Important developments in container transportation by railway have taken place in many parts of the world, which show there is growing acceptance that railways have an important role to play in the national and international movement of goods. In recognition of the advantages of rail transport and growing demand for freight movement, many Governments have taken initiatives to promote container transportation by their railways. These initiatives include planning and implementation of new intermodal facilities, network capacity enhancement, intercountry cooperation and private sector participation. Interventions by the public and private sectors have resulted in positive results both at the national and regional levels and ushered a new era of regional cooperation in trade and transport development in the region. The six articles included in the volume share the experiences, ideas, and information about some of these developments in the ESCAP region, which require wider consideration for their possible replication and implementation in other countries.
Article 1: The Trans-Asian Railway - by Pierre Chartier;
Article 2: Container transportation by railways in India: Challenges and initiatives - by Mohammad Jamshed;
Article 3: CONCOR in the vanguard of India’s intermodal development - by Raghu Dayal;
Article 4: Container transportation by rail in the Russian Federation - Petr Baskakov;
Article 4: Container transportation by rail: Which direction will Thailand pursue? - by Chula Sukmanop; and
Article 6: The development of container landbridge train services between Malaysia and Thailand - by A. Valautham.