February 2018 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.


  • Reaping the benefits of C-DAS


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


  • Evaluating opportunities to grow rail-borne logistics in Asia, SNCF seeks TGV efficiencies, Metrolinx and Bombardier settle LRV order dispute


  • Making the most of electromobility 
     Electric traction is seen as a key way of reducing or eliminating environmentally-damaging exhaust emissions, particularly where advances in power distribution and energy storage technologies can reduce the capital cost
  • Traction options proliferate 
     The imminent debut of fuel cell-powered trains in Germany has stoked interest in hydrogen as a form of ‘zero-emission’ traction, but a wider range of alternatives to traditional diesel and electric trains is emerging
  • A spark of progress 
     The electrification of the Israel Railways network has coincided with the adoption by the Ministry of Transport of EU railway regulations and standards
  • A proving ground for overhead conductor rail 
     Rigid conductor bar has been used for the 1·5 kV DC electrification of Roma metro’s Line C, offering a number of technical and economic advantages
  • A blossoming partnership 
     Having supplied components for successive generations of French-built EMUs, locomotives and TGV power cars, JST Transformateurs is now expanding in the international market through a close relationship with Hyundai Rotem


  • Still moving forward 
      Construction work on further high speed lines in Spain is continuing, despite financial and economic constraints. Meanwhile, FCC Construcción has been able to capitalise on its experience with major contracts in other parts of the world
  • UAVs support Ertms deployment 
     Having developed advanced drone surveying and post-processing techniques, Sigma-Rail is currently surveying the new Alacant – Murcia high speed line to capture location data for programming of the route’s ETCS Level 2 systems

In Focus

  • Towards a '10 by 10' grid 
     Successive railway master plans have set China on a course to create a 38 000 km network of new lines by 2025. Toma Bačić reviews the routes which opened in 2017 and profiles ongoing construction projects
  • Connecting up the Gold Coast 
     Full services have started operating on Stage 2 of the Gold Coast light rail line ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games

Research & skills

  • Shift2Rail issues 2018 call for proposals, apprentices trained for track work at BART


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Main line and metro operators in Asia face the challenge of long-term asset renewal while maintaining service quality. Arthur D Little offers some options for mitigating the ‘totex dilemma’

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