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How to Prepare for Decarbonization by Electrifying Rail

28 September 2023 | By

Using clean electricity rather than fossil-fuel-based electricity to power buildings, electric vehicles and facility fleets can significantly reduce a rail facility’s carbon footprint. But it’s not as easy as flipping a switch, says HDR's Will Kirby.


The innovative rail freight corridors are coming to life

26 September 2013 | By Paul Mazataud, Managing Director, Rail Freight Corridor 2 and Deputy Head of Development, RFF

By 10 November 2013, six of the nine rail freight corridors initially foreseen by the EU Regulation 913/2010 concerning a European network for competitive freight will become operational. Rail Freight Corridor 2 (RFC2) is one of them. These corridors are extremely ambitious and will lead to major changes for international…


Development of freight wagons

31 May 2005 | By Evert Andersson, Professor and Per-Anders Jönsson, Researcher, KTH Railway Technology

European freight wagon designers have for a long time been guided by the principle that wagons must be capable of being used on all standard-gauge railway networks in Europe. For more than 50 years the International Union of Railways (UIC) has standardised many freight wagon components – in particular their…


Strategies aiming to double Norwegian freight traffic

28 May 2008 | By Anita Skauge, Executive Director of Strategic Planning, Jernbaneverket

Freight traffic on Norwegian railways is enjoying strong growth. All the operators on the network are reporting increased demand – signalling the need to run additional and longer freight trains. A few sections are already operating beyond their capacity. Jernbaneverket, the Norwegian National Rail Administration, is responding to this trend…


Fret SNCF’s rail freight revolution

15 September 2020 | By

Bertrand Minary, Fret SNCF’s Chief Innovation and Digital Officer, Rail Freight & Intermodal Division, discusses Fret SNCF’s approach to a total revolution in rail freight operations and how this is delivering a first step towards rail freight automation.


A stronger European rail freight network

3 December 2008 | By Graham Smith, Planning Director, DB Schenker

EWS, the British rail freight operator, is soon to start trading under the name of DB Schenker. Who? DB Schenker might be a new name to the rail market in Britain, but throughout the mainland European rail network it is a major global logistics player. DB Schenker is number one…