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Feature articles in the June 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

23 Jun 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.


  • Who pays for the infrastructure?


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


  • Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing, Amtrak CEO urges medium-distance focus, FlixTrain plans more German routes

Signalling & communications

  • Making the case for ERTMS
     A comprehensive economic feasibility study has demonstrated the economic and social benefits to be derived from deploying the European Rail Traffic Management System across the Israeli rail network
  • Automated diagnostics to manage Ertms 
     RFI’s Project Mistral has brought together a range of diagnostic tools onto an integrated web platform, streamlining the commissioning and inspection of train control systems on Italy’s high speed network
  • Cybersecurity takes centre stage 
     Guarding against cybersecurity attacks is essential in the digital age, but only a change in culture will ensure that railway staff are fully aware of the threats
  • Tracking trains through the interior 
     Brazil’s Ferrovia Norte-Sul project presents a challenge for communications and train location. Promoter Valec has turned to satellite technology
  • Connecting the moving train 
     Once known primarily as a provider of onboard wi-fi, Nomad Digital is now part of Alstom and is broadening its activities to target what it terms ‘the middleware layer’ as it seeks to pursue the vision of a truly connected train


  • SNTF targets 2023 growth objectives 
     Rising demand and significant investment in new lines promise major opportunities to revitalise Algeria’s rail network, but many operational and financial challenges remain
  • Suburban spend sustains the capital 
     Development of an intensive suburban rail network over five routes radiating from Tunis is at the heart of a national investment programme

In Focus

  • Nice prepares to open catenary-free Line 2 
     Opening later this year, Nice’s second light rail line will be the first to use Alstom’s SRS static recharging system. Dr Harry Hondius reports from La Rochelle
  • Modernising the crossroads of Europe 
     Andrew Grantham reports from the TEN-T Days conference in Ljubljana
  • Shatin – Central Link nears completion 
     Next year is due to see a major reconfiguration of MTR Corp’s rail network with the opening of the first phase of the Shatin – Central Link
  • SNCB inaugurates Kinkempois workshop 
     SNCB’s new rolling stock maintenance workshops near Liège were formally opened on April 19

Research & skills

  •  Polish innovation grants awarded, doctorate posts to support High Speed 2 design


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Building Information Modelling processes are helping the rail sector to embrace digitisation, argues Steve Cockerell of Bentley Systems

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