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

New Eurostar under test

The first new Eurostar trains, being manufactured by Siemens in Germany, are already largely complete and testing is well underway. It was in October...

Removing those leaves on the line

One of the more infamous causes of train delay is “leaves on the line”. It is almost a joke these days, another wacky reason...

More power for longer trains

Electrification - everyone is talking about it. New 25kV AC overhead line systems are planned, or already going in, on the Great Western main...

Network Rail name Carne as Higgins’ replacement

Following a spate of rumours and denials, Network Rail has announced that its new chief executive will be Mark Carne. He will join the...

National Rescue

Many regular rail travellers will have experienced that sinking feeling when the train they are waiting for doesn’t arrive. First of all interest, then...

Nottingham renewed, refreshed and revised

Nottingham station is unusual in a couple of ways. For a start, it is comparatively new. Whilst many of Britain’s major stations were built...

Buying British

New train orders are like buses and Tour de France victories. Nothing for ages and then two come along at once. In the case of...

Transforming New Street: Six projects within a project

The redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station is an immense project. More than £600 million is being spent over five years to turn a...

Transforming 460s

Britain’s railways are attracting more passengers than ever before, despite all the grumbling about higher fares. This success is, in turn, putting pressure on...

Reshelling a 455

Guy Fawkes’ Day, 5 November 2010, and the 15:05 South West Trains service left Guildford for Waterloo. It was an eight-car train, made up...

More from the top

Last month, Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins described how he approached his first few weeks in the rail industry. In this second...

Sir David Higgins: The view from the top

Sir David Higgins has been chief executive of Network Rail for just over two years. In early March, he invited our very own Nigel...