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

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...

Out twice in May: A round-up of Team Orange’s bank holiday works

Everyone looks forward to a Bank Holiday. Unless they have to work through it, in which case they can be a bit of a...

Understanding the commitment to the Digital Railway

It’s easy to be cynical about the Digital Railway. For a start, the technology and the terminology are difficult for the uninitiated to understand. As...

Review: Infrarail 2018

First staged in 1994, Infrarail is firmly established as Britain’s leading showcase for every aspect of railway infrastructure, technology and expertise, with a strong...

A report of Network Rail’s successful engineering works at Easter

In its review of the work on the railway infrastructure over Christmas and the New Year, Rail Engineer reported (issue 160, February 2018) that...

CP6: Planned from the bottom up

The next Network Rail control period (CP6) commences on 1 April 2019 and will run for five years until the end of March 2024.

Christmas at Redhill station

Redhill station lies at the junction of the Brighton main and the North Downs lines. It is a calling point for main line services...

Yuletide activities: A comprehensive overview of Network Rail’s Christmas engineering work

Traditions are important at Christmas. They promote feelings of nostalgia, harking back to earlier, simpler times. There are Christmas trees (a medieval import from...

Further development of 4LM

While the new control room at Hammersmith is just commencing the first stages of testing, the new Thales SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) system...

Stations: what happened in CP5 and what’s happening in CP6?

The current control period (CP5 - 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2019) has been a busy time for station development, with both new...