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

Government and industry launch Rail Sector Deal

The government and the rail industry have agreed a new Rail Sector Deal intended to deliver more for passengers, create jobs and drive economic...

British Steel wins major Italian order for premium-grade rail

British Steel, the Scunthorpe-based manufacturer of steel rails and other long-length steel products, has won two contracts to supply 86,000 tonnes of rail to...

Monitoring overhead lines

Delivery of energy to rolling stock through high-voltage overhead lines is the predominant distribution method used on many of the world’s railways. Indeed, this...

Pendolino is first electric train through Bolton

One of Virgin’s Class 390 Pendolinos has become the first electric train to run between Manchester and Preston via Bolton. On the night of 13...

Bangkok Skytrain extension opens using Bombardier wayside rail system

The latest extension to Bangkok’s rapid transit Skytrain, the 13km Bearing-Samut Prakam section of the Sukhumvit line, opened recently using a turnkey wayside rail...

Footbridge of the Future design winner declared

Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced the winner of a design competition for the possible railway footbridge of...

More FLIRTs for Swiss operator SOB

Swiss train operator Schweizerische Südostbahn (SOB) has signed a contract with Stadler for 12 additional ‘Traverso’ FLIRT trains that will be used on the...

Alstom delivers first Citadis X05 tram for Grand Avignon

The first of 14 Citadis X05 trams that Alstom is building for the agglomeration community of Grand Avignon (communauté d'agglomération du Grand Avignon), which...

Network Rail graduates try out Welsh train simulator

A group of Network Rail graduates had the opportunity to try out Transport for Wales’ train simulator this week. The graduates, who work in a...

Safer isolations

In 1883, Magnus Volk heralded the dawn of a new era in Great Britain with the opening of Volk’s Electric Railway, which, 135 years...

Mark Carne looks back on his time at Network Rail

Mark Carne stepped down as chief executive of Network Rail in August after just under five years in the job. During that time, he...

Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

In much the same way that Network Rail has a dedicated train for inspecting the railway, the HST-based New Measurement Train, German state railway...

Looking forward to InnoTrans 2018

Seen from above during the InnoTrans exhibition, which this year runs from 18 to 21 September, Berlin’s exhibition complex is impressive. 200,000 square metres...

August Bank Holiday a success

The railway opened for business again this morning (Tuesday 28 August 2018) after a successful bank holiday programme of work. Although a quieter bank holiday...

Footbridges of the future?

While not exactly ten-a-penny, footbridges can be found everywhere on the railway. They connect platforms at stations, are used to replace pedestrian level crossings,...

Extending Worcester’s Battenhall Bridge

The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road (SLR) is an essential part of Worcestershire’s strategic road network and provides an important link between junction 7...