September 2016 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.

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.


  • Rescued from extinction


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


  • Scrapping India’s railway budget opens door to wider reform, TET revisions confirmed in France, Chinese high speed ridership grows again


  • DB faces a cloudy future
    Squeezed between increased competition and changing market demands, Deutsche Bahn has been struggling to find a clear commercial strategy
  • The goal is more traffic on the tracks
    State Secretary Michael Odenwald discusses the government’s expectations of the national railway with Timon Heinrici
  • Simple, digital and customer-focused
    DB Netz is taking a fresh approach to maintenance, upgrading and new line projects, based on IT, innovation and innovative construction methods. Kerstin Zapp investigates
  • Success beyond imagination
    Kai Pulkkinen and Tobias Heinemann of Transdev reflect on two decades of liberalisation in the German regional passenger market and assess the policy issues still to be addressed
  • Abellio makes a quick start
    Thanks to the use of integrated resource planning and management systems, Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland was able to mobilise for a new operating concession in only 10 months
  • Tackling noise on multiple fronts
    The federal government has approved additional funding for a variety of mitigation measures, commissioning action plans for the coming years
  • Back to the black in five steps
    Operational restructuring, improved productivity and greater use of digital technology are essential factors in a programme to return DB Cargo’s German freight operations to profitability


  • Reversing the decline in rail freight
    The EU-funded Smart-Rail research project is bringing together private operators and shippers to develop and demonstrate the technology and processes which can support a reliable, flexible and cost-efficient wagonload freight network
  • Harnessing technology to revive wagonload
    The ViWaS programme has explored a wide range of innovations to increase the competitiveness of wagonload rail freight
  • Mediterranean enhancements essential
    Spanish manufacturers and shippers are campaigning for improved rail links with France to carry freight to and from central and northern Europe. Reinhard Christeller reports from Perpignan
  • Keeping track of wagon data
    Making use of the TAF TSI standards, the RSRD² data tool allows organisations across the fragmented rail sector to share and exchange rolling stock data
  • Developing the next generation of wagons
    Russia’s United Wagon Company has sought to introduce a new generation of high-capacity wagons based on international technology
  • Containers up, coal down
    Strong growth in intermodal and international traffic is helping to offset a decline in Chinese domestic rail freight volumes, as Andrew Benton explains

Spotlight: signalling

  • Pioneering ATO over ETCS Level 2
    Valuable experience is expected from an early implementation project using ATO over ETCS on the Mexico City – Toluca suburban line
  • Next steps in train tracking
    Combining the emerging technology of Distributed Acoustic Sensing with axle-counter information offers the potential for integrated monitoring of many aspects of railway operations
  • Testing, baselines and balises
    A SIL0 test unit to monitor the quality and performance of lineside equipment is intended to accelerate the deployment of Ertms, reducing the life-cycle cost of inspection and maintenance

In focus

  • EC250 to start trials next year
    Low-floor EMUs designed for 250 km/h are due to enter service on inter-city services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2019
  • Urban rail drives global growth
    Urbanisation and digitisation are set to be the two biggest single drivers of growth in the global market over the next six years, according to the latest World Rail Market Study

InnoTrans preview

  • Welcome to Berlin
    The world’s railway industry meets at the InnoTrans rail technology exhibition in Berlin on September 20-23

Research & skills


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary
  • Book reviews


  • Nigel Davies of QinetiQ warns that digitised railways could be vulnerable to cyber attacks

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