International Railway Journal

Mike Knutton, Former IRJ Chief Editor, Dies

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Mike Knutton, former Editor-in-Chief of International Railway Journal, following a short illness. Mike worked at IRJ for 29 years and was chief editor for 19. He leaves behind his widow, Yan.

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Simmons-Boardman Rail Group named Railway Interchange media partner

Railway Interchange, the largest exhibition and technical conference in North America, on Feb. 20 announced that Simmons-Boardman Rail Group, publisher of Railway Age, Railway Track & Structures (RT&S) and International Railway Journal (IRJ), is the official media partner for 2019. Railway Interchange is scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn.


Will European rail freight reach its potential?

Editor’s note: In terms of rail freight, we’re in excellent shape here in North America. Not so for Europe, which is struggling with how to increase freight traffic on a network primarily configured to support passenger rail operations. As David Briginshaw, Editor-in Chief of International Railway Journal describes in his first blog entry for Railway Age’s sister publication, the problems seem to stem not from operational constraints, but from a lack of political support, and poor service quality. These are problems that we North Americans, with our world-class private freight rail network, identify mostly with passenger rail. So, from IRJ, here’s what’s happening on “the other side of the pond”: