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Reading remodelling takes shape

The remodelling of Reading station is one of the largest projects currently being undertaken by Network Rail. Previous articles in the rail engineer (issue...

IMechE visit sees Paris and London’s urban rail challenges

Paris and London are Europe’s largest cities after Moscow and rank amongst the world’s greatest. Although both are quite different, their size and populations...

Silent crossings

Traditionally, a significant proportion of switches and crossings (S&C) for UK tramway and urban railway systems (and for the mainline UK rail network) are...

Electrifying the Great Western Railway

At last, we now know that the Great Western Main Line Railway (GWML) is going to be electrified. It was way back in 1977...

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...

Concrete construction kit

One of the key areas in which Network Rail uses precast concrete products is in the construction of station platforms. Look at a modern...

Waterproofing the railway

Across the rail network, the deterioration of a bridge structure due to the action of water, exacerbated by the presence of chloride ions, can...

Plunging the depths

To be fair, Shore Road pumping station is difficult to reach. Network Rail’s project manager Simon Barraclough and his colleague Behnam Sarani had been...

The Fourth Dimension

Frederick Francis became a statistic at the age of 36. His was one of 1,032 lives taken by Britain’s railways in 1879. Back then,...

Russian Railways back in Berlin

With its vast collection, finding your way around the British Museum is difficult. Some readers may recall the Radio 4 series “A history of...

New rail technical strategy

The Department for Transport (DfT) is about to launch a new Technical Strategy for Rail in the UK. What is this all about and...

Painting the Tay Bridge

The direct rail route between Edinburgh and Dundee required the construction of the Forth and Tay bridges - respectively the UK’s most iconic and...

Highly organised high output

On a dark night, with rain in the air, a car turns left onto a narrow lane on the outskirts of Belper in Derbyshire....

London orbital rail network complete

London’s new orbital railway will be complete on 9 December 2012 when the new timetable will introduce a service of four trains per hour...

Gold medal performance for Olympics rail engineers

Here we are in November, and yet it seems only yesterday that we were cheering on our athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games...

Stabilising Hooley Cutting

Stabilising Hooley Cutting Issue 96 of the rail engineer (October 2012), covered the strategic approach being used by Network Rail to manage its earthworks...