. The deal is worth 550 million Euros and includes an option for ordering another 77 trainsets. The first train...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Slovenske zeleznice mobile application, source: Mykola Zasiadko

Slovenske železnice launches mobile ticket application

Slovenian national railway operator Slovenske železnice (SŽ) has launched a mobile application for ticket purchase. The programme is available for installation on devices using both Android and iOS operating systems. The mobile application ‘Grem z vlakom’...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
VR Class Sm4 train, source: Wikipedia

Finland will take part in Rail Baltica

The Finnish government has decided to participate in the Rail Baltica project. Finland will establish a special enterprise to become a shareholder of RB Rail company, a joint venture that was incorporated by the three...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Refurbished IC2000 coaches, source: SBB

SBB unveils refurbished passenger double-decker cars

Swiss railway operator SBB unveiled the first two prototypes of the IC2000 refurbished passenger coaches. The double-decker cars were modernised at the company’s workshop in Olten. SBB invests over 300 million Swiss Francs (around 263.5...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
81-765 train in Baku metro, source: Wikipedia

Metrovagonmash to supply 6 trains to Baku metro

Metrovagonmash, part of Transmashholding, has signed a new contract with Azerbaijan public transport company Bakı Metropoliteni. The Russian manufacturer will supply six five-car metro trains type 81-765.B/766.B to Baku. The first units will be delivered...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko