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Feature articles in the February 2019 issue of Railway Gazette International

01 Feb 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.


  • Going off the boil


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


  • Deutsche Bahn to implement ‘step by step’ improvement plan to restore reliability; Noah’s Train highlights rail freight’s role in climate change fight; New York Subway tunnel blockade blocked

Track maintenance

  • Reprofiling rails without facets
    By offering a smoother rail surface, tangential grinding technology is contributing to a reduction in the formation of rolling contact fatigue, with particular benefits for high speed turnouts and grooved rails
  • Automated inspection drives efficient spending
    With a fleet of 13 inspection trains roaming across the UK, Network Rail’s asset information service has become a business critical resource underpinning maintenance and renewal strategies. Chris Jackson takes a ride on the New Measurement Train

Southeast Asia

  • Jakarta targets modal shift
    The sprawling Indonesian capital is beset by some of the worst road congestion in Asia. The opening in March of its first metro line will be a key milestone in the drive to encourage greater use of rail. Peter Janssen reports
  • Fast link to serve emerging megacity
    Construction of a standard gauge fast passenger line between Jakarta and Bandung is finally underway, with opening now envisaged for 2021
  • The wait goes on
    An ambitious programme of metro construction in Vietnam’s two principal cities has been hit by delays, but opening of the first lines in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is now in sight

In Focus

  • Arriva caught in cross-border conundrum
    Technical and administrative hurdles have delayed the start of cross-border services between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany as part of the Limburg regional operating concession. Dr Harry Hondius investigates
  • Network expansion continues unabated
    With many high speed and freight lines coming into service, including privately-backed coal lines, China opened more than 4 000 km of new railway in late December and early January, taking the national network to more than 130 000 route-km. Andrew Benton reports

Research & skills

  • Canada updates fatigue rules for railway operators; Beijing Jiaotong University hosts conference on railway transport law; predictive maintenance trials at London Bridge


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Taking a multimodal perspective 
    This month’s Middle East Rail conference and exhibition in Dubai will be accompanied by events covering the wider mobility sector, in partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Federal Transport Authority and Etihad Rail

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