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Feature articles in the September 2013 issue of Railway Gazette International

02 Sep 2013


  • A single point of failure


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


  • Safety principles under review
  • Standard gauge vision in East Africa
  • Rift Valley Railways upgrades
  • Private funding welcome in China
  • Sale envisaged as MM&A goes bankrupt
  • Network Rail trials Traffic Management Systems
  • Brazilian high speed bidding postponed again
  • The Liefkenshoek tunnel is completed; Dr Harry Hondius reports.

North America

  • Building on success
    Joseph Smak of Arema welcomes visitors to Railway Interchange 2013 in Indianapolis
  • The mode of opportunity
    Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C Szabo outlines the FRA's remit to Nick Kingsley
  • Taking the pulse of the short line
    Much has changed since the heyday of the 'Mom & Pop' railroad. David Lustig assesses the outlook for America's short lines
  • Finding an international focus
    After more than a century representing US manufacturers in the domestic market, the Railway Supply Institute is supporting their expansion into the global marketplace says RSI President Thomas D Simpson
  • A 'tremendous victory' in the Big Apple
    Campaigners are pushing for a wholesale redevelopment of New York's Penn Station by moving Madison Square Garden


  • Fast freight can be very profitable
    There is significant potential revenue for US railroads if they can capture a greater share of the market for time-sensitive shipments, argues Chicago-based railway engineering and management consultant David Burns
  • The battle for high-value freight
    High-performance intermodal services using a novel load transfer technology could attract significant new traffic to rail, according to Tom Zunder and Ross Jackson of the University of Newcastle's Centre for Railway Research
  • Redefining the European wagon
    Led by Berlin Technical University, the 5L project is developing a blueprint for the 'Innovative Railway Wagon 2030'. Professor Markus Hecht of Berlin Technical University outlines the concept to Reinhard Christeller

Bogies & wheelsets

  • Designing wheelsets for the global market
    European technical standards for safety-critical wheelset components have been adopted extensively in emerging markets, according to Dr Petr Janoš and Dr Radim Zima of Bonatrans Group
  • Layered dampers to quell wagon noise
    Lucchini RS is trialling a novel design of damper as an alternative to K brake blocks, says Steven Cervello, R&D Manager, Lucchini RS
  • Monitoring bearing health wirelessly
    Wheelset condition sensors have been fitted to a fleet of EMUs operated by Southeastern in the UK

In focus

  • A South American renaissance
    The resurrection of Ferrocarriles de Ecuador reached a milestone in June with the launch of its flagship train over the principal artery between Guayaquil and Quito. Anthony Lambert reports.

Research & skills

  • Developing signalling skills in Malaysia


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Publications
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Diary


  • More realism is needed in the debate over a New Silk Road trading axis from Central Asia, says Joshua Kucera

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