Features & Analysis

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    Portugal: National plan to boost rail’s market share

    2023-01-26T10:00:00Z

    Ambitious plans to connect Portugal’s 10 largest cities by high speed rail form the centrepiece of a comprehensive railway development package unveiled by the Portuguese government late last year. To be completed by 2050, the plan also envisages new suburban corridors and a third bridge over the River Tagus. André Pires reports.

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    Europe: Authorising modifications — time to learn from experience

    2023-01-24T12:00:00Z

    Practical experience suggests that changes to the vehicle authorisation process introduced in the EU’s Fourth Railway Package have clarified the requirements covering the approval of modifications to existing rolling stock deployed in more than one country.

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    Southeast Asia: Rising costs force ASEAN nations to redefine Belt & Road projects

    2023-01-20T12:00:00Z

    Ballooning costs and imprecise contract terms have led to significant changes to major projects and in some cases to renegotiation of terms. Toma Bačić  investigates schemes in three ASEAN countries.

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    Track Technology: Going underground down under

    2023-01-17T12:00:00Z

    Tracklaying is underway on 1 067 mm gauge cross-city rail links in Brisbane and Auckland, both of which are using resilient slab trackforms to minimise noise and vibration.

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    Austria: Mobile milling supports preventive rail maintenance

    2023-01-13T09:00:00Z

    Wiener Linien has been exploring how a combination of mobile milling and investment in premium rail steels can help to optimise its maintenance costs and move from reactive to preventive interventions on its metro lines.

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    Track Technology: Modular elements could offer cheaper and more flexible slab trackform

    2023-01-11T14:00:00Z

    Field trials are expected to start near Marseille in the coming months of a lower-cost modular slab trackform developed by Systra and construction group Stradal as a potential replacement for conventional ballasted track. Technical consultant Jean-Claude Zabée explains the concept to Nick Kingsley.

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    Track Maintenance: Alleviating suffering on the metre gauge

    2023-01-06T09:00:00Z

    Following severe wheel-rail interaction problems on Swiss metre-gauge networks, the RailPlus association has launched a technical study to investigate and address the issue, as Technical Manager Markus Barth  explains to Reinhard Christeller.

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    Comment: Productivity not exploitation

    2023-01-05T09:55:00Z

    Poor working conditions risk impacting on railways’ ability to recruit the people they need to be competitive for the future, argues Railway Gazette’s Senior Editor Chris Jackson.

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    Greece: Rail revival struggles to gain momentum

    2022-12-28T12:30:00Z

    Despite a macroeconomic recovery and an injection of EU funding for infrastructure, Greece’s rail recovery is still facing headwinds, typified by the low-key launch of Pendolino services between the country’s two principal cities. Toma Bačić reports from Athens.

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    Australia: Reshaping Brisbane’s rail connections

    2022-12-26T12:30:00Z

    With construction of the Cross River Rail link well underway, Queensland’s state government has unveiled a comprehensive strategy for development of Brisbane’s regional rail network to accommodate projected population growth. Chris Jackson  explores the proposals.

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    Australia: Bankstown Line conversion takes shape

    2022-12-19T15:00:00Z

    Work is forging ahead to convert a 13 km section of the Sydney Trains suburban network to form part of the city’s automated metro. Nick Kingsley  asked Sydney Metro Project Director Hugh Lawson  to explain.

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    Traction Technology: Diverse fleets demonstrate energy storage advances

    2022-12-16T12:30:00Z

    ABB’s novel modular battery powerpacks are being deployed on new trains being built by several major manufacturers, as advances in energy storage technology start to become commercialised.

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    Traction Technology: Remanufacturing diesel trains with battery power

    2022-12-14T14:30:00Z

    Although UK rolling stock specialist Vivarail entered administration on December 1, the company’s Managing Director Steve McBride argues that remanufacturing of existing trains with battery traction remains a compelling choice for a quick and cost-effective transition away from diesel power.

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    India: On the way to a sustainable railway

    2022-12-14T09:00:00Z

    As well as its traction decarbonisation strategy, Indian Railways has launched a raft of initiatives aimed at improving its wider environmental credentials. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    India: Traction for a decarbonised future

    2022-12-09T10:30:00Z

    As its ambitious electrification programme nears completion, Indian Railways has been adjusting its traction policies and revising its procurement strategies for the coming years, reports Raghu Dayal.

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    USA: Electrification comes to Bay Area commuters

    2022-12-07T12:00:00Z

    Caltrain is updating and electrifying one of the oldest commuter rail operations in the USA, which will bring a range of environmental and social benefits, as Executive Director Michelle Bouchard and Programme Manager Pranaya Shrestha explain to Dave Lustig.

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    Comment: Transport back on the climate agenda

    2022-12-01T09:30:00Z

    The recent COP27 climate summit in Egypt received a broadly underwhelming response, but for the rail and public transport sectors at least, there were signs of hope that the mobility transition is edging back on to the global climate agenda after being largely absent at COP26 in Glasgow last year.

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    Asia: ESCAP rethinks trans-continental supply chains

    2022-11-25T12:41:00Z

    Covid-19 and the Ukrainian crisis have impacted on Eurasian rail flows, but ESCAP believes railways still have a key role to play in an integrated multimodal transport system supporting global supply chains. Raghu Dayal reports.

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    Interview: Rail can address Europe’s societal challenges

    2022-11-24T10:30:00Z

    From tensions with Russia to the climate emergency, rail has a role to play at the heart of Europe’s response to the biggest questions of the age, believes CER Executive Director Alberto Mazzola. But he tells Nick Kingsley that more investment is needed to boost both capacity and capability.

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    Israel: ISR expansion ramps up again

    2022-11-22T07:33:00Z

    Israel Railways has embarked on an ambitious strategy to double the size of its network, as it seeks to cope with a projected quadrupling of demand by 2030. CEO Michael Maixner explains his priorities to Chris Jackson.