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September 28, 2012

World Railway News 28th September 2012

International Railway Journal

COMMERCIAL operations began today on the latest addition to China's high-speed network, a 536km line between Zhengzhou and Wuhan. The eight-station line has a design speed of 350km/h and trains will operate at up to 300km/h,...
China's Zhengzhou-Wuhan high speed rail opens Published on 28 Sep 2012 by GoUTube123 on

A high-speed rail service linking Wuhan and Zhengzhou in central China has opened. The Wuhan-Zhengzhou line is one section of the high-speed rail service that will connect Beijing to Shenzhen in the south by the end of the year. The bullet train is capable of traveling at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour, and cuts the current 4-hour travel time between Wuhan and Zhengzhou by more than half. The opening of the high-speed service means there are now trains leaving Wuhan for Zhengzhou every twenty minutes. US Railroad News

California, Midwest DOTs issue notice on passenger train contract

CN to test natural gas-powered locomotives

California commission releases $39.8 million for Caltrain modernization project

Environmental report backs intermodal facility's 'green' qualities, BNSF says

Sound Transit addresses proposed 2013 budget, approves contract for Sea-Tac project

Santa Clara VTA to mark start of Fremont project

CTA to introduce open fare system next year
AAR: Year-long intermodal up, carloads down trend continues in U.S.

Construction begins on CSXT-served intermodal port in Indiana; federal grant helps jumpstart upgrades to short line-served route in Ohio

The following 4 videos , uploaded by "freightrailworks" for AAR, show the contribution made by the railroads to the larger US economy 

Published on 28 Sep 2012 by  on YouTube.
As the most cost-effective fuel choice, coal is responsible for powering 45 percent of America's electricity needs and freight railroads are a big part of that. Railroads deliver more than 70 percent of the coal used to power American homes and businesses, and to make products like steel and medicines. Thanks to improvements in efficiency and productivity, America's railroads charge the lowest freight rail transportation rates in the world, keeping America's electricity prices affordable and our manufacturers competitive.

America's freight railroads deliver the goods consumers want and the raw materials businesses need. Delivering for every sector of the U.S. economy, America's freight railroads move 43 percent of intercity freight traffic -- more than any other mode of freight transportation -- and help power the nation's economy. And freight rail, which moves 1/3 of U.S. exports to port, will be even more important to our future as the nation strives to double exports by 2015.

Railroads: Delivering A Safer Tomorrow, Today

Published on 28 Sep 2012 by freightrailworks

Freight Rail Delivering America's Economy Updates

Bombardier to deliver 72 double-deck coaches to Israel Railways Canadian rail manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has won a €122m order from Israel Railways (ISR) to supply 72 double-deck coaches.
ABB to power CPTM's two commuter rail links in Brazil
Swiss power and automation firm ABB has secured a $50m contract from suburban operator Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitans (CPTM) to improve and strengthen the power supply network on two commuter rail links in São Paulo, Brazil.
Canadian National Railway trials LNG-fueled locomotives in northern Alberta
Canadian National Railway (CN) is testing two liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelled locomotives in service in northern Alberta, Canada.
Philippines to bid on LRT-1 extension project in April 2013
Bidding for the proposed PHP60bn ($1.3bn) Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 extension project to Imus and Dasmariñas in the Philippines is scheduled to be completed in April 2013.

Shedmaster Railway News
35 stories, including 9 Best High-Speed Rail Rides in the World -

World Heritage & Railway News
11 stories including WSR welcomes another new build locomotive group
In addition to our friends from the Group who are working to recreate one of the "Patriot” locomotives of the LMS and the good folk who are fund-raising to have 6024 "King Edward I” back in service as soon as possible we will also be welcoming the new build team for 6880 "Betton Grange” to Minehead during the Autumn Gala.
13 articles including: Siemens announced its first order to supply Avenio trams to Germany on September 28, an €29m contract awarded by München utility body SWM.
Wattrain - Working to ensure the preservation of the World’s railway heritage.
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Tim Fischer, is visiting the Wenslydale Railway at Leeming Bar on Saturday 29th September.
In addition to riding on the railway, he will be signing copies of his book “Trains Unlimited in the 21st Century” between 3.30 and 5pm at Leeming Bar station
Tim is in the UK to attend the 1st ever WATTRAIN World Congress between 29th September and 6th October, at Leeds and York.


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