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Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Makkah metro expansion plan

11 August 2011

SAUDI ARABIA: On August 10 Makkah municipality's development organisation AlBalad AlAmeen Co announced plans to hold a 'market sounding' exercise for the development of four more metro lines in the city. Expressions of interest will be invited in the third quarter of this year, with construction to begin in 2013 for opening in 2017.

The Makkah Mass Rail Transit Stage 1 expansion programme will complement the 18 km Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah line which opened in November 2010.

The first of the new lines will be the 10 km underground Line B with six stations. This will be an extension of the existing line, and will serve the future Haramain High Speed Rail station to the west of the city. Line C will have 14 stations and be 29 km long, partly elevated and partly underground. Lines A and D would follow.

BAC has appointed Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Parsons Brinkerhoff to advise on the MMRT procurement process, which is likely to comprise several packages with some let as PPP contracts.

Makkah faces significant transport challenges, BAC believes. As well as being the focus of the Hajj pilgrimage, the resident population is predicted to double to 3 million by 2035. MMRT is 'fundamental to the transition from the existing inefficient private transport system to an integrated modern public transport network', according to project director Dr Saad A Al-Gadhi.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Makkah Mass Rail Transit Project moves forward

Saudi Arabia: 8 hours, 48 minutes ago

PRESS RELEASE

The Holy Makkah Municipality, city council of the Holy City of Makkah, is pushing ahead with its plans to develop a new urban mass rail transit system for the city. Makkah faces significant congestion and transportation challenges. It is the focal point of the Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage, which attracts millions of visitors to the city every year.

The city's own population is also growing rapidly and is estimated to double to 3 million by 2035. Urban development is further restricted by Makkah's topography, with several significant hills constricting movement to key corridors. The Makkah Mass Rail Transit project (MMRT) is a key aspect of the Municipality's strategy to address these growth challenges and the current public transport deficit.

MMRT project will involve the construction of four new rail lines. The lines will be constructed in Stages.

Stage 1 will include the construction of sections of Lines "B" and "C". Line "B" section will be 10 km long, with 6 new stations and will mainly be underground. It will be an extension of the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah rail line, serving the holy shrines of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, and connects to the new Haramain High-Speed rail station West of Makkah city. Line "C" section will be 29 kilometres long with 14 new stations, and will be constructed in a combination of tunnels and viaducts.

The other two Lines, "A" and "D", will be constructed in future stages.

AlBalad AlAmeen Company (BAC), who is the Municipality's development arm, is leading the MMRT development. BAC has appointed an advisory team of Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Parsons Brinckerhoff, and is working with its advisors to develop the procurement packages for the Stage 1 system, including rail infrastructure, railway systems, rolling stock, depot and operations.

The contracting structures are under finalisation, but it is expected that Stage 1 will be split into several procurement packages. PPP contracts are preferred for some or all of the packages.

Dr Saad A Al-Gadhi, BAC's project director for the MMRT, said that the project's development was fundamental to the transition from the existing inefficient, private transport system to an integrated modern public-transport network that will benefit the Holy City.

BAC will shortly hold a market-sounding exercise with selected market participants. Expressions of interest for Stage 1 are anticipated in the latter third of 2011/AH 1432.

Stage 1 construction is due to commence in 2013/AH 1434 with service commencement due in 2017/AH 1438.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

The Holy Makkah Municipality, city council of the Holy City of Makkah, is pushing ahead with its plans to develop a new urban mass rail transit system for the city. Makkah faces significant congestion and transportation challenges. It is the focal point of the Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage, which attracts millions of visitors to the city every year.

The city’s own population is also growing rapidly and is estimated to double to 3 million by 2035. Urban development is further restricted by Makkah’s topography, with several significant hills constricting movement to key corridors. The Makkah Mass Rail Transit project (MMRT) is a key aspect of the Municipality’s strategy to address these growth challenges and the current public transport deficit.

MMRT project will involve the construction of four new rail lines. The lines will be constructed in Stages.

Stage 1 will include the construction of sections of Lines “B” and “C”. Line “B” section will be 10 km long, with 6 new stations and will mainly be underground. It will be an extension of the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah rail line, serving the holy shrines of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina, and connects to the new Haramain High-Speed rail station West of Makkah city. Line “C” section will be 29 kilometres long with 14 new stations, and will be constructed in a combination of tunnels and viaducts.

The other two Lines, “A” and “D”, will be constructed in future stages.

AlBalad AlAmeen Company (BAC), who is the Municipality’s development arm, is leading the MMRT development. BAC has appointed an advisory team of Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Parsons Brinckerhoff, and is working with its advisors to develop the procurement packages for the Stage 1 system, including rail infrastructure, railway systems, rolling stock, depot and operations.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Saudi Arabia's Makkah municipality development organisation AlBalad AlAmeen (BAC) has unveiled plans for the development of four metro lines in the city.

The first phase of the Makkah Mass Rail Transit (MMRT) project will cost SAR8bn ($2.1bn) and is expected to be completed in two and half years.

The rail line will pass near Haram Mosque, initially linking the Mashair Railway with the Haramain Railway and the northern and eastern parts of the Central Haram Area with a 12km rail track.

There will be four railway stations inside the holy city in addition to the stations of the Mashair Railways.

Line B section will be 10km long, with six new stations and will mainly be underground.

The Line C section will be 29km long with 14 new stations, and will be constructed in a combination of tunnels and viaducts.

The MMRT Stage 1 expansion programme will complement the 18km Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah line that was opened in November 2010 and will ease traffic in the city.

Construction of Phase 1 is expected to begin in 2013 and complete by 2017.

 
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.MAKKAH LRT

on August 23, 2011 in Middle East

The city council of the Holy City of Makkah is pushing ahead with plans to develop a new urban mass rail transit system for the city. Makkah, with significant congestion, is the focal point of the Hajj, the Islamic Pilgrimage, which attracts millions of visitors every year.

The city’s population, estimated to double to 3 million by 2035, is growing rapidly. Urban development is restricted by the topography. Several hills constrict movement along key corridors. The Makkah Mass Rail Transit project (MMRT) is an important part of municipal strategy to address these problems.

The project involves the construction of four new rail lines, to be constructed in stages.

Stage 1 will include sections of Lines “B” and “C”. The Line “B” section will be 10km long, with six new stations and will be mainly underground. It will be an extension of the existing Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah rail line, serving the holy shrines of Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina. This connects to the new Haramain high-speed rail station west of Makkah city. The 29km Line “C” section is to have 14 new stations, and will be constructed in and on a combination of tunnels and viaducts.

The other two Lines, “A” and “D”, will be constructed in future stages.

The AlBalad AlAmeen Company (BAC), the municipality’s development arm, is leading the MMRT development. BAC has appointed an advisory team of Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Parsons Brinckerhoff, and is working with its advisors to develop the procurement packages for the Stage 1 system, including rail infrastructure, systems, rolling stock, depot and operations.

The contracting structures are still being finalised, but it is expected that Stage 1 will be split into several procurement packages. PPP contracts are preferred for some or all the packages.

Dr Saad A Al-Gadhi, BAC’s project director for the MMRT, says the project’s development is fundamental to the transition from the existing inefficient, private transport system to an integrated modern public-transport network that will benefit the Holy City.

Stage 1 construction is due to commence in 2013 with service commencing in 2017.

 
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THE first of eight 200km/h diesel trains being supplied by CAF, Spain, under a Euros 105m contract awarded by Saudi Railways Organisation in 2008, has started test running on the Velim test track in the Czech Republic. Testing will continue until the end of the year.

The trains consist of a power car and five coaches with a total length of 152.2m. The vehicles are 3.05m wide and 4.57m high above the top of the rail. The large size of the train made it difficult to transport it from Spain to Velim, and only the final part of the journey from Magdeburg in Germany could be completed by rail.

The power car is equipped with a 3.6MW MTU engine as well as a baggage area. There are two second-class and two first-class coaches, plus a coach fitted with a buffet counter, two spaces for wheelchairs, and a compartment for the conductor. The train also has an area for praying with a TV monitor to show the direction of Mecca.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

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Saudi Arabian train on test at Velim

26 August 2011

SAUDI ARABIA: The first of eight fixed-formation diesel trainsets which Saudi Railways Organisation ordered from CAF in July 2008 is now undergoing trials at the VUZ testing centre at Velim in the Czech Republic.

The 180 km/h push-pull trainset is formed of five 26·8 m long passenger coaches and single-cab 22·3 m long diesel-electric power car with a 3 600 kW MTU engine.

There is 2+1 seating for 94 first class passengers in the driving car and second coach, with 2+2 seats for 192 second class passengers in the other vehicles. The driving trailer includes a luggage compartment. The centre coach has two wheelchair spaces, along with a buffet counter, conductor's compartment and a prayer room where an interactive screen continually displays an arrow pointing towards Makkah.

Getting the train to Velim was not easy, as at 3 050 mm wide and 4 570 mm high the vehicles do not fit European loading gauges. CAF had intended to ship them by barge to Cerhenice via the Elbe river, but low water levels meant it was not possible to get further upstream than Magdeburg. The train was therefore offloaded and hauled to Velim by German private operator OHE, but it took more than a month to get approval for the out-of-gauge movement.

The train is expected to remain at the test centre for the rest of this year.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

First CAF train for Saudi Arabia on test

Friday, August 26, 2011

THE first of eight 200km/h diesel trains being supplied by CAF, Spain, under a Euros 105m contract awarded by Saudi Railways Organisation in 2008, has started test running on the Velim test track in the Czech Republic. Testing will continue until the end of the year.

The trains consist of a power car and five coaches with a total length of 152.2m. The vehicles are 3.05m wide and 4.57m high above the top of the rail. The large size of the train made it difficult to transport it from Spain to Velim, and only the final part of the journey from Magdeburg in Germany could be completed by rail.

The power car is equipped with a 3.6MW MTU engine as well as a baggage area. There are two second-class and two first-class coaches, plus a coach fitted with a buffet counter, two spaces for wheelchairs, and a compartment for the conductor. The train also has an area for praying with a TV monitor to show the direction of Mecca.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Having installed overhead electrification on the Al Mashaaer Al Mugadassah metro in Makkah, SRS Rail System Internationaland Siemens Mobility have signed a framework agreement to co-operate on future projects.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

UAE-based Advance Rail Group and Saudi Arabia’s Al Rashid Trading & Contracting have formed a partnership to bid for railway construction work in Saudi Arabia.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Saudi Arabia set to adjust Haramain Train route

Saudi Arabia: 10 hours, 32 minutes ago

A Saudi Transport Ministry official has announced that the proposed 444-kilometer-long Al-Haramain train route linking Makkah and Madina, which passes through Rabegh and Jeddah, will be adjusted and the value of some property expropriated as the project is reassessed, Saudi Gazette has reported. Muhammad Al-Dahlawi, director of the Compensation Department at the Ministry of Transport and a member of the Committee on Property Acquisition has added that that a number of technical, administrative and financial changes have been made as a result of the expansion of the Grand Mosque.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

A multi-modal public transport study for Jeddah has been completed, governor of Makkah province Prince Khaled Al-Faisal announced on July 27. Tendering for construction of a metro is expected to begin soon.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers has given the green light to implement the $25bn Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network, Arab News has reported. Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja has said that the Transport Ministry has received Cabinet approval to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project. The Finance Ministry is to allocate necessary funds for the railway, which will be completed in 2017.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

NEM Solutions to supply automated measurement system to the Saudi Railways

NEM Solutions has been awarded the contract to supply the Saudi Railways Organization with an automated system that measures all wheel wear parameters: SCLAR.

(30/09/2011)  SCLAR is a laser measurement system that, automatically and while the train is in motion, measures each wheel r parameter and associates it to the wheel and its components, which have been previously identified by means of RFID technology.

This new SCLAR equipment, which does not require any civil works to be installed, is bound for the new rolling stock maintenance depot that Saudi Railways Organization is building in Riyadh, the capital city of the country.

SCLAR

The SCLAR system is installed at depot entrances and works while the train is in motion. It uses artificial vision technology complemented with RFID technology in order to provide 2D wheel profile measurement, measurements of wheel wear parameters (flange height, flange width and qR factor or contact angle) and traceability of each wheel’s measurements.

SCLAR is a system that determines the wheel profile regardless of the presence of sand pipes, thanks to a superposition of several wheel profiles along the same wheel arc.

All information is automatically uploaded to Reliawheelity, NEM Solutions wheel wear management software. The system does not have moving parts and thus its maintenance is minimal. It is calibrated thanks to a customizable and portable template with ENAC traceability.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Cable cars to link Makkah's parking lots with Haram

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR
ARAB NEWS

Published: Oct 9, 2011 00:01 Updated: Oct 9, 2011 00:01

JEDDAH: Plans are under way to establish 12 cable car systems, linking the parking areas in Kudai, Rusaifa and Taneem with the Grand Mosque in Makkah as part of the government's efforts to facilitate transportation of pilgrims and reduce traffic congestion.

Adnan Gutub, director of the Center of Research Excellence at Makkah's Umm Al-Qura University, emphasized the importance of the new cable car system. “It’s a support transport system and not an alternative to the existing one,” he said.

He said the cable car system goes well with Makkah’s geography as the central region of the holy city is surrounded by a number of mountains. “Cable car is an economically viable system and will contribute to lessening the congestion on the road,” he said.

Gutub said his organization was working with the Transport and Crowd Management Center in Toronto University to develop the best cable car transport system for Makkah.

A workshop on the project was held at Umm Al-Qura University on Saturday to discuss the subject in detail with the participation of Saudi and foreign experts.

“There will be two cable car lines from Kudai, four from Rusaifa and six from Taneem,” said Aamir Al-Shalabi of the University of Toronto, adding that studies are under way on two cable car technologies.

The cable car from Kudai will have a length of 2.3 km without any station in the middle, one official said. There will be two cable car lines from Rusaifa to the Haram, one with a length of 3.2 km without any station and another 3.3 km line parallel to the Makkah road with three stations.

Three cable cars are planned from Taneem, one with a length of 5.1 km without any station in the middle, and another line with the same length with a single station at Shuhada. The third 5.8 km line will be constructed parallel to the road with three stations.

Opening the workshop, Umm Al-Qura University President Bakri Assas underscored the Kingdom’s experience in crowd management, especially during the Haj season. “The Haj cannot be compared with any other human congregation,” he said.

He commended the government’s efforts to improve facilities for the millions of pilgrims coming to Makkah to perform Haj and Umrah. “We are proud of the government’s efforts to develop the Haj management system in general and pilgrim transportation and crowd management in particular,” he said.

He emphasized the importance of developing new transport systems in the light of the growing number of pilgrims. According to one study, the number of the faithful coming to Makkah for Haj and Umrah is expected to cross 17 million by 2025.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers on Monday took a landmark decision to implement a land bridge project that would link the Kingdom’s east with its west with a railway line, bringing about a dramatic change in the region’s transport system.

The project, which will be financed by the state-owned Public Investment Fund, involves the construction of 950 km of a new line between Riyadh and Jeddah and another 115 km track between Dammam and Jubail and expansion of the current Riyadh-Dammam Railway.

“The Cabinet adopted a number of measures regarding the land bridge project as its implementation will be the same as the North-South Railway and the Haramain High-Speed Railway, with the Public Investment Fund financing the project’s infrastructure,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said while explaining the Cabinet decision.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also decided that the railway’s operator would be selected after inviting tenders from specialized companies. “The state will remain the owner of the infrastructure of all present and future railway projects,” Khoja said, quoting the Cabinet decision.

Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry thanked King Abdullah for taking the initiative to implement the project, which will be the first rail link between the Red Sea and the Gulf. It will allow freight of cargo imported from East Asian countries via King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam, and from Europe and North America via Jeddah Islamic Port. This would result in more transit cargo and savings in the regional freight economy.

“This is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the region,” Al-Seraisry said without mentioning the project’s cost. According to a previous report, it was to cost more than SR26 billion ($7 billion).

Al-Seraisry said the new railway would boost Saudi exports to foreign markets. “The land bridge along with the North-South Railway and the Haramain Railway will have a big impact on the social and economic development of the country,” he said and thanked the king for his generous support for the railway.

In a previous meeting, the Cabinet licensed a joint stock company to establish and operate the land bridge project. "The Council of Ministers decided to license the establishment of Saudi Land Bridge Company as a closed joint stock company," the Saudi Press Agency reported, adding that the new company would “establish, develop, operate and maintain” the new railway.

The Saudi Land bridge will primarily be a freight/container line interoperable with the North-South railway link. In the initial phase it is expected to transport 700,000 containers.

This implies that over 8 million tons of freight cargo would be distributed in Saudi Arabia and the neighboring countries. The train will have the capacity to carry up to 400TEUs. It will also transport millions of passengers every year.

With the construction of the Jeddah-Riyadh rail link, the time taken for passenger transport will be six hours instead of the current 10 to 12 hours by bus.

For freight trains the maximum travel time will be 12 hours. The design speed of passenger trains is expected to be 250kph and 140kph for freight trains. The operating speed of passenger trains will be up to 220kph and up to 120kph for freight trains. The overall time taken for freight transport services from Jeddah to Dammam is expected to be just 18 hours instead of the current five to seven days taken by sea without transshipment or eight to nine days with transshipment.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Saudi Landbridge to go ahead as state project

11 October 2011

SAUDI ARABIA: On October 10 the Council of Ministers decided to proceed with the Saudi Landbridge east-west freight line as a state-funded project.

The line linking Dammam on the Gulf with Jeddah Islamic Port on the Red Sea will be state owned and financed by the Public Investment Fund, with the operations contracted out. This is similar to the model adopted for the North-South Railway, where operations began earlier this year, and the future Haramain High Speed Rail line.

The Landbridge requires the construction of around 945 km of new railway between Jeddah and Riyadh, plus work to increase capacity on the existing 450 km Riyadh - Dammam line as well as a 115 km link between Dammam and the North-South line at Jubail.

The government had originally envisaged developing the Landbridge project using private finance through a public-private partnership. After four consortia has been shortlisted, the Tarabot consortium was named preferred bidder for a 50-year BOOT contract in April 2008, however financial terms could not subsequently be agreed. Industry insiders have suggested that investors were unwilling to take on the political and demand risks of such a long-term project, which is estimated to cost up to US$7bn.

The main traffic is expected to be containers, with 120 km/h running giving a coast to coast journey time of around 18 h, compared with five to seven days by sea. Passenger trains running at up to 220 km/h would cut Riyadh - Jeddah journey times from 10 h by bus to 6 h by rail.

 
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SAUDI ARABIA'S Landbridge project finally looks set to go ahead after the Council of Ministers approved construction of the new link between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.

The government had originally tendered the Riyals 26bn ($US 6.93bn) project as a 50-year build-own-operate-transfer concession and in April 2008 selected the Tarabot consortium of seven Saudi companies and Asciano, Australia as its preferred bidder, but the deal was never concluded. The project will now be funded by the state through the Public Investment Fund.

The Landbridge will consist of a 950km line from Jeddah to As Suq and Riyadh, with a 115km link between the Gulf ports of Dammam and Jubail. Trains will use the existing Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) line between Riyadh and Dammam, which will be upgraded to accommodate increased levels of traffic.

Transit times between Jeddah and Dammam will be around 18 hours, compared with the current sea voyage of 5-7 days, and the line is expected to carry around 8 million tonnes of freight per year. Passenger trains will operate at up to 220km/h with a Jeddah - Riyadh journey time of around six hours. The bus journey between the two cities currently takes 10-12 hours.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Go-ahead for Saudi Landbridge project

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SAUDI ARABIA'S Landbridge project finally looks set to go ahead after the Council of Ministers approved construction of the new link between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.

The government had originally tendered the Riyals 26bn ($US 6.93bn) project as a 50-year build-own-operate-transfer concession and in April 2008 selected the Tarabot consortium of seven Saudi companies and Asciano, Australia as its preferred bidder, but the deal was never concluded. The project will now be funded by the state through the Public Investment Fund.

The Landbridge will consist of a 950km line from Jeddah to As Suq and Riyadh, with a 115km link between the Gulf ports of Dammam and Jubail. Trains will use the existing Saudi Railways Organisation (SRO) line between Riyadh and Dammam, which will be upgraded to accommodate increased levels of traffic.

Transit times between Jeddah and Dammam will be around 18 hours, compared with the current sea voyage of 5-7 days, and the line is expected to carry around 8 million tonnes of freight per year. Passenger trains will operate at up to 220km/h with a Jeddah - Riyadh journey time of around six hours. The bus journey between the two cities currently takes 10-12 hours.

 
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

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CSR  2011-10-08

On September 18, the maiden long-distance heavy-duty traction test of the locomotive exported by CSR Qishuyan Co., Ltd. CSR Qishuyan to Saudi Arabia between Dammam and Riyadh succeeded. The Saudi Arabian thumbed up the success.

At around 2 p.m. September 17, SD17-42001andSDD17-4002 locomotive,  a total weight of 2,450t and 55 coaches, ran 558.2km from Dammam in the east to Riyadh in the west, with an rising altitude and emerging ramps and curves. Throughout the test, the locomotive ran across deserts. In the depths of deserts, the subgrade was totally submerged in sand. Airflow produced massive sandstorms on the sides of the locomotive due to wind direction changes, posing threat to reliability of parts such as diesel engine, main generator, AC auxiliary generator and air compressor.

The test underwent the highest temperature of 43.3 degrees Celsius in the afternoon and the lowest temperature of 28 degrees Celsius at dawn, with a difference of 15.3 degrees Celsius. After 18 hours’ operation, at 8:10 p.m. September 18, the cargo transported by the locomotive arrived at the Riyadh yard safe and sound. The locomotive stood the test and achieved a great success.

At 5:03 p.m. September 19, SDD17-4002 departed Riyadh Railway Station and returned to Dammam soundly and punctually in 14.5 hours.

CSR Qishuyan had made full preparations for the test by reprocessing the control software and working out an elaborate plan. During the test, the service team dispatched by the company overcame all sorts of difficulties to ensure the success of the test.

 
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On 18 September 18, a successful long-distance, heavy-duty locomotive traction test took place between Dammam and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. CSR Qishuyan Company Ltd SD17-42001and SDD17-4002 units with a total weight of 2,450t comprising 55 coaches, ran a distance of 558.2km across the desert with the subgrade mostly submerged in sand. “Airflow produced massive sandstorms on the sides of the locomotives due to wind direction changes, posing potential threats to parts such as the diesel engine, main generator, AC auxiliary generator and air compressor. The highest temperature recorded during the test was 43.3 degrees Celsius in the afternoon; the lowest 28 degrees at dawn.”

 
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Bombardier Transportation demonstrates its commitment to the state of Qatar

Qatar: 11 hours, 15 minutes agoPRESS RELEASE

As a platinum sponsor of the GCC Transport and Railways Conference, the company will be at the core of industry discussions, addressing topics including rail operations and innovations. In parallel, Bombardier is showcasing its most recent innovations in the field of urban mobility - the Bombardier PrimoveCity e-mobility solution, the new generation Bombardier INNOVIA automated transit systems, the Bombardier MOVIA M metro and the Bombardier FLEXITY 2 tram - at theTrans4 Expo 2011.

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, reiterated its commitment to providing best-in-class mobility solutions to the State of Qatar. The company is participating in both the GCC Transport and Railways Conference and the Trans4 Expo 2011, taking place in Doha, October 17-19, 2011.

Serge Van Themsche, Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Systems, Bombardier Transportation, is a speaker at the conference. He will talk about smart transit systems and e-mobility technologies, highlighting solutions for the GCC's railway aspirations.

"These events are ideal forums to bring together the rail industry," said Van Themsche. "They enable our local and global teams to engage with the market and are great opportunities to showcase our technological leadership. We look forward to exchanging views and sharing our global expertise with key players in the Gulf market."

"The State of Qatar represents an exciting market for Bombardier Transportation and we welcome the opportunity to become a strategic partner to the Qatari transport authorities," Van Themsche added. "We are proud to be demonstrating our game-changing and sustainable transport solutions to the people of Qatar, and believe these are well suited to help the State of Qatar realize its ambitious railway aspirations. Bombardier sees great potential in Qatar's upcoming projects, particularly the Lusail Light Rail project, West Bay and Doha Metro; as well as Qatar's high speed project and the GCC's railway link network."

Bombardier's latest mass transit and e-mobility technologies will integrate seamlessly into Qatar's dynamic and innovatively built architecture, providing all the convenience for the region's rising business, financial, leisure and political hubs.

In line with its commitment to the Gulf region, Bombardier Transportation has established a local presence, with a wholly-owned subsidiary in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and resources in the United Arab Emirates. Bombardier was awarded the contract to supply, install, operate and maintain an INNOVIA Monorail 300 system for the prestigious King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, as well the recent contract with Saudi Binladin Group to design, build, operate and maintain an INNOVIA APM 300 automated people mover system for the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) Development Project in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 
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Very Happy This time it is official:

The Second Phase of Haramain High Speed Rail project awarded

öAn approval has been issued on awarding the phase 2 of Haramain High Speed Rail Project (HHR) to Al –Shoula Consortium (comprising of a number of Saudi and Spanish Companies)

This Phase of the HHR Project includes the construction of railway tracks, installation of signaling and telecommunication systems, electrification, operational control center, the procurement of 35 train sets, and the operation and maintenance for a period of 12 years.

It is worth mentioning that the project team has recently managed negotiations with Al-Shoula Consortium focused on the points that need to be completed, and the Consortium has agreed on all points negotiated.

By awarding the Phase 2 of HHR project, all phases of the project have been awarded and the work is underway as planned.

http://www.saudirailways.org/portal/page/portal/PRTS/root/Article_01

 
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Spanish-Saudi consortium wins Saudi high-speed contract

Wednesday, October 26, 2011  

SAUDI Railways Organisation (SRO) has awarded a Euros 6.74bn contract to Al-Shoula, a Spanish-Saudi consortium, to equip, operate and maintain for 12 years the 450km Haramain high-speed line currently under construction between Mecca, Jeddah and Medina.

Under the contract, Talgo will supply a fleet of 35 trains based on its series 112 which is designed for 300km/h operation. Each train will have two power cars and 12

trailers. The line is expected to carry between 166,000 and 180,000 passengers per day.

The railway will be equipped with ERTMS Level 2 supplied by Invensys Rail's Dimetronic subsidiary. This includes CTC, electronic interlockings, LED lineside signals, train detection, and on-board ETCS.

Al-Shoula is 88% Spanish and 12% Saudi. Spain's national train operator, Renfe, has the largest stake in the Spanish part with a 26.9% shareholding, followed by Adif, Spain's infrastructure manager, with 21.5%, and Talgo with 17.5%. The remaining 34.1% is held by other Spanish companies including Dimetronic and Ineco. There are two companies in the Saudi part of Al-Shoula: Al-Shoula itself and Al-Rosan.

 
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Al Shoula consortium wins contract for Saudi high-speed line, Invensys to provide C&S systems

Wednesday, October 26, 2011  

The Saudi Railways Organization selected Al Shoula consortium to provide the superstructure, systems, rolling stock, signalling, operation and maintenance for the Haramain high-speed line in Saudi Arabia, linking the two cities of Makkah and Madinah. This consortium is a Saudi-Spanish group, which will implement the successful high-speed line model and technology applied in Spain to this new line.

As a member of the Al Shoula consortium, Invensys Rail will provide the full turn-key signaling and train control systems, including its FUTUR 3000 and FUTUR 2500 Level 2 ERTMS solution and also includes centralized traffic control, electronic interlockings, LED wayside signals, train detection systems and on board ETCS equipment for the 34-strong train fleet. The contract includes a 12-year maintenance period.

Invensys Rail's share of the three-year construction phase is valued at €298 million US$413 million). Its share of the 12-year maintenance phase is €185 million (US$256 million).

Wayne Edmunds, chief executive of Invensys, said, "This is a major breakthrough for Invensys Rail. We are particularly delighted to be part of this team and we look forward to continuing to grow our presence in the global railway signaling and train control market."

 

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