Major Chinese Interests in Railways in Africa

Over the last 10 years, we can observe a growing interest of Chinese railway companies in Africa. Given a potential shift in US policy, I would expect that even more opportunities can be tapped by Chinese exporters. Currently there are 3 fields they are interested in: Railway lines which facilitate access to resource deposits or … Continue reading Major Chinese Interests in Railways in Africa


Snapshot on Railways in Malaysia

Last week it was announced that China is going to build and finance the new East Coast Railway line in Malaysia according to this article. This means that the region is moving another step towards an integrated railway network. As the project homepage points out, the ECRL creates a high capacity access to the ports … Continue reading Snapshot on Railways in Malaysia

Major train accident in Cameroon

In Cameroon, last week a major train accident happened as reported by the BBC respectively here. With a death toll of over 70 people, it is most likely the most serious train accident in the country and directly affects the major artery of the railway system between Yaounde and Douala. Due to strong rain falls, … Continue reading Major train accident in Cameroon


Railways 4.0 – Divide and Conquer

I recently watched the webinar organized by IBM regarding think beyond the rails. And there are a few things that became very clear to me which i would like to address: Railways need to improve their skills in soft- and hardware to reduce costs but also increase quality (and with this reliability, availability and safety) … Continue reading Railways 4.0 – Divide and Conquer


Rail-Link from Keflavik airport (KEF) to Reykjavik city – maybe not such a good idea

I read yesterday that a group of investors is pursuing a railway project in Iceland to link the airport to the capital in light of the expected significant expansion of tourism in the next years. Two years ago, I had a chance to visit the country, explore the pristine nature and I am eager to … Continue reading Rail-Link from Keflavik airport (KEF) to Reykjavik city – maybe not such a good idea