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

Stephenson statue goes into store

A 150-year-old bronze statue of railway pioneer Robert Stephenson has been removed and put into safe storage while Euston station undergoes its...

Vale of Rheidol Railway completes new carriage store

The Vale of Rheidol (VoR) Railway has finished construction of its new Museum collection and heritage rolling stock protection shed at its...

COWI to improve Network Rail tunnel examinations

Leading international consulting group COWI has won a contract worth approximately £500,000 to improve the accuracy, efficiency and safety of tunnel examinations,...

Cockfosters is now London Underground’s 80th step-free station

With work to modernise Cockfosters Underground station complete, passengers can now enter and exit step-free as work Transport for...

Contract signed for first two HS2 tunnelling machines

The contract for the first two giant tunnelling machines for London’s HS2 tunnels has been signed with HS2's Main Works Civils Contractor,...

Station work on Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro is getting station platforms ready for the new Metro train fleet and its revolutionary sliding step at each...

Bristol bridge to be replaced

The railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane in Little Stoke, South Gloucestershire, near to Patchway station, is to be replaced between Sunday...

Step-free access at Selhurst station

Network Rail has completed the installation of three new lifts at Selhurst station, South London, making access between the station entrance, ticket...

Weekend work at Whaley Bridge will close railway in November

Essential upgrade work to two railway bridges in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, will affect local rail journeys next month. The...

Moorgate Class 717s save energy and reduce emissions

Great Northern’s new Class 717 trains on the Hertfordshire to Moorgate service have already generated enough electricity through their brakes to power...

Programme of upgrades to Great Eastern main railway line

Vital rail upgrade works on the Great Eastern main line between Ipswich and London start this month, with work taking place at...

Statistics confirm rail journeys fell to lowest levels for 150 years

Railway journeys in Great Britain during the first quarter of 2020-21 (April to June 2020). fell to levels last seen in the...