Protests force Canadian Railway to close its eastern network

The Canadian National Railway or CN Rail has announced it would shut its eastern network after indigenous-led demonstrators blocked rail lines for days. The decision has forced the cancellation of nearly all passenger train services nationwide. The protests are against the construction of a pipeline through an indigenous group’s traditional lands. Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage … Read more Protests force Canadian Railway to close its eastern network

China’s New Silk Road | 101 East

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called it the “project of the century”. The new Silk Road is China’s ambitious plan to boost its worldwide reach through new train and shipping lines, roads and ports. Following the old Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) crisscrosses from Asia to Africa and Europe. China insists the … Read more China’s New Silk Road | 101 East

Early Election in Latvia “Was Not Necessary” Says Transport Minister Uldis Augulis

The Latvian Minister for Transport, Uldis Augulis, spoke to The Global Herald ahead of a snap election announced for September in the Baltic nation. Mr Augulis has been in politics since 1996, a member of the Union of Greens and Farmers (Zaļo un Zemnieku Savienība or ZZS) since it began in 2002, and a member … Read more Early Election in Latvia “Was Not Necessary” Says Transport Minister Uldis Augulis

Megastructures: Extreme Railways on National Geographic Channel

Engineer Pasi Lautala takes a look at the hi-tech solutions employed by the Chinese government in building the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which runs all the way from Xining to Lhasa. The 1000 kilometre track was planned over 50 years ago but had to wait until modern technology and engineering know-how could help to overcome the harsh … Read more Megastructures: Extreme Railways on National Geographic Channel

UK: High Speed Rail Network will branch to Leeds & Manchester

The UK government proposal for a high speed  rail network in England has taken shape with the decision to branch the line at Birmingham into separate routes to Leeds and Manchester. The transport Secretary, Phil Hammond, has been considering advice from HS2 Ltd – the Government company set up to examine the case for high … Read more UK: High Speed Rail Network will branch to Leeds & Manchester

Morocco: Recycled Products to be used on National Railway

Moroccan National Railway Company (ONCF) has placed two purchase orders for railway cross-ties (sleepers) made from Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) with American company Axion International. ONCF operates more than 1100 miles (1900 kilometers) of track throughout Morocco (North Africa) and carried over 29 million passengers last year. ONCF also has plans for a TGV from … Read more Morocco: Recycled Products to be used on National Railway