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First section of Luxembourg tramway opens PASSENGER operations began on the first completed stretch of Luxembourg’s light rail line on December 10 with the opening of the eight-station northern section along John F. Kennedy Avenue between LuxExpo and Rout Bréck-Pafendall (Pont Rouge).
Merkel inaugurates final section of Berlin - Munich HSL TWO special trains were operated on December 8 and a ceremony was staged in Berlin attended by Germany’s chancellor, Mrs Angela Merkel, and federal transport minister Mr Christian Schmidt to mark the completion of the final section of the 623km Berlin - Erfurt - Nuremberg - Munich high-speed line.
Bombardier hands over Traxx Africa locomotive to Transnet A handover ceremony was held at Transnet Engineering’s assembly plant in Durban on December 7 to mark the acceptance of the first class 23E Traxx Africa electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR).
French-Qatari JV to operate Doha metro and Lusail LRT QATAR Rail has awarded a €3bn contract to RKH Qitarat to operate and maintain both the Doha metro and the Lusail light rail network north of the Qatari capital for 20 years.
Alstom consortium to complete Cuenca LRT THE Autonomous Municipal Decentralised Government of Cuenca, Ecuador, has selected the ACTN Consortium to complete the civil works for a 10km light rail line with 27 stations in this Unesco world heritage city.
Chengdu inaugurates orbital metro line CHENGDU added an orbital line to its metro network on December 6 with the start of trial passenger operation on the 38.6km Line 7.
Iran orders 450 DMU cars from Hyundai Rotem HYUNDAI Rotem announced on December 4 that it has been awarded a Won 929.3bn ($US 856m) contract by Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) to supply 150 three-car DMUs for Raja Passenger Train Company.
Shortlist announced for NSW regional fleet renewal THE government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has announced that it has shortlisted three candidates for the replacement of the NSW Trains regional passenger fleet, with three consortia shortlisted to participate in the tender.

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