March 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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


  • Smarter cities are on the move


  • IHHA conference report
  • Traffic rises on China’s railways
  • Fourth Railway Package unveiled


  • Running a railway at its limit
    Virgin Trains’ Chief Operating Officer Chris Gibb briefs Nick Kingsley on the findings of the West Coast South Reliability Report
  • Develop a data spine to optimise maintenance
    Data spines could help to manage the interface between routine maintenance and infrastructure enhancement as well as tracking trends in asset degradation


  • Two (and a half)’s company
    Plans to break up the SNCB holding group into two stand-alone companies have been approved by the Belgian government
  • Rail-Tech Europe returns to Amersfoort
    Europoint’s trade fair and conference is being held at De Rijtuigenloos
  • Reshaping a complex network
    The opening of the Hanze Line in the Netherlands has not yet brought significant journey time savings. Dr Harry Hondius investigates
  • Interim service fills cross-border gap
    NS Hispeed and SNCB have reinstated loco-hauled trains following the withdrawal of V250 trainsets operating Fyra International services
  • Mixed fortunes in the urban rail market
    Metro and light rail developments are moving ahead in cities across Belgium and the Netherlands, although some schemes have been abandoned

In focus

  • Developing the high speed train of 2035
    Researchers at Germany’s DLR institute are working up a commercially-viable high speed train design for the 2030s


  • Understanding railways as a system
    Interfleet Technology’s Managing Director David Rollin speaks to Chris Jackson about the company’s evolution and plans for future expansion
  • In search of co-operation
    This year’s Sifer trade fair in Lille will focus on ‘co-operation for competitive advantage’


  • People: CN and CP appoint senior managers
  • Research & skills: Metro cars blown up to test bomb resilience
  • Platform
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack


  • Andrew Benton reflects on China’s railway construction boom

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