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    Southeast Asia: Progress falters with Thai projects


    Construction of a new line through Laos from the Chinese border to the capital at Vientiane in just five years is in marked contrast to the halting progress being made by several rail schemes in neighbouring Thailand. Peter Janssen reports from Bangkok.

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    Southeast Asia: East-West landbridge takes shape


    Construction of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link linking Port Klang in the west with Kota Bharu in the northeast is now underway, offering the prospect of a landbridge alternative to the congested shipping routes through the Straits of Malacca. Michael Mackey reports.

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    Comment: Brazil’s rail revolution


    A series of regulatory changes has triggered what may turn out to be a vast expansion of Brazil’s rail network. 

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    My Life in Rail: Jay Sheth


    Developing metros and millennials: Jay Sheth describes his urban rail career encompassing roles at London Underground and Mumbai Metro One, and sets out how rail organisations can attract and retain younger staff.

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    Azerbaijan: Developing a transit hub


    After years of declining freight traffic, Azerbaijan’s national railway ADY is seeking to revive its fortunes by focusing on its potential as a hub for transit freight between Asia and Europe. It is also increasing investment in passenger services around Baku. Toma Bačić explains.

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    Israel: Light rail is not the only fruit


    Due to open later this year, Tel Aviv’s light rail Red Line is the first route in a planned six-line network to serve the rapidly expanding conurbation.

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    Turkey: Currency crunch dents metro expansion


    An array of urban and suburban rail projects is underway across Turkey, but political squabbles between central government and city administrations and major currency fluctuations could yet hinder delivery of the investment, as David O’Byrne explains.

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    Research: Extending the role of backup batteries


    Projects in Chengdu and Moscow have confirmed that nickel battery technology, originally developed to provide onboard backup services on metro trains, can also provide a cost-effective source of power for emergency traction, eliminating the need to install separate battery packs.

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    Research: Towards a low-carbon slab track


    The inclusion of recycled plastic and other materials in precast and continuous in-situ concrete track slabs would help to reduce the environmental impact of track construction and could also deliver improved dynamic performance.

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    Interview: Turning Budapest into a European rail hub


    A 20-year strategy for expanding Budapest’s regional and long-distance rail connections envisages the construction of new and upgraded cross-city links to alleviate the bottlenecks caused by the River Danube and the capital’s three termini, explains Budapest Development Agency CEO Dávid Vitézy.

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    Research: Shifting to Europe’s Rail


    Established under the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme, the Europe’s Rail joint undertaking came into effect on November 30, taking over from the Shift2Rail JU which has co-ordinated rail research for the past five years.

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    Research: Putting R&D at the heart of recovery


    The global rail community will gather in Birmingham in June for the 13th World Congress on Railway Research, providing a unique opportunity to discuss in person the role of rail R&D in a post-pandemic environment.

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    Comment: Rail freight’s big battery booster


    A string of recent orders for battery-electric locomotives from railways in North America and Australia offers hope of decarbonising the heavy haul freight sector, as well as the promise of innovations which railways elsewhere could adopt in the future.

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    Stations & Terminals: Solving the problem of Budapest Nyugati


    As the busiest station in the Hungarian capital, Nyugati pályaudvar has reached capacity. The favoured solution is to convert the existing terminus into a through station at the heart of a reshaped regional rail network. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Japan: Kintetsu plans a post-pandemic recovery


    Regional operator Kintetsu is looking to refocus its business in the Kansai region with real estate and leisure developments aimed at changing lifestyles and reflecting new working patterns. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Switzerland: Timetable recast in Luzern could add capacity


    The congested terminus at Luzern is one of the main infrastructure bottlenecks preventing an increase in services on the busy lines in central Switzerland. Reshaping the timetable pattern to make the most of the two-track approach to the terminus from the north could free up more paths to generate up to a 40% increase in capacity.

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    Ticketing: Expanding the use of Japan's IC cards


    Originally developed as a form of smart travel ticket, IC cards are now in widespread use across Japan. They can be used for many types of transaction, and further applications are being added as rail operators strive to make travel more convenient.

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    Stations & Terminals: Delta 3 aims to drive modal shift


    Operation of the Dourges Delta 3 intermodal and logistics hub in northern France is being transferred to a public sector organisation as part of a strategy to boost rail freight’s market share in France and western Europe. Laurent Charlier reports.

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    Moldova: Looking to a better future


    With European investment being channelled into infrastructure and rolling stock renewals, plans are in place for structural reform of Moldova’s state-owned railway. Toma Bačić investigates.