Sweden, 30 years of railway liberalisation
05/20/2019 – In 1988, rail infrastructure was vertically and institutionally separated from train operations in Sweden. 30 years have passed since 1988, and some lessons can be drawn from this transformation.
Germany : when Deutsche Bahn helps the road sector
05/12/2019 – DB Schenker, the logistics subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, is a partner in a platooning trucks project on a motorway. The first results were made public in Berlin.
NTV-Italo : seven years and now success
05/05/2019 – Last month marked the seventh anniversary of NTV-Italo, the italian private high speed train. It has now become a reference for rail liberalization. Welcome in Italy.
Nightjet : renaissance of night trains in Europe
04/29/2019 – While Great-Britain is putting new night trains into service between London and Scotland, we can already see what is happening in Central Europe. Nightjet shows that a good night train services and a good business model can generate revenues and profits.
The Spanish high speed officially liberalized
04/25/2019 – ADIF, the spanish infrastructure manager, has released its 10-year network statement for the “network of general interest” (RFIG), which proposes creating three high-speed packages for liberalisation expected in 2020.
Trains with no staff on board: an infinite debate …
04/23/2019 – Train guards on board is a recurring subject within the whole of Europe. With or without a staff on board? A brief overview of experiences and arguments from each.
What 5G can offer to railways
04/08/2019 – 5G is not a gadget for surfing faster. It is mainly to support the huge flow generated by the Internet of Things, which allows to operate and monitor trains in real time. An overview.
British rail freight before Brexit
01/06/2019 – Brexit is coming soon. It is therefore wise to give a final account of the state of rail freight in Britain before future events come to reconsider everything.
Regiojet, the czech growing private railway company
12/16/2018 – The Czech Regiojet is now a private company well established in the railway landscape of Central Europe, as it operates its trains in three countries.
When Hamburg has its own railway company to the hinterland
11/26/2018 – Hamburg is the full shareholder of the intermodal rail operator Metrans and can to affirm its position on the European scale.
Fast Mercitalia: parcels at 250km/h
11/07/2018 – Today is the inauguration of the Mercitalia Fast train, a fast train that takes small parcels at 250 km / h between Naples and Bologna.
Mobility as a Service : the battle of data
29/10/2018 – The concept of Mobility As A Service (MaaS) involves pooling traffic data from all companies involved in a digital platform. However, all companies do not intend to provide what is the oil of today: the data.
ScotRail, a brief overview
10/22/2018 – ScotRail is not very well known on the Continent. This public rail network covers the whole of Scotland and and manages his own network. Let’s us visit.
From everywhere to everywhere. The future clock-face schedule in Germany
08/10/2018 – The clock-face schedule has often revealed his attraction for customers. If it is usual in Germany, it is not perfect, with sometimes too much delay between the Intercity and the regional traffic. The federal government has just made the decision to better coordinate the national traffic with those of the different Lander. Project name: Deutschland Takt.
Trieste harbour : an example of intermodal transport
10/03/2018 – We do not talk much about the Italian port of Trieste. And yet, it is wrong to forget it. It presents one of the best examples of multimodal transport in Europe. A visit.
Autonomous trains: a brief review
09/23/2018 – Innotrans is off. The next edition will take place in 2020, in Berlin. At this date, will we talk more about the autonomous train that is announced everywhere? We are going to peruse the latest innovations on this theme.
The ecological train: everyone does it
09/16/2018 – Is this the Innotrans effect? In recent months, hybrid Emu/Dmu have made a sudden appearance on the market. All the builders build their solution to attract the new market : the lines without catenaries. We are going to peruse the latest innovations on this theme.
Berlin/Brandenburg : six railway enterprises and many projects
09/11/2018 – More space, more comfortable trains, faster and better connections, for passengers, Berlin-Brandenburg’s new transport plan includes many projects that will improve passenger rail transport in the years to come. On 4 October 2017, the Lander of Berlin and Brandenburg signed with Deutsche Bahn AG the framework agreement « i2030 » for the development of rail transport in Berlin and Brandenburg.
The Netherlands : the network reaches its limits. Towards a six-second schedule?
09/03/2018 – Do we have the capacity – and the money – to further increase the number of railways tracks and all the civil engineering that goes with it (noise barriers, bridges, underpasses)? Are we get to a point where maybe we should say « stop the concrete » ? This is the big question from the Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail. Which offers solutions.
Freight in Europe : are the right questions asked?
08/19/2018 – David Briginshaw, senior columnist for the International Railway Journal, signs a pessimistic editorial in the August issue. He’s not wrong. Entitled « Time is not on the side of Europeans freight operators » , this column is a reporting of the June Conference in Genoa. What did we learn at this high mass ?
Dear railway commuters : be glad you’re not japanese !
06/25/2018 – Tired of your commuter life, standing up, squeezed in a bad train to get to the center of London or New York? You hate the Thameslink? Be grateful not to be Japanese! By reading these lines, you will realize that you are finally a privileged person. Diving into another world, far from home.
Singapore without cars : between dream and reality
06/11/2018 – The world is looking to Singapore as the city of the future banning cars. This is true, but the solution toward a full public transport policy does not seem to win the favor of all Singaporeans either. Between demographic challenges and technological solutions, Singapore is looking for itself. Analysis.
The station, more than a transit place
09/17/2017 – For the majority of people, the station is still the place of passage, the one we leave as soon as possible to go to town. However, some managers have examined what could be generate with railway stations, to make them more accessible, more cleaner and that gives to people the desire to stay.
The last twenty years that changed the train
09/11/2017 – Over the last twenty years, there have been considerable changes in the European rail system. This article shows the main changes that have already been provided.
UK : the Scotland’s rail freight strategy
03/24/2016 – The Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay has presented on 22 March, the new rail freight strategy the Scottish government.
Italy : a private project to operate intermodal trains on high speed line
03/16/2016 – The private Italian firm ISC – Interporto Servizi Cargo – would like to use the Italian high-speed lines at night for intermodal trains.
Thalys launches his low-cost service
03/02/2016 – Thalys will also launch a low-cost service with its new concept “Izy” (easy). Starting expected on 3 April.
How the Ruhr region manages his railways ?
02/28/2016 – Each year, the Transport Authority of the Ruhr region publish its barometer on best railways and the worse. This is a good example of rail transport policy governance
Japan : the Maglev reaches 603km/hr and a new line of 286 kilometers is building
01/28/2016 – Last week, it has been announced by Japan Railways’ Operator JR that Maglev, the train which works with the technology of magnetic elevation, has reached 603 km/hr, according to the test results conducted. A plan was decided to build the first commercial line of such trains with a length of 286 km between Tokyo and Nagoya.