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USA / Renfe to operate HSR line in Texas

Texas Central has selected Renfe, the Spanish rail operator, and Adif, the Spanish infrastructure manager, as strategic partners in the development, construction, commercial development and operation of the 386 km future high-speed rail (HSR) line between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in a highly competitive tendering process. Renfe will support Texas Central, the development company of the HSR line (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 05/2018), in the further planning of operation and maintenance, and will provide technical support for the design and construction of the high-speed trains (HST), prepare and carry out operation and maintenance and also be responsible for sales.
Source: Renfe press release 10.10.2018

Australia / Roy Hill receives 2 new GE locomotives

Iron ore mining company Roy Hill has received two new diesel locomotives from General Electric (GE), extending its fleet to 23 units in total. The GE Evolution Series trains will operate between the Roy Hill mine in Pilbara and Port Hedland (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 13/2015) and are equipped with high-ambient cooling systems. The individual axle control system enables a maximum traction power of 4,500 horsepower to carry 55 million t per year.
Source: Roy Hill press release 04.10.2018, Railway Age 04.10.2018

New Zealand / KiwiRail receives EUR 110 million investments for Wellington commuter rail

On 9th October 2018, New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA) announced that it would invest EUR 110.2 million in renewing the rail infrastructure and improving the capacity of the Wellington Metro Rail Network. The NZTA funding, through the National Land Transport Fund, supports two business cases: to renew existing rail infrastructure and upgrade the network to allow for future growth. A major focus is on the Wairarapa Line, which will see tracks, sleepers and bridges renewed to remove speed restrictions and increase reliability, and the rail line between Trentham and Upper Hutt will be double-tracked.
Source: KiwiRail press release 09.10.2018

France / 115 new LRVs for T1 line

Iles-de-Frances Mobilités (IdFM) has announced the purchase of 115 light rail vehicles (LRV) for the 18 km T1 line. The LRVs will replace the 35 LRVs acquired in 1992 and 1994. The LRVs are planned to be used for the extension of the T1 line by a total of 14 km from the two endpoints.
Source: Iles de Frances mobilités press release 09.10.2018


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