Paisley Canal electrification

With 235 route miles, Glasgow boasts the UK’s largest electrified network outside London. Since the introduction of the Blue Trains on the 50 miles of the north Clyde electrics route in 1960, it has progressively expanded with the latest...
In 2005 the overhead line equipment (OLE) engineering team from Siemens Rail Electrification designed a replacement for the life-expired OLE equipment on the six and a half mile Glasgow Shields Junction to Paisley Gilmour Street line. Ten years on...
With its vast collection, finding your way around the British Museum is difficult. Some readers may recall the Radio 4 series “A history of the world in a hundred objects” which featured key exhibits and, if used as a...
On Monday 24 October, Great Western Railway introduced a new service between Cardiff and London called, appropriately, “The Welshman”. It consists of 59 daily train services between the two cities and has been introduced to mark the re-opening of the...

Port Talbot showcase

Port Talbot Parkway began life in 1850 simply as Port Talbot station, acquiring its latest name in 1984. It serves around half a million passengers each year, with services by Arriva Trains and GWR to Swansea, West Wales, Cardiff Central,...
As usual, Network Rail took advantage of the Christmas and New Year holiday to undertake some of the lengthier and more onerous projects that the renewal and enhancement of the railway network demands. Christmas is therefore a good...
Weaver to Wavertree resignalling is one of the latest resignalling schemes to be completed and involved new signalling between Edge Hill station, just outside Liverpool, and Winsford station in the south. Weaver Junction, the oldest flying junction in Britain, is located...
Recent articles in Rail Engineer have highlighted progress of the £2.8 billion electrification of the Great Western main line (GWML), now planned to be completed in 2019. The last two articles focussed on the east of the city of...

Black Saturday

The popular press loves bad news. So, when Network Rail deployed 11,000 people over Christmas to work on 2,000 sites around the country, the story wasn’t about the 314 projects that were handed back on time, it was about...

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...

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...