Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.

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Remote monitoring equipment developed by Railnova is providing a centralised system for fleet diagnostics and is now in use on more than 1000 locomotives and trains across Europe. It is also supporting the shift to predictive train maintenance, as Kevin Smith explains.

The European Union’s vision for an integrated and multimodal freight transport network is a key element of its plans to transition to a modern and low-carbon economy. Boosting rail freight’s market share is a central pillar of this strategy, but unsurprisingly it is facing significant challenges, as Kevin Smith reports from Brussels.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018 05:22

Bart opens Antioch extension

ELECTED officials and Bart representatives joined community members for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25 to mark the start of services on the 16km Antioch extension of the Bart network the following day.

THALES has announced the acquisition of Cubris, Denmark, a developer of Driver Advisory Systems (DAS) for main line applications.

BOMBARDIER has presented its new Traxx DC3 locomotive to leading Italian operators at its Vado Ligure plant in northwest Italy.

China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative is promising to restore the ancient Silk Road trading route and provide significant regional economic development. Kevin Smith examines the political and financial challenges of delivering this mammoth programme of infrastructure investment.

Monday, 30 April 2018 06:58

Alstom wins Singapore metro car contract

SINGAPORE’s Land Transport Authority has placed an order worth €150m with Alstom to supply six six-car and 11 three-cars Metropolis metro trains for use respectively on the extensions to the North East Line and Circle Line.

Monday, 30 April 2018 05:38

Mumbai seeks supplier for 378 metro cars

DELHI Metro Rail Corporation, on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority, has issued a call for tender for the supply of 378 standard-gauge metro cars for the Mumbai Metro Rail Investment Project.

HS1 Ltd, the owner and infrastructure manager of the high-speed link between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel, says it is in discussions with Eurotunnel, SNCF Network and Lisea about introducing direct London - Bordeaux high-speed services.

IN an effort to spur interest from the supply sector, Norwegian infrastructure manager Bane Nor has revealed further details of the investment priorities for the NKr 120bn ($US 15.08bn) it is set to receive from the government’s National Transportation Plan between 2018 and 2023.

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