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Feature articles in the November 2012 issue of Railway Gazette International

01 Nov 2012

Articles in the November 2012 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine


  • A history lesson on closures


  • UK: Franchising programme unravels
  • France: SNIT review gets underway
  • Indonesia: Four-tracking in West Java

Rolling stock

  • HEMU 430X heralds higher speeds: Running trials are in progress in South Korea to validate performance of a prototype trainset which is expected to set a new domestic speed record
  • Unconventional thinking behind the Avril: Talgo’s Avril high speed train concept focuses on higher capacity and lower weight to reduce energy consumption
  • Design for accessibility: Significant challenges must be addressed if rail operators are to continue improving accessibility in the years ahead

Latin America

  • Work is in hand to complete Lima’s first metro line after years of stasis

InnoTrans review

  • InnoTrans 2012 sets new records: This year’s InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin saw a 19% increase in the number of visitors, with well over half of them coming from outside Germany

In focus

  • China: North-south axis edges towards Beijing.
  • Alstom unveils KZ8A freight locomotive: The first of 295 electric locomotives for Kazakh national railway KTZ is unveiled at Alstom’s Belfort plant


  • Professor Chris Nash examines the drivers behind the European Commission’s fourth railway package


  • People: Operations reshuffle at Canadian Pacific
  • Research & skills: Hitachi opens rail research centre
  • Sidetrack: Tokyo Station restored
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