Siemens

  • Factory commissioning of Merseyrail Class 777 begins

    Factory commissioning of Merseyrail Class 777 begins

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    STATIC factory-based testing of the first of 52 Stadler Class 777 four-car EMUs for Merseyrail has started in Switzerland.  When engineers are satisfied, the set will be moved to Germany for dynamic testing on Siemens Wildenrath test circuit, before the first completed set is delivered to Merseyside later in the year.  The first trains of…

  • Rail operator MARC using new and rebuilt locos for Maryland commuters

    Rail operator MARC using new and rebuilt locos for Maryland commuters

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    MARYLAND commuter rail operator Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) has recently taken delivery of eight Siemens-built SC44 ‘Charger’ diesel electric locos.  These are currently largely used ‘under the wires’ between Baltimore and Washington DC on Penn Line services.  MARC has replaced all of its older AEM7 electric locos with the new diesels, but has refurbished…

  • Classic Viennese trams fading away as new stock takes over

    Classic Viennese trams fading away as new stock takes over

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    ONE of Europe’s most numerous tram designs is fast disappearing.  Vienna tram operator Wiener Linien bought more than 500 Type E trams, based on the German Duewag articulated design, between 1959 and 1990.  The older trams have already been replaced by the Siemens-built ‘ULF’ (Ultra Low Floor) design LRVs, and most of the remaining Type…

  • Berlin’s new S-Bahn trains on test runs

    Berlin’s new S-Bahn trains on test runs

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    THE first new EMU for the Berlin S Bahn system in more than 20 years was presented to the media in test runs at the Siemens test centre at Wildenrath in April. A consortium of Siemens and Stadler is building 106 new EMUs (382 coaches in total) for the Berlin S-Bahn network. Eighty-five four-car Class…

  • First pictures of HS2 train designs revealed

    First pictures of HS2 train designs revealed

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    Images showing designs of HS2 trains have been released for the first time.

  • First Class 313 is sent for scrap as ‘717’ use increases

    First Class 313 is sent for scrap as ‘717’ use increases

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    GOVIA Thameslink sent its first Great Northern route Class 313 for scrap on April 8.   Angel Trains-owned set No. 313026 was dispatched to Sims Metals Newport behind DRS Class 57 No. 57312 on long-term hire to Rail Operations Group. The following day, set No. 313050 was sent to C F Booth for disposal, with a third set…

  • ‘Chargers’ for Amtrak and VIA Rail

    ‘Chargers’ for Amtrak and VIA Rail

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    BOTH major national passenger rail operators in North America placed orders for significant numbers of Siemens 4,400HP ‘Charger’ diesel-electric loco in December.  Canadian national passenger company VIA Rail ordered 32 ‘Chargers’ in early-December, along with 32 new push-pull trains which the locos will operate.  VIA Rail plans to use the new trains, which will cost…

  • All change on the Great Northern

    All change on the Great Northern

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    eter Brown takes a ride on the new Class 717 EMUs, which over the next few months will transform Great Northern services.

  • First refurbished Class 444 in service for South Western

    First refurbished Class 444 in service for South Western

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    SOUTH Western Railway’s (SWR) first refurbished Class 444 EMU has returned to service with additional seating capacity and high-quality improvements to passenger accommodation. The refurbishment and reconfiguration of the train is part of SWR’s £50million ‘Desiro’ interior upgrade programme. It is being delivered by Siemens, the company which built the units from 2002. All 45…

  • Last levers in the Calder Valley

    Last levers in the Calder Valley

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    FOUR heritage Network Rail signalboxes were abolished at the end of their signallers’ shifts on October 20, in the final phase of the West Yorkshire Resignalling Scheme, reports Richard Horner. The scheme is part of the Great North Rail Project, with the first phase, completed in January, leading to the closure of post-war Huddersfield and…

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