Feature articles in the October 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.


  • Money, money, money


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


  • Managing the interface between rolling stock and infrastructure in Europe
  • Don't strangle investment
  • NTV’s struggle for a level playing field
  • Aurizon confirms iron ore network plans
  • California here we come
  • Ugandan standard gauge discussions
  • KiwiRail launches business review

Russia & Central Asia

  • BAM looks to the future
    Amid the celebrations to mark 40 years since the decision was taken to complete the Baikal Amur Magistral, Russian Railways has started an extensive upgrading programme which is intended to double the capacity of the line by 2017. David Shirres reports from Tynda
  • Fleet renewals forge on
    The delivery of new locomotives, coaches and wagons is enabling Russian Railways to make progress with replacing large numbers of obsolete vehicles inherited from the Soviet era. Toma Bacic investigates
  • Rails and wheels are rolling ahead
    Having established a dedicated Railway Products Division and modernised its rail mills in both Russia and the USA, Evraz is now looking to grow its business, says Vice-President Ilya Shirokobrod
  • A golden artery linking east and west
    Hossein Ashoori, Vice-President, Operations & Movement at Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran, describes how the opening of a new rail link between Iran and Turkmenistan this month marks a further step in the development of the Eurasian rail network, as RAI works to forge strategic connections between east-west and north-south corridors

Track Maintenance

  • Towards a better understanding of track degradation
    Track maintenance costs could be reduced by proper dimensioning and maintenance, along with the creation of a catalogue of degradation processes and failure mechanisms, consolidating and combining existing knowledge and software tools


  • Realising rail’s potential in an evolving market
    David Classey, Director, Programme Delivery at Travelport, explains how Deutsche Bahn and Travelport have launched a mobile ticketing initiative as the co-operative landscape between rail operators, airlines and travel distribution specialists continues to evolve.
  • Developing a national smart ticketing programme
    The introduction of common standards and the development of mobile and cloud-based technologies are driving the roll-out of smart ticketing across the UK says Russell McCullagh, Managing Director of Ecebs
  • London's railways go contactless
    Contactless credit and debit cards can now be used to pay for rail travel in London

In focus

  • Fuji Express revitalised
    Fuji Kyuko Railway has put into service a refurbished EMU to operate its Limited Express services to Mount Fuji. Akihiro Nakamura reports

Research & skills

  • Canadian National opens Winnipeg training centre
  • FRA funds safety institute
  • Apprentice academy
  • Research boost


  • People
  • Letter: MTR performance and reliability
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Rail Supply Industry Watch
    In our latest quarterly survey, we asked our panel of senior executives about how they expect the use of private finance and PPPs in the rail sector to develop