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    Russia: Driverless shunter completes autopilot trials


    By combining vision systems developed for obstacle detection with satellite location and artificial intelligence, Cognitive Pilot has successfully modified a Russian Railways shunting locomotive for automated operation.

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    Switzerland: Ceneri Base Tunnel opening completes NEAT jigsaw


    The December timetable change marked the start of regular commercial services through the Ceneri Base Tunnel at the southern end of Switzerland’s busy Gotthard corridor. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Interview: ‘We have to win back our customers’


    Just when the French national operator’s passenger sector is coming to terms with Covid-19 and the collapse of business travel, it faces the arrival of competition in both the regional and long-distance markets. Chris Jackson asked Christophe Fanichet, President-Directeur Général of SNCF Voyageurs, about his strategy at a time of unprecedented challenges.

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    Traction technology: Harnessing the potential of lithium powerpacks


    The rail sector is on the cusp of widespread adoption of battery technology in rolling stock, both for self-powered vehicles and to support hydrogen fuel cells. Pierre Prenleloup outlines the factors that fleet owners need to consider as uptake gathers pace.

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    Traction: Rail can lead the way with hydrogen deployment


    The rail sector is at the forefront of the commercialisation of hydrogen technology, with trains running in Germany attracting interest from around the world, says Amy Adams, Vice-President of Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins

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    Comment: Time to seize the moment


    An unprecedented year is drawing to a close. Time and again, that adjective has been rolled out to describe the tumultuous challenges that 2020 has brought to the global economy and wider society as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Electrification: Saving energy on DC networks


    Despite being an early pioneer of regenerative braking with AC electrification, much of the Spanish main line network uses 3 kV DC. Building on earlier developments in the metro sector, ADIF Alta Velocidad is now making progress in recovering braking energy on DC routes, explains Mike Bent.

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    Traction: India to trial fuel cell trainset


    Indian Railways expects to roll-out a four-car hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit by the end of 2021, as the country looks to alternative fuels as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.

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    Russia: Distributed traction moves the crowds


    RZD rolling stock strategy is being driven by the need to provide better connectivity within its constituent regions and faster links between them, reports Vladimir Waldin.

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    Traction: In search of the zero-emission train


    Low or zero-emission trains will play an essential role in decarbonising the rail mode, but the choice of technologies involves a complex trade-off between rolling stock, infrastructure and operational constraints.

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    Passenger rolling stock: Rail can rise to clean air challenge


    Policymakers need to support investment in this field to reap wider social, economic and public health benefits even after the Covid-19 crisis subsides, argues Dr Peter Radina of Knorr-Bremse.

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    Passenger rolling stock: Adapting to falling numbers


    Due to enter service on three routes north of Tokyo next year, JR East’s Series E131 EMUs are intended to be more economical to operate in semi-rural areas with a declining population. Mike Bent investigates.

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    European policy: Fostering a positive safety culture


    Learning from the experience of other high-risk industries, the EU Agency for Railways has developed a Safety Culture Model to support the embedding of safe practices within the European rail sector, as Programme Manager Grégory Rolina explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Interview: ‘Freight has had a good crisis’


    Post-coronavirus financial pressure on governments and mounting public concern about climate change may finally prove the catalysts to unlock substantial private investment in European rail freight. Stephen Layburn and Tim Jackson of transport finance house Centrus describe the outlook to Nick Kingsley.

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    European policy: A responsive approach to timetable planning


    Revised handbooks developed by RailNetEurope will shape the planning of Europe’s 2022-23 timetable, marking an important step towards the harmonisation of fragmented national processes

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    Rolling stock: Olympic deadline governs TGV M rollout


    The first of 100 next-generation TGV sets is due to enter service with French national operator SNCF in time to carry passengers during the 2024 Olympic Games. Murray Hughes investigates.

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    European policy: Getting ready for the Year of Rail


    By designating 2021 as the European Year of Rail, the European Commission is seeking to focus attention on the environmental, economic, commercial and cultural benefits of rail, and highlight its role in supporting sustainable mobility.

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    North America: Pandemic undermines Amtrak revival


    Service reductions and staff layoffs are in prospect as Amtrak seeks to cut costs in the face of a coronavirus-led collapse in ridership, reports Joseph M Calisi.

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    Data & Analytics: Assessing investment choices in an uncertain future


    Transport for London and Jacobs have developed a novel transport demand modelling tool to provide a more sophisticated response to the challenge of planning rail investment as the mobility sector enters an era of profound short- and long-term change.

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    North America: Rethinking rail in uncertain times


    With the Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn hitting traffic volumes, North America’s railroads are looking to the future and how to achieve profitable growth following the Precision Scheduled Railroading reforms. Dave Lustig investigates.