Asia Pacific Rail Day 1 Keynotes

Meet these Rail Leaders at Asia Pacific Rail 2017

Today’s rail operators are faced with increasing passenger capacity and greater demands to maintain reliable and efficient services. In this challenging operational climate, rail leaders have to navigate new challenges. How can the health of rail assets be maintained with cost constraints? How do emerging technologies be utilised to improve rail operations? What are the big picture management issues to …

Batteries

Kaohsiung Circular Line – World’s first cable-free light rail system

Kaohsiung light rail system is the world’s first light rail system to run on a fully catenary-free route. Instead of overhead electrical lines that power most light-rail trains, Taiwan’s system uses a high-energy wireless charging technology that is housed at each station. The tram cars are powered by an innovative technology. They are equipped with rapid charge accumulators, a new …

Bird's Eye View, Sulawesi

Trans Sulawesi Railway to start operations in 2018

To support economic growth in Sulawesi, a lesser developed Indonesian island which possesses rich mineral resources, the first railway on the island is currently being constructed. The 1,600 km standard gauge route will connect Makassar in South Sulawesi to Manado in North Sulawesi. The Trans Sulawesi railway is planned to serve both passenger and freight service, providing a modern rail …

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Metro track laying commences

The Sydney Metro project is Australia’s largest public transport project. Track laying for this exciting infrastructure upgrade has commenced, with almost 5km of railway tracks laid and more than 5,000 sleepers put in place. This lays the foundation of Sydney’s newest railway which will play an instrumental role in coping with the city’s growing population and passenger demand. By the …

Rail Track

Inland Rail to transform freight transport in Australia

Between 2016 and 2030, road freight in Australia is expected to grow by 40 percent while non-containerised exports from major ports will grow 90 percent. However, the existing east-coast railway was not designed to take long-heavy trains and is constrained by a 19th century alignment. To cope with the growing freight volume and to establish a competitive rail freight service …

Martha Lawrence, World Bank

World Bank to be anchor investor in India’s Railway Development Fund

With the aim of modernizing and expanding rail infrastructure in India, the World Bank and Indian Railways announced early this year a partnership to create a Railway Development Fund that will partly finance the $142 billion investment plans for India’s core infrastructure development. While the size of the fund was not divulged, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has indicated that it …