Features & Analysis

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    Zimbabwe: The long wait goes on

    2020-02-09T00:00:00Z

    An agreement for Russia’s United Wagon Company to supply 100 wagons offers fresh hope for investment in National Railways of Zimbabwe. However, a proposed US$1bn recapitalisation programme collapsed in October, further delaying much-needed enhancements. Daisy Jeremani reports from Bulawayo.

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    Putting Chile back on the rails

    2020-02-07T11:42:00Z

    In contrast to the fluctuating political support that has long hampered railway development in Latin America, President Sebastián Piñera has launched a wide-ranging investment programme to boost rail’s market share. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Major Projects: Software challenge blows Crossrail off course

    2020-02-05T08:00:00Z

    For a decade, construction of London’s east-west cross-city tunnel seemed set for completion on time in late 2018. But this deadline has slipped as project promoter Crossrail Ltd grapples with the emerging complexity of delivering a new railway centred on digital technology. Alan Hannaford* reflects on the challenges faced.

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    Austria: Brenner Base Tunnel passes the halfway mark

    2020-02-03T08:00:00Z

    Dott-Ing Gilberto Cardola and Dipl-Ing Martin Gradnitzer, joint CEOs of the Brenner Base Tunnel company, briefed Toma Bačić in Innsbruck on progress with construction.

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    Very Light Rail research on track

    2020-01-24T16:30:00Z

    This year should see not one but two prototypes of very light rail vehicles being tested in the UK. Karol Zemek talks to Dr Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager at WMG Centre of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at the University of Warwick, about the research taking place into this potentially disruptive technology.

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    Infrastructure: Making maintenance smarter

    2020-01-10T12:35:00Z

    Digital asset management and innovative rail treatment techniques lie at the heart of Vossloh Rail Services’ integrated approach to track maintenance. Managing Director Marcel Taubert explains the company’s strategy to Chris Jackson in Hamburg.

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    Industry focus: Mergers in vogue as transport market draws interest

    2020-01-10T08:00:00Z

    Expansion of the global rail and public transport markets is attracting interest from a range of businesses and investors.

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    Austria: Night vision

    2020-01-08T16:00:00Z

    Austrian Federal Railways has made headlines in recent months by announcing a major expansion of its Nightjet network of overnight trains, tapping into the pan-European trend for ‘flight shaming’. But as CEO Andreas Matthä explains to Toma Bačić, this is just one strand in a strategy to deliver sustainable growth and modal shift.

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    ‘A brilliant future as the backbone of mobility’

    2020-01-06T11:01:00Z

    As it approaches its centenary, the International Union of Railways is reasserting itself as the technical platform for the sector. Murray Hughes talks to UIC Director General François Davenne in Paris.

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    Hungary: Fight of the giants

    2020-01-03T13:00:00Z

    Stadler and Transmashholding have been vying to take over Dunakeszi Járműjavító, to support local assembly deals. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    India: Time to let go

    2020-01-02T17:00:00Z

    Indian Railways’ in-house production units are at a crossroads, with the government floating plans to spin them off. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Japan: Fukuoka edges towards expansion

    2019-12-12T08:00:00Z

    The largest city in Kyushu is one of the fastest growing in Japan, and one of the few to be actively expanding its urban rail provision. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    Japan: All eyes on the track stars

    2019-12-11T16:20:00Z

    The world’s busiest urban rail network is preparing to handle more than 650 000 extra users per day during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the government encouraging regular commuters to work from home. Benjámin Zelki reports from Tokyo.

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    Norway: Digital campus supports ERTMS roll-out

    2019-12-11T10:00:00Z

    Complete replacement of existing signalling with ETCS forms a key element in Norway’s digital railway initiative, as part of a massive investment in rail to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Chris Jackson reports from Oslo.

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    Realising the digital freight train

    2019-12-06T08:30:00Z

    French start-up Traxens has developed a digital brake testing procedure to reduce the time needed for pre-departure checks on freight trains. It could be the first step towards the creation of an IoT ecosystem to support rail freight operations. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Railway computing needs open standards

    2019-12-05T09:15:00Z

    As trains become smarter, with software control of more and more subsystems, the adoption of open standards for embedded computing would enable a move towards simpler hardware platforms supporting a variety of modular applications.

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    Leveraging IoT to drive operational efficiencies

    2019-12-02T13:25:00Z

    Combining Edge and Cloud computing with an onboard IoT platform enables railway operators to consolidate and analyse multiple data streams, including visual intelligence and AI, potentially paving the way for automated train operation.

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    Doll to leave DB as Arriva sale falters

    2019-11-19T12:35:00Z

    Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG/Pablo Castagnola GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has announced that Alexander Doll, Board Member for Finance, Freight Traffic Logistics, will leave the business on December 31. Doll’s departure was agreed on November 18 at an extraordinary meeting of the Supervisory Board. A new ...

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    Australia: Automated operation is paying off

    2019-11-19T08:30:00Z

    Building on earlier technical enhancements, the roll-out of driverless operation under the AutoHaul project is already starting to deliver capacity and efficiency benefits that have more than justified a decade of development, Rio Tinto’s Shaun Robertson tells Chris Jackson. 

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    Philippines: Building to catch up

    2019-11-18T15:30:00Z

    Rail is among the cornerstones of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ initiative, with investment in and around the capital a priority to alleviate mounting traffic congestion. Peter Janssen reports from Manila.