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Digging deep in the Valleys

Cloaked in subterranean gloom is a party of visionaries, determined to revive economic fortunes in a corner of South Wales where coal was formerly...

Crossrail Christmas at Paddington

Crossrail in London is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure project, running from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through 42km of new tunnels under London...

Preparing for Thameslink

Whilst the new track layout and signalling at London Bridge is complete, the introduction of the enhanced Thameslink service across central London will begin...

London Bridge: The Final Countdown, Christmas 2017

Rail Engineer has closely followed progress on the London Bridge station rebuilding, track layout enhancements and re-signalling throughout its 4½ year project life. Finally,...

Rail infrastructure and the 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers

Back in the day, when railways were the best way of transporting heavy freight and large numbers of people over distances (some say that...

Yuletide activities: A comprehensive overview of Network Rail’s Christmas engineering work

Traditions are important at Christmas. They promote feelings of nostalgia, harking back to earlier, simpler times. There are Christmas trees (a medieval import from...

Second Christmas at Sevenoaks Tunnel

Another year, another Christmas and yet another session on the drains of Sevenoaks tunnel. Some of you - the sharper eyed, even after the...

Bridge bashing: the bane of the rail industry

Railway maintenance engineers are trained to understand fully the consequences involved when trains are delayed by track faults, signal failures, trees on the line...

Christmas under London: TfL’s festive engineering work

London Underground, like it’s Network Rail cousin, took advantage of the Christmas closedown, and the opportunity to take longer possessions over the holiday period,...

Poor asset management can have catastrophic consequences

Matthew Justin, technical director at WSP, explains why asset management matters and what the consequences can be when things go wrong. Why worry about asset...

Complex asset portfolio? Avoiding surprises and delivering benefits

Railways are highly complex systems, reliant on many assets of varying types and ages that are operated and maintained by different organisations. If part...

In case you missed it – Industry workshop on track-bridge interaction

An informative and productive industry workshop about track-bridge interaction was held recently at the Somerset County Cricket ground in Taunton. The workshop brought together...

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...

Keep Calm and Think Blue

Just over a mile south of Stirling station was what was once considered to be Scotland’s highest risk footpath crossing. St Ninian’s crossing was...

Under the wires to Swindon

Some opportunities are simply too good to miss. One of these came about on 10 October when Rail Engineer was among a select group...

Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...