July 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

Feature articles in the July 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.


  • Balancing public and private
    Richard Hope reflects on 50 years of change in the rail sector


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


  • DB Schenker builds a pan-European freight railway
  • PTC progress slips again
  • Raising awareness of level crossing risk
  • Wien Hauptbahnhof
  • IRSE convention
  • High speed line funding
  • Saudi Arabia opportunities


  • Reviving rail routes to the Copperbelt
    Plans are taking shape to revive and rebuild neglected railways to move minerals east and west from Africa’s Copperbelt to the sea. Murray Hughes investigates
  • DR Congo's railway comes back from the brink
    Neglected infrastructure is being repaired and rolling stock renovated or replaced as a World Bank supported programme revives the railway in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Hopes rise in post-concession era
    The government is investing in Tanzania’s two narrow-gauge networks, after an over-reliance on private investment left both the EACC and Tazara routes at a low ebb. Railistics GmbH partner Wolf-Dietrich Geitz reports
  • Mega EMU project gets underway
    The R53m deal to supply a new generation of suburban EMUs for South Africa’s major conurbations covers 3600 vehicles over 10 years. Alstom Transport Senior Vice-President Gian-Luca Erbacci discussed the challenge with Chris Jackson.

Project management

  • Local delivery benefits from a global footprint
    Specialist consultancies are playing a growing in the development and delivery of major projects in both the main line and urban rail sectors, working with a broad range of stakeholders. We asked leading companies about the key factors that make for successful project management
  • Supporting rail projects worldwide
    Dr-Ing Denis Loskant, Head of Resources & Competency Management, explains how DB International is building on skills learned in its home market and four decades of experience in different countries to support the development of main line and urban railways across the world
  • Building the Solomon Rail Line
    Fortescue Metals Group selected a joint venture of McConnell Dowell Constructors and Aveng Rail Australia to double-track part of its existing main line, and build the Solomon Spur to serve a new mining hub in the Pilbara. The joint venture's William Goosen and Grant Mete provide the details
  • A tunnel to benefit northern Europe
    The Fehmarn Belt fixed link will be longest immersed tube tunnel for both road and rail use in the world when it opens in 2021, writes Johnny Restrup-Sørensen. Contract Director, Railway, at Femern A/s

Workshops & maintenance

  • Maintaining Auckland's EMU fleet
    The NZ$100m Wiri maintenance depot forms an integral part of the project to launch electric suburban services around Auckland

In focus

  • Łódź rethinks its suburban network
    Last month saw the launch of a new suburban rail operation in Poland’s third-largest city. Ryszard Piech reports

Research & skills

  • Crocodile competition
  • On the safe side
  • Smart day
  • Transport science academy agreed


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Letters
  • Diary

Rail Supply Industry Watch

  • In our quarterly survey of the rail supply sector, we asked our panel to consider ways to increase the competitiveness of railways around the world