May 2016 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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  • Fourth Railway Package: new beginning or missed opportunity?


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


  • Europe seeks to enforce fair competition among global suppliers, New Zealand’s northern branches under threat, CP-Norfolk Southern merger off


  • Towards a turning point
    Addressing the theme of ‘Research and Innovation from Today Towards 2050’, the 11th World Congress on Railway Research is being hosted by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Trenitalia at the Stella Polare Congress Centre in Milano from May 29 to June 2
  • Railway research needs skills and direction
    A drive to reduce the cost of building and maintaining railways should lie at the heart of a co-ordinated research strategy, believes Professor Rod Smith of Imperial College London
  • Shift2Rail moves into full gear
    With 56 research proposals submitted for funding under the first call, the European Shift2Rail joint technology inititative is finally starting to gain momentum


  • Building an interconnected belt
    The development of Eurasian rail links to create a modern Silk Road is expected to improve regional connectivity, as well as supporting the Chinese railway construction sector. Raghu Dayal investigates

Ticketing & fare collection

  • Make smarter use of smarter ticketing
    Seamless integration, stronger data-based relationships with customers and a clear regulatory framework are required if passenger operators are to make the best use of the latest developments in ticketing technology
  • Ticketing innovations in focus
    Virtual ticket office trialled in Essen, PayPal seeks to simplify payment, APTA signs NFC agreement

Rail conquers the Alps

  • Introduction
    Glasses will be raised on June 1 as Switzerland celebrates the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel
  • World’s longest rail tunnel forges closer European links
    The Gotthard Base Tunnel is a milestone in the Swiss strategy to switch transit freight from road to rail, says Dr Peter Füglistaler
  • A masterpiece of engineering
    Renzo Simoni of AlpTransit Gotthard AG reviews the long process of constructing the record-breaking twin-bore tunnel
  • North-south corridor upgraded by 2020
    Work is ongoing to allow 4 m high lorry trailers to be carried by rail through Switzerland
  • Ceneri Base Tunnel on target
    Railway equipment installation in the tunnel south of Bellinzona will start next year
  • Mountain milestones
    The idea of a base tunnel through the Swiss Alps dates back to 1947
  • Policy commitment stands despite second road tunnel
    The government insists it is sticking to its policy of diverting transit freight from road to rail

Research & skills

  • Tank wagon training in Washington DC


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • The long road to Turkish market liberalisation

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