Guest writer: Danny Aisthorpe With the need to electrify significant parts of Great Britain’s rail network to meet rail decarbonisation targets, the industry continues to design and develop innovative solutions that will...
In this digital age, railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data (‘Big Data’) on the performance of their assets but converting raw data into meaningful information remains a challenge for many organisations in the industry. One...
Take a look at a typical section of overhead line equipment (OLE) and you will see a mass of wires, masts and crossbeams. But, look a little closer, and you will see all the other pieces that...
Guest writer: Steve Cox The UK has a clear target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Rail is already a naturally low-carbon means of transport, responsible for less than 2.5 per cent of total transport...

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 the high-volume, low-cost bits and pieces that literally hold the railway together? Nuts, bolts, pins, clips,...

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 (GHG) emissions target, which was at least 80 per cent lower than the 1990 baseline....
Merseyrail will be introducing new trains to its network around the Liverpool City Region from next year, replacing the current fleet of electric multiple units which are now approaching 40 years old. Built and maintained by...
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers recently held the latest in a series of roughly biennial seminars highlighting railway electrification, with the emphasis being mainly on the United Kingdom although it did also look at other countries. The...
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 to 100mph. The last electric test run took place early in the...
As usual, Network Rail took advantage of the Christmas and New Year holiday to undertake some of the lengthier and more onerous projects that the renewal and enhancement of the railway network demands. Christmas is therefore a good...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...