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Finland / Skoda subsidiary changes name to Skoda Transtech

Transtech, a Finnish subsidiary of Skoda Transportation, has changed its name to Skoda Transtech following the full acquisition by Skoda Transportation in May 2018 (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 21/2018). Skoda has been majority owner of Transtech since 2015. The company was founded in 1985 and is a manufacturer of low-floor light rail vehicles (LRV), double-deck coaches and a contract manufacturer of engineering workshop products.
Source: Skoda Transportation press release 16.10.2018

Canada / VIA Rail awards contract to Rail GD to modernise dining coaches

Canadian state railway company VIA Rail has awarded Rail GD a contract valued at EUR 10.9 million (CAD 16.4 million) for the refurbishment of four dining coaches intended for the use on its long-haul train, the Canadian. The coaches were built in the 1950s and Rail GD will extend their usability by more than 20 years. The works include installing new kitchens, mechanical upgrading, replacement of various electrical components and installing devices to make the cars WiFi-ready. The works are to be carried out at Rail GD\'s plant in New Richmond, Quebec and are scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.
Source: VIA Rail press release 10.10.2018

Norway / Go-Ahead Norge wins passenger rail operating contract

On 17th October 2018, Norwegian national rail authority Jernbanedirektoratet awarded the passenger train operating contract Traffic Package South to Go-Ahead Norge. Go-Ahead will take over the contract from Norwegian state railway NSB. The contract, which is worth EUR 582 million (NOK 5.5 billion), will begin on 15th December 2019, is scheduled to run for eight years and includes an option to extend it for two more years. The contract includes operations on the Sorlandsbanen, the Arendalsbanen, and the Jaerbanen lines, with an average of 5.5 million train-km per year (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 42/2017). Go-Ahead Norge plans to acquire the existing NSB staff and plans to negotiate contracts similar to their existing ones.
Source: Go-Ahead Norge press release 17.10.2018

France / SNCF and Tallano to develop braking-particle absorption technology

French state railway SNCF and Tallano Technologie are collaborating to develop a system that absorbs the particle emissions from the friction brake system of rolling stock. The suction of the particles is carried out by a turbine located near the brakes. The project is financed by the Ile-de-France region where SNCF is also going to fit its trains with the system. The testing of the technology in the Ile-de-France region will last for two and a half years.
Source: SNCF press release 15.10.2018

Bangladesh / Hyundai Rotem to deliver 70 diesel-electric locomotives to BR

On 11th October 2018, Hyundai Rotem received a EUR 207 million (USD 239 million) contract from Bangladesh Railway (BR) to deliver 70 diesel-electric locomotives. Production of the locomotives will begin in 2020 at the Hyundai Rotem Changwon plant in Korea. They will be delivered by 2023 in order to operate on the Dhaka - Chittagong line. The 1.6 MW locomotives will have a maximum speed of 110 km/h and are constructed in a way to operate on both broad-gauge and narrow-gauge lines. In May 2018, BR had ordered ten locomotives for EUR 31 million from Hyundai Rotem (see SCI RAILDATA Issue 21/2018).
Source: IRJ 12.10.2018, Hyundai Rotem press release 11.10.2018


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