Keith Barrow, Associate Editor, International Railway Journal

Keith Barrow, Associate Editor, International Railway Journal

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:51

Siemens ships first ACS-64 locomotive for SEPTA

The first ACS-64 electric locomotive for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has left Siemens’ plant in Sacramento, Calif., bound for Philadelphia.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 09:19

Brookville gets Sound Transit order

Sound Transit’s board of directors voted on Nov. 16 to approve a $26.5 million order for five Liberty Modern Streetcars from Brookville Equipment Co., which are being acquired as part of the Tacoma Link Extension project.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:16

Transdev to operate Milwaukee Streetcar

The Milwaukee Department of Public Works has awarded Transdev Services a contract to operate the 2.5-mile Milwaukee Streetcar network, which is due to open in 2018

Sunday, 04 June 2017 09:00

GE rolls our first IR EVO locomotive

GE Transportation unveiled the first of 1,000 broad-gauge (1,676mm-gauge) Evolution Series locomotives for Indian Railways (IR) at the company’s plant in Erie, Pa., on June 1.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced on May 19 that the province will move forward with plans to build Canada’s first high-speed line after a report by David Collenette, Ontario’s special advisor on high-speed rail, concluded the project has a positive business case.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:18

Quebec to fund Gaspé rail revival

The Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard announced on May 5 that the province will allocate C$100 million ($73 million) towards the rehabilitation of the Matapédia-Gaspé line.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack visited the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) depot at Wellington on March 21 to view a mock up of the CRRC metro car for Boston’s Orange Line.

British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced on March 9 that the Canadian province will study options for establishing commuter rail services on Vancouver Island.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 00:17

USDOT defers Caltrain electrification funding

Caltrain has warned that the viability of its project to electrify the 52-mile San Jose-San Francisco corridor may be in jeopardy after newly appointed United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ordered the Federal Transit Administration to defer federal funding.

China Railway Investment Corporation (CRIC) has issued RFPs (requests for proposals) for contracts to supply 586 electric locomotives and 40,000 freight cars to China Railway Corporation (CRC).

Friday, 06 January 2017 15:57

Salvador light rail consultation under way

The Secretariat for Urban Development in the Brazilian state of Bahia has launched a public consultation on a PPP project to build, operate and maintain an 18.5km (11.5-mile) light rail line in the state capital of Salvador.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:47

Bolivia and Paraguay to study rail link

Bolivia’s Ministry of Public Works, Services and Housing and the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Works and Communications signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding on Jan. 2 pledging to carry out preliminary studies into a rail link between the two countries.
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 10:23

Salvador opens second metro line

The Brazilian city of Salvador opened the initial section of its second metro line on Dec. 5, when passenger services began operating on the 2.2 kilometer (1.37 mile) three-station western section of Line 2 from Accesso Norte station on Line 1 to Detran and Rodoviária.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:03

Passenger trains return to Mar del Plata

The restoration of passenger services between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata reached a milestone last week, when the first test train arrived in Argentina’s seventh-largest city following the completion of a project to upgrade infrastructure on part of the Roca Line.
Santiago Metro has awarded a joint venture of Arrigoni Engineering & Construction, Chile, and Strukton International a $US 49 million contract to construct stations on the new metro Line 3.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 11:18

Chinese locomotives en route to Argentina

The first two CRRC diesel locomotives for Argentina’s meter-gauge Belgrano Cargas network were loaded onto a ship at Lujong port in Shanghai on Oct. 15 in readiness for the start of their sea voyage to Buenos Aires.

Monday, 03 October 2016 11:46

Testing begins on Salvador Metro Line 2

Construction of the second phase of the metro network in the Brazilian city of Salvador (Metrô de Salvador, commonly called Metrô) reached a milestone on Sept. 29 with the start of dynamic testing on east-west Line 2.

The board of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has selected Talgo for a contract to refurbish up to 74 Los Angeles Metro Rail A650 rapid transit cars.

Brazilian mining giant Vale has obtained a 10-year operating license from the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (Ibama) for a rail link to the new Carajás Serra Sul (S11D) mine in the state of Pará.

Thursday, 08 September 2016 09:29

New York MTA receives first R179 subway car

The first of 300 Bombardier R179 cars ordered by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the MTA  New York City Transit B Division subway was unloaded at 207th Street Yard in Upper Manhattan on Sept. 6, 2016.

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