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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...

Gospel Oak to Barking renaissance

Although listed in the 1963 Beeching report as “All passenger services to be withdrawn”, the fourteen mile Gospel Oak to Barking (GOB) route, hitherto something of...

Developing ROCS for the UK

In issue 140 (June 2016) of Rail Engineer, Colin Carr wrote about the work being undertaken on the Great Western route in the Severn...

Improved safety for linesmen

To any linesman working on electrified lines, one of the most invaluable pieces of kit they will use is a Short Earth. This consists...

Galvanizing the industry

The rail industry is, like many sectors, continually looking for more efficient, effective and commercially viable ways of operating. As a result, a process...

The focus moves to Bristol

As regular readers will be aware, the Great Western railway is slowly but surely shedding its rather tired mid-twentieth-century image. It is beginning to...

Spanish solutions – Delivering OLE projects using European experience

One of the busiest rail hubs on the UK network, Reading, was notorious over the years as a bottleneck blackspot. To address this, Network Rail...
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Video: Farnworth Tunnel

Work is being driven forward on the reboring of Farnworth Up Tunnel, on the commuter route between Manchester and Bolton, which is being enlarged...

Something to BRAGG about

In 1915, Sir William Lawrence Bragg and his father, Sir William Henry Bragg, were joint winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics: "For their...

Whifflet Electrification – A RACE to the finish

The Whifflet line. A Cinderella railway dependant on DMU rolling stock despite being surrounded by electrified railways. The advantages of electrification - a cleaner, faster, quieter...

Network Rail – National Electrification Conference

Network Rail recently held a National Electrification Conference at its Westwood facility just outside Coventry. The event gave an interested group of engineers and...

Great Western Electrification – Arrival of the new High Output Plant System

In March 2012, Amey was appointed by Network Rail to deliver a five year operate, maintain and deliver (OMD) contract to electrify the Great...