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Analysis

  • A Bumpy Ride – Looking Back at 2007

    From 'heroic' light rail to 'villainous' delays, rail systems had their fair share of controversy throughout 2007. Neil Pulling takes a light-hearted look at some of the events of the...

  • Light Rail – the Solution to Inner-City Chaos?

    Tramways are mooted as a cost-effective solution to easing congestion in major metropolitan centres. However, the costs need to come down massively before more progress is made, as Neil Pulling...

  • The Need for Speed

    France wants a 350km/h railway but is this one technological step too far? While high-speed railways are expensive to build, we have to balance their costs against the environmental savings...

  • Sign of the Times

    Digital signage has often failed to light up the rail sector, but have recent success stories finally changed opinions? Alex Hawkes reports.

  • Deutsche Bahn’s Domestic Rail Challenges

    Germany's rail operations are currently experiencing a number of difficulties, from privatisation to employee unrest. Neil Pulling examines how this is affecting the country's overall economic growth.

  • Beijing Rail Gets Games Boost

    From increased services to reduced pollution, China looks set to benefit from rail improvements made for the Olympics. Howard Johnston reports.

  • Issues of Control

    As rail markets across Europe merge and overlap, standardisation in rail control systems is increasing apace. Drew Turney investigates.

  • RFID and Rail: Advanced Tracking Technology

    Improving automation and reducing costs, an evolving technology has made the tracking of rail vehicles seem effortless. Paul French catches up with RFID pioneer Dr Jerry Landt to find out...

  • Rail Freight Services: On the Right Track

    Rail freight is gaining traction as the world looks to environmentally friendly ways of transporting goods. Neil Pulling looks at the affect this is having on rail freight services around...

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