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September 18, 2019updated 20 Sep 2019 11:51am

Future Rail: Issue 78 is out now on all devices

In this issue: the pros and cons of Chinese high-speed rail development, key safety challenges for rail workers, and a new ‘hovertrain’ concept from French start-up Spacetrain.

By Joe Baker

Future Rail is back for another issue packed with technology news and industry analysis. Whether you are on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, you can read the magazine for free online.

In this issue

Solar-powered trains: the future of rail?

The world’s first solar-powered railway track was recently introduced in the UK, unlocking new opportunities for the adoption of this technology on lines worldwide. With prime examples of similar ongoing projects in India and Australia, how effective is this model and could our railways ever run on solar power alone? Adele Berti investigates.

Read the article here.

Should the world be envious of Chinese high-speed rail

Responsible for more miles of high-speed rail track than the rest of the world put together, China’s HSR model is understandably the object of envy for most countries. But with mounting debt and several projects put on hold, has the nation’s pursuit of speed come at a price? Ross Davies finds out.

Read the article here.

Etihad Rail: profiling the UAE’s transport backbone

Etihad Rail is creating the first national freight and passenger railway network connecting the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the Gulf Railway project. Varsha Saraogi takes a look at the project and how it will disrupt the railway industry in the region.

Read the article here.

Mapping geopolitically sensitive railways

While railways can connect communities and bind regions, they can often be used to stake a claim and draw lines through politically sensitive areas. Varsha Saraogi Takes a look at the railway networks running in four geopolitically sensitive locations around the world

Check out our interactive map feature here.

Split ticketing: inside Loco2’s new Pricehack technology

Train booking platform Loco2 recently launched Pricehack, a new money-saving feature that lets users splits journeys into smaller legs. Patrick Kingsland asked the company about the new technology and whether it can make rail fares more affordable.

Read the article here.

Making railways safer for workers

As the railway industry continues to expand, workers are often required to work long hours, which can result in fatigue and major accidents. Varsha Saraogi speaks to experts about challenges facing rail companies and what must be done to boost safety for workers.

Read the article here.

Railway jobs of the future

The rail industry is changing fast, so which careers are likely to stand the test of time? Train drivers could see fundamental changes to their careers as autonomous technologies proliferate, while data analysts and cybercrime task teams could become commonplace. Adele Berti takes a look at jobs that are becoming increasingly important for the industry, and the ones that could come under pressure in the future.

Read the article here.

Spacetrain: could a new hovertrain concept revolutionise French railways?

French start-up Spacetrain is developing technology for supersonic automated hovertrains which the company hopes will cut travel time, costs And emissions after its launch in 2025.Varsha Saraogi speaks to the company’s strategy and development director Thomas Berninabout how the technology works.

Read the article here.

Next issue preview

The Indian Government recently approved a consortium between Virgin Hyperloop One and DP world to create what could be the world’s first hyperloop network, connecting Pune and Mumbai in less than 35 minutes. What impact could this new project have?

Speaking of India, we speak to Israel-based ticketing specialist Save A Train about a new solution aimed at connecting Indian nationals with European rail networks. With over one million Indians applying for visas in Europe last year, could an increased focus on targeting passengers in the region be a ticket to a successful future?

We also examine plans to expand the metro in Johannesburg, South Africa, ask whether the US rail freight sector could be about to experience a damning boxcar shortage, and investigate a new noise mapping tool from Baden Württemberg-based software specialist SoundPLAN that could help railways cut emissions.

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