Every two years, the world’s railway industry gathers on the outskirts of Berlin for InnoTrans. Billed as the “world’s leading trade fair for rail transport technology”, it attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The exhibition is vast,...

A challenging weekend

Wearing sunglasses and a large-brimmed sun hat, London Underground’s head of train systems engineering is standing in the rain in a Leicestershire field. Writes Nigel Wordsworth Close by, the professor of Railway Engineering at the University of Huddersfield is looking...
Railway companies big and small are vying to be recognised as one of Network Rail’s top suppliers at the 2018 Rail Partnership Awards.
PLANTWORX, the UK’s largest working plant and equipment exhibition in 2019, is about to get even bigger with the introduction of a new dedicated section for the rail industry.

Building on BIM

Every decade brings it’s own jargon, slang and buzzwords. Do you remember some from only a few years ago? Kanban, WYSIWYG, transparency, future-proof, synergy, outside-the-box, blue-sky, proactive. Some of these were in it for the long haul, some represented...
London’s Southbank University was the venue for a fascinating seminar on Practical Surveying and Gauging, organised by the London Section of the Permanent Way Institution. The panel of speakers were all experts in their own fields so it promised...

Alstom – powered by hydrogen

The major integrated manufacturers were all at InnoTrans, all showing something new and promising more to come. Alstom revealed its new iLint train, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Two have been built, and should be in passenger service in...
The Railtex Awards dinner is one of two opportunities to network and, frankly, have a good time that are available to exhibitors and guests at this year’s show. The first is the Networking Reception at the end of the opening...
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...

Rail Live 2014

Rail Live 2014. An exhibition which does exactly what it says on the tin - it shows off railway engineering working in front of an audience, live. Writes Nigel Wordsworth The first Rail Live took place on 18/19 June at Long...

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...