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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,...

Building a world heritage tunnel in Switzerland

It is not only the Swiss main line railways that are benefitting from tunnel investment. The Rhätische Bahn (or Rhaetian Railway) is an extensive...

High Speed One renewals programme

High Speed One (HS1), originally known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, is reaching an interesting point in its history. Section 1 of HS1...

The annual Stapleford trials

The Stapleford Miniature Railway’s lawnmower had temporarily lost its magneto as it had been fitted to the University of Huddersfield’s Railway Challenge team’s locomotive....

Tunnel management, Swiss style

Anyone who has travelled the railways of Switzerland will know that tunnels abound in the alpine regions. Most date back from the late 1800s...

Residuary inspections of redundant railway structures to continue

When British Rail was privatised in 1994, ownership of the operating railway infrastructure passed to Railtrack and subsequently (in 2002) to Network Rail.

Extending Worcester’s Battenhall Bridge

The A4440 Worcester Southern Link Road (SLR) is an essential part of Worcestershire’s strategic road network and provides an important link between junction 7...

Rail Engineer August 2018: Infrastructure focus

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Hitachi’s Class 385 enters service

At 12:52 on 23rd July a train formed of four-car unit 385104 and three-car unit 385003 left Glasgow Queen Street for a non-stop run...

To close a crossing (or reroute, replace, divert or extinguish it)

Great Britain has one of the best level crossing safety records in Europe. This is a commendable position, given that the rail network is...

Low-cost, lightweight rail vehicles for low-density routes

You want to reopen a disused rail line. You’ve got permission to do so, you have organised to close, re-route or otherwise deal with...