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Revealed! SmartRail World’s most read stories of 2016. 

Posted by Luke Upton on Dec 22, 2016

Revealed! SmartRail World’s most read stories of 2016 (Pic courtesy of Crossraill)As the year comes to an end, SmartRail World Editor Luke Upton rummages through the year’s stories to find the ten most popular by page views… from mega projects and political upheavals, to some amazing creativity and the train station kept open for just one passenger we’ve seen it all!

Our top ten is an eclectic mix and from all over the world. What’s your favourite?  Some of my favourite features from 2016 that don’t make the top ten but I really enjoyed include: The latest threat to rail passenger safety… Pokémon GO , the rail executive who has moved from running a network to leading his country and Deutsche Bahn and Hyperloop TT to build 'Innovation Train' by 2018 . So who did make the top ten? 

A big thank you to all our readers, contributors, supporters and commercial partners for your support in 2016. We’ve grown, we’ve changed and we’ve gained a lot of new readers! And all the team here are looking forward to sharing more international stories from the world of rail and metro technology in 2017!

Regards and thanks,

Luke, Emily, Eric and all the team at SmartRail World

SmartRail World 2016 - Top 10 Most Read! 

1) Life in the fast lane; ranking the world’s 20 high-speed trains. (February)

2) The next stage of the world’s largest metro project is now underway. (October)

3) What does Donald Trump's victory mean for the US rail industry? (November)

4) Six key technology trends set to dominate rail and metro in 2016. (January) 

5) Chinese exports under spotlight as 26 faulty trains returned by Singapore. (July)

6) Who are the contenders for the huge new London Underground contract? (January)

7) Britain to leave the EU; the rail industry responds. (June)

8) A very modern solution to a very old problem of counting passengers. (August)

9) DB tells staff and unions to prepare for driverless operations by 2021. (June)

10) This Japanese train station is kept open for just one passenger. (January)


Most read 5 minute’s with… Dr. Joshua L. Schank, Chief Innovation Officer at LA Metro.

Most downloaded industry guide: Urban Rail and Metro: Solutions for a Changing Industry.

Most watched video of the week: China's first Skytrain.

Luke, the Editor’s favourite: Anatomy of a $1.3bn deal; China’s CSR and Chicago's new railcars.

Emily, Content Executive’s favourite: Special report: How five major African rail projects are supported by China.

Eric, Partnership Manager’s favourite: Six of the most artistic metros in the world.

 Thanks again! And a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Read the Rail and Metro Innovation Guide 2017

Luke Upton

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