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First light: The Riding Sunbeams trial of solar-powered electric traction

How many times have we looked at clever innovation and wondered why on earth no one thought of doing it before? Often the...

HS2 way out in front in tunnel design for high-speed rail

Now, what are the similarities between Cyrano de Bergerac, the central character in the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand...

Striving for Innovation: An industry challenge

Signal engineers tend to have a measure of distrust when new ideas and concepts are put forward. This is understandable, given that any radical...

Platforms from polystyrene? Who’d have thought it?

MegaTech celebrates ten years of platforms with a differenceNext time you are standing on a station, waiting for...

Sustainability and Decarbonisation: What are transformer losses?

Guest writer: Neville HaideIt is a good question, and one that needs to be answered and better understood by...

Bearing Up for Reliability

With the ever-present focus on putting passengers first, train reliability has to be high up the priority list to achieve this. Modern rolling stock...

OLErt – Overhead Line and Pantograph Monitoring

In this digital age, railways are harvesting increasing volumes of data (‘Big Data’) on the performance of their assets but converting raw data into...

Better by design

Major projects, new trains, bewildering technology: these are the big-ticket items that command everyone’s attention these days. And why wouldn’t they? Who cares about...

Simple and lightweight mounting for digital signalling equipment

AECOM, the global infrastructure services firm, is developing one of the UK’s first 3D-printed commercial products made from graphene-reinforced polymer. The company’s CNCTArch is designed...

New main-line interlocking enters service

The Shepperton branch line in the south west of London and north Surrey, which is part of the Feltham signal box area, connects...

Aachen wins IMechE Railway Challenge

For the first time, a foreign team has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge competition.Organised by the...

Power conversion solutions

The UK rail network is under continuous improvement by the operators, which creates certain demands on the type of DC-DC power converters required. Especially...

HydroFLEX one year on

Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education’s (BCRRE) research into the application of fuel cells and hydrogen in railway traction system design stretches back...

Inspiring Innovation

For ten years, the innovation conference run by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has gone from strength to strength and, in 2018, won the...

Recognising Innovation – the Plantworx Innovation Awards

Several railway engineering companies featured strongly at the recent Plantworx Innovation Awards, and several others of the innovations that were applauded have obvious applications...

Innovation & Realism

The press demand for more innovation & in the rail industry may be welcomed by many, but those who shout loudestrarely know...