With declining traffic and volumes the current condition of Russia's railfreight market reflects the poor state of the Russian economy. Alexander Polikarpov, deputy head of the Railway Research Department, at Russia's Institute of Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM), looks at how this situation has come about and considers the prospects for an upturn in fortunes.
The Indian government has approved record funding with the promise of more to come to modernise Indian Railways and provide desperately-needed extra capacity. However, as Raghav Thakur reports, IR has a poor record for implementing projects and past attempts to reform the railway have come to nothing.
On March 17 the Ministry of Railways nameplate on its main office in Beijing was torn down to be replaced by that of China Railways Corporation, marking the MOR's demise. Qi Zhongxi and Yang Jianxiang of China Features explain the new setup and the outlook for the new railway.