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Germany / Only 33% of funds for new rail connections used

German companies continue to barely make use of funding available for new railway connections. The German government announced this in response to a minor enquiry from the Left Party. The government received a total of just nine applications for railway funding in 2018. With 2,351 connections, the number of companies connected to the network of German state railway DB remained unchanged in comparison to 2017. In 1994, DB had registered a total of 11,742 private rail connections. 80% of the connections have been deactivated since then. The German government has been funding the construction of new rail connections since 2004. Around EUR 131 million has been exercised since then, which corresponds to less than EUR 9 million per year. About 33% of the annually available sum of EUR 14 million has thus not been exercised. The reasons for this low interest are high costs in comparison to truck transport and the bureaucratic burden for a rail connection, which is implemented through a multi-level approval process.
Source: Hase Post 16.04.2019

United Kingdom / Rolls-Royce to deliver MTU hybrid drive systems to IE and Porterbrook

UK manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems has signed contract for the delivery of 13 MTU hybrid drive systems, with nine being delivered to Irish state railway IE and four to UK rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook. Both companies have converted commitments made in 2018 into firm orders (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 25/2018 and Issue 38/2018). The hybrid power systems are to be delivered between May 2020 and the end of 2021, and the companies are evaluating the conversion of significant parts of their fleet to the hybrid drives if the trial run is successful.
Source: Rolls-Royce press release 16.04.2019

Finland / Stadler to deliver 60 locomotives to VR

Finnish state railway VR Group and Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler have signed a contract for the delivery of 60 new diesel-electric locomotives. The new locomotives with a central driver\'s cab can be deployed as shunting locomotives, as well as for the hauling of both freight and passenger trains in single or multiple traction with up to three locomotives. The contract specifies that the first five locomotives will start operations in 2022. The remaining locomotives will be delivered in phases up to the end of 2025. The locomotives will be equipped with radio-based remote controls, Baseline 3 of the European Train Control System (ETCS) together with the local safety system STM-ATP, as well as a vehicle control system of the most recent generation, which also includes remote diagnostic elements. The vehicles have a maximum traction effort of 346 kN and can reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. This will enable them to haul a 2,000 t train.
Source: Stadler press release 18.04.2019

Czech Republic / SNCF to plan HSR lines for SZDC

Czech railway infrastructure manager SZDC and French state railway SNCF have signed a contract to cooperate on the development of high-speed rail (HSR) lines in the Czech Republic. Through the contract, SNCF will produce extensive design documentation to receive planning permission, as well as project planning for the HSR lines. SZDC is planning to build three HSR lines for passenger transport with speeds of up to 350 km/h by 2025. An HSR line to Dresden is currently being prepared (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 17/2015).
Source: SZDC press release 12.04.2019


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