Future Rail 34

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With engineering works on the world’s largest rail tunnel now complete, testing is well underway in Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel. We take a look back at the construction of this huge project, which cuts a new passenger and freight route through the Swiss mountains.

After selling its energy division to General Electric, Alstom is now re-focusing on the rail industry, kicking off a new era with the acquisition of GE Signalling. We ask the company how it hopes to open up new markets in North America and elsewhere.

We also explore Locomore‘s ambitious plan to challenge Deutsche Bahn’s dominance over long-distance rail in Germany with a crowdfunded alternative service, find out how London Underground is tapping into waste energy from train brakes to produce power for its operations, and take a look at the world’s most impressive railway heritage sites.

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In this issue

Signals of Change
With the sale of its energy division to General Electric completed, Alstom is turning its focus to the rail industry. Gary Peters finds out how the acquisition of GE Signalling will kick-start a new era for the company.
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Inside Gotthard
Testing is now underway on Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel, the largest railway tunnel in the world. Eva Grey reviews key moments in the construction.
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Energy Recycling: New Ideas
London Underground has trialled new technology that recycles waste energy from Tube train brakes to power stations. Gary Peters finds out more about the system’s potential.
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Power to the Passengers
German rail company Locomore uses crowdfunding to finance a new €1m Stuttgart to Berlin line that challenges DB’s dominance over long-distance rail services. Julian Turner gets the inside track on the revolutionary project.
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Top Deals of 2015
Some of the biggest UK rail companies were targeted for acquisition by foreign companies in the past year. We take a look at the biggest rail deals of 2015 based on value.
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The World’s Railway Heritage
Last year Scotland’s Forth Bridge became the latest rail project to achieve UNESCO World Heritage Site status, taking its place in the pantheon of outstanding engineering achievements. We take a look at this and other examples of the world’s railway heritage.
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Next issue preview

A new wave of eco-friendly locomotives is emerging, designed to maximise the environmental benefits of rail transport. We round up some of the most promising developments in ‘green’ locomotives, from hybrid propulsion systems to cutting-edge gas and hydrogen-powered engines. We also take a look at the UK’s rolling stock pipeline, which will see orders for train carriages totalling around £9bn coming through over the next decade.

Also in this issue, we find out how the HackTrain initiative aims to support technology development in the rail industry and speak to Women in Rail about gender diversity and the skills gap in the sector. Plus, we get project management tips from Crossrail programme director Simon Wright, and hear from Petrotechnics about the challenges of balancing safety with productivity in rail maintenance.

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