Andy Milne

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Send for the skyhooks! The reconstruction of Albrighton bridge

The Victorian footbridge at Albrighton station is a fine structure. It’s Grade II listed and obviously everyone’s pride and joy. Carefully restored in 2013,...

Taking the Northern line to Battersea

On the roof of the Northern line extension’s Battersea Park Road base is a decked terrace which looks out over the expansive worksite that...

Atkins awarded £29m resignalling contract in Anglia

Network Rail has awarded Atkins a £29 million contract for the resignalling of the 42km route from Norwich, through Great Yarmouth, to Lowestoft. Atkins will...

Manchester Metrolink: a world-class tram system

Figures recently released by the Department for Transport (DfT) indicate that England’s tram networks have reported their highest passenger numbers and vehicle miles since...

Münster’s Magnificent Machines

It was a warm, muggy and chaotic start to the 2017 IAF International Exhibition for Track Technology in Münster. A combination of technical disasters...

Costain – The benefits of world-class experience

Costain’s current annual accounts include a section which analyses the current UK market spend in power, oil & gas, water, nuclear, highways and rail,...

Illuminating Chesterfield station

Today, much emphasis is placed on the ‘passenger experience’. This is much more than just the time spent on the train, it includes wayfinding...

Oddities and novelties at Railtex

My iPhone told me that I had done over 10,000 steps whilst walking around the 20,000-square-metre hall at Birmingham’s NEC that housed Railtex this...

IMechE Young Members take a technical tour of Germany

It is well recognised that young people are the future of the railway. At a time when skills gaps still exist, and a large...

New traffic management system could reduce train delays by 15%

The introduction of a new traffic management system is set to deliver more punctual trains on journeys between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway. Described by Network...

‘The Future of Rail’ in safe hands

As briefly outlined in the previous issue of Rail Engineer (152), the final of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ (IMechE) Railway Division Young Members...

Inspiring international innovation: Stephenson’s legacy lives on

When George Stephenson founded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1847, he declared that its purpose was to “give an impulse to invention likely...