Via Vindobona deal promises 4 h Berlin – Wien timing

Plans for a dramatic acceleration of inter-city passenger services between the capital cities of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria were outlined at the third German Rail Summit held virtually on May 17.
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Bidders vie for Tren Maya rolling stock contract

International Rail News
National Tourism Fund Fonatur has confirmed that two groups have submitted tenders to supply up to 42 diesel-electric and electric trainsets for the Tren Maya project, with a winning bidder due to be announced on May 26..

MÁV-Start withdraws BEMU tender in light of electrification plans

Europe
HUNGARIAN national operator MÁV-Start has withdrawn a tender for up to 50 BEMUs following recently-announced plans to electrify a number of lines across Hungary as part of the railway’s Sustainability Strategy.

BNSF/Wabtec BEL Pilot: The Results Are In

USA
This is the equivalent of more than 6,200 gallons of diesel fuel saved and about 69 tons of CO2 emissions reduced, Wabtec said.

£5.8m ‘Access for All’ improvement scheme begins at Chatham railway station

UK
Work on step-free access at Chatham railway station in Kent has begun as part of a £5.8 m project of improvements at the station.

Wabtec-BNSF battery train trial shows significant fuel and emissions reductions

USA
TRIALS of a battery-electric locomotive developed by Wabtec and operated in commercial service by BNSF between Barstow and Stockton, California, between January and March, have shown an 11% reduction in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared with standard diesel units operated on the same route.

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