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©2017 Transport and ICT Global Practice, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank

This Railway Reform Toolkit aims to provide aneasy-to-use resource on the rail industry —what it is and what it does best— and to provide an experience-based set of best practices to aid inthe planning and execution of railway reforms. This toolkit is based on international experiences with railway reform under a range of railway organizational forms —state agencies, state-owned, or private enterprises. The toolkit should be particularly useful to those thinking about transitions from one organizational form to another and for those seeking to improve railway performance through investment, reorganization, or changes in government policy.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Rail Markets and Technology

Chapter 3: Railway Economics and Pricing

Chapter 4: Financial Sustainability for Railways

Chapter 5: Creating the Industry Structure

Chapter 6: The Roles of Government

Chapter 7: Overseeing the Railway: The State as Owner

Chapter 8: Buying Services from Railways

Chapter 9: Setting the Regulatory Framework

Chapter 10: Corporate Governance for a State-owned Railway Enterprise

Chapter 11: Creating Commercial Railway Structures

Chapter 12: Commercial Management Practices and Strategy Development

Chapter 13: Encouraging Private Sector Participation

Annex 1: Financial Model—Guidance for Users
Financial Model (Excel)

Annex 2: Benchmarking

Annex 3: Service Costing and Profit Measurement Systems

Annex 4: Concession Contract Guide

Annex 5: Passenger Service Contract Guide

Annex 6: Model Board Charter

Annex 7: Model Ethics Code

Annex 8: Model Terms of Reference for an Executive Committee

Annex 9: Definition of Independence

Annex 10: Guidelines on Related Party Transactions

Annex 11: Model Statement of Corporate Intent

Case Study: Australian Rail Track Corporation

Case Study: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

Case Study: Camrail

Case Study: China Rail

Case Study: Hong Kong Mass Transit Rail Corporation

Case Study: Indian Railways

Case Study: Lithuanian Railways

Case Study: London King’s Cross

Case Study: Mexico Railways

Case Study: Moroccan Railways

Case Study: Polish Railways

Case Study: RailTel

Case Study: Russian Railways

Case Study: SNCF Réseau

Case Study: Southern Pacific

Case Study: Tokyu Corporation

Case Study: TTX Company

Case Study: Union Pacific

Case Study: Virgin Trains