Future Rail Issue 35

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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 LNG and hydrogen-powered engines. We also take a look at the UK’s rolling stock boom, 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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In this issue

On the 20 November, 120 software developers, designers and entrepreneurs from across the globe boarded three trains. Travelling between London and York, their mission was to hack the rails. Gary Peters investigates.
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The Green Machine
A new wave of eco-friendly locomotives is emerging, designed to maximise the environmental benefits of rail transport while keeping emissions low. Gary Peters takes a look at the latest developments.
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Britain’s Building Boom
UK rolling stock operators are bracing themselves for a boom over the next decade as train carriage orders totalling more than £9.3bn filter through the pipeline. Julian Turner investigates.
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Small Details, Big Picture
Neil Singh of Petrotechnics explains how a view of the bigger picture can help improve the safety-productivity dynamic.
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Getting it Right
Crossrail programme director Simon Wright shares his top tips for delivering an efficient project.
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Women in Rail
Women in Rail’s gender diversity study on the UK rail industry revealed that only 16% of roles are filled by women. Gary Peters asks, how can rail resolve the imbalance?
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Next issue preview

The decline of Nigerian railways has hampered the socio-economic development in Africa’s most populous country, but now proposed law to open the network to private investment is hoped to create a much needed public transport system. We find out more about the potential of new infrastructure developments in the country.

We also find out what a proposed rail tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn would mean for trade and economic growth in the region, review the latest report on safety improvements on US railroads, and ask whether rolling stock procurement could see a shift from public to private funding as governments struggle with dwindling budgets. Plus, we investigate how London’s mayoral candidates plan to de-tangle London’s much criticised fare system, take a look at new findings on train emissions in the UK and learn why the country’s major infrastructures will have a lasting impact on the workforce in rail and related industries.

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