Future Rail Magazine Issue 9

The introduction of 4G networks has been making waves in the telecommunications industry and elsewhere, but what’s in it for rail operators and passengers? We find out about the benefits, obstacles and future plans for 4G implementation on the world’s railways.

We also explore Canada’s effort to overhaul safety measures on the rail network, take a look at a futuristic virtual ticketing concept that operates from a centralised location and find out why operators should be investing in hydrogen-compatible systems.

Moreover, we profile a new EU project aimed at saving energy in subway systems and find out how a developer of energy-capturing floors is working with the Russian Railway Research Institute to explore human footfalls in stations as an alternative source of energy.

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The 4G Revolution
How is the evolution of mobile internet improving travel for rail passengers and operations for the companies that serve them? Future Rail Magazine reports on the role of 4G technology.
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Boosting Rail Safety in Canada
The tragic derailment at Lac-Mégantic has renewed calls for improved safety standards on Canada’s extensive railways. We ask what technologies are needed to help prevent a repeat of that deadly crash.
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Sustainable Subways
An EU project is developing an advanced control system for subway stations to cut 5% of energy used; equivalent to 700 households’ yearly use. We learn how SEAM4US could help subways worldwide.
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Passenger Power
Russia is looking to harness passengers’ footfalls at its busiest stations with help from Energy Floors’ Sustainable Dance Floor technology. We ask whether the innovation can be scaled up.
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Just the Ticket
Cubic Transportation wants to change the ticketing game with NextAgent, its futuristic virtual ticketing concept. We ask what NextAgent’s advantages are, and whether it will work.
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Fast-Track to Hydrail?
The industry looks set to invest in natural gas as a next-generation fuel, but is that short-sighted? We ask hydrail advocate Stan Thompson why a hydrogen-compatible system is a better long-term investment.
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Project Guardian
Sexual harassment and intimidation of women is a hidden problem on public transport, with victims often choosing not to report their experiences. We look at The British Transport Police’s new approach to the issue in London.
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Desiro City
Desiro City is Siemens’ new Desiro Class rolling stock, designed for commuter and inter-urban services in the UK. The lightweight and high-performance commuter electric multiple unit (EMU) features design advancements over the existing Desiro UK fleet of trains.
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Next issue preview

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plans for Hyperloop, a 760mph travel system, have received much attention, but an alternative system, ET3, is closer to reality. In a future travel special we consider the feasibility of these projects.

We also announce the winner of the Future Rail Awards 2013, explore the role of aerodynamics in the design of rolling stock, profile the world’s fastest trains and look at how stations are evolving to deliver improved passenger experience in light of investment.

Moreover, we consider the challenges in optimising the entire operational process from scheduling and capacity planning to customer satisfaction and safety compliance, and look at an end-to-end ticketing service for rail users’ smartphones.

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