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

Work on HS2 tunnel launch site proceeds

As work on HS2 gathers pace, excavation of the launch site for the two 2,000 tonne tunnel-boring machines – currently being manufactured...

First Class 701 train for South Western Railway is delivered

South Western Railway’s first new Class 701 train has arrived on the network ahead of a full programme of testing, which begins...

Report promotes high-speed rail links to Scotland

As construction of the high-speed railway HS2 from London to Birmingham gets underway, the High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) has called for...

Work to resume on TfL construction sites

As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, work on a number of Transport for London (TfL) construction projects has resumed, with more restarting in...

Stobart Group to dispose of non-core businesses and withdraw from Rail & Civils

In its financial results for the year ended 29 February 2020, Stobart Group has announced that it will withdraw from the Rail...

Upgraded Kidderminster station open for passengers

Kidderminster station reopened on Sunday 7 June with a new glass-fronted building that is twice the size of the old one.

WSP appointed by VolkerFitzpatrick to design new Brent Cross West Thameslink station

WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, has been appointed by VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver design on Brent Cross West, a new Thameslink station...

RMT writes to Nicola Sturgeon to get railway enhancement work restarted in Scotland

The RMT union has called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to protect vital jobs on the railway in a...

Transport Select Committee MP makes ‘virtual’ visit to rail industry

Several rail organisations have shown their efforts in combating Coronavirus in a virtual site visit with influential Transport Select Committee member Chris...

Final phase of project to protect Highland railway underway

The last phase of a project of embankment and drainage work is about to get underway at Slochd between Perth and Inverness...

Electric services from London reach Cardiff as Severn tunnel electrification is completed

Passenger trains are finally running from London Paddington to Cardiff using electric traction the whole way, following the electrification of the Severn...

Irish Rail helping Ireland to reduce carbon footprint

Over 50 of the largest companies in Ireland are signatories to Business in the Community Ireland’s Low Carbon Pledge.