December 2016 issue of Railway Gazette International.

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.


  • Time to focus on reform


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


  • Wheel life in focus, Czech liberalisation moves forward, Haramain line to open in 2018, Maglev progress as Japan debates economic benefits of high speed rail


  • Competition comes through measured reforms
    Next year sees the start of passenger liberalisation in Norway, along with the abolition of Jernbaneverket and the creation of a new Railway Directorate. Nick Kingsley reports from Oslo
  • Västlänken project to reshape Göteborg commuter network
    An underground loop with three new stations is set to transform suburban services in Sweden’s second largest city from 2026
  • Advanced TMS will improve operating efficiency
    As part of its Signalling Programme, Banedanmark is introducing an advanced traffic management system to underpin service planning and real-time train operations


  • A journey towards the future
    Research is underway to develop the next generation of railway communications technology, which will enable operators to enhance their capabilities, explains Michael Mikulandra
  • Offline offload could speed CCTV transfer
    Passengers and onboard staff could be incentivised to allow their personal devices to be used as temporary storage for CCTV data

Depots & workshops

  • Keeping the vandals at bay
    Arlanda Express operator ATrain AB has installed a video surveillance system to deter crime and vandalism at its depots and stations
  • Ore car workshop ready to open
    A highly automated workshop near Port Hedland to overhaul BHP Iron Ore’s wagon fleet and wheelsets is now in final commissioning
  • Servicing the Frecciarossa fleet
    Trenitalia is investing €20m to expand its high speed train servicing facilities in Milano

In focus

  • A delicate recovery on the Emerald Isle
    Ireland’s national railway is slowly returning to growth following the country’s severe economic downturn, but recovery is bringing a capacity challenge and underfunding leaves IE facing an uncertain future, as CEO David Franks explains
  • Double-tracking takes priority
    The Thai government is funding a programme of seven schemes as it seeks to enhance speeds and capacity on SRT’s metre-gauge network, Deputy Director, Special Projects, Kumpol Boonchom tells Peter Janssen

Research & skills

  • Young designers to the fore in China, suburban operators benchmarking project, Academy adopts apprenticeship standards


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Publications
  • Diary


  • Conference Report
    Railways can benefit from monetising sustainability, as the rail sector embraces Global Reporting Initiative approaches. Laura Sofie van der Reijden reports from the UIC Sustainability Conference in Wien

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