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The 5 bidders for HS2 train order reveal their designs

Five organisations are bidding for a contract to design, manufacture and maintain the trains for the first phase of HS2.

Buying HS2’s high-speed trains – part 2

An earlier article in Rail Engineer described HS2’s £2.75 billion procurement of at least 54 classic-compatible high-speed trains to run from London...

Unlocking the benefits of HS2

Guest opinion by John Downer John Downer HS2 is being built, an Act of...

Buying HS2’s High-Speed Trains

Heading photo: Early designs released by Hitachi Rail Europe of its AT400 very-high-speed train, which has been labelled "the British bullet...

Birmingham: Washwood Heath train factory demolished

The former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, where Virgin’s Pendolinos were built, has been demolished to make way for an HS2 maintenance depot.

Design revealed for HS2 Old Oak Common station.

High Speed Two (HS2) has released its latest designs for the Old Oak Common complex in west London, which will be the interchange between...

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...

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...

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...

HS2 scores sustainable with BREEAM

While not an obligation, it’s fundamental for us to have a third-party looking in at our sustainability process and practice.” This February, HS2 Ltd...

Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...

Napoli Afragola – Italy’s remarkable new station

The first phase of Napoli Afragola, one of 13 new stations for Italy’s high-speed rail network, was inaugurated on 6 June by Italian Prime...

High-speed rail technologies

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers frequently organises topical seminars with excellent speakers. This one was no exception with speakers such as Jim Steer and...

Collaborating on the Red Arrow

The term “Jack of all trades, master of none” dates back to Elizabethan times, with one William Shakespeare being on the receiving end of...

From Beach to Musk – A lot of hype over Hyperloop

When considering how to efficiently transport New York City's burgeoning legion of commuters, inventor Alfred Ely Beach commented in 1870: "A tube, a car,...

Asset monitoring – a new approach

Mention the phrase ‘asset data collection’, or even the more modern activity of ‘remote condition monitoring’, and you tend to see a blank look...