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Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...

Electrification cutbacks – the unanswered questions

On 19 July, the Secretary of State for Transport announced that the planned electrification schemes from Kettering to Nottingham and Sheffield, from Cardiff to...

Electrification benefits

The electrification infrastructure that enables electric trains to draw their power from the national grid offers many advantages, most of which are due to...

Bi-mode trains: Unlocking opportunity?

The future is bright, the future is bi-mode!” or so one might imagine with the level of focus on this type of train. There...

Network Rail begins Southend Victoria branch OLE renewal

Network Rail has begun a £46 million project to renew the overhead lines on the Southend Victoria branch line.More than a kilometre of new...

IMechE Rail Electrification 2017

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Division has an enviable reputation for the organisation of technical conferences and seminars related to the rail industry....

Modernisation of Bath Spa station

It’s an exciting time for the rail industry. Network Rail has recently embarked on a £50 billion Railway Upgrade Plan across the national network,...

A tale of success – 3 electrification projects that are going to plan

Electrification schemes have been very much in the news over the last couple of years, at least so far as the railway industry press...

Electrification – an alternative approach from Siemens in Denmark

With rail electrification projects very much in the news recently, and a particular scrutiny on the cost and funding of major programmes, it’s worth...

Alstom launches CLever cantilever for UK railway electrification

Alstom has launched a new cantilever specifically for the UK rail network.The CLever (a play on the word cantilever) has been designed by Osvaldo Cariboni...

RailBaar – Rapid Charge Station

As the rail industry explores the use of battery-powered trains, there comes a need to consider how traction batteries are recharged and generally managed....

EGIP – electrification clearance woes

On 25 August, Network Rail announced that, for six months on Mondays to Thursdays, there would be no service after 20:30 on the main...

Sicat’s 10-year service milestone and an increasing demand for Static Frequency Converters

In 2005 the overhead line equipment (OLE) engineering team from Siemens Rail Electrification designed a replacement for the life-expired OLE equipment on the six...

A joint solution for traction power control

With investment in the UK rail network growing but under continued scrutiny to ensure maximum efficiency is achieved, it is essential that the supply...

Powering forward

Gospel Oak-Barking was one of London’s forgotten railways, neglected and unreliable. Its trains were among the oldest on the network and were often lightly...

Electrification in the digital age

Electrification has received some negative press coverage over recent times, with delays to major projects and significant cost overruns being widely reported. Why should...