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    Freight: An intermodal gateway emerges in northeast Europe

    2021-09-15T12:27:00Z

    Connected since July to the Polish border by a standard gauge link, the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal in Lithuania is set to become a strategic hub for the Baltic States as part of the wider Rail Baltica programme.

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    Freight: CargoFlex enters the digital era

    2021-09-14T13:17:00Z

    Fitted to intermodal trains in Switzerland, Voith’s CargoFlex autocoupler builds on experience in the passenger sector, and is now being upgraded with a full digital capability.

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    Freight: Delivering Europe’s digital coupler

    2021-09-10T12:55:00Z

    Testing of four prototype digital automatic coupler designs is underway as a deployment programme takes shape aimed at boosting the productivity and competitiveness of rail freight operations across Europe by 2030. However, much remains to be done.

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    Freight: STB juggles merger challenges

    2021-09-07T13:46:00Z

    Over the coming months, the US Surface Transportation Board must rule on two proposed mergers involving Class I railroads, at a time of increasing calls for more competition in the US transport sector. Chris Jackson investigates.

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    Africa: Mixed fortunes in Tunis

    2021-08-24T09:06:00Z

    While the first passengers are due to travel over a newly built section of the Tunisian capital’s RFR suburban network later this year, the government and its contractors are struggling to complete future phases of the programme. Christian Scasso investigates.

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    My Life in Rail: Verena Schraml

    2021-08-23T07:04:00Z

    Germany has more work to do to spread the message that rail roles are increasingly attractive for women, explains Verena Schraml, a local operations manager for Go-Ahead Deutschland, based in Stuttgart.

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    Italy: Speeding up rail schemes

    2021-08-19T08:00:00Z

    As part of its post-Covid recovery strategy, the Italian government has launched a wide-ranging programme to accelerate the delivery of major infrastructure projects, and rail is set to be a prime beneficiary. Christian Scasso investigates.

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    High Speed: Sapporo in sight as tunnellers tackle Hokkaido’s hills

    2021-08-18T08:00:00Z

    Construction of the 212 km second phase of the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Sapporo offers the prospect of a 5 h journey time from Tokyo once the line is completed in 2030-31. Mike Bent investigates.

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    High Speed: Competition enlivens the European market

    2021-08-16T10:06:00Z

    Instead of our regular World Speed Survey, we offer a snapshot of high speed rail developments at a time when the world is still grappling with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    India: DFCs poised to unlock IR freight reforms

    2021-08-12T09:00:00Z

    Completion of the first two Dedicated Freight Corridors will provide much-needed capacity, but Raghu Dayal believes they will also enable Indian Railways to transform its freight operations and marketing strategies.

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    India: On the path to digital signalling

    2021-08-11T10:42:00Z

    The use of Digital ATC on the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line promises a step change in safety technology.

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    India: National Rail Plan aims to drive modal shift

    2021-08-10T14:32:00Z

    Infrastructure investment and policy initiatives outlined in the Ministry of Railways’ draft National Rail Plan are expected to increase Indian Railways’ market share from 26% to 45% over the next 30 years. Raghu Dayal investigates.

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    India: Building towards a high speed network

    2021-08-06T07:55:00Z

    With construction of the Mumbai – Ahmedabad high speed line starting to ramp up, National HSR Corp is finalising detailed project plans for another seven corridors, as outgoing Managing Director Achal Khare* explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Eurasian rail freight growth is two years ahead of forecasts

    2021-08-05T05:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Transit traffic to and from China and Europe by rail is growing faster than predicted, with Alexey Grom, CEO of the largest operator UTLC ERA, reporting that the company is ‘two years ahead of our forecasts’ and expecting to see a further 20% growth in the rest of this ...

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    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package

    2021-07-29T09:25:00Z

    Railways across central and eastern Europe stand to benefit as member states submit their national post-Covid recovery plans to the EU in order to access temporary stimulus funds. Toma Bačić provides a snapshot of proposals from five countries. 

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    Comment: Modal shift still key to rail’s green agenda

    2021-07-28T05:08:00Z

    In the transport sector, the urge to decarbonise is manifesting itself in an increasingly frenetic push for the roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell and battery technology to replace internal combustion in everything from cars to small aircraft. These offer significant potential for decarbonising rail too, but should not be prioritised over the need to deliver modal shift from more polluting forms of mobility, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Africa: Traxtion eyes growth potential

    2021-07-27T11:25:00Z

    New investment opportunities are opening up in the African rail sector, and as the continent’s largest private freight operator Traxtion wants to lead the charge, CEO James Holley tells Chris Jackson.

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    Interview: Alternative traction can deliver decarbonisation in Europe

    2021-07-26T07:00:00Z

    Alstom’s decision to focus on ‘net zero’-compliant traction technology as long ago as 2014 is firmly bearing fruit in Europe, the company’s Vice-President for Regional Rolling Stock Brahim Soua* tells Nick Kingsley.

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    Tanzania: The race is on

    2021-07-23T10:09:00Z

    International contractors are forging ahead with construction of Tanzania’s first 1 435 mm gauge railway, with a view to opening East Africa’s third standard gauge network before the end of this year. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    Traction: Going the last mile

    2021-07-22T12:00:00Z

    In recent years, many operators have introduced electro-diesel locomotives fitted with a ‘last mile’ diesel generator module for short-distance operation away from the traction supply. Battery and supercapacitor options are now available which offer the potential for full decarbonisation, reports Dr Alex Luvishis*.