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Monitoring cyber security

In days gone by, activists flattened pylons to forcibly isolate smaller areas from the energy grid. Nowadays it’s hackers - whose motives range from...

The safeguarding challenge

From cyber-secure to cyber smart: why a broader understanding of cyber security is vital to our railway’s resilience. The safety of our railways is paramount....

Understanding Cyber Security

Much continues to be written about cyber security, the threats that exist and the precautionary measures that should be taken. The problem is very...

Midland Main Line revisited

In June 2013, Rail Engineer carried my article on electrification of the Midland Main Line (MML), entitled ‘Sparking the Midlands’. The Midlands centre of...

The big picture

Systems thinking: why applying it from the start can transform your project. Major projects are inevitably very complex. Yet too often we fail to fully...

Getting projects right

“There can be no place, I believe, for deniers who are unable to acknowledge that the industry’s reputation, built over many years, was of...

Railway Industry Association in 2020

In these strangest of times, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) decided to continue with its annual conference, albeit online. The issues facing the rail...

Cross Acceptance of Systems and Equipment

The lengthy time taken to get new projects, systems and equipment into service is something that gives many of us a sense of despair....

New canopies for a historic station

The station at Pembroke Dock is steeped in history and character. It opened in 1863 and was later adapted, as the station grew in...

KeTech update – Connected Driver Advisory System

In December 2019 (issue 180), Rail Engineer reported on a visit to KeTech Systems in Preston to hear about its innovative, truly connected real-time...

The Long History and Exciting Future of Railway Systems Thinking

Each year, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Division elects an eminent engineer to be its chairman. For 2020-2021, it is Professor emeritus Felix...

Emergency power – why settle for standard?

For too long, power supplies have been treated as an after-thought to the main design project. It is when all the other features and...

What next for Vivarail?

The imperative to decarbonise the railway has been the subject of various reports, conferences, and research grants, although, in reality, little new operational hardware...

Low-adhesion Modelling

Some aspects of railways are still not completely understood, nearly 200 years after the railways were first developed. Indeed, your writer generally sees many...

Eyes on the network

Passengers and staff increasingly rely on information about journeys, networks and other facilities to ease circulation around the transport system. A reliable supplier which...

Electrification and the environmental challenge

Leaving aside Covid-19, which is on everyone’s mind right now, the environment still sits high on the agenda, along with international concern on how...