Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

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.

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A new north-south metro line and an enhanced commuter network for Dublin are key elements of the Irish government’s €10bn capital investment plan for infrastructure up to 2027. Kevin Smith met Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority, in Dublin to discuss which projects are set to benefit.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 07:01

Brightline targets Orlando - Tampa HSL

BRIGHTLINE, which recently began operating a passenger service between Miami and West Palm Beach, has confirmed that it has submitted an unsolicited proposal to develop a high-speed line between Orlando and Tampa.

BRITAIN’s East Coast franchise returned to government-owned operation on June 25 with the launch of London North Eastern Railway-branded (LNER) services following the failure of the eight-year Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) franchise jointly held by Stagecoach (90%) and Virgin (10%).

Remote monitoring equipment developed by Railnova is providing a centralised system for fleet diagnostics and is now in use on more than 1000 locomotives and trains across Europe. It is also supporting the shift to predictive train maintenance, as Kevin Smith explains.

The European Union’s vision for an integrated and multimodal freight transport network is a key element of its plans to transition to a modern and low-carbon economy. Boosting rail freight’s market share is a central pillar of this strategy, but unsurprisingly it is facing significant challenges, as Kevin Smith reports from Brussels.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:22

Bart opens Antioch extension

ELECTED officials and Bart representatives joined community members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25 to mark the start of services on the 16km Antioch extension of the Bart network the following day.

THALES has announced the acquisition of Cubris, Denmark, a developer of Driver Advisory Systems (DAS) for main line applications.

BOMBARDIER has presented its new Traxx DC3 locomotive to leading Italian operators at its Vado Ligure plant in northwest Italy.

China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative is promising to restore the ancient Silk Road trading route and provide significant regional economic development. Kevin Smith examines the political and financial challenges of delivering this mammoth programme of infrastructure investment.

Monday, 30 April 2018 06:58

Alstom wins Singapore metro car contract

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority has placed an order worth €150m with Alstom to supply six six-car and 11 three-cars Metropolis metro trains for use respectively on the extensions to the North East Line and Circle Line.

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