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Siemens, data analytics and train efficiency

Transport systems are becoming increasingly integrated and customers are expecting improved efficiency. To help train operating companies with this task, Siemens have shown how big data analytics can be deployed.

Integrated transport solutions proposed for U.K. railways

London - There are many advocates for an integrated transport policy and many see railways at the heart of this strategy. The U.K. government has commissioned a report to set out a vision for a modern, data driven railway network.

GE uses AI to find rail track flaws that could cause derailments

GE is using AI-equipped locomotives to automate detection of "sun kinks," rail track deformations that can cause derailments. AI models can scan video footage to identify track flaws, pinpointing their location and working out whether they pose a danger.

The busiest commuter railway in the U.S. is falling apart

Amtrak will shut down several tracks along the Northeast Corridor to make long-overdue rail repairs, a move set to cause mass delays to commuters traveling on the LIRR and NJ Transit, Amtrak announced at a press conference Thursday morning.

Feds blame railroad for oil train derailment, spill in Oregon

Portland - Calls for a U.S. ban on shipping oil by train got louder last week after federal investigators put the blame for a June 3 oil train derailment on Union Pacific Railroad.

Op-Ed: Williams, AZ offers fun, rodeos, and Grand Canyon Railway RV Park Special

Grand Canyon - A scenic place for RVers to visit is Williams, AZ USA, located on historic Route 66 just 58 miles from the South Rim of the visually stunning Grand Canyon. It’s a great place to visit with lots to see and do for those who want a new adventure.

Slovenia suspends trains from Croatia ahead of migrant arrivals: railways

Ljubljana - Slovenia on Friday suspended its rail links with Croatia ahead of the anticipated arrival of large numbers of migrants being rerouted towards the Alpine country after Hungary announced it would close its border with Croatia.

Austrian Railways suspends Hungary services due to migrants

Vienna - Austrian Railways on Thursday suspended services to Hungary as it struggled to cope with thousands of migrants arriving from over the border after travelling up through the Balkans.

Denmark closes border to German trains over migrant influx

Copenhagen - Danish police on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all rail services to and from Germany as hundreds of migrants refused to disembark from trains arriving from Denmark's southern neighbour, demanding to continue on to Sweden instead.

Woman lives on trains because she's sick of paying rent

When passengers exit the train, Leonie Müller stays on it because she lives there. The train is her home and she has no problems with this.

Op-Ed: Bay Area transit agency needs a timeout or something

San Francisco - Call us old-fashioned. Go ahead, we can take it. If you're still dishing by the time we're done telling you what we think, we might even listen.

Drug resistant bacteria lurking in New York subways

A new study has shown that New York City's subway system is crowded with microbes that are resistant to two widely used antibiotics.

U.S. bill to increase safety resources for short line rail

Washington - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Patty Murray (D-Washington), have introduced a bill that would authorize a new Short Line Rail Safety Institute to enhance the safety practices and culture of short line railroads.

Commuting students: English lessons available on trains in France

Paris - For those in France wishing to improve their English, a new service started up this week. France's rail operator, SNCF, is offering English lessons, literally on the rails, to profitably pass commuters' travel time.

Madrid artists want Lady Gaga to wear their headphone dress

Madrid - Raquel Moreno and Mónica Gutiérrez are rubbish artists, based in Madrid, Spain. They have designed a dress, made entirely from hundreds of pairs of headphones donated by Spain's Renfe railway company, and they want Lady Gaga to wear it.

Al-Qaeda targets European rail networks according to intelligence

Intelligence obtained from the NSA's interception of Al-Qaeda chatter suggests that the group intends to target high speed European rail networks.

Amtrak will buy new high-speed trains for Northeast corridor

Amtrak announced that it plans on buying next-generation high-speed trains and will scrap plans to add passenger cars to its Acela Express fleet.

Chennai's empty spaces, the devil's workshop Special

Chennai - The Chennai's Mass Rapid Transport System's (MRTS) stations are extremely ill-maintained, lack security measures and don't make use of the free space available here.

300 million people without power as the lights go out in N. India

New Delhi - A massive blackout in New Delhi and 7 northern states is the worst in a decade and highlights infrastructure problems in Asia's third largest economy.

Photographer chronicles train-surfing in Bangladesh

Dhaka - The deadly sport of train-surfing was recently spotlighted by a Bangladeshi photographer who hitched a ride on top of a train to capture train surfers in action with his camera.

New Jersey Transit experiences severe morning delays Special

Newark - Citing power problems in the ongoing infrastructure challenges facing the region, New Jersey Transit commuters experienced widespread disruption Friday morning as one of the train lines connecting New Jersey and Manhattan went offline.

Amtrak trains collide in Northern California

Oakland - Two passenger trains collided Wednesday night at around 10:00 p.m. Only minor injuries to passengers have been reported so far.

Bag-it-yourself bathroom option introduced on Dutch trains

When most people think of Holland, they think of historic windmills, lush fields of tulips, "coffee" shops, and the traditional wooden shoes. But now, this beautiful country may also be known for its unorthodox bathroom solution on some of its trains.

China recalls 54 bullet trains over safety issues

Beijing - China has recalled 54 bullet trains over safety concerns, a decision viewed generally as another jolt to the scandal-struck railway system in the country.

Obama pulls high speed rail projects in Wisconsin and Ohio

Citing disinterest from newly-elected Republican governors, President Obama has redirected federal high-speed rail dollars from Wisconsin and Ohio to other states in need of the infrastructure investment.

Indian women slapping men who ride on women-only carriages

Last year India Railways introduced several women-only trains in Delhi, Mumbai (Bombay), Calcutta and Madras (Chennai). Aimed solely to provide a safer travelling environment for the female commuter, the trains are often infiltrated by men.

Two trains carrying oil collide and explode in Poland

Two cargo trains have collided in northeastern Poland, causing a fiery explosion. No injuries are confirmed yet. As 40 teams of firefighters worked to put out the blaze, a primary school was closed nearby as a precaution.

Canadian trains are at risk from faulty stub sills

Are Canadians being put in danger every day by trains that whiz by? That is the warning that the Transportation Safety Board of Canada may be saying after a report on a 2009 accident near Dugald, Manitoba.

Trolley a throwback for Charlotte's South End Special

Charlotte - Just outside of Charlotte's Uptown district, just a short drive south, is the city's "South End" district which runs next to the famous Dilworth area of town. Nestled in there is a trolley line that takes rides on a casual ride to Uptown.

2,000 Train Passengers Trapped Beneath English Channel

Over 2,000 passengers traveling on Eurostar trains between France and England were trapped for 10 hours over night on Friday through to Saturday in the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel.
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