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    Europe: Getlink adopts AI and digital twins

    2024-04-10T06:30:00Z

    As Channel Tunnel operator Getlink prepares for its future role in providing more and better services between the UK and France it is making a transition to a data-driven company, seizing the opportunities offered by data management and artificial intelligence.

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    Interview: ‘Digital pioneers must prioritise simplicity’

    2024-04-05T08:00:00Z

    Swedish start-up Strainlabs is one of the founding participants in the Vossloh Connect digital ecosystem. Vossloh’s Head of Digital Pierre-Henri Bougeant and Strainlabs’ CEO Csaba Madru explain the partnership and why in rail digitalisation, simplicity is key.

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    Comment: Multilateral initiatives still matter

    2024-04-04T15:00:00Z

    Globalisation is facing a challenge in the railway industry as countries prioritise domestic production of trains. Nick Kingsley  explores the drawbacks of this approach and the continued importance of international co-operation.

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    Interview: Korail grows its international footprint

    2024-03-19T07:00:00Z

    The South Korean national operator is seeking to enhance the visibility of its overseas business activities, with a recent visit by Korail officials to Kyiv acting as a catalyst. Korail President & CEO Han Moon-Hee explains the company’s international strategy to Benjámin Zelki.

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    Netherlands: TINA on course to reshape HTM tram fleet

    2024-03-15T07:00:00Z

    Dutch operator HTM has unveiled a mock-up of its next-generation trams from Stadler’s expanding modular TINA range. Dr Harry Hondius reports from Den Haag.

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    Decarbonisation: Accelerating the electrification task

    2024-03-14T07:30:00Z

    Network Rail is now deploying UK-based Gripple’s SwiftLine Rail Dropper, which the supplier believes will speed up key steps in the installation of overhead electrification equipment.

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    Decarbonisation: Schleswig-Holstein pioneers a battery traction network

    2024-03-13T07:00:00Z

    An ambitious programme to operate a network of local rail services in north Germany using battery-powered trains is expected to save 10 million litres of diesel fuel a year, as Toma Bačić explains.

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    Interview: Heavy haul line expands Mongolia’s rail capacity

    2024-03-11T11:30:00Z

    Interviewed about the challenges of building a heavy haul freight line through the Gobi Desert, CEO of Bodi International Dolgormaa Bukhbat highlights the harsh Mongolian climate and the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic on logistics and construction.

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    Traction Technology: The weak case for hydrogen

    2024-03-08T05:27:00Z

    Reinhard Christeller  examines the state of the art for using hydrogen in rail traction, and finds that the case for widespread adoption is weak, even if emerging ‘white hydrogen’ fuel holds more potential.

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    Comment: Rail is resurgent despite turbulent times

    2024-03-06T10:58:00Z

    While emerging markets have long held promise, rail investment is now happening in countries where even in the recent past it would have seemed implausible. Nick Kingsley highlights examples from Iraq to Mongolia.

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    China: Metro networks grow in 14 cities

    2024-02-28T12:21:00Z

    More than 300 km of new metro lines and extensions were commissioned in China during December 2023, with the completion of 19 projects in 14 cities. This meant that by the beginning of 2024, Chinese cities accounted for nine of the world’s 10 largest networks. Toma Bačić rounds up the latest additions.

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    China: Water Rabbit delivers network growth

    2024-02-27T05:00:00Z

    More than 3 500 km of new railway was opened in China during 2023, expanding the national network to almost 160 000 route-km. Toma Bačić reviews recent developments.

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    High Speed: FRA grant kick-starts Brightline West

    2024-02-26T11:00:00Z

    Construction of a high speed inter-city passenger railway in the congested corridor between Las Vegas and Southern California is expected to get underway this year, following the approval of federal funding for the Brightline West project. Dave Lustig investigates.

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    Iran: International connections take shape slowly

    2024-02-19T09:00:00Z

    Work is progressing on various cross-border rail links as Iranian Railways seeks to strengthen its role as a Eurasian rail hub. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Middle East: Visions of an inter-continental corridor

    2024-02-16T06:59:00Z

    Proposals for the development of an India – Middle East – Europe ‘economic corridor’ were announced at the G20 summit in September 2023, but many questions remain about how the project might be implemented. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    India: Digital modelling supports Delhi metro extension

    2024-02-14T06:10:00Z

    Delhi Metro Rail Corp has used Bentley Systems software to model the design of a complex section of underground alignment being built under the network’s Phase IV expansion.

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    India: Maintaining the metro momentum

    2024-02-13T10:07:00Z

    By February 2026, Mumbai hopes to have more than doubled its metro network, while Indore, Bhopal and Patna are set to open their first lines. A landmark of India’s ongoing metro boom is the imminent opening of the Agra metro, the first tranche of which will serve the Taj Mahal. Benjámin Zelki looks ahead.

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    USA: Manhattan congestion charge is key to New York investment

    2024-02-09T06:00:00Z

    New York MTA hopes its congestion charging scheme will go live in mid-2024, which could provide a revenue stream to kick-start investment in renewal and expansion of the Subway network, as Benjámin Zelki and Nick Kingsley explain.

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    Market Analysis: Driverless metro market set to surge

    2024-02-08T16:00:00Z

    A projected boom in fully automated metro projects over the next decade offers valuable business opportunities, believes management consultancy Roland Berger.

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    Track Design: Introducing J-slab to India

    2024-01-26T15:00:00Z

     Work has started on the installation of ballastless track on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line, marking the first application of J-slab technology in India. Two local production plants have been developed with support from Japanese consultants. Benjámin Zelki investigates.