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China in talks to export high-speed trains

State-owned Chinese firms are in discussions to sell high-speed trains to the United States, senior officials have said, a deal that would likely ignite controversy, reports AAP. China's leaders have been promoting the country's fast rail technologies in meetings with foreign politicians as they seek to move the country's exports up the value chain, and Chinese companies are building high-speed rail networks in Turkey and Venezuela. But a contract for a Chinese-led consortium to build a high-speed rail line in Mexico was scrapped only days after it was signed, and a deal to supply subway trains to Boston also generated controversy. For China to build infrastructure in the United States -- where a number of high-speed rail proposals have come to naught -- or supply it with rolling stock...2015-02-25

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Russian Railways – propelling LNG into the rail mainstream?

Liquefied natural gas is gaining traction as an alternative rail propulsion system, and Russian Railways has conducted a series of tests into how its railroads may reap the benefits of this new technology. With Russia home to massive natural gas...2015-02-25

Chinese Takeaway: Railway Lessons

As the NDA presents the rail budget this week, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of its Asian peer, China. Thanks to the British Raj, India had a head start over China in the 19th century. The...2015-02-25

Obama’s Oil-by-Rail Boom

It’s better to be lucky than good. President Obama, who arrived promising to heal the planet and halt the rising seas, instead presided over a fossil-fuel renaissance in America. If you were unemployed and found a decent job in Obama’s...2015-02-25

Putin Tirade Ended Suburban Train Debate — Russian Railways Chief

Angry criticism and an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin to restore canceled suburban trains has ended a debate over the loss-making service, the head of state-owned Russian Railways wrote on his blog...2015-02-10

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan Railway Advances Further

The eventual litmus test as to how successful 13 years of Western intervention in Afghanistan has been will be whether Afghanistan’s geostrategic position as a hub of Central Asia will support crisscrossing the country with a skein of...2015-02-04

Is it time to renationalise Britain's railways?

Rising fares, overcrowded trains and delayed services have led to increasing anger over how Britain's railways are run. According to a YouGov survey last year, 60% of the British public support renationalising the railways. The main reason...2015-02-04

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To a Mouse...

The best-laid schemes of mice and men Gang aft agley, And leave us nought but grief and pain, For promised joy! “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, born 25 January, 1759 On January 21st, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with his Serbian counterpart, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. They celebrated their ambitious plan to upgrade the rail line from Serbia via Macedonia and down to the...2015-02-12

Seaports call for appropriate recognition in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan

The Port of Hamburg is the German economy’s Gateway to the World. Along with the other German seaports, it plays an essential role for seaborne foreign trade as an interface between land and sea transport. Its excellent accessibility by water and overland is crucial for the operation of worldwide transport chains. Consequently the Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest overseas port, has emerged as a high-performance logistics hub for...2015-02-11