Network Rail “making a good start” to CP6, says...

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its 2019-20 annual assessment of Network Rail and has found that...

Wimbledon depot gets its first Class 701 train

South Western Railway's (SWR) first Class 701 train has arrived at Wimbledon depot, marking a significant milestone in the £1 billion transformation...

Blockade success at Guildford despite the lockdown

The track layout for the various junctions at Guildford, serving routes in several directions, were in need of scheduled renewal as a...

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The Rail Engineer feature “Getting electrification done: the net-zero imperative” with its electrification map attracted a great deal of interest. An updated version of this feature has also been published in Modern Railways magazine. The magazine’s editor, David Shirres, also gave a sell-out Zoom...

The Kilsby Genie

Here at Rail Engineer magazine, we seem to have a thing about tunnels - especially tunnels with blocked drains. Back in 2012, we scrambled through Dove Holes in Derbyshire. For a Christmas treat in 2017, we covered Sevenoaks tunnel. Obviously so impressed, we went back in 2018...

3Squared wins major contract from HS2 contractor

A Yorkshire-based SME (small to medium enterprise) has been awarded a major contract working on High Speed Two (HS2), generating new jobs Railway technology company 3Squared is working with one of HS2’s direct contractors, Skanska Costain Strabag JV (SCS JV), which is delivering the...

Value of Call Out Contracts! Brandon Emergency – West Coast main line

RBS1 is the Rugby, Birmingham, Stafford line, often referred to as the Birmingham loop. The West Coast main line (WCML) starts at London Euston, heading north. At Rugby, it splits. One route goes up the Trent Valley, with stations at Nuneaton, Tamworth and Lichfield, before reaching Stafford...

Rhomberg Sersa’s Swiss Army Knife

Catching up with Europe’s materials handling When someone who has had over forty years in the railway industry says that a machine is probably one of the most versatile railway materials handlers available, it is time to take notice! Tony Fazekas,...

Network Rail “making a good start” to CP6, says ORR annual assessment

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its 2019-20 annual assessment of Network Rail and has found that the infrastructure owner beat its target for efficiency savings last year. In the first year of the new control period 6 (CP6),...

Wimbledon depot gets its first Class 701 train

South Western Railway's (SWR) first Class 701 train has arrived at Wimbledon depot, marking a significant milestone in the £1 billion transformation of suburban travel. The 10-car train, known as ‘Train 6’, will become the focus of training programmes and dynamic testing to ensure...

Blockade success at Guildford despite the lockdown

The track layout for the various junctions at Guildford, serving routes in several directions, were in need of scheduled renewal as a consequence of a level of underinvestment over a number of years. The switch and crossing work (S&C), in particular, was approaching life expiry and was...

Track renewal at Botley

Over the late May bank holiday and the following week, South Rail Systems Alliance (Colas Rail, Network Rail and AECOM) engineers replaced just under one mile (1,400 metres) of single-line track between Fareham and Botley on the Eastleigh-Fareham line, which forms part of the route from London...

Getting rail drainage back on track

What if there was a tried and tested solution to speed up trackside drainage times by a factor of 10, simultaneously reducing installation costs and improving site safety by halving the depth of trenches and the amount of crushed stone required? This method has been adopted by...

Parisian politics divide deal for British Steel

Guest Writer: Daniel Pyke - Rail expert and railway technical marketing professional Early March was a turbulent time for the UK, with the unfolding virus situation spreading ever closer and rumours about lockdown timing were abound. However, this was...

Crossrail’s Signalling Challenge

Crossrail has many complex systems but providing the entire route with a new signalling system is one of the biggest challenges. It is a highly complex arrangement, with many interfaces between different new and legacy systems, although final testing is now underway. It is...