March 2016 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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.


  • The price of safety


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


  • Luxembourg Protocol to open up rolling stock funding, LGV Est back on track, Channel Tunnel, Norfolk Southern continues to rebuff CP, Brazil’s Ferrovia Norte-Sul heads south, Asciano bids, Digital Railway pilot


  • Dragon and Griffin spread their wings
    Following the acquisition of ZNLE Gliwice, Polish rolling stock builder Newag has been steadily developing its locomotive range, which is starting to attract more orders. Ryszard Piech investigates
  • Sintra tests confirm potential of low-cost repowering
    CP, EMEF and Nomad Tech are trialling a low-cost approach to repowering suburban EMUs in Lisboa. Nick Kingsley reports from Amadora
  • Keeping them rolling
    David Lustig looks at GE Transportation’s RailConnect 360 suite
  • Making the most of green energy
    Along with the award of three main electrification contracts for India’s Dedicated Freight Corridors, a study into energy optimisation and energy-efficient driving is underway, explains Bhupender Singh Bodh, General Manager Electrical at DFCCI.
  • Developing alternative traction in China
    Two development projects are currently underway in China to adapt hydrogen fuel cells from bus applications to power trams. Karol Zemek investigates

Eurasian links

  • Eurasian links take shape
    Work on missing links between the rail networks in China, Central Asia and the Middle East is planned or underway. Andrew Grantham looks at projects in China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran
  • Competition intensifies on transit axes
    14 years after the launch of through freight trains between China and Europe, there is growing competition between the Russian and CIS corridors. Toma Bacic investigates

Noise & vibration

  • No easy answers in freight noise dilemma
    Noise generated by freight trains has risen up the agenda in several European countries, but there is no clear strategy to deal with the issue, finds Murray Hughes
  • Stronger suspensions keep trains in traffic
    Component suppliers are under pressure to develop longer-lasting products, says Rod Holroyd, Global Marketing Manager for Rail at anti-vibration suspension specialist Trelleborg
  • Long-term monitoring can support noise mitigation
    Continuous acoustic monitoring can help to assess the success or otherwise of noise mitigation measures and refine both vehicle and track maintenance methods, says Dr-Ing Stefan Lutzenberger, Acoustic Consultant at Müller-BBM

In focus

  • Deeper into the interior
    A branch off Brazil’s Carajás Railroad is due to open later this year to carry iron ore from a new mine near the existing Carajás complex. Murray Hughes reports
  • Manchurian links lead PDL opening bonanza
    The end of last year was marked by a flurry of new line openings in China, with the northeastern provinces taking centre stage. Andrew Benton reports

Research & skills

  • Turnout tamping in 3D, Refugees welcome, UK-Thai university tie-up


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Viewpoint
    Time to get ahead of the game, argues HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Nicola Shaw as she reviews the future structure and financing of Network Rail