Andy Milne

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Building ScotRail’s 385s

Preparing a train operating franchise bid is a complex and expensive business. For the current ScotRail franchise, this included the requirement for electric multiple...

Electrification cutbacks – the unanswered questions

On 19 July, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the planned electrification schemes from Kettering to Nottingham and Sheffield, from Cardiff to...

Bi-mode trains: Unlocking opportunity?

The future is bright, the future is bi-mode!” or so one might imagine with the level of focus on this type of train. There...

What follows GSM-R?

Rail engineers Clive Kessell and Paul Darlington will deliver the 3rd IRSE Presidential Programme Technical Paper of 2017/2018 on the subject of the successor to...

East West Rail and TroPath

Running alongside the railway, cable troughs are not just a tidy and convenient receptacle for signalling and power cables. Their lids also often provide...

Leaf fall on the London Underground

London Underground (LU). The clue is in the name - “underground”. So how does the organisation have a leaf-fall problem? Despite the “underground” in...

Detecting wheel flats and more

Leaves on the line are a common problem, especially in autumn when they can pose a serious challenge for rail operators, causing trains to...

Digital Railway Realism: It’s not just about technology

The term Digital Railway has certainly caught the rail industry’s imagination, yet prospective users and suppliers still have diverse and widespread views as to...

Schooling local signalling skills

Staff are probably more aware now than ever before about the risk posed by excessive travel to and from railway worksites, yet it continues...

Unlucky 13

Squeezed into a narrow and typically Pennine valley to the north of Todmorden is Lydgate Viaduct, an attractive structure comprising 13 spans. It forms...

Lighter and brighter: Carlisle Citadel station is transformed

Carlisle Citadel station is an architectural gem. Originally opened in 1847 to serve both the Lancashire and Carlisle Railway and the Caledonian Railway, it...

Bridging the gap at Kenilworth

In 2016, construction work got underway at Kenilworth to create a new station building, platforms and a footbridge as part of an ambitious integrated...

Innovation and light bulbs

Edison succeeded in making his light bulb work, eventually. It is often quoted that, on his path to success, he discovered 10,000 ways not...

Reinstating Great Central’s bridge over the Midland main line

In the early hours of Sunday 3 September 2017, a long-held ambition to reinstate a demolished Great Central Railway bridge across the Midland main...

Chipping Sodbury Tunnel – A saturated environment

Chipping Sodbury tunnel is situated to the east of Bristol Parkway station on the Paddington to Cardiff Great Western main line (GWML). The 2.5-mile...

Pouring 2,670 tonnes of concrete into Waterloo station

The Wessex Capacity Alliance (WCA) is responsible for an £800 million investment to provide extra capacity on services to and from London Waterloo. Most...