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    Infrastructure: Making maintenance smarter


    Digital asset management and innovative rail treatment techniques lie at the heart of Vossloh Rail Services’ integrated approach to track maintenance. Managing Director Marcel Taubert explains the company’s strategy to Chris Jackson in Hamburg.

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    Industry focus: Mergers in vogue as transport market draws interest


    Expansion of the global rail and public transport markets is attracting interest from a range of businesses and investors.

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    Austria: Night vision


    Austrian Federal Railways has made headlines in recent months by announcing a major expansion of its Nightjet network of overnight trains, tapping into the pan-European trend for ‘flight shaming’. But as CEO Andreas Matthä explains to Toma Bačić, this is just one strand in a strategy to deliver sustainable growth and modal shift.

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    ‘A brilliant future as the backbone of mobility’


    As it approaches its centenary, the International Union of Railways is reasserting itself as the technical platform for the sector. Murray Hughes talks to UIC Director General François Davenne in Paris.

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    Hungary: Fight of the giants


    Stadler and Transmashholding have been vying to take over Dunakeszi Járműjavító, to support local assembly deals. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    India: Time to let go


    Indian Railways’ in-house production units are at a crossroads, with the government floating plans to spin them off. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Japan: Fukuoka edges towards expansion


    The largest city in Kyushu is one of the fastest growing in Japan, and one of the few to be actively expanding its urban rail provision. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    Japan: All eyes on the track stars


    The world’s busiest urban rail network is preparing to handle more than 650 000 extra users per day during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the government encouraging regular commuters to work from home. Benjámin Zelki reports from Tokyo.

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    Norway: Digital campus supports ERTMS roll-out


    Complete replacement of existing signalling with ETCS forms a key element in Norway’s digital railway initiative, as part of a massive investment in rail to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Chris Jackson reports from Oslo.

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    Realising the digital freight train


    French start-up Traxens has developed a digital brake testing procedure to reduce the time needed for pre-departure checks on freight trains. It could be the first step towards the creation of an IoT ecosystem to support rail freight operations. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Railway computing needs open standards


    As trains become smarter, with software control of more and more subsystems, the adoption of open standards for embedded computing would enable a move towards simpler hardware platforms supporting a variety of modular applications.

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    Leveraging IoT to drive operational efficiencies


    Combining Edge and Cloud computing with an onboard IoT platform enables railway operators to consolidate and analyse multiple data streams, including visual intelligence and AI, potentially paving the way for automated train operation.

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    Australia: Automated operation is paying off


    Building on earlier technical enhancements, the roll-out of driverless operation under the AutoHaul project is already starting to deliver capacity and efficiency benefits that have more than justified a decade of development, Rio Tinto’s Shaun Robertson tells Chris Jackson. 

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    Philippines: Building to catch up


    Rail is among the cornerstones of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ initiative, with investment in and around the capital a priority to alleviate mounting traffic congestion. Peter Janssen reports from Manila.

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    Australia: Victoria’s Big Build forges ahead


    Level crossing removals, capacity enhancements and a cross-city tunnel through central Melbourne are among the rail projects at the centre of the state government’s infrastructure investment programme. John Kirk investigates.

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    Vectron family goes bimode


    Siemens has developed a 2 MW electro-diesel variant of its modular locomotive family, which will help to reduce exhaust emissions where diesel trains now run on electrified routes. Dr Harry Hondius reports from München.

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    Accelerating the decarbonisation of rail


    Pressure to decarbonise rail transport has driven interest in hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology as an alternative to diesel traction. Both will find a growing role in the rail sector, but wider factors including emissions from power generation will also influence deployment choices.

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    Italy: Transformation at Italo-NTV


    These are important lessons to be learned from the remarkable business turnaround achieved by Italy’s high speed open access operator Italo-NTV in the last five years.

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    Italy: Terzo Valico line to open in 2023


    Construction of the long-planned third main line between Genova and Tortona is now in full swing. Benjámin Zelki reports fom northen Italy.

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    A holistic approach to asset management


    A ‘hockey stick model’ can be used to understand the risk of degradation in the condition of rail vehicles, which mitigates the risk of cost control and fleet availability problems for rolling stock owners. Imagine the scenario. You are the maintenance manager of a large suburban ...