May 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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


  • Making the most of tomorrow’s railways


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


  • Committee recommends vertical separation in India
  • Interoperability is essential in the Middle East
  • Test track trial
  • Melbourne rethinks suburban upgrading
  • Trouble in Transylvania
  • Asia Pacific Rail 2015 conference


  • A railway for everyone
    Specified and managed by the Scottish Government, Scotland’s railway is playing a key role in supporting wider social and economic objectives
  • Repositioning the Caledonian Sleeper
    Serco’s 15-year franchise to operate Anglo-Scottish overnight trains began on March 31
  • Building a better network
    Work begins next month to lower track in the Winchburgh Tunnel as Network Rail’s Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvements Programme gathers pace
  • Rails return to the Borders
    Work is nearing completion on construction of the 48 km Borders Railway, which will restore regular trains to an under-served region of southern Scotland
  • Educating the world of rail
    The city of Birmingham is working to become a world centre for railway education, research and innovation
  • Class 700 is on track
    On test in Germany for more than a year, the first of 115 new EMUs to operate London’s expanded Thameslink network is due to arrive in the UK in August
  • Keeping Pendolinos in trim
    Thanks to advances in conditioning monitoring techniques, Alstom’s Traincare Centre in Manchester is planning to extend maintenance intervals for Virgin Trains’ Pendolino fleet
  • Vivarail explores low-cost DMU conversion
    Former London Underground D78 trains could be economically adapted to increase capacity on non-electrified routes
  • Regional growth underpins YRP expansion
    Ambassadorial and networking body Young Rail Professionals is growing rapidly
  • Birmingham show attracts international attention
    The Railtex exhibition takes place on May 12-14

Infrastructure resilience

  • Coping with extremes
    Network Rail is working to improve its understanding of infrastructure vulnerability, forecasting techniques and mitigation measures to minimise the impact of future extreme weather
  • Sandy leaves a long-term legacy
    A multi-billion dollar rebuilding effort has successfully strengthened the rail networks of New York and New Jersey almost three years after they were ravaged by Superstorm Sandy

In focus

  • ‘A strong regulator is not enough’
    More work needs to be done to define and enforce competition in the European rail market, says IRG-Rail Chairman Henk Don
  • Delivering ‘a breath of fresh air’
    Bozankaya is emerging as a supplier of trams and metro cars to its own designs

Research & skills

  • UK asset life cost research funded
  • Konkan Railway Corp to establish tunnel academy
  • Indian Railways to set up design centre
  • Polish training approval


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Railway businesses must embrace changing attitudes to learning and development, says Lyndon Wingrove.

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