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20th Century Heritage, 21st Century Safety

In August 1968, the last scheduled British Railways steam train ran on the British railway network. By then, the heritage movement had already started,...

Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie – halfway there

The 18-mile long Aberdeenshire canal, from Aberdeen docks to Inverurie, opened in 1805. It was not a commercial success, so its...

Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article in Rail Engineer (issue 157, November 2017) outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s...

Mark Carne looks back on his time at Network Rail

Mark Carne stepped down as chief executive of Network Rail in August after just under five years in the job. During that time, he...

Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

In much the same way that Network Rail has a dedicated train for inspecting the railway, the HST-based New Measurement Train, German state railway...

Rail Engineer October 2018: Rolling stock and depots

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Recent acquisition takes Kier forward

When Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments and housing group, bought McNicholas last July, the company’s chief executive Haydn Mursell said it...

Upgrading the continental connection

Another ERTMS announcement has recently emerged, this time concerning the London to Paris and Brussels high-speed routes through the Channel Tunnel. At a meeting...

Video: Reopening Queensbury Tunnel

In West Yorkshire, the campaign to reopen a disused railway tunnel as part of an ambitious cycle network is approaching a critical point with...

Digital delusion: A lesson from not-so-long ago

When the nationalised railway was split up in 1994, former British Rail engineers now working for Railtrack faced an interesting time. While railway engineering...

Managing a communications network

Almost since railways began, they have enjoyed the privilege of being able to provide, operate and maintain their own telecommunications network. In the early...

Ethical engineering

Professional registration is an important milestone for any technician or engineer. Awarded by licensed bodies, professional registration is based on knowledge, competence and commitment....

Looking forward to InnoTrans 2018

Seen from above during the InnoTrans exhibition, which this year runs from 18 to 21 September, Berlin’s exhibition complex is impressive. 200,000 square metres...

August Bank Holiday a success

The railway opened for business again this morning (Tuesday 28 August 2018) after a successful bank holiday programme of work. Although a quieter bank holiday...

Traffic Management – Clarity and Purpose?

When Traffic Management Systems (TMS) were first described in Rail Engineer (issue 115, May 2014), they were heralded as a quick win to improve...

Footbridges of the future?

While not exactly ten-a-penny, footbridges can be found everywhere on the railway. They connect platforms at stations, are used to replace pedestrian level crossings,...