Andy Milne

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Electrification – an alternative approach from Siemens in Denmark

With rail electrification projects very much in the news recently, and a particular scrutiny on the cost and funding of major programmes, it’s worth...

Revolutionary level crossing on Kent heritage railway

The Kent and East Sussex Railway (KESR) originally opened in 1900 and, after 1905, joined the Hastings line at Robertsbridge with the South Eastern...

Level crossing insight

On 10 April 2016, 1K77, the 12:04 Norwich to Cambridge Class 170 passenger service, struck a tractor and animal feed trailer at Hockham Road...

Hacking the railway

The recent attacks on computer networks at health locations in Britain, Russia's interior ministry, the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm...

LED lighting for level crossings

Level crossing surface systems need to provide a near seamless interface between the road and the railway, minimising any impact on susceptible users and...

Alstom – the CLever Innovator

CLever by name and clever by nature is Alstom’s new CLever Cantilever, showcased at last month’s Railtex exhibition in Birmingham. This innovative development of...

Obstacle detection for level crossings

Level crossings which are monitored and operated by obstacle detection (OD) technology are now well established and in use on rail networks throughout the...

Business as usual on the Settle and Carlisle line

It’s 31 March 2017. At 05:51, train 2H81 departs, one minute late, from Platform 6 at Carlisle. Nothing remarkable in that, you might think,...

Institution of Mechanical Engineers welcomes a rail engineer as its new president

Carolyn Griffiths has become the 132nd president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Ms Griffiths - who founded the UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch - succeeds Jon Hilton...

RSSB-funded rolling stock innovations ready for development

Four innovations that will improve the maintenance of rolling stock are ready for development. Funded by the RSSB, the innovations will help to deliver greater capacity, improve...

French rail industry meets at SIFER

The UK has Railtex, Germany InnoTrans, and France SIFER. Staged every two years since 1999, the French event is billed as the country’s only...

Goldschmidt Thermit Group buys Polish technology firm GRAW

Rail welding specialist the Goldschmidt Thermit Group has announced the acquisition of GRAW, a Polish firm that specialises in laser measurement systems.The move marks an...

Good vibrations

Being a magazine writer can be a noisy occupation sometimes, and ear defenders don’t seem to help a great deal. As a far greater...

Surveying for the Great Western Route modernisation

The Great Western route modernisation is an extensive programme undertaken by Network Rail to electrify one of Britain's oldest and busiest railways, providing greener,...

Troubleshooting failed electronics components in the rail industry

Taking on the challenge of finding robust alternatives to failing electronic components often requires some creative thinking and a little customisation. It is a scenario...

Cemex constructs its biggest rail crossing for Waterloo station

Cemex Rail Solutions has completed a rail crossing which will be used to remodel the track layout outside Waterloo station - a project described...