All In depth articles

  • OC1
  • IMG_1171
    In depth

    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.

  • 19U.6397_ComengCarnegie_RGI
    In depth

    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.

  • 02IMG_0050
    In depth

    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.

  • Alstom-iLint-7045
    In depth

    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.

  • it-italo-evo-aerial-campione
    In depth

    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.

  • 05_cop1_01_l20
    In depth

    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.

  • pexels_lightrail
    In depth

    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 ...

  • Rail operating contracts must reflect sustainability goals
    In depth

    Rail operating contracts must reflect sustainability goals


    Rail and urban transport operating contracts remain largely wedded to conventional metrics such as punctuality and capacity. But these do not adequately address wider sustainability goals or enable operators to increase the benefits of their operations for customers and wider society. The ability to move people ...

  • Ankara- Kirikkale
    In depth

    Turkey: Deadline looms over 2023 master plan


    The Turkish government has spent much of the past decade investing in high speed lines and major route modernisation with the aim of launching a radically enhanced main line network in 2023, centenary of the modern republic. But there is much work still to do and funding problems are growing. ...

  • Freight train heads west
    In depth

    North America: Riding the PSR revolution


    Precision Scheduled Railroading has become the latest darling of North American railroading, overtaking PTC as the top priority for senior managers as Wall Street investors demand improved profitability. Dave  Lustig  investigates.

  • de-Siemens-VelaroNovo-AeroBogie

    Modern Rolling Stock conference: Riding a wave of innovation


    Digitalisation, automation and future skills were the centre of discussion at the 45th Modern Rolling Stock conference in Graz.

  • China-freight-train-by-lake-AB

    China: CR targets modal shift as bulk traffic plateaus


    Rapid increases in container transport and Eurasian landbridge traffic have helped to boost China’s rail freight sector, with improved port links and high speed parcels traffic seen as drivers for future growth. Andrew Benton investigates.

  • us-NY Moynihan station skylight-Cuomo office-Flickr

    New York: From Penn Station to Empire Complex


    Overcrowded, outdated and confusing, New York Penn Station has been roundly criticised in recent years as a symbol of the Big Apple’s inability to develop modern infrastructure. But multiple improvement projects are now underway, raising hopes that a more spacious and comfortable hub could yet emerge. Nick Kingsley reports from Manhattan.

  • China high speed

    World Speed Survey 2019


    With 350 km/h operations restored on the Beijing – Shanghai highspeed line, China has outstripped all its competitors with the fastest trains attaining start-to-stop averages well over 300 km/h. Jeremy Hartill* has compiled our biennial world speed survey.

  • tn_at-oebb-nightjet_06.jpg
    Editorial Comment

    Comment: Jumping on the night train


    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success ...

  • August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

    Feature articles in the August 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International


    Feature articles in the latest issue of Railway Gazette International , the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today. Comment Jumping on the night train News Main Line Urban Rail ...

  • tn_ch-SBB-Zugersee-05.jpg

    Switzerland: Competitive stress


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer believes that SBB could be forced into a position where it became a residual operator if the federal government were to pursue further its policy of on-rail competition. In an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung on May 29, ...

  • tn_ma-ONCF_freight_train.jpg

    Casablanca – Kénitra upgrading starts


    MOROCCO: A ceremony on September 25 attended by King Mohammed VI marked the start of modernisation of the Casablanca – Kénitra main line to increase capacity by around 50%. National railway ONCF has cited strong growth in passenger numbers on the Tanger – Marrakech axis in recent years, driven by ...

  • tn_de-koeln-hbf-ajg_02.jpg

    HKX prepares to take on DB


    GERMANY: Open access operator Hamburg-Köln Express expects to launch revenue services between the two cities on July 23, having opened its ticket sales channels on July 4. HKX will initially operate one train per day from Monday to Wednesday in competition with Deutsche Bahn, serving six intermediate stations. Over the ...