Future Rail: Issue 44

In this issue: The major cities reclaiming disused tracks, China backs Russian rail, Europe’s uniform signalling, transforming Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, on-board infotainment, Network Rail and the Shaw report, operational excellence, and more.


Major cities are reclaiming disused railway corridors, turning them into beautiful public parks that enhance neighborhoods. From New York to Vancouver to Melbourne, we see some of the successful makeovers and look at plans for further improvements.

More change is afoot as Alstom’s new train model is set to transform travel in the US Northeast Corridor, China is partnering with Russia to deliver high-speed Moscow to Kazan rail, further European countries are adopting the ERTMS paving the way for a singular signalling system.

Plus, we speak to Network Rail boss Mark Carne post-Shaw report and ticket booking site Trainline.com about its move to the cloud, look into the future of on-board entertainment with GoMedia, and hear how Petrotechnics is achieving operational excellence.

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In this issue

Forging Ahead for Eurasian Connectivity
Interest is picking up for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed rail project, Russia’s first true high-speed railway. China will be a major partner for the project, with plans for Chinese firms to build new high-speed rolling stock capable of reaching 300km/h. We explore the hurdles to be overcome pre-phase one.
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A Sign for a Unified Europe
More European countries are adopting the European Rail Traffic Management System, which will spell the end for railway signalling as we know it. We find out how the system is being introduced across the continent.
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Transforming the Northeast Corridor
Alstom is to design and build 28 new trains for Amtrak, to run on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, DC. We take a closer look at the Avelia Liberty model and this $2bn contract that encompasses 457 miles of rail travel.
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On-board with Rail Entertainment
GoMedia infortainment provider has secured lucrative contracts with Virgin Trains and Eurostar, with more expansion on the agenda. Managing director Roger Matthews tells us about the company's next stage in progress.
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From Rails to Trails
Ugly, unused railway corridors are being turned into public city parks by development groups. From New York to Vancouver to Melbourne, we profile some of the best projects breathing life into railways.
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Trainline Gets Ahead in the Cloud
Trainline.com has moved most of its systems to the cloud in order to focus on improving features and user experience. We speak to the ticket booking company to find out how it will stay agile and reduce downtime.
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A New Era for Britain's Railways
In response to our August feature on the Shaw Report, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne talks to Julian Turner about decentralisation, modernisation and raising funds for the £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan.
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Making Excellence Operational
Rail is all about moving people and freight as quickly and reliably possible, but it's also a digital operation demanding data in real-time. Petrotechnics programme manager Neil Singh discusses how to acheive and maintain balance.
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Next issue preview

Take a look at some of the biggest rail projects planned for 2017 in the January issue of Future Rail magazine, including New York Penn Station’s long-awaited $1.6bn renovation that will transform this ugly station.

With a focus on safety we run down how researchers hope to turn locomotives into track inspection vehicles, assess the new guidance on dealing with onboard alcohol and intoxicated passengers and hear how Interserve is securing stations.

Also, we examine the UK’s new delay compensation rules to ask how fair are they for rail operators, and find out about green initiatives making headway, such as the schemes unveiled by Alstom and Bombardier at InnoTrans Berlin 2016.

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