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Athens-Thessaloniki in 3.5 Hours by Rail in 2017

Railway travel time between Athens and Thessaloniki will be reduced to 3.5 hours in 2017 now that the Othryos project is completed, reports GreekReporter.The Othryos engineering project will allow trains to reach speeds of 160 kilometers per hour, reducing travel time between the capital of Greece and Thessaloniki by one hour.The Othryos project was delivered by ERGOSE yesterday. When the line is completed in 2017, the railway system between the two cities will be able to serve five times as many passengers.The Othryos project is one of the largest engineering works ever constructed in Greece and it includes:A twin tunnel 6.4 kilometers long with a slab track for electric trains and connecting tunnels in every 500 meters for safety reasons. This is the second longest railway tunnel in...2014-12-19

Press review

Industry skeptical about new Ontario high-speed rail proposal

Ontario construction leaders are both optimistic and skeptical about the provincial government’s decision to undertake an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposed high-speed rail line that will connect Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo...2014-12-19

Double-decker trains could hit Britain’s railways to ease overcrowding on busiest routes

Bus passengers are already well used to 'going upstairs' in most of Britain's cities, but now trains may be set to get another level, reports MailOnline.Double-decker carriages on busy services are just one of the ideas proposed to pre-empt an...2014-12-15

Is Toronto

Well, it's not as if we didn't see this coming. After all, in a city with one of North America's ">most expensive public transit systems, taking a train to the airport was never likely to be a bargain. Torontonians have long been used to reaching...2014-12-11

China’s CRCC’s rail ambitions gather steam despite rivalry

IT WILL take more than the abrupt cancellation of a high-speed train deal with Mexico to derail China Railway Construction Corporation’s (CRCC) ambitions to become a global force in transport projects and take on the likes of Siemens, Alstom...2014-12-10

Ontario high-speed rail study was rushed ahead of election

A third-party consultant commissioned by Ontario's Liberal government to prepare a report on a possible high-speed rail link between Toronto, Kitchener and London, Ont., rushed its work.So much so, according to documents obtained by CBC News, that...2014-12-10

Rail passengers face severe disruption over Christmas due to engineering works

Rail passengers in the South East are being warned they face severe disruption over the Christmas period because of engineering works. They are being warned not to use a main London to Scotland rail line over Christmas due to one of a series of...2014-12-09

Comments and interviews

The Grand Old Man of the Railways shows how it is done

There has been much talk of trial shipments of block trains from provincial Chinese cities via Dostyk and on to Europe. In June of last year, the US news channel, CNN filmed the departure of the first “block train” from Chongqing and its arrival in Dostyk. Rather than a sleek and efficient intermodal service, the CNN film clearly shows the 40’ HC containers being loaded into conventional rail wagons normally used for the...2014-12-10

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules...

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these. These lines from the march,”British Grenadiers” were introduced to Britain during the reign of the Dutch Stadholder, King William III. Now, Hector Rail and the Dutch Van Dieren Multimodal plan to introduce additional services to their current 11 intermodal trips from Duisburg to Nässjö and Katrineholm in Central Sweden....2014-12-03