Features & Analysis

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    China: CR targets modal shift as bulk traffic plateaus

    2019-08-12T10:09:00Z

    Rapid increases in container transport and Eurasian landbridge traffic have helped to boost China’s rail freight sector, with improved port links and high speed parcels traffic seen as drivers for future growth. Andrew Benton investigates.

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    New York: From Penn Station to Empire Complex

    2019-08-09T15:10:00Z

    Overcrowded, outdated and confusing, New York Penn Station has been roundly criticised in recent years as a symbol of the Big Apple’s inability to develop modern infrastructure. But multiple improvement projects are now underway, raising hopes that a more spacious and comfortable hub could yet emerge. Nick Kingsley reports from Manhattan.

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    World Speed Survey 2019

    2019-08-06T13:00:00Z

    With 350 km/h operations restored on the Beijing – Shanghai highspeed line, China has outstripped all its competitors with the fastest trains attaining start-to-stop averages well over 300 km/h. Jeremy Hartill* has compiled our biennial world speed survey.

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    Comment: Jumping on the night train

    2019-08-05T07:00:00Z

    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success ...

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    Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

    2019-08-03T05:00:00Z

    Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International , the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail ...

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    Legal row over track safety rule change

    2019-07-31T08:32:00Z

    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel said on July 30 that it had been forced to defend itself and changes in its maintenance policy in a case brought before the Brussels Francophone Business Court by freight operator Lineas. Services run by Lineas and other operators had been affected by ...

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    Robust cyber-security plans keep trains running on time

    2019-07-29T16:13:00Z

    SPONSORED CONTENT: As primary movers of people and goods, railways play a central role in the economic and social life of most countries, writes Karsten Oberle , Head of the Global Railway Practice at communications group Nokia. Railways have also become an attractive target for potential cyber attacks, ...

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    Eyre grain lines are not closed, insists GWA

    2019-07-26T15:30:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Unequal treatment of road and rail was a major factor behind the decision to suspend services on the 1 067 mm gauge network in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, according to operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia. The 700 km network was mothballed at the end of May after GWA’s only ...

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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network

    2019-07-01T14:47:00Z

    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting ...

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    Switzerland: Competitive stress

    2019-07-01T09:36:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer believes that SBB could be forced into a position where it became a residual operator if the federal government were to pursue further its policy of on-rail competition. In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on May 29, ...