New Features information at Railway Technology New and updated information from Features listed on en-us New Features information at Railway Technology 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 2016: The year's biggest Railway Technology stories The New Zealand Government announced it would work with Auckland Council on the NZ$2.5bn ($1.7bn) City Rail Link (CRL) project in Auckland, and the new £14.8bn UK Crossrail project was announced to be named the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen. … Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mobile ticketing moves to the Apple Wallet Trainline has partnered with Virgin Trains West Coast to launch mobile tickets in the Apple Wallet – a rail industry first. Does this represent another nail in the coffin for the tangerine ticket? Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMT Tackling alcohol consumption on Britain’s railways Despite managing one of the safest railways in Europe, UK operators are still faced with the serious consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. Recent research showed that 60% of passenger deaths and assaults over the past decade were alcohol-rel… Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Penn Station: New York’s ‘ugliest’ station set for a makeover For the best part of two decades, New Yorkers have referred to Penn Station as the city’s “ugliest train station”. Now, after multiple frustrating stops and starts, Governor Andrew Cuomo has revealed updated plans to turn the station into a “world-cl… Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Future Rail: Issue 45 In this issue: Best of the projects coming up in 2017, New York Penn Station’s revamp, dealing with delay compensation and alcohol consumption, green alternatives for non-electrified lines, turning locomotives into inspectors, and more. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:02:00 GMT Hydrogen fuel cells vs batteries: how to power the trains of tomorrow InnoTrans 2016 was, as expected from the world's largest rail trade fair, full of bold plans. Cutting through the chatter and speculation, two stuck out: Alstom’s Coradia iLint and Bombardier’s Talent 3. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:00:00 GMT A year in rail: 2017's biggest projects Worldwide, work is progressing on a number of rail projects, from a new metro in Melbourne to Kenya’s ambitious cross-border standard gauge railway. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:02:00 GMT November's top stories: Swiss FOT approves Bombardier Traxx trains for Gotthard Base, UK’s NPIF to fund digital signalling technology The Swiss Federal Office of Transport (FOT) has approved the use of Bombardier Traxx locomotives in the Gotthard Base rail traffic tunnel, and UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will alloc… Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Digital Train, as imagined by Hyperloop and Deutsche Bahn Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is working on making Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream a reality. One day, perhaps, people will be able to travel from San Francisco to LA in half an hour as opposed to the six hours it currently takes to drive. Throug… Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Delay Repay 15: changing the rules on rail compensation It’s an all-too-common declaration: “We’re sorry to announce that the service to…is delayed.” For commuters and occasional long distance travellers alike, it’s part and parcel of the rail network, but now a UK Government scheme aims to change the rul… Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Securing stations: a responsibility shared by all Station security is one of the rail industry’s biggest concerns today. Kevin Murgatroyd, transport director at Interserve, looks at what the sector needs to do to ensure that all employees in the station environment, from operators and station manage… Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:08:00 GMT Moscow-Kazan rail project advances hopes for Eurasian connectivity An ambitious high-speed rail project between Moscow and Kazan recently received a financing boost from China. The agreement struck by the two superpowers plans to bring next-generation trains to Russia’s high-speed network, but it also marks the firs… Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT 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. Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:05:00 GMT