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Feature articles in the April 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

07 Apr 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.


  • Poor reliability hurts freight


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


  • Renfe must become more proactive as competition grows, Trump threat to Amtrak long-distance services, UK identifies electrification cost savings

Passenger Rolling Stock

  • An inter-city game changer
    India’s first ‘semi-high speed’ trainset entered service between Delhi and Varanasi on February 17. Former ICF General Manager Sudhanshu Mani explains the Train 18 concept to Raghu Dayal
  • A new contender emerges
    Now on test at Wildenrath. the first Siemens Mireo articulated EMUs for Baden-Württemburg are expected to enter service next year. Dr Harry Hondius reports
  • Digital displacement cuts energy use
    RSSB-funded research into hydraulic energy storage has demonstrated a potentially cost-effective way of reducing diesel fuel consumption and exhaust emissions
  • Monitoring the health of high-voltage components
    A diagnostic tool is now available for use in depots to check the health of high-voltage cabling and other components

European Policy

  • Focus on the decarbonisation imperative
    The Rail Freight Forward initiative and European legislative framework could offer lessons to help railways and decision-makers around the world achieve climate change targets, believes Jürgen Maier
  • Co-ordination and co-operation are the key to growth
    Practical initiatives to boost rail freight’s market share were discussed at the pan-industry Rail Freight Day in December. Toma Bačić reports from Wien.
  • Making short-distance freight work
    Switzerland has an enviable record of supporting rail freight, but as SBB Cargo’s wagonload business continues to contract the future lies in integrating better with the logistics sector. Reinhard Christeller investigates
  • Simplification to support a dynamic market
    The opening of the new One-Stop Shop for vehicle authorisation applications marks a key step towards the introduction of simplified certification processes under the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package

In Focus

  • PTC passes another milestone
    Significant progress with the implementation of Positive Train Control was achieved during 2018, according to the US Federal Railroad Administration, although most operators have applied for a two-year extension to complete the roll-out process. Dave Lustig investigates

Research & skills

  • Algorithm to optimise the use of onboard energy storage, supplier-academia integration to foster closer links, track engineering course launched


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Changes in the Russian grain market offer a great opportunity for the rail sector, including the development of block train operations, believes Rustranscom Vice-President Oleg Rogachev

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