March 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International.

Feature articles in the March 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.


  • Disruption alert


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


  • Shinkansen expansion heralds withdrawal of sleeping car trains in Japan, agricultural producers remain at loggerheads with Canada’s freight railways, proposals for a cross-city link in Melbourne revised


  • A year of transition
    Speaking exclusively to Railway Gazette International, SNCF President Guillaume Pepy outlines the progress to date in applying France’s railway reform legislation
  • Ride-sharing piles on the competitive pressure
    The phenomenon of sharing car trips is rapidly gaining ground in France, where it is already eating into rail’s share of the long-distance passenger market, and it could be coming to other countries soon
  • Faster to the Gironde
    Being delivered under one of Europe’s largest public-private partnerships, the LGV Sud Europe Atlantique high speed line between Tours and Bordeaux is on course to open in July 2017. Reinhard Christeller provides a progress update from Poitiers
  • Sifer 2015 draws infrastructure firms
    No less than 22% of the exhibitors participating in the ninth Sifer trade fair taking place in Lille on March 24-26 will be first-time entrants

Freight innovation

  • Growing business on the steel Silk Road
    Rail freight services from China to Western Europe, and Germany in particular, are becoming increasingly important as China’s industrial production expands westwards. With industries located further from the country’s ports, rail freight to Europe is becoming more attractive and competitive
  • Capacity expansion tops Transnet’s agenda
    Government recognition that rail has an important role to play in handling general cargo as well as heavy haul freight is transforming the prospects for South Africa’s rail business
  • Unblocking freight in southeast Europe
    An EU-backed research programme has analysed the role of effective border crossings in the Western Balkans in developing rail freight corridors between increasingly busy traffic hubs in southeast Europe and destinations in the north

In focus

  • Outsourcing brings rewards and pitfalls
    Maintenance work and other support services which many North American railways used to do in-house are increasingly being subcontracted to specialist companies large and small
  • Rail-Tech Europe returns to Utrecht
    Supported by NS, ProRail and Railforum, the 10th Rail-Tech exhibition will take place at the Jaarbeurs centre in Utrecht on March 17-19

Research & skills

  • Hitachi training car docks in Britain
  • Federal Transit Administration funds track component research for US passenger market


  • Publications
  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Mind the gap
    With the platform-train interface now representing the biggest source of passenger injuries and fatalities, the UK has launched a strategy to understand and tackle the problems