March 2017 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.


  • Change at the top


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


  • Delving into the finances of Indian Railways, Funding and institutional concerns in Thailand, UK considers far-reaching ticketing reforms


  • End of the status quo
    With traffic declining and the debt burden continuing to grow, SNCF is facing major challenges as it looks to implement a vast infrastructure investment programme. Christian Scasso investigates
  • Station skills go global
    SNCF’s stations business Gares & Connexions has developed a multi-disciplinary approach which seeks to enhance the role of rail hubs in the life of cities from Paris to Tehran, as CEO Patrick Ropert explains to Nick Kingsley
  • Faster to the west
    Three sections of ligne à grande vitesse are opening in France this year. Two will carry conventional traffic as well as TGVs, while all three have been built under public-private partnership deals worth a total of €13·6bn
  • Software support keeps locos earning
    Colas Rail’s Ramfer subsidiary is working with Carl Software to develop a technology-enabled servicing business for freight operators, infrastructure contractors and leasing companies
  • Coradia Liner enters service
    SNCF’s first Alstom Coradia Liner V160 electro-diesel multiple-units entered passenger service on the Paris – Troyes – Belfort route on January 6
  • A resilient industry meets in Lille
    The 10th Sifer trade show takes place at Lille’s Grand Palais exhibition centre on March 21-23

Traction & energy

  • Making the case for 3 kV DC
    Conversion of the Dutch railway’s traction supply from 1·5 kV to 3 kV DC would offer benefits ranging from energy savings and better performance to shorter journey times, according to a study presented to the government by ProRail and NS
  • Cummins goes after the main line market
    With its QSK95-engined technology demonstrator collecting performance data in regular operation, Cummins is looking for orders from rail freight operators as well as passenger companies
  • iLint targets the regional railway
    With support from the German government, Alstom has developed a pair of fuel cell-powered multiple units derived from its Lint DMU family

In focus

  • Keep calm and carry on
    North America’s Class I railroads are trimming their capital investment plans, but infrastructure spending remains a priority in 2017. David Lustig reports from the Nrcma convention in Boca Raton

Research & skills

  • Australian government supports track stability research, rails arrive at UK high speed college


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • European Commission Vice-President for Energy Maroš Šefovi emphasises the importance of rail in future transport and energy strategy

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