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Here's one more . This time in Switzerland . I wonder whats wrong with railways in Europe . All of a sudden so many train accidents

GRANGES-PRES-MARNAND (SWITZERLAND): Two trains collided head-on in western Switzerland, killing one of the drivers and injuring 35 passengers, at least five of them seriously, police have said.

The accident happened on Monday in Granges-pres-Marnand shortly before 7pm (2230 IST), according to regional police.

An AFP reporter who arrived at the scene saw the wreckage of the train near the small station on the edge of the village of some 1,200 people.

The force of the impact was clear from the mangled engines of the trains, which were wrapped together.

One train had been bound for Lausanne, some 38 kilometres to the south, while the other was travelling north from the same city, officials said.

A total of 46 passengers had been on board, all of them Swiss, police said.

Frantic efforts continued into early today to free one of the drivers, with whom there had been no contact since the crash.

But by 1.30am (local time) they had managed to extract his body from the cockpit of his train, using special equipment to cut through the wreckage.

Rescue teams deployed a heavy-lifting crane to remove the rest of the wreckage and clear the line, working under arc-lights set up to enable the operations to continue through the night.

Yesterday's collision on what is one of the most popular and safest rail networks in Europe was the latest in a series of rail accidents on the continent.

It comes in the wake of Wednesday's tragedy in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela which killed 79; and a crash near Paris two weeks ago that claimed seven lives.

Rescue workers, including medics and firefighters, had rushed to the scene from across the Broye region which includes Granges-pres-Marnand, as well as from neighbouring cities.

A helicopter was scrambled by Switzerland's airborne REGA rescue service, known abroad for saving lives in the Alps.

The helicopter and ambulances rushed the five seriously injured to a hospital in the nearby town of Payerne and south Lausanne.

Their injuries were not life-threatening however, police said.

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Madrid: The driver of the train that derailed and killed 79 people in Spain was on the phone and traveling at 95 mph - almost twice the speed limit - when the crash happened last week, according to a preliminary investigation released on Tuesday.

The train had been going as fast as 119 mph shortly before the derailment, and the driver activated the brakes "seconds before the crash," according to a written statement from the court in Santiago de Compostela, whose investigators gleaned the information from two "black box" data recorders recovered from the train.

The speed limit on the section of track was 50 mph.
Similar accident happened near Chennai sometime back and both drivers survived!

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New Silk Route railway line links China, Europe
AFP | March 30, 2014, 04.03 am IST

Frankfurt: 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.
Duisburg is a steel-making town of around half a million on the confluence of the Rhine and Ruhr rivers that boasts the world’s biggest inland port and is one of Germany’s most important transport and commercial hubs.
Despite the vast distances between them, it takes just 16 days for trains crammed with laptops and electronics to travel to Duisburg from Chongqing, a sprawling metropolitan symbol of rising China with a population of more than 30 million.
Xi is scheduled to welcome a freight train on Saturday afternoon as it completes a journey that has taken it through Central Asia, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Set up in 2011 by a group of rail companies, the Yuxinou is just 2,000 km short of the world’s longest rail line that links Germany to Shanghai. It has shaved more than 20 days off the sea route.
The route is particularly useful for Chongqing — home to vast carparts and IT factories — since it lies 1,500 km from China’s main seaports.
“The value of this rail link, known in China as the ‘new silk road’, is more than just symbolic,” port of Duisburg spokesman Julian Boecker said. “It has found itself a position in the market and now operates up to three weekly services,” he said.
But one of the biggest challenges will be to boost traffic in both directions to make it more profitable. It is not uncommon for the Yuxinou trains, which can transport as many as 50 containers, to be full when they arrive in Duisburg but empty when they return to China which seems to be a problem for the route. It was sea transport which gradually supplanted the historic Silk Road route linking Asia with Europe centuries ago.

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Here is something unique . I hope everyone loves it as I loved it. :)
Now that's what you call door-to-door service: Railway line runs through streets so narrow the train squeezes past shop fronts and traders

Route in centre of Hanoi, Vietnam, cuts through streets in old town district, on way to Long Bien Bridge.
The track is so close to buildings that locomotives brush past pedestrians and children playing in street.
Residents have to move out of the way and even dismantle shop displays when the train is approaching.
Ashit Desai, of Bangalore, photographed the people who live next to the railway while he was on holiday.

Some Londoners might joke that it's the sort of location for which they would probably pay a premium.

This railway line is so close to shops and homes that huge trains are forced to squeeze past market traders, pedestrians and playing children.

The route in the centre of Hanoi, Vietnam, cuts through tight streets in the city's old town district, heading to Long Bien Bridge.

Tight space: A train squeezes past a shop display in the centre of Hanoi, Vietnam, while a man on a moped waits for the tracks to clear

Dangerous: A woman with a baby on her knee by the track. The line is so close to shops and homes that huge trains are forced to squeeze past market traders

Watching on: The route in the centre of Hanoi, Vietnam, cuts through tight streets in the city's old town district, heading to Long Bien Bridge

On the line: The track is so close to buildings that locomotives, which negotiate the line twice a day, brush past pedestrians and children playing in the street

Crossing: Mr Desai said the locals 'know when the train is coming so they all move out of the way - it is a part of their routine'

'There are barbershops, people selling goods, chefs cooking food and kids running around - all within inches of the tracks.

‘The locals know when the train is coming so they all move out of the way - it is a part of their routine. Old men will sit on the tracks all day.

‘Then, as it approaches four or six o'clock, they get up, move their chairs a metre away from the track and continue talking while the train goes past.

‘When the track is clear they move back into the middle.’

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Netherlands Trains To Run On 100% Green Energy By 2018

Now some1 plz tell me India is how many times Netherlands in wind power capacity and then show it to Moudi sarcaur ! :p :cheers:

by Energy Matters

Netherlands trains - wind power
In the largest green energy contract of its kind, the Netherlands will power its entire electric rail network using wind energy under a sweeping plan to make train travel climate-neutral by 2018.

Each day, approximately 1.2 million journeys are made throughout the Netherlands on trains operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the nation’s principal passenger railway operator. This commitment to public transport requires a massive 1.4 TWh of electricity – or enough energy to power Amsterdam for a year.

The ambitious plan calls for 50 percent of trains to run on green power by 2015; 70 percent by 2017; and 100 percent of trains by 2018. Half of this energy will come from new and existing wind farms in Holland owned by project developer Eneco, and half from new wind farms that are gradually coming on stream in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium.

Eneco’s vast wind holdings across Europe allowed it to meet the project requirements that bidders avoid overwhelming domestic supply of wind power, and so boosting the cost of green energy in the Netherlands.

NS has vowed to continue to improve the efficiency of trains on its network - which includes both light rail and Hispeed trains - saying electricity per passenger per kilometre has been reduced by 30 percent in recent years.

"This contract is a perfect example of how organisations in the rail sector work closely together to improve passenger experience and sustainable mobility," said Timo Huges, Chairman and CEO of NS.

"According to a customer survey, eight out of ten passengers consider it important for rail companies to switch over to green power. From 2018, trains will be running on green power, enabling our 1.2 million passengers to travel truly green with zero emission transport. We are very pleased to have Eneco as our partner because of their vast experience and reputation regarding green power."
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