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JR Central develops on-board catenary check system for high-speed trains
19 January 2024
JR Central develops on-board catenary check system for high-speed trains

Japan: According to the Japanese operator, it will be installed on the roofs of trains travelling at 285 km/h on the Tokaido–Shinkansen line.

Ust-Katav Car-building Plant to supply 55 more single-car trams to Chelyabinsk
19 January 2024
Ust-Katav Car-building Plant to supply 55 more single-car trams to Chelyabinsk

Russia: Draft contracts worth RUB 4.1 bln ($46.4 mln) have been published on the government procurement portal after the Ust-Katav Car-building Plant, UKCP, emerged as the sole bidder in tenders announced in late 2023.

Wabtec closes historic Westinghouse plant in the USA
19 January 2024
Wabtec closes historic Westinghouse plant in the USA

USA: The 53,000m² facility in the centre of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, was sold to the local company Wilmerding Warehouse for $1.3m at the end of 2023.

Knorr-Bremse equips Hitachi Rail metro trains with automatic couplers
18 January 2024
Knorr-Bremse equips Hitachi Rail metro trains with automatic couplers

Italy: According to the German company, the components will be installed on new metro trains in the coming weeks.

The UK puts into operation first Alstom Arterio EMUs
18 January 2024
The UK puts into operation first Alstom Arterio EMUs

UK: The two ten-car Class 701 Aventra trains came into service between London and Windsor.

Unmanned light rail Urbanloop tests begin in Paris suburbs
17 January 2024
Unmanned light rail Urbanloop tests begin in Paris suburbs

France: This year, during the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Urbanloop is to transport passengers between a car parking and a fan zone on a two km line in Montigny-le-Bretonneux.

Siemens Mobility tram fleet halved in Charlotte due to excessive wheel play
16 January 2024
Siemens Mobility tram fleet halved in Charlotte due to excessive wheel play

USA: The North Carolina Department of Transportation has demanded CATS, the Charlotte Area Transit System, to decommission some of the partially low-floor three-car S70 trams by the German manufacturer.

Malakhit 3ES8 electric locomotive put into operation in Russia
16 January 2024
Malakhit 3ES8 electric locomotive put into operation in Russia

Russia: Over the next month, the vehicle built by Ural Locomotives, a subsidiary of Sinara–Transport Machines, will undergo tests with an electric traction laboratory that will record its actual tractive effort.

Israel takes delivery of Siemens Mobility trains and Alstom electric locomotives
16 January 2024
Israel takes delivery of Siemens Mobility trains and Alstom electric locomotives

Israel: The national operator Israel Railways has started to take delivery of a new batch of Desiro HC partially double-deck EMUs, comprising 36 six-car sets, which will enter service within a year.