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    Viewpoint: DAC needs a migration strategy

    2022-01-21T14:28:00Z

    Roll-out plans for Europe’s digital automatic coupler must take account of the business case and operating requirements in different countries, suggests Armand Toubol.

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    Brazil: Private participation keeps metro momentum building

    2022-01-19T13:00:00Z

    Led by São Paulo, Brazilian cities are making use of private sector funding and operating models to accelerate urban rail development across the country. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Uruguay: Ferrocarril Central reconstruction gathers pace

    2022-01-19T08:13:00Z

    Despite delays caused by the pandemic and late alterations to the scope of the programme, work to rehabilitate Uruguay’s strategically important north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros is on course for completion in 2023. Marcelo Benoit reports.

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    Market trends: Cautious builders eye slow recovery

    2022-01-18T08:00:00Z

    While existing contracts have sustained the global rolling stock industry through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, future prospects will be determined by the pace of recovery in rail travel over the next few years.

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    Interview: ‘We have the tools – it is in our hands to deliver’

    2022-01-14T07:56:00Z

    The next decade will be crucial for the global fight against irreversible climate change, and rail is the only mode that is well placed to deliver significant decarbonisation in the transport sector, UIC Director-General François Davenne explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Comment: The politics of infrastructure

    2022-01-13T10:03:00Z

    Rising geopolitical complexity around the world raises a challenge that policymakers and railway planners will have to overcome if ambitions for modal shift to rail are to be realised in the years ahead, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Europe: Night train renaissance gathers pace

    2022-01-04T05:51:00Z

    A slew of new overnight passenger services and significant investment in rolling stock is on the agenda for the next couple of years as both state-owned and independent operators revive sleeping car and couchette services across Europe. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Japan: road-rail midi-buses on a rural railway

    2021-12-25T05:00:00Z

    This month is expected to see the launch of commercial passenger services with ‘dual-mode’ road-rail midi-buses on a rural railway in southern Shikoku. Mike Bent reports.

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    Comment: The COP26 cop-out

    2021-12-08T10:21:00Z

    Despite unambiguous evidence that global emissions from transport are heading in the wrong direction, there was a notable lack of emphasis on the role sustainable mobility including rail could play in mitigating climate change at the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow.

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    Japan: Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen nears completion

    2021-12-08T07:00:00Z

    Due to open in autumn 2022, the 66 km Nishi-Kyushu Shinkansen is isolated from the rest of Japan’s high speed network. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Australia: ARA targets modal shift

    2021-12-01T09:20:00Z

    The Australasian Railway Association has launched a new strategy that it hopes will bring a greater share of Australia’s expanding freight market on to the country’s railway network.

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    Smart maintenance: Locomotives find a new lease of life

    2021-11-26T08:00:00Z

    The delicate economics of rail freight and rapidly changing regulatory conditions have seen the emergence of a healthy market across a swathe of eastern Europe focused on the overhaul, modernisation and life-extension of Soviet-era locomotives. Vladimir Waldin provides an overview.

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    Europe: Harmonising rail capacity strategies

    2021-11-10T07:00:00Z

    Development of a single European railway area is being hampered by nationally led approaches to the development of route utilisation strategies. Now a pan-European programme is underway to harmonise the planning and management of network capacity.

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    Smart Maintenance: Digital depot takes shape

    2021-11-05T15:39:00Z

    Due to accept its first trains in December, a depot now under construction near Augsburg is where TMH International will initially maintain two EMU fleets for operator Go-Ahead Bayern. Managing Director for Germany Klaus Hock explains the vision to Nick Kingsley.

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    New Zealand: Funding boost drives rail revitalisation

    2021-11-03T08:51:00Z

    Climate change concerns and a desire to encourage modal shift have unlocked government funding for rail, enabling KiwiRail to address a legacy of under-investment and build a stronger future.

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    Comment: Automated reality

    2021-11-01T06:00:00Z

    Automation of main line trains is slowly becoming a commercial reality, having been long established in the urban rail sector. However, mass adoption of driverless technology on mixed traffic railways still seems a long way off, with interim technology such as C-DAS offering many benefits in the meantime. 

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    Germany: Regional rail model called into question

    2021-10-21T14:45:00Z

    Problems at Keolis and Abellio suggest that Germany’s long-standing model for contracting out the operation of regional and local rail services may no longer be fit for purpose. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    India: Railway university bears fruit

    2021-10-21T07:46:00Z

    Although developed by Indian Railways, the National Rail & Transportation Institute is intended to provide a university-level education and research facility for the country’s wider transport sector. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Europe: Mont Cenis base tunnel takes shape

    2021-10-20T14:05:00Z

    The award of civil works contracts earlier this summer to build the 57 km base tunnel across the Franco-Italian border has given new impetus to plans to complete a high-capacity corridor between Lyon and Torino. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Finland: a positive shock in the far north

    2021-10-18T07:00:00Z

    As the Finnish rail market opens further to competition, national railway VR Group remains committed to growing its passenger and freight business despite the impact of the pandemic as its Senior Vice-President for Strategy & Corporate Development Ilkka Heiskanen explains to Nick Kingsley.