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Slab track for HS2

Early railway track carried trains running at 50km/h (30mph) with three-tonne axle loads. Over almost 200 years, ballasted track has been developed...

Slab Track – Paving the P-Way

Slab tracks, or, more properly, ballastless track systems, are becoming more widely used as alternatives to conventional ballasted track.

The station now arriving Old Oak Common interchange

Three and a half miles to the west of Paddington Station, in north-west London, is the location of the former Old Oak...

Longer Platform 3 for Wigan

Platform 3 at Wigan station is being extended so it will take four-carriage trains, so train operator Northern can provide extra capacity...

‘Access for All’ at Cadoxton station

Cadoxton station in South Wales now has improved access after the opening of new multi-million-pound passenger lifts and a footbridge.

A Docklands Update

For many of the older generation, including your writer, it only seems like yesterday that the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) first opened,...

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...

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...

Re-engineering Rail Freight

Unlike most passenger train operators, rail freight must operate at a profit since it gets no government support. As it works to...

Unlocking Innovation: The Digital Railway

Following on from David Shirres’ article in issue 184 (May/June 2020), the Railway Industry Association staged a week-long webinar to explore how...

Beeching Reversed: Reopening of the Northumberland Line

Of the many closed lines that are currently being proposed or reviewed for possible reopening to passenger traffic, one that looks close...

Cleaning the rail head

Rail Engineer has often written about the problems of low adhesion caused by, inter alia, leaf debris rolled into the railhead. As...

Former depot makes way for new maintenance facility

Balfour Beatty has commenced demolition of the old Chart Leacon depot in Ashford, Kent, to make room for a new train maintenance...

Electronic scarecrow installed at Longsight depot

Network Rail has installed a solar-powered scarecrow that mimics the calls of a hawk to ward off birds causing delays to passengers...

Derailment and fire in Carmarthenshire

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating the derailment and a fire involving a tanker train at Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, 26 August...

HS2’s Interchange station obtains planning approval

Plans for HS2’s Interchange station have been approved by Solihull Council, with the planner’s report saying the design creates “an exciting contextual...