Features & Analysis

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    Viewpoint: Legacy railways need cybersecurity too

    2022-09-16T13:29:00Z

    Rail professionals are increasingly aware of the risks posed by cyberattacks and how to mitigate them, but much of this attention focuses on new assets and infrastructure, rather than legacy equipment. The industry cannot let this become a major oversight, believes Nicolas Goupil of Cylus.

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    Freight: Pulling the right levers to boost modal share

    2022-09-15T12:30:00Z

    Governments around the world are keen to improve rail’s share of the freight market, although there are stark contrasts in start points and end goals between regions. Nevertheless, consultancy Roland Berger believes a comprehensive set of levers can be pulled to boost rail freight globally.

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    Freight: Act now to align the stars

    2022-09-14T07:00:00Z

    UIP President Dr Heiko Fischer takes us on a journey to the 2030s, when the goals for the development of European rail freight have been met, and sets out the change in mentality required across the sector to make this a reality.

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    Germany: Two-stage tender to choose DB’s next high speed fleet

    2022-09-13T11:00:00Z

    After updating its current high speed fleet, Deutsche Bahn is planning a fifth generation InterCity Express design for the 2030s and beyond. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Germany: Government tightens control over national operator

    2022-09-08T11:00:00Z

    This summer’s eye-catching €9 ticket deal in Germany focused the spotlight on rail travel, but it also served to highlight the national railway’s failings. Plummeting performance levels are one reason the government is intervening in an attempt to restore punctuality and reliability. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Freight: Rebuilding market share in Spain

    2022-09-07T11:00:00Z

    The Spanish government’s Mercancías 30 strategy aims to more than double the share of goods moved by rail to at least 10% by 2030. Mike Bent reports.

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    Comment: Cheap fares alone are not enough

    2022-09-01T12:00:00Z

    Many more rail trips were made in Germany this summer than in 2019 thanks to the much-publicised €9 ticket allowing unlimited travel on local and regional trains and other public transport. But our Consultant Editor Murray Hughes suggests that cheap fares alone will not be enough to deliver policymakers’ modal shift ambitions.

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    Infrastructure: Connected workers inspect catenary

    2022-08-30T10:29:00Z

    A novel workflow tool has been trialled by Network Rail on the East Coast Main Line in northeast England to combine the benefits of monitoring overhead lines using drones with the elimination of paper-based processes at the worksite.

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    USA: Attracting shippers to freight rail

    2022-08-24T13:28:00Z

    AAR subsidiary Railinc has developed an intuitive software platform aimed at making it easier for freight shippers to choose rail over other modes, as Product Manager Danny Dever explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Italy: Accelerating the national rail investment programme

    2022-08-23T07:00:00Z

    Managing Director of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana Vera Fiorani  and Enrico Giovannini, Minister of Infrastructure & Sustainable Mobility, have confirmed plans to meet sustainability targets and accelerate investment in railway infrastructure as part of Italy’s post-Covid economic recovery programme. Christian Scasso  reports.

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    Traction Technology: Are hydrogen locomotives the next big thing?

    2022-08-19T07:33:00Z

    Several US and Canadian railroads have teamed up with suppliers to investigate the potential for hydrogen as an alternative to diesel traction for heavy freight operations. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Brazil: making more use of urban railways

    2022-08-17T10:19:00Z

    Better utilisation of under-used main line railways is seen as key to developing cost-effective urban and suburban rail networks that can relieve road congestion in Brazil’s fast-growing cities. Benjámin Zelki  investigates.

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    Infrastructure: A change of track

    2022-08-16T08:52:00Z

    Advances in turnout design, greater use of digital technologies and a strong focus on performance are helping to improve the capacity and reliability of Sweden’s rail network. Chris Jackson reports from Örebro.

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    Canada: Generational change will transform travel

    2022-08-09T09:00:00Z

    A multi-billion dollar investment programme will change the way people use public transport in Canada’s most populated area, with GO Expansion bringing frequent all-day electric train services to routes across the Toronto region.

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    Infrastructure: Belgium learns to live with extreme weather

    2022-08-04T10:27:00Z

    Infrabel CEO Benoit Gilson reflects on the devastating floods which paralysed the Belgian network in mid-2021, and explains how the infrastructure manager has started to adapt its operations and harden its assets to cope with the impact of extreme weather.

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    Europe: Bringing unaccompanied freight to the UK through the Channel Tunnel

    2022-07-26T11:00:00Z

    Channel Tunnel concessionaire Eurotunnel is planning new rail services to meet growing demand for the unaccompanied transport of lorry trailers between continental Europe and inland destinations in the UK, Christian Dufermont, Freight Commercial Director, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight, tells Railway Gazette International.

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    Signalling: OCORA aims at onboard simplification

    2022-07-26T08:00:00Z

    This month is due to see the second release of the OCORA specifications being developed by an international working group to facilitate a standard ‘reference architecture’ for onboard Command Control & Signalling systems.

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    Sénégal: Rites deal supports passenger revival

    2022-07-25T13:00:00Z

    Grands Trains du Sénégal’s ambitions to restore passenger services on sections of the Senegalese network will be boosted by support from Indian consultancy Rites.

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    Côte d’Ivoire: Abidjan metro makes slow progress

    2022-07-21T08:02:00Z

    Longstanding plans for construction of a north-south metro line in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire have progressed slowly, with only 4∙4 km of the route so far cleared for the main work to start.

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    Africa: SNCC restores passenger services in DR Congo

    2022-07-20T12:30:00Z

    Passenger services have been reinstated on the 1 067 mm gauge line from Lubumbashi to Kananga following the arrival of modern rolling stock from China. Murray Hughes reports.