Climate Change Adaptation of Rail
February 2022 – Taking into account increasing amounts of rainfall, heat waves and heavy storms, and adapting the infrastructure to become more resilient is a huge task that rail has to carry out in the coming years.
In an exclusive interview, Corinna Salander, director of the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF) talks about the increasing awareness about climate adaptation after the flooding in Germany and other countries, last summer. The magazine also features articles about adaptation projects of Network Rail in the UK, the biggest climate change threats to the Netherlands and using satellite images to map floods and rail subsidence.
International & High-Speed Trains
December 2021 – International and high-speed trains are in the spotlight as they can play a large role in the transition to sustainable mobility.
This magazine features interviews with Enak Ferlemann, Germany’s previous Parliamentary State Secretary for Transport and Digital Infrastructure about the Trans Europe Express 2.0, and with Philippe Lorand, Senior Advisor at the UIC Passenger Department about the revival of night trains.
Read European Passengers’ Federation board member Arriën Kruyt‘s column about the hassle of booking an international train and an interview with Torkel Patterson, board member of the International High-speed Rail Association about dedicated high-speed rail lines and why going underground could be the future.
July 2021 – This RailTech magazine dives into intelligent rail infrastructure, data platforms, and condition monitoring. It features an interview with Tim Flower, Chief Engineer at Network Rail’s Intelligent Infrastructure Programme, and with professor of Condition Monitoring Diego Galar about predicting the unpredictable and what we have learned about Condition Monitoring in the past 5 years.
Erik Pinter, track analysis expert at ÖBB, talks in an interview about the journey from data to predictive maintenance, and shares insights from the Austrian Railways. Paul Kootwijk and Bas van Wijhe talk about using wayside monitoring tools at Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail and Peter Boom, Director Rail Asset Management and Digitisation at Royal HaskoningDHV, about using Digital Twins for traction energy analyses.
Night Trains in Europe
June 2021 – Night trains are making a comeback in Europe. Plans for a Trans Europ Express 2.0, further expansions of RegioJet and Snälltåget and the founding of several new night train start-ups show there is no doubt about a revival of sleeper trains. However, there are still many obstacles in the way of a real open European market where night trains are a good alternative to flights for destinations all over Europe.
This magazine dives into what led to the revival of night trains and the challenges of an open-accessoperator as voiced by the head of Snälltåget. Read an interview with co-founder of start-up European Sleeper, about the plans of two Belgian entrepreneurs for a new night train and European Passengers’ Federation board member Arriën Kruyt’s case for lower track access charges for night trains.
March 2021 – In light of the 40th anniversary of the TGV, the magazine will dive into several countries that are developing new first’s in high-speed rail. It takes a look at the European Smart Mobility Strategy, which aims to triple high-speed rail by 2050.
Maurizio Castelletti from the European Commission talks about whether these rail goals are achievable, Delphine Grandsart from EPF stresses the importance of the passengers’ perspective in the shift to rail and Monika Heiming, director of EIM Infrastructure Managers underlines that the Year of Rail should be more than just marketing.