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Feature articles in the October 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International

13 Oct 2017

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.


  • The cost of quality


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


  • DB seeks its digital direction, Canada’s missing links, complex relationships overshadow Thai investment

Passenger rolling stock

  • RRX trains are ready to roll
  • Testing of the Siemens Desiro HC high-capacity EMUs to operate the Rhein-Ruhr-Express is now underway. Dr Harry Hondius reports from Wildenrath
  • Lastochka Premium takes centre stage
    Toma Bacic describes the passenger vehicles on display at this year’s Expo 1520 trade show in Moscow
  • Scottish hotel train fleet on test
    Now undergoing trials at Velim in the Czech Republic is the first batch of cars being built to replace rolling stock on Anglo-Scottish overnight services
  • Elf2 enters the fray
    Pesa’s first Elf2 EMU entered service in Katowice last month


  • Future-proofing Sweden’s rail sector
    As Trafikverket’s 12-year plan goes out to consultation, Astoc CEO Björn Westerberg argues that more investment is needed
  • Learning lessons from a national ETCS roll-out
    Denmark’s national Signalling Programme is yielding important experience that could inform digital railway investment in other countries
  • Reducing noise and optimising maintenance
    Nordic railway infrastructure managers are making more use of under-sleeper pads
  • Compact lights keep locos bright at night
    Harting has designed bespoke lights for the Nordic variant of the Siemens Vectron electric locomotive

Spotlight Italy

  • Upgrading the Adriatic Corridor
    Work is in progress to enhance the busy 800 km railway along Italy’s Adriatic coast
  • Southern upgrades move ahead
    Reconstruction of the Napoli – Bari route to raise speeds and add capacity is advancing steadily with contracts let this year for work at the western end of the line
  • Northern high speed network nears completion
    Work is in hand to complete the final stages of Italy’s Alta Velocità/Alta Capacità network
  • Pigneto interchange under construction
    A large main line, metro and light rail hub is being built in the Pigneto district of Roma
  • Intercity performance contract signed
    Trenitalia has a 10-year agreement with the government to retain and improve the existing network of Intercity day and night trains

Research & skills

  • Short line hazardous materials academy to be established, FS and UIC discuss cybersecurity risks


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary

Industry Watch

  • Our survey respondents suggest that more work is needed by suppliers, operators and independent advisors to emphasise the importance of life-cycle cost oriented procurement

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