Andy Milne

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More light for less at Liverpool Street station

London’s Liverpool Street station, the third busiest in the nation, was once known as the Dark Cathedral. The station was first built in 1875 on...

Trams without rails

The world’s cities are getting bigger. Between 2016 and 2030, the planet’s urban population is forecast to grow from 54 to 60 per cent...

What is rail asset management?

Asset management is a term that has rapidly gained influence in the rail industry. The basic defining principle, of an often complex system, is...

Biodiversity at Bermondsey

You can always tell a major construction site. There are acres of bare earth, often rutted and with stones sticking out of it, dirt...

Under the wires to Swindon

Some opportunities are simply too good to miss. One of these came about on 10 October when Rail Engineer was among a select group...

On the right track

Look at any railway, and the most obvious thing to see is the track. One or two sets of steel rails, supported on concrete,...

Panasonic’s proactive CCTV

It is difficult to find anywhere in Britain’s town and city centres without CCTV. There are few shops, banks and railway stations without them....

Training for the Azumas

Virgin East Coast will, in just over a year’s time, begin operating its new fleet of high-speed Azuma trains, currently being built by Hitachi...

Keeping wheel and rail together

Earlier this year, Paul Darlington put together an article that dealt with some of the major accidents that have happened in recent history and...

EXPO 1520: From the past to the future at Scherbinka

Russia’s biennial rail trade fair, EXPO1520, is a four-day event held at the end of August offering extensive exhibition halls, static exhibits, a thought-provoking...

Enhancing UK traincare depots

Keeping passengers and freight on the move, on a punctual and reliable railway, can only be achieved if the UK’s traincare depots are developed...

Constructing Blackburn’s new train depot

There’s always time pressure, isn’t there? It seems to go without saying these days - just a part of modern life and all that....

A little sand in the right place works wonders

Operators of locomotives (and trams) have used sand to enhance traction adhesion for as long as anyone can remember; the first recorded use was...

From newts to knotweed: Managing the ecology of the railway

Bird nesting season is over, leaf fall is already in full swing and nature’s life cycles are slowing down in preparation for winter.

Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...

RVE 2017 – New Venue, More Exhibitors

Rail Vehicle Enhancements (RVE), the rolling stock industry’s annual components and systems show, moved to a new venue for 2017 and attracted more exhibitors...