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First direct China-UK freight train arrives in London

Rail industry news / 18 January 2017 /

The first direct freight train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at DB Cargo’s UK Eurohub terminal in east London.

First direct China-London rail freight service launched

Rail industry news / 4 January 2017 /

The first direct China-London rail freight service has launched and is due to arrive in the UK on the 18th January 2017.

China’s standardised bullet trains enter passenger service

Rail industry news / 23 August 2016 /

Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CCRC has announced its standardised bullet trains entered passenger service in the country’s Liaoning province on 15 August 2016.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway awards ITCS signalling contract to Alstom

Rail industry news / 20 July 2016 /

CASCO Signalling Co. Ltd – an Alstom and Chinese joint venture – have been awarded a contract by Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company to supply a Train Control System (ITCS) signalling solution.

Deutsche Bahn expands cooperation with China

Rail industry news / 13 June 2016 /

Deutsche Bahn has signed two memoranda of understanding with China extending its cooperation and presence within the Chinese rail market.

China to support Moscow – Kazan High Speed Main Line construction

Rail industry news / 10 May 2016 /

China has agreed to support the Moscow – Kazan High Speed Main Line in a loan equating to 400 billion roubles.

Consortium awarded Chinese high speed sleeper train car contract

Rail industry news / 18 December 2015 /

China Railway Corp. (CRC) has awarded a contract to supply 80 high speed sleeper train cars to the Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST) joint venture.

Developing stronger rail transit from China to Europe and back

Issue 3 2015 / 4 June 2015 /

International experts believe successfully exporting goods and services to be essential to the national competitiveness growth in the foreign markets. Today, many nations employing such strategies come as examples of quality growth and economic development. Russia has an immense resource and production potential and is a major participant in the exchange process of cargo and commodities. Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, explains that the export of transportation services may become a key national product of Russia…

Alstom & its Chinese JVs to supply advanced traction & signalling systems

Rail industry news / 24 February 2011 /

Alstom & its two Chinese JVs have been awarded two contracts by Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corp., totaling €140 million…

Laing O’Rourke JV wins major rail infrastructure contract in Hong Kong

Rail industry news / 13 January 2011 /

Laing O’Rourke, has today announced that in a three-way joint venture with leading Chinese contractors…

FLEXXSpeed Bogies for ZEFIRO 380 – the new very high-speed train for China

Issue 5 2010 / 17 September 2010 /

In the 1950s and 1960s, specific programmes were initiated to increase service speeds on rail. In Europe and Japan especially, these efforts lead to a considerable increase in the attractiveness for long-distance travellers to choose rail instead of air or road transportation through shortening journey times.

The development of high-speed railways in China and its impact on the Chinese economy

Issue 2 2010 / 5 April 2010 /

The Chinese railway dates back approximately 130 years. The first railway line, Wu-Song, was built in 1876 in Shanghai with a length of 14.5km and a track gauge of 762mm. The first railway built by Chinese engineers is the Jingzhang-Railway (Beijing to Zhangjiakou), finished between 1905 and 1909 with a total length of 201.1km, a small curve radius of 182.5m and four tunnels with a length of 1.6km. The Chief Engineer, Zhan Tianyou, who used a switchback to overcome a steep gradient, is called the father of China’s railway due to his achievement in construction of this railway line. Since that time, the Chinese railway has written its own story. At the beginning of the modern era, 21,810km of railway lines were in operation. Due to the economic reforms up until the late 1980s, the Chinese railway begun to grow significantly to meet the requirements of the growing economy and population. Over the last decade, the topic of high-speed railway has become a very important one for the Chinese railway industry.

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