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    Europe: Overcoming the language barrier

    2022-09-30T09:00:00Z

    Developed by UIC and RailNetEurope with funding from the Shift2Rail joint undertaking, the Translate4Rail tool offers hope that the thorny problem of drivers and dispatchers speaking different languages on cross-border routes in Europe can finally be resolved. Toma Bačić explains.

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    Germany: Farm shop concept spurs freight tram revival

    2022-09-29T08:00:00Z

    Initially developed as a student project, a mobile ‘farm shop’ retail and freight service using a converted tram-train is being proposed for use on the regional rail network around Karlsruhe. This in turn could offer a more viable business model for other cargo tram initiatives.

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    Germany: Wendlingen - Ulm poised to open as Stuttgart21 costs rise again

    2022-09-28T11:00:00Z

    Deutsche Bahn will open the Wendlingen – Ulm high speed line in December with the controversial Stuttgart 21 project following in stages from 2025 onwards. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Technology: Keeping track of tram-trains

    2022-09-27T10:36:00Z

    Enhanced control and supervision tools have been deployed to improve the operation of tram-trains around Karlsruhe, where portion working is a common but complicated process.

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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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    Technology: Siemens Mobility targets Destination Digital

    2022-08-02T09:04:00Z

    Emphasising the importance of optimising railways as an integrated system, Siemens Mobility is developing its data capabilities, and opening up software interfaces to facilitate cross-industry co-operation. Chris Jackson reports from Braunschweig.