September 2015 issue of Railway Gazette International.

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  • Controlling the future


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


  • DB reform agreed
  • Shareholders lose out in THSRC restructuring
  • Debate over Tours – Bordeaux high speed service provision

signalling & train control

  • ETCS and ATO through the Thameslink core
    Signalling systems including ETCS Level 2 and ATO are being progressively commissioned to support the high-capacity cross-London service to be introduced in 2018
  • Railroads ‘will not meet PTC deadline’
    Deployment of Positive Train Control across the USA will not be completed by the mandated deadline of December 31
  • A stepping stone to Level 3
    An interim stage building on ETCS Level 2 could help railways to realise the benefits of Level 3 sooner and more cheaply
  • Formal modelling helps to test Ertms specifications
    An open-source software tool enables users to model ETCS specifications, test them against agreed scenarios and visualise possible change requests
  • Keeping track of trains
    Frauscher Sensortechnik is broadening its range of sensors

Central & Eastern Europe

  • Turning round a neglected network
    A transport Master Plan specifying investment and institutional change is intended to reverse the decline of Romania’s rail sector
  • Mixed prospects in a fragmented region
    Chinese and Russian-backed infrastructure projects offer hope for the railways of the Balkan countries
  • Leasing model could counteract rising wagon fleet costs
    A sale-and-leaseback agreement covering ZSSK Cargo’s wagon fleet could provide a blueprint for operators to mitigate the effects of ageing rolling stock
  • Fresh start or false dawn?
    While a decline in the usage of the Polish network has been halted and funding is available for enhancements, concerns remain over the strength of the revival
  • Dart debut in December
    The first of 20 Pesa Dart EMUs will enter service with PKP Intercity later this year
  • PKP Intercity gets ready to Flirt
    A Stadler-Newag consortium is delivering 20 Flirt 3 EMUs for inter-regional services
  • Trako to draw the crowds
    The central European railway industry will gather in Gdask on September 22 to 25

In focus

  • Stafford stays on course
    A pure construction alliance is set to deliver Britain’s Stafford Area Improvements Programme more than a year early
  • Railbus rejuvenated
    Porterbrook’s 144 Evolution demonstrator showcases the potential for extending the life of former British Rail Pacer DMUs
  • Vivarail’s D-Train on track
    The first low-cost DMU developed by Vivarail from former London Underground metro cars is now on test

Research & skills

  • Educational partnership to help railway development in Sulawesi


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • It is time to revisit track-bridge interaction, argues David Rhodes

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