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January 29, 2013

Future Rail: Issue 5

In this issue: London’s Crossrail stations, Amtrak’s high-speed vision, fire-safe metro carriages, the new Eurostar trains, mobile eTicketing, and more

By Stephanie Phillips

Future Rail: Issue 5

As the Crossrail high-frequency network begins to take shape in London with the construction of the first central station in Paddington, we ask the developers about the challenges of designing and building new railway hubs that are set to cater to the capital’s growing passenger numbers for the next century.

We also take a look at the five busiest train stations around the world, and explore Amtrak’s $151bn vision to prepare the US Northeast Corridor for a high-speed future. Moreover, we look at the SECUREMETRO project which develops blast- and fire-safe metro carriages, and review Amtrak’s rollout of nationwide mobile eTicketing. And, as Eurostar gets ready to roll out its new fleet of Siemens-built e320 trains, we find out which improvements they offer over the current Class 373 model.

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In this issue

Crossrail Takes Shape
One of eight new stations being built along Crossrail’s central route is starting to take shape.
Julian Turner investigates the challenges of designing and building a railway hub that will last a century.
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The World’s Busiest Train Stations
Train stations are approaching full capacity, as passenger numbers grow and cities are linked with new rail lines. From Zurich Hauptbahnhof to Shinjuku Station, Sarah Blackman lists the world’s busiest stations.
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The Grand Plan
US rail operator Amtrak recently unveiled a grand $151bn vision to prepare the Northeast Corridor for a high-speed future. Chris Lo finds out if such a costly plan is realistic.
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Getting Ready
Eurostar has provided a glimpse of its new fleet of Siemens-built e320 trains. Liam Stoker looks at Eurostar’s fleet investment programme and compares the new model with the current Class 373.
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Line of Defence
The SECUREMETRO project brings together experts to design a new generation of secure, blast-resistant and fire-safe metro vehicles. Julian Turner explores improving passenger security through intelligent structural design.
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A New Age
US national rail company Amtrak recently rolled out a revolutionary nationwide mobile ticketing strategy. Rowan Watt-Pringle finds out why leveraging mobile devices represents a new era for US railways.
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Next issue preview

Passengers crammed onto carriages and platforms are common sight on metros all over the world during peak commuting hours. But can the rush hour be beaten with optimised services and innovative station design? In the next issue we look at some of the world’s busiest local networks to find out.

We also investigate if Network Rail’s plan to invest £37.5bn to develop the UK’s railway infrastructure and improve service over the next five years will be enough to make up for rising fares, and examine the recent corruption allegations and safety concerns casting a shadow over China’s high-speed rail network. Moreover, we find out how rail networks are affected by heavy rains and floods and look at the processes behind reopening lines and resuming services after severe adverse weather conditions.

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