Stadler Kiss EMUs enter service in Slovenia

SLOVENIAN Railways (SŽ) introduced its new fleet of Stadler Kiss double-deck EMUs into passenger service on January 14.
Europe

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Brightline West Makes Progress

USA
Brightline hopes that the FRA will approve an environmental permit for that part of the route by the end of this year— a step toward opening the entire line, which company officials hope will take place in about 3½ years, an ambitious time frame for building a railroad complete with tracks and overhead catenary for power.

Rail freight could lose competitiveness and shrink due to rising costs

Europe
Freight transport by rail has so far been cheaper than transport by truck in most cases, but rising costs threaten to wipe out this advantage.

Government told HS2 Eastern Leg alternatives ‘struggle to meet' strategic objectives

UK
A report prepared by Mott MacDonald outlining strategic alternatives to the Eastern Leg of Phase 2b of High Speed 2, suggests that none of the options considered were likely to deliver the same strategic benefits as the proposed high speed line, although they would reduce the capital expenditure.

Talgo coaches for DSB delayed

Europe
COACHES being built by Talgo for Danish State Railways’ (DSB) international service between Copenhagen and Hamburg will now be delivered in 2024 rather than 2023.

Australia’s main east-west corridor cut by flood damage

South Australian Rail News
TRANSCONTINENTAL rail freight services from Australia’s eastern states to Western Australia and the Northern Territory have been severely disrupted by heavy rainfall in the South Australian outback, which has cut the main Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) rail corridor in several places.

Bridge upgrades to prepare for Wigan to Bolton electrification

UK
To prepare for the line between Wigan and Bolton to be electrified, 17 structures on the route need to be overhauled.

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