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Another opportunity for a Russo-French spat...

by DoDo Sat May 20th, 2006 at 01:23:21 PM EST

Budapest is building a fourth metro line. Yesterday, the result of the tender for 37 subway trains was announced – and it is bound to go to the courts, possibly repeating what happened over the last year, when Canadian-German Bombardier and Swiss Stadler battled it out over a suburban trains tender.

French Alstom won with an offer worth 247 million. Second-placed was Russian Metrowagonmash (supplier of the trains currently running on lines 2 and 3) – with an offer cheaper by 5 million. But Metrowagonmash representatives also think points for technology were mis-calculated too, and plan a court move against the awarding.

Note though, offers by three other competitors (German Siemens, Canadian-German Bombardier and South Korean ROTEM) were thrown out as unfit.


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Dodo the gnome making sure we have a train on the front page. Keep up the good work!
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Sat May 20th, 2006 at 04:41:34 PM EST
Hell yeah :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat May 20th, 2006 at 05:10:30 PM EST
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We could add a little train on the ET logo going around the EU stars as if they were the rails. It's a bit beyond my photoshopping abilities right now but maybe dood abides could help.
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Sat May 20th, 2006 at 05:18:12 PM EST
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Yessss! A coup is a coup!!!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat May 20th, 2006 at 06:08:41 PM EST
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I don't recall a "light rail" entry. Is this it?

If so: Most of the light rail equipment in Boston is modern, but one small streetcar line--the Ashmont-Mattapan line--still uses the depression-era PCC cars.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCC_streetcar

by asdf on Sat May 20th, 2006 at 07:42:28 PM EST
Nice one!

I plan a light rail entry (in total local patriot mode) in the first week of July.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun May 21st, 2006 at 04:55:16 AM EST
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Metrowagonmash deserved to lose just for the English (?) on their site. Is their Hungarian any better? Or were they allowed to submit their bid in Russian?
by Matt in NYC on Sun May 21st, 2006 at 08:47:56 PM EST
They are pretty well established here (having supplied all trains for lines 2 and 3), so language is not a problem.

I note my railway had (and has) a helluva' lot of problems with diesel multiple units they supplied, though, it should be mentioned in their defense that this was the first diesel-powered, full-railway, non-automatic-coupled, buffered product of theirs, with almost all errors linked to lack of experience in these fields - while subway trains are their core competency.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon May 22nd, 2006 at 03:52:25 AM EST
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