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Feature articles in the January 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

01 Jan 2019

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.


  • Eternal vigilance is not optional


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


  • South African locomotive orders under review, concerns over expansion of Ouigo in France, enhancing the efficiency of railway border crossings in Asia

The changing industry

  • All eyes on Brussels
    Siemens Mobility and Alstom are hoping to merge to create a European champion in the transport supply sector. But there are already signs that concessions may be needed from the two companies if a deal is to be approved. Nick Kingsley investigates
  • A year of deal-making
    We present a round-up of the deals which have made it to our Industry column in 2018. This includes mergers and acquisitions as well as some disposals, partnership agreements and product licensing
  • A vibrant sector emerges
    The healthy growth of small players like Softronic and Newag, allied with sustained investment from international companies such as Stadler, is reshaping the rolling stock supply industry in eastern Europe. Toma Bačić reports
  • Ripples in the supply chain
    The North American market is sharply divided between private freight railways and public passenger operators. Suppliers of everything from infrastructure components to rolling stock need to tread a fine line between competitive pricing and long-term support to secure their position in a volatile economy, suggests Dave Lustig


  • Every second counts
    In its first year of operation, the 10 min interval inter-city service on the Amsterdam – Eindhoven route has enhanced punctuality and attracted more passengers, but smart watches and staff tablets promise even better performance in the future. Murray Hughes reports from Utrecht
  • Cross-border trains return
    Thanks to an initiative by the neighbouring provinces of Wallonie and Hauts-de-France, cross-border rail services returned to two routes with the December 9 timetable change. Laurent Charlier reports from Maubeuge
  • Catenary-free through Luxembourg City
    The tram line in Luxembourg City recently celebrated its first anniversary. It will eventually reach the airport, using a route that is partly catenary-free

In Focus

  • Full stream ahead
    Estonian start-up RebelRoam has developed technology which optimises the data consumption of onboard wi-fi networks. A trial with passenger operator Elron has showcased its potential in rail applications

Research & skills

  • Alstom donates AGV demonstrator car to UK college, Dresden chosen for German research hub


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Urgent action is needed to tackle a rapidly-worsening shortage of skilled labour for the rail sector in Australia and New Zealand which could delay major projects and increase costs substantially, believes the Australasian Railway Association

Railway Gazette International is the leading business journal for railway operators and suppliers, read in 140 countries. Subscribe to Railway Gazette International today.