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The new 'silk road', a rail link from China's factories to heart of Europe

It is one of the world's longest railways -- an approximately 11,000-kilometre "modern-day silk road" that traverses Russia and Kazakhstan to link a megacity in the heart of China with a key commercial hub in western Germany. On Saturday, as part of his landmark visit to Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to visit the last stop on the "Yuxinou" rail line, an industrial feat that promises to revolutionise transport between Europe and Asia.

Eurostar services disrupted after lightning sparks fire

Hundreds of Eurostar commuters suffered severe delays on Thursday after a lightning strike sparked a fire on the English side of the cross-channel rail link, forcing one train to turn back. According to Eurostar's official Twitter page, the line lost overhead electrical power near Ashford, south east England, after lightning struck a transformer. It initially said that four trains -- two from Paris, one from London, and another from Brussels -- were heading back to their points of departure.

Eurostar services disrupted after lightning sparks fire

Eurostar train services suffered severe delays on Thursday after a lightning strike sparked a fire on the English side of the Channel Tunnel. According to Eurostar's official Twitter page, the line lost overhead electrical power near Ashford, south east England, after lightning struck a transformer. It initially said that four trains -- two from Paris, one from London, and another from Brussels -- were heading back to their points of departure. But in a later update, the service said London-bound trains would continue to their destination.

Brazil charges 30 executives, some from Bombardier, with price fixing

SAO PAULO - Prosecutors in Brazil have charged executives from a dozen international companies, including Montreal-based Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), with forming a cartel to raise prices for the construction and upkeep of subway and train systems in Sao Paulo. The press office of the Sao Paulo State Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that 30 executives of the companies involve had been charged. Names of the accused were not immediately available.

Hitachi switches global rail business to London

Japanese electronics giant Hitachi will move its global rail business to London, as it seeks expansion in Britain and elsewhere in Europe, it said Thursday. The group appointed London-based Alistair Dormer, the former head of Hitachi Rail Europe, as the new chief executive officer of its global rail systems business with effect from April 1, it said in a statement. Hitachi aims to bid for lucrative contracts on Britain's new £50-billion ($82.5 billion, 60 billion euros) High Speed 2 (HS2) railway which will be built in two stages from 2016 with completion slated for 2033.

Brazil probes Bombardier, other railway manufacturers for alleged price-fixing

MONTREAL - Bombardier says it is co-operating with authorities in Brazil who are looking into alleged price-fixing in public transportation contracts, but denies any wrongdoing by its employees. "We strongly believe that Bombardier Transportation in Brazil and our employees have always acted in compliance with the laws and our code of ethics," the company said in a statement Thursday. It said the company "observes the highest ethical standards" regardless of country where it operates and will continue to fully co-operate with Brazil's investigation.

Dutch reach deal to return Italian high-speed trains

Dutch national railways announced Monday it has reached an agreement with Italian train builder AnsaldoBreda to return engines and carriages after a deal for high-speed trains dramatically ran off the rails last year. "We have reached a financial agreement with AnsaldoBreda... which means that they'll pay back 125 million euros ($174 million) and the trains in the Netherlands will be sent back to them," Dutch rail (NS) spokesman Eric Trinthamer told AFP.

Consortium deflects blame for Mexico City Metro structural damage

Mexico City, Mar 12 (EFE).- The consortium that built the Mexico City Metro's Line 12, currently out of service to allow for repairs of structural defects, said Wednesday the rails complied with safety standards and blamed the system operator for using the wrong kind of trains. The rails as originally designed and approved are incompatible with the trains that were subsequently acquired to run on the line, the consortium made up of France's Alstom and Mexican companies ICA and Grupo Carso said in a statement.

Senators say government too slow to write safety rules after freight, commuter train crashes

WASHINGTON - Government regulators are taking too long to write new rail safety regulations in light of recent fiery oil train accidents and a deadly commuter train derailment, senators complained Thursday. Railroads are also taking too long to implement safety improvements Congress ordered under legislation passed seven years ago, lawmakers said at a hearing before the Senate's surface transportation panel. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the panel's chairman, said he is "disappointed and disturbed by some of the delays and failures in rulemaking and scrutiny."

Newspaper: Alstom, Siemens bribed Brazilian officials

Sao Paulo, Mar 6 (EFE).- German multinational Siemens and France's Alstom set up shell corporations in Uruguay as part of a scheme to pay kickbacks to officials at Brazilian state-owned companies who favored them in tender proceedings, O Estado de Sao Paulo daily said Thursday. Three companies were created in Uruguay to facilitate the illegal payments while ostensibly acting as advisers to Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos, a commuter rail company owned by the Sao Paulo state government, the newspaper said, citing unnamed Brazilian and Swiss investigators.
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