Dec 19, 2015

Papers on JR Hokkaido derailment to be sent to prosecutors

The prefectural police department of Hokkaido plans to shortly send papers on Hokkaido Railway Co. and some of its employees to public prosecutors over the 2013 derailment of a freight train that led to data falsification, it was learned Friday. Inspection data for the ...

California high-speed rail plan funding questioned

Oct 17, 2015

California high-speed rail plan funding questioned

Businesses that might bid to build a high-speed rail network across California are questioning whether there will be enough government funding to complete the complex and ambitious project. That picture emerged from documents the companies submitted to the state rail authority overseeing the project, ...

Oct 3, 2015

Train evacuated in France over bag of stinky meat

A suspicious gas-like stench aboard a high-speed train led to the evacuation Friday of some 250 people in France before bio-chemical experts traced it to a package of stinky fermenting meat in a passenger’s bag. Local government officials in the Burgundy region of central ...

Asylum-seekers follow tracks of old Orient Express route

Sep 14, 2015

Asylum-seekers follow tracks of old Orient Express route

There are no fancy dining carriages here, glasses of champagne or ace sleuth Hercule Poirot to solve a murder mystery. There are only hundreds of exhausted people crammed inside a dingy train, slowly moving along the same Balkan route where the legendary Orient Express ...

Hitachi opens railcar plant in Britain, first overseas

Sep 4, 2015

Hitachi opens railcar plant in Britain, first overseas

Machinery giant Hitachi Ltd. on Thursday opened its first overseas railway car factory, in Newton Aycliffe, northeastern England. The plant is positioned to become the firm’s strategic base for expansion in Europe. An opening ceremony at the plant was attended by British Prime Minister ...

Aug 31, 2015

China to open high-speed rail link to North Korean border

China will open a high-speed rail line to the North Korean border on Tuesday, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort to boost economic ties despite tension between the countries. The line, under construction since 2010, will run 207 km from Shenyang to ...

Aug 30, 2015

European trains to get more baggage and ID checks

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France’s interior minister said Saturday. Bernard Cazeneuve said the reinforced ID and bag checks will be carried out on ...

Aug 9, 2015

French 'anarchist cell' avoids terrorism charges

An alleged “anarchist cell” at the center of one of France’s most politically charged legal sagas is finally to be tried for sabotaging high-speed train lines. But in a major blow to police, who conducted a seven-year investigation into the group, the four will ...

Jul 2, 2015

Step up train security

The fiery suicide on a bullet train should be a call to arms for railway operators to improve their security measures.

Popular elsewhere, high-speed rail remains elusive in U.S.

Jun 27, 2015

Popular elsewhere, high-speed rail remains elusive in U.S.

Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. Yet the ...