Double-decker trains are common across Europe but have never made it to the UK, partly due to space restrictions. But now, several ideas are gaining traction, one being the AeroLiner3000 proposed by Andreas Vogler Studios. We profile this train design and the possibility that double-decker trains could one day be introduced to Britain, as a solution to continual overcrowding.

In projects, we look at Columbia’s Bogotá metro line as it finally gains construction funding, take a culture trip across the world’s best themed trains, learn about the latest concepts for high-volume urban rail networks, and speak with UK travel technology firm SilverRail about building on the commercial potential of the international rail travel market.

Plus, the US-based International Association of Fire Chiefs has been contracted to keep training first responders in dealing railway emergencies involving flammable liquids. We find out what it takes to do the right thing when the worst happens.

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In this issue of Future Rail

A culture trip on themed trains
Themed trains are a simple and immersive way to celebrate a cause, an event or showcase a piece of history, while livening up the commute for thousands of passengers. Eva Grey takes a tour onboard some of the world’s most successful and original themed trains. Click here to read

Creating ‘living’ transport hubs
Railway stations are set to play a pivotal role in the efficient, sustainable smart cities of the future. But what exactly is a ‘smart station’ and how is this concept embodied? Joe Baker finds out. Click here to read

Is the Bogotá Metro closer than ever?
Bogotá City Council has approved a funding proposal for the Colombian capital’s first metro line, more than 70 years after plans were first put forward. Eva Grey asks if, after the many failed starts, this seal of approval could pave the way for the much-desired network. Click here to read

Is the UK ready for double-decker trains?
Though common across Europe, double-decker trains have never made it onto British railways. But could this change? Ross Davies speaks to Andreas Vogler, creator of the new aeroliner3000 two-tiered train which has caught the eye of the UK department for transport. Click here to read

Training firefighters for rail disasters
The international association of fire chiefs trains emergency services and first responders in dealing with rail emergencies involving flammable liquids. Patrick Kingsland speaks to the association about the skills required to respond effectively when the worst happens. Click here to read

SilverRail and how to sell the rail industry
Online customer service and ticket-buying can be very limited in rail, so how can the industry promote itself and make it easier for travellers to buy tickets? Joe Baker speaks to Will Phillipson, co-founder of travel technology company SilverRail, about improving rail’s online offering. Click here to read

Creating a fully ‘digital train’
Across the world, advancements in rail are taking shape in many ways. And while countries such as Japan are chasing the fastest trains to date state-owned services in Europe have set their sights on developing a truly digital train. Bhoopathi Rapolu, head of analytics, EMEA at Cyient discusses the concept of digital trains. Click here to read

In the next issue

Israel’s new $2bn high-speed rail connecting Jerusalem with Tel Aviv has been completed after 17 years of planning and construction. The project has been designed to reduce the 37-mile cross-country trek to just 28 minutes. Now set to begin running, we find out how high-speed rail is going to change travel in Israel. Also in this sector, we pinpoint the high-speed passenger rail routes winning out over aeroplane travel to determine how and why they’re becoming so popular.

Across the regions, we profile plans for a new Northern Powerhouse Rail connecting Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool in the UK, and get Timetric insight into how and why the Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing in the global rail industry.

In technology, we hear how to create digital models of railway corridors by feeding drone survey data into ERTMS Level 2 equipment, speak to the team planning to 3D print trains, and try a new train ticket app for auctioning off empty first class seats.