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A signal from the north

A midsummer event in the far north that provided an indication of the industry’s future was the Friends of the Far North Line (FoFNL)...

Evolution not revolution

Metal wheels on metal rails have, for almost 200 years, provided energy-efficient transport due to their low rolling resistance and effective load bearing.

Putting Passengers First

A guest editorial by Alex Hynes, managing director, ScotRail Alliance Alex Hynes, managing director - ScotRail Alliance

Issue 172 – Signalling the future

Editor's comments - issue 172, March 2019 Andrew Haines knew that Network Rail was letting its passengers and freight...

Issue 171 – Projects for passengers

Editor’s comments - issue 171, January/February 2019 Early last year, we stated that 2018 “will be a good year for...

Issue 170 – No diesels and no electrification

The new East West railway need not be electrified nor have any diesel trains. So says Chris Grayling who considers that, instead, it will...

Issue 169 – Under new management

Andrew Haines became Network Rail’s new chief executive in August. In this month’s magazine, he gives his thoughts on where the railway needs to...

Issue 168 – Affordable trains, expensive infrastructure

Over 7,000 new rail passenger vehicles are to enter service between 2014 and 2021, representing more than half the UK fleet. These orders are...

Issue 167 – A tale of two corridors

Thameslink’s ETCS level 2 signalling and automatic train operation is an impressive achievement. However, it is misleading for the Digital Railway’s website to state...

Issue 166 – Attracting talent

The National Skills Academy for Rail forecasts technical skills shortages in the rail industry of around 10,000 people over the next five years. This...

Issue 165 – Never again

The May timetable changes have caused extreme disruption to passengers on Northern Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), with some commuters reported to have...

Issue 164 – Electrification can be affordable

This month we focus on the benefits of electrification and how it can be delivered at an acceptable cost. For example, our ‘Why electrify?’...

Issue 163 – Incentivising Innovation

What’s not to like about a DMU gearbox that offers savings in fuel, CO2 and diesel emissions, as well as reduced maintenance costs, so...

Issue 162 – New trains, feast and famine

Between 2016 and 2021, around £11 billion is being invested in seven thousand rail passenger vehicles, more than half the current UK fleet. Less...

Issue 161 – Digital delivery dawns

Since the early days of privatisation, the digital railway has been a holy grail, offering significant capacity increases and slashed signalling costs. Railtrack deluded...

Issue 160 – A guid new year

Rail Engineer’s editor, David Shirres, gives his thoughts on some of the topics addressed in issue 160 – What? Sevenoaks Tunnel again? In Scotland, the...