Part 2 of Abigail Carlson's Future of High Speed Rail Series. Enjoy!
Sitting in a high speed train, you might notice an interesting phenomenon as you look out the window. Instead of distinguishing the normal features of the outdoors, you see an amalgam of blue hues at the top of your window, and a mish-mash of greens and browns at the bottom. Credit it to the fact that you are traveling about 300km/h. Before the first high speed rail line opened in France 30 years ago, who would have ever guessed? But the industry continues to grow steadily, taking the world of transport by storm.
Over the summer, we had an intern join us in our London office to help us crystalize our vision around the future of the rail industry, over the course of the next decade. Abigail Carlson, is now in her final year of studying for a degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and she did some great research on trends in the rail ticketing market, the planned high-speed rail routes across the globe, and also, the future of trains themselves. Below is part 1 of a 2-part series on what passengers can expect as train technology moves into the 21st (and 22nd) century.
Thanks again Abigail! Excellent work.
Within the services section, an article that helps to overview what we are doing here at SilverRail was featured. To see it live online, you can go here, and go to page 195. Or you can see a pdf of the article here
Below is a recount of Mike and Keith's ride on the Pan Mass Challenge that took place a couple of weekends ago.
Certainly at SilverRail, we're very proud to have people like Mike and Keith on our team, puting the effort in to support causes such as this. Congratulations to you both, and all the other riders in the Pan Mass Challenge. You can still support their efforts on the PMC website.
In the last couple of weeks, there have been some big developments in the high speed rail world that we are keeping an eye on here at SilverRail. I have to admit that we take these pieces of news with a grain of salt, as there are often a number of twists in the road, but hopefully headed in the positive direction.
On August 4th and 5th, two members of the SilverRail engineering team will be riding 192 miles as part of the Pan Mass Challenge, a two-day bike ride to support the Dana-Farber Insitute and the Jimmy Fund.
At SilverRail, we are proud to support their athletic and charitable pursuits as they take on this huge endeavour.
With the recent launch of NTV in Italy, a new interest is being shown in the European rail market. NTV, with the brand name Italo has launched the first privately funded high-speed rail line in Europe. Also known as the "Ferrari Train" due to the key ownership position of Luca di Montezemolo, the Chairman of Ferrari, the launch is big news in the train world.
The privately funded rail operator, NTV, has launched its service in Italy over the last couple weeks. The operator, part owned by Ferrari, will be the first private high speed service in Italy, and is an exciting development in the almost exclusively government funded rail industry in Europe.