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Railway Gazette: Trenitalia awards contract for 50 high speed trains

ITALY: Trenitalia has selected a joint bid from Bombardier Transportation and AnsaldoBreda for a contract to supply 50 high speed trainsets.

...Derived from Bombardier's Zefiro platform as supplied to China but heavily adapted to meet European TSIs, the 200 m long non-articulated trains will have distributed traction and be suitable for running at up to 400 km/h, although the planned maximum speed in revenue service will be 360 km/h.

I don't find global leader Bombardier's need to team up with a local partner and the victory over (TGV maker) Alstom surprising at all. Why? See Globalisation catches up with rail industry? On China, see The new high-speed superpower.

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by DoDo on Fri Aug 6th, 2010 at 03:27:58 PM EST
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Railway Gazette: Vossloh to supply Libyan track components
LIBYA: General contractor China Civil Engineering Construction Corp has awarded Vossloh contracts to supply rail fastenings and turnouts for 1 300 km of the future rail network in the west of Libya. The two contracts have a total value of €115m and deliveries will run to 2012.

China has become a major main contractor for large rail projects in the third world, but it's not all for the export of domestic products. Again the two links upthread are relevant.

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by DoDo on Fri Aug 6th, 2010 at 03:29:36 PM EST
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Railway Gazette: Sapsan reaches Nizhny Novgorod

RUSSIA: Sapsan services were extended from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod with a ceremonial launch on July 30. 'Now this city, with its population of over a million, will be linked to Moscow and St Petersburg by a high speed, reliable, and comfortable means of transport', said RZD President Vladimir Yakunin at the city's Moskovsky station.

Sapsan services have carried over 880 000 passengers since the launch of the Moscow - St Petersburg route on December 17, with average occupancy almost 86%, according to RZD.

Seat occupancy is fabulous, but the total numbers also reflect that the service is not too frequent.

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by DoDo on Fri Aug 6th, 2010 at 03:31:55 PM EST
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