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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...

Issue 159 – Hydrogen the new diesel

Millions of tons of coal were burnt when railways were steam-hauled. The result was harmful pollution and working conditions that would be unacceptable today....

Issue 158 – Getting it right

Rail Engineer’s editor, David Shirres, gives his thoughts on some of the topics addressed in issue 158 – Keep Calm and Think Blue? The right...

Issue 157 – Good news and bad news

Rail Engineer's editor, David Shirres, gives his thoughts on some of the topics addressed in issue 157 - Bi-Mode Trains: Unlocking Opportunity? The good news...