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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*.

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    Traction: Road trials showcase battery loco potential

    2021-07-21T13:11:00Z

    A three month trial of a Wabtec battery-electric loco hauling freight trains over a 585 km route in California has highlighted the potential for battery traction to reduce emissions from US rail freight, as project leader Alan Hamilton explains to Dave Lustig.

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    Electrification: Brandenburg study proposes wiring islands

    2021-07-16T09:30:00Z

    Hybrid battery-electric trains could be running on the Berlin – Neuruppin – Wittenberge route by 2028, according to a study undertaken for the District of Ostprignitz-Ruppin by the Innoverse transport consultancy. Marketed as Prignitz Express, the 180 km route is now the only remaining diesel-operated Regional Express service in Brandenburg. ...

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    Electrification: ‘Frugal’ approach pares down wiring costs

    2021-07-15T12:02:00Z

    SNCF Réseau’s Aix-en-Provence – Marseille line will be partly electrified in 2022-24 to allow the operation of local services by battery-electric multiple-units. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    Traction: On course to Mission 100%

    2021-07-08T13:14:00Z

    India’s ambitious national railway electrification programme is moving forward rapidly as IR seeks to complete the wiring of its broad gauge network by the end of 2023 and reach net zero carbon emissions within the next decade.

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    Italy: ERSAT moves into the roll-out phase

    2021-06-30T07:00:00Z

    Having amassed nearly 10 years of cumulative experience of satellite technologies for use with ERTMS, including virtual balises and radio frequency interference, RFI has gained sufficient confidence to start work on its first operational application.

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    Australia: Ore trains return to Whyalla

    2021-06-29T09:00:00Z

    After a five-year gap, trains carrying export iron ore have resumed running to Whyalla in South Australia as strong market demand drives spot prices to a record level. John Kirk reports.

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    Turkey: Canal plan puts brakes on rail projects

    2021-06-28T12:00:00Z

    Turkey’s plans to build a ship canal connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara are being carefully monitored by the European Commission in case the scheme interferes with the project to upgrade Turkey’s main line link to Bulgaria and the rest of Europe. David O’Byrne reports.

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    Passenger Rolling Stock: Getting ready for Wi-Fi 6E

    2021-06-25T07:04:00Z

    Measures to expand the available spectrum for free-to-air wi-fi present an opportunity for railways to improve onboard connectivity, but will require the adoption of forward-compatible components.

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    Passenger Rolling Stock: Avril moves from vision to reality

    2021-06-21T12:41:00Z

    More than a decade after the company unveiled its concept for a wide-bodied articulated trainset, Talgo’s first production Avril high speed trains are now on test in northern Spain before entering service with national operator RENFE.

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    Thailand: Grand opening in prospect

    2021-06-15T07:45:00Z

    Passengers are expected to start using Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand station in July as the first phase of the emerging passenger hub begins to serve two elevated suburban routes, reports Peter Janssen.

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network

    2021-06-14T12:00:00Z

    An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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    France: Report presages night train renaissance

    2021-06-11T05:22:00Z

    A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.