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Spain / Talgo plans first hydrogen-powered train by 2023

Spanish rolling stock manufacturer Talgo plans to start operating its Vittal One hydrogen train by 2023. Talgo will carry out validation tests of a hydrogen-powered propulsion unit in early 2021, and between 2021 and 2023 it will be installed in the new train. The power unit uses hydrogen fuel cells to power the traction motors and is also supported by auxiliary batteries that are charged by regenerative braking. The system can also be installed in trains other than the Vittal One, and trains with diesel engines can also be converted.
Source: Talgo press release 19.11.2020

Germany / DB Cargo invests in Eisenhüttenstadt for ArcelorMittal

Rail freight transport operator DB Cargo has signed a ten-year contract with ArcelorMittal to supply the blast furnace in Eisenhüttenstadt. Up to 2031, DB Cargo will thus supply raw materials for one of the largest German steel locations. For the transport of iron ore, coke and limestone, DB Cargo will by summer 2021 procure 352 multifunctional double cars with a total of 1,408 special containers, designed by Innofreight. DB Cargo is also having two semi-automated unloading facilities built at the Eisenhüttenstadt plant by summer 2021 and will operate them itself. The new transport services will start directly afterwards. In total, up to 4.2 million t of raw materials can then be transported annually.
Source: DB Cargo press release 16.11.2020

Hungary / Stadler and Alstom bid for 42 low-floor EMUs for MÁV-HÉV

The two manufacturers Stadler and Alstom have submitted a bid for the supply of 42 electric multiple units (EMU) to MÁV-HÉV, a subsidiary of the Hungarian state railway MÁV (((40/2020-85582))). The low-floor EMUs will be used on the urban railway network around Budapest on lines H5, H6 and H7, which is operated by MÁV-HÉV. Delivery is scheduled to take place between 2023 and 2025. The order also includes an option for 12 additional EMUs. Stadler and Alstom will now enter into technical negotiations with the Budapest Development Agency (BFK) and MÁV-HÉV to present a final technical design and price for the new trains.
Source: Railway Pro 16.11.2020

Poland / EC finances 21 electric trains for Warsaw

The European Commission (EC) has approved an investment of EUR 46 million from the Cohesion Fund to finance 21 electric trains and the modernisation of a depot in Warsaw. The new trains (((10/2020-77507))) will be used on the modernised railway lines in Warsaw from January 2023.
Source: EC press release 16.11.2020

Luxembourg / CFL Cargo orders 10 multi-system locomotives from Bombardier

Luxembourg\'s rail freight operator CFL Cargo has signed a contract with the rolling stock manufacturer Bombardier Transportation for the supply of ten Traxx MS multi-system locomotives. The locomotives will be approved for use in Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Austria, Belgium and France. Some of the locomotives will be equipped with a last-mile diesel design to allow operation at non-electrified terminals and sites.
Source: CFL Cargo press release 18.11.2020

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Commercial and technical due diligence locomotive portfolio

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On behalf of a financial investor, SCI Verkehr supports the company in the context of a due diligence process with regard to technical and commercial matters. This includes asset evaluation of an electro locomotive fleet for the European market, technical inspection of a representative part of the fleet as well as corresponding documentation.

Market study on track maintenance for short-distance rails

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Market study on track maintenance for short-distance rails

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As part of an internationalisation strategy, SCI Verkehr GmbH first of all ascertained informative key data regarding track system infrastructure fittings of metro and light rail systems in Europe and the Mediterranean countries. It then performed a survey of network operators regarding their renewal and maintenance strategies and edited the results for the purpose of assessing the client?s business options.

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Transaction support of medium-sized component manufacturers

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Vehicle valuation for multi-system locomotives

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On behalf of a leading financier, SCI Verkehr completed a valuation for a fleet of used multi-system locomotives, which are used on many European transport corridors.

Value analysis of mainline diesel locomotives

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Value analysis of mainline diesel locomotives

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Assessment of diesel mainline locomotives in Europe

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Assessment of diesel mainline locomotives in Europe

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Consultancy support of the internationalisation and reorganisation of production and distribution of a rail freight transport company

Customer: International rail freight transport company

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Conception and realisation of a series of workshops "Optimisation in Logistics"

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Customer: NEW.S

The social partner project Nordrhein-Westfälische ErnährungsWirtschaft e.V. (NEW.S) commissioned SCI Verkehr to develop a "logistics report for the food industry in NRW" last year. This includes a number of optimisation approaches and recommendations for action, which reflect the complexity of the demands on logistics in the food industry. With the series of workshops ?Optimisation in Logistics? the client wants to encourage the detailed discussion of proposed optimisation approaches and solutions. SCI Verkehr is taking over the preparation of the entire content and managing the workshop series ?Optimisation in Logistics?. This includes developing the concept, detailed planning, acquiring speakers and press relations.

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Feasibility study for H2 buses

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Process and organizational consulting in IT

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