The first of the Siemens Desiro City commuter trains for Britain's Thameslink Programme features on the  cover of the December 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International.


  • UK: still tinkering after 20 years


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


  • Operators eye French regional services
  • All Aboard Florida
  • European rail is still getting safer
  • US tank cars in the spotlight
  • Swiss safety reviews report back
  • Argentina: a happy new year?
  • Network Rail funding determined
  • Trans-Asian integration debated


  • JR Central commits to superconducting maglev
    Central Japan Railway is pressing ahead with plans to build the Chuo Shinkansen as a maglev route to relieve the Tokaido Shinkansen. Murray Hughes reports
  • Tokaido Shinkansen gets a makeover
    The world’s first dedicated high speed railway will be 50 years old next year. Operator JR Central has launched a 10-year programme to update the 515 km line’s infrastructure
  • Preventing corrosion of concrete structures
    RTRI has developed a successful technique for tackling chloride-induced corrosion which attacks the steel reinforcing bars used in concrete structures, explains Dr Hidenobu Tatematsu,. former President, JR Soken Engineering
  • A trip you’ll never forget
    October 15 saw the inaugural journey of Japan’s most luxurious cruise train, which has been developed by JR Kyushu at a cost of ¥3bn. Akihiro Nakamura reports
  • Undersea stations closed by regauging work
    The two undersea stations in the Seikan Tunnel developed for tourists have seen their final visitors

South Korea

  • For the happiness of all
    The incoming President & CEO of national rail operator Korail, Dr Choi Yeon-Hye, has unveiled her vision for the company


  • Building railways all over the world
    South Korean civil engineering group Samsung C&T is expanding its international rail activities, says Vice-Chairman & CEO Jung Yeon-Joo
  • Two gateways to Japan
    Alstom Transport's Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Filippo Scotti d'Albertis describes how Alstom is working on joint ventures in train control and light rail vehicle design with JR East and its subsidiaries

Regional Railways

  • The future’s bright, the future’s intermodal
    Over the past 27 years, Tom Hoback has forged the Indiana Rail Road from an assortment of cast-off branch lines, reporting double-digit growth year on year. He tells the story of INRD to Chris Jackson
  • A better way to heaven
    This month sees the completion of a programme to refurbish Austria’s 760 mm gauge Mariazellerbahn
  • Rejuvenating rail links in South Tirol
    The rebuilt branch between Merano and Malles in northern Italy has served as a model for further expansion say Joachim Dejaco, CEO of Strutture Trasporto Alto Adige, and Maurizio Chiusa, Head of the Railway Division at SAD Trasporto Locale

In focus

  • One giant leap in Leipzig
    The deep-level cross-city railway through Leipzig opens this month, paving the way for an integrated regional rail network across Sachsen and beyond explains Oliver Mietzch, General Manager of Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig


  • A cost-effective communications network
    Key Account Manager, Southern Europe, Bertrand Cohn describes the communications network Moxa is supplying for the low-cost tram project in Besançon

Research & skills

  • You’re better off with us, says VDB


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • The introduction of excessive regulatory costs could worsen overall safety levels by shifting freight traffic from rail to road, argues UIP General Secretary Gilles Peterhans

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