IRJ Blogs

long-distance-buses-–-the-emerging-challenge-to-germanys-train-operators
October 14, 2014
THE announcement on October 14 that Veolia Verkehr will withdraw all of its InterConnex trains between Leipzig, Berlin and Germany's Baltic Coast from the December timetable change is the first tangible evidence that long-distance bus...
marking-half-a-century-of-high-speed-rail
October 02, 2014
THIS month we celebrate the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen in October 1964, the world's first dedicated high-speed railway. The event was a momentous step forward not just for Japan but much further afield because...
italys-new-energy-policy-is-bad-news-for-rail
September 08, 2014
A decree issued by the Italian government on competition in the energy sector, which became law on August 21, is causing widespread discontent among the country's rail operators. The issue concerns the special tariff regime on...
low-cost-light-rail-what-can-we-learn-from-besançon?
September 02, 2014
THE inauguration of the light rail network in Besançon on August 30 was notable not only because it brings trams back to this French city of 115,000 inhabitants for the first time in 62 years...
onwards-and-upwards
August 29, 2014
TWO events this month provide strong evidence of the growing success of the global railway industry and its ability to withstand economic turbulence. InnoTrans, already the world's largest railway exhibition, will be bigger than ever...
europe-needs-a-shared-vision-for-overnight-trains
August 12, 2014
THE announcement that German Rail (DB) is to cut back its network of City Night Line services is another blow for Europe's overnight trains which, after years of cutbacks look set for further retrenchment. DB will...
ge-deal-will-strengthen-alstom’s-rail-business
August 12, 2014
''EVERYONE is a winner," Mr Patrick Kron, Alstom's CEO, declared on June 24 during a visit to the company's power plant in Belfort together with his new partner Mr Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of...
can-rail-seize-the-moment-and-achieve-a-huge-modal-shift?
July 08, 2014
RAILWAYS have a golden opportunity to make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants by engineering a shift of passenger and freight traffic from road to rail. But several obstacles must...
co-operation-can-revive-the-fortunes-of-european-wagonload-freight
July 04, 2014
THE STORY of wagonload freight in Europe over the last 50 years has generally been an unhappy one. The expansion of the highway network, changes in industrial production and distribution patterns, and the increased value...
“we-are-very-sorry-about-the-delay-to-this-service”
June 13, 2014
A stopped train on a hot day. Increasingly frustrated passengers. And a railway journalist sitting in coach F. Any railway press officer would probably stop reading there. Indeed they would probably be right given the trend...