Monthly Archives: June 2023

Significant earthworks completed on Hope Valley Railway Upgrade

Major progress is being made on the Hope Valley Railway Upgrade, with the majority of earthworks, which set the foundations for a new passing track loop between Bamford and Hathersage stations, completed. On completion of this major upgrade project between Manchester and Sheffield, the passing loop will enable passenger trains to pass slower freight trains, […]

Alstom, Northrail and RIVE Private Investment sign a framework contract for 50 Traxx Universal locomotives including services

Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, and Northrail AG have completed a framework contract for 50 multi-system Traxx Universal locomotives with a full-service maintenance package for up to 16 years. The investment was arranged and structured by Northrail for the Paris-based infrastructure investment company RIVE Private Investment (RIVE). Northrail will, on behalf of […]

First steel beams arrive for HS2’s low-carbon Wendover viaduct

The first of 38 steel beams that will form the innovative low-carbon structure of HS2’s Wendover Dean Viaduct have completed their 560-mile journey to site ahead of the start of deck construction. Travelling at night to reduce disruption for the local community, the 25m long steel beams were transported on the back of extra-long lorries, […]

First battery train in Europe completes phase one roll out

Success of Hitachi Rail’s “tribrid” train demonstrates roadmap for decarbonisation across the continent First European fleet able to operate on battery, electric and diesel power completes phase one of roll out in Italy Twenty Masaccio trains, built for Trenitalia as ‘Blues’, have left Hitachi’s Pistoia factory and are operating on lines around Italy The technology […]

HS2 and Hornby team up to celebrate 10 million tonne rail freight milestone with new model train

Playing a big role in Europe’s largest infrastructure project, the famous ‘Green Progressor’ locomotive has been immortalised in miniature form for the first time, marking a key milestone in the HS2 project. The 00 gauge class 66 (66796) miniature locomotive – rebranded in 2021 by GB Railfreight (GBRf) with an HS2-inspired design – has recently […]

Rail tech revolution on track as Great Western Railway trials Whoosh’s real-time journey dashboard for customers

Great Western Railway has embarked on a revolutionary journey with the trial of new software that will allow customers to see real-time train service information. The four-month trial of the digital platform from rail tech developer Whoosh began at the start of May and allows customers to see real-time journey information for the train they […]

Alstom signs the Ukraine Business Compact to support Ukraine’s reconstruction

Alstom signed the Ukraine Business Compact and supports the Ukraine Recovery Conference in London The aim of the Compact is to highlight business community’s support for peace and reconstruction of Ukraine At regional level, the initiative was signed by Sławomir Cyza, Managing Director of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine and Baltic States 21 June 2023 – […]

HS2 in UK first, as engineers begin assembling off-site manufactured viaduct

HS2 has begun assembling the UK’s first major railway viaduct to be entirely manufactured off-site, in a move that represents a major step forward for viaduct design and promises to boosting safety and efficiency on site. Unlike more traditional viaduct designs, every major element of the 880m long Thame Valley Viaduct is being manufactured in […]

Batteries instead of diesel – A new era of climate-friendly drives begins in Ortenau

Siemens Mobility and SWEG open depot for battery-powered trains in Offenburg New home for sustainable mobility and predictive maintenance to ensure 100% availability of the fleet 27 zero-emission Siemens trains expected to enter service in Network 8 “Ortenau” in mid-December 2023 – a first in Germany SWEG and the State of Baden-Württemberg sign transport contract […]