Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.
2017 is a landmark year for Norway’s rail sector as competitive tendering begins for two passenger operations packages, and a reformed administration, including a revamped infrastructure manager, starts work. Kevin Smith visits Oslo to find out more about the reforms and what the government is hoping to achieve.
BNSF is the United States’ second largest railway, covering 45,000km in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, and employing 42,000 people. Kevin Smith reflects on executive chairman Matt Rose’s insights from Railway Age’s Energy by Rail conference held in Arlington, Virginia, on October 27-28, where he addressed some of the major issues facing BNSF and the US rail freight industry.
CRRC Dalian rolled out the first two CDD3B1 diesel locomotives for Nigeria at its plant in China on January 5. The units will provide passenger services on the 186.5km standard-gauge Abuja - Kaduna railway, which opened in July 2016.
MUMBAI Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited bids from civil engineering companies for 10 construction packages for the city’s new 23.5km metro Line 2B and the 32.32km Line 4.
THE Chinese city of Fuzhou celebrated the opening of a 15.1km northern extension of Line 1 between previous terminus Sanchajie and Xiangfeng on January 6.
A ceremony was held at Oslo Central Station on January 2 to mark the start of work by Bane Nor, Norway’s revamped infrastructure manager, which has been introduced following widespread reform of the country’s railway sector.
CHINA Railway (CRC), the state-owned national operator, has been appropriated a Yuan 800bn ($US 115.13bn) budget for 2017 as it pushes ahead with network and service expansion following a record-breaking 2016.
A flurry of new metro lines and line extensions opened in cities across China in the final week of 2016.
NEW York City celebrated the opening of a 4.4km extension of the Q Line metro from 57th Street and Seventh Avenue to 96th Street and Second Avenue in the upper east side of Manhattan on December 31, nearly a century since the project was first proposed.
THE board of French infrastructure manager SNCF Network approved the draft of its first multi-year performance contract with the government, which includes a 10-year spending plan, during a meeting on December 20.