In recent years, two polar vortex systems have battered the United States’ Midwest region, with temperatures falling to -30?C in Chicago and -37?C in North Dakota – colder than parts of Antarctica. But, despite these severe weather environments, Norfolk Southern Railway Company managed to keep trains moving thanks to detailed…
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Tom Meacock, Client Director, Strategic Rail at Atkins, looks at the critical issues facing the rail sector as we look to the ‘new normal’ and how might we respond to them.
In Finland, winter is the longest season and can last several months. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is responsible for maintaining and developing the country’s railway network, whatever the weather, and in an interview with Global Railway Review, FTIA’s Railway Director, Markku Nummelin, explains the new solutions currently being…
Mark Oakley, Professional Head of Rolling Stock at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), writes about the guidance designed to help track and train work together to stay on top of roles and responsibilities during winter weather.
The Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS), the successor of the Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R), is expected to be rolled out in?the coming years. Here, Monika Heiming, Executive Director of EIM (the European Rail Infrastructure Managers association) shares EIM’s proposals for a successful migration to the…
Rail must become a much more integral part of the U.S. transportation system as the country moves through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis, states the High Speed Rail Alliance.
Martin Taranetz, Project Manager for Telecommunication Technology at ?BB-Infrastruktur AG, explains how the Austrian rail infrastructure manager is investigating various scenarios to migrate from GSM-R networks to new Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) standards.
As GSM-R approaches obsolescence, the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) has been discussed among railway organisations as its successor. The UIC launched FRMCS as a project in 2014 and, here, colleagues Dan Mandoc (Head of FRMCS) and Jean-Michel Evanghelou (Deputy Director of Rail Systems and Head of Telecom, Signalling…
For Global Railway Review’s ‘Improving Rail’s Environmental Impact’ series, Jason Brooker, Head of Environment at Govia Thameslink Railway, explains the initiatives the train operating company has established to contribute to rail’s role in reducing Britain’s carbon footprint.
Mike Lehman, a campaigner to develop a sustainable electric high-speed train line between downtown Chicago and downtown New York City – connecting over 15 major U.S. cities – discusses the benefits of this proposed line, and why he thinks the U.S. must embrace and support its development.
Carlo de Grandis, Policy Officer of Rail Digitalisation at the European Commission, explains how the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is hoped to be the successor of GSM-R, but also as a key enabler for rail transport digitalisation.
Despite the ongoing situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PKP Group Foundation is not slowing down and continues to work at full speed, with all efforts redirected to fighting the virus.
For Global Railway Review’s ‘Improving Rail’s Environmental Impact’ series, CEO of Metro Trains Melbourne, Raymond O’Flaherty, discusses how the operator is driving best-practice and innovation to achieve its sustainability outcomes.
Modern technology offers the opportunity for train passengers to have access to customised services and up-to-date information to enhance the rail journey experience. However, findings show there is a lack of knowledge about which innovations and services are most important to rail travellers.
Shilpi Bishnoi, Director, Traffic Commercial (Rates) at India’s Ministry of Railways, believes Indian Railways should use the current crisis as an opportunity to create a new business model by overhauling its passenger and freight segments, and that there are three areas the railway company should focus on now in order…