Andy Milne

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175 years of progress

Electrification of the Great Western main line (GWML) reached a new milestone at the end of October when, following the installation of overhead electrical...

Issue 169 – Under new management

Andrew Haines became Network Rail’s new chief executive in August. In this month’s magazine, he gives his thoughts on where the railway needs to...

Plans for transparent roof at Leeds station

A transparent roof made from the fluorine-based co-polymer material ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) will replace the existing dark and tired wooden roof in the southern concourse...

HS2 plans to replicate Crossrail in setting up international consultancy

Newly appointed HS2 chairman Sir Terry Morgan has told suppliers that he plans to replicate the success of Crossrail International. The consultancy - of which...

Hitachi Rail’s approach to the Digital Railway

Digital affects almost every facet of UK rail activity. It has been transforming rolling stock, maintenance, and passengers’ journeys for almost a decade. Industry...

Return of the Rail Partnership Awards

From state ownership under British Rail to its break-up into more than 100 privately owned companies and the transfer back of infrastructure to the...

Rail Engineer June 2018: Getting electrification right, Thameslink ATO and Infrarail review

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Technology takes centre stage

In 2011, businessman Sir Robert McNulty was tasked by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) with assessing...

Asset Management is big business

Asset management can simply be defined as the coordinated activity of an organisation to realise the value from its assets. That is according to...

Issue 161 – Digital delivery dawns

Since the early days of privatisation, the digital railway has been a holy grail, offering significant capacity increases and slashed signalling costs. Railtrack deluded...

Rail Engineer March 2018: CP6, signalling & telecoms

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Smart solutions harness great potential for rail

At a time of heightened scrutiny over the performance of railways, operators face considerable challenges: from consumer demands for better services, to wide debate...

A Time for innovation: Stobart Rail & Civils’ latest developments

Britain’s railways have always inspired great innovation from engineers; whether the numerous firsts in structures designs, the world’s first steam-powered passenger railway or even...

Fibre Optics as a sensing tool

At the IRSE 2017 Aspect Conference in Singapore, two speakers updated delegates on the progress being made with fibre-optic technology to sense occurrences at...

RSSB Sponsored Double and Variable Rate Sanders Trial: The Results

In November 2017, Rail Engineer reported on tests sponsored by RSSB being carried out at RIDC Melton to evaluate the use of both sanders...

Rail infrastructure and the 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers

Back in the day, when railways were the best way of transporting heavy freight and large numbers of people over distances (some say that...