Sicat joins Network Rail’s UK Master Series

Guest writer: Danny AisthorpeWith the need to electrify significant parts of Great Britain’s rail network to...

Azuma from Edinburgh

It can take a long time to introduce a new train. In 2007, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued its invitation to tender...

Innovation is key when it comes to “Putting the passenger first”

Over the Easter weekend, the West Coast main line was closed over four days during the replacement of Willesden North junction....

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Safer, quicker and sustainable cable protection

As the world, and the railway, goes more and more digital, the big growth industry seems to have been in the production of cable. Offices are festooned with cables linking computers, servers, storage devices,...

Transformers Aluminium or Copper?

Guest writer: Paul WalkerThere is a drive on the rail infrastructure to reduce the overall cost of signalling power and other installations and increase electrical efficiency....

Sustainability and Decarbonisation: What are transformer losses?

Guest writer: Neville HaideIt is a good question, and one that needs to be answered and better understood by a wider audience within the rail industry. The perpetual transformation of...

Anglia OLE renewals: success through collaboration

Guest writer: Caroline BacherSince 2007, Network Rail has steadily been replacing the overhead line equipment (OLE) on the Great Eastern line from London Liverpool Street, first to...

Tackling Electrification – The challenge for Wales & Borders

Guest writers: Graeme Brindle and Nathan SealyMuch has been discussed recently about the state of electrification in the UK, and how it is being delivered at a...

Sicat joins Network Rail’s UK Master Series

Guest writer: Danny AisthorpeWith the need to electrify significant parts of Great Britain’s rail network to meet rail decarbonisation targets, the industry continues to design and...

Azuma from Edinburgh

It can take a long time to introduce a new train. In 2007, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued its invitation to tender for its Intercity Express Programme (IEP), for trains to replace the...

Innovation is key when it comes to “Putting the passenger first”

Over the Easter weekend, the West Coast main line was closed over four days during the replacement of Willesden North junction. This included two NR60D crossovers and 400 metres of new...

Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO.TX Logistik, which was founded in 1999 as a private rail transport company, is today owned...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.With a total length of 38,514 km and 31 stations,...

Rail decarbonisation – a letter to the Minister

There are hundreds of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a policy area, region or country. These informal cross-party groups have no official...

Electrify everything

This exhortation to electrify everything concerns much more than railways. It is one of the main thrusts of the report ‘Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’ produced by the UK Government’s Committee...

Bearing Up for Reliability

With the ever-present focus on putting passengers first, train reliability has to be high up the priority list to achieve this. Modern rolling stock is being equipped with many electronic systems that bring their own...

OLErt – Overhead Line and Pantograph Monitoring

In this digital age, railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data (‘Big Data’) on the performance of their assets but converting raw data into meaningful information remains a challenge for many organisations in the industry....

It’s the bits and pieces that make it all work

Take a look at a typical section of overhead line equipment (OLE) and you will see a mass of wires, masts and crossbeams. But, look a little closer, and you will see...

SYSTRA buys TSP Projects

Image: Leeds station roof - a TSP project with Network Rail.TSP Projects, the engineering arm of British Steel, has been acquired by French consultancy and engineering concern Systra.

Electrifying Innovation: The need for electrification

Guest writer: Steve CoxThe UK has a clear target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Rail is already a naturally low-carbon means of transport, responsible for less than 2.5...

Better by design

Major projects, new trains, bewildering technology: these are the big-ticket items that command everyone’s attention these days. And why wouldn’t they? Who cares about the high-volume, low-cost bits and pieces that literally hold the railway...

Achieving net-zero

The 2008 Climate Change Act was the first in the world to make a government legally accountable for delivering its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target, which was at least 80 per cent...

Bringing more power to Merseyrail

Merseyrail will be introducing new trains to its network around the Liverpool City Region from next year, replacing the current fleet of electric multiple units which are now approaching 40 years old.

Levenmouth re-opening taken forward

On 8 August the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson, announced the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the 9·5km railway serving Levenmouth, in Fife, at an estimated cost of...

Simple and lightweight mounting for digital signalling equipment

AECOM, the global infrastructure services firm, is developing one of the UK’s first 3D-printed commercial products made from graphene-reinforced polymer. The company’s CNCTArch is designed to drive down the costs associated with installing digital signalling systems...

Work to restart on Rastatt Tunnel

German national rail infrastructure manager DB Netze has announced that construction work to complete the tunnels under the town of Rastatt will recommence in 2020, with the tunnels now due to open in 2025.