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New circuits and old bombs

Rail projects seem to have a habit of changing over time. A seemingly simple project can alter almost beyond recognition before it is completed,...

Reusing the Connaught Tunnel

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...

Infrarail seminars: Electrification Plans for the Future

On Tuesday 1 May at 15:10, Peter Dearman, Head of Network Electrification at Network Rail will be presenting the seminar 'Electrifying The Network -...

The HoldFast Road Rail Highway Prevents a 140 mile diversion

At 7.10am 20th March 2012 the first convoy of cars drove along part of the west coast line running next to the A890 Lochcarron...

The HoldFast Road Rail Highway Proves an Immediate Success

There was a degree of déjà vu at 7.10am 20th March on an obscure but vital stretch of the west coast line at Stromeferry. The...

Rolling Boulders

There have been several instances over the years where trains have hit debris that has fallen onto a track and caused a derailment. In high...

Renewing century-old infrastructure

Written by Phil Sowden, Severn Valley Railway The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) is a standard gauge, heritage railway, predominantly operated by steam locomotives, running between...

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...

Preventing runaways

The classic children’s song The Runaway Train was written in 1925 by Robert E. Massey, Carson Robison and Harry Warren. You may not know...

Thameslink’s Canal Tunnels

Written by Paul Insley, Senior Engineer, Balfour Beatty Rail Approximately ten years ago, Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), on behalf of the Thameslink Programme, constructed...

Re-modelling Bletchley

Amongst the critical works completed by Network Rail and its suppliers over the Christmas period were those at Bletchley, a key location on the...

Showing your gauge

Coal is why railways exist. It drove the initial need for mass transport, fuelled the steam engines and powered the industrial revolution. Even into...

Murphy innovation improves production rates

Written by J. Murphy & Sons Limited  Innovative construction techniques used by J. Murphy & Sons Limited on a tunnel brickwork repair project for Network...

Cummersdale Makeover

George Stephenson, Engineer for the Maryport and Carlisle Railway, reported that the cost of construction would be low as the level nature of the...

Strengthening masonry arches

For nearly fifteen years, the arch strengthening design and build service known as Archtec has been successfully used by many bridge owners to help...

Draining Dove Holes

The railways have a knack with names. Generally they are eminently descriptive, evoking in a word or short phrase the very nature of the...