April 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

Feature articles in the April 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.


  • Time to act on tank car safety


  • Main Line
  • Urban Rail
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Innovations
  • Pointers


  • Prabhu unveils Indian Railways action plan
  • Lyon – Torino final agreement
  • Supporting economic development in the Philippines


  • Bringing it all together
    This month sees the inaugural Stephenson Conference in London, bringing together different strands of railway research that have become fragmented in the two decades since the privatisation of Britain’s railways
  • Research to elevate the role of rail
    Japan’s RTRI is seeking deeper insights into a range of phenomena across the spectrum of railway technology
  • Reducing wheel damage enhances safety and saves money
    A bogie designed to minimise wheel damage from rolling contact fatigue offers potential cost savings as well as reducing the risk of derailments, reports John Kirk
  • Looking towards 2050
    The 11th World Congress on Railway Research in Milano next year will reposition the debate to put customer service at the heart of innovation


  • Rival backers eye Thai standard gauge projects
    Construction of a Chinese-backed standard gauge corridor is set to begin later this year, while Japanese officials are considering a further three new line proposals
  • Cross-Tokyo link completed
    March 14 saw JR East launch new cross-city services through the Japanese capital, following the completion of a complex project to build additional tracks above the existing Tohoku Shinkansen viaduct
  • KiwiRail focuses on profitable passengers
    KiwiRail’s residual long-distance passenger business has been successfully returned to profitability, largely by targeting the tourism market


  • Emotions, curiosity and gamification
    Lander Simulation is developing software based on video game techniques to enable drivers to train at home in a flexible and motivating fashion
  • Enhancing skills in a globalised industry
    Embedded academies, joint ventures and locally-trained skills coaches are part of a trend towards more sophisticated technical training as emerging markets become ever more important to the supply industry

In focus

  • Civity and Flirt to boost NS fleet
    Two new builds of EMUs have been ordered to operate increased local services in the Netherlands, reports Dr Harry Hondius
  • Predicting the behaviour of crowds
    Designs for ever larger transport hubs are changing the way passenger flows are simulated, leading to the emergence of advanced software for three-dimensional models

Research & skills

  • Track component research in the Channel Tunnel


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary
  • Publications

Rail Supply Industry Watch

  • In our quarterly survey, we asked our panel of senior executives to rank the different hurdles to doing business in emerging markets

Railway Gazette International is the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.