New Features information at Railway Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Railway Technology Stuttgart 21: Germany’s most divisive rail project The radical redevelopment of Stuttgart’s central rail station was first announced in 1995, but the station project is still under construction today, with completion not expected until 2021 at the earliest. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 GMT Monorail: pie in the sky? Over the past few years, monorails have turned from amusement park fixtures to a potential answer to chronically overcrowded cities around the world. So what advantages do they pose compared to traditional rail systems, and who is currently pushing t… Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Automatic train operation: the future of UK mainline railways? There’s plenty of speculation as to the future of how trains will get from one station to another. Is automation a necessity? How might it be integrated? And how will unions respond if their members are pushed out of traditional train driver jobs? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 GMT East Wind: a new era of freight between the UK and China China has launched a direct rail freight service to London, as part of its drive to develop trade and investment ties with Europe through the New Silk Road. What will this mean for rail freight between the UK and Asia’s superpower? Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Future Rail: Issue 47 In this issue: Exporting Japan’s bullet train, what it takes to drive Virgin Trains’ new Azuma, Sydney Metro’s growth spurt, solar-powered trains, engines of tomorrow, combating fake tickets, and more. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:29:00 GMT Storm Angus: lessons for the UK rail industry In November 2016, large parts of the UK railway network were brought to a standstill as Storm Angus rolled in, bringing with it gale-force winds and flash flooding. But could the chaos have been better handled? Nick Hawkins, managing director EMEA at… Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sydney Metro: connecting Australia’s biggest city The Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport development, almost doubling the capacity of the current suburban network. How will this change travel in the country’s most populace metropolis? Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:00:00 GMT January's top stories: SNCF's €3.75bn contract, EU to fund Warsaw Metro extension SNCF awarded a €3.75bn contract to the Alstom-Bombardier consortium for renewal of trains on lines D and E of the Île-de-France network, and the EU is to invest €432m from the Cohesion Fund to extend Warsaw Metro in Poland. wra… Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Solar-powered trains: will the UK seize the moment? A new project underway has set out to explore the possibility of connecting solar panels directly to train tracks on the UK network. If successful, the Renewable Traction Power project could help speed-up the rail sector’s decarbonisation agenda and … Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fake rail tickets in the age of the dark web and ‘smart’ payments An investigation has revealed that forged train tickets are being sold at a fraction of their retail price on the dark web and then used at UK rail stations. Is this a passing phase or the start of a new form of fraud? Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:00:00 GMT Driving the Azuma, Virgin Trains’ future fleet After an extensive recruitment process, 78 candidates have started their year-long training programme to become drivers on the new Virgin Trains Azuma trains. The fleet is poised to include some of the most advanced trains on the UK’s rail network on… Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT HS2’s second phase: on track despite uncertainty and opposition As the UK government unveils its near-final route for Phase 2b of its massive High-Speed 2 rail scheme, the project is still struggling to assuage the concerns of its detractors. What are the key changes in the Phase 2b route, and can the Department … Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Powering the trains of tomorrow While diesel still plays a major part on many routes in many countries, rail is experimenting with new forms of power, including hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, while making old, dirty locomotives more efficient. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 GMT Is Japan’s bullet train an affordable export? Famed for its outstanding safety record, punctuality and relatively low emissions, Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train is a highly desirable technology for many countries. But despite its eagerness to secure contracts abroad, Japan has so far struggled t… Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:06:00 GMT Future Rail: Issue 46 In this issue: Amtrak and Uber unite for the last mile, open access passenger services, HS2’s second stage, using drones for accident investigations, e-tickets in the Apple Wallet, passenger security, and more. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:45:00 GMT Uber and Amtrak join forces to solve North Carolina’s ‘last mile’ problem A three-month pilot program between the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and technology provider TransLoc aims to bring together Amtrak train stations, public transit and Uber through TransLoc’s Rider app. Can it help solve the are… Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 GMT Train inspector: turning locomotives into track monitors The University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research is working with Siemens to develop a sensor system that could turn any rail vehicle into a track monitor that can inspect the condition of rails and the track bed. Rod James looks at how … Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:02:00 GMT Using tech to transform the traveller experience Organisations looking to thrive in the 21st century are beginning to make the delivery of a superlative customer experience a priority. Train operating companies are not immune to this imperative and need to understand the expectations of the modern,… Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Integrating drones into rail accident investigation Drones are breaking ground on UK’s railways when it comes to accident investigation. Both Network Rail and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been using them over the past two years, while researchers at Cranfield University are testing the … Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Open access: competition on the railways The UK rail industry is dominated by big franchises, holding the rights to large swathes of track, potentially for many years. However, what role do privately financed organisations, known as open access operators, have in the network’s future? Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:00:00 GMT