Rail Engineer March 2019: Digital Railway, Signalling & Telecoms

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/tre-march-2019

Relearning Electrification

The project to reopen the Airdrie to Bathgate (A2B) line in 2010 included electrification to...

Issue 172 – Signalling the future

Editor's comments - issue 172, March 2019 Andrew Haines knew that Network Rail was letting its passengers and freight...

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Hitachi plans to run ScotRail Class 385 EMUs beyond the wires

Hitachi are in discussions with the Scottish Government to run a Class 385 variant with underfloor batteries that could either be charged whilst under the wires or whilst stationary at the end...

“Radical yet respectful” proposals for Birmingham Moor Street station revealed

Proposals for a “radical yet respectful” transformation to Birmingham Moor Street station have been released. The existing station building, which dates back to 1914 and is Grade II listed, will...

Greater Anglia train drivers taking leap into new technology

New state-of-the-art train simulators are being used to train 768 Greater Anglia drivers that will be driving the new trains due to replace all of the company’s existing fleet from later this year, when...

Edinburgh Tram extension to Newhaven gets Council approval.

The proposed extension of the Edinburgh Tram network, as previously reported in Rail Engineer, has now been approved by Edinburgh City Council. Councillors have voted to press ahead with taking trams to...

New plans for rail freight in Scotland

The freight industry in Scotland has collectively launched a new strategy intended to increase the amount of freight moved by rail. This is in response to a target set by the Scottish Government last year...

Rail Engineer March 2019: Digital Railway, Signalling & Telecoms

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/tre-march-2019

Relearning Electrification

The project to reopen the Airdrie to Bathgate (A2B) line in 2010 included electrification to extend the Glasgow suburban electrification network to Edinburgh via this...

Issue 172 – Signalling the future

Editor's comments - issue 172, March 2019 Andrew Haines knew that Network Rail was letting its passengers and freight users down before he became its new chief executive. After...

Network Rail awards Fugro contract to survey 850 route miles of track in Wales

Network Rail has announced plans to conduct a survey of more than 850 route miles of track across Wales and the border counties of England. This includes the proposed and current Transport...

Finnish EKE Group acquires Humaware

Humaware, the Southampton-based company that develops and markets a range of data-driven predictive analytics tools to enhance the predict and prevent capability of the railway network, has been acquired by EKE-Electronics of Espoo, Finland.

National Apprenticeship Week on the railway

National Apprenticeship Week 2019 took place 4 to 8 March 2019. Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, an offshoot of the Department for Education, It is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. This year’s theme was ‘Blaze a Trail’, highlighting the benefits of apprenticeships…

British Steel wins new Spanish rail contract

British Steel has announced a new contract for the supply of steel rails to Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), the network operator in Catalonia, Spain. This new order is for...

Porterbrook works with Eminox and South Western Railway to reduce diesel emissions

Rolling stock asset management company Porterbrook is working with South Western Railway and vehicle exhaust manufacturer Eminox to fit catalytic converters to hundreds of diesel trains across the UK’s rail network. The aim is to...

Unipart Rail acquires Westcode operations in USA and Europe

Unipart Rail has acquired Westcode, the air supply and door systems specialist that supplies rail operators in both the Europe and North America. The two Westcode businesses – Westcode inc...

Chair of Williams Rail Review speaks on the state of the industry

Keith Williams, the independent chair of the Williams Rail Review, delivered the 2019 Bradshaw Address at the Institution of Civil Engineers. In it, he stated that “the industry needs to fundamentally realign itself to its...

Bombardier sells BTROS cabling business to Motherson Sumi Systems

Bombardier Transportation has announced that it has signed an agreement with Motherson Rolling Stock Systems GB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Motherson Sumi Systems, transferring Bombardier’s assets in connection with the production...

First passenger services use new longer platforms at Edinburgh Waverley

Platforms 5 and 6 at Edinburgh Waverley, recently extended to 275 metres in length to accommodate new 10-car trains due to be introduced on the main line between Edinburgh and London later this year,...

Mark Southwell joins AECOM as MD of civil engineering

Mark Southwell has been announced as the new managing director of civil engineering for the UK and Ireland at AECOM, the global infrastructure consultant. Formerly head of the signalling programme at...

New station plans for Darlaston and Willenhall on revitalised Walsall to Wolverhampton route

Plans to reopen the Walsall to Wolverhampton railway line for passenger trains have taken a step forward as designs have been published for new stations on the route at Willenhall and Darlaston.

First 5G mobile network planned for South Western Railway

South Western Railway train operator FirstGroup and Blu Wireless have announced a project that will significantly boost the quality of connectivity on trains, pioneering the use of 5G technology on the railway.

Brighton main line reopens after a 9-day closure

The Brighton main line in Sussex has reopened following a nine-day closure while Network Rail and its contractors carried out major improvement work. The Three Bridges station car park was turned...

Liverpool Lime Street station remembers its past with unique display

Liverpool Lime Street station has had a thorough overhaul recently, with new platforms, signalling and track. But its heritage has not been forgotten as three slabs from the original station platforms, dating from 1836, have...

New look for West Midlands Trains across Birmingham

Passengers on the Cross City line in the West Midlands (Lichfield - Birmingham - Redditch/Bromsgrove) are starting to experience an improvement in their on-train comfort as the first of West Midlands Trains’ Class 323 units...

Edinburgh trams could finally reach Newhaven

Edinburgh's tram network could be extended to Newhaven, depending on the result of a Council meeting on 14 March. Councillors will consider the Final...