New Features information at Railway Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Railway Technology Rail’s most striking wildlife corridors In the last six months, two new rail projects in Sweden and Kenya have been notable for their incorporation of wildlife corridors. Ross Davies takes a closer look at their impact. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT Flight Rail: a new type of train? For over 20 years, American engineer Max Schlienger has worked on a new type of high-speed rail system, propelled by air pressure. The train can be seen in action today in Schlienger’s backyard, where a 1:6 scale model demonstrates the system’s green… Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT Autumn is coming: How TfL is waging war against leaves on railway tracks After wet leaves caused chaos on London's Piccadilly Line in November 2016, TfL has introduced new measures to prevent delays this autumn. Joe Baker investigates. Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT Is the air on London Underground fit to breathe? Various studies in recent years have showed that London’s commuters could be exposed to dangerous levels of bacteria, particulate matter and nanodust particles on the underground system. In June, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched a new plan to … Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:09:00 GMT August's top stories: Fluor JV begins $5.6bn Purple Line project, HS2 seeks construction teams A Fluor-led JV team starts construction of the $5.6bn Purple Line Light Rail project. HS2 launches its bid for construction teams to assist in the delivery of new stations at Euston and Old Oak Common in London. wraps up the ke… Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT Thailand to China high-speed: green lights and warning signs The Thai junta recently gave the go-ahead for a $5.2bn high-speed rail link to China. But in the wake of a series of legal and technical difficulties that have already delayed the project by two years, can we really expect ground to be broken anytime… Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:00:00 GMT Captive audience: could railway companies learn from the media industry? Rail companies have access to huge audiences every day, so should they be thinking more like the media and implementing similar strategies in order to grow and develop? Exterion Media Group development director Jason Cotterrell believes that key less… Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT Future Rail: Issue 53 In this issue: Problems with the New York subway, Chinese manufacturing, Europe’s night services, third-generation trains, the barriers against start-ups, level crossings dangers, and more Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:11:00 GMT All aboard the Mail Rail: London’s lost underground railway, reborn This summer, a new museum celebrating the UK Post Office opened its doors to the public. As part of this, an abandoned and forgotten underground railway that transported post under the streets of London from 1927 to 2003, has been reopened. Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT The rail market proves a tough nut to crack as start-ups struggle German open access operator Locomore recently filed for insolvency only six months after its debut as a low-cost and eco-friendly alternative to Deutsche Bahn, the country’s biggest rail operator. For many, Locomore’s struggle to stay afloat brought … Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT The Chinese firms hot on the heels of Europe’s rail infrastructure giants According to a study of railway infrastructure suppliers, Chinese manufacturers are catching up with their European counterparts. Siemens and Voestalpine remain the market leaders, but can they maintain such a position in the face of fierce competiti… Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:00:00 GMT July's top stories: Hitachi trains pass DfT tests, Siemens to install IGBT for Indian Railways Hitachi's new intercity trains have passed the UK DfT tests for integration with its digital technology, and Siemens has received a contract to install Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT) for Indian Railways. wraps up the… Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT Fixing New York’s subway Riders of New York’s underground system have had to cope with increasingly frequent breakdowns and unreliable service for years. Now, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has embarked on an ambitious, multi-pronged plan intended to make up for years of… Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT Is the end near for Europe’s passenger night trains? Night train services have seen dramatic cutbacks in recent years, and many fear that a lack of investment, dwindling passenger numbers and competition from other travel sectors could spell the end for them entirely. European Parliament recently publi… Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:00:00 GMT Level crossings: why are people still running the risk? Level crossings represent one of the rail sector’s biggest safety concerns. Why, despite the numerous warnings and, tragically, deaths, are people still running the risk? Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:00:00 GMT No time to waste: third-generation trains in the spotlight It has been argued that while the UK rail industry is now introducing rolling stock that is more advanced than ever, the time has come to focus on pushing the envelope even further with pioneering designs. But what defines third-generation railway ca… Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:00:00 GMT Cut first class to ease congestion: could it work? In a recent interview UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling brought up the idea of cutting first class on busy intercity routes to add much-needed capacity at rush hour. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:47:00 GMT Future Rail: Issue 52 In this issue: Displacing communities with modern rail, driverless trains in Germany, reopening a disused London station, the Great Lakes Basin project, a Siemens-Bombardier merger, a look in the lost and found, and more Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:06:00 GMT Is a Siemens-Bombardier joint venture a real possibility? Siemens and Bombardier are reportedly in talks to merge their rail operations to compete more effectively with Chinese state-backed giant CRRC. The challenges and implications, however, should not be understated. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:53:00 GMT Paris’ Arts and Civilisations train takes passengers on a culture trip Passengers on Paris’ metro line E can immerse themselves in the arts and culture of five different continents, thanks to an on-board exhibition displaying works of art, paintings and historical objects from the capital’s Musée du quai Branly. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:34:00 GMT