.@Alstom and @Siemens sign rail deal to create European champion – an annotated infographic

France’s Alstom and Germany’s Siemens have agreed to merge in a deal that brings the former arch-rivals together to create a new European champion to counter competition from China. If the transaction goes ahead the combined company will have 15 billion euros ($18 billion) in sales of trains, track-signalling systems and rail services, enabling it to better compete with international rivals, especially China’s state-backed CRRC. It would also signal a shift in France’s policy of industrial intervention under President Emmanuel Macron in favour of creating “European champions” — even if that means selling industrial assets that were once deemed strategic. … Continue reading .@Alstom and @Siemens sign rail deal to create European champion – an annotated infographic

#India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are to lay the foundation stone for India’s first high-speed rail line that could see trains run at 350 kilometres an hour. The projects is part of a ‘Diamond Qaudrilateral’ of high-speed trains over 10,000km of track that India wants to set up connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #India celebrates its first high-speed rail line becoming a reality – an annotated infographic

World’s longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland – #GotthardBaseTunnel – an annotated infographic

In a hurry to get to the Large Hadron Collider at Cerne? Good news, my time-pressed travelling friend. Those bothersome Alps need trouble you no more. Switzerland has officially opened the world’s longest railway tunnel. Spanning 57km under the Alps, the Gotthard Base Tunnel will allow trains to travel at up to 250km/h, dramatically reducing travel time across Europe. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading World’s longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland – #GotthardBaseTunnel – an annotated infographic

#Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

Here’s a high-tech counterpoint to the traditional Westerner’s view of Indian train travel, a picture of thousands of smiling brown faces crowded into – and onto – antiquated rolling stock, bodies sprawled over the rooftop, hanging off the sides of the train, enjoying the subcontinent sunshine, while a splendidly uniformed buffet car representative tiptoes delicately amongst the huddled masses, offering tea and samosas. From now on, those huddled masses might also be wielding smartphones, laptops and iPads and surfing the information superhighway, as we used to call the internet back in the last century. Google is collaborating with Indian Railways … Continue reading #Google rolls out high-speed WiFi to India’s train stations – an annotated infographic

Japanese Maglev train breaks its own rail world speed record – an annotated infographic

Japan’s state-of-the-art magnetic levitation (Maglev) train has broken its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h in a test run near Mount Fuji, beating a mark of 590km/h it set on April 16. E&T carried this monumental Maglev news earlier this week. Yeah, sometimes we’re a little bit slower than a Maglev train in getting around to pimping our content on the socials. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Japanese Maglev train breaks its own rail world speed record – an annotated infographic

China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

China plans to extend its railway line to Tibet to the borders of India, Nepal and Bhutan once an extension to Shigatse, Tibet’s second city and a key site in Tibetan Buddhism, opens in August. Critics say the railway spurs an influx of migrants, who threaten Tibetans’ cultural integrity. Beijing believes Tibet’s mineral reserves are worth around $96bn. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading China plans railway to India through Tibet – an annotated infographic

Paris-Barcelona high-speed train line to open this weekend – an annotated graphic

As we contemplate another cold, grey December evening here in the UK, having barely emerged from a cold, grey, foggy December morning, the prospect of catching a high-speed train from Paris to Barcelona is an immensely tempting one. This weekend, the new high-speed direct trains travelling at speeds of up to 320km per hour will begin operation, taking approximately six and a half hours to complete the trip. The journey time is scheduled to drop even further in 2017, when another high-speed section opens in the south of France between Nimes and Montpellier. This is still considerably longer than any … Continue reading Paris-Barcelona high-speed train line to open this weekend – an annotated graphic

100 years of #GrandCentral Station in #NYC – an annotated graphic

Grand Central Terminal in New York City opened to the public on 2 February 1913, 100 years ago this weekend. Even today, it remains the largest train station in the world by number of platforms, with 67 tracks across two levels – and that’s in spite of it being repeatedly blown up every time Bruce Willis makes another Die Hard movie 🙂 Happy birthday, Grand Central! Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading 100 years of #GrandCentral Station in #NYC – an annotated graphic