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 an example, one core technology of the Digital Railway is ERTMS, with its component parts...
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) recently held its tenth innovation conference. As ever, this was an informative event with much useful guidance for those wishing to introduce rail innovations. This year’s theme - “technology alone is not enough” -...
PLANTWORX, the UK’s largest working plant and equipment exhibition in 2019, is about to get even bigger with the introduction of a new dedicated section for the rail industry.
Railways are highly complex systems, reliant on many assets of varying types and ages that are operated and maintained by different organisations. If part of the overall rail system is not effective, then it is likely to have a...
Russia’s biennial rail trade fair, EXPO1520, is a four-day event held at the end of August offering extensive exhibition halls, static exhibits, a thought-provoking conference and a dynamic exposition. It was first held in 2007, making this year’s show...
There’s always time pressure, isn’t there? It seems to go without saying these days - just a part of modern life and all that. Rail infrastructure projects, complex as they might be, are invariably time constrained and, when those...

Building ScotRail’s 385s

Preparing a train operating franchise bid is a complex and expensive business. For the current ScotRail franchise, this included the requirement for electric multiple unit (EMU) procurement for the soon-to-be electrified Edinburgh to Glasgow service and for there to...
On the face of it, Network Rail didn’t have a bad Christmas in 2014. 11,000 people were deployed to work on 2,000 sites around the country, with 314 out of 322 projects handed back on time. That’s a 97.5...
The Tuscan city of Pistoia has an ancient cathedral and a central square largely unchanged since the days of Dante and Machiavelli. Although it is overshadowed by the historic cities of Pisa and Florence, between which it lies, it...
Canterbury, Lourdes, Glastonbury, Santiago de Compostela and Berlin. What do they have in common? All are places of pilgrimage. In the case of Berlin, 125,000 people assemble in one small area of the city every two years for that...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...