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Feature articles in the April 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

07 Apr 2018

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.


  • Moving with the times


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


  • Russia and Austria sign accord supporting a broad gauge line to Wien, Australia’s federal government backs multiple rail proposals, California’s high speed rail programme revises its cost estimates and delivery plan


  • SNCF to develop autonomous trains 
    Next year should see the first ‘drone train’ operating in France as part of a five-year strategy to develop driverless freight and passenger trains, SNCF’s Project Director Luc Laroche tells Jean-Paul Masse
  • Rethinking tomorrow’s freight train 
    European rail freight needs a paradigm shift to support future economic competitiveness, believes the German Aerospace Centre. The NGT-Cargo concept envisages a combination of innovative logistics services with highly automated high speed trains, as project manager Joachim Winter explains to Reinhard Christeller
  • Generating value through ‘engineering as a service’ 
    Through-life engineering is an emerging philosophy that sees value created through the use of assets rather than their ownership. Prof Andrew Starr of Cranfield University explains how the rail sector might benefit from such an approach


  • Metro expansion continues apace 
    Following a wave of new lines and extensions opened in December and January, metros are now operating in 31 Chinese cities, along with several light rail lines and the country’s first urban maglev
  • In search of a smoother ride 
    New regulations are to be introduced this year to facilitate high speed rail grinding in China. These build on five years’ experience with preventive grinding to manage rail life on the country’s expanding high speed network
  • Making more use of permanent-magnet motors 
    Thanks to their light weight and high power density, permanent-magnet synchronous traction motors are becoming increasingly popular for Chinese rail applications. CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Co has been working to optimise the design of both the motors and the related control systems

In Focus

  • SBB’s FV-Dosto EMUs enter service 
    Four years later than intended, Swiss Federal Railways has put into service the first of its fleet of double-deck EMUs designed for long-distance routes. Bernhard Studer reports

Research & skills

  • Researchers explore using commercially available cameras to assess switch component damage, UK research network established


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Recently appointed UITP Secretary-General Mohamed Mezghani outlines the priorities for his tenure, arguing that the public transport sector must focus more on economics when making the case for political support

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