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From Shinkansen to Scotland

It is now 52 years since Japan’s Shinkansen gave the world its first dedicated high speed rail line, which transformed rail travel in Japan....

Taking HS2 to completion

So far as many people are concerned, HS2 is a high-profile project that hasn’t started yet. True, there have been some route plans published,...

Autumnal Italy

So, what can you see from a high speed (very high speed) train in Italy in late October? It really depends on the weather...

HS2 Leeds – Closer connection

For those of us afflicted by a get-on-with-it culture and a lifestyle built on thrift, there is something rather uncomfortable about HS2. Back in...

HS2 – The story so far

With the new Government carrying out a spending review due to be announced on 25 November, it is a good time to look at...

Brits move to California

As the California high-speed rail project gathers pace, British and British-linked companies have been quick to move in. WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff will work on a seven-year,...

World’s fastest train part 1 and 2

The Italian state railways (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) ran the new Frecciarossa 1000 train between Milan and Rome at the end of April. Built in...

Realising rail ambitions in the Gulf

How do you drill a rail tunnel through lava? No, it’s not a metaphor or an idea concocted by some sociopathic Bond villain, it’s...

Middle East Renaissance

The Middle East has had a railway network for over a century, although development was slow. The Hejaz Railway from Damascus to Medina opened...

HS2 PLUS

Sir David Higgins has said he wants to accelerate the construction of HS2 and see Britain be more ambitious with its high-speed rail plans....

High Speed Rail in Denmark

With all the controversy in the UK on whether or not to build HS2, it is interesting to draw comparisons with other countries that...

The capacity benefits of HS2

People are now beginning to understand that the main reason for investing in the new North-South rail line is the improved capacity and connectivity...

New Eurostar under test

The first new Eurostar trains, being manufactured by Siemens in Germany, are already largely complete and testing is well underway. It was in October...

HS2 fights back

The reason for building HS2 can sometimes be obscured in the fog of argument about whether people work on trains, benefit-cost ratios (BCR) and...

High Speed Rail for Scotland

The first high speed rail line between two British cities is expected to be completed in 2026, sixty two years after Japan gave the...

High Speed interest

HS2 is about to enter an interesting phase. “Interesting? It’s always in an interesting phase!” The surprised interjection was by Andrew Coombes, HS2 Ltd’s...