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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...
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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...

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...
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...
You might have heard recently that Network Rail has been denied planning permission to demolish and construct a new overbridge at Steventon in Oxfordshire. The village of Steventon is approximately 4.5 miles west of Didcot Station on the Great...
Around lunchtime on Saturday 12 August, groundwater broke into one of two new high-speed rail tunnels under construction for German Railways (DB) just south of the German town of Rastatt, situated on the very busy Karlsruhe to Basel main...

Video: Mobile Maintenance Train

Eight Mobile Maintenance Trains (MMT) will be entering service over the next 12 months, based at locations in the East Midlands, on the East Coast Main Line and across the south-east. The trains are intended to reduce the amount of...
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 Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who called it a “remarkable achievement”. Located 7.5 miles (12km) north of Naples...
Crossrail contract C315 is very unusual for a major new transport scheme such as Crossrail. It doesn’t involve major new works, like the other parts of this project, rather it is nearly all about the refurbishment of Victorian infrastructure...

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...