August 2016 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.


  • Whither the train crew?


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


  • Concerns raised over Santiago accident investigation, Gotthard competition battle looms, ‘eight by eight’ axes in Chinese master plan

North America

  • There is life after coal
    Class I railroads are looking for new sources of business as a drop in coal traffic coincides with a cyclical downturn in global freight
  • Brightline fleet takes shape
    Florida’s privately-funded inter-city passenger service is on course to launch next year
  • A versatile innovator
    Brookville Equipment Corp has expanded beyond the industrial railway sector to supply short lines, commuter rail and light rail operators
  • F125 loco makes its debut in California
    The first of up to 40 Tier 4-compliant EMD diesel locomotives for passenger services has been unveiled in Los Angeles

Track maintenance

  • Turnout grinding offers life-cycle cost savings
    An Austrian study suggests that regular grinding of switches and crossings should be an integral part of a railway’s turnout maintenance regime, both to improve quality and to minimise life-cycle costs
  • Towards intelligent track maintenance planning
    The Autonom research project is looking at the potential for an autonomous maintenance decision-making system that links asset health with planning and scheduling
  • Specialist analysis can extend timber life
    Specialist timber analysis can help railways to understand better the condition of wooden structures
  • A buoyant sector
    A range of innovations from specialist infrastructure companies will be on show at InnoTrans 2016

Monitoring & measuring

  • Listening out for trouble
    CSX is piloting the use of Distributed Acoustic Sensing using optic fibre cables for rolling stock defect detection, track infrastructure health monitoring and train movement tracking
  • Don’t bash that bridge
    High-definition cameras can help to minimise the disruption caused by road vehicles striking railway bridges

In focus

  • Gauge-changing Golden Pass Express to launch in 2018
    Switzerland’s Montreux-Oberland Bahn is making progress with a scheme to introduce gauge-changing trains
  • Hauled stock market bounces back
    Orders for loco-hauled passenger coaches almost doubled in the past decade thanks to rapidly-growing demand in Asia, according to research by SCI Verkehr

Research & skills

  • Rail Week a ‘resounding success’


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Darren Fodey of law firm Stephenson Harwood assesses the short- and longer-term implications for the railway sector of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union

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