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Feature articles in the September 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International

01 Sep 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.


  • Quality management crisis


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


  • Italian government at loggerheads over Lyon - Torino base tunnel, Czech tendering gathers pace, New Jersey Transit scrambles to meet PTC deadline


  • Seven more years to complete Stuttgart 21
    Huge controversy has surrounded the Stuttgart 21 programme to remodel the city's rail network, but tunnelling for this ambitious project is now more than two-thirds complete
  • Ulm - Wendlingen to open in 2022
    Part and parcel of the controversial Stuttgart 21 scheme, the Ulm - Wendlingen high speed line is moving towards completion, with 75% of tunnels holed through and opening planned for December 2022
  • Reviving the rail freight market
    Digital technology and political measures such as lowered track access charges are giving Germany's rail operators the chance to prove that they can play a bigger role in the freight market
  • Prototype wagons promise a quieter future
    A dedicated test train with prototype low-noise wagons is clocking up the kilometres thanks to federal funding for a research programme that also targets energy-efficiency and lower life-cycle costs
  • Digitisation fever grips the rail sector
    Rapid advances in the automation of road vehicles is putting pressure on the German rail sector, which is responding with a broad range of digital initiatives. But reliance on public funding means that the transition is likely to be slower than the industry hopes, suggests Timon Heinrici
  • A vision of decarbonisation
    With Germany under pressure to meet climate change targets, the rail sector is developing its vision for a new generation of regional trains that could eliminate CO2 emissions at the point of use
  • 'We want to make sustainable mobility accessible to everyone'
    Having grown from a tech startup to an international coach company in just five years, FlixMobility has now entered the rail market. The e-commerce platform seeks to become a multimodal provider of sustainable transport, CEO & Co-Founder André Schwämmlein tells Andrew Grantham

The next generation

  • Gamification gains ground
    First launched in 2015, the Track to Safety gamified driver training tool is now being deployed by Euskotren and Metro Bilbao, and is attracting interest in the international market, with a pilot due to be launched by Amsterdam urban rail operator GVB before the end of the year
  • Winning the talent battle
    An ageing demographic, chronic lack of diversity, wage inflation and changes in technology are all posing a threat to the skills base of the UK rail sector. Shamit Gaiger of NSAR considers how the industry could act together to recruit and retain staff suited to a rapidly evolving industry while also upskilling the existing workforce
  • The train in Spain
    Infrastructure manager ADIF is expanding its training capability with the development of a virtual reality suite at its Valencia training centre, helping to enhance its capability in disciplines including electrification and power supplies
  • Encouraging Belt & Road best practice
    Launched in 2016, the MTR Academy has fostered educational links across Asia to help neighbouring countries learn from its experience operating railways in Hong Kong
  • Inspiring tomorrow's engineers
    Reflecting a growing international presence after seven successful events, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is planning to expand its popular Railway Challenge designed to attract young engineers into the rail sector. Chris Jackson reports from Stapleford

In focus

  • Untangling the Genova Node
    An additional pair of tracks through the Genova area will enable FS to segregate freight and passenger services, facilitating the operation of more intensive suburban services, reports Benjámin Zelki
  • High speed hub makes slow progress
    Following a chequered development process and with criticism continuing, construction of the high speed station at Firenze Belfiore is now expected to be completed in 2022
  • Airport link plan to accelerate rail investment
    With a general election in prospect early in 2019, the Thai government is proposing a standard gauge railway between three airports to show evidence of progress on major infrastructure investment
  • Win some, lose some
    Steady growth of around 2·5% to 3% can be expected over the next six years, according to the latest World Rail Market Study, compiled for Unife by Roland Berger

InnoTrans 2018 preview

Research & skills

  • Hajj metro prepared for seven day operating season, Norfolk Southern deploys virtual training app


  • People
  • Dieter
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Consultancy Designworks highlights some of the trends reshaping the transport sector

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