Italian State Railways (FS Italiane Group) subsidiary Mercitalia Rail and its unit TX Logistik (Polo Mercitalia) are set to purchase 125 next-generation TRAXX electric locomotives for €400m ($470.98m).

The new locomotives will be manufactured by Bombardier and are to be used for freight transportation in Italy and rest of Europe.

Bombardier will also be responsible for the maintenance of the locomotives for eight years following delivery, which is expected to begin in the second half of 2018.

Alstom has been awarded a €170m ($200.16m) contract by Italian train operator Trenitalia to provide 27 additional Coradia Meridian ‘Jazz’ regional trains.

The latest order is a part of an option included in the initial contract signed between the two companies in 2012.

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"Alstom has been awarded a €170m ($200.16m) contract by Italian train operator Trenitalia to provide 27 additional Coradia Meridian ‘Jazz’ regional trains."

The new trains will feature video surveillance systems and info points for passenger information, and will run at a maximum speed of 160km/h.

In addition, the trains will also be facilitated with sound systems and braille writing for visually impaired customers.

The new trains are set to be designed and manufactured by Alstom in Italy and will be recyclable up to 95%.

Stadler has been awarded a €170m ($200.16m) contract by European passenger transport company Arriva to supply 18 Flirtino zero-emission trains.

The new trains will be operated on partially electrified tracks in the northern region of the Netherlands.

The Flirtino train can be transformed from a hydrotreated vegetable oil hybrid diesel locomotive into a zero-emissions vehicle.

It uses partial electrification to charge its batteries, allowing it to run on the non-electrified portions of the network.

The trains are expected enter service from 2020.

Alstom has secured a contract from Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG), the local transport authority of Lower Saxony, to construct 14 fuel cell trains.

The hydrogen-driven Coradia iLint trains will be constructed at Alstom’s Salzgitter site.

The emission-free trains will be capable of covering up to 1,000km at a maximum speed of 140km/h.

LNVG intend to operate the locomotives between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude from December 2021.

Alstom will also provide maintenance for the trains from the evb depot in Bremervörde as part of the agreement.

The Linde Group will supply the hydrogen required for the new trains.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has revised a $371m multi-state contract involving the supply of 137 single-level passenger railcars.

The modified deal will see the Sumitomo Corporation of Americas work with Siemens to supply 49 vehicles to Caltrans and a further 88 units to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Nippon Sharyo of Japan will be replaced by Siemens as contractor in the revised contract.

The rail cars will feature spacious and modern interiors, including bike racks, overhead luggage storage, work tables, and restrooms with touchless controls.

Construction of the new locomotives is slated to commence at Siemens’ Sacramento rail manufacturing hub within 12 months.