IRJ Blogs

time-is-running-out-to-improve-rail’s-competitiveness
July 05, 2016
WHETHER we like it or not the rate at which new technology is being introduced is accelerating and some of rail's main competitors appear able to adopt new ways of working and technical innovations more...
forget-hyperloop-we-need-the-hyper-railway
June 07, 2016
THE notion of transporting people and goods at high speeds through pressurised tubes has existed as long as rail technology itself. From the Dalkey Atmospheric Railway in the 1840s to Vactrain in the late 20th...
infrastructure-investment-alone-will-not-guarantee-success
June 01, 2016
THIS month sees the handover of the 57km Gotthard Base Tunnel from AlpTransit to Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) for trial operation in preparation for the launch of commercial services on December 11.The Gotthard Base Tunnel...
exciting-prospects-ahead-for-passenger-rail
May 10, 2016
SIGNIFICANT developments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are likely to have a profound effect on the future of passenger rail. Radical new funding models are emerging in North America, while in Europe the...
etcs-progress-still-dogged-by-challenges
March 30, 2016
ON the face of it you might be forgiven for thinking that a conference on ERTMS would be rather dull. Far from it: there is always plenty of lively debate over the numerous issues bedevilling...
rail-needs-a-step-change-in-performance
March 22, 2016
RAIL has huge potential for growth, but all too often it fails to realise this due to high costs, poor service quality which make it unattractive, or lack of marketing. Rail needs to address these...
digitisation-speed-up-or-die
March 09, 2016
"The rail industry moves very slowly" is a common refrain heard at conferences and trade shows around the world with respect to the introduction of new products and technology. Rail's strong safety culture partly explains...
the-luxembourg-protocol-–-turning-vision-into-reality
March 08, 2016
A study by Roland Berger published by the Rail Working Group shows that 88% of all rolling stock purchased in Europe is directly or indirectly publicly funded or underwritten, so that out of an annual...
is-technical-interoperability-an-impossible-dream?
February 10, 2016
WHILE the European Union's desire to create a single market for rail seems to be finally making headway with the Fourth Railway Package expected to be adopted soon, the implementation of ERTMS across national boundaries...
asia-europe-railfreight-set-for-further-rapid-growth?
January 19, 2016
EAST-WEST railfreight, specifically bulk intermodal between China and Europe, is an industry success story of the last few years and will continue to grow at pace in 2016 as new trains are added and existing...