Railway Expert

Independent business consultant with over 30 years experience, railway expert with considerable expertise and solid connections.

- 7 years independent business consultant - 6 years Swiss Business Hub China, Switzerland Global Enterprise - 10 years management positions at Siemens Ltd. China 11 years railway electric traction R&D and manufacturing in China - 5 years teaching in the university - 1999 – 2001 Master of Business Administration, Siemens Management Institute - 1977 – 1981 Bachelor Degree Central South University (formerly Changsha Railway University) in China

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Battery trains to be tested in Denmark

railwaygazette.com DENMARK: Suppliers are to be invited to test battery-powered trains on regional lines in late 2020 and early 2021, ahead of a potential order which could see battery trains enter passenger service from 2025. Under an agreement between the Ministry of Transport & Housing and the Sjælland, ...

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The great haul of China, illustrated

ft.com Beijing is the leading goods supplier to most countries, even as some see signs of a peak

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US hydrogen train contract awarded

US hydrogen train contract awarded to the Swiss train maker Stadler, right after the big order placed by MARTA in Atlanta

railwaygazette.com USA: Southern California's San Bernardino County Transportation Authority has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell powered multiple-unit to enter passenger service in 2024, with an option for a further four units. Stadler said the contract announced on November 14 was '...

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Nightjet plans mini-capsules for private travellers

railwaygazette.com AUSTRIA: ÖBB has unveiled the interior designs for the sleeping car and couchette vehicles in its Siemens-built Nightjet overnight trains which are scheduled to enter service from 2022.

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Africa’s first high speed line covers its costs

railwaygazette.com MOROCCO: Speaking at a press conference on November 20, Moroccan National Railways Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie told media representatives that the high speed Al Boraq service launched by King Mohamed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron on November 15 2018 had carried 2·5 million passen...

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Three operators awarded Spanish high speed paths

railwaygazette.com SPAIN: High speed infrastructure manager Adif AV has selected three preferred bidders to negotiate 10-year framework agreements enabling them to operate passenger services on the routes from Madrid east to Valencia and Alacant, south to Sevilla and Málaga and north to Barcelona and the French borde...

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First Amtrak Avelia emerges

railwaygazette.com USA: The first of 28 Avelia Liberty trainsets being assembled by Alstom to operate Amtrak's Acela Express services has been outshopped at the manufacturer's Hornell plant, ahead of the start of test running. Ordered in 2016 as part of a $2·45bn package of ...

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Swiss vote to adopt technical pillar

railwaygazette.com Photo: SBB SWITZERLAND: Changes to the Eisenbahnverordnung national railway regulations to embed the requirements of the technical pillar of the EU's Fourth Railway Package were formally approved by the Federal Council on November 6. Emphasising that 'Switzerland has a great interest in ensuring tha...

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Transnet launches record 375-wagon train

railwaygazette.com SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet Freight Rail launched what it said was the revenue freight service with the most wagons in the world on October 24.

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Stadler beats CRRC to win Westbahn fleet replacement

railwaygazette.com AUSTRIA: A contract for the supply and maintenance of a fleet of 15 six-car Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units was signed on October 29 by Stadler, Wien - Salzburg open access operator Westbahn and leasing company Austrian Train Finance. The order is worth just under €300m, with delivery ...

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SWISS und SBB beschliessen strategische Partnerschaft zur Ausweitung des intermodalen Angebotes

swiss.newsmarket.com SWISS und die SBB werden im Verlaufe des nächsten Jahres das bisherige Flugzugangebot zwischen dem Flughafen Zürich und den SBB-Bahnhöfen Basel und Lugano auf weitere Verbindungen ausde

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Toshiba to supply electric locos to Taiwan

railwaygazette.com TAIWAN: Taiwan Railways Administration's procurement agent Bank of Taiwan has awarded Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp a contract to supply 68 mixed-traffic electric locomotives, the manufacturer announced on October 16. The order is worth ¥40bn, including spare parts, with TISS ...

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Grand Est orders electro-diesels for services to Germany

railwaygazette.com FRANCE: The Grand Est region has placed a €360m order for a further 39 Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units for delivery in 2022-24. The order announced on October 22 includes 30 four-car units to be delivered from the end of 2023 for use on cross-border services to ...

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Legal challenge halts Gateway Basel Nord

railwaygazette.com SWITZERLAND: The planned start of construction of the Gateway Basel Nord project for a trimodal container terminal has been delayed following a successful legal challenge by container and logistics company Swissterminal AG. Gateway Basel Nord is the brainchild of a joint venture formed of SBB Cargo,...

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BLS Cargo selects Vectron for north–south corridor

railwaygazette.com SWITZERLAND: BLS Cargo has selected Siemens Mobility for a contract to supply 25 multi-system electric freight locomotives, after what it described as an 'intensive' tendering process including test running with candidate designs. The locomotives are to be delivered in 2020-25, replacing older locos...

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CRRC Qishuyan unveils Nigerian fleet

railwaygazette.com Nigerian locos NIGERIA: CRRC Qishuyan unveiled the first NDJ3N diesel trainsets and DF11GN passenger locomotives for Nigeria when Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi visited its factory in China on October 16. The order placed by China Civil Engineering Group in January includes four NDJ3N ...

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Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A

railwaygazette.com KENYA: The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16. Running from the Nairobi SGR station at Embakasi to a temporary terminus at Suswa, 35 km southwest of Naivasha, the extension takes the 1 435 ...

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Stadler wins Taiwan loco order

railwaygazette.com TAIWAN: Stadler has won a €165m order to supply 34 diesel-electric locomotives to Taiwan Railway Administration, the Swiss company's first major tender win in the Pacific region. The 1 067 mm gauge six-axle mixed-traffic locomotives will be built at Stadler's plant at Valencia in Spain. They will ...

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New ‘Flugzug’ service offered between Zurich and Lugano

swissinfo.ch Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Swiss Federal Railways are offering a new rail service between Lugano Station and Zurich Airport.

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Carrier/Shipper Relationships “Dysfunctional”: Study - Railway Age

railwayage.com The relationship between railroads and shippers is “dysfunctional” and is not set up for 21st century transportation needs, according to a recent study, and reported by supply chain logistics publication DC Velocity. Following is the staff report prepared by DC Velocity:

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Austria advances 1520mm-gauge to Vienna project - International Railway Journal

railjournal.com ÖBB and the Federal Ministry of Transport have advanced proposals to build the Austrian section of a 1520mm-gauge line frto Vienna.

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Beijing Daxing airport opens with high speed rail and metro links

railwaygazette.com CHINA: Two rail links to Beijing's second international airport were opened for revenue services on September 26, the same day that commercial passenger flights began using Beijing Daxing Airport. This followed official inauguration of the airport by President Xi Jinping the previous day. ...

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Atlanta consults on draft Regional Transit Plan

railwaygazette.com USA: Commuter rail, metro and light rail projects form the centrepiece of proposals to improve public transport in the 13-county greater Atlanta metropolitan region. Established last year, the Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority has been mandated to develop a 'seamless' regional transport network,...

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Alstom to equip international ICE3 fleet with ETCS

railwaygazette.com GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has awarded Alstom a €30m contract to retrofit its Atlas ETCS onboard equipment to 17 Class 407 Velaro D ICE3 high speed trainsets used on international services. Approval will be progressively obtained for the ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 equipment to be used in ...

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DB to order more high speed trains as government cuts VAT on fares

railwaygazette.com Photo: DB AG/Georg Wagner GERMANY: Rail spending is to be increased significantly as part of a €54bn package of measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, which was announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel on September 20. In order to reduce the environmental impact of transport and ...

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5G remote control train tested

railwaygazette.com GERMANY: A test train with no driver on board has been remotely controlled using equipment based on 5G technology. The test train ran for the first time on September 17 on a section of the 25 km Erzgebirgische Aussichtsbahn between Annaberg-Buchholz and Schwarzenberg in Sachsen. It consisted ...

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Stadler takes a ‘leap to Asia’ with PT Inka joint venture

railwaygazette.com INDONESIA: State-owned rolling stock manufacturer PT Inka and Swiss company Stadler have signed an agreement to form a joint venture to develop and manufacture modern aluminium-bodied rolling stock at Banyuwangi in East Java.

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Alstom to supply ETCS for Paris – Lyon high speed line

railwaygazette.com FRANCE: SNCF Réseau has awarded a framework contract to Alstom for the development, installation and maintenance of ERTMS equipment on LGV Sud-Est between Paris and Lyon. Valued at €52·5m, the contract announced on September 25 was awarded following a negotiated procedure and a prior call for co...

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UNIFE demands ‘fair’ market access for European and Chinese suppliers

railwaygazette.com INTERNATIONAL: European suppliers' association UNIFE reiterated its call for 'a real level playing field' and 'fair conditions' for both European and Chinese manufacturers on September 2. It said this should include specific rules excluding non-European state-owned enterprises from EU procurement in...

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Swiss Combi buys stake in SBB Cargo

railwaygazette.com SWITZERLAND: Swiss Combi AG, a joint venture formed of four road transport and logistics companies in the private sector, has bought a 35% stake in SBB Cargo AG for an undisclosed sum.

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KLM replaces plane with high speed train

railwaygazette.com Thalys EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to replace one of its five daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol with reserved seat capacity on a Thalys high speed train service from March 29 2020. This is intended as the first step in a programme to gradually ...

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RTRI tests fuel cell multiple unit

railwaygazette.com JAPAN: Railway Technical Research Institute has started test running with a prototype multiple-unit which can work as a conventional or battery EMU or using a fuel cell powerpack. Converted from an older 1·5 kV DC EMU, the test train comprises a 34 tonne motor car and 29 ...

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SNCF selects CAF to supply inter-city fleet

railwaygazette.com FRANCE: SNCF Mobilités has selected CAF as preferred bidder for a €700m contract to supply 28 electric multiple-units for medium and long-distance Intercités services on the Paris - Clermont-Ferrand and Paris - Limoges - Toulouse routes. There would be options for up to 75 more trainsets, includ...

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Leo Express takes delivery of CRRC EMU

railwaygazette.com CZECH REPUBLIC: The first of three Sirius electric-multiple-units being built for Leo Express has arrived in the Czech Republic, having been shipped from China via the port of Bremen. Tailor made for the open access operator by CRRC Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, the multi-system EMU ...

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SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

railwaygazette.com EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced...

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BLS and SBB agree to share long-distance concession

railwaygazette.com SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and BLS AG have reached ‘an amicable solution’ to share the operation of long-distance services, the Federal...

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PowerHaul locos delivered to Turkish private operator

railwaygazette.com TURKEY: Wabtec and Tülomsaş have delivered five PowerHaul diesel-electric locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma, the rail transport subsidiary of oil...

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Mixed progress with Czech ETCS tenders

railwaygazette.com CZECH REPUBLIC: ČD has awarded the first contract for the installation of ETCS on its fleet, but has halted the tendering process for other...

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Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet

railwaygazette.com UK: Hitachi Rail has been selected to supply a fleet of 200 km/h inter-city trains to operate on the Midland Main Line, as part of the new...

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VAT cut on train fares could boost German passenger numbers by 5 million, says DB - International Railway Journal

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Electrification, batteries and hydrogen trains should replace DMUs, says study

railwaygazette.com GERMANY: Electrification, battery power and fuel cells are the most sensible options for replacing diesel multiple-units, according to an...

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Amtrak to launch non-stop New York - Washington Acela services - International Railway Journal

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Swissloop comes second in the Hyperloop competition

ethz.ch At yesterday’s Hyperloop Competition in Los Angeles, the Swissloop pod achieved a top speed of 252 km/h. The team, comprising students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities reached second place.

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SBB halts court battle with BLS

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railwaygazette.com SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has asked the Federal Administrative Court to suspend its appeal lodged in July 2018 against the decision by the...

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‘Drone train’ completes first trial

railwaygazette.com FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs....

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