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The quest for a cleaner railway

The UK’s railway is eliminating carbon. You must have noticed. The government has pledged to get all diesels off the railway by 2040 and...

First light: The Riding Sunbeams trial of solar-powered electric traction

How many times have we looked at clever innovation and wondered why on earth no one thought of doing it before? Often the...

Back to portals

Headspans were necessary but now improved resilience is neededGenerally, the railway electrification schemes that first emerged in Britain, before...

Safer, quicker and sustainable cable protection

As the world, and the railway, goes more and more digital, the big growth industry seems to have been in the production of...

Sustainability and Decarbonisation: What are transformer losses?

Guest writer: Neville HaideIt is a good question, and one that needs to be answered and better understood by...

Anglia OLE renewals: success through collaboration

Guest writer: Caroline BacherSince 2007, Network Rail has steadily been replacing the overhead line equipment (OLE) on...

Tackling Electrification – The challenge for Wales & Borders

Guest writers: Graeme Brindle and Nathan SealyMuch has been discussed recently about the state of electrification in...

Sicat joins Network Rail’s UK Master Series

Guest writer: Danny AisthorpeWith the need to electrify significant parts of Great Britain’s rail network to...

OLErt – Overhead Line and Pantograph Monitoring

In this digital age, railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data (‘Big Data’) on the performance of their assets but converting raw data into...

It’s the bits and pieces that make it all work

Take a look at a typical section of overhead line equipment (OLE) and you will see a mass of wires, masts and...

Electrifying Innovation: The need for electrification

Guest writer: Steve CoxThe UK has a clear target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Rail is already...

Better by design

Major projects, new trains, bewildering technology: these are the big-ticket items that command everyone’s attention these days. And why wouldn’t they? Who cares about...

Achieving net-zero

The 2008 Climate Change Act was the first in the world to make a government legally accountable for delivering its greenhouse gas...

Bringing more power to Merseyrail

Merseyrail will be introducing new trains to its network around the Liverpool City Region from next year, replacing the current fleet of electric multiple...

Rail Electrification: Rebuilding Confidence

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers recently held the latest in a series of roughly biennial seminars highlighting railway electrification, with the emphasis being mainly...

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...