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Manchester to Preston now tested for 100mph running

High-speed testing has now been completed on the Manchester to Preston route, which was recently electrified, so that the line speed can be increased...

An orange Christmas: Network Rail’s works over the 2018 Christmas holiday

As usual, Network Rail took advantage of the Christmas and New Year holiday to undertake some of the lengthier and more onerous projects that...

Electrification renewals at Forest Gate over Christmas 2018

The London and North Eastern Railway started to electrify the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line during the 1930s; civil engineering work had started before...

Improving safety for trackside installations

Across the UK, the rail network supports over 4.6 million passenger journeys a day and over 20,000 miles of track. As numbers grow year-on-year,...

Monitoring overhead lines

Delivery of energy to rolling stock through high-voltage overhead lines is the predominant distribution method used on many of the world’s railways. Indeed, this...

Current research on railway electrification systems

Railway electrification provides faster and reliable train journeys compared to those of diesel trains and a strong reduction of pollution in busy stations and...

The past, present and future: A look at electrification of the UK’s railways

Standing here on the platforms of the electrified York station, breathing in a fog of diesel fumes from five diesel trains awaiting departure, it...

Two great saves: SPL Powerlines picks up electrification work after Carillion’s collapse

The collapse of Carillion on 15 January 2018, strictly a ‘trading liquidation’, had a number of ramifications for the rail industry. Faced with the...

Power upgrades in Sussex

Discussion of the state of electrification in the UK usually revolves around a few major projects. Great Western, North West, Welsh Valleys, Scotland’s central...

Why electrify?

Many within the rail industry feel that the recent electrification cutbacks were a mistake as, to quote the RDG’s long term passenger rolling stock...

Getting electrification right

In 2007, the UK Government published its white paper “Delivering a sustainable railway” which concluded that the case for network-wide electrification has yet to...

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?’...

A report of Network Rail’s successful engineering works at Easter

In its review of the work on the railway infrastructure over Christmas and the New Year, Rail Engineer reported (issue 160, February 2018) that...

Is hydrogen the answer?

Rail Engineer’s feature on hydrogen trains in the January issue (issue 159) raised the possibility that, despite its good green credentials, the rail industry’s...

EGIP’s Millerhill milestone

Like any major infrastructure programme, the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) must achieve many milestones to meet its end goal, in this case...

Introducing surge arrester technology

The electrification of existing railway lines is often associated with high costs, due to the inevitable proximity between live overhead line conductors and trackside structures. As...