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A fresh approach to depot safety

FirstClass Safety & Control, the Essex-based safety control system specialist, which was created following a management buyout of the safety control division of Beck...

Siemens Mobility’s Bogie Service Centre overhauls 500th bogie

Lincoln’s UK Bogie Service Centre has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its 500th bogie overhaul. The Siemens Mobility facility services bogies from...

Revival of Scottish depot provides opportunities for the future

Edinburgh-based railway company Assenta Rail has taken over the running of an established rail maintenance depot in Hamilton and is reviving its capacity to...

Vale of Rheidol Railway completes new carriage store

The Vale of Rheidol (VoR) Railway has finished construction of its new Museum collection and heritage rolling stock protection shed at its Aberystwyth terminus. The...

TSO completes Plumstead maintenance depot

TSO, working as part of the ATC consortium (Alstom, TSO and Costain) has completed the railway maintenance depot in Plumstead. This depot, providing key...

From Top Gear to Thameslink

Sambit Banerjee took over as managing director of Siemens Mobility’s rolling stock and customer services business on 1 November 2019. Just a couple of...

Maintaining the 385s

In December, ScotRail accepted into service the last of the 70 Class 385 EMUs that Abellio had ordered from Hitachi in a £475 million...

Expansion begins at 40

A fortieth birthday is always something to celebrate. It’s a milestone, whether it’s for a person, a company or a product. In this case,...

Zero Carbon? Not here! Carbon-fibre bogie frame

During the IMechE’s Railway Challenge in 2019, the judges were hugely impressed with the composite bogie and springs demonstrated on the Poznan University of...

Depot improvements at Inverness

When Abellio secured the ScotRail franchise in 2015, it soon commenced an exciting transformation programme to improve passenger services across Scotland’s network. Plans included...

New Era at Doncaster Carr

"You’re in the wrong place, mate." No, this wasn’t a further comment from the monotone Sat Nav voice that had moments earlier insisted on a left...

Birmingham: Washwood Heath train factory demolished

The former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, where Virgin’s Pendolinos were built, has been demolished to make way for an HS2 maintenance depot. Underground-train manufacturer Metro Cammell,...

UGL Unipart JV wins Sydney contract extension worth AU$395m

UGL Unipart, a 70:30 joint venture between UGL, a member of CIMIC Group, and Unipart Rail, has been awarded a two-year extension to its contract with...

Using Data to Improve Fleet Maintenance

Rail Engineer has reported on the use of data analytics before (issues 136 and 148, February 2016 and February 2017) following attendance at Rolling...

Jewers Doors now fitted to Lusail depot Qatar

Jewers Doors, the family-run business based in Bedfordshire, has just completed the supply of 30 sets of Swift-SEW automatic bi-folding doors for the new Lusail Light...

Depot equipment trends

A train maintenance engineer will be familiar with sending out a clean train with all its water tanks full, and a day or so...