Procurement: Overview

A topic that has intrigued me throughout my life so far is the topic of procurement. Not because I think it is very attractive or sexy, but because it can enable or be a show-stopper to implement great ideas. Two weeks ago, I had, with a variety of customers, colleagues and friends in various settings … Continue reading Procurement: Overview


Redesign ERTMS deployment across Europe

We all wanted to have a solid and fast ERTMS deployment across Europe, but so far the project is not gaining speed and only a few projects could be deployed. What did go wrong and how can we redesign the approach to faster reach our common objectives? To cut it short, in my opinion, there … Continue reading Redesign ERTMS deployment across Europe

Investing in concrete or intelligence

This fall, the Swiss transport authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr -BAV) announced the plans to invest heavily in railway infrastructure until 2035. Over 200 Projects and 11.5 bn CHF will be invested in tunnels, concrete and steel across the country. Last Sunday, an NZZ article (in German) has allowed  an alternative view on the intended infrastructure … Continue reading Investing in concrete or intelligence


Why the US is overpaying for Rolling Stock

As a child, I instantly recognized the difference between trains in the US and Europe. The rolling stock in the USA stood out due to their bad condition, their perceived age and their perceived inconvenience for passengers. It seemed to me, that the trains there are at least 15-20 years older then comparable counterparts in … Continue reading Why the US is overpaying for Rolling Stock


Mapping out the future of Railways in Africa

When reading (and also ordering) the map on the future of railways in SEA (see also Mapping out the future of railways in Southeast Asia ) made by James Clark, I was keen to do something similar for Africa. With the rise of Chinese Investments in Africa, more projects which seemed to be once very visionary have … Continue reading Mapping out the future of Railways in Africa


Snapshot on Railways in Nigeria

After I had a look at what is happening in Nigeria regarding railways over the summer, I saw that Nigeria is on the brink of a new railway era. Now I thought why not go a step further and build a little map showing the situation and next development. To digest the infos, that I … Continue reading Snapshot on Railways in Nigeria


Mapping out the future of railways in Southeast Asia

  Last week, James Clark published a really cool map condensing all the current and proposed railway projects in Southeast Asia. You can find the map under this link. He used multiple sources and published masterplans to come up with a condensed view on where what might be built. The map clearly shows that China … Continue reading Mapping out the future of railways in Southeast Asia