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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...

The view from Westminster

A reception at the Houses of Parliament on 24 October, arranged by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), proved an informal opportunity to hear Secretary...

ECML: Electrification as it used to be

As the extension of the West Coast main line electrification to Glasgow was in sight of completion in 1974, British Railways (BR) wanted to...

ECML Power Supply Upgrade

A relatively straight and high-speed route, the East Coast main line from London to Edinburgh has been a target for electrification several times over...

Under the wires to Swindon

Some opportunities are simply too good to miss. One of these came about on 10 October when Rail Engineer was among a select group...