An ambitious undersea rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmadabad in western India is to start construction in 2018, with a $14.5bn loan from Japan. With hopes to replicate the famous Shinkansen technology, we analyse the project’s prospects. 

Also, we look into Montreal’s rapid transit project which proposes to build across one of Québec’s worst toxic waste sites, ask what went wrong with Queensland’s new rolling stock, hear about a passenger-freight adaptive carriage concept, and examine the effect of localised energy resources on the decline of rail freight.

Plus, we report on claims of noise pollution caused by London’s Night Tubes, learn about a rail mobile app that tracks trains’ precise locations and movements in real-time, and get insight into the switch to predictive maintenance.

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More than a train
Construction of a highly ambitious undersea rail corridor between Mumbai and Ahmadabad in western India is slated to begin in 2018. With a loan from Japan, the $14.5bn project aims to replicate the world-famous Japanese Shinkansen technology and dramatically slash journey times across India’s territory. We analyse the prospects.
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Montreal’s toxic troubles
Montreal’s plan to build the C$5.9bn REM rapid transit project linking various suburbs with Central Station has proven controversial, with various construction-related issues raised, including a proposal to build a tunnel through one of Quebec’s worst toxic waste sites, potentially disrupting efforts to stop chemicals leaking into the St. Lawrence River. We explore the issues.
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Testing times for Queensland’s new trains
Queensland Rail is being criticised after it emerged that the new rolling stock currently being built and delivered from India by Bombardier and Qtectic is plagued by design issues. As politicians argue over taking the blame, we ask how the contract can get back on track.
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Noise on the Night Tube
London Underground is continuing to push on with its ambitious plans for the Night Tube, with 24-hour services now on several lines over the weekend. But what impact is this having on noise pollution in the city? We investigate.
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At the Crossroads of the Carbon Era
Rail freight registered negative growth in 2015, and the downward trend is expected to continue in 2016-2017, in North America this is due almost solely to a shift in energy supply to renewables from heavy resources such as coal. How will this affect rail freight?
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Keeping track of trains
Using National Rail's vast Darwin Data Feed, Raildar has created maps that plot trains as they move across the network. Passengers can see real-time arrivals and departures, estimate delays, platform numbers and more. We find out more from Raildar.
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Adaptable carriages roll up for trials
42 Technology’s adaptable carriage concept is about to enter industry trials. Could we see responsive designed train cars that can switch from passenger to rail in three minutes entering use in the next few years?
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Infrastructure – is it time for an upgrade?
With increased focus on the upgrade of rail infrastructure in the UK, Lucas Young, business development manager at Northern Europe at Axis Communications, discusses the current state of the rail industry and how operators can facilitate a shift towards predictive maintenance.
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In the next issue

Can rail travel be re-discovered as a means of sustainable tourism? International Union of Railways project, TopRail, believes so and is working to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways. We talk to TopRail about its action plan during this, the UN’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Around the regions, we look at Canada’s $1.35bn GO Transit Regional Express Rail project, talk to Stockholm’s Strukton Rail about delivering the city’s new underground line, look at the designs for Latvia’s new Centrala station in Riga.

Elsewhere, we find out if UK freight is facing a massive timetable transformation after a two-year study revealed that 50% of reserved slots were not being used, and report on the status of positive train control implementation in the US, following a deadline extension.

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