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Future Rail: Issue 23 | March 2014

When planning a whole new city, where do you start? With the train station, according to the architects of Vinge, a city under development in Denmark. We find out more about the project and how it evolves around the station as a connecting centrepiece.

Taking a look at engine innovation, we check in on Russia’s progress with trialling LNG-powered locomotives, chart a timeline of the major milestones in locomotive development including the breakthroughs expected in the near future, and speak to Alstom about its new H3 diesel-hybrid shunting locomotive and how it fits into a German rail innovation project working towards zero emission operation by 2050.

Read the latest issue for all this, plus more news and insights from the global rail industry, including a look at Eurostar’s new Siemens-designed e320 trains, an update from Rail Freight Group on how freight operators can adapt to new European emissions legislation, and more.

In this issue

Russia at the Ready
Russian Railways has conducted a series of tests in the area of liquefied natural gas. Ross Davies finds out whether Russia – which has massive natural gas reserves – could propel the fuel into the rail mainstream.
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Age of the Hybrid
Alstom turned heads at last year’s InnoTrans with a range of engine innovations, including two hybrid diesel locomotives based on the H3 platform. Rod James digs into the company’s eco-friendly locomotive concept to learn more
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Tracks in Time
The last two centuries have seen a surge of innovation in railway propulsion technology. Chris Lo traces milestones in locomotive development, from the industrial revolution to the leaner, greener machines of tomorrow.
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Speeding into Europe
The Siemens-built e320 is lighter, smarter and boasts even more passenger-friendly tech than its predecessor. Dan Garrun takes a look at the train expected to usher in a new decade of European connectivity.
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The Future of Freight Traction
With new emissions legislation for diesel locomotives coming into force, Rail Freight Group executive director Maggie Simpson considers the implications for freight operators.
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Starting with a Station
Henning Larsen Architects’ vision of the new sustainable city of Vinge in Denmark begins with its station. Tomo Taka finds out how the company’s design promotes the development of a considered, well-connected city.
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Rail Users Change Track
With improvements in mobile connectivity offering new opportunities for on-train advertising, Ian Reynolds, managing director of KBH On-Train Media, tells us why it is important to understand the changing consumer behaviour of rail travellers.
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Now complete, the SafeRail study funded by the European Space Agency, was aimed at increasing safety at level crossings using space-based services. We dig into its results and find out what’s next. In India, with the new government making railway reform a cornerstone of public policy, we ask what will be required to ensure passenger safety. Turning to Singapore, we ask how a smart ticketing initiative to predict passenger flow can be used to optimise operations.

We also speak to an award-winning inventor whose web-based service is making rail technicians’ work more efficient, investigate the potential implications of an impending merger between China’s CNR Corporation and CSR Corporation and analyse how a recent example of innovative procurement in the UK can add to major infrastructure projects.

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