MegaTech celebrates ten years of platforms with a difference Next time you are standing on a station, waiting for a train, look down. Not at your feet - past those. What’s down there? On an...

Electrification benefits

The electrification infrastructure that enables electric trains to draw their power from the national grid offers many advantages, most of which are due to trains not requiring diesel engines. For the foreseeable future, diesel remains the only credible alternative...
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a list of rail enhancement projects in its updated Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP). When it announced its funding of Network Rail...

Managing Earthworks

Network Rail has an ever more pressing need to manage infrastructure assets so as to minimise their whole life cost. That clearly includes the cost of failures and the resulting train delays and cancellations as well as the cost of...

A bad wire day

A ‘bad hair day’ - a short phrase known to many that suggests that everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It hasn’t been in common usage for very long. It didn’t exist before about 1988 but then...
Last year, the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project (A2I) redoubled 8.5km of track between Aberdeen and Dyce as reported in issue 168 (October 2018). However, this redoubled track could not carry any passenger trains until this year’s completion of the...
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 in Paris on 19 July, an agreement signed by four parties - UK HS1, Eurotunnel...
Track tamping machines play a vital role in the maintenance of track. They are complex and expensive railway maintenance machines and can be found all across the world’s railways. Yet often little is known about them. For instance, what...
Steel has many useful properties, which mean it is found in virtually everything around us - from the chair you may be sitting on to the vehicle you took to get to work today. Steel shapes our lives in more...
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What is rail asset management?

Asset management is a term that has rapidly gained influence in the rail industry. The basic defining principle, of an often complex system, is a group of co-ordinated activities that optimise asset performance to help deliver a business' objectives. It comprises...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...