Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJ

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

Latest Articles

Total Rail Solutions gets a new home

Total Rail Solutions, the rail specialist plant hire company, has completed its move from Basingstoke to Greenham Business Park, Thatcham, near Newbury.

Professor Felix Schmid steps down

Felix Schmid has retired from his post as Professor of Railway Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham after 15 years.

Michael Peter is now Siemens Mobility’s sole CEO

Michael Peter will become Siemens Mobility’s sole CEO as Sabrina Soussan, who has been his co-CEO until now, is leaving the company...

Network Rail supports First of a Kind innovators

A total of 11 out of the 25 winning entrants of the government’s £9.4 million First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition...

Chancellor ignores rail as he seeks to boost jobs and economic recovery

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has set out his ‘Plan for Jobs’, to spur the UK’s recovery from the Coronavirus outbreak....

New hybrid locomotives arrive on the Snowdon Mountain Railway

The Snowdon Mountain Railway, which has been carrying visitors up the five-mile line from Llanberis to the top of the highest mountain...

Three huge cranes remove flyover at Bletchley

Network Rail is using three of the largest cranes in the UK to lift out sections of ‘Bletchley flyover,’ which was built...

Major work planned for bridge at Rainford, St Helens

Network Rail is planning a major refurbishment of a bridge over the Rainford Bypass (A570) near St Helens. Work to refurbish the...

Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive sign agreement to develop battery trains

Train manufacturer Hitachi Rail and battery specialist Hyperdrive Innovation have got together to sign an exclusive agreement to develop battery packs to...

Electric forklift brings green benefits to HS2 construction site

As construction of HS2 gets underway, and the company sets out to do so in as sustainable a way as possible, main...

3Squared wins major contract from HS2 contractor

A Yorkshire-based SME (small to medium enterprise) has been awarded a major contract working on High Speed Two (HS2), generating new jobs

Network Rail “making a good start” to CP6, says ORR annual assessment

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published its 2019-20 annual assessment of Network Rail and has found that...