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Crossrail’s Royal Oak Portal

There are always developments going on beside the railway. Many go un-noticed. If you travel by train from South Wales into Paddington, there’s always...

Drainage development

It has long been recognised that the provision of drainage in permanent way work is a vital factor in ensuring the effectiveness and long-life...

Porthmadog bypass & its four rail lines

The Welsh Government placed a £35 million contract in December 2009 for the construction of 5.3km of new road taking the A487 around the...

Bridge within a bridge at Battersea

On the south bank of the Thames, opposite Victoria station, sits the sprawling, disused site that houses the well-known landmark Battersea Power Station. Alongside...

Balfour Beatty Rail – Committed to Scotland

In mid-August, Balfour Beatty Rail invited Network Rail, key rail consultants and members of both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments to take part in their...

Former railway tunnels opened as cycle trails in Peak District

Light has been shed on four former railway tunnels in the Peak District National Park which have now be opened up to the general...

North Cotswold rail line redoubling complete

The £70m improvement work on the North Cotswold rail line was completed on 22 August. Parts of the line between Worcester and Oxford have been...

Royal Rebuild

You have probably all seen the new Network Rail poster “Next Stop: Year 2186”. The first time I saw it, I was on my...

Deutsche Bahn seeks ICE approval

Deutsche Bahn has submitted an application for fundamental approval of its ICE trains for the Channel Tunnel to the responsible safety authority, the Intergovernmental...

Eurocodes Decoded

Swapping commas for decimal places, executing a structure rather than building it, and different concrete strengths for cylinders over cubes are just some of...

Getting in the swing

Huge skies. That’s what you get on the Norfolk Broads. Huge skies and flat landscapes. Not, perhaps, as flat as the Cambridgeshire Fens which...

Edinburgh Waverley’s new roof installed

Let there be light Two ridges create Edinburgh’s spectacular topography. On the glacial tail from an extinct volcano are the castle and high medieval buildings....

Green project to provide power for part of Belgium’s rail network

Work has been completed on a green project to provide power for part of Belgium’s rail network. The scheme has involved the installation of...

The Welsh Highland Railway takes the high road

When the rail engineer last reported on the Welsh Highland Railway in August 2008, the line was still in the final stages of construction...

Accessing the inaccessible

In May 2010, surveying specialist Severn Partnership was approached to provide a proposal for track movement monitoring during piling works for a new footbridge...