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

Two days at Rail 2015

Last year’s Rail Live exhibition, organised jointly by Network Rail, Rail Alliance, Rail Media and MacRail and held at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre...

HS2 – The story so far

With the new Government carrying out a spending review due to be announced on 25 November, it is a good time to look at...

The new Thameslink facilities at Three Bridges

Far from being seen but not heard, many would say that railway engineers shouldn’t even be seen. The maintenance and upgrading of the network,...

Sustainability can save you money!

In contrast to the days in which our railways were built, engineers and designers are now much more concerned about the sustainability of their work....

Setting a broad goal – RSSB champions innovation

The drive for greater efficiencies in Control Period 5 (CP5) has hit the news recently. Network Rail has been criticised for not achieving targets...

Brits move to California

As the California high-speed rail project gathers pace, British and British-linked companies have been quick to move in. WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff will work on a seven-year,...

Railtex Review

Railtex, the UK’s largest indoor railway industry exhibition, moved from London to Birmingham’s NEC for 2015 and was bigger than ever. 468 exhibitors were present,...

And the winner is… The Network Rail Partnership Awards

Every year, Network Rail brings its top suppliers and collaborators together to celebrate the very best of the previous year’s achievements. This year, the...

Getting hot and bothered – Why the railway doesn’t like high temperatures

Remember the old “clackety-clack, clackety clack” as trains moved around the network?  If you are one of our younger readers, you might not. The noise...

Network Rail falls behind

The ORR (Office of Rail and Road) has published its latest Network Rail performance statistics, and in part they make sorry reading. Network Rail has...

The Peli 9490: Sheer Portable Brilliance!

The Peli 9490 LED is the latest addition to the Trackside Area lighting range. Designed as portable lighting, the 9490 offers silent,...

Crossrail’s South East Section

When complete, Crossrail will be a three-legged railway. The western leg will emerge from under London at the Royal Oak portal and run out...