April 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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.


  • Riding the dragon


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


  • Concerns over Turkish rail freight prospects, Caltrain electrification under threat, National Express backs European market over UK franchises


  • Firmly on the fast track
    No less than 3·5tr yuan is to be spent on new line and upgrading projects by 2020 under China’s 13th transport master plan announced on March 1
  • An Olympic challenge
    Construction work is in full swing on a regional high speed line northwest of Beijing, which must tunnel through a geologically complex region and under the Great Wall to serve the venues for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games
  • Train builder to the world
    Spread across a site of 177 ha, CRRC Qingdao Sifang is China’s largest rolling stock manufacturer in terms of revenue. Chris Jackson tours its factory
  • Forging by the Yangtze
    Masteel is developing a new plant in Ma’anshan to assemble wheelsets for locomotives and high speed trains


  • Giving impetus to invention
    Many aspects of railway research and development, from safety and digitisation to customer service, will be debated at the second Stephenson Conference, being hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London on April 25 – 27
  • Looking to a bright future
    The conditions are right for a new chapter in British railway research to enrich both the railway industry and the academic community, believes Prof Anson Jack
  • Transalley takes shape
    The rail ‘competitiveness cluster’ in northern France is developing a dedicated transport innovation campus to attract both industrial and academic partners
  • Smart-Rail sees signs of success
    Now at the halfway point, the EU-backed Smart-Rail lighthouse project is seeking to improve the efficiency of European rail freight by enhancing information sharing and collaboration within and beyond the rail industry
  • Hacking the rails in Hong Kong
    Asia’s first digital technology ‘hackathon’ in Hong Kong involved MTR Corp, Hack Partners and 40 developer teams


  • PMC Rail goes it alone
    The former Deutsche Plasser training centre in Bingen has become a stand-alone railway training institution, offering a range of customised courses in railway technology that go beyond its roots in infrastructure maintenance
  • Lookouts learn their lesson
    In what it believes is a first for Europe, Belgian infrastructure manager Infrabel has inaugurated a 3D simulator for the training of on-track safety staff

Research & skills


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Rail Supply Industry Watch
    We ask our panel for their views on the changing relationship between the large system integrators and their principal sub-suppliers amid ongoing industry consolidation

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