Railway Gazette International magazine, February 2013.

Articles in the February 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.


  • Liberalisation: the war of words rages on


  • Fyra lurches from farce to fiasco
  • Amtrak and California team up
  • UK franchising ‘not fundamentally flawed’

Heavy haul

  • Developing a heavy haul network
    Indian Railways is adopting heavy haul technology for its first two Dedicated Freight Corridors, which are being built to accommodate axleloads up to 32·5 tonnes


  • In search of a profitable passenger business
    An ambitious blueprint to expand capacity and modernise both infrastructure and rolling stock, plus an appropriate fare structure, could return Indian Railways passenger operations to profitability
  • Rethinking the focus
    Facing strong competition from road for both bulk and non-bulk freight, Indian Railways needs to position itself within an integrated transport and logistics network, argues Raghu Dayal

Track technology

  • Understanding the life of ballast mats
    Researchers in Germany have examined the condition and performance of a resilient under-ballast mat installed 21 years earlier on the Hannover – Würzburg high speed line
  • Pre-hardened crossings can cut life-cycle costs
    Trials in the Channel Tunnel have demonstrated the benefit of explosive head hardening of cast austenitic manganese turnout crossings

In focus

  • Beijing – Guangzhou PDL completed
    The world’s longest dedicated high speed line opened for traffic on December 26, with four more passenger lines due to open in 2013


  • People: ADIF changes President
  • Research & skills: Master’s course in rail freight launched
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Letters
  • Diary


  • European policy is damaging cross-border passenger rail services, argues Simon Field of World Carfree Network

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