Dec 14, 2014

Sex romp in Moscow metro prompts security checks

Moscow’s aging Soviet metro system became the unlikely scene for sexual antics as a thrill-seeking young couple crept into a tunnel and made love on the tracks last week. The metro ordered an urgent security sweep on Friday after what appeared to be the ...

Dec 10, 2014

Mitsui to buy stake in Mozambique coal, rail projects

Leading Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co will buy a stake in Mozambique coal and transport infrastructure projects, making an initial investment of $763 million, the company said Tuesday. Mitsui said it would buy 14 percent of the Moatize coal mine and 35 percent ...

China's railway giant flexes muscles abroad

Dec 4, 2014

China's railway giant flexes muscles abroad

It will take more than the abrupt cancellation of a high-speed train deal with Mexico to derail China Railway Construction Corp.’s ambition to become a global force in transport projects and take on the likes of Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier. State-owned CRCC and its ...

China eyes selling high-speed trains to California

Oct 21, 2014

China eyes selling high-speed trains to California

State-backed China CNR Corp. is making a pitch to sell its high-speed trains to California, signaling the country’s growing export ambitions for such technology after building the world’s longest network in just seven years. It marks the first concrete attempt by China to sell ...

Oct 4, 2014

Hokuriku shinkansen fares set to undercut flights to Ishikawa

One-way reserved seats from Tokyo to Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, will cost less than comparable flights to Komatsu when the new Hokuriku Shinkansen Line opens, it has been learned. According to East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co., which are building the new ...

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

Sep 6, 2014

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to take part in international bidding this fall to supply railcars for a high-speed railway line planned in California, JR East sources said Friday. The line would link San Francisco to Anaheim and cost around $67.6 billion ...

Aug 31, 2014

Russian train-surfers, extreme sport or social problem?

Since he was 10, Sasha has taken the train every day between Moscow and his home in the suburbs. Only instead of sitting inside with the other passengers, he runs on its rooftop as the train hurtles along. Like Sasha, a growing number of ...

Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

May 27, 2014

Train collision kills at least 40 in northern India

An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India on Monday, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to a heap of torn and twisted metal, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was traveling at high speed and slammed ...

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

May 24, 2014

Russian Rail pays billions in secret

One of Russia’s biggest state companies has handed billions of dollars to mysterious private contractors that disguise their ownership or have little or no presence at their registered headquarters, a Reuters investigation has found. Russian Railways, led by Vladimir Yakunin, an old friend of ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...