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Old September 10th, 2016, 12:05 PM   #301
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The situation of the stations in the holy cities of Madinah and Makkah was planned outside the forbidden zone for non-Muslims.
As has been told, there were changes in area 1 and Makkah Station is closer to the Grand Mosque, inside the forbidden zone (Makkah Haram Area), so that an authorization of the religious authorities was necessary for non-Muslims workers could build and work (maintenance, driving ...) inside.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #302
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Talgo 350 SRO VIP dual (hybrid)

El rey de Arabia Saudí encarga un AVE de lujo. El Economista del 15/09/2016

The media just learned, but from 2013 we known there was, in addition to the 35 trains Talgo 350 SRO, she commissioned another train pretty special.
It is known as VIP dual (hybrid) train and, always he spoke it was for the Saudi Royal family. Ever also it has been known as a corporate train. Now we know what it costs.
According to a note from Talgo (not shown on internet), the price of this train will be 35.8 M €.
Under the contract, whose sources are in the Wikipedia, the others train costs 29,33 M €. The amounts shown in the media are wrong.
Report said the train -with style interior yacht- has a private car to the Monarch, another for meeting room, for luxury dining, and two cars for the staff.

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One of the solutions is all that trains with a kind of small air blowers or fans, which lifts the sand on the rail surface. The wheels have a larger diameter so that each point spend less time on the lane. Meanwhile, ADIF is checking the tightness of the cabins and propulsion equipment on a wind tunnel; There are also crystals with special gaskets, with special adhesive films, and paintings, and improved coatings.
Being hybrid can run on other lines when the Haramain HSR link in Jeddah with the new line Saudi Landbridge, which will cross KSA from coast to coast.



More information on Wikipedia (in Spanish).
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 12:19 PM   #303
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Haramain HSR mediator

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The first is that the advertised (for the spanish minister) 14 months agreement to extend the deadline was not such, included other conditions (200 M € compensation from SRO Al Shoula) that were not accepted by the Spanish consortium.
Thus, it appears that the Consortium Al Shoula and SRO are finalizing a mediator for a longer period in delivery and income higher compensation for various overruns (the third workshop and more km slab track, etc.), apart from derivatives for non-receipt time infrastructure.
It seems that the mediator will be the expert independent Scottish economist Paul Taggart, the same as in Panama.

The extension of the deadline to be asked is 24 months, ie 31.12.2018.

The sections that Al Rajhi Alliance has not yet delivered are also detailed: between km 0 (Mecca) and 8, and 65.3 and 79 km (22 km of area 1), and 1.8 km of the branch the KAIA airport (area 2, it seems that only now have learned of the existence of the branch).
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Old November 24th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #304
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From Railway Gazette:

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Haramain High Speed Rail deal reached
23 Nov 2016



SAUDI ARABIA: The Haramain High Speed Rail Line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah will open in March 2018, the Spanish-led Al Shoula consortium announced on November 18. A spokesman said that ‘partial operations’ on the 444 km route would begin in December 2017.

The line had originally been expected to open in January 2017, but in May Spain’s then Minister of Development Ana Pastor announced that completion of the €6·7bn railway systems contract had been put back by 14 months to the first quarter of 2018. With Saudi Railways Organization pushing for completion by the end of 2017, the two parties agreed in September to the appointment of an independent arbitrator to try and resolve ongoing disagreements. This was followed by a visit to Madrid by SRO President Dr Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih on October 25-26

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Old January 14th, 2017, 02:48 AM   #305
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installing the poles that carrying the electrical lines along the track in Jeddah (area 2 )








Taking into consideration that it's already has been installed in areas 3,4,5 & 6


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Old January 15th, 2017, 11:20 PM   #306
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Phase 1.1 (platform): start of construction in late 2009, with completion scheduled for April 5, 2012. Following the project added some bridges and other structures (especially in area 1) for a total of 853 M € (an increase of 55% over the initial award), so the end was extended until 31 December 2014.
Maximum scheduled dates (after extra time) for delivery of the platform by the consortium Al Rajhi Alliance (area 4 was already delivered in April 2013): area 5 in the first quarter of 2014 (it was delivered in May) area 6 in the second quarter (delivered in November), area 3 in the third quarter (delivered in December), and areas 1 and 2 at the end of 2014.

On August 21, 2015 the general director of the project, Ahmed Bin Bassam Ghulman announced that the work of Phase 1.1 section of Makkah-Jeddah (areas 1 and 2) would end on December 30, 2015.
Area 2 first tranche delivered in March 2016 (fully in May) and only 22 kilometers left to deliver area 1 that were expected for June, but it has not been fulfilled.
Part of the explanation is that the work on the Makkah station was stalled for seven months after licenses were withdrawn from the Binladen Group (construction of stations: Phase 1.2) after the crane collapse at the Grand Mosque 11 September 2015.

In the estimates of November 2015, with delivery of the platform scheduled for December, Spanish firms OHL and Copasa trusted have completed the superstructure in August; in early 2016 with delivery of the platform scheduled for June, it was estimated to be completed from October 2016. Now in the first quarter of 2017.


Completions:
Area / Km / Phase 1.1 Al Rajhi Alliance (China-KSA) / Phase 2 Al Shoula Group (Spain-KSA)
1 / 001-075 / Makkah-Jeddah / scheduled for June 2016 (delivered the first tranche in October 2015, in March 2016 missing 22 km) / scheduled for October 2016 (now scheduled for the first quarter of 2017)
2 / 075-109 / Jeddah + branch to KAIA airport / scheduled for March 2016 (delivered between January and May 2016) / scheduled for August 2016 (now it scheduled for late 2016)
3 / 109-180 / Jeddah-KAEC / between October 2014 and April 2015 / March 2016
4 / 180-291 / KAEC-Madinah / April 2013 / July 2015 (tests from 14.07.2015)
5 / 291-375 / KAEC-Madinah / May 2014 / March 2015 (tests from 14.07.2015)
6 / 375-449 / KAEC-Madinah / October 2014 / August 2015 (tests from 05.10.2015)


Initial forecast: Phase 1.1 (platform) on April 5, 2012, Phase 2 CAPEX (superstructure) in September 2016 and Phase 2 OPEX (commercial service) in December 2016.
Last forecast: Phase 1.1 in June 2016 (not been fulfilled) and Phase 2 (CAPEX and OPEX) in the first quarter of 2018 (?).
It is possible that the section between Rabigh-KAEC and Madinah launch commercial services before, as the emir of the region of Makkah (Prince Khaled Al Faisal), the former transport minister (Abdullah Al Moqbel) and the president of SRO ( Rumaih Al Rumia), announced on December 20, 2015 that the commercial operation in the section between KAEC and Madinah will begin in December 2016 and the line will be in full operation by the end of 2017.

In june 2016 they are 9 Talgo 350 SRO trains delivered (total: 35 + 1) and tenth has been sent to KSA. Delivery to train corporate VIP dual (hybrid) was scheduled in the middle of this year.

All stations (Phase 1.2) are completed except Jeddah (97%), KAIA and Makkah. The delivery was scheduled for 2015.


All information and sources on Wikipedia (in Spanish).
There are 8 delivered, 2 waiting for SRO permission to send them to KSA and one more on-route. VIP train won't be ready until end of 2017.
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Old January 16th, 2017, 12:22 PM   #307
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How many cars are in Rivabellosa for the VIP train?
That is, how many cars do they have without counting the technical extremes-cars?
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From Railway Gazette

http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/s...-ratified.html

Haramain High Speed Rail deal ratified
17 Jan 2017



SAUDI ARABIA: On January 16 Spanish Development Minister Íñigo de la Serna welcomed the ratification of the November 2016 agreement between the Saudi Arabian authorities and the Al Shoula consortium, which sets a revised timescale for the completion of the Haramain High Speed Rail Line between Makkah, Jeddah and Madinah.

De la Serna had been part of the delegation accompanying King Felipe IV on his state visit to Saudi Arabia, during which the minister met with Saudi Railways Organization President Dr Rumaih Mohammed Al-Rumaih. According to the Spanish Ministry of Development, Al-Rumaih particularly welcomed the appointment of Jorge Segrelles as the new President of the Al Shoula consortium on a full-time basis

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Old January 17th, 2017, 07:48 PM   #309
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The main thing of the news, that has been known since November, has only been made official, from my point of view, is this:

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partial operations on the 451 km high speed line were expected to begin in December 2017 for full opening in March 2018.
It would be from Madinah to KAEC or maybe even Jeddah.

Anyway, these dates are useless if the consortium of Phase 1.1 does not deliver the platform. Have not yet delivered the platform in 22 kilometers of area 1 (between km 0 in Makkah and 8, and between km 65.3 and 79, in Jeddah station), and 1.8 Km (all of it) from the branch to the KAIA airport in area 2.
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How many cars are in Rivabellosa for the VIP train?
That is, how many cars do they have without counting the technical extremes-cars?
In fact, there are 29 trains manufactured, but not finished nor sent to Arabia.

VIP train has 10 coaches, 8 without end coaches.
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Old January 27th, 2017, 07:58 PM   #311
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How trains are there for women or men??For non-muslims and muslims??
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There will be cars for women, I imagine one of each class: first class and hospitality (Or maybe not)

I have not seen anything about cars for non-Muslims. The Makkah station is in the forbidden zone. Madinnah's is not
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Old January 28th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #313
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The Location of SRO Tunnel Project




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huh....I can only guess the water ran down into the trench from the road, above?
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amazes me that a country like saudi can build an HSR system, along with an entire metro system in riyadh, and a country like canada or a state like california can't even get HSR between two cities. the saudis are global renegades, but they have their infrastructure priorities bang on.
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Old March 13th, 2017, 12:26 AM   #319
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Tomorrow day 13 starts the tests between 230 and 300 km/h on the Madinah-KAEC stretch (267 km). To approve 300 km/h they must be circulated to 330. The expected duration is 3 months. The section is completely finished and signaling. There are 10 Talgo 350 SRO trains available for testing, which began near Madinah on july 14, 2015.

In the coming weeks, the Madinah and KAEC stations will be officially received, which are lacking in finalizing the lining of the buildings: the VIP lounges, bathrooms and installing some of the furniture, this part will be commissioned to the Spanish consortium following the agreement last November.
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